Everything long lasting has a strong foundation.
Pretty much anything worthwhile is built upon a strong base. Couples don’t reach their 50th wedding anniversary without building a union out of strong respect and love. Same with a life long friendship. Or a successful business. These things may progress in different ways but they all have one thing in common; a strong foundation.
Even our country was built on a foundation, the Constitution and a deep yearning for freedom. The Bible talks about building your home on rock not sand; a strong foundation indeed. Values, ethics and morals are the foundation on which we build our lives. And then used to form our future and our family. Hopefully we invest time and thought into these qualities-they will shape our future.
Maybe this will surprise you but flying by the seat of our pants doesn’t build a strong foundation.
When I started my blog I was flying by the seat of my pants.
For real! I’ve said it before, and I’m not ashamed to say it again, I had no real concept of what blogging was. I began in 2009 or 2010. I have no idea when exactly. Crazy, huh? I got an idea to begin writing, I had no idea how or where to begin. So I asked my Facebook buddies and one of my 2000 friends had heard something about a site called “Blogspot” and thought that I could start a free blog there. Out of 2000 friends, he was the only one that had heard of blogging, or knew, kind of, how to begin one.
So off to Blogspot I went, setting up an account. My blog was called “The World As I Know It.” I wrote on the blog often, but I didn’t read other blogs, I didn’t even know of any. And I wrote in my little corner of Blogspot for years. I would occasionally search out others on the site, but I really didn’t get it. Community was beyond my comprehension. Why would I want to get to know other bloggers? (I know right? I was clueless!) I didn’t look at other blogs to see what they were doing, to get ideas or learn from them.
Crazy? I know! I’ve come a long way Baby!
I had no idea what I was doing, I was Clueless…
Serious Cher Horowitz Clueless. ” As if…” I owned a blog, I blogged, and I did it all wrong. For years. Seriously! I even moved over to WordPress and remained Clueless. I paid someone to set up my domain name and hosting company. Like magic I had my own site. <Poof>
Or at least it seemed that way since I didn’t have to do any of the hard work.
Definitely not a case of “If it walks like a duck and talks like a duck, then it’s a duck.” I had a blog, I blogged, but I certainly wasn’t a blogger. Not a real one anyway. I was impersonating one! LOL And not doing that real well either!
Once again, “As if…”
Not the smartest way to go about things. Not only didn’t I have a strong foundation, I had no foundation, I didn’t even know the definition of a blog foundation. My site was built on sand, a perched precariously on a shaky footer indeed.
I got lucky. Really lucky.
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The person who set up my blog had me purchase my own domain with Register.com and he set up my wordpress blog at Hostgator. I copied and pasted each post from my Blogspot blog into the new site. One by one. Recreating the images, one by one. Silly, huh? I had no idea what I was doing! None!
Hostgator was my hosting company for the next 3 years, the customer service was good, I can’t complain. Each time my ignorant blogging self would trash my site, Hostgator would get me up and running again. I’m sure I gave them some grey hairs! But we made it.
Over the last few months my pageviews have quadrupled. Yeah me! LOL If you’re a blogger you know this takes some hard work. Serious dedication. Am I right?
So when I started noticing how slowly my blog was running I became concerned. Then I kept getting notifications for broken links, but when I checked the offending links they weren’t broken. This told me that my blog was running really slow, especially during high traffic times. (I know, a year ago I wasn’t worried about “high traffic times”, lol! I didn’t have any! Yeah me!) I needed a larger share of my shared hosting plan, or a larger plan.
Really cool, right? But this was something that I hadn’t done before. It scared me. Ug! I’m really a big scardy-cat. Honest. If I’ve done something before, I “get it”. But thinking about moving and possibly messing up my blog? My knees were jelly and my heart was pounding. Scaredy-cat. Scaredy-cat!
But, it was either “woman up” and do it or lose readers. The latter was a bit more frightening. So I strapped on my Superhero cape and did some research. As you know, Google is my best friend, we spent hours together checking out hosting company reviews. After many days and hours of research I that Siteground was the best place to build my new foundation.
As well as utilizing Google I also asked other bloggers, on Facebook groups, which host they used and if they would recommend the host to another blogger. Here are a few of the things that swayed me to Siteground:
ONE. Quick response from Customer Service over the phone and via ticket submission. In fact, the industry average time for resolution of site issues is approximately 11 hours. But Siteground resolved these same issues in 31 minutes. When you have a post scheduled to publish or a linkup going live-11 hours is a long time. Think of the lost opportunity to attract readers and perhaps generate a sale from your site. I wanted a company that would get me up and running more quickly.
TWO. Coming back to high traffic times, my biggest issue. Siteground handles 3 times the traffic than most other Hosting Companies. And the page load times are FAST! This was a huge BONUS for me!
THREE. Siteground also offers Hack Protection, I signed up for this feature immediately. It costs about $1 a month, but the comfort it provides is worth so much more! Gives me peace of mind so I can concentrate on what’s on my blog, not worry over what bug is trying to get in my site!
(LOL, you know how crazy life is for us right now…get this, I am in the car in McDonald’s parking lot typing this. Our neighbor is putting up a fence and coincidentally as they are digging the post holes the electricity went out in the entire neighborhood. LOL Coincidence? That’s what I was told by the men digging the holes! I think I need to add Hack Protection for my entire environment!)
Even more reasons to switch to a strong foundation…
All the items listed above are reason enough reason to switch my hosting to Siteground, but there’re even more things in the Plus Column which pushed me over the edge.
FOUR. Since I was a Scaredy-Cat, I called Siteground and had them outline the entire process. Maria, one of Siteground’s fantabulous Customer Service Representative’s had me pull up their site and walked me through the entire setup. It was really simple, but I know me. I can trip over an imaginary line, LOL, and I’ve broken my blog a few times before so I wanted to make sure that wasn’t the final result!
HUGE TIP: although it may seem skeevy, do not, I repeat DO NOT call your current host, no matter how fabulous they are, and forewarn them that you are switching hosting companies. Do not end your service before you are completely switched over to Siteground. It will take a few days, at most. then you can cancel your current service. When you move from one hosting company to another you need access to your cpanel (if you don’t know what this is, ask. Siteground will walk you through it! ) if you give your host a heads up they will remove your cpanel access, and then things will get tricky!
I mean seriously, when does “the breakup talk” ever go well? No matter how much you say that it’s you, not them, no one really believes it. Am I right? The next thing you know your ex is changing the locks and your key won’t open the door
cpanel anymore. Not that this has ever happened to me. <GULP> So, keep the breakup to yourself until you are fully moved in to your new home, K?
Maria walked me through the entire setup proceedure. And it real is easy. Peasy. Honest, if I can do it, I’m thinking anyone can! But, there are some other things that you have to take care of to ensure that your foundation is strong. Siteground can do a lot, but you have to play along.
There are a few decisions to make and a few steps to take to finalize the move.
FIVE. Do you have a current domain name for your blog? If not, you can get a domain name through Siteground, this will be free for your first year. Yippee! Love free.
SIX. Are you wanting to transfer your domain name to Siteground? If so, there is a transfer fee. But you can leave your domain parked wherever it is now and Siteground will walk you through changing nameservers or DNS. For this there isn’t a fee. I promise this sounds way more complicated than it is!
(I have left my domain parked at Register.com and viewfrominhere likes it’s digs there. I also like the fact that I don’t have my domain and host at the same place. If anything would happen to my host I would still be able to have access to my domain. It’s up to you, but Register.com has been good to me. They are a bit more expensive, but I highly recommend them.)
Once you decide on a domain name, and find that it’s not being used by another site, fill out the forms and wait for them to send you a ticket. A ticket is a message to you, from Siteground, within their customer service portal. The entire process is pretty quick. Advice, once you begin the process any changes you make to your site may not transfer, so give yourself a mini-vacation and let Siteground do the heavy lifting for you.
SEVEN. My site transferred perfectly, I didn’t have to copy and paste anything, and when it was done each and everything was in it’s place. And the move from one host to the other, in perfect condition, it was FREE! Love more free!
EIGHT. Siteground also offers a CDN with Cloudflare, through their hosting. A CDN helps to increase your site’s speed. Way important and oh so sexy! And if you choose the “GrowBig” plan (25,000 visits monthly) or the “GoGeek Plan” (100,000 visits monthly) you can utilize a SuperCacher, for even more speed. Love speed! And it’s FREE!
Are you sensing a theme? Ease. Speed. Free.
Now, when talking about a strong foundation, size matters…
NINE. Seriously, I know, it’s like me asking you if these jeans make my butt look big. Right? No one wants to admit it, but yes, size does matter! LOL My old hosting plan was good, for a bit. But like Goldilocks I had to find the plan that was “just right”. Not only did I find a plan that fit, I was able to move View From In Here to a new home that was more than 4 times the size of my old, and for less money! More square footage for less money? Sign me up!
LOL! I can’t sign up twice, but I would if I could!
TEN. I know, right? And if I grow out of my current plan I can switch to the biggest plan, no problem! I love it when Customer Service says, “It’s not a problem, not at all, we’ll be happy to make the change for you when you need it.” Ha! “When” I need it! Not “if” I need it! Siteground believes in me! Now that’s a Host!
So. This is my story. Honest. Easy. Fast. Free. Helpful. Accommodating. What more could you ask for?
Sadly, I had to have “The Talk”
With my old Host. They really didn’t do anything wrong. It was me, not them. Honest. It was so hard to choke it out as I looked into his puppy dog eyes, I know, I was on the phone, I couldn’t see his eyes. But I could see them, welling up with tears right over the air waves, it broke my heart. No one likes rejection. I was hoping I could find a place to do it online, and not have to speak to anyone. You know, “Check this box to break up with me”, like in grade-school. I was afraid I’d cave. An internet “Dear John” letter would have been so much easier. The rep I spoke with was really nice, he truly was. When he asked me why I was switching
betraying him to another host company it killed me to say it, but I had to let him know, size really does matter! LOL
Anyhow, this is my story, I did it! It was scary, but I Woman’d Up and blazed my way through. I am so happy with Register.com for my domain name and Siteground for my Hosting Company. I highly recommend both companies as a strong foundation for your blog.
Cause seriously, size matters! LOL
So, what’re you waiting for? Click the Siteground links, here or above, or the banner below. Clicking these links will let them know I sent you, we’re great friends at this stage! LOL Get yourself a Strong Foundation and let’s do this!