Before I start writing, I would just like to let you know that this post is not a sponsored one and is based on my own experience. Do prepare yourselves as this will surely be longer than the rest of my post. But fret not, for I am positive that it won’t bore you to death, especially if you are a blogger like me or if you are looking for a good web hosting provider. Let’s start, shall we?
In starting your own blog, the most important thing next to getting a domain name that is easy to remember is to get a good web hosting provider. I’ve been blogging since 2002, on and off, and this blog was the second time I started a blog with my sister and truthfully, the most updated and successful one as we used to slack off even before we started. The first thing we thought of when we started this blog is the domain name. We wanted it to be catchy and easy to remember but would still represent us and our personalities. The next one was to check if the domain name is available. Trust me, we probably listed like more than 10 blog names and only around 3 which domain names were available. The next move was of course to find a web hosting provider. When starting a new website, especially for starters, they usually get the most affordable web host that they can find. That was what I did, and I truly learned a valuable lesson.
I found a really affordable web hosting with CPanel for around P45 a month, which I will not mention or ever recommend.But at that time, I thought it was unbelievably cheap compared to the other web hosting providers that I’ve found on the www. At first, it was great; I felt like I just won the jackpot! But after a few posts and uploads, our website started to load slower and slower each day, until it suddenly gets downtime almost every time I try to load the site. It was frustrating for the both of us especially since we just started marketing our blog. So I patiently logged into CPanel (over and over again until I got in), and finally found the source of the problem. The web hosting provider we purchased only provides 1GB disk space! However, I have been blogging for years and I know that web hosting providers normally sends out a notice via e-mail when it at least 80% of the disk space is used.
When I told my sister the problem, she told me she found a good web hosting provider that is the same price of our current web hosting package when upgraded, and it got several good reviews. At first, I was reluctant; after all, we’ve already paid for the domain and the host. It would double our expense to transfer to another web hosting provider. But nevertheless, I decided to check it out as well.
When I first visited SiteGround, I instantly liked their website layout! But of course I have learned my lesson not to judge a book by its cover this time so I still had my doubts with me. If ever I am going to transfer, it made me wonder how I can transfer my domain and host from my current web hosting provider to SiteGround. It is my first time trying to transfer a domain and a host. I normally just buy a new host and change the DNS. And while I was in my thoughts while my eyes wandered the website, I saw the Live Chat feature. I usually don’t use the live chat as they seem run around in circles when I ask them questions. But SiteGround‘s customer service was superb! It was as if I was just chatting with a friend. We even exchanged emoticons, and the representative’s expressions and replies were really funny but with content. He answered all of my questions one by one and when he finally convinced me that SiteGround is what I need, he even guided me through on which package suits my blog best and how to transfer my domain and host! So now, it is my turn to guide you through and share what I’ve learned first hand.
So the first step was choosing my hosting plan. SiteGround has three plans, the StartUp plan (which I got since we just started our blog), GrowBig and GoGeek. You can check out the details of the plans in the photo above. Normally, customer service representatives would recommend you to get the middle one or the most expensive package; but SiteGround‘s customer service representative went to check out our website and recommended that getting the StartUp plan would be better since we didn’t need that much space as of the moment. He mentioned that the StartUp plan is perfect for people with one website that just started. Now that is what customers like me want to hear. He also explained, for my future reference, that the GrowBig plan is a great value for money offer, including the option for multiple websites and the SuperCacher that greatly improves a WordPress and Joomla website speed and that the GoGeek plan is perfect for people with e-commerce and larger sites, or more geeky development needs like staging and GIT integration.
After choosing a plan, it is now time to get a domain name for free with the packages or transfer a domain name like I did since I already have an existing one. Do take note that you can transfer your domain name on this page but you would have to change the DNS of your domain from your existing domain provider, unlock your domain registrar for the transfer of the host and get the EPP number of the existing web hosting provider; then you would have to open a ticket with your new web hosting provider and request for the host transfer. Luckily for me, all of three can be found in administrator page of my then web hosting provider. Do take note that domains should at least be 60 days old to be transferred. Mine was just 30 days old, so I would have to request a domain transfer on the administrator page next month. Don’t worry, though, as long as you change the DNS of your domain name, it would still point to the new web host.
Last but not the least, choose the duration you want to pay for your package. I chose the 12 months plan for the free setup since I need it to transfer my domain and host. Unlike many other hosting providers their advertised discount applies to any of the initial periods chosen during the sign-up process. Being able to get the low price for the one year period is a fact that increases conversions greatly in comparison to other providers where the lowest monthly price applies only for the longest period. So highlighting this fact may strongly increase your conversions. And that’s it!
For a good web hosting provider, and probably the best for me, I would like to recommend SiteGround to all of the start-up bloggers! Aside from all the good things I mentioned above, let me sum up why I truly recommend them from the bottom of my heart.
- Pages Loads Fast. The website loads really fast now. It is indeed faster and more reliable.
- No Downtime! From the time of my transfer up until now, there were no downtimes, not even for a second!
- Awesome Customer Service ~ The customer service representatives were really helpful and answer the customers truthfully and not sugarcoating everything just for you to buy their products.
- Resolves Issues Fast! I sent a ticket to transfer our host and they replied really fast with shown solutions! The transfer was done in a few minutes after I sent the ticket~
- Hack Protection Special <3 They have a Hack Protection feature that keeps the website safe from hackers and other vulnerabilities.
By the way, you can also download the transcript of the conversation you have with the customer representative after the chat closes. Too bad I wasn’t able to save it due to my excitement in getting my site ready. (T___T) Anyhoo, will definitely remember to save it on my next inquiry, that is if any problems arise in the future, or I can simply pretend to ask questions like a newbie just for fun. Haha.