You may have noticed that this isn’t about music, and is only loosely anything to do with technology as such. – Yes this page is basically an advert. – I need finances to keep this site running – and when people see something great on my site and buy it; then the profits go into running this site.
I’d like to share with you a post by online business coach David Risley.
The original post – as writte by David – was entitled “Why I Can No Longer Recommend Bluehost Web Hosting”.
I changed the title because I can and I felt like it might be an idea, considering the purpose of this page is to promote SiteGround. – As well as an ice-breaker intro-piece for David’s Blog Marketing Academy – which I’ll be telling you a lot more about later. – In fact the two are in a way connected.
– More on that later: For now; for those of you who don’t know David Risley; he’s a professional blogger and online marketing strategies coach. Here’s a little more about him. – A short “Meet David” piece if you like.
– A guy who I refer to as “The God of Blogging”.
David Risley runs a six-figure online business at blogmarketingacademy dot com, incorporating his WordPress blog and a few extra bells and whistles, as the central hub of his operation.
He lives near Tampa Bay in Florida USA, and also blogs about RV-ing as a hobby on the side of his business. David has a family to support, consisting of a wife (Malika) and two children.
He’s very geeky and describes himself as “one Hell of a nerd”. He can do pretty much anything with computers, despite having started using a Mac a few years back. – So you can imagine that he’s a guy with good sense when it comes to matters online.
I’ve clipped David’s post a bit for the sake of saving space, removing some parts that weren’t relevant to the topic of this post, and condensing if necessary. Having said that the original wording is still in use in every possible instance; even though I’ve maybe changed the spelling of a few words from their American spellings to the English equivalent. You’ll also notice places where I may have added a little eye-candy/colour too, just for aesthetic/cosmetic effect. : –
“You’ve probably noticed that a lot of bloggers out there recommend Bluehost. Why is that?
There are a lot of bloggers out there who will recommend Bluehost simply because of the commission. And typically, web hosting companies pay pretty good commissions.
Being in the position I am in here, I always need to have a “go to” recommendation for web hosting. But, it has been a little bit of an odd thing for me.
My first rule of any product recommendation has always been: I don’t recommend anything I haven’t used myself.
So, for quite some time, my “go to” recommendation has been Bluehost. It falls within the budget of a bootstrapping new blogger and that’s important.
It also happens to satisfy the rule I have. I do currently still have something hosted with Bluehost.
That said, I’ve cooled off on it. And I think I need to explain why:-
It Started “Over There”, Then It Happened To Me…
For the last year or so (give or take), I was hearing rumblings of issues over at Bluehost. I’d see conversations about sites getting hacked over and over again, people getting fed up and moving elsewhere.
I also have people I know who don’t like Bluehost. One friend of mine who does custom sites for clients and he tells me to stay far away from Bluehost, based on his experience.
The story is that Bluehost is part of a larger conglomerate that also includes Hostgator and many other companies. That parent company is Endurance International Group, or EIG. They own a number of subsidiary brands, including Bluehost, Hostgator, Constant Contact, Domain.com, Dotster, iPage, JustHost and many others. When EIG took over Bluehost, the rumours are that the quality of service dropped.
For me, those rumours were always “over there”. I heard some of these rumours through the grapevine but I hadn’t experienced any of it myself.
[* Sharron-Idol was using JustHost until late 2015, and she can confirm that those rumours are indeed true. * ]
But, then I did: –
I woke up one morning to find that the site that I have hosted with Bluehost had been hacked.
The hackers clearly didn’t have any bad intentions toward me. This was just to show they could. They littered my account with a bunch of oddball files and they dropped a text file into every directory to claim the credit and name their group. I actually think they look at it as a public service to show security vulnerabilities by hacking. My site was up and running fine – they didn’t damage anything. They simply littered up the file system with bogus files.
[* Sharron-Idol was hacked in a similar manner – following which JustHost began peddling some overpriced security software that she’d never heard of before at her. – She left JustHost.]
So, first issue is that they were able to do that quite easily. I highly doubt they singled me out. This site isn’t even a public site that I host over there. It is an internal system. So, this was clearly a broad mass hack taking advantage of an insecure hosting environment on shared hosting.
The second issue, however, is how Bluehost handled it.
I wish I had the emails to show, but I don’t. Essentially, I contacted Bluehost support to tell them my account had been hacked. I pointed out that they had injected the file system with a bunch of files, and I pointed out one of the files as an example.
The response from Bluehost was essentially to delete that ONE file (leaving all the rest)… then told me it was handled. There was literally ZERO comment about how they were able to get into the server to begin with. When I emailed back to tell them this, the response was just to tell me to update my software.
What struck me about all this was:
- The support person was clearly not experienced, and the job was simply to close the support ticket.
- It was as if there was zero concern at all that their system just got hacked.
- The support person didn’t actually read my email. I’m a pretty techie person, so I was pretty specific in what I saw had happened. So, for the response to be to delete one file and call it a day, I was surprised at the lack of attention.
After all that, I got a survey for me to rate my satisfaction with their support. Found that funny, really, seeing as they had closed my ticket and the situation was not resolved.
So, this experience definitely had me questioning Bluehost.
My New First-Level Recommendation: –
I have been aware of SiteGround for quite some time, but it was just one of the many hosts in the mix. Didn’t pay it any attention.
But, it began to spring up in conversations more often. I’d see social media threads of people complaining about Bluehost and said they’ve had good luck moving to Siteground.
Then, it began to happen inside the Blog Monetization Lab itself. Several of my Lab members moved to SiteGround (before I ever recommended it) and were very happy with it.
* Unique insider snagshot *
Then, one day I got approached by the affiliate manager for SiteGround. No surprise there, as affiliate marketing is a huge way hosts promote themselves. I had a conversation with him (over email) about why SiteGround is better than Bluehost. He even explained to me why he thinks SiteGround is a better solution that WPEngine, which he knew I liked.
The bullet points were this:
- He believes WPEngine charges a premium for a level of service which doesn’t justify the cost. SiteGround offers similar managed WordPress hosting for less.
- They run an efficient operation, with a very heavily systematized business. This allows them to keep costs down for higher levels of service.
- The platform they used to manage their systems is tried and true and the development costs for it are in the past, which means they don’t have to pass the cost onto customers.
- He believes that WPEngine’s pricing is more about going after that perception of “high end hosting”, but in reality the hosting isn’t much different than the managed WP hosting of its competitors
- They have aggressive hiring and training practices for their support staff.
- They provide free website transfers from other hosts.
- Free domains for LIFE.
- Their managed hosting for WordPress doesn’t limit you to WordPress, which means you can run other software, too. That’s an advantage.
So, I was impressed. I know he was selling his company (that’s his job), but he was making good points.
But, to back all this up, I was seeing great reviews and experiences from SiteGround customers – even from inside my own Lab community. That says a lot.
I cannot, in good conscience, continue to recommend to all my readers to get a Bluehost account. If I personally got hacked, was disappointed in how they handled it, and am thinking of leaving, then how can I recommend it to others?
I think SiteGround is just a better option.
And while I still like WPEngine, I’d be a fool not to admit that SiteGround can provide what looks to be the same level of service for much less than WPEngine. I haven’t tested it yet, but I will be and I will update you on my findings.
So, here’s the deal…
- Get treated well.
- Get WPEngine-style hosting for much less monthly
- They’ll move your site from your current host for free
- You’ll get a free domain – FOR LIFE.”
A quick piece of guesswork will have you guessing that I – Sharron-Idol – also use SiteGround web-hosting. – You guessed right: This site that you’re looking at now is hosted by SiteGround.
David’s article; although annotated to some extent, says everything that needs to be said. If you’re looking for superb-quality hosting that isn’t going to break the bank then here’s your answer.
At the top of the page I mentioned David Risley’s * Blog Marketing Academy * – and I mentioned that I’d say more on that later… Well this is later. – Ladies & gentlemen; welcome to later: Later in the article and later in time by a few months from when I wrote/posted the original.
Yes I had to get an affiliate link first; because I wanted to get paid for my efforts. – Look I’m just being honest here OK. – I don’t intend to get everyone swarming to Dave’s 6-figure BMA, and learning more than I can teach them + earning more than I do while I’m left penniless. That’s not on – and that’s why I’ve been cagey about mentioning it up to now. I’ve been nagging Dave to get an affiliate campaign going for BMA for years, literally. He seems to have finally conceded on that; and so it is with great pleasure that I can at last promote his product – One of the best if not THE best of its type. – without having to file for bankruptcy having done so.
David Risley is not a musician. – However David Risley IS a business boffin. – One of the if not THE best business-coaches on the internet. – No word of a lie. He won’t teach you to play guitar; although he does know an extremely good guitar-player, but he’ll show you how to successfully create the business-end of your music-business, as well as how to make enough money online to fund your music business as you grow it and as you personally grow as an artist.
Most of what I teach here is what he teaches, but from a showbiz angle. What you’ll learn about running a business from him is priceless… No I said priceless, not free. All you need to bear in mind is that you’re a music business and that you need to at times adapt some of the things you learn accordingly.
…And so it’s on the basis of that glowing report that I’ll ask you to click this linked paragraph and find out more about David Risley’s * Blog Marketing Academy * and his * Blog Monetization Lab *.
This article is actually telling you of 2 valuable products: Blog Marketing Academy and SiteGround.
BMA recommend SiteGround too. – That’s gotta be a win/win situation! – With these two in tandem you’ll find it very hard to not do well if you use them wisely.
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