If you are like most WordPress website owners that I know, you probably take care of your site as if it were your own baby. You feed it with good content, keep your WordPress updated and choose themes that look good to the eyes.
Like a doting parent, you most likely do everything you can to keep your website secure from attacks as it grows to meet your goals.
These things get easier to do as time goes by. Soon enough it becomes routine as you get used to doing pretty much the same tasks all over again. But, have you ever asked yourself if staying with your current WordPress host is still the best option for you?
The following key points will alert you of any flags that you may or may not have noticed that can change your mind about your hosting solution of choice.
Has your site’s server been going down a lot lately? Have you been sending a lot more trouble tickets to customer service than before? Do you seem to be in constant contact with technical support lately?
One thing you should expect when starting a blog is that downtimes happen every once in a while. But frequent downtimes? No way.
This is one massive red flag should alert you. You earn from your website because blogging helps small businesses and big businesses alike. A good blog draws in customers like bees to honey. But is you start getting more downtimes aside from the occasional scheduled maintenance, you don’t only lose money. You lose valuable traffic as well. I mean, who likes to visit a website that’s always inaccessible anyway?
You know what else people don’t like to visit? Slow websites. Sluggish sites are a certified breeding ground for those “My grandma is faster” jokes.
One of the things you need to know before buying a website or starting a WordPress blog is that people tend to leave websites that take forever to load. Especially when there are faster ones where they can get practically the same information from that they can get from yours.
Host-wise, there are two usual reasons that cause a website’s slow load time.
First, it could be that your website is getting too many requests. Which isn’t always a bad thing. Too many requests mean you’re getting a huge number of visitors accessing data from your website.
The second factor, which is a much clearer indication that your web host may not be good enough anymore, is that there may be too many clients on one server.
This is one reason not to choose a cheap web host just because you want to save a few bucks. They may charge less, but at the same time put more clients on a single server than it can handle. End result? Downtimes and extremely poor site speed and performance.
3. Allocated Storage
Correct me if I’m wrong, but one of your goals in starting a website or creating a blog in the first place is to push it to grow bigger. That’s why you apply effective SEO techniques and look for various ways to boost your WordPress blog or website or website to gain a bigger audience.
As that happens, you’ll be having more visitors and your site will consume more resources than when you started out. If your current web host is not able to accommodate this growth, it will give birth to a lot of issues.
We mentioned speed in the previous item. Now, if the allocated storage your hosting service provides you is not enough to carry the demands of your site and traffic, your site could get slow enough to not be able to function anymore.
If that isn’t a sign that you should scout for a better host, then I don’t know what is.
4. Server Resource abuse or over-usage notifications
Web hosts usually suspend accounts due to three reasons:
- You forgot to pay your bill
- Your site has been flagged for illegal or suspicious activity
- Your site has been infected by malware or similar attacks
Of course, there are other reasons. Like if you forgot to maintain your domain registration, for example. That’s one thing to put on top of your regular to-do list.
Still, there are some web hosts that will also suspend your site if you exceed your accounts usage limits. This, however, can be a sign that your current hosting service is unable to scale with you. If so, time to look for a host that will be able to hold up well as your site continues to grow.
Regardless of how strong you try to make your WordPress against security attacks, all that effort goes to waste if your pair yourself with a hosting service that has poor security.
One thing you should look for in a web host is advanced DDoS protection. They also should be able to assure you of free recovery if ever your site gets hacked, especially if caused by flaws from their end.
Site speed and performance must not be the only basis for switching to a different web host solution. This is because there are other factors in your website or blog setup that could affect speed.
However, speed issues coupled with anything else that you can find on this list should be your signal to start thinking.
If you’re not sure where to look, this list of top 10 Web Hosts for 2017 from PCMag is a good place to begin.
Finding the best WordPress web host can take time. But, if it’s for the good of your website, then it’s a worthwhile endeavor. With the help of other WordPress tools and plugins, like the WordPress Automation Software, it will be easier for you to maintain your website if you have a reliable hosting solution to back you up.
That’s why a good host is worth spending your time and money looking for.