In January I decided to begin a long contemplated travel blog. After a few months of blogging and receiving a great deal of interest from the world at large I decided we would take the blog a bit further and actually start promoting it via SEO, shared links, guest blogging, etc. This change would require a move from one host to another. So far this process is a lot more frustrating than I ever expected…Let me apologize now to my followers because I have no idea how this may impact the stream of information you will receive.
I began my blog with WordPress.com because it was recommended to me by friends that have been highly successful at monetizing online media and blogs. WordPress is fairly user-friendly so I would say that was a good call. However, the basic sites do not provide you the ability to properly tag and structure your site for good Search Engine Optimization (SEO)…a.k.a, helping Google find your site.
So now I am transferring my hosting from WordPress to HostGator. There are a lot of companies that do hosting along these lines, but HostGator is well known for easily reconfiguring and transferring your WordPress site, for no charge.
I began the transfer process this morning and it is not as simple as advertised. HostGator has a robust Online Chat service so I have spent the last 90 minutes “chatting”, sans any teas and biscuits mind you, with a tech guy. The first problem was that my password would not work. This was a problem that was solved after about 20 minutes of back and forth emails. The next issue was setting up the transfer form. Technical support was helpful but it’s not a particularly simple or efficient process.
Now we are on hold for the next 24-72 hours while HostGator determines if the transfer is going to work. They have already let me know that many of the images may disappear so I am questioning the original decision of starting with WordPress hosting.
I know I am not the only one that has experienced this process and there will be thousands that will follow my own inefficient path to a “proper blog” so I will be sure to document the process along the way.
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