Taylor Swift is sweet, innocent, but a terrible tigress when you break up with her. She’ll destroy your public reputation and write angry songs about what a terrible person you were. Ouch. However, there’s something you have to worry about even more: Web hosting. Seems like a weird comparison, right? However, the truth is that while Taylor Swift will just destroy your confidence (you’ll get better, believe me), a bad host can destroy your business from the inside without you even knowing it. Here are just a few things to consider from your hosting company.
We Don’t Stop Hackers After reading all of those articles about using strong passwords and antivirus programs, it’s finally happened: your website was hacked. After the initial fear of seeing porn pictures and the most racist and terrible messages on your website that sells baby bottles and kid’s toys, you calm down and think about you host. They have a technical team that can help you, right? Guess again. Some hosts will help you, but others won’t do anything for you.
They might send you a checklist of things to do (like changing passwords), but that won’t help as your sales are drastically decreasing and customers are hating your website. Many budget hosts don’t plan to help you when you’re hacked. If you aren’t a wizard with coding, then expect the hacker to have all the fun he wants until things get better. At least with Taylor Swift your friends will be there for you after the fallout of the angry songs.
Internal Theft Yes, you need to worry about the host’s employees stealing your information or just messing with your website. While hosts do all they can to stop this, and it normally only affects bigger websites, the truth is that the employees have access to your website and they can destroy or erase it within seconds. Not only that, but this is worse than any hacker. You have certain safeguards against hacking, like firewalls, antivirus programs and strong passwords. None of that matters. The employee has direct access to your website. While he might be unable to access certain things, he can easily erase your website even if you use the strongest programs and passwords in the world.
Terrible SEO Some hosts are so bad that they will ruin your attempts to make money or attract readers before you even do anything. Hosts with poor loading speeds and international servers can hurt you, but there are some hosts that have blocked IP addresses. Their IP addresses have been blocked because a bunch of spam sites has been hosted by them. Once an IP address is blocked, it’s hard to recover. Each and every website on their servers will have a very hard, almost impossible, time getting ranked for any keywords.
You’ll be knocked down before you even start. At least while dating Taylor Swift things will be good at first before the angry breakup song is released. Conclusion Sure, Taylor Swift is a monster when you break up with her, but Web hosting can be even worse. Some hosts refuse to help you if you’ve been hacked, the employees can destroy your website from the inside and you might be blocked from ever getting traffic. However, you can keep things good if you just choose the right host from the beginning.