Challenge accepted

Why switching to self- hosted was a bad idea for me.

Before I tell you why it was a bad idea, let me first tell you why I tried to switch.

The pros of going self hosted

  1.  You have more control of your site.
  2. You can choose different add-on and plug-ins etc.    I was most interested in the updrafts plus plug in which does continuous back ups of your entire website for free.  I also wanted to check out the Yoast SEO plug in. Finally, I needed options to control the bots and spam that were attacking my blog.

On July 19th, I made my decision to make the switch to Siteground.  On July 20th, I jumped.  Siteground said, “we will do all the work for you”.  They didn’t 😦

The first thing that happened is I lost my theme.  Okay that I knew might be a possibility, no biggie.  The next thing that happened was I got an email from siteground that I needed to this and I needed to that with no direction on how to do the things they were asking.  Hours were spent on google and wordpress support channel, and the forums at wordpress.org.

After I finally got all of my content moved to siteground, I lost 98% of my followers.  My posts were no longer appearing in reader, nor were emails being sent.  Once those issues seemed to be functioning at 50%, people were unable to comment, and the ones that were able to comment, couldn’t see when I responded to them.  I don’t sell anything on my blog, the whole reason I write a blog is the interaction with all the great people I have met, and without that there is no point.

On August 7th, I wrote that the verdict was still out on whether switching was worth it and gave some reasons I was struggling with the change.  After reviewing my stats since I made the change and seeing that I was getting an average of 10 hits a day versus the usual 100 or more I normally got each day, I found some liquid courage (Yah Coors Light)  LOTS OF IT and transferred everything back to wordpress.com, ALL BY MYSELF.  Since I did learn alot during this process I won’t call it a total waste.  But I also can not on any level recommend siteground, nor risking the loss of your followers by making a switch.

^400 words Billy 🙂 and no more Bitching….  Can we call it a draw? Instead….

Thank you to all my friends both in real life and in the blogosphere that have helped me test the changes and have stayed by my side.  I have missed everyone so much!

 

16 thoughts on “Challenge accepted

    1. I could have called names and shown screenshots of the ignorant and useless responses that I got, but really what’s the point? I’m sad that it didn’t work, since I really wanted the perks, but when having to choose losing friends and followers it was no brainer.

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  1. Ok I lol’ed at several parts 😂 Girl you have a way with words! Awesome storytelling; thank you so much for sharing your experience! I’d been thinking about making a switch to a domain but now I’m holding back…way back 🖐🏼💓

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    1. I don’t mean to discourage people, but in my case it really was a nightmare. If you do decide to try, I would go with someone other than siteground. I would let your followers know what you are trying to do and BACK UP EVERYTHING!!!!

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  2. Welcome back!

    I had no idea you couldn’t get Yoast SEO on WordPress. I’m hosted on BlueHost and I love Yoast!

    But, hey, nothing ventured nothing gained, eh? You’re wiser from the experience and drunker from the frustration. I call that a win/win!

    I also say that Superman owes you $5. What’s the exchange rate for Kryptonian currency? 😏

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  3. Eugh, so sorry you had such an awful experience! I moved last time to Kloudhost and have found them to be quite good, but it’s swings and roundabouts and even reading other reviews isn’t always a guarantee at how the provider is going to be and what your experience will be like. As you say though, you’ve learned a lot from it (seeing the silver lining there!) xx

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  4. You my dear sweet friend can bitch as much as you want! We all have those moments we need many words to finish our bitch fest and you did a great job. It is always important to try something new. If it doesn’t work out, that does not mean failure. If you did not try that would be a failure, but you tried and that is amazing and you should be proud of yourself. I know I am proud of you for trying something new!! Live and learn my dear!

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