Question from Kate L.: I really love your blog Rick. I’ve learned so much since I started reading your tips a while back!
I have a question that I hope you won’t mind answering for me but I’ll understand if you’d rather not.
I’ve been blogging for about 2 years and my blog has really slowed down a lot over the last few months.
I did some research and read that WordPress gets slower as a blog’s traffic levels increase.
That has me thinking the slowdown is probably due to my blog’s traffic more than doubling to a little over 4,000 visitors a day about the same time things slowed to a crawl.
I’m pretty sure I need to move my blog to a new web host with faster servers. I noticed that your pages load really fast even though your site obviously gets a lot more visitors than mine.
Would you mind telling me which hosting company is hosting RicksDailyTips?
Rick’s answer: Hi Kate. First of all, thanks for the kind words about my blog. I’m glad you enjoy it and find my tips useful!
And congratulations for needing a faster server to host your rapidly growing blog. That’s a great “problem” for a blogger to have!
I think you’re probably right about the recent increase in traffic being the cause of your blog loading slower than it used to.
All other things being equal, any website will slow down as the traffic it receives increases, and that goes double for blogs that run on a dynamic platform like WordPress. I’m afraid that’s just a fact of life in the blogging world.
But that being said, there are several factors that can cause a blog to slow down in addition to a less-than-capable server.
Before you undertake a move to a different hosting company I recommend that you read this post to see if anything mentioned in it applies to your situation.
To answer your question, a few years ago I moved RicksDailyTips from another hosting company to inmotion Hosting, and I’ve been very pleased with the results.
My previous web host was pretty good, but the VPS my blogs were hosted on was very expensive. Even worse, my blog had slowed considerably during that last year due to a steady increase in traffic.
I spent the better part of a year researching dozens of hosting companies, searching for one that offered the same level of service and but much faster servers, and I finally settled on inmotion.
The hosting plan I signed up for only costs about 1/2 of what I was paying previously, but the customer service I’ve received from the folks at inmotion is the best I have ever received.
But the best thing about the move is the this blog is performing way better than it did on the old server!
And all of this at 1/2 the cost!
The techs at inmotion helped me move the site from the old server onto the new one. I used the simple “site mover” tool in the WHM Control Panel, but I let their tech support team assist me just to make sure everything went smoothly.
By the way, they’ll gladly move your blog for you at no cost in most cases, if you request it. You won’t have to lift a finger. Just fill out the “Site Transfer Request” form and they’ll get it done.
Inmotion’s servers are super-fast because they host your site on a solid state drive (SSD) instead of a much slower spinning hard drive. This alone is a huge improvement over most other web hosting companies.
There are many other advantages of hosting your blog at immotion Hosting as well. I won’t go into them here because it’s probably better if you read about them yourself at their website.
Be sure to let me know if you have questions about anything you read there. I’ll try my very best to clear them up for you.
Bottom line: If you’re looking for the perfect combination of speedy servers, outstanding customer service and affordable prices, I strongly recommend that you take a good look at inmotion Hosting.
Bonus tip #1: A while back I installed TLS encryption on RicksDailyTips and my other blogs. Once again inmotion’s tech support was incredible! I’ve been super-impressed with them at every turn.
Read this post for details about the transition to TLS encryption and the help I received from the awesome folks at inmotion.
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