It’s never fun when your web hosting provider is having issues and you start to notice the effects in your site. But do you really need to change hosts? Before making a decision, here are some guidelines for when it might make sense to look for a new host:
– Hosting providers can have outages, and if your site is down more than three times in the past six months, it may be time to consider changing providers.
– Your site is being affected by a provider’s downtime more than three times a month.
– You’ve received a “move” notice from the provider, meaning they plan to take your site down and move it to another server.
– You see a downtime period longer than four hours in the past year, or you’re experiencing more than one outage each month.
– Your site’s traffic is significantly lower for unexplained reasons, and you can’t get your provider to help you figure out what’s going on.
– You see significant performance issues with your site. A one second response time difference doesn’t seem like a big deal, but it can make a huge difference if pages aren’t loading in a timely manner.
– You want more features than what your current hosting provider offers.
– Your current provider is no longer offering the service you need (for example, they don’t offer VPS hosting anymore).
– You’d like to access your remote site via the Internet more than once, for accessing backups or moving data to other hosts.
– The performance of your site is significantly lower than what your present host claims it should be.
Of course, there are exceptions to these guidelines. For example, you may need an ungodly amount of storage space if your site has a lot of video or image files, or if you’re running a high traffic site. If so, you may be better off choosing a VPS hosting service that provides the space you need rather than switching to another shared server.
The bottom line is that your website should be working for you without any issues caused by the host’s performance. You should be able to determine what’s going on when your site goes down, and you should have a good idea of how frequently it does so.
This information could help you to determine whether going with a new hosting provider is actually beneficial.
Although it’s not always easy to get your site working again, one thing you should keep in mind is that the more time you spend trying to fix issues, the less time you have for improving your site or writing new content!
Even if switching hosts will help solve some of your current problems, your time may be better spent looking for ways to improve your site even if it means dealing with occasional hosting issues.