The user experience people get from using your website can either make or break your business’ profitability. It is important to give the very best to your customers for the sake of the longevity of your brand and its profitability. Choosing a web hosting provider can be very tasking and difficult in the initial stage but the impact a web hosting service has on your business makes it important for you to make the right decision. If your initial decision was a bad one and you are having some drawbacks it is definitely time to look or a new web hosting provider. There is also the possibility that you are not experiencing any drawbacks, your business might just be expanding and the current one cannot meet up to the customers’ expectations. Here are some key indicators that there is a need for a switch.
- Consistent Overcapacity: this means that the provider is incapable of managing your traffic. A lot of businesses mostly opt for shared, dedicated and VPS hosting; which in the initial stage might be affordable but as time goes on it becomes incapable of keeping up with the business’ growth. Your choices of a provider should include their readiness for prime time as a criterion. The more the traffic, the more the inefficiency of the website. Although most hosts will charge you for an upgrade it is worth the investment.
- Lack of Support: Businesses, as they expand, need new tools, software, hardware perhaps and your web hosting provider should be able to provide support when necessary. The provider should also be able to provide expert technical support; they should be able to provide support for the environment that houses your projects.
- Sub-Standard Security: There is always one story or another in the news of peoples’ data; their passwords, credit card data being hacked. Security is very paramount and it remains and should remain the primary focus of your business. The more your business grows, the more susceptible you become to these attacks. In making a decision, you look for the following features when in a web hosting provider: intrusion detection, prevention, industry-standard vulnerability scans and protection against distributed denial of services (DDoS) attacks. When considering security make sure to include disaster recovery in your criteria, a provider that provides solid back-up options. Remember that your clients are trusting you with their data and you need to uphold that trust.
- Hosting is expensive: If your provider is charging extra for additional drive space and bandwidth, you should consider looking for others that provide the same services and do not charge more, there is actually a ton of them out there. Some also expect you to pay for tools, features and additions you will need for success behind additional charges. They might come as little costs but by the time you sum them up it becomes a huge amount of money and your hosting experience should not cost that much. Do a calculation of all the add-ons you have paid for and see if it is worth it or upgrading might be a better option.
Upgrading or switching your hosting plan can be a good investment especially on the side of your clientele. Put the considerations above to decide whether or not your current provider is worth your coins. There are so many web hosting providers everywhere now and you do not have to stick with one that is not meeting up to your expectations