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My Experience With Web Hosting Providers

I’ve been on the internet for a long time now. I started learning HTML in the 90s and built my first website that way. Now I use Elementor Pro, my favorite page building platform, ever!

I have been an affiliate marketer off and on for about 5 years. I have a personal policy that says I will never promote a product I do not believe in myself. When it comes to web hosting companies, I have tried and promoted Godaddy, Hostgator and Bluehost. My experiences varied. I found Godaddy to be one of the worst. Their cPanel seemed too complicated to navigate and their customer service left a lot to be desired. I didn’t stay with them long at all.

Hostgator was a lot more user-friendly, but their prices seemed to be a bit high.

Most recently I was using Bluehost. For the first year they were good. They were helpful in resolving issues I had and the cPanel wasn’t too difficult to navigate. Their prices seemed a bit high but I was willing to pay them for secure, reliable hosting. Then one day it all changed.

What Changed With Bluehost?

A client reached out to me in a panic. “My website isn’t working! Did you take it down?” What? No, I would never do that! I checked the website and sure enough, it was down. All that came up was a directory -which seemed empty! What was going on???

I instantly reached out to Bluehost and while connected with them, I checked my other client sites. They were down too. My heart sank. This isn’t good. In fact, this is very bad. I went to defcon1 to use the military term!

To be fair, everything was up and running as it was in just a few minutes. What bothered me though, was there was no explanation for what went wrong. Thank God for backups, but what happened? Had I been hacked? Even with all the security? This seemed the only logical explanation.

I scanned each file for malware. I found none. I wasn’t hacked. Still I installed more security safeguards and monitored things closely. Everything seemed ok. Still, when there’s no apparent reason for the downtime, I don’t know what I can do to prevent that from happening again!

It wasn’t until 4 months later that I learned that Bluehost had made changes around the time that my client reached out in a panic. They not only changed ownership, but they also made changes to the cPanel. No wonder I started having issues on the development end!

“Why didn’t you tell your customers about these changes?” I asked one day that I had to call about a different issue.

No answer provided.  My clients deserve better and I didn’t want to be promoting an inferior product as an affiliate either. It was time to make a change. 

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An Affiliate’s Advice

So one day I was watching a tutorial on YouTube. This young man has taught me a lot and I feel he is very trustworthy. Like me, he only promotes products he trusts. In this video I was watching, he mentioned the  web hosting company he loves, called SiteGround. I checked into it. I liked the look and feel. It seemed so user friendly and they have excellent reputation from what I read and saw.  I contacted SiteGround and asked a few questions. Then came the question of price. I had just paid Bluehost $260 for the year- a week ago. I can’t get a new host now. SiteGround told me that I should be able to get at least a partial refund from Bluehost since I had only renewed a week ago. Hmm. Ok but how hard will it be to move everyone’s sites? They can’t afford downtime. I don’t have the time or energy to follow a lot of complicated instructions. How can I do this? The geniuses at SiteGround eased my mind so quickly. The tech I was talking with online said the websites (6) I had could be migrated over with a plugin and a few clicks. Even better, they promised to support me step by step. They totally delivered on that promise. With online chat and/or phone support 24/7 I pestered these guys with big and small questions-sometimes multiple times a day! They helped me each time. Also, did I mention that I get everything and more than what I had with Bluehost for only $70 a year! 

Just like Bluehost, they include a free SSL with each domain and unlimited email as well. 

My clients experienced zero downtime. 

SiteGround has been a fantastic new home for my client sites. Not only was the migration process a lot simpler than I imagined, but when I did run into a few snags, they really were right there to help! If the tech I was chatting with couldn’t resolve the issue right away, they got a senior tech to resolve in 15 minutes maxThe websites run faster, are seeing more traffic and there hasn’t been any issues with accessing the cPanel. SiteGround also makes it easy to allow others to collaborate with me on sites. Invite someone by email, grant them access and revoke it when their job is done. Easy as that!

Make the Move!

So all of this being said, I would urge you to consider making the move from wherever you have your website, to SiteGround. You will not regret it!

From the affiliate side, they pay way more than Bluehost ever did and there isn’t a long pay withholding period. (It’s as many as 8 weeks before I see what I earn with Bluehost!)

Now, if you’re wondering how you can get started with SiteGround, it’s so easy. Let the images below walk you through the process. 🙂

How to Sign Up

First, pick a plan. There are 3 in the image: Startup, GrowBig and GoGeek. You can always start small and upgrade later if you wish. The SiteGround folks are more than happy to help you decide which plan is right for you and your business.

 

Next, choose a domain name (mywebsite.com), for example if you don’t already have one. If you already have one, you will be asked to choose whether you’ll want to migrate your site or build it from scratch once your order is processed. For migration, you can choose whether you want to pay them to do it ($30 USD), or do it yourself. I paid for the first few and then did the rest myself. If you think the sales process is simple, you’ll be delightfully amazed at how efficient the dashboard experience is as well. SiteGround also has its own proprietary plugins for WordPress that enhance its speed considerably. The faster your site loads, the more likely it is to grab (and keep) your visitors’ attention. (Not sure how quickly your site loads? Do a quick test. Check out GTMetrix and find out what your page load speed is.)

 

Lastly, choose any other additional service you may want for your plan and enter your payment information in the spaces provided. That’s it!  I think you’ll find that SiteGround provides the best customer and overall hosting service out there. Good luck!

Affiliate Disclosure: This website contains various affiliate links for products and services. Please be advised, while I only promote products and services I believe in, I will receive a commission for products/services purchased with affiliate links. You are never obligated to purchase from an affiliate link, but it does help me out if you do. So thanks in advance!