Like anything, problems can arise with a web hosting company. Sometimes, it seems that there are nothing but problems with web hosting companies. Much of this agony is due to misunderstanding between consumer and provider.
Why Is It Hard to Deal with These People?
When dealing with a web hosting company, one has to consider that the people running the company are heavily skilled with very technical things such as programming, building computers, coding, etc. These people go into the business of web hosting because they understand and enjoy the work. They may not however possess the best communication or people skills.
On the other side of the coin there is the consumer, who may not understand everything that it takes to host a website. Consumers are used to logging into computers, and issuing a few simple commands. Like magic, the information is delivered to them. Because the interface is so simple, consumers often believe that the whole system is simple, when it is not.
To resolve a problem with a web hosting company, first one must grasp the situation. While it might seem that there are a multitude of problems, usually it is just one problem at the root causing all the other symptoms.
1 Website is down. It is immensely frustrating when an owner’s website goes down, both for the host and for the owner. Owners need to keep in mind that the web host is generally not to blame for the website being down, but they can fix the problem. The owner needs to politely and clearly ask questions to understand why the website is down, or to compell the host to diagnose why the website is down. It is not advisable to blame the problems on the host, at least not until the problem is understood.
2 The website is inaccurate. Inaccuracies can happen through a multitude of inadvertent means. When the owner submits content updates to the host, there is a wide-open door for human error. Another way websites become inaccurate is through the web host’s advanced system of backups. Web hosts maintain multiple shadow copies of websites as backup, just in case something happens. Occasionally, the shadow versions will supersede or merge with the live version and make things inaccurate.
3 Billing. Billing can be very complicated with web hosts. This is why it is important to fully understand everything that will be charged. Even the best communications between host and consumer can result in misunderstanding. The consumer is wise to ask for itemized billing and full review any contracts up front.
Generally, most problems with the web host can be resolved through good communication and a little patience. The Internet is a crazy world, and random things can happen that can ruin a website. It is important to remember that in most instances it is not the fault of one person or another, rather a fault of the circumstances.