Well, it’s that time of the year again to start renewing the hosting/publishing of my sites on WordPress.com. Now when I started this I had all the sites on GoDaddy and was paying about $120USD a year. Now that came with unlimited sites and email at no cost. Now with just 4 sites at the “personal plan” on Word Press, it’s $4.00 a month per site with no real email to speak of. That works out to be $192.USD a year. With any “experiment” in hosting, I tried the “premium” accounts on Word Press because after opening the account they gave you a “discount” for the upgrades for the rest of the year, Bad idea on my part. Now just realizing what I did when I did the comparison.
Now to get the email ( send and receive ) from the domain I use Microsoft Exchange, with 2 email addresses it’s $100.USD a year. To make it more complicated most of the domains are registered at Google Domains for the free “privacy protection”. So I’m having to deal with DNS and domain manual info input in 3 different hosting services ( and I wonder why I have a headache ).
Lets list things I like about Word press hosting…
I can get to the websites from anywhere in the world I might be visiting and they load fast
Ease of use
They deal with all the updating
Now what about Godaddy hosting
Not as easy to get to the service from anywhere
Pain in the ass system to deal with finding what you need
Updating my own software ( not a problem )
What I like about Google Domains
Ease of use
I will be keeping the Microsoft Exchange anyway
So I am rethinking Word Press and is it worth the cost…
Its been this way for so long I can’t remember when it was a tool that could be used on the internet. I placed a item for sale on Ebay when I should have know better and it was not a hour later I get a response. A person that is “willing” to send more money for what I am selling to get me to go outside the ebay system for payment. This account has never bought anything on ebay and has no reviews . The account has been online since 2005 , why has ebay not CANCELED this account. Ebay police your user base better instead of just increasing user fees !!!
So one of the things I wanted to test with the WordPress hosting of sites is how fast sites would load outside the United States. The sites loaded a lot faster then I saw with other hosting company’s and the interface with WP on a slower internet connection seemed to be fine. I was impressed and had no problems at all, another reason to move more sites to WP in the future.
Years ago Google started doing domains , for $12 a year you could register or move domains to their service. When moving domins TO google it was so fast and easy. It was almost instant….they are Google.
Since then I have found out the lack of tools to make some advanced changes sucks, forget about using Exchange they just push the Gapp program. And when you go to use email from another host and then change it , you have to contact them ( good luck ) to have them flush the old info out of the system ( been waiting 2 days so far )
Its a shame they start something ( again ) and forget it, it could be so nice if they would pay attention to it .