Web Hosting ~ It pays to be with the big boys!
If you regularly follow us here on Money Bulldog you might well have noticed that things have been a bit temperamental over the last few weeks when it comes to getting onto our site. If you’re active in the world of personal finance blogging you’ll also have noticed that it’s not just me, the problem has literally affected hundreds of blogs and if the owners of those blogs have been dealing with anywhere near the level of stress that I have with this issue over the past couple of weeks, I can imagine they’re looking forward to the weekend more than ever.
If I’ve learned anything from all of this week’s madness though it’s that you need to choose your hosting carefully. In some ways I got off lightly because things could’ve been much worse had Andrea (The lady who was hosting our sites) not done all she could’ve possibly done to keep us all online while her servers were under attack.
As a blogger I’ve found that the internet and more specifically the blogosphere is full of interesting and friendly people who are more than willing to help you along in your journey in gaining an online following or even build an online brand. The sad thing is that there’s also a lot of people who will try to shut those doors right in your face as soon as they begin to open which is unfortunately what seems to have happened in Andrea’s case.
From my own perspective I’ll never host with a small hosting company again. I know that many people do and that the bigger hosts are by no means immune to the type of attacks that can be inflicted upon a server, but the one big thing they do have on their side is resources. I’m not just talking about financial resources but also resources in the form of skilled staff and lots of them, back up servers for when things are under attack and they also have the resources to recognise and respond to web attacks as soon as they start to occur.
Not all big hosts are worthy though
Even though most of the big hosts do have the resources mentioned above, that doesn’t mean that they’re all good hosts to be with. I’d only just moved over to Andrea’s hosting company (I’m refraining from mentioning her company name because for the service she provided in the short time I was there, I wouldn’t want her to receive any negative press for her other online services if she does choose to carry them on) because of a bad experience I’d had with another big host ‘1&1’. If you’re looking to start a blog and you’re going to be running WordPress as a blogging platform then it’s even more important that you do your research before choosing a host because of all the plugins you’ll want to run – believe me you will want to run more and more as your blog develops – and quite a few big hosts just won’t allow that kind of memory use on a shared server.
So where are we hosted now? Over the course of the last few weeks I’ve had many people recommend HostGator so that’s who I’m with now, I’ll let you know how I get on! So far so good, I think.
Anyway enough boring musings on hosting from me, here are my favourite posts of the week from around the web for you to enjoy!
Modest Money ~ Is Being A Jerk Blogger Really Worth It?
Canadian Budget Binder ~ Financial Independence may only exist once we get there
One Smart Dollar ~ Quick Tips for Avoiding Common Pitfalls in Mortgages