Well, we've had to do it a couple times… No, NOT THAT! Nope! We've moved our site before from Dreamhost and later to Hostgator. Both were fine choices, but ultimately shared hosting is something that we just can't use for the Urban Dater anymore. In other words, we're on the move once again.
I think most of you guys probably won't care all that much that we've ‘moved' again. But I also know that a good number of our readers are bloggers, too, of varying levels of interest. Some of bloggers blog as a hobby, some do it more frequently and others are looking to make some bucks at it while working at something we love (Taylor and I fall into this group). Therefore, I think it's important to share these details with our readers. And, if you think it would be worthwhile, I could always do a post on the topic of thing we use around here. Just let me know.
Recently we received a letter from our hosting provider stating:
Your website is using a considerable amount of resources and bandwidth. While your plan provides unlimited bandwidth and storage, it does not provide unlimited processing power.
In other words, as Jack from Brooklyn so eloquently put it: “You're gonna need a bigger boat.”
That news was a little frustrating to take, but I have to look back at it and say, damn. That's pretty effing cool! Taylor and I put in a lot of work, but so many people have contributed to make this site what it is and how it has grown. Again, I say, pretty effing cool! So, hosting the Urban Dater is a little more expensive now, but many of the issues that bugged me should be gone, such as slow performance and regular downtime. So who did we move to? WP-Engine (affiliate link). That's who!
Does WP-Engine Rock? Frickin' Eh!
The good folks over at WP-Engine have been nothing but awesome in answering my questions regarding the Urban Dater site migration. In fact, you shouldn't even notice a thing. Just that we're faster, like the women my mama warned me about when she put me on the Turnip Truck to Tuscaloosa, Alabama that one summer in 82. If you're a blogger and are serious about what you're doing and you're not satisfied with current host, you should definitely ping them. They're top class folks and have the Urban Dater Covered.