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When I first started blogging almost 7 years ago, I did it on a free blogging platform called “WetPaint” and then two years later switched to a free WordPress account with a loooong website name that no one remembered. After considering the big leap to go semi-almost-wannabe professional with my blog, I purchased with my own domain name and WordPress.org site. Many of the tips and tricks I learned were from Abby Lawson’s amazing guide to blogging called “Building a Framework: The Ultimate Blogging Handbook” – you can buy it directly HERE. Seriously, if you want a smart and worthwhile investment into your blogging education, go and buy this book! One of Abby’s recommendations is a hosting company which, initially, was ideal for my blog. But I’ve had it with the mistakes, the down site time, and the hassle of getting a simple answer to a question. Today I want to talk about the hows and whys of switching website hosting companies and provide a recommendation. Note, I already have a wordpress.org site not a blogger site so there may be some additional questions you need to ask before switching.
My decision to go with another hosting company really came when I began another blog (because I have SO much time on my hands) and wanted to put both on the same hosting service. I learned that my current hosting company wanted to charge more money and still offer the same lacking in many departments service. No thank you. I turned to the web for some recommendations and came across another hosting company that had rave reviews called SiteGround (you can click on any of the SiteGround titles to go directly to their page).
Before making the leap, which is a somewhat involved process, I contacted the SiteGround representatives via their chat service. I LOVE this feature as they are super quick and super efficient with their responses and research. And there are a number of ways to gain support – seriously, take a look at the options!
SiteGround offers a variety of affordable options (check out this HUGE chart for a comparison of all of their plans) and I went with the middle of the ground service called “Grow Big” which allows me to have multiple websites running under the same panel.
Now came the part that I was dreading, the actual switch including my domain name from one hosting company to another. My old hosting company did nothing to try and win back my business and throughout the switch provided me with even more reasons to justify my decision! With SiteGround I was able to easily switch everything over and anytime I had a question, I popped onto the tech support chat and was told exactly what I needed to do! My old hosting company gave me hell about my password while SiteGround made sure that I was up and running. The support page has a number of detailed tutorials which came in really handy.
Just a few tips before switching hosting companies:
- keep your old hosting company service UNTIL you have 100% completely been told that all web content and files have been transferred (this could take up to a week depending on your content size) You may even want to make a copy of your files just in case – see this amazing tutorial from SiteGround that offers a variety of ways to transfer your site
- also keep your domain service until you have been provided an email that says your domain name has been transferred completely (this could also take up to a week)
- there are a few final steps with a complete transfer including a DNS site change so again, make sure these steps are done before ending it with your old hosting company
- avoid publishing content while switching and transferring as some of your content may get lost in the cyber sauce
I really hope that this helps a little and will tell you that I only recommend products and services that I use and believe in. Have you had to make a switch with your site? Any tips or tricks that I should add to my list? Let me know in the comments below!