If you have noticed some changes in the site's performance over the past few weeks, it is because I outgrew my old web host, Bluehost. I was on a shared server, which meant that I was sharing a single server with hundreds of other websites.
Normally, this is okay. But when you have as much data as I had, things get a little tricky.
So I've made the switch to Host Gator. I'm slowly (very slowly, I'm afraid) moving each of my websites over. Host Gator support thus far has been out of this world. They're good. I could–if I wanted–even have them move my stuff over for me. But I like to do a lot of this stuff myself plus I'm getting a feel for how it all works.
I got a VPS hosting account, which means that I pretty much control my server. While it's not a dedicated server ($$$), it is pretty close.
Plus, I can now resell hosting to my clients, which makes things a lot nicer. And my clients can have their own cPanel and do their own thing–if they want.
The nice thing for my customers is that if they have a webhosting issue, they call me. I know to a lot of you that sounds like a major headache waiting to happen, and it could be.
But in all honesty, I'd rather take care of my customers than let somebody else try. And like I said, support at Host Gator is beyond reproach. However, I like talking with my customers and helping them solve problems.
So I'm okay with them calling me. Plus, if I get stumped, I know I can call Host Gator and get the situation resolved quickly and easily.
Look for some announcements in the coming weeks about new service offerings and my experiences with the new host.