When It Comes To Web Hosting, You Get What You Pay For

For the past year or so, I’ve been in an abusive relationship.. with my web hosting company. I’ve been meaning to switch to another host for quite awhile now, but I always made up excuses (it’s too much work to move my sites, I don’t know who I should go with, etc).

But I finally pulled the trigger a few weeks ago and said goodbye to MediaTemple and their awful Managed WordPress Hosting. You see, my sites had become dreadfully slow, and despite talking to half a dozen support reps over there, no one could pinpoint the problem and kept pointing the finger back at me, blaming “bad coding” and other BS for the sudden slowdown, even though nothing had changed on my end, and that many of the issues I was having were on the backend.

Still, no one would listen, so I finally said “Fuck it” and did what I should have done ages ago and moved over to WP Engine. Ironically, I had done a post back in 2010 where I considered moving over to them, but their high price ultimately drove me away. And not wanting the headache of a VPS to manage, I ended up going with MT’s Managed WordPress Hosting offering when they introduced it.

That was a mistake, as they weren’t ready for prime-time, and dealing with their support team was an exercise in futility, as these guys would just read from a script and then point the finger back at you, often time wasting 90 minutes or more before admitting that “something might be wrong on our end”. Ugh.

So I made the move to WP Engine, and the difference is night and day. My sites load instantly, with no lag whatsoever. In fact, I saw our traffic increase by about 500 visitors/day on one of my sites, without any new posts or anything. Given that many times I’d get a blank screen when trying to access my sites, I’m guessing that we lost a lot of traffic when people would get a blank screen and go elsewhere. If this trend continues, that’s an additional 15,000 visitors a month.. In other words, an additional 180,000 visitors a year!

Needless to say, I’m frustrated that I procrastinated for so long, but I’m happy where I ended up, and the future’s looking bright. Sure, my monthly hosting bill is considerably higher than before, but like they say, you get what you pay for.

Are you fed up with your hosting company? Then make the switch to WP Engine today. In fact, they’re running a promotion right now where you can get 4 total months free off WP Engine this summer with coupon code: summersavings20. But don’t wait too long, as this offer expires at the end of July!


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