Sunday, September 1, 2013, AM | 2 Comments
Once in a while, everyone has some issues with their web hosting service. That’s probably OK depending on how much your business gets hurt. It’s entirely up to you how to deal with it. However, if some issues become sticky frequently on a regular basis, then you must take action accordingly.
First off, you should decide which option is good for your blog: free or paid hosting service.
I’ll assume that you already are subscribing to a fully paid hosting service. If you have problems with your existing hosts and you have exhausted all possible venues to get them to give you better service, then the best way would be to take your business somewhere else, to a good and reputable web host.
A few days ago, my host all of a sudden disappeared for a couple of hours. I try to publish at least one post a day. When the system came back on, I checked my blog http://doablefinance.com/. The host had chewed up the whole 2012 posts (more than 360) and all 2013 posts.
The most recent post that I saw was Jan. 3, 2012.
Don’t stick with your existing hosting services for long if you find the following sticky issues happening on a regular basis:
You cannot afford to be down frequently. When the web hosting service advertises to be up and running 99.999%, it better be. If you have a business to run, you will lose money. Make sure the service is keeping its promise.
Don’t call us, we will call you
That’s the attitude some hosting services follow. On the contrary, you need to be able to contact someone and discuss the problem. You should be expecting good and prompt support so that your problem can be solved.
Your site is running at turtle speed
If it is not of your own design because of heavy graphics, flash and other such huge images, then take it up with your hosting service. When they promise a certain bandwidth, they must provide it.
Your web host has too many security holes
In your business, that could be the most important issue. Security is a big issue on the Internet. They must modify their software with security patches.
Restrictions with unlimited bandwidth and storage
There are always some restrictions on their bandwidth and disk space. They advertise unlimited but you must check their fine prints. Before you go with the service, ask them questions on this issue.
In a Nutshell
You hope for the best but you should be prepared for the worst. If your hosting service is giving you problems, ask them to resolve them within a reasonable time. If your business is hurting, it may be time to switch to another hosting service.