So it is 2019.
I am building a new authority website, primarily to test myself once again as I haven’t been building a website lately. I will try to give you guys updates once in a while about the site. For now, long story short, I bought the domain, hosting, the site was live and then this happened.
And I started the year with mad hosting issues.
Some of you know (most don’t), after I had my last exit (small 5 figure), I haven’t been building affiliate websites, that was until the end of 2018.
I promised to some of my local students in Bangladesh that I will be building a new website (I previously built one and showed them every step including the URL of that website and then ended up selling the site for 14k, that was HonestGolfers.com). However, i started that site in 2017 and I felt the urge to create a new one as I haven’t been building any since then.
So the hunt began.
I bought the domain on August, 2018 and setup WordPress very quickly (in October). If you know anything about me, you know that I like Namecheap. A lot.
I have been using them for years since my early days and though they haven’t been super fast lately, I still stuck to them, thanks to the brilliant customer support and me being lazy.
However, as this was a new authority website, I thought, I should at least try a better hosting company, right?
So I ended up joining Siteground.
To be exact, I went with this plan:
The plan was fine for me, I always start small and then move up once my sites start to see traffic.
The speed was good, and I was happy.
That is until today (Jan, 2019).
I woke up today with a notice from Siteground that says this:
Interestingly, I haven’t really received any email about the malicious codes and it was a sudden email.
Of course, when I tried to visit my website, the dream 2019 authority project, I saw that it is not live and there’s a big ‘suspended’ banner by Siteground.
Anyone would go mad, right?
So I immediately contacted Siteground to see what happened, how to fix this and stuff.
They had two suggestions for me:
- I could try their partner Sucuri, a malware cleanup service that costs $199 to fix this
- I could restore the backup of the site, for $99.
Both options seemed ridiculous to me.
When you are offering a hosting service that costs $40/first year and then approx $150/2nd year onward, I can at least expect to receive a free Backup service.
So I told them that.
They replied, the backup service is free, but restoring it costs money.
So I decided.
I should move back to Namecheap (my X girlfriend).
I did that.
I purchased a regular Namecheap hosting package and moved my site there once again.
Sure, Namecheap is not the best when it comes to site speed or up time. They are average. But this average company has helped me sell countless affiliate websites from lower mid 5 to even higher 6 digit range and I absolutely, hate, hidden cost.
So yes, though, in my opinion, Siteground is better than Namecheap, I would still go with Namecheap.
The plan for this authority website I am building, hosting wise, is this:
I will build it on Namecheap & will keep it here till my site reaches to about 10k visits/month. I will then move to a robust platform like WP Engine or Kinsta for example.
Till then, I don’t see any reason to stick to Siteground over Namecheap.
I will rest my case there.
Thank you & a very happy new year to all of you.
I will try to give you updates on what happens with this new site, but of course, I am not promising anything. Life is super busy with the local SEO side of things for us, here at Passive Journal.
I would really appreciate if you can leave a comment.