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A Few Tips to Avoid a Bad Hosting Company - Knowing When to Move

by Devon

Sometimes, not all of us are fortuitous enough to get it right the first time. Despite our knowledge, our know-how, and our research, we sometimes still manage to end up with a bad Web host. So, what if this happens to you? What can you do? Well, there are a few options on the table, so don't give up on your website just yet. You can still restore what remains of your online empire, even if it seems like the host you went with has ruined all of your traffic.

Before you can leave, you need to know when to get out. You need to know what signs to look for to know if you should be finding a new host. When can you know for sure? There are a few things you can look for that we will discuss here.

First off, if you are experiencing outages of any kind, it is a sign of trouble. But, if you are experiencing enough outages that your website is offline for over 15% of the time, then it is definitely time to look for a new Web host. And this does not mean that you should take your time either, you need to find one yesterday! Outages can cause irreparable damage to your website, making it hard for you to get your good name back. With most websites, the key to your success is being able to be up and running all the time, not just some of the time. How often have you been irritated because your favorite store closed earlier than you thought it did? Well, think of a website in the same way, it should be open 24 hours a day, no less.

If you're feeling like it is tough deciding to leave your host, that is normal. It is not often an easy decision to make, especially if all you are having is a series of very small problems and no big ones. A lot of people think that the next host might be even worse, so they can keep putting up with these problems knowing they won't get fixed. While you may have to pay a couple dollars a month more for your Web hosting, you will be able to find a host that offers the quality you expect and deserve. A better host will often mean more repeat and new visitors for your site as well!

Devon writes about Web hosting and related topics.

Saturday, Jan 2nd, 2010