After bearing with my hosting for a couple of years, I finally decided to jump the gun and searched for a new home for the blog, no matter that I had no idea how to do it.
For the last couple of years, I was in a love-hate relationship with my hosting provider. It was working, it was comfortable, it was home. Until it wasn’t. Downtimes were more frequent; support wasn’t great.
I was too comfy however, to jump ship. Just thinking about making a move daunted me. I had no idea where to start. Online, the instructions run for more than 20 steps, with words like FTP, PHP, and ooooh, database. The way I shun those words, you’d never think that I was once a computer geek. LOL!
As my annual subscription was almost up, I started hunting for a new hosting provider. Bluehost came up more than a couple of times during my search. It came highly recommended by WordPress so I decided to give it a try.
Word for the wise. Don’t.
Purchasing a plan was the easy part. I even got a mid-range plan as the husband always scoffs at me whenever I gripe about my website woes. You get what you pay for, he always says.
I was not keen on following the more than 20 steps of migrating to another host manually because truly, creating content is more important for us, right? Luckily, I found a plugin that took care of things for me. I just installed All-in-one WP Migration, and let it do all the work.
I installed the plugin on WordPress in my old host and then hit export. It took a couple of tries to get it to succeed as it was more than 1GB of data. Once I had that ready, I installed the same plugin on WordPress in the one hosted by Bluehost. After that, it was just a matter of importing the data via the plugin. Easy peasy! And it worked! Everything was there.
The only problem was, page load was unbearably slow! Even accessing the backend via Bluehost was painstakingly slow! I tried to like it. Really, I did because I truly thought I had no choice but to stick with it.
That is, until I saw that there was a 30-day money-back guarantee. I wasted no time and had my plan cancelled immediately. 3 days later, I received a credit memo. Case closed. Whew!
Off to finding another hosting provider. This time, I was more thorough in reading reviews, not trusting sites that have affiliate links. I found SiteGround topping one of the lists that I saw. After checking that it has good reviews and that it also has a 30-day money back guarantee, I went ahead and got myself a plan.
And it took care of migration for me! They offered free migration service and it was such a treat! No hassle, no trouble, no migration downtime.
It’s been a smooth couple of weeks so far, save for one downtime of 2 minutes.
Their startup price is also very competitive at $3.95/month for the first year. I think I’ll worry about the price increase next year.
If you’re interested in getting your hosting from SiteGround, you may get started here.
Which hosting do you use? Are you happy with it?