One misconception about web hosting is that all the hosting packages are the same.
There is much more to consider than choosing a certain amount of storage space and bandwidth.
Some of the things to consider include:
How well the servers are configured
The quality of the technical support
It might look like the only difference between hosting packages is price but it can be a mistake to put the cost of hosting as your main priority.
Below are a number of things that will help you know if your web hosting is holding you back and if it’s time to migrate to private hosting.
Your site has slow loading times
The loading time is the speed at which your website takes to load on a visitor’s browser.It is important because search engines like google use it as a ranking factor.Delays in loading times can also reduce sales conversions significantly.
While there are many things that can affect your loading time, such as your choice of theme and the number of plugins your website uses, one of the main factors is the type of web hosting you choose.
A high performance server can dramatically improve your speed. That’s why we recommend you migrate to private hosting.
Other users can drain your resources
If you are on a shared hosting platform, every website hosted on the server shares the resources provided by the server. This is not a problem most of the time. However, it takes only a couple of websites to start running resource heavy applications or start sending thousands of marketing emails, and this will negatively affect the performance of every site on the server.
Having your own private virtual server ensures that you do not share server resources with any other websites.
Your server has a bad IP reputation
The server in which your website is hosted has an IP address. If one of the other tenants in the server is carrying out malicious activities such as sending spam then the IP address can get blacklisted. This is very bad news for every other website hosted on that server as it can affect search engine ranking and leads to emails being blocked.
What makes it worse is that the owner of the site may not even be aware of what is happening. This could be a result of them having poor security measures in place or not updating their software.
Once a private server is provisioned to you, you will get your own dedicated IP which will only be affected by the activities of your site.
You cannot use the software you want.
In a shared hosting platform everyone is using the same server and the same operating system.The server is configured in a way that enables most of the websites to run optimally.
One issue with this is that you cannot use programs that are incompatible with that operating system and it is not possible to have the server configured differently just to accommodate a specific requirement.
If you have a critical need to run incompatible software, the best alternative is to have a server of your own.
The most affordable way to do this is to opt for a VPS.
Web hosting plays a critical role in the way a website performs.Choosing the right package and understanding when it is time to move to a different type of hosting is vital for the long term health and performance of your website.
If you are thinking of upgrading from shared hosting to private hosting, take a look at our VPS plans.
We also do migrations with zero down time and no data loss.
For more information contact us on 0739 416 724 or write to us at [email protected].