How to know when to change your website’s hosting provider

Web hosting is an important component of effectively running your site, as sticking with the wrong provider can have negative results for your business. Many people simply stick to one web host and fail to realise that there are plenty of alternative options out there. In order to achieve better success for your company, here are 3 signs that it may be time to change your web hosting provider.

1. High levels of downtime

Downtime refers to any periods of time that your website becomes inaccessible to visitors. It can occur for a number of reasons, such as being placed on an untrustworthy server, or an overfilled server. With so many high-speed servers available these days, experiencing high levels of downtime is simply unacceptable. A host that claims to offer you 99% uptime will still mean they are willing to let your site be down for 7 hours each and every month. If you are finding that downtime is a persistent issue then you should look to get it fixed as it could be frustrating for potential customers, and could damage your SEO efforts. Instead, find a provider who guarantees 99.9% uptime as standard.

2. Slow load times

Even if your site is available, you may find that all pages are loading incredibly slowly. Before switching servers, you should ensure that the problem isn’t due to overly large page sizes, or complex integrations. However, if the issue is persistent then maybe you should look elsewhere for your hosting needs. This is because slow load times are incredibly annoying to customers and will no doubt be causing you to miss out on sales each month from site visitors. A different provider can place you on a less crowded web server which will allow your site to load faster.

3. Ongoing security breaches

Again, breaches of your site’s security isn’t necessarily a result of a dodgy server, but it certainly can be. If and when you experience any breaches you should investigate whether or not you have firewall protection in place, and that all accounts are securely locked and all plugins updated. If you find that a security breach could be due to your hosting, then either ask to be moved to a more secure server or find a host elsewhere. With the importance of protecting customer data growing, you need to do all you can to keep hackers out of your site.

Through years of industry experience spent working with business owners all across the UK, we understand what constitutes a great web hosting solution. We support numerous businesses by offering safe and secure web hosting which can be relied on to provide minimal downtime. If you would like to find out more and to discuss an affordable package to suit your needs, contact our team today.

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