Hosting my Website - Am I making an informed decision?

Last Update: November 05, 2019

Anyone who is considering, where to host their Wordpress Site, needs to read this post by Kyle!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/kyle/blog/some-much-need-perspective-on-wa-hosting-and-comparisons

Do not allow yourself to be tricked by low first year offers of $3/Mo hosting or Free Hosting for a year ... the renewal rates are usually 4 times the discounted rate ... and you get extremly limited bandwidth and must upgrade soon after your website gets traffic! You must pay extra for the features provided in your WA membership!

I have been there and the lowcost plan ended up costing hundreds of dollars per month after a couple of years! These discount plans do not include the same level of service or features offered here at Wealthy Affiliate ...

Read the earlier blog post I did on Objective Thinking ... this is one of those decisions that needs to be made objectively and not under the influence of the marketing pitch!

https://my.wealthyaffiliate.com/allancurtis/blog/how-to-avoi...

Object review will point you in the logical direction ... and success!

Allan Curtis

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JeffreyBrown Premium
Thank you for the pertinent information, Allan!

Jeff
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allancurtis Premium
Hi Jeffrey, your very welcome!
Allan
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EW26 Premium
Couldn't agree more. I had a blog a few years ago and actually couldn't afford to keep it up. So I didn't. Recently found WA and started building the free site, then once I realized all you get (including privacy) it really does pay for itself...and needless to say I bought two domains!
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allancurtis Premium
Good to hear that I have company on this ... there can be many reasons why it makes sense ... this community has value and the services are perfect for beginners .. when your site and traffic grows a dedicated server at another host may make sense!
Allan
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MLorenz1 Premium
I would assume that anyone reading this post is a Wealthy Affiliate member.

That being said...Why on earth would a WA member go shopping around for a hosting site?

Kyle and Carson offer FREE domains and hosting, up to 50 if you are a premium member.

It is cheaper to be a premium member than to pay for hosting by a company like GoDaddy...which I understand is deplorable in their service and what they offer .

Just a thought.

Marion
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allancurtis Premium
Not everyone values the services, community and support levels offered by WA ...
Those who consider themselves IT Guru's will find all kinds of technical reasons to go elsewhere if they are beyond the "Need" for the services offered.
For those starting out or wishing to use the WA services, membership is a huge bargain!
Allan
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allancurtis Premium
OK .. You have had your say .. your comments are here for anyone to read!
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Mark K Premium
interesting take on things. My personal opinion is if you are serious about running a business you look at all options and not put all your eggs in one basket.

I tried WA hosting but it wasn't for me. I now have hosting elsewhere and is a lot cheaper and i have more control over it.

WA hosting is great for the new business startup as its included in the price, but what happens if you need to cancel your membership for whatever reason. You then have the hassle of transferring your site (and possibly your domain).

I prefer to have my hosting from a web-host company, after all they are the experts in that field.

My domain is from a domain registrar as they are experts in that field.

My training is with WA and a few others as they specialise in that field.

Keep your options open is all I would say
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allancurtis Premium
Yes, everyone has these options ... I have done the reverse and found moving all my sites to WA hosting has saved me a ton of money! I have used all of the big web hosting platforms over the past 15 years ... in every case, the costs went up and the service levels went down!
An informed decision will lead you to the proper solution for you ... works every time.
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Mark K Premium
completely agree with you there. Some people find WA hosting suits them and that;s fine. But imo its not what i need for my business.

@allancurtis I dont use any of the big boys in the webhosting business, i refuse too as i now how bad they become the bigger they get. Instead i support a local hosting company where you receive a much better individual experience. Support is second to none, blows WA support out the water.

I guess it all depends on what you need. As your business grows, the needs change with it.
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allancurtis Premium
Yes, I agree ... when your volume of traffic grows, you may need to find a different IT solution that will better meet your needs!

However, for low volume affiliate sites, hosting up to 25 personal domains along with all the member services, for the cost of a WA membership, is a great deal!

In terms of the support, I have found WA support to be excellent ... every question I have had has been responded to promptly and resolved quickly!

Allan
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Mark K Premium
agreed. Its one of the reasons i didn't use hosting here in the end. I'm not keen on having out of date software on servers. I've had one of my sites hacked before because of this. Once bitten twice shy.

I can now choose when to upgrade my php version etc so its down to me.

I know support will upgrade it if we ask, but its not good practice to be reactive to problems instead of being proactive. Isn't that why we pay for the service?

I'm happy just paying for the training and community now. Others are welcome to use hosting it they feel its right for them.

p.s. I'm not sure about using an anonymous account here either, just be honest, as long as you don't come across as "attacking" WA it will be fine. Everyone has their own opinions.
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Mark K Premium
i see, then i guess you are right to be cautious. but that re-enforces my point about all your eggs in one basket. Having hosting else where to start with wouldn't have mattered being banned so much.

Affiliate marketing is to be treated as a serious business so we need to make decisions for ourselves and not just because others say its the "right" way of doing things.
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allancurtis Premium
I personally do not have a problem with open discussion, as long as it is on topic!

You obviously feel you were not treated well ... it would be far better to deal directly with those involved. Presenting a personal issue to the entire membership, using a fake account, is not a professional approach ...

Let it go ... if you wish to deal further, please do so on your own post!

Thanks
Allan
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allancurtis Premium
Enough said ... let it go!
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allancurtis Premium
I have deleted your recent comments ... you are not welcome on this discussion as you are using a fake account and are repeating yourself over and over ... please open your own thread!
Allan
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allancurtis Premium
No .. it is because I have asked you three times to move on ... you had your say and obviously have an issue with WA

It should be dealt with privately ... there is quite likely a very good reason why you were banned ...

Open your own thread and say what you want ... don't poison the discussion on this thread .... you have made your point!

Allan
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JerryMcCoy Premium
It pays to read the fine print.
Jerry
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allancurtis Premium
Hi Jerry .. yes it is so important to understand all the implications .. if a deal is offering a service at a huge discount, you can be sure it is a timed offer! Too good to be true? LOL
Allan
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lesabre Premium
Hi Allan,

Thank you for the share. Very informative.

Michael
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allancurtis Premium
Thank you Michael I hope it helps some to make an informed decision ...
Allan
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