Having moved on from Hostgator I embarked on a journey into the unknown which ultimately led to the hibernation of this blog.
Hosting is like the paint of your house, it only becomes interesting when it needs attention and then of course you become very interested and passionate about it, albeit only temporarily.
As I left Hostgator for pastures new, it quickly became apparent that all was not well in my new home.
This new hosting it transpired was not the perfect home I had envisaged.
I found myself having to constantly manage site disc space allocations which left little time for marketing thus things had to change.
Fortunately it transpired at the same time, the bonus promotion I had with a leading marketer had begun to unravel.
Dangers of PLR
They had vetoed my site due to its use of PLR video content, although these tutorials were of high quality their decision was understandable as they could not be sure their subscribers had not seen this content elsewhere.
This of course is the problem with video PLR, unless you use it for inspiration then you cannot ever make it truly unique.
Thus I used the videos for inspiration and actually managed to fill in the gaps between these PLR videos.
Ironically, one of the initial videos was about selecting your hosting.
But which hosting company to choose and more importantly what to base this decision upon.
Taking personal recommendations is a great start however you and me will expect and demand many different things from our hosting selections. Which is why I needed to discover a better foundation for making my hosting selections and more importantly to pass onto my membership members.
During research for this video, I came upon a forum called webhostingtalk.com, a site where users and providers come together to share services and feedback.
Thus it's a great place to check out those personal recommendations.
In this forum you can see the real user feedback of many hosting companies and if your options come up short then there is of course a wealth of alternatives to select from.
Now like any forum you have access to a wide variety of opinions but most importantly these are delivered as you know in the context of a discussion for and against any particular suggestion.
It was in one of the many threads in the reseller section that I came across Crocweb and the many good things that were being said about them, although as I write this they are having serious issues due to sustained web attacks.
Thus with the advice contained in this forum you can counter-balance the sales pitch of your proposed hosting service.
Switching Your Hosting
Now switching between hosting companies is simply a matter of transferring the file backups for each domain.
Unfortunately for this blog, the most recent backup was infected with some sort of trojan and thus had to be discarded.
Thankfully I followed the advice of Barry Wells regarding backing up your sites and hence had an earlier one stored on my computer.
Which explains why my last post was apparently made in July.
Of course its better to learn from your mistakes and thus going forward I will be using the export function of WordPress on a weekly basis to ensure that this blog and my other sites does not lose so much content again.
The alternative backup solution, a cPanel full site backup creates a very large file which can be troublesome to download which is why I am switching to the export option.
Thus you can be confident that even should your site be hacked, attacked or corrupted you will at most lose only 7 days content. Therefore you can feel confident that what you create will not be lost and thus can be built upon.
Hence if you are thinking about switching hosting make sure you check your backup files carefully and choose your hosting options even more carefully using the forum, webhostingtalk.com
Its great to be back and I look forward to sharing more lessons learned in the forthcoming weeks.