A few weeks have passed since the virtual private server mass exodus, resulting in the 123-Reg data disaster. Since then we have learnt a lot, the most important lesson being to always keep a backup. Although this may seem obvious to the more organised webmaster out there. There are a huge number of people, much like ourselves who assume it is up to the host to keep our data safe.

Needless to say this was not the case as we very much found out. Fortunately enough we were one of the lucky few to have all of our data recovered, others were less fortunate with many small businesses having their entire online presence wiped out. As a result of this we though it best to starting looking for hosting elsewhere. We started with Digital Ocean, which is very good for what it is but in the end it required constant management and tinkering to make sure everything was running as fast as possible.

Moving on from the 123-Reg Data Disaster

Finally we settled on the “Grow Big” shared hosting package from SiteGround. With this comes support with PHP 7, a three stage caching plugin that includes a static file cache, a dynamic cache and memcached, and 25,000 visitors per month. SiteGround are also on the edge of the latest hardware technologies utilising SSD storage for all of their hosting services, NGINX and HTTP/2. They have even integrated LetsEncrypt support by default, something that many other hosts are a long way away from implementing.

So far we have been very impressed with performance and the speed at which we were able to migrate. For the less technically able SiteGround do offer a free, yet speedy migration service from your current provider. To those that were affected by the 123-Reg data disaster we’d very much recommend SiteGround for future hosting.

Wrapping up

Ultimately, the lesson we took away from this is to always keep an up to date backup of your site. This ensures that if your web host does some how purge all of your data from their servers, which we now know can and potentially will happen. You can rest assured that you’ll be able to quickly and effortlessly get back online.

When it comes to hosting you get what you pay for. Cheaper hosts may well look enticing, but they are often lacking the reliability of their more expensive counterparts.