South African Web Hosting
Finding a good host for your blog.
Life is full of trail and error until your trail no longer errors and you learn what works for you. Here is my story.
I first started my blog on a free wordpress.com. Wanting growth and flexibility, I decided to host my website on my own platform. Most people recommended Siteground and Bluehost. I am in South Africa. When I calculated the costs in rand for the domain and hosting which these services provided, I would be spending about R1000 which is not small money for me. I had a newborn baby, just became a SAHM and my husband and I just launched a new company, every cent counted. I never had money to waste.
I found South African based web hosting and of course I opted for the cheapest. I got my new mrschettylifestyle.com website. How ecstatic I was. It took me a long time to figure it out. It had more options than my free wordpress.com website. I had a lot to learn. I am a DIY person and was not going to spend money for someone else to do this for me. I struggled and gave up and tried again a week later. Theres an import button on wordpress, but the file is in XML format where as the place I was importing to is in a different format. It wouldn’t upload. Or I needed coding to change it and I am not a computer wiz.
I had to transfer each file one by one, rewrite everything and I had written a lot.
It took me about 2 to 3 weeks to get all my staff shifted and in order. I finally got my grove on. A week later Jetpack begins to send a report that my site is down and wont respond. This went on for hours in a day. I asked my web hosting why, they sent me a Y-Slow report and told me to ask my web developer. Now I’m screwed. Firstly, I don’t understand half of the things in the web report and secondly im my own web developer. I took to Facebook again. They all told me the fault is in my webhosting. I need to change it. It’s also a red flag that the webhosting didn’t know what to do.
It got worse. My emails blew off as Jetpack kept sending me these ‘website is down’ emails. I looked at my stats and they looked fairly good. Frustrated, I thought to myself if my website isn’t going down every 5 to, the stats will be better. My brother is studying computing, so I asked him and he said the same, I need to change my hosting. I found the answer to my questions in an article I found online. It explained that my site was running on Lite speed which was not recommended for a blog. I also run the loss with SEO on Google. I re-evaluated this would cost me in the long run. I need stability for my blog.
I found a better hosting who offer a free .co.za domain for a year with cheap and fair hosting but works well. But then I gotta go through this whole shenanigans again. At least now I know what to do.
Therefore my new website and hopefully my final website is: MrsChettyLifestyle
South African based Hosting that works:
Choose a good host from the start. Also note that the cheaper it is the limited you are.
I dearly hope you don’t go through the ups and downs I had with my website.
Here are questions to ask when choosing a good hosting for your website:
1. Which Type of Hosting do You Need?
2. What type of site are you building?
3. How many resources do you require for your website?
4. How much do you have to spend?
5. Can you grow with this host? Years later will your website still work?
6. Do they offer hands on technical support?
7. Is the platform easy to work with for a DIY person?
8. Is your website secure if you host with them? If they crash will you lose everything? Do they offer backups?
9. Can you build whatever you want your website to be with their systems? Are their systems flexible?
10. Do they offer SSL Certificates?
11. Do they offer email services with the website?
12. Determine how much space you will need for your website.
13. Are the systems reliable? Does it go offline every 5 to?