Behind every great website is a superb hosting service. But not all websites are built on strong foundations; some are held up by rickety scaffolding, which at any minute could cave in on itself and land the unlucky owner in hot water. Foreseeing vulnerabilities in your hosting capabilities isn’t always straightforward, but there are a few situations that present a greater threat to your online security than others.
If your hosting provider falls into any of the following brackets, you might want to explore alternatives:
Overseas web hosting
We live in a global economy, right? So you might think nothing of choosing a reputable web host from the US, or taking a hosting recommendation from your freelancer in India. However, overseas web hosting will not only result in slower download speeds for your website, it will also make dealing with any hiccups unnecessarily difficult.
Time zones and language barriers can wreak havoc for business owners who can count every minute in lost revenue. Choosing a UK-based web hosting company will give you peace of mind that, in the event of a problem, you can instantly access someone who can help.
Cheap hosting providers
Of course, not all UK web hosting services are equal; you really do get what you pay for. Cheap hosting companies are able to undercut their competitors because they cram their servers to bursting point with websites, meaning they’re prone to a lot more problems.
Then when an issue does arrive, you’re a ‘one in a million’ business owner seeking their support – and not in a good sense of the term. So while you may gain the satisfaction of saving a couple of pounds every month, you’ll regret cutting corners later down the line.
Your web designer
It might seem like the logical choice to let your web developer take care of hosting as well as your website maintenance. However, there are several reasons why putting all your eggs in one basket is a risky decision. Firstly, if you happen to sever ties with your agency on unsavoury terms, your website could be held hostage as collateral.
Even if you can’t ever imagine such a situation arising with your trusty web developer, they might let you down in the event that their own servers fail. As most agencies host all of their clients’ websites on one server, there’s no backup to prevent downtime for your business. And because your DNS will be hosted on this too, your emails will also be vulnerable to the great digital void.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to find out if your web hosting service is up to scratch. As Nominet partners, Linten Technologies provide secure, reliable hosting solutions for domain names, websites and emails. We also offer remote monitoring and back up services, minimising the risk of downtime.
Our fuss-free migration and managed DNS service mean you can focus on business-critical matters, while leaving your digital infrastructure in safe hands. For more information about making the switch, give Steven Allan a call on 0800 612 7125. Alternatively, complete this form and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.