Have you thought about switching your current web-host provider? Or maybe you’re just starting out and looking for eco friendly web hosting. I can help with both! I have switched from my previous web host to my new host, GreenGeeks and I haven’t looked back!
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Table of Contents
- Why did I switch from my previous web-hosting (before my renewal date)
- How to choose a web-hosting provider
- Why I Chose GreenGeeks
Why did I switch from my previous web-hosting (before my renewal date)
If there’s one thing I can’t abide, it’s bad customer service. If there’s a second thing I can’t abide, it’s when a company doesn’t reply to you when you make a complaint about their bad customer service.
After four very long online chats with promises of rectifying an issue I had, six emails to three different email addresses given to me, and zero responses, I had enough.
Thus, began my search for a new provider, leaving Bluehost a distant disappointing memory.
How to choose a web-hosting provider
1. Do Your Research
This is where I went wrong. Back when I hadn’t a clue, I watched a video by a blogger where he recommended Bluehost and I thought ‘Well, he’s successful, so I should follow suit’. Big mistake.
Some months later I found that they had so many bad reviews. But I hadn’t had any issues yet, so I didn’t take notice. Only when I actually had an issue that needed to be fixed did I find the rumours were true.
After waiting four weeks for them to deal with an issue, contacting them numerous times, and receiving no response, I realised I had made a mistake in signing up with them. (To this day, I still never received a response, even after I closed my account and they enquired as to why I was closing my account. I told them this very story!).
It’s all well and good until you have something that needs attention. But you need to be able to rely on your hosting company.
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2. Choose Self Hosting
There’s no question about it, if you want a professional website, self-hosting is the only way to go.
Why should you self-host?
- If you don’t self-host, you never truly own your own website
- There are no real limits to what you can do with your blog if you self-host
- It’s difficult to monetize when you don’t self-host
- It’s better for Search Engine Optimization
- It looks more professional (self-hosted domain name = yourdomain.com / non self-hosted domain name = yourdomain.blog.com)
3. Contact your options
By this stage, I had narrowed my options down to 3 different hosting companies. So I put them to the test!
I contacted them all via online chat, emails and phone to see their response time and how helpful they were.
And this is how I landed on the eco-friendly web-hosting services of……. (drumroll)….
Why I Chose GreenGeeks
1. Eco Friendly Web Hosting
As an avid traveller and documentary watcher, I have seen the affects global warming has had on our planet. While I know there is a lot more I could be doing, where I can, I prefer to choose the eco-friendly option.
GreenGeeks claim to be the most eco-friendly web hosting in the world, which is a huge claim right? After much research and looking up reviews, it seems they are indeed referred to as the most eco-friendly web hosting in the world.
Hosting over half a million websites, GreenGeeks give back 3 times the amount of energy used!
2. Customer Service
As already mentioned, I’m a stickler for customer service, not just average, but great customer service. GreenGeeks have 24/7 customer care so it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, you’ll be able to get a hold of them.
What I really like from chatting with their customer service team online, they never make me feel tech-tarded with my lack of tech knowledge.
3. Uptime of over 99.90%
Another pretty big claim here by GreenGeeks.
Hostingfacts.com wanted to check out how accurate this claim was, so they created a test website and ran stats for 24 months. They found that the average uptime was in fact 99.98% over the 24 months! You can check out their stats here.
4. Easy Set-Up
It took me just ten minutes to set up my GreenGeeks account. Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email advising that they will confirm your approval asap. Mine was confirmed within a few hours.
Here’s how to get started:
- Click on the GreenGeeks homepage, which looks like the below.
- If you’ve already sussed out the plan you’re going to go with, click ‘Get Started’. If you want to check out the different plans, click ‘See Our Plans’.
- I recommend going with the Eco-Lite plan if you’re just starting out. If you plan on more websites in the future, you can always upgrade to the Pro plan at a later stage.
- Now you need to insert the domain name you’ve chosen. Or if you’ve already bought a domain, you can enter it to the right. Make sure when entering your new domain name that you check the spelling is right! If your chosen domain name isn’t available as a .com, I recommend coming up with another domain name rather than choosing .net or .org, etc. Check out this post on how to choose a blog name.
- Next you need to select the plan, create your account, and enter payment details. In order to avail of the $2.95 offer, you’ll need to sign up for 36 months. I know this might seem like a hefty investment, but it amounts to just less than $110 for the 3 years, which works out to $2.95 a month. Bargain!
And you’re done!
5. Free Migration
Because my previous web hosting was with another company, my website had to be migrated over to GreenGeeks. You have the option to do this yourself but honestly, I recommend leaving them at it as it’s a free service.
They say it takes between 24 and 48 hours to migrate but they had it done in less than 24 hours and there was no down time.
6. Free Domain Name
When you sign up with GreenGeeks, you will receive a free domain name for your first year. If you’ve already purchased your domain name, you can just register this later on in the sign up process.
Working out at just $2.95 a month if you pay upfront for their Eco-Lite package, GreenGeeks is one of the cheaper web hosting options available. If you’re just starting out with blogging or you’re planning a new website, this is a great option.
If, like me, you have plans for multiple websites down the line, you can upgrade to their Pro package which offers, amongst many things, unlimited websites.
So there you have it, my reasons behind switching from Bluehost to GreenGeeks’ eco-friendly web hosting, and never looking back. If you’d like to know more about GreenGeeks, let me know in the comments or send me an email, I’ll be happy to help further.
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