Web hosting is super important. Creating and promoting high quality content is an essential part of online business, but without a web host that aligns with your needs, your digital identity can experience some serious, cringe-worthy down time.
So, let me tell you about what happened to me, why I made the switch to WP Engine, and how you can avoid making the same mistake that I did.
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Approximately 11 months after the inception of NIALOGIQUE, I received this email from Bluehost:
When I tell you that I felt my heart fall into my ass, I am not kidding.
In a disgruntled panic, I immediately called tech support. The agent asked me to try and delete some plugins from the cPanel (as I was not able to access my website at all), and call back again.
I followed his instructions, with no luck.
I was asked to delete more. And again, nothin’.
It seemed that the “performance problem” ended up being my traffic. Low cost shared hosting servers can be extremely crowded (1000+ users) and naturally, a spike in traffic is deemed as using excessive resources. To make a long story short, ya girl got the boot.
Did I cry and stress eat for the 4 days my website was down? Maybe.
Did they break any rules? No. According to Bluehost’s User Agreement, accounts with a large number of files can be terminated, with or without notice.
It seems that it was simply just time for me to continue growing and move on. And I’m thinking maybe it’s time for many of you to upgrade your web hosting provider (before disaster hits) too.
To help you with your decision, it’s important to weigh out the pros and cons, so here are the positives and negatives of each web hosting company:
Bluehost Pros: Inexpensive, 24/7 support, complete online presence (hosting, email, + free domain upon signup), great for beginners and easy to use
Bluehost Cons: Load times are really slow, not truly unlimited (going over 3GB of database usage or 1000 database tables will get your account terminated)
WP Engine Pros: Award-winning support team available 24/7, exceptional + quick customer service, staging area (this is where you can test your plugins + themes so your website doesn’t unexpectedly crash from a faulty feature), automated daily site backups, the move to their platform is free
WP Engine Cons: Pricey, additional charges apply if the number of visitors exceeds your plan limit
Do I still recommend Bluehost? Yes. But only under the premise that you are just starting out with your website or you’re only looking to blog as a hobby. It’s an inexpensive option that gives you the chance to test the waters and see if blogging is your thing.
However, if you have been blogging for a few months and you’re looking to become a serious blogger or an online entrepreneur, WP Engine is really the best way to go.
If you have any questions at all, please feel free to leave them down below and I’ll make sure to get back to you.