If you’ve ever spent any amount of time designing websites or working with servers, you know that when things go wrong they have the potential to go REALLY wrong. This is why it’s so important to always have backup plans in place so that you don’t end up getting screwed on a massive scale. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to predict when things are going to go wrong, especially when it comes to web hosting. Depending on what kind of hosting you’re going with and the hosting provider you choose, the potential for problems can range from low to high. If you want to make sure that you’re covered no matter the issue, you need to learn how to prepare for the worst case hosting scenario.
Always Have an Alternative
So maybe you signed up with a hosting provider that was a little sketchy. Maybe you didn’t realize it at the time, but now you’re dealing with consistent downtime and crappy customer support, which means your website is pretty much a disaster. The best way to come back from this kind of situation is to make sure you’ve got an alternative host bookmarked. Yes, you’re going to have to pay to register with a new host and to transfer everything over, but having one picked out already means you won’t be wasting valuable time when it comes to making a transfer. You should always have two or more hosting providers selected when you go looking for a hosting solution in the first place, because it’s important to have a reliable place to fall back on should your first choice fail to pan out the way you wanted it to. If you’re starting to suspect that your first choice isn’t up to par, start looking immediately for a backup provider. Once you’ve found one, you’ll at least have a place to move to should things head south.
Make Sure to Back Things Up
This should go without saying, but if you’re running a website, it’s imperative that you make the effort to back up everything. As much of a pain in the ass as it is, you might want to ensure that you’ve got more than one backup copy, as well. Store one on an external hard drive in case something happens to your computer/laptop. Also, having more than one back up copy means that you’re covered if something is corrupted during the transfer process. You’ll obviously have to keep making new back up copies as your website grows or as changes are made to it, but keeping on top of this can ensure that you won’t be restoring an older, obsolete version of your website when you decide to transfer.
Check the Fine Print
Whenever you sign up with a hosting provider, you need to make sure that you’re checking the fine print. There may be some details there that can lead to a worse case scenario, such as bandwidth restrictions or no room for expansion once your website needs to grow. Ideally you would have realized these before signing up with a provider, but if you’re only noticing them after you’ve already paid, you now know what your restrictions are and you can begin to prepare for them.