It’s that time of year again when my web hosting renewal is due.
I took a great deal with SiteGround last year but I’ll have to pay full price this year if I decide to stay with them.
There was always the hope that they might give me a lower price for renewing but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
So it’s time to shop around to see what deals are available at the moment.
Maybe I can find another bargain this year.
I decided I’d keep to what I know for most of the contenders I’m considering in my web hosting renewal.
Well, there are so many out there I’ve never heard of.
I’m not prepared to pay a annual charge to sign up to a web host I have no guarantee is any good.
My budget also won’t allow for some of the more expensive ones out there.
Over the past few months SiteGround have been great as my web host.
I did run into their account limits a couple of times because I’d used too many server resources.
Before I started out with SiteGround I wasn’t aware of the limitations they place on their accounts.
But I soon found that using a resource hungry plugin would get my account limited very quickly.
Whilst that might put some people off including SiteGround in their web hosting renewal contenders, it didn’t me.
They helped me sort out the problem very quickly and without having to upgrade my account.
I like the fact that my site is pretty quick at loading and that there’s caching built in.
It’s also great to have system backups and with 1-click restore it’s easy to get things back up and running if something goes wrong.
I used to be with WPX Hosting when it was called Traffic Planet Hosting.
They were an amazing web host but at the time I left them I had planned to give up blogging.
WPX Hosting are quite a bit more expensive than SiteGround but they offer a few more bells and whistles.
I’m very tempted to move back to them because of the positive experience I had previously.
I like the fact that they offer a staging area so you can test things out on your website before making them live.
Their customer support is also one of the best I’ve come across.
They use SSD servers and don’t overload them with websites and that means everyone gets faster performance.
When I first started a blog, HostGator was the web host I chose.
At the time they were one of the most popular web hosts for people starting a blog.
They offer big discounts if you sign up for a year or more and they are one of the cheaper shared hosts on the market.
It’s tempting to save some money and go back to HostGator at web hosting renewal time.
The trouble is I don’t remember having a great experience with them.
Their customer service wasn’t great and their personnel were often quite rude.
Do I believe they’ve changed?
Probably not and once bitten twice shy.
I’ve heard good things about InMotion Hosting.
They come in cheaper than SiteGround and WPX Hosting based on the hosting account I’d need.
It’s always a punt though if you’ve never experienced a company’s service personally before.
I like the look of their managed WordPress hosting and am impressed by the disk space they offer compared to other hosts.
InMotion Hosting are a serious contender in my web hosting renewal research.
The fact that they offer a staging environment and free automated backups on their entry level WordPress hosting is a plus.
One reservation I have is that they don’t have any server locations outside of the US.
Both SiteGround and WPX Hosting can host my site in the UK and that’s an advantage.
Which Company Should I Go With For My Web Hosting Renewal?
As much as I want to save money, my previous experience of HostGator rules them out.
I don’t think they’ll have changed because they’re part of a huge company which owns many web hosts.
I really like what InMotion Hosting have to offer but without a server location in the UK, I’ve chosen to rule them out too.
It’s a shame because they would have been a serious contender otherwise.
I had a great experience when I previously hosted my site with WPX Hosting.
They’re very helpful and their servers are fast because they don’t overload them with websites.
This year though they’re just too pricey for me.
So it’s going to be SiteGround that will win my business again for another year.
I’ve never had any major issues with them and their customer service people have always been helpful.
Which Company Did You Go For At Web Hosting Renewal Time?
Is there a web hosting company you particularly like and can recommend?
What’s your experience of any of the web hosts I’ve mentioned?