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Ep. 068 // How to Pick the Right Host for Your Blog

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Did you guys know that back in 2019 our website crashed? It was the beginning of the year and three amazing bloggers with large followings all shared at the same time that they were speaking at Thrive together! Our website couldn't handle all of that traffic, we were completely unprepared. Obviously, we panicked, as one would, and got on the phone immediately with our host at the time.

You guys, we spent over 3 hours on the phone or chat with them, trying to fix the problem, that should've been an easy fix... and our site had no hope. On the verge of a nervous breakdown *because we didn't want to lose out on traffic or ticket sales* we phoned a friend and she said, call SiteGround. We did. And in less than 24 hours they had migrated our website and had us up and running again with 0 issues. Tune in to learn more about picking the right host and why it's so important.

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Highlights of Episode 68

  • Francesca's background with SiteGround and WordPress
  • How SiteGround connects with its customers
  • The ins and outs of hosting
    • The service you need to file your website
    • Your website consists of 3 things: Your domain, your hosting service, and the website itself
  • What platform should you build your blog on?
    • Why WordPress above others?
    • A very powerful platform, but still simple to use
    • Open-source project - Codebase is free for everyone to use/change/redistribute
    • You own your content on WordPress
  • What's the difference between WordPress.com and WordPress.org?
    • WordPress.org is an open-source project that you can use and change the code to. Don't need to buy hosting to use -- Free. Freedom to own your own content. Requires more setup, but SiteGround helps with this.
    • WordPress.com is a commercial version owned by Automatic. You need hosting to use and can get pricey.
  • If someone is on Squarespace or Wix, how easy is it to switch to WordPress?
    • Not super simple, but you can start working on it with some help
  • Switching hosting companies
    • Very simple process
  • Francesca's part in releasing new WordPress software

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Memorable Quotes:

"People think [SiteGround] is a smaller company because we put such a personal touch on everything and we really try to develop human to human interactions...We are a big company, but we're not as massive as people think."
"Everyone can contribute to WordPress. You don't have to be a developer to be a part of WordPress."

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Ep. 034 // PR for Bloggers with KJ Blattenbauer
Ep. 060 // YouTube for Bloggers with Jessica Stansberry
Ep. 050 // Owning Your Authority with Skye McLain
Ep. 049 // Why Video Content is Now a Must for Bloggers
Ep. 038 // Making Leaps in Growing Your Blog with Brittni Mehlhoff

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