7 Common Web Hosting Disasters and How to Avert Them

Here you will find information about certain issues you may have with your hosting company, and details about how those issues may turn into an often-irrecoverable disaster for your website. This is followed by actionable instructions on how to avert and avoid these disasters.


1 - Upgrades at inopportune times and without warning

                                 This will mean that your website is going to go offline. Occasional downtime for software upgrades should be expected, but it is the host’s job to warn you about these upgrades and potential downtime. If you have bought hosting from servers within your own country, the upgrades will most likely happen at the early hours of the morning when your users are unlikely to be on your website. However, if your host servers are in a different time zone, or are poorly managed, then the upgrade may happen during the day and you will lose traffic/sales/subscriptions.

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                         If your web host does not give you warning before upgrading, then you will be caught unaware and a whole host of problems could ensue. Your server may go down as you are installing or upgrading your hosted content. It may also go off as you are having a much-publicized event on your website. Without any warning, you are going to lose traffic, and potentially cause yourself some massive problem if you are using the server at the time it goes down. 
This is a problem that may never happen to you, but to be on the safe side it is a good idea to check in advance with your potential new host. Ask if they give notifications of their next updates, and how they contact you. If they have an upgrade schedule that they can show you in advance then you are probably dealing with a host that is very good at managing its services. If your host does start an upgrade without warning you, then consider leaving their service, and make sure you go online and cause stink about it.

2 - Your host has poor security

This may result in the server becoming infected with a virus or malware, and it may also mean that a hacker could break. There are hundreds of problems that hackers, malware and viruses could cause your website, such as dismantling it, stealing from it, and even inserting code to rip off people who enter their credit card details.

                                    Your first thing you should do if your server is infected or hacked is to download your website and take it offline. You may wish to find a new web host quickly so that your website isn’t offline too long.

                          buying hosting services, you should check consumer reviews to find out if the host has had problems with security in the past. You should also note that hosts which pay a lot of money for security (anti-malware software, etc) are not often shy about telling people. They will probably brag about their security on their sales website, and even on their support website.

3 - Your host has too much downtime

When a website has downtime, it means that the host has taken the server offline. This can happen for a number of reasons, and very few hosts can promise 100% uptime. However, if it happens too often then it means your host is doing a very bad job, and it is going to affect your sales, subscriptions and your SEO (Search Engine Optimization).

             Severs may go down for a number of legitimate reasons, such as updates, etc. But, if it happens a lot then it may mean that the host is not maintaining the system properly, or that the host server(s) has been hacked or infected with a virus. Every minute that your website is offline will add up to you losing sales, viewers and potential subscribers. There are also punishments that Google will impose if your site goes offline too often (or for too long). They will usually lower your search engine ranking in accordance with how often, and how long, you are offline.
                       As you can imagine, if your website is offline fairly frequently it is going to be difficult to climb back up the search engine results page. Prior to buying web hosting, you need to research into how much downtime your web host has per year. Once you have purchased web hosting you will need to use a downtime monitor to see if you web host is keeping true to its word. If not, you will need to change hosts before your SEO is ruined.

4 - Very bad customer support

This can happen in a number of ways (as with many companies). Their static online support (FAQs, tutorials, etc) may be terrible. Their live online support may be slow, and may have support staff that simply cut you off when they are stuck. Their phone support may also be terrible, unhelpful, and even rude. If you have a problem that is affecting your traffic, sales, productivity or online PR then poor customer service is not going to do you any favors.

How you get around this will involve a little bit of give and take. You need to do a lot of research into your potential new host to see if they have any negative reviews about them. Look for people complaining about customer service, because many people are compelled to take time out of their busy schedules to complain about poor customer service. On your part, if you ever had a bad customer service experience then you too must go onto consumer complaint websites, forums and social media and tell anyone who will listen. Do not forget that your host was happy to take your money, so make sure you warn other people not to make the same mistake and the host will lose sales.

5 - A host that does not allow you to leave

                         You need to be able to leave your web host. If disaster strikes or you experience any problems similar to the ones on this article, then you are going to have to leave the host. If they do not let you then you will have to suffer with their poor service. Some will not allow you to leave until the contract is finished, and if they control your domain name then there is little you can do.

You can get around this by checking the terms and conditions of the host prior to buying. This does mean reading all the small print, but the small print is fairly easy to read once you get into the swing of it. Also, make sure that your domain name is registered away from you host. That will mean that you control what happens with your domain name and the host company cannot hold it hostage.

6 - Your web host thinks “Cloud” means “On the Internet”

                    This is a problem because “Cloud” is supposed to mean that you data is mirrored on multiple servers for extra security. A company that offers Cloud hosting should keep your data stored on multiple computers that work in synchronization. Cloud hosting does not have a fixed definition, and a Cloud hosting company may simply keep your data on one server. You need to check to see if your Cloud hosting has multiple backup copies, so that you website is secure if the server is compromised or goes offline.

You should check the services of any hosting service you purchase. You need to make sure that they have enough backup redundancy. Ideally, your website and its content should be mirrored across a number of secure servers. As an extra precaution, you should save a copy of your website onto your computer hard drive, so that if your hosting service goes offline, you can upload your website to a new host.

If you host (cloud or otherwise) only places your website onto one server, then if that server goes down, is compromised or infected with a virus, then you may lose your website.

7 - A slow server that has been oversold

There are numerous reasons why a server may run slowly, but nowadays the most common reason is because the server has been oversold. It only has a finite amount of bandwidth and space. But, some hosts will oversell their servers so that too many people are trying to access it at once. During peak times it will mean that all the websites hosted on the server will slow to a crawl.

A slow website will be abandoned by loyal viewers, and new viewers (traffic) will bounce at a far higher rate. It is also going to affect your loading time, which is then going to lower your websites SEO with Google.

Avoid this by ignoring the “too good to be true” claims of web hosts, and be wary of hosts that offer a lot of web space and bandwidth for very little money. Be especially cautious around hosts that offer any thing unlimited that does not come with a steep price, because it is often governed by a fair use policy which your other service buyers will be ignoring (to your websites detriment). Furthermore, you should try out a few websites that are hosted by the company you are looking at. Try them during peak times to see if they are sluggish to use or slow to load.

I Never Recommend 2gb hosting. there Share Server going Offline Twice a day.

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