You might have started out with a particular web hosting service provider and things were working fine for sometime. But, now your website has become a lot more popular that it is receiving a large number of visitors per minute, to an extent that the present server in which the web pages are hosted is not able to withstand the burgeoning traffic. Such a chance is higher, if you have hosted your website for free. When the current host is not able to meet the growing demands of bandwidth and storage, it is time to look for a more robust service provider. But, how to find one who exactly meets the requirements of your website, from the thousands of web hosting service providers available in the country and abroad?
Well, there are no hard and fast rules to it, but with the application of some simple thought and common sense, you could discern the ideal web hosting service provider from a lesser one. The following steps would help you to do so.
First, see if the web hosting service provider offers the required bandwidth and enough storage for all the required files associated with your website. This is very crucial, especially if your website has a higher prospect to grow further in the coming months or so. It is not that easy a job to change web hosts often.
Secondly, check out if the web host server is running in Windows or UNIX. When you host your website in the new server, if the files end up not compatible with the hosting software, then there is no point in the whole exercise. For example, if your webpage has Microsoft FrontPage extensions, it is of no use if the web hosting server does not offer Microsoft FrontPage compatibility. Remember, adaptability is of prime importance when it comes to efficient web hosting.
In an ideal scenario, a person browsing the website must not get an inkling that something has changed in the background. That is, the website, even after having hosted to a new server, must be able to provide the same level of features it used to offer earlier. In order to ensure that, while changing the web hosting service provider, make sure that the new one also offers the same features that the old host had been offering (such as auto responders and mail forwarding).
Avoid shared servers as much as possible. Even if you go for a shared server, checkout to see that it does not have any adult sites hosted in it. In busy hours, it could cause other websites to slow down considerably.
Finally, checkout various forums and review websites of existing users and see their opinion on the new web hosting service provider. Such resources provide a near perfect customer perception about the given service providers.
Once you have selected a web hosting service provider and hosted the website, don’t detach yourself from the old host in one go. It is important to backup your website from the old host by a redirecting page to the new server for the first 48 hours at least. This design will ensure that the netizens will be able to view your new website even if its IP address has not propagated yet. It takes about two days for a website to get listed in most of the domain servers in the web.