Just Switched from Bluehost to WPX Hosting. Here’s Why 115

A Comprehensive Look at Creating the Best SEO-Friendly Setup for Your Online Presence

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My first ever hosting provider was Bluehost, due to the fact that their name was everywhere and most people consider them the best company for those just starting out with their blog and website. That was the case for me ever since I bought a domain name, switched from wordpress.com to wordpress.org and started running a self-hosted site.

The site grew later on in terms of traffic, number of plugins I was using and all the content that takes up space on the server. So I switched to a more expensive package. Did it again last year as I wanted a dedicated server, one only for myself which means an extra security layer. That was a total of $474.20 per year, although the traffic I have isn’t much compared to other bigger sites.

Why I Decided It’s Time for a New Hosting Provider

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Don’t get me wrong, Bluehost manage 2 million domains all over the world, which makes them one of the largest web hosts available today, So they must be doing many things right.

While it’s okay to start with them, to grow with them, to manage all your niche sites with them, or just let them host the platform for your online business, if you’re trying to build an authoritative site and all your focus is on it, it’s time to switch to another provider.

That’s because you’d want access to great support. And one of the disadvantages of Bluehost is that they don’t have enough people on their team (although that’s a huge team, of course) to talk to all their customers.

They keep concentrating on landing new clients. Although they constantly optimize the support process, it’s still not something I enjoyed doing. I was put on hold all the time, one department was taking me to another then I waited 15 minutes more. I often ended up explaining the same thing to 5 people so they can catch up. Every time they welcomed me with the fact that they are helping other customers at the same time so I might need to wait a bit.

Let’s say it like that: contacting their support (even when it was absolutely necessary!) was something I tried to avoid as much as possible.

However, as the beginning of 2018 marks the new era for Let’s Reach Success (moved my online business to the Netherlands, stopped the podcast, got a new premium theme, etc.), hosting was something I wanted to upgrade too.

After a careful research, asking people, and doing some thinking, I found the one host I wanted to work with – WPX Hosting. Here’s what happened next.

My First Impression of WPX Hosting

WPX Hosting is almost always on any list of best managed WordPress hosting providers, but they are not the only one. I checked their site and liked what I saw.

What I consider a game-changer happened while I was browsing the page with their packages wondering whether I need the Business or Professional plan. I wasn’t sure what the bandwidth and space numbers included, so decided to leave that decision for another time. But that’s when a chat box opened and I was welcomed by a guy from the team who offered to answer any questions I had about the plans.

Well, that’s exactly the kind of a question I had.

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So we had a quick chat and I asked a few other questions that I had in mind. Smooth communication, eagerness to help, clear explanations, and more was when I realized that was one of the best support experiences I’ve ever had.

It was after that, that I realized WPX hosting was most popular not for its fast and reliable hosting, but the amazing 24/7 support that everyone seemed to be happy with. All reviews I found online talked about this and there was not a single disadvantage when it came to the WPX support.

Since then and before actually purchasing, I contacted them a few more times, had a chat with 4-5 people, and each time it was the same great experience.

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I was sold.

A few days later, I purchased the Business plan with a monthly subscription, and then requested the free migration they offer to anyone. So they basically logged into my Bluehost dashboard and moved my site to their servers. No downtime or any issues.

There are many benefits I’ve seen so far and I’ll write a detailed post about it, together with the exact steps I took when signing up and requesting a migration. This quick article was just about my decision to change hosting providers, which is a big one for every WordPress site owner.

Check WPX hosting out for yourself.

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Needless to say, I’m an affiliate for WPX Hosting now. And anytime I mention it from here on, the link will probably be the one with my affiliate ID. While I usually stay away from that, I do highly recommend their services and want to be an affiliate only of a few carefully selected products and companies that I’m familiar with.

So, if you’re interested in checking them out, go ahead and have a chat with someone from the team.

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Becoming Your Own Boss: Tips on Getting a Business Off The Ground 19

How Writing a Blog Can Help You Live the Life You Dream About

Becoming your own boss is a complicated process, and not everyone does it the same way.

I got lucky. I was still working when I got my business off the ground, so I had a source of income while I was working the kinks out of my business. I did most of my work for the new business when I got home or on the weekends. I asked for a change in job responsibilities at the office so that I didn’t have as much on my plate.

This all gave me a chance to start earning money without going into debt. When it was feasible, I stopped working my regular job and transitioned into working for myself full time. It took about a year and a half.

Establish clear boundaries.

 

Sometimes people don’t take you seriously when you tell them that you work for yourself. They think you are always available to chat or have lunch.

I had a number of friends that would call me at all hours, assuming I was available because they wanted to talk. Granted, it was nice to have that freedom at first. But, I soon realized that if I was going to be successful, I couldn’t let those kinds of distractions interrupt my workday.

Save before you start working for yourself full time.

I was in pretty good shape when I made the transition, but looking back, a few more months with a paycheck would have been wonderful.

When you start your own business, money can be very tight. You never know what you are going to make month to month.

I had one customer that initially made up most of my revenue. That customer only paid on a quarterly basis, which meant that times were tough in between payments.

I had to spend money to build the business, which meant there wasn’t a lot left over. If I didn’t get a payment right on time, it was very difficult to deal with.

There were times when I had to ask for a loan from family members simply to pay my bills.

Reach out and build a support network.

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It can be really difficult to adjust at first. You have great days and you have terrible days. You meet goals some months, while other months you are left wondering where you went wrong.

If you make a mistake, you alone are responsible for it and your business and reputation can suffer. It is easy to feel depressed at times. You may even start to feel like you can’t handle running a business and that you made a big mistake when you left your office job.

Remember that you are not alone. All entrepreneurs have these moments, which is why it is so important to connect with others in the field.

Take time for yourself.

I had a honeymoon period of about half a year. It was really exciting to see the business get bigger. Each milestone that I met was a reason to celebrate.

However, heading into the second year, it was more difficult. I was tired. Things weren’t as exciting because they weren’t new anymore. And then, year three came along. I was done with working such long hours.

I was done with having no time off. Burnout is certainly an issue in this business, so you have to figure out how to balance your personal and your professional needs.

It took me a long time to get where I am today. I had to do a lot of research. I had to educate myself on business. I had to find an SEO expert. I had to figure out who my main competitors were and keep an eye on them. I also had to stay current with what was happening in the field so that I didn’t fall behind.

No matter how hard I worked, it seemed like I could never get caught up. Running a business is a big responsibility.

If you are interested in starting your own business, you want to set yourself up for success. Try to cut back on your living expenses. Make sure you have substantial savings. Set up an area in your home where you can work, free from distractions.

If you are married, get your spouse on board. He or she can help pay bills while you are getting your business off the ground.

Your business is only as good as you are.

Make sure you have a support system of other business professionals. These people can help you acknowledge your weaknesses, encourage you to keep moving forward and advise you on common mistakes.

You can try and go it alone, but it will be very difficult for you. As with anything else in life, your support network has a lot to do with your success. You are probably strongly invested in your business; after all, it is something that you created. Make sure you have people that you trust to help you along the way.

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Grace Lee has been practicing in the field of digital marketing for several years now. She has already brought numerous sites in search engines’ first pages in search results. In her spare time, she loves listening to podcasts about Google algorithm updates and other matters related to SEO.