Hosting your WordPress site can be a tricky business. A blog filled with creative content is the best way to build a reputation and generate quality traffic, but once the load time spikes more than 5 seconds, your visitor loses interest.
“Damn, this site is too slow – my grandma drives faster.”
Apart from load times, there are quite a few factors which indicate poor technical conditions of an otherwise good blog. We’re assuming that you have a self-hosted WordPress blog in a reliable shared web hosting company. But of late, you feel like you’ve outgrown your web host – and it’s time to move on to greener pastures. We’ve been there, done that!
So here’s a list of factors which (we think) should help you decide when it’s time to leave your current shared web host.
10 Ticks to Tell its Time to Change Your Web Host
Site load time exceeds 5 seconds
Your site’s speed is a crucial factor when it comes to search engine rankings and lead generation. In simple terms, a faster site wins. There are two main reasons for a website’s lengthy load time:
- Too many requests: Indicates that you have a lot of visitors requesting content from your site.
- Too many clients per server: This is a clear indication of a bad web host. They charge less, but stuff too many clients in one server – way more than the server could handle. This results in frequent downtime and terrible performance.
You constantly keep hitting your bandwidth limit
This is clear indication that you’ve outgrown your web host. More visitors = higher bandwidth consumption. You might also have a lot of images and other downloadable content in your website. Try using a free CDN service like CoralCDN or Cloudflare for huge bandwidth savings and a performance boost. If you’re serious about a CDN, check out our review of MaxCDN and some tutorials how to set it up in your blog with WP Super Cache or W3 Total Cache or WP Rocket.
The allocated storage doesn’t cut it
This factor is somewhat relative. A 3 month old photographic blog can run out of 10 GB disk space faster than a 12 month old personal blog. But as time goes by, you’re going to want the extra HDD space.
Too much downtime
This is a crystal clear indication of a poor web host. It’s probably caused due server abuse by a particular individual, or, it’s simply a case of overstocking. You loose traffic, SERP rankings and reputation – all thanks to downtime. Nobody wants a site that doesn’t open half the time – no matter how awesome the content is.
You get notifications of server resource abuse or over-usage
A good shared hosting company will always give you a notification, followed by a fair warning before they suspend or terminate your hosting account. The three most popular reasons being high resource usage, copyright issues or payment delays. In our case, its resource abuse. Well, you’re not intentionally abusing resources. Put up a “down for maintenance” notification in your site and start making preparations for the next hosting provider.
You frequently open server related support tickets
That’s not good. Be it random downtimes, or an infinitely slow website, frequent support tickets are a bad sign. Some companies respond pretty fast –
Dear Mr. Bond, I apologize for the inconvenience caused. We're working on fixing the issue as soon as possible. Please contact us for any more queries. Best Regards, Daniel Craig
I mean, its understandable that the site goes down for a scheduled maintenance, or a HDD has failed, but a weekly downtime will cost you money!
Restrictions on the number of MySQL databases
As your site grows, its a wise practice to test new plugins and themes in an experimental replica of your site. Each copy of WordPress requires one MySQL database. But some companies only allow 1 database. If you’re in one of them, best move out while you still can. We would recommend using WPEngine’s staging area in this regard. The stating area creates a replica of your site, for you to carry out experiments. Once you’ve implemented something new, simply move it over to the live site.
Proper backups not taken
Backups are one of the most crucial aspects of any form data. Regular automated backups is excellent while weekly backups still do. However, if I’m the only one responsible for backups, I’d probably go for another company.
Cyber attacks happen. We have to deal with it.
Most shared hosting companies come with an entry-level anti-malware software in their control panel.
DDoS protection is very expensive and generally don’t accompany shared hosting. Managed hosting companies provide you with advanced DDoS protection. WPEngine promises a free recovery from a hacked site.
You spend more time explaining the problem to customer support
A clear indication of poor, un-knowledgeable customer support. If the server folks don’t understand your concern – how are they going to fix it? If you spend 5 or 6 replies in a ticket just to make them understand your issue, its best to move your site to another hosting provider.
If you are starting a new (personal) blog and you don’t want to handle any technical issues, then I would recommend going for a free WordPress.com account. Why? Read below:
- You have the option of buying a domain (.com/.net/.org at $18 USD and .me at $25 USD) at the time of registration and other cool add-ons. This gives your site a professional look (most people won’t know you’re using free hosting).
- Absolutely zero downtime: The WordPress.com grid powers tens of millions of blogs – which practically never go down. Also, as an FYI, the WordPress VIP Grid powers sites like NYTimes, Time Mag, TechCrunch, to name a few.
- You won’t be able to (accidentally) mess up your blog – that’s because you won’t be in charge of handling the technical aspects like installing caching/SEO plugins; which I might add, could turn out to be a huge disadvantage in the long run – for technical/how-to/DIY blogs.
On the other hand, if you know your way around hosting a WordPress blog – then we’d recommend SiteGround as the best shared web host. Once you’re convinced that you do need to change your host, selecting the next best company can also be a tricky task. Do it wrong and you’ll be taken for a ride.
For all WordPress blog related hosting, we at WPKube highly recommend WPEngine. Its pricing is a bit steep, but the sheer number of features is breathtaking, to say the least. Check out our review of WPEngine to know what I’m talking about.
- BlueHost – One of the oldest web hosts started in the industry, BlueHost has become the largest brand name when it comes to affordable hosting for WordPress websites.
- SiteGround – The most affordable hosting which focuses on providing unique WordPress security and premium support. Use our special deal to get 60% off.
- WPEngine – A bit expensive but perfect for WordPress websites. It is mostly for those people who do not have the time or skills to deal with the technical side of hosting.
To draw a conclusion to the conclusion – what’s your favorite WordPress web host? And why?