Hmmm., good host.
I would say..
1. Multiple Platforms - different flavors of Unix, windows,
2. Connectivity - how much excess bandwidth does your provider have?
3. Backups (not only data, but power, and connectivity)
4. Price (remember you get what you pay for)
Keep in mind that an ISP has bills to pay, they pay for
Bandwidth, electricity, cooling, employees, etc etc.
If a hosting company is going to give everybody and their
Brother 5.00 hosting with 10gigs of transfer and
2 gigs of disk space. They wont be able to keep the servers on.
They over sell everything in hopes that the client WONT use the
Services. And thatís how they turn a profit.
5. Support Agents.
When your WebPages doesn't come up, you donít need a support
Agent to argue with you. They should be concise and explain
Everything to the customer, so he/she can understand what exactly is
wrong. And what needs to happen to find a solution for the problem.
To have a hosting provider in a place that is prone for natural disasters
is asking for problems.
Ask where is their data center. And why is it there?
Here is somethings for thought.
(just because they are a provider
doesn't mean they don't make stupid decisions)
Some buy a building in the suburbs of a town where they can get
larger buildings cheaper. Do you think your provider took into consideration about telco charges?
If a server fails, will your provider say "this server died because of such and such" or will they say "reboot your computer and check with your provider maybe they have routing problem."
Here are a few things to chew on. If you have any questions
feel free to send email. I am new to this forum, I do hope I make a good