Those of us who maintain our own websites are eventually confronted with the dilemma of switching over from our current hosting providers. This decision depends entirely on what type of users visit your site and what type of features are most important to you.
The following are 10 major red flags that indicate that it’s time to change your hosting provider!
Lack of Reliability
Is your website constantly down? Is it difficult to communicate and get in touch with your hosting provider when things go wrong? Reliability is a critical factor in assessing the effectiveness of your current provider.
If you answered yes to any of the previous questions, it might be possible that the hosting provider is doing maintenance at odd timings. But if you and your users cannot rely on their services, it’s time to switch.
Another major reason to consider shifting your website to another hosting provider is slow speed.
If your website has a large number of visitors/traffic, or your website requires constant uploading and user interactions, you may require more bandwidth.
If this is the case, switch to a different hosting provider, or at least a different plan.
Web hosts usually cost money for providing hosting. If you feel the features that your web host is offering do not match reasonably to the cost, then change your hosting provider immediately.
Hosting should cost approximately $100/year (depending on your plan, etc.) and your hosting fees should be annual, not monthly. There is almost never any reason to pay more!
Low Disk Space
Many bloggers require a huge amount of disk space because they need to upload photos and other media often. If your disk space appears that it’ll run out in the next few months or year, then you definitely need to change your hosting provider.
Use of Specific Control Panels
Some of the users and website owners require access to specific control panels. These control panels include an auto installer, cPanel, and other software. If these control panels are not provided by your web host, then consider website migration.
Lack of Adequate Security
Some web hosts provide only basic level security, with minimal effort to protect against spam and malware. Many cyber attacks can take place if website security is not a priority to you and your hosting provider, especially if your website collects sensitive and private information.
No Automatic Backups
Usually, backup is done by the website owner on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. However, it’s pretty easy to forget to backup. In such cases, it is helpful if the web host offers automatic backups for free, it can save a lot of valuable data.
Lack of 24/7 Customer Support
This may seem high maintenance, but it’s critical that your web hosting provider offers 24/7 support. This is because your website might go down at odd times and it might not work when you need it to.
If there is no customer support at that hour, you would be stuck. No matter what size business you run, your time is important.
You should not waste it on fixing problems that shouldn’t exist in the first place. Get yourself a new hosting provider with 24/7 customer support.
If you constantly find yourself in the situations of billing errors, then consider changing your web host.
No Necessary Resources
If you are not provided with necessary resources, like adequate bandwidth, disk space, email marketing services, and comprehensive analytic, then it is time to change your hosting provider.
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Founded by Tanya Amaya, a Washington, DC creative strategy veteran, Analytic Design is a privately held, full-service strategic design firm. We operate under an optimized consultant model that has proven for years over many client engagements to be scalable, flexible, and cost-effective.
We have three pillars of expertise and services: Strategic Branding based on marketing goals, Website/Application Design and Development, and Technical/IT support.
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