(Probably on here somewhere but couldn’t find it)
I have been with the same hosting company for > 3 years now. Until Christmas 2009 they were good, uptime was wonderful, fast response etc: etc:
But since then problems have begun, site(s) down for a time that has slowly increased.
Last week my wife’s site was down for almost 2 days, this week we are almost into the 4th day. No response from the company. Even their own site is extremely slow.
I have 2 sites in question
- My wife’s site which is xx.com and has xx.com.au parked onto it
- My church’s site yy.org.au
All 3 URL’s are in my name and I have back up copies of both sites
I do have yearly contracts with the hosting company. My wife’s has 4 months to go and the church has 6 months to go.
My wife’s business has appeared in a craft magazine and we will be losing big time with her site down.
How easy/hard is it to change hosting? How long would it take?
What do I need to do?
Is there a nice written step list somewhere?
Are there legal problems e.g. can the existing host prevent me from moving to another?
What about people who have my wife’s site stored as a favourite? Will this affect them?
Will it effect adversely on search engines if I was to move?
I am in Australia (so a buy Australia policy would be nice :D) but I am not adverse to hosting overseas (the current host is in the USA ). Any recommendations? I am currently paying about $120AUD/year. My wife’s site is about 75Meg while the church is about 12Meg in size.