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Changing webhost

Discussion in 'White Hat SEO' started by christoss1959, Sep 9, 2011.

  1. christoss1959

    christoss1959 Senior Member

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    A friend of mine is paying $100 a year for hosting. Since his niche is relatively small (maximum 100 views per month) I've suggested changing host to 000webhost to save those $100 or changing host to someone cheaper. He is afraid that by changing host his website will get de-indexed and will need to rank all over again. I told him that I believe this will not be the case but thought of asking just in case (Just in case the same thing holds where people buy high PR domains and google decides to take the PR away because the owner changed).
    What do you think?
     
  2. ezlegion

    ezlegion Senior Member

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    Changing host won't change pr/ranking.
    But your buddy would do well to swap to host that is not only cheaper but quite possibly a lot quicker with better customer service.
    Hint hint ;)
     
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    christoss1959 Senior Member

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    Hehe ok ezlegion will let him know
     
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  4. Victoria Seo

    Victoria Seo Junior Member

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    We've changed hosting for many sites our company does SEo for and none of the ranking suffered. The most important thing is that site should be accessible all the time
     
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    ccmusicgu Newbie

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    Does your choice of web host affect SEO at all? I think I've read that if pages load too slowly it effects ranking. Obviously if you bloat your code and have too many images it'll make pages slow, but can the host have any practical effect on it?
     
  6. christoss1959

    christoss1959 Senior Member

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    If your host is slow most people tend to believe (I also believe that) it affects your ranking. However no one knows the Google algorithm so you cannot be sure. Anw forget about SEO if a user finds your website to be slow they may decide to stop it and go somewhere else..
     
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    JohnnyRabbit Supreme Member

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    Changing webhost is perfectly fine! Nothing will change :)

    Your site will be fine!
     
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    Changing web host is not a problem. Go with it without any tension. But don't host with SPAM shared hosting.
     
  9. extremeboy

    extremeboy Jr. VIP Jr. VIP

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    I was migrated my 2 sites from Hostgator to justhost today with no issue in SEO it is there as it was. :D
     
  10. judson

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    I am wearing my paranoid tin foil hat, so I am going to be contrarian.

    Whatever you do, tell your friend not to change his hosting. There are many reasons for this.

    a. It works
    If it works, don't 'fix' it. This board is full of stories by people who have seen rankings fall when they have done things like change their theme, add a plugin, or some other tweak which on the surface seemed minor, but set google dancing.

    b. Trivial amount of $$
    $100 per year is about $8 per month, which is tiny, if the site is already making money. Take it as the cost of doing business

    c. Not all hosts are created equal
    - New host could be overloaded server , resulting in slower pages
    - New host could be full of dodgy site, resulting in penalizing by Search Engines
    - New host could be further removed from clients, resulting in larger ping/page load times
    - New host could be running different version of OS/DB/CMS etc that might break existing site
    - New host could be on a lemon server that continually needs rebooting

    d. If you need to ask ...
    If you need to ask, you probably don't know enough to do it properly.
    - do you have a rock solid plan to do a *hot* migration with no downtime?
    - have you tested site on new server setup?
    - have you benchmarked these?
    - have you got a rock solid rollback plan if migration does not work?
    - have you costed all of this?

    I could go on, but the short version is, be prepared for something to break when you migrate. Be prepared to see some rank wobbling. Be prepared to take the risk that your site will get slapped by Google.

    If the site is already making money, and is working well, then take the $8 per month (~$100 per annum) as the cost of doing business, and do not risk a perfectly good income stream to save just a few cents daily.
     
  11. geass

    geass Registered Member

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    what a long and structured post, you always write like this?
     
  12. judson

    judson Power Member

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    Nah, but I do try and think like that. Hahaha
     
  13. shiBlack

    shiBlack Newbie

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    While I agree with the points Judson makes, some hosts really do suck.

    They go down, have slow load times, no customer service, etc. So it's a trade off depending on the situation. The $100 a year part seems silly though.

    Anyway, here's google's checker to check your load times: hXXp://codeDOTgoogleDOTcom/speed/page-speed/
     
  14. Jessica123

    Jessica123 Registered Member

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    Hi,
    As per my knowledge is concerned, there is no issue in changing the host. You can go for it.