For many years, I was blogging at sqlblog.com and I was a big fan of what Adam Machanic and Peter DeBetta had done there. Eventually though, community server was on its last legs, and WordPress seemed the obvious platform for a blog. Fellow MVP Adam Machanic made it really easy for me to migrate to a WordPress site with a tool that he had created.
I headed off to BlueHost with high hopes, but those hopes just haven't been fulfilled. I've had a number of times that things just stop; it's hard to get to the bottom of what's causing it; the support is really glacial at times (ever had a chat with someone who is having a conversation with 10 other people at the same time?); and it turned out that what's broken was something that apparently I was responsible for but didn't even know existed.
All I wanted for the blog was a managed service.
So today is the start of a new period. I've headed to Site Ground. Their reputation for service seems great; they claim to really have a managed WordPress service; and they seem pretty easy to deal with.
My initial sales and migration experiences have both been very positive. Prompt, courteous, and in clear English. Their offer to transfer the content for free was a major bonus. I worked out how long that was going to take me over our current Internet connection and figured it was better to let them do it. I have to say it was pretty seamless.
I have high hopes again, and I'll let you know later if those hopes were warranted.