So I just got done moving all my files from my old free hosting provider to a paid hosting provider. Why from free to paid? Well, let’s go over the history of my blog for a bit that lead me to my decision.
BlogSpot – I originally made a blog on Blogspot, and that’s where my blog stayed for a few years. Then it got to be where I was doing Tutorials, Videos, and Art projects. I couldn’t fit all this stuff onto BlogSpot, and make the coding work for me. Also some of the plugins did not work. I also ended up disliking the interface. When I first started writing a blog back in 2008, I originally thought it would only be about the development of my son and my experience as a young mother. I don’t know when I decided to write more about WoW, but eventually that’s what my blog came to be about. I have gotten a few messages on Facebook saying how they love reading about my adventures in WoW, so I began to write more about WoW.
HonestNetworks – Before I even had my blog, I had a website on SiteSled that I mainly used for learning HTML or CSS tutorials I found on the internet. I found this free webhosting provider back in High school, and it’s still active to this day. So I signed up for their paid services for about 4 months on HonestNetworks before they decided to increase their prices from $7 to $20 a month. I had to find another hosting provider for my blog. I enjoyed having them as my hosting provider, because the support was just great.
WordPress – Yes, it was only for a short while though. My blog was on WordPress.com. I enjoyed it. What I didn’t like was not being able to use my domain name without paying $12 a year. I couldn’t think of a short subdomain that I liked. I also did not like the limitations I had to customize my blog’s design or the advertisements for users not logged in. Sure, there was plenty of themes I could’ve used but it’s not the same. I like messing around with Coding to fit my personality, so I like to have that ability to add custom design to my blog. Also, who likes Advertisements? For me to get all the features that I wanted, I would be paying a minimum $92 a year to WordPress, not going to happen. I did fell in love with the blogging platform itself, so it made me look for a free hosting provider for my blog that I could use WordPress Software from WordPress.org.
Zymic – Installing the WordPress software on Zymic was a bit of a pain with this provider. I actually don’t think I got my blog to work, and I ended up giving up trying to figure out what was wrong. I even tried following step-by-step tutorials to see if that would help, and I couldn’t get it to work. So I gave up. Their support system is based off of community response, which is okay. Not too thrilled about it.
x10Hosting – I was a bit sketchy about x10hosting, because the majority I’ve read about it was negative. If you don’t visit their forums every 31 days, your hosting account gets deleted. I don’t like that at all. What if I’m really busy for the next month? Huh? So I gave up on that provider.
FreeHostingNoAds – I did some research, and was a bit surprised that FreeHostingNoAds had more positive feedback than Zymic and x10Hosting. Since it’s a free webhosting provider, I can’t complain too much and I’ve only been with them for 4 months. You do get what you pay for. I liked that I got 2GB of disk space and 10 GB bandwidth for free. I also liked how fast their FTP uploaded and downloaded compared to the other free hosting providers I’ve tried. I liked how I didn’t have a monthly minimum post count to do on some random forums. What I didn’t like? The help desk. There’s really no support system. It seems like I was talking to some child because I would get a response in all lowercase. They don’t seem to keep their customers up to date with news.
I’ve also had several problems with them as far as downtime, and they would always say “delete your account, and remake it. It should fix the problem.” I also recently got an email saying that my account was suspended for abuse because it reached 70% of their server’s CPU over 100 times. Not quite sure what that means, but I got a bit worried. So I started looking for another hosting provider with PHP & MySQL.
And now GoDaddy – So I ended up signing up for a deluxe hosting plan with Godaddy for about $6/month. Is it the cheapest? In a sense, no. There’s some hosting providers that allow you to pay $3-4/month, but I couldn’t find one that allowed me to pay monthly. They all had contracts for 3 months, 1 year, 2 years, or 3 years. So I ended up paying a bit extra to be able to pay monthly payments. My domains that I’ve used have always been registered with GoDaddy, so I felt more comfortable with them for their web hosting compared to other hosting providers. I also couldn’t find a free hosting provider that I felt comfortable with. Is the deluxe hosting plan a bit too much for my blog? Yes. Considering that all the files for my blog is only about 50MB for the past 4 years, I don’t see how I will be able to reach full disk space.
Overall – I am happy with the change now. Don’t get me wrong. I wish I had free hosting. To find a host that has all the features that I want for my blog/website for free is impossible. I’m happy with the price that GoDaddy is charging too 🙂
What hosting provider do you used for your blog/website? Is it on free or paid hosting? What made your decision to have free/paid hosting?