Not long after that I started having problems with my sites. Some were completely broken. I tried to contact support and literally ended up waiting days while my site was down just to hear back from them!
When it reached weeks and there was no sign of help I decided to move along.
I found an amazingly cheap deal with iPage.
Little did I know, iPage was also owned by Endurance International Group!
The problems were not as bad as the issues at Bluehost, but they often seemed to not know what they were talking about, and my basic emails were often undelivered and their support could not help.
I survived 3 years with iPage.
Meanwhile, I have also been hosting some sites for a non-profit via Dreamhost, which has a program for non-profits.
All of my sites on Dreamhost in the same account were hacked. This never happened with the other hosts!
Those sites are cleaned up now (what a hassle), but I don’t every want to go through that again.
WordPress (maybe I’ll write more about WordPress in the future – for now try Googling them) works with a plugin system and I installed a security plugin called Wordfence (free version) on all of my sites on all of my accounts.
Wordfence works on all my sites on my new webhost, but will not work consistently on Dreamhost. I believe they are not offering enough resources per user. All efforts to fix this have been a waste of time.
My sites work. Their service is excellent. Their response time to support inquiries is fast. They are very helpful. No problems so far!
And, they basically offer support for WordPress issues. Others, like Dreamhost, want to charge an extra fee for “specialized” WordPress hosting.
There are lots of extra features (caching, for example) and I am enjoying their good service.
So… For now I recommend Siteground as a shared hosting webhost. Avoid Endurance International Group owned companies. Bleckh.
Disclaimer: I was so excited to tell the world that I am enjoying my new webhost (this very site is hosted on it) that I went and signed up as an affiliate. So, yes, if you sign up through a link in this article I will get paid. If for some reason you don’t like me and don’t want me to get paid just google Siteground. But I hope you don’t dislike me that much! 🙂
I wonder if the sign that you are ready to move forward with earning a living online is this: you truly believe it will be hard work.
I have seen a whole lot of big claims if I will only kick in my $397.
My very first attempt at learning to make money online was something called “Hometypers.”
“Make money by just typing online!”
Well, I can type!
It turns out that what they actually meant was placing Adwords ads to promote various online digital products.
I tried it. I made some sales. The cost of advertising was more than the profit from the sales so I lost money.
There is one business I am experimenting with now that attracted me because it actually looked like work.
What? You want to work?
Well, I would love to find an efficient way to earn money with as little work as possible. 🙂
But when it looks like actual work my suspicions decrease. Just maybe this one is for real.
Maybe I’ll come back and write about it after I have tested it more myself.
I don’t want to send you there yet until I am sure it is a good thing.
I suspect that the kind of person who will succeed online is the same kind of person who will succeed anywhere else: someone who can work, do it consistently, provide good service, and provide people with something they want.