So, the honeymoon period is coming to an end. Some time in the past, you took advantage of one of those discount first-term rates from a cheap web hosting service, and now you’re approaching the end of that period.
The closer your renewal dates, the more frequently you’ve probably found yourself uttering those immortal words made famous by Joe Strummer and his buddies from The Clash back in 1981: Should I stay, or should I go?
Of course, if you’re hosting service provider has been absolute dream to deal with and looks set to continue to be that way the more things go on, then it’s probably an easy decision to make: Stay put, enjoy, and keep growing your website.
Yet by the very fact that you’ve taken the trouble to seek out this article, we’re guessing there’s probably at least a seed of doubt planted somewhere in your mind. To help you put those doubts to rest then, here’s just four reasons why it may be time to move your website to a new cheap hosting provider.
Expensive renewal rates
We’ve touched on the low cost discount fees most hosting providers charge for their first term, though as you’ve probably noticed yourself, once that first term runs out, things can start getting pretty expensive. If you can get a cheaper deal elsewhere, particularly considering the regular hosting fees of other hosting services, then it’s certainly a good idea to consider switching hosts to save yourself some money.
Slow loading speeds
Along with absolute down time which we’ll touch on in a moment, here’s one of the more serious issues that should prompt you to look at moving your website to servers anew. Slow page loading speeds could prove to ultimately be the death of your website, turning off visitors in their droves as they flock to websites that load much quicker and perform much better.
Think about your own experience as a web user; are you really likely to stick around on a website that’s taking forever to present the information you need? Nope, and nor will your own visitors.
Of course, it’s worth taking a look first to check that any slow performance issues aren’t being caused by your website itself, but if everything looks good to go and it’s definitely your hosting server causing the problems, go ahead and make that big jump.
Worse than just slow performance, if your hosting company isn’t providing the kind of reliability they promised when you first signed up, then it’s definitely a sign that you should be moving to a more reliable hosting solution.
This is particularly an issue for shared hosting plans, though if you’re on a VPS or dedicated server, a dodgy hosting company’s penchant for unexpectedly going offline could still cause you issues, again driving away customers who may not return.
It’s not all doom and gloom here, and the reason for moving to a new cheap web hosting company might actually be a sign that all is going well -nay, not just well– but much more. If your website is developing to the point that you’re outgrowing the allocations and services provided by your shared plan, you may want to think about upgrading to a specialist Virtual Private Server or those aforementioned dedicated hosting solutions.
As we mentioned earlier, if you can get a better deal on these kind of hosting plans and pay less than the regular hosting fees charged by your current provider, then it’s time to pack up your site and move elsewhere.
Please remember though, that moving your entire website to a new server isn’t always the easiest thing to do, so it’s worth doing your research on how to do it, getting some outside help, or at least choosing a new hosting provider who’ll move your site over for free. Such services do exist, and they’re well worth the investment if you can find one that best suits your needs.