Alright, friends, I need to talk to you about blog hosting companies. Like, I have to get this out or I might go crazy. I have a lot of strong feelings about hosting companies and I need to tell you about why I decided to switch to Siteground from Bluehost. And why seemingly every blogger recommends Bluehost. Not me, friends. Not me, ever. I’m not going to get into that nitty-gritty confusing stuff and talk in easy-to-understand terms.
The Truth About Bluehost Exposed
(and Why I Decided to Switch to Siteground)
Note: This post may contain affiliate links.
When I started my home improvement blog Hello Hayley back in 2016, I was following all the guides on how to start a blog. It seemed like every “expert” recommended Bluehost. I trusted all the guides and decided to use them, too. The setup process wasn’t too bad and I got my blog up and running within a month. Within the first few months, my website would randomly go out for 5 minutes at a time. I wouldn’t be able to access my WordPress Admin panel and I was left waiting for it to come back. Sometimes it would happen for 10+ minutes. As a blogger, it was simply infuriating.
After awhile, I found other bloggers to connect with via Facebook groups (my favorites include Blogging Newbs and Hexagon Connection). The topic of hosting companies was brought up one day and I discovered that, seriously, tons of people were having the same issues with Bluehost as I was. Just look at these comments from my groups about Bluehost…
Sure, there’s one guy sprinkled in there who hasn’t had issues. But the rest? Run!
Then, I learned the BIG KICKER:
Bluehost offers a SERIOUS affiliate program.
When a blogger recommends Bluehost and the reader makes a purchase, the blogger gets paid a whopping $65 from the sale.
In fact, their affiliate page states they paid out $5 million last year in affiliate commissions alone.
That’s a huge incentive to recommend them as a hosting company. As a blogger with a ton of traffic, all those $65 payments could easily pay your monthly mortgage or more. That’s a pretty sweet incentive program.
But, have they actually done their research to find the best hosting company? Have you done your research?
After some sleuthing, I decided to switch to Siteground from Bluehost.
Because, I mean, come on. Look at these reviews.
Aaaand here’s a simple list of why I have LOVE Siteground…
- They migrated my entire website for free.
- I’ve never experienced any downtime.
- Their prices are incredibly reasonable.
- When I rebranded and was having trouble redirecting my website to my new URL, they just did it for me. For free.
- Their customer service chat is excellent – which is great because I hate talking on the phone.
- They don’t make me feel stupid for asking stupid questions, like, asking them to check things that I could have checked myself.
- Their online platform is easy to navigate and their help guides are actually useful.
- I easily upgraded to their medium-sized package when I started this blog so I could host multiple websites with them.
So, now that you know why all those bloggers are recommending Bluehost, I hope you’ll do yourself a favor and choose a host with great reliability and hosting support.
I’ll be honest, if you choose to buy Siteground’s hosting by clicking a link on my page, I’ll also earn a nice commission from the sale. But I’m not recommending Siteground to you for the commission. I want to see you succeed as a blogger and I don’t want you to get bogged down by things like your wp-admin not responding. Siteground is the only host I recommend to friends asking for advice. And you’re basically my new friend, right? Sure. 🙂
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