There are a huge number of scams out there on the internet, and dodgy web hosting by unscrupulous scammers is one such scams. There are possibly thousands of scam web hosting companies, mainly operating out of countries such as India, China and Russia, which spam people offering unlimited web hosting deals for tiny prices. The offers feed on peoples natural impulse for the cheapest products and services, so many people do get caught out by these web hosting scams.
At the Lounge Network, we also receive a large volume of these spam web hosting emails. Some of the emails may even look like legitimate companies, and the scam web hosts may even have a professional and modern looking website. But if they need to spam you, which is an illegal activity in itself, it indicates that they are not likely to be legitimate. We regularly hear from people who have signed up to these web hosting companies, only to find that their domain is never registered, or registered in the web hosts name, and the web hosting is very poor quality with lots of downtime, making it basically unusable. Some may also start off providing a great service, but after 1 or 2 years the service may drop , and they may just disappear, taking your website and domain name with them.
So we recommend that you do your research before signing up to any web hosting company, especially if it is for a business website. Not all web hosting is suitable for business websites, even if the plan is named as a ‘Business Plan’. Make sure the web host has been around for a good number of years, 5 plus years is a good guide. We have found the best web hosts around have been around for more than 5 years, and the Lounge Network has been operating for over 12 years. Also preferably use a NZ Web Host like us with offices in New Zealand, so you can get top quality support from people who speak your language in your own time zone. Remember, ‘If the offer looks to good to be true, it very often is.’
PS. The images on this page are views inside our actual datacentre. These aren’t just stock photos, which is what many other web hosts use.