Switching your Web Hosting company will not necessary get rid of the problems you currently have with your website. However, you will still need to find a reliable hosting provider that will minimize the negative effects that may come around. For some people switching company is essential, especially if the current company has turned out not to be the ideal solution they thought it was when they signed up.
Not sure if you need to switch? Here are our top signs that it’s time to make the move to a new hosting company.
Is your host’s customer support not good enough?
Mostly, business owners use WordPress which is relatively an easy front-end CMS(Content Management System). This means, that majority can do everything from the admin panel without the need to understand the technical aspects of the program. However, it is precisely the lack of experience with the back-end that can cause WordPress users such frustration when a problem arises. It is essential to choose a web host that can provide these less technical minded users with clear and specific support to help users solve their hosting problems.
It is important to keep in mind these two things when choosing a new host: firstly, choose a host that offers WordPress hosting, this way you are assured that the company has the expertise to deal with WordPress issues and provides hosting that specifically caters for the platform; and secondly, you should look for a host that provides 24/7/365 support – you don’t want to wait for the whole weekend just to restore your database if you accidentally deleted it.
Your website takes too long to load
A slow loading page is one of the reasons a potential customer runs out of your website to look for something better. The first 8 second of your visitors is critical for they will decide if they would stay or not, nothing would be more annoying than waiting for a web page to load. If you are experiencing problems on slow loading website, probably the bandwidth for your website is not enough. This is usually experienced on cheap shared hosting services offering limited bandwidth for your website. Loading time plays a vital role in conversion and if your hosting company fails to provide sufficient bandwidth, your business is in big trouble.
Promises they couldn’t keep up
Many hosting companies today claims that they have unlimited storage, bandwidth etc. that they could offer to their customers, but most of the times all of these are just sugar coating. Once you have availed their service and use their servers it’ll turn out sour because of the bad service they have. Promises should be achieved, if you’re hosting company keeps on promising but never delivers then it’s time to transfer to a new host.
Hosting providers are not perfect but find a company that can keep up with your needs and wants. One that can grow with you and would help you at your hard times. A hosting provider should be giving you the ease to sleep at night knowing that your website is in good hands than giving you nightmares or sleepless nights trying to figure out what went wrong with your website.
Unreliable service with very long downtimes
Cloud hosting can offer 100% uptime guarantees with the chance to have some sort of problems. How much more when you are using shared hosting? How often should your website be unavailable and for how long to fit the normal standard? Besides the fact that your clients are getting frustrated when they can’t access your site, use your service and buy your product, an unreliable service can also lead to search engine penalty. If Google visits your site during downtime it will crawl the empty page and will not give any importance to it, this will push your website down in the search results listing.
If your website is unavailable or keeps giving out errors, visitors will leave and never come back. Overloaded servers and inadequate networks are likely because of your web host. Sometimes a web hosting company will start strong but progressively goes worse as it gains more customers.
Lack of Features
You have to make sure that the features of your web hosting company should be on par with the price you’re paying. Features such as WordPress and other CMS are fairly a commonplace with most good web host companies. Having the ability to implement PHP scripts into your website is also essential. If you think that you are paying more that what you have, or even don’t have the access to install the features yourself, you need to find a company that will suit your needs.
There are lots of factors to weigh when choosing a web hosting company. If you’re not happy with the one you’ve got, you could try reaching them to see if they can address your concerns. If that’s no good, there are plenty of others to choose from, so take a look and see what you can find. Recommendations from friends and legitimate hosting reviews are a good way to determine which host is best for your needs and budget.
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