Switching to Cloud Hosting with MyHosting.com Was a Great Decision!
This post has been reprinted by permission (mine of course, ha ha!) from my custom theme design site as it is applicable to those operating any type of blog or website. I hope this helps others to avoid the pitfalls I encountered when researching, purchasing and transferring to virtual private server (VPS) cloud hosting.
It’s been three months now since I gave up on the total frustration of trying to get my three sites (Empty Nest Themes, Empty Nest Genealogy and Feathering the Empty Nest) to work on a shared server.
I took my time finding a new host, spending hours researching cloud servers and checking out hosting companies and packages.
After about a week I almost signed on with a British company, but something held me back. Was it that the price seemed high at £75 ($122 CDN) or the distance of the server that concerned me? I’m not quite sure, but in the end, I backed off.
A couple of days later, I happened onto the site for MyHosting.com and was I happy!
Their rates are much less than those of other companies and it is a Canadian company – home, sweet home! I wouldn’t have to worry about distance with this company.
The first ten days were another exercise in frustration. Although the initial service I received did leave something to be desired, I’ve since come to believe this was an aberration. Their service since then has been stellar. My biggest complaint during this initial period was the response time. I understand a time lag when dealing with general support issues, but when it’s a new customer trying to get three sites transferred over, there should be a special priority.
I do, however, blame myself most for my sites being down almost ten days. I do believe that my own ignorance of the technical side of things and the whole process contributed greatly and I’m sure they got frustrated with me – but they didn’t show it! Their customer support was always wonderful (except for the time lag) and they always followed through with what they promised and more.
In the end, I paid $200 to get special professional help from their technical support and it was the best money I’ve spent. They were great, informing and teaching me as we went along and taking care of everything for me.
Since getting my sites back up and dealing with a few glitches (also due to my own ignorance) in the beginning, my sites have been operating very smoothly. I’m so happy with this company. Any time I had a question or concern I’d initiate a chat and they would deal promptly with it unless it was something that had to go through technical support, in which case they prepared a support ticket for me. I always heard back within a few hours.
My initial purchase of resources totalled approximately $39 CDN per month, but that rose quickly as I began to run into issues due to not subscribing to enough for certain things like RAM, storage space, etc. After some trial and error, and gradually adding to the resources as needed, I now believe I have a great setup for my sites. In the end, after making the upgrades, my monthly cost is $63 CDN.
If you’re at the point where a shared server is not meeting your needs and you’re considering a virtual private server (VPS), it would be worth your while to check out MyHosting.com.
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