For quite some time, you’ve been with a modest hosting company that is able to provide you with the things that you need online. However, your business also has considerably grown over the years but the problem with your current provider is that their services do not scale well with your growing needs.
So, you’re thinking of migrating to one of the best web hosting companies out there, but you have to wait first because migrating your entire website and domain is not that simple. It requires a multi-step process to be done before everything is settled.
In today’s article, I will go over some of the things that you need to know before moving to a new hosting service provider.
Take a Look at the Features
When looking for a new hosting company, it is important that you look at the features that they give you when you sign up. If you are running a business website, the things that you need to consider the most are bandwidth, disk space, customization, the ability to install an operating system of your choosing, server uptime or reliability, and amazing customer service.
What was the last operating system you have used in your previous hosting company? You have to make sure that your new host will be able to support the OS you’ve once used before.
That being said, most of the companies nowadays allow you to install either Linux or Windows OS. Depending on what OS you’re going to use, you also need to install a database as well.
For Linux systems, you should be using MySQL. For windows, you need to get Microsoft Access.
For online businesses, it is imperative that you go for a hosting company that is known to have an amazing server uptime.
Even though you should never believe in claims that they operate their servers 100% of the time, you still want to go with a provider that ensures smooth operation across the board.
You see, when the server goes down, your website will be inaccessible and every minute that it cannot be accessed could be detrimental to the success of your online business.
People who wanted to visit your website but are unable to might think that your website is down or that you are conducting some shady business ventures.
Therefore, it is important that you think about this very carefully and go with a company that ensures your website is inaccessible for as long as possible.
Whether you want to talk to the hosting provider about server reliability or if you want assistance about anything, you want to go with a company that you can talk to.
I’ve had friends who told me that there are some hosting companies where you are only greeted with an AI-generated voice message and not an actual person.
You need to be able to talk to one of their agents so that your problem can be addressed in a timely and professional manner.