How to Determine When It’s Time to Switch WordPress Hosts?
Hosting can be a tricky business. You have dozens of options to choose from, all promising to be the best host for the job. Chances are after a lot of research you settled with your current host.
But, not all hosts are created equal.
Choosing a low-quality host will impact the level of service you’re able to provide. Poor quality hosts can lead to slow site performance, security issues, support headaches, and a lot of other hassles you don’t have time for.
Below we look at the main reasons you’ll want to consider switching to a higher quality, more reliable website host.
1. Your Website Goes Offline
If your site goes down on a regular basis, then that’s bad for business. If your visitors try to access and your site and it’s down fairly regularly, they aren’t going to come back.
Remember, just because you haven’t seen your site down doesn’t mean it hasn’t occurred.
There are a variety of reasons you website can go offline. Sometimes it’s due to a traffic overload and your current host can’t handle the traffic. Other times it’s due to the “bad neighbor” effect, where a site on your shared server is using too many resources. Or, your site can go offline for no reason at all.
If you’ve experienced this on a consistent basis, then perhaps it’s time to upgrade to a host with 99.9% uptime.
2. Your Site Loads Slowly
Slow loading speeds can absolutely kill your website.
The first few seconds a user lands on your website are absolutely crucial for forming a positive first impression. If they’re busy waiting for your site to load, this is only going to lead to a sour site experience.
Having visitors flee for the back button increases your bounce rate and sends a red flag to Google that your site is low quality.
If you’ve been experiencing issues with loading speed with your current host, then that’s definitely reason to upgrade.
3. Customer Support Doesn’t Do Much
If you’ve spent any time doing web hosting research, then you’ve probably come across horror stories of dismal support experiences. Luckily, I’ve never experienced any of that personally. But, you’d hate to run into a support issue when you need them the most.
You want to guarantee you have a solid support team behind you that can help you troubleshoot any technical issues that might arise.
If you’re not comfortable managing the technical aspects of your hosting yourself, then it’s probably a good idea to switch to managed WordPress hosting. This style of hosting guarantees you have a team of WordPress experts actively working to manage and optimize the backend of your hosting environment.
4. You’ve Maxed Out the Current Resources
Sometimes you might just max out the available resources on your current host. They’ve been good to you and have done everything to support your site in its growth, but sometimes you have to say goodbye.
If you’re using a lower level hosting package, like shared hosting, and your site has experienced significant growth, then you’re probably maxing out on the server resources you have available. When this happens it usually leads to a decrease in site performance.
For that reason it’s always a good idea to partner with a host that can grow with your site. As your site increases both in size and traffic you need a host that can continue to add additional resources, so your site can grow without any stalls in service.
5. You’ve Had a Security Breach
Having your site hacked can end up being a pretty traumatic experience. If the unfortunate does arise hopefully your host can catch it before too much damage is done.
If it has happened once, then it should never happen again. You’re putting the safety and security of your site in the hands of your host. Sometimes mistakes happen, but if it’s a recurring theme, this this means it’s time to look elsewhere for a host.
However, keep in mind that not all website breaches are the fault of the host. Sometimes, it could be on your end, if you don’t have proper security measures in place to protect your WordPress site. You should be doing everything you can to optimize onsite security as much as possible.
6. Backups Aren’t Part of the Deal
Website backups are incredibly important, both for restoring your site if a technical error brings down your site, or if your site is hacked. Regular backups give you the peace of mind that you never have to start from scratch ever again.
When your site has a ton of media and information it’s very useful to have a host behind you that can help you restore from the most recent backup at a moments notice.
Needing up upgrade to a new WordPress host is a natural part of the growth process of your site. Unless you had a massive budget starting out, chances are the host you started with isn’t the host you’re going to finish with. We hope the tips above will help you determine when it’s time to pull the plug on your current host.
Now over to you. What red flags made you finally switch hosts? Share in the comments below.