I am getting a new website, can I still use my old hosting provider?
It depends on what hosting you already have. If your existing hosting provides good quality service which is reasonably priced, we can go ahead and use that option. Otherwise, we may advise that you switch your hosting provider to one such as SiteGround. SiteGround is focused on WordPress as a platform and offers fast load times, secure hosting, along with good customer support where they speak in clear and simple terms and respond quickly. You do not need to be a Developer to talk to these guys. Expect to spend about €10 to €15 a month.
Many lower cost hosting options can offer this lower rate, simply because they cram loads of websites on each one of their physical servers, which are just computers for storing all the website files. This means that your load speed may be very slow. Also, these low cost operators may have poor quality sites or infected sites on the server alongside yours. There may be disreputable ‘spammers’ on your shared server. Such poor quality websites on the same server or IP address will give you a bad reputation with Google.
Imagine going on a low cost holiday and you end up in an apartment in a bad part of town and the place is seedy, full of dodgy people. You get what you pay for. Just like buying a home for your family, you look for the best location you can afford. The idea that you would invest thousands of euros in your website and then host it in a bad location, just to save €5 or €10 a month, is a bit mad. Invest in decent hosting to ensure the website is in good hands.
If you are still uncertain about whether you should switch hosting providers, talk to us and we will happily advise you on the best choice for your specific website. We do not ‘sell’ or provide hosting, as we believe it needs to be done by specialists.
Note: Ensure that your hosting account is in your name and on your credit card. Having the domain name and the hosting in your name is critical as it is like the deeds to your house. You want to be in control of these two items.