5 good reasons why you may need to change your web host now, before it is too lateWritten by Staff, Web-Host-Search
There is a very high possibility that changing your web host now could actually save you a lot of grief in near future. In past people have hardly paid attention to their web hosts and have thus been ignorant to fact that this is a choice that makes a huge impact on performance and ultimately success of any online venture.
1)Security at your web host matters The security settings of your web host matter. They actually matter a lot. So much so that security of your site from hacks and all other increasing online dangers depends on it. An intensive review of your web host may lead you to look at a few other web hosts and their infrastructure with intention of moving your hosting elsewhere.
2)Ddos attacks on another site in your hosts network will affect you The danger of Ddos attacks is on rise. Ddos or Distributed Denial-of-service attacks have been targeted at various well known sites in past costing losses.
These are attacks where massive false online traffic is generated towards your site, thus crippling it. The attack is executed when thousands of compromised zombie hosts are directed against a target. These zombie hosts are unwittingly recruited from millions of unprotected computers online and are quickly build up waiting for command to launch a Ddos attack. The symptoms are that a site receives impossibly high false traffic that literally shuts it down.
The protection from this menace does not come cheap. The most recent Cisco Ddos protection appliance costs about $200,000. What this means is that many web hosts will not have this protection. And what makes it worse is that attack does not need to be targeted against you for you to be affected. An attack on any single site a particular hosts' network will affect everybody.
Changing to a New Host? No More Worries!Written by Priyanka Agarwal
John's online business is expanding. His customers are increasing day by day. However, he feels very frustrated at moment as he finds his website is 'down' about every 4th day. Whenever he calls up support team of his web host, he gets same old answer that his problem will be rectified soon. If problems do persist it will surely hamper his business. He has been with his present hosting provider for last year but now he feels he has to find a new web host as soon as possible because his present hosting package is also not able to meet up with his growing demands. This is not a one-off occurrence that has happened only to John, it happens with many people like him. Changing web host might become a cumbersome task if John and other people like him don't know correct procedure of doing it. So, let's have a look at following easy and simple steps:
First of all, it's very important to have a backup of your website and everything related to it, like databases, scripts etc. It will be very helpful in case there is data loss because of any unforseen reason. Save at least 2 copies of everything and store them separately, so that you can work with one and other one will function as a backup. You can take backup in various ways. One is by using software programs like a FTP program (e.g. Smart FTP http://www.smartftp.com/) for downloading data. Now, time is to look for a new web host that meets all your requirements and provides better technical services than your previous host. Since you have already been through search procedure it won't take you much time to come across a reliable hosting company.
Once you have taken a new web-hosting plan and you are ready to upload your web pages, databases etc., check that you have received an IP number, FTP or FrontPage login, and password from your new hosting company. Now, upload all your files to new server; you are just repeating same procedure that you've done in past when you uploaded your files for very first time.
Only a few more steps more and you will be completely done. Before transferring your DNS servers over from your previous host to your new one, debug and test new site from an individual IP number. Check that all web pages exist, links point to right pages and that all your scripts are running. One important point which people always forget is their domain name expiration date. If you plan to move near expiration date, it could cause you lots of problems. To be on safe side, make sure that you have at least 3-4 weeks in hand before domain name expires, or just renew it for another year.