Being a new blogger, I had a hard time choosing the right hosting site for my blog. I researched all over the internet for the best host for bloggers and the best for your money. I read countless articles on different blogs. Usually first time bloggers start out on a free site like Blogger or WordPress.com, but I wanted my own domain. So as stubborn as I am, I bought a domain and paid for an annual Bluehost membership (somewhere around $150). Bluehost uses WordPress so I knew that is where I wanted to be. I went ahead and purchased a theme for like $40 and had contacted support to help me set it up since I had no idea what I was doing at the time.
So I talked to this guy that was supposed to be setting up my theme for my blog and he said it would only take about 20 minutes and he would contact me when he was done. It was a Thursday night so I gave him until morning and when I checked my email in the morning, there was nothing. So I decided to not worry about it and even gave him the weekend. Monday came around and still nothing. So I emailed him to ask what the heck was going on. A couple days went by and no answer. I was sick of waiting and I was broke from spending so much on a website. I just wanted to start blogging already!
One night I saw a commercial on TV about a website named Wix. I checked it out and it seemed pretty easy to use. So I got a free account and started using it. It has HTML5, which means everything is visual and you can make changes as you view your blog. I upgraded my plan to the Premium Unlimited plan, which was $12 a month. I loved it while I had it but there is a lot of things you can’t do with Wix. Mainly Bloglovin’. You can’t hook up your blog to Bloglovin’, which is essential. I also had problems with some of the features like the comment section.
I looked around at different hosts, for the second time. I found that Godaddy has a specific WordPress plan. It’s called Managed WordPress. And it’s only $12 A YEAR. I was paying $12 a month when I could have been paying $12 a year?! That’s when I realized I made a big mistake. I decided right then that I needed to switch hosts again.
I knew there was a way (at least I thought I knew) to get my content from Wix to WordPress. I just didn’t know how. I contacted Godaddy support and asked for some help. He said there isn’t a way to get content from Wix but I could use a temporary domain and manually put my content on WordPress myself, then transfer my domain. So I did that and then transferred my domain.
Now I finally am with a great host that uses WordPress. Thank goodness for site support too! I have no limits now as to what I can do with my blog and I am finally happy with it. Finally.