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WHEN YOU SHOULD UPGRADE THE HOSTING PLAN

WHEN YOU SHOULD UPGRADE THE HOSTING PLAN

We are living in a digitally dominated world that is expanding rapidly in tandem with the advancement of technology. As a result, the use of electronic devices has increased and people spend most of the time online. From messaging and reading the news to shopping and banking, people are leveraging online platforms. Millions of websites are available at present, which means people have lots of choices. Hence, if one website underperforms, people will simply choose another. You get an idea about the strength of the competition, don’t you? So, as far as a website owner is concerned, if his website outgrows the current hosting plan, he must upgrade.

Most of the start-up businesses opt for shared hosting to kickstart their online journey because only minimal resources would be enough for a start-up business since the traffic won’t be that high and the website requirements would be less initially. Over time, the website outgrows the expectations and perhaps gets a better inflow of traffic, and at this point there no option other than upgrading the hosting plan. This enables a website to be more flexible, scalable, and perform well. This also enables the website to contain the traffic without causing any downtime. The decision to upgrade should be timely made when the signs start to be visible. There are many occasions when you should consider plan upgradation. Let’s see that.

When traffic has exponentially risen
Every website owner strongly desires to receive more traffic and it helps in the growth of business surely. On the sour note, the rise in the traffic can disrupt the performance of the website hosted on a shared server as it doesn’t boast enough resources to keep traffic in check. Average or low traffic can be contained in shared hosting, however, things can go out of hand once the traffic rises. If you face such issues then there is nothing you can do other than upgrading the plan to a bigger one.

When the server performance is poor
In shared hosting, there is a high chance for the performance of a website to be sluggish since the resources are shared with other websites. People have less patience and they expect a website to get loaded as fast as possible. Hence, if the sluggishness continues and you don’t take appropriate action, then you’ll likely lose your customers and it will affect your business. Moreover, your competitor will get a better edge over you. This indicates that you ought to upgrade your plan when your website doesn’t perform well, to a VPS hosting or Dedicated hosting plan in which the resources aren’t shared.

When you want customization
Administrative control is something you will not get in shared hosting. You will not have the authority to customize the resources according to the rise in needs since it is shared, rather you have to adjust and be settled with the default resources you get. If the need for customization is dire, then you can go for VPS hosting or Dedicated hosting in which you could upgrade the resources in tandem with the rise in your needs.

When you need better security features
The rapid growth of technology is definitely a boon but it can be a bane too. When one set of people uses technology positively to build digital products and grow their businesses, there is another set that utilizes technology for fraudulent activities. Since this is the case, security is a real big deal. The pre-equipped security features of shared hosting can protect small websites almost perfectly. However, when the business grows and the security needs enhance, shared hosting can’t help much because of the inability to strengthen or customize the security measures. This is why it is recommended to upgrade your hosting plan once you start requiring enhanced security features. In VPS hosting and dedicated hosting, you get the complete authority to install any security-boosting software according to your needs.

When you want to expand your website
Small business owners with higher ambition always aim at being one of the leaders in the industry. Hence, they’ll look forward to growing their business by increasing their services and, apparently they will have to expand their website accordingly. The expansion will be followed by a disruption in the website performance if the website is hosted on a shared server because more resources will be required which a shared server cannot provide. Hence, the ideal solution is to upgrade the hosting plan so that you will work seamlessly

When you need root access
Software like WHM and cPanel have made server and hosting account management a lot easier. Even a person without technical knowledge can easily use the aforementioned server management software. Therefore, a good percent of website owners prefer to manage their website and server on their own rather than entrusting it with the web hosts. However, one cannot get full root access in shared hosting plans since the resources are shared with other websites. Hence, if you need full root access, there is no other than upgrading your plan to VPS or dedicated. This will make you the captain of the ship and allows you to install any software according to your needs.

When you notice the rise in bounce rate
If you are doing SEO for your website, you will certainly know the statistics on the bounce rate. The increase in the bounce rate can adversely affect your business. If the analytics shows the bounce rate has increased, then consider it as a threat to your business. When there are umpteen businesses working online, customers will never wait for a slow site to fully load. Instead, they will opt for an alternative website as simple as that. Only the fittest can survive in this tight competition. The slowness in loading a page or sluggish performance can be due to insufficient resources of the server. Ergo, this can be tackled if the hosting plan is upgraded.

HOW TO MIGRATE YOUR WEBSITE TO A NEW HOST

HOW TO MIGRATE YOUR WEBSITE TO A NEW HOST

To get your dream website online, hosting is essential. There is an umpteen number of hosting companies at present and there are different kinds of hosting solutions that cater to different needs. When the demands of already hosted websites increase, there is an option to upgrade the plans to a better one and there is another option, which is changing the host. Simply put, website migration to a new host. Why migrate? Because over time, your website might transform into an enormous one and the current host might no longer be able to meet your requirements. Another case is that you come to know about a company that offers a better service at a better price compared to your existing host or you get dissatisfied with the performance or uptime of the current server. For the sake of your business, migrating to a new host would be the ideal choice rather than adhering to your current host unwillingly. Talking about migration, the transfer of files and databases can be a difficult task and one might get bewildered on how to do it. Are you someone like that? Worry not. This blog will walk you through the steps of website migration and give you a clear picture of it.

 

Select a Host after detailed research
Choosing another host shouldn’t be a spontaneous move. It is important to invest some time for good research because you have to ensure that the host you are about to select will be better than your current host and perfect to satisfy your needs. Selecting a host quickly without enquiring much will potentially lead to the same problems you are facing currently. It would be like getting up from one pit and falling into another one. Hence, understand your needs, take time, and do research, prepare a shortlist, make a comparison, and then only select a host. Perhaps, the shortlisting phase will be easy as pie since there are ample hosting companies offering various hosting solutions at attractive prices. However, when it comes to settling with a hosting company finally, it can get baffling. To ease the process, you could crosscheck the resources they are offering, check the goodwill or rating of the company, and most importantly the customer feedbacks and testimonials. It is also important to ensure the host you opt for is well equipped to support your website in the long run.

Let your customers be aware
With the advancement in technology, website migration has become seamless. The files, databases, and e-mails if any can be easily transferred to the new host. However, there is a possibility for the occurrence of minor downtime. Therefore, keep your customers informed about your migration so that they will understand even if they come across any downtime. Otherwise, your phone might incessantly ring or your mail inbox will be stuffed with complaint mails. This can affect your reputation and you may even lose your customers. Hence, play it safe by informing your customers prior to the migration.

Backup your website files
All your efforts to build your business would be in vain if you end up losing your website files. Therefore, do not take a risk that’s not worth taking. Backup all your website files and databases to your computer because while migration, if there is any error, you might end up losing your files. Then this whole migration would be nothing less than futile. You may even have to start from scratch which will be quite strenuous and to reach a place where you are now at present will be time-consuming. Hence, back up your files prior to transferring and keep your business safe.

Kickstart file transfer
Now that you have found a new host, did the arrangements to host your website, informed your beloved customers, and backed up your files, it is finally the time to transfer your website files and databases. Some companies help you to migrate or else you have to do it manually. At Malabar, we normally help the customers migrate free of cost so that they can just sit back and relax after filing the migration request.

Let’s talk about manual file transfer briefly.
In the case of transferring the database, it can be done conveniently for both dynamic websites and CMS websites. For dynamic websites, you are required to export the database from the old host and import it to the new host. This can be easily done through the cPanel dashboard. Talking about the database transfer of a CMS website, you have to install applications that are required for database transfer at the new host or you could use the in-built options that come with the CMS. For example, In WordPress, then you could leverage the native import/export functionality to transfer your database. This way databases can be transferred to your new host.

Similarly, you have to upload your website files too. All you have to do is, download the files from the old host and upload it to the root folder of the new host via FTP. For WordPress websites, you can either do this through cPanel by zipping the files in the main folder and uploading it to the new host or you can make use of plugins like Duplicator or All-in-one WP migration which helps you to easily migrate the files even without much technical knowledge.

Change the DNS setting
Within this stage, all your files will be moved to the new host and now you must direct your visitors to the new host else, they will be misdirected to error pages. This can be done with the help of your domain registrars which can be your old host too. If it’s the old host, you have to acquire new DNS settings from your new host and replace the old DNS or you could transfer the DNS to a third party registrar. Otherwise, you just have to point the DNS to the new host at your current registrar. It will take a few hours to 2 days for the changes to come into effect.

Test your website & Delete old host account
Basically speaking, you have your website live now. However, carry out some testing before you start using it because minor errors might occur.
Let your test be comprehensive and ensure your website is working perfectly in every aspect. Once you are convinced about the working, gradually delete your old host account and bid goodbye.

Conclusion
Website migration is convenient at present. However, it might get confusing when we manually transfer the files. So, it is always better to choose a hosting company that will help you with migration so that you will not be having any headache. Moreover, the chance for technical errors will reduce. We hope that you will no longer have doubts regarding the steps of website migration.