Are you just plain sick and tired of your current web hosting provider? Have you made up your mind to look for a new one? Well, this article will provide some insight into some Terms of Service details that you need to have a clear understanding of before you jump ship. This insight should help you make a more informed and confident decision.Old Host1. Can you get your money back (at least some would be nice)?This is one of the biggest concerns that people have when they want to leave a host. Even if this host guarantees a refund, you need to read the Terms of Service to unpack what that guarantee really entails. For many hosts, this means that you’ll get your money back for the remainder of the plan and not the initial amount that you paid. In addition, if domain name fees were paid, they may not be refundable since the host has already completed the set-up. If you’ve decided to leave a host, all of this may be moot. However, reading the terms of service will at least let you know what to expect as well as how to evaluate the potential new host in this regard.
New Host1. Relative to your reasons for leaving the old host, how does the new host compare?Obviously, you’re transferring for a reason (poor customer service, unreliability). These will be the same points that you’ll need to evaluate when choosing your new host. Your transfer will be futile if you end up with the same problems (thought there is never a 100% guarantee that this will not be the case).2. Can you transfer all of your data?This is a hugely important factor. The last thing that you want is to find this absolutely great host, but later realize that you can’t transfer over all of your files. If this is not clearly outlined in the terms of service, get written verification before completing a transfer.
3. What is their refund policy? Well, hopefully your next host will be your last host (hey that was kind of catchy, don’t you agree?). However, just so you go in with your eyes wide open, check out what they have to say about refunds. This is especially important if you lost what you consider a significant amount of money with the old host.