Breaking up is hard to do. We get it. The decision to switch your hosting company can be difficult. Change is difficult.
As someone that’s personally used many WordPress hosting companies over the years, there was good reason why I decided to work at Rocket and what makes us so different than everyone else.
But when is it finally time to cut loose and make the change?
There are also a lot of providers who specialize in WordPress hosting or at least advertise hosting for WordPress. So, how do you decide who to go with?
Good hosting is one of the key components of any successful website. Sure, choosing the best WordPress hosting for your needs can improve your findability, increase sales, and help you sleep easier – but in the long term, it can also save you money.
There are different types of WordPress hosting options such as shared, VPS, dedicated and managed WordPress hosting. We’re a WordPress hosting provider, and we’d like to help you decide which is the best WordPress hosting for your websites. Maybe it’s us, maybe it’s someone else. Okay, it’s actually us.
7 Practical Reasons Why You Should Change Your WordPress Hosting Company. Now.
Relationships change. Our needs change. It happens. Maybe there’s nothing you can put your finger on. It may be that the solutions offered by your host simply no longer match what you envisaged when you started managing your websites. It may have worked at the beginning but, well, websites change, right?
Don’t settle for the minimum WordPress requirements from your hosting provider. If there’s any future in your relationship, your host needs to show you some love.
1. Change your WordPress host before you’re hacked.
We’ve seen this from many customers migrating to Rocket, their websites have been hacked already from their previous hosting company and they had no idea about it. Whether for data protection reasons or because of an increased risk of hacker attacks – if your hosting provider can’t offer secure servers, it’s more than advisable to switch to another provider.
Our secure WordPress hosting utilizes Cloudflare’s Website Application Firewall (WAF) to scan every request coming to your WordPress site to ensure it’s safe before it’s sent to our servers.
Good security management and reliable server support are standard services and should be the minimum that a hoster provides. If security isn’t guaranteed, the consequences can be catastrophic. If you’ve ever been hacked, you know what we mean.
Not only is there the threat of user and customer data abuse, but also considerable financial setbacks that can end your and your customer’s business overnight.
Rocket.net’s secure WordPress hosting takes WordPress protection to the highest level with enterprise-level security solutions to keep your website safe and always online.
2. Always change your WordPress host when you have little or no support.
As long as your websites are running well, poor support may be a minor problem, but it becomes difficult when quick help is needed, e.g. in the event of website failure, error messages or setup questions.
It’s extremely important that your host is available free of charge (without an expensive service number) 365 days a year. Problems or questions can also arise at the weekend or on public holidays. It’s important that the provider is available and can help competently so that you can continue to work quickly.
With over 20+ years of experience in hosting and WordPress, our team is here to help 24 hours a day.
“Our industry-leading WordPress Support team can be contacted at any time directly from your WordPress control panel. Whether you’re looking to create a ticket or chat live with a representative, we’re always just a few clicks away.”
3. Change your WordPress host when your website becomes too slow.
Poor website performance, such as slow loading time or even website failures, can be caused by the site itself or by the host. Check whether your site is the culprit. Then there are Core Web Vitals and providing a great experience for your visitors, with numerous free tools to check how user-friendly your website is such as PageSpeed Insights.
If the delays and failures are due to the host (server response time for instance), a change is recommended. Websites that don’t function reliably don’t go down well with Google or your customers.
Of course, it may also be that the websites are now too large for your hosting package and perhaps simply upgrading will solve the problems. Perhaps. If an upgrade isn’t possible, a move to another host is probably wise.
The host’s server location plays a large and important role in speed too: if the servers aren’t located in the cloud, then your website may load like lightning in Philly, but not in Boise.
Thanks to our fine-tuned Enterprise CDN, we make sure all of your website visitors from around the world get an equally incredible, lightning-fast browsing experience. No configuration is required, and there are no hidden costs.
4. Change your WordPress host when the hosting price increases.
Hosting companies shouldn’t be charging for every new feature they launch. They need to provide value and earn your trust. Rocket launches new hosting features on a regular basis – available to all of our customers without raising our prices.
Regardless of what you buy, price is going to have an impact. Don’t get fooled into a hosting package that seems too cheap to be true either. Some hosting providers advertise low prices, but then hide a lot of extra fees in the contract. Hosting renewal fees. Domain renewal fees. You may be tied into renewal fees that are far too high.
So be wary of providers who offer bargain-basement prices for domains and hosting. At Rocket.net, our pricing never changes. We add no extra costs for features that should be free. Rocket offers transparent pricing that won’t go up in the future.
With both a 30-day money-back guarantee and $1 special intro pricing for all plans, the Rocket.net pricing policy has always been ‘what you see is what you get’ with no hidden upsells. Unlike our competition, we’ll never do price hikes on renewals.
5. Change your WordPress host when there are too few features.
Besides a good price, we expect a few things from our WordPress host. Right out of the box probably the four most important are:
- Server availability (uptime — always)
- Storage space
- Server performance
- and (amazing) customer support
We offer the fab four, as well as a number of additional features that can make the difference when choosing to stay with your host:
- An easy-to-use WordPress control panel
- Expert WordPress support
- Malware protection
- Free WordPress migrations
- Enterprise CDN
- Our Rocket.net Edge Network
- WordPress web firewall (WAF)
- Automatic WordPress updates
- WordPress activity logging
Sounds like a lot — and it is a lot. But at our core, we really only offer three features, but they’re dope! Easy. Fast. Secure. That’s it!
Free domains and free migrations are pretty cool – but can your hosting provider offer you a private cloud?
“Having our own Private Cloud allows Rocket.net to stay far ahead of the competition with incredible features such as Live Migration. Live Migration allows us to instantly migrate an entire host node to brand new underlying hardware with zero downtime or customer involvement!”
6. Change your WordPress host to eliminate extra plugins.
There are currently over 60,000 plugins in the WordPress plugin directory. You probably don’t need all of them, but even the plugins you have must be managed. Less would be more — as long as the functionality remained.
Important functions that you can install with plugins in WordPress are, for example:
- Data backup
- Set up comment spam filters
- Display image galleries
- Create contact forms
- Increase the security of WordPress
- Facilitate search engine optimisation
- Add an author box
- Set up a shop system with WooCommerce
- Make WordPress faster
- And much, much more
Every plugin you install is a possible point of failure on your WordPress install. And when it comes to speed, security, and reliability, you don’t want third-party plugins to fail you when you need them most. This is why our Unique Value Proposition (UVP) – Rocket Value Proposition (RVP) as we like to call it – is the elimination of additional security and optimization plugins.
7. Change your WordPress host when it’s hard managing your websites.
Sometimes, relationships are just too much work. Maybe you’re spending too much time managing your WordPress websites, and not enough time addressing your customer’s needs.
Don’t beat yourself up. That’s a problem, too!
Stop managing your expectations by staying with a bad host. You can easily manage all of your WordPress websites in our intuitive, user-friendly interface designed to maximize your productivity, minimize friction and help you succeed.
Great hosting is good to have — but let’s not forget User Experience.
“A good user interface can shape the most complex requirements into a framework that we can effortlessly use in our everyday lives.”
How Do I Change My WordPress Hosting Provider?
We’re glad you asked! If you want to migrate your WordPress websites to another provider, you may be worried that data could be lost or that the move might not go as planned. It sounds like a hassle. You probably have more than one website too.
These worries are not entirely unfounded, because a lot can go wrong during the move due to the combination of database and files. There are probably fees involved too.
Let’s put your mind at rest. We offer Free WordPress Migrations.
That’s right. Free. Our team of experts will move your WordPress site(s) from your existing host at no charge! Whether you have 1 or 1,000 websites, we provide unlimited free WordPress migrations with every package.
Ready for a Change? Let’s chat!
Once you’re ready for a test, we’ll be waiting to talk with you! Let us do a FREE test migration for you so you can see the difference yourself on a temporary URL, without updating any domain settings! It’s time to change your WordPress hosting company right now, experience the difference Rocket.net can mean to your business.
The best customer support 24/7, super fast speed, ease-of-use, and access to top tools and industry-leading resources should always come standard. We’re revolutionizing the way your WordPress site gets served up to the world, and we look forward to partnering with you in growing your business.
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