I’m not the most technically savvy person, and I make no apologies that this post doesn’t get too deeply technical! However, since I started blogging properly I’ve learnt so much! I was pretty naive when I started out and didn’t really understand what I was doing but I’m slowly getting to grips with things like web-hosting, wordpress themes, site speeds, widgets and all the other little bits & bobs that go on behind the scenes in the world of blogging.
Web Hosting – Why I needed it.
When I first started blogging many years ago, I wasn’t self-hosted, I used a well-known blogging platform which meant I didn’t have any fees but at the same time I didn’t have my own domain name or domain authority. At the time this suited me. My blog was just my personal waffles during a time I was pregnant with our daughter and both myself and my husband had been made redundant. It was a very difficult time as you can imagine! My blog was purely a private place for me to make sense of what was happening and the ways we were coping. Nobody read it, I didn’t want them to!
Now though, I’ve come a long way since those days, I’m in a better place and I like to share the ways we’ve made it through. I’m still very much a “new blogger” in the wonderful world of blogging, but I’ve learnt so much and I’m constantly figuring out new bits along the way.
I made the decision to start My Money Cottage in November 2016. I didn’t do much research into how I was going to go about it, I just knew that I wanted to share our financial findings and hopefully help others to take control and better their own situations. It didn’t take me long to come up with a name, My Money Cottage is based on family finances, home for me is where the family is and it all kind of slotted into place.
I googled web hosting providers and pretty much jumped on the best deal I could find without looking it in any further than that. They’re all going to be pretty similar, right? WRONG! Over the next few months I became increasingly frustrated with SUPER SLOW speeds. Even editing pages was painfully slow, it was a nightmare! I knew that if it frustrated me then my readers would soon get fed up and bugger off somewhere else, not what I wanted to happen! As well as this, I discovered that slow site speeds actually have a detrimental effect on Google ranking. Increasing Google ranking is something that’s really important to most bloggers so this was a big problem for me.
Fortunately for me, I was paying a monthly subscription and wasn’t tied in for a year or anything. I saw a couple of other bloggers talking about Siteground and how they were super impressed with their web hosting speeds. I tried out their websites, saw how fast they were compared to mine and I was sold.
I assumed that for the speeds these sites were seeing there must be astronomical costs involved. I was really pleasantly surprised when I realised the actual cost is less than I was paying to my previous hosting company, they’re really reasonably priced!
Switching Hosts to Siteground
I’d spent a whole loooooong time sorting my site out and getting my posts kind of how I wanted them, I was by no means there though and have since switched themes, but still, I was really worried about switching over. If it all went belly up then there was going to be a lot of lost hours of work! Siteground are pretty amazing though if I’m honest. When you sign up, they give you the option to do it yourself or hand over your password and they’ll do it for you. I was a little apprehensive about handing over my password but I figured they know what they’re doing and I’d rather risk that than me messing it all up! Within a few hours, my site was moved over and I was over the moon with the speeds.
Moral of the story
Basically, do your research! Don’t just dive in like I did and hope for the best. Read reviews, ask other people, you’ll usually find somebody has a recommendation to make or a tale to tell.
Web hosting is important, it’s the back bone of your blog.