Are you thinking about moving your website? Are you unsatisfied with your current web host provider? Does your website need a reliable hosting environment for your business to grow? Here are a couple of questions that can help you make the right choice when it comes to your new web host.

Question #1 – What are the reasons for your change in the first place?
Make a list of your requirements and priorities regarding your new web host. For instance, do you need a better bandwidth, additional storage, improved customer support, or other specific needs that need to be addressed?

Question #2 – Can your new host answer all of your demands?
Are you going to get the adequate amount of storage your new website needs? What about your budget?

Question #3 – Does your website have specific software requirements?
As of February 2017, WordPress-based websites come with the following minimum requirements:

  • HTTPS support;
  • MySQL version 5.6;
  • PHP version 7;
  • MariaDB version 10.0;

Question #4 – Do you have current login/password for your website?
It may seem like blatantly obvious, but before moving to a new web host you should check your login data with the current web host.

Question #5 – Has your new web host provided you with new login/password?
Again something quite simple, but definitely worth doing straight away.

Question #6 – Do you know your login/password required for a domain name registration?
In this case, you should make sure that your developer or designer isn’t a person who owns your new website domain name in his or her own name.

Question #7 – Are you using cPanel for both your current and new web host?
The thing you should know about cPanel is that this is the web and Linux-based control panel, which comes in handy for hosting providers and website owners to take care of new sites easier and simpler. So, with the help of cPanel, you can move your new website more efficiently to the new web host.

Question #8 – Does your domain name have the right TTL value?
With the low TTL (Time To Live) you can update your DNS (Domain Name Server) more quickly and efficiently. The TTL represents the value expressed in seconds that are required for your domain information to be cached at the ISPs (Internet Service Providers).

Question #9 – Is your email associated with your current web host?
You have to make sure that a new web host you choose provides a support for your emails.

Question #10 – Has your new web host offered an SSL certificate?
It would be great if your new web host offers you an SSL certificate free of charge. Or, make sure that you set up the new certificate right.

This list is just the beginning of a series of questions you should be asking before choosing your web host. However, it’s a great start. If you stick to this list, you can expect to save a great deal of time and resources.

Check out the key factors to consider when looking for a new web host.