So, you have a blog. You write a lot. You’ve got some great friends and fans, that are amazingly supportive of what you do. You could be a parenting blogger, a hobbyist, a BNF, a queen of beauty and all things makeup or the next Martha Stewart (or better); it really doesn’t matter what you write about, people love it.
You love to share, and you need the right support for your website so that you can continue to share.
Right now, you’re paying anywhere from nothing at all (if you’re on blogger/wordpress.com) to perhaps $20/month, and you want to keep going, you want to keep sharing your thoughts, but you may be finding it difficult to do what you love these days.
Have you ever had your host shut down your website? Perhaps tell you that your blog had all “13 connections open at once” and it needs to stop, but they can’t tell you how exactly? Or you’re using too much CPU, and you need to remove certain plugins that are “well known” to use a heavy amount of your shared memory; perhaps you’re on Blogger/Wordpress.com, and you’re close to running out of space for your images, or you want to start selling ad space and are worried about that company’s TOS. Those free sites can shut your site down permanently, and there would be nothing you could about reclaiming your work if it happens.
If you’re serious about blogging, if its something that you’re going to do forever, you need to move to a Virtual Private Server.
What does using a VPS mean?
- It means that you’re more in control of your site, and how that hard drive is used.
- Depending on your current set up, it could mean a faster website, with better access to RAM and CPU power. If your site is taking forever to load, people won’t stick around for long to find out what you have to say. Using a VPS can potentially mean your readers will have faster access to your work (your theme and # of images per page are also contributing factors on how quick your site runs.)
- If you’re renting your email address separately, you won’t be any longer (and you can have an unlimited number of email addresses attached to your account.)
- You won’t be limited to those “unlimited” features. Some extremely popular web-hosts (that everyone seems to be using right now) touts “unlimited” like they’re really willing to give you everything for $3.95/month and then those same customers find their sites shut down at least once a week, because the host has claimed they’re using 100% of their CPU usage. I’ve been really concerned over the abundance of bloggers affected back in Oct/Nov 2013 because a particular host that provides “unlimited” service (*the fine-print catch is “within reason”) was cracking down on CPU over-usage.
- Bottom line, it’s like moving from a 1-bedroom apartment in an over-crowded city, that is your current shared hosting account, to a ranch with acres of gorgeous green land.
- Its bigger and better.
Geek with Style is on a VPS
Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Geek with Style has been rather quiet for most of the past month and a half. I have a ton of news that I want to share with you, but haven’t had a chance to sit down and type ’cause GwS was on the move. The task was huge and a little daunting (because I decided to make it so, I could have made this move much easier on myself, but more on that later…,) but after a lot of thought and research, I found it was time to move the (15+) sites I take care of to a company that is willing to help when there’s a problem I don’t quite understand.
And that was the crux of the matter. I know quite a bit about Virtual Private Server (VPS) hosting, but I don’t know everything, and I needed to know that I could reach out to someone who would know the answers that I didn’t have. Until now, I couldn’t recommend my fellow bloggers to move to a VPS, because there is a lot to learn.
The Web Hosting Company that I Entirely Recommend
Until now, I couldn’t recommend my fellow bloggers to move to a VPS, because there can be a lot to learn, especially if you’re on your own. Luckily, I’ve found a company that is willing to help us every step of the way to move into a VPS, and I can’t stress enough how much you should invest in one if blogging takes up quite a bit of your lifestyle.
KnownHost will take the reigns and move your site over for you, so you don’t have to lift a finger on the move once you’ve started renting a VPS (I chose to make the moves on my own, because I wanted to relearn SSH, but it was simply a choice. They offered to take over, but I wanted to know all there was to know.) Their technical support is fast (through their ticketing system), and you’ll have an answer or at least a dialogue started within minutes, (I think the longest I had to wait for a response was five minutes, but the normal wait time wasn’t more than two.)
Not all companies that sell VPS’ are the same. This is not the first VPS that I’ve rented, but I lost quite a bit of sleep with the other company that I had used for well over a year; for the last few months I hadn’t been able to sleep more than four hours at a time without checking on my tablet/smartphone to make sure my site (and all of my clients’ sites,) were up and running. I’ve got grey hair for the stress my old VPS put me through. There were errors that I didn’t have a hope of understanding, no matter how much I researched online, and the company I was renting from did not have the technical support staff to help. If I wanted the help, I was looking at least at an added $150 fee per month. Every time my VPS crashed (which happened often in December unfortunately,) I was left to my own devices to fix the problem. I was lucky to find a band-aid to fix the issue, but it was one that I had to reapply at least once a week. I didn’t know what was happening, and the company that I was paying for the space wouldn’t help without my paying the consultation fee.
When I moved everything to KnownHost, they were able to go through my account on multiple occasions to figure out why the crashes were occurring. After less than a month of use, the issues that I had last year are now fixed and gone. Sure problems will no-doubt occur in the future (its just how the online world works,) but I’m secure in knowing that KnownHost will help me fix it.
I’m not alone while having an account with them, and I don’t have any extra grey hair from hosting stress thanks to their diligent support.
What makes KnownHost stand out from the rest is their 24/7 technical support – if you have a problem that you don’t know how to fix, they’ll be there for you to figure it out. They will also have a backup of your site should the worst case scenario happen (though I recommend having two other backups safe elsewhere. *shrugs* You can never be too careful right?)
If you have any Qs about VPS hosting, ask below! I’ll do my best to answer. 🙂