If you want to make sure that you do not fall prey to the scams of fraudulent web hosts, you need to know some of their most common scams. Once you spot these scams, you know it is time to move away.
The bait and switch scam – This is the type of scam where the company gives you dirt cheap prices supposedly for all their web hosting perks and services. Being unable to turn away from a great deal, you sign up and pay only to find that all the critical services you need to run a good website cost “extra”. If you want to avoid this, ask the web host directly about the features included in the price. Make sure you are specific and ask about max upload and download bandwidth, number of emails allowed, etc.
Fake reviews – Do you know that there are some websites masquerading as impartial reviewers of hosting plans when in fact they actually promote several hosting plans over others? What they usually do is to rig reviews so the hosting plan that pays the most comes out on top. This isn’t at all bad if the sites they promote are actually good ones but what if they promote a disreputable web hosting company and you call for it? One way to avoid this is to take everything they say with a grain of salt. You shouldn’t believe what they say just because they said it—use the reviews to compare plans and nothing more. If you really want to know the validity of the review, then you should perform a background search on the site itself.
Domain name trapping – This is the kind of scam where you register your chosen domain name with the web host with zero problems but when you move on, they do not allow you to use the domain name. If they do allow you to do it, they ask you to pay a massive fee. Their reasoning is usually that since the domain name is registered under their name, it is theirs. One way to avoid this is to insist that your domain name be registered under your name and not under the name of the web host.
Have you ever had any problems with your web host? Were they similar to these? Share your thoughts and experiences below!