Oh man, I just changed hosting.
And it turns out that web hosting is the used car salesman of the internet.
It is SO frustruating. You’re looking for opinions and more opinions and all you get is a bunch of people trying to PASS off their opinion by using affiliate links to try to get you to use their service. Hopefully this blog post will help you know how to find a GOOD website host.
My friend, Katie (who is amazing and you can even get her help on the Blog Help — a GREAT website for REAL tips) and I looked all over. A Small Orange, Site Ground, Tech Surgeons, BlueHost… everyone said they were ALL amazing.
Even when you ask in groups it’s difficult to acertain if someone actually uses them and loves them, or if they’re just looking for the affiliate comission.
Did you know that BlueHost gives you SIXTY FIVE dollars for everyone that signs up through your link? There are bloggers out there making THOUSANDS of dollars off sending other bloggers to BlueHost. That’s why, in every single tutorial on how to make a blog you’ll see them recommend Bluehost. Even me. In reality, I have been VERY clear that BlueHost is a great place to start if you’re looking to dip your toe in the water and see how it goes.
BlueHost is NOT the place to be if you’re looking to grow your blog. If you want a small blog, I’d actually just recommend sticking with blogger and buy your own domain name. However, if you really want to stay small and you REALLY want your own hosting — I say BlueHost is a great, cheap way to go.
And while I’m at it, let me show you their ad…. because I too am a used car salesman, I just am not very good about it and probably too honest.
But I will take their $65.
Let’s back up.
So, I started this little blog on Blogger, which is where it lived for a good 10 years. It was a nice, free home. Yes, Google owned all the rights to take down my blog at any time (which did happen once) but I shoved the fear into the back of my mind and carried on.
Then, I got my own domain name (I still recommend that you have your domain name and hosting with different companies because I have heard that they can keep your domain hostage). I use GoDaddy. They are cheap to sign up with, but more expensive thereafter, fyi. 🙂
Then, I decided it was time to kick it up a notch. I used RFE intitially. It was nice, Aaron started me up nicely. Things were going well, but I was starting to experience some down time as my blog surpassed 200k pageiviews/month. I could never really get a straight answer if that was the problem or if there was more. I was really frustrated by the level of customer service I got. I had to send an email and just hope it got answered. Sometimes I’d tweet. Sometimes he’d answer. Usually the blog would be back up before he did answer. I had a full 3 or 4 hours down one day, and it JUST so happened to be the day I had a guest post on Pregnant Chicken. Thousands of views, lost. 🙁
That gave me the kick in the pants I needed to find someone.
Then the running amok amongst affiliate links began. SiteGround is great! — everyone says so! Katie decided to be the guinea pig there. Her experience was horrible with them. She’s continued to have clients with horrible experiences there. But, they have a great affiliate program and people keep saying they’re wonderful.
After a ton of research I was torn between InMotion and A Small Orange. I finally went with InMotion, because A Small Orange has been bought by the same people who own BlueHost and it just made me nervous as my blog was getting big and I didn’t need an ounce of throttling on big days.
I have loved it there. One of the things that sold me on them is their extensive database on fixing WordPress issues. They totally get it. Plus, they have 24/7 customer service which I have used. I have used it at 2 am and I’ve used it at 9 am and yes, sometimes I’ve waited 10 minutes but they’re always courteous, prompt and they fix my problem.
Because I’m a grass is greener girl, I have recently changed to Big Scoots (in the summer of 2016) and I love, LOVE, LOVE it there! They have AMAZING customer service. I get anything I want fixed, including any wordpress issues. They’re just great. I can’t recommend them any more! Similar hosting, but better customer service (in my opinion) than with In Motion.
So, what would I say to you? I’d say you could take my advice. My blog has actually been hotsed by these companies. I like it and I use a cloud server.
BUT I’d also talk to bloggers who you’ve networked with. Ask them who they actually use. Be wary if they give you an affiliate link without being honest about it. If you’re not on WordPress there might be a better home for you somewhere else.
Ask around, and when you do buy — try to use a friend’s affiliate link, because that’s not a bad thing, but do your research and find what works for you.
Good luck, I don’t envy you. 🙂
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