If you’ve been a blogger with paid hosting for over a year (or you’re getting close to your first year) then you know the anxiety that can come with paying that renewal price. In this blog post, I’m sharing my pro hosting renewal tip to avoid paying full price with very little effort.
“If you would be wealthy, think of saving as well as getting” – Benjamin Franklin
I’m assuming here that we all want to save a little money. It can be tough being a new blogger. In that first year, money is just trickling in when we really want it to pour money! There are expenses that need to be covered as a blogger and often there is no profit in the beginning.
WEBSITE HOSTING COSTS $ – BUT IT DOESN’T HAVE TO BREAK THE BANK
One of the largest early investments when starting your blog is paid hosting. Even the basic plans by most companies can become expensive. In my experience, if you sign up for a 1-year contract you will pay about $70CAD for the first year through their new customer promo prices.
Sadly many of the hosting companies are from the USA, so if you live in Canada like I do you have to account for conversion fees (which is why it can get very expensive after the first year).
This month was the last month on my contract with the hosting company I’ve been with over the last year, Bluehost. The cost of renewal through them is about $150CAD, and I was not ready to pay. In fact, over the months leading up to the renewal date, the idea of having to cough up $150 to keep my website going was stressing me out.
Which brings me to the point of this blog post!
THE HOSTING RENEWAL TIP THAT SAVED ME $82
I had a genius idea that has cut the renewal price in half and I was able to do it in a couple of hours. What I did was incredibly simple.
To save money on my second year blogging I simply switched hosting providers to take advantage of their new customer pricing!
Where I had previously been hosted by Bluehost, I decided to make the switch to SiteGround purely due to financial reasons. I had no issues with Bluehost, despite what I’ve heard from other people. Among my circle of bloggers, Siteground seemed to be a popular choice and competitor to my previous hosting company, so I went with them!
THE PROCESS OF MIGRATING TO SITEGROUND WITH A WP PLUGIN
Moving my website from my Bluehost server to the new SiteGround (SG) one was surprisingly easy. SG has created plugins and has a 24/7 excellent support team that made the transition a breeze.
If you’re planning on switching hosting to SG I recommend using the SiteGround Migrator plugin for WordPress. After signing up and paying for your new hosting, SG will ask you if you’re creating a new website or transferring from another host. Choose Migrate Website > WordPress Automigration.
They then provide you with a WP plugin and token. You will need to install the plugin on WordPress and paste the token once activated. The plugin does the rest of the work for you!
My website was literally transferred to SG in 15 minutes. Once I redirected my domain to the new website it was up and running with no downtime. (If you follow me on Instagram you probably saw me talking about this in my Stories last week. It was so damn easy…and exciting, I had to share.)
Where I ran into trouble was transferring my email address and setting up my SSL certificate. When I couldn’t figure it out myself I contacted their outstanding customer support through the chat feature and they fixed it for me on their end.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON MY HOSTING RENEWAL
What could have been a stressful hair-pulling experience was surprisingly easy and hands-free.
I’m excited to get some insight over the next year to share more of my experience using Siteground. One of the benefits of transferring hosts is that I get to test and review them. I wouldn’t be able to do this if I stuck to one.
I have heard some great things about Siteground such as their speed and security. I’ve already noticed since switching that my Google Site Speed Test has improved. If I understand it correctly, the faster your site loads the better it is for SEO…so yay! Siteground’s SG Optimizer plugin improves your website’s performance and it’s definitely helped mine!
If you’re planning on switching hosting companies you can definitely go with any company you choose. I would recommend SG because it was easy and the reputation of the company is really good. It’s ultimately up to you.
I hope that you have found this hosting renewal tip useful in saving you money while blogging.
If you have any other tips to save money with hosting I want to know so give me a shout out in the comments below!