YOU CAN SPEED UP YOUR SITE

I’m sure most of my regular readers have noticed that I changed the design of my blog. I like to do this every few years or so to keep it fresh. And, you may have also noticed that my blog or website now downloads much faster then it use to, yes? For years I had been quite frustrated by how slow and sluggish my site was, and how incredibly long it took to downland. I ran a test to check the download speeds and it scored a whopping D minus. This didn’t surprise me of course, and the test also gave me the specifics—it would take anywhere from fourteen to seventeen seconds for my site to fully load.

I wanted to switch hosts but had heard horror stories of how difficult it would be to do this, and how the process would often break a users site or bring it down all together. Needless to say I had much trepidation and thusly put it off for years. But the situation continued to get worse, to the point where I knew I had to do something. So I dove back in to research mode and over a period of a few months I finally found a host I was willing to try. Like many other bloggers I had my site hosted with Blue Host. It had been recommended by Word Press as well as IFB so I thought I was good, and for a few years I was. But over time my site just got slow and slower.

the reason why all the hosts were getting the same bad reviews is that they are all owned by the same company—EIG

Well as many of you know I was not the only one having this problem. Blue Host’s service it seems was tanking. But when I researched other hosts they all seemed to get the same bad reviews. I even tried to switch about a year and half ago to another provider called In Motion, but the transition was going so badly and the customer service was so inefficient and even hostile, that I pulled out before it was completed and stayed with Blue Host. I continued to do my research however, as like I stated, the speed of my site was abominable.

Well do diligence pays off. The first thing I discovered from my in-depth research was that the reason why all the hosts were getting the same bad reviews is that they are all owned by the same company—EIG. EIG were on a mission buying up all the hosting companies. That is why Blue Host service went down hill and why almost every other well-known hosting company’s ratings were also in the toilet. And with everything that is in the news today regarding Facebook, Amazon and Google which are all monolithic monopolies, it was quite dismaying to find the same situation with hosting companies.

I was fully preparing myself for days of frustration and having to babysit the entire process—ugh

Luckily I found a company that is not owned by EIG, they are called Name Hero. The transition was quite easy, I was surprised at how seamless it was, I was fully preparing myself for days of frustration and having to babysit the entire process. But the customer service was remarkably good and personable and knowledgeable. This was the best decision I had made for my blog in years. I did some work before the switch to make it easier, and I went in and deleted about four hundred old posts. That alone made my site download faster, even before the switch.

I also noticed that when I changed themes my site got a bit faster. My old theme used the Ruby On The Rails platform, while the new one uses the Genesis platform and I believe this helped to increase the speed of my site as well. So if your site is slow and you are looking to improve this, you may want to consider switching hosts. But before you do, a good idea would be to clean house and to go in and delete any old posts that you feel you no longer need. Like I said, I would recommend Name Hero and I would also consider using the Genesis platform if you can.

I hope you found this helpful and good luck! And lets hope Name Hero does not get bought up by EIG, fingers crossed.

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27 Comments

  1. April 19, 2018 / 7:43 pm

    Great post as usual! Have a nice weekend)

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:20 pm

      Thank you, I try : )

  2. April 20, 2018 / 11:54 am

    I remember when Blue Host was recommended to me, although I had not tried it I know a lot of blogger who did. This is a great tip for WordPress users. I think I am due to do this soon.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:21 pm

      I remember going to the Lucky Fabb conference years ago and people were complaining about Blue Host

  3. April 20, 2018 / 3:05 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I really need to make the jump from Blogger to WordPress and I will have to keep Name Hero in mind for josting. Yur site always looks great!

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      Yes WP is much more powerful and Name Hero has been great

  4. April 20, 2018 / 4:29 pm

    Very interesting! I’ve not been happy with Blue Host and have thought about switching…

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:22 pm

      You should!

  5. Jackie Harrison
    April 20, 2018 / 8:36 pm

    I also heard horror story doing this transition. Is good you did your research and dive in under those link. I’m not that brave lol

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      It was remarkably easy the customer service was outstanding they did all the heavy lifting.

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:23 pm

      Yes I love how fast it loads now!

  6. April 22, 2018 / 4:21 am

    Will keep this information in mind if I ever decide to change hosts. Love the new theme of your blog. Looks amazing!
    Have a great one Allie!

    http://www.fashionradi.com

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:24 pm

      Yes I can highly recommend them and thank you.

  7. April 22, 2018 / 7:44 am

    I though I left a comment on this post but it’s noti here anymore. i might have done something wrong!
    Anyway, I believe this post is very useful!

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:25 pm

      Sorry hmmm that is weird

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:25 pm

      No problem ; )

  8. Lorna
    April 22, 2018 / 12:35 pm

    Glad that it went smoothly! Hosts can be a nightmare sometimes! I’m always checking my site speed, ha ha.

    Raindrops of Sapphire

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:26 pm

      Yes as stated I was very surprised at how smooth it went.

  9. April 22, 2018 / 11:14 pm

    Thank you for sharing all your research. I found it helpful. Have not heard of Name Hero. Will check it out. Definitely notice the speed of your new site. Like the layout as well.

    Xx
    Nikki

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:26 pm

      You should I feel it is the best thing I have done for my blog after starting it!

  10. April 23, 2018 / 3:55 am

    What a frustrating experience for you! I just have my blog hosted on blogspot, haha! it’s not a fancy one, but it’s so much easier than trying to mess with hosting companies – I don’t think I could have the patience you did figuring it all out! 🙂

    Glad it works for you now, and your layout is very pretty 🙂

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend! Our weather wasn’t as bad as predicted so we got to spend some time outside and by the pool which was awesome. 🙂

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:28 pm

      I work in graphics and I use to do tech support for an ISP so both industries teach patience and how to research problems

  11. April 24, 2018 / 1:31 am

    I always admire how beautiful your site is. You are very gifted in the graphic design element. Of course you’re gifted in fashion and styling, that is a given. I use site ground as my hosting platform and also word press. I hope my site downloads quickly – I don’t know for sure.
    I do know that the aesthetics of my site are not that great, and I am always looking for help to change that. Thank you for sharing, this your site is always an inspiration !
    Yes, ergh to the megalomaniac, monopolistic monoliths… and closing with alliteration.
    ❤️❤️❤️
    Elle
    https://theellediaries.com/

    • alimackin@gmail.com
      Author
      April 30, 2018 / 11:30 pm

      Thank for the kind words! Your site appears to download fairly quickly. I have good things about Site Ground hopefully they are not owned by EIG. I think the new design of your site looks good and your photos are better too.


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