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Forced Upgrade, Now What?

Forced Upgrade, Now What

When hosting with one of thousands of web hosting providers, we are led to believe that nothing nefarious could occur within the hosting provider itself. An unapproved account upgrade is not something usually on the list of web hosting concerns. It rarely occurs, but it is not altogether unknown. On the extremely rare occasion it does happen, what can we do to remedy the situation and ensure it does not happen in the future?

Research

The first line of defense is complete and thorough research. As there are literally thousands of web hosting providers to choose from, it is imperative that an intensive bit of research is done to narrow down the choices. Fortunately, there are a number of web sites online that conduct all the researching and reviewing to ensure that those seeking a new web hosting provider do not have to do all the work themselves.

Search the internet, peruse bulletin board systems, forums, and even web host related web chats. Each avenue that you explore will yield additional knowledge, and knowledge will arm you with facts helping you to avoid non-reputable web hosting firms.

Perusing web host review websites is an all-in-one approach to finding all that one needs to know when considering their options. Visit these sites and choose those web hosts that are listed in the top five or so. Each web hosting provider will have its one or two detractors who did not enjoy their experience. The main point to keep in mind is choosing one that does not indicate any previous issues with customers and inappropriate business practices.

Ask

Once a web hosting provider has been chosen and before signing up with the company, contact their customer support center and ask what their policy is on forced upgrades. It is a safe bet that most web hosting providers do not have a standard policy on this. It never hurts to be blunt and ask upfront.

For those who have been burned previously with a forced and unwanted upgrade, it would be prudent to request that something be placed in writing that outlines the web hosting provider’s policies on such matters. Being armed before anything occurs is always a good thing.

Conclusion

As a final note, if one has been in the unfortunate position of having been upgraded without consent, immediately cancel the account and report the web hosting provider to the local Better Business Bureau. It is also an excellent practice to visit the aforementioned web hosting reviewing sites and leave one’s experience and comments regarding the web hosting provider in question. Spreading the word that a company is using unscrupulous business practices helps all those considering a new web hosting provider.

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