You own one or more websites. You are based in Ireland. You get good traffic, but definitely not 10k visitors/month. Well, check your latest Web Hosting invoice: if you’re paying less than €40 or more than €50 ex VAT per year, you’d better take a look at what I have to say!
3 reasons why you may be paying too little
The hosting company may not be based in Ireland (Irish servers help your Website SEO!)
You may not have access to your control panel
Hosting reliability and customer support are terrible
3 reasons why you may be paying too much
You’ve been on a plan for years and have no idea of current prices. Hosting fees are more competitive now
You are on the wrong package, maybe you just need basic hosting. Contact your hosting for a free downgrade!
Your Web Design company is making a profit. Make sure you find out which additional services are supplied on top of the simple resale of a third-party hosting
Top 5 Irish Web Hosting Companies
As I said before, there is no reason why you should pay a non-Irish company for your hosting needs. Keep it local. Also, you can take a look at the following table to compare companies, plans and pricing:
|Irish Web Hosting
|€/year ex VAT
Companies sorted by alphabetical order - Last Update: 23/Nov/2012
What to do if you’re willing to change provider
If you want to move your website to another hosting company, it’s not going to be an easy task. On the other hand, hosting companies would be delighted to hear you want to open a new account with them, so they will guide you through the migration process.
The switch might take hours, or even days (up to 3). Your website may go down, and your emails as well. However, @blacknight and @letshost contacted us via Twitter to say that the “big switch” can be planned in advance, hence with 0 downtime.
Thanks also to Hosting Ireland for the following note. Always make sure to read the full Terms and Conditions before the switch.
Make sure you don’t wait for your current hosting to expire, or you won’t be able to do this operation.