Why I Left BlueHost & Went Back to SiteGround

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Affiliate links are used in this post. The post is 100% truthful and if you sign up with an account at SiteGround I will receive a commission. I’ve been an affiliate for years and this is the first dedicated post I’ve written. I hope that shows you what an amazing deal this is and how much I recommend their service. I hope you learn from my mistake.

Back in November I decided to save money and switch from SiteGround to BlueHost. My decision was two fold. First, BlueHost was recommended by tons of bloggers that I respect. Second, I was paying $15/month for SiteGround, while BlueHost had a sale for $3.95/month as long as I bought 36 months. 3 years seemed like a huge commitment for a blog host, but with all of those recommendations, it seemed worth the risk.
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I was wrong. My experience with BlueHost was miserable from start to finish, and I only stayed for 9 months. I learned 3 things from this:

  1. BlueHost is cheap, and every customer service request I made came with a pitch for me to pay them to help me.
  2. BlueHost is cheap, and my site slowed WAY down after making the switch.
  3. When an affiliate program pays through the wazoo, I should be suspicious that so many bloggers, even ones I respect, promote it like crazy. (Maybe some have had good experiences, but the reviews I’ve read from other bloggers since making the switch lead me to believe my experience is not unique.)

When I made the switch, I had to do the migration myself. That is a major pain in the ass. It was so bad that I spent several hours one day trying to figure it out. I consider myself pretty tech savvy, I even sold computers at a big electronics store in college. I’ve been blogging for over 10 years. I’ve used WordPress since 2012. I gave up and did an online chat for help. For any kind of help, they wanted $70. I just paid about $130 for hosting, I wasn’t about to pay more. If I had more money, I wouldn’t have switched! I googled. I asked twitter. I was confused.

I was near tears before I finally gave up and told J’s brother about my blog and begged for his help. J’s brother works in IT all week long, and has tons of experience in the field. When I asked him, he said no problem and that it shouldn’t take very long. Then he spent several hours trying to figure it out. He literally fell asleep at his computer trying to help me because it was taking so long. He told me I shouldn’t have switched because the changes I can make on SiteGround were above and beyond what I could do on BlueHost, and BlueHost was WAY more difficult to use. Finally, we got it done.
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Then a month later my site went down for three days because the domain didn’t transfer properly. It was the week of Christmas so I didn’t even notice until I got an email about my stats and wondered what the heck happened. So three days of prime affiliate earning opportunity were totally lost and I may have lost new subscribers who thought my site was a dud!

But I decided to tough it out. I figured, after that it would be smooth sailing.

Nope.

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My site continued to load super slowly, no matter where I was when I accessed it. My page views went down. I was frustrated. But I committed to three years with BlueHost and I figured I had no other option but to stay with them.

Until I got an amazing email from SiteGround about their new sale. From September 1 to September 8, 2016, they have an AMAZING migration deal. You can get the basic hosting for $3.95 a month, will pay back up to 6 months of your current hosting as long as you bought it before September 1 and bought a year of it, and best of all WILL MIGRATE YOUR HOSTING AND DOMAIN FOR FREE!

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And guess what? You don’t need to buy three years to get the $3.95 price. You can do a trial of one month + a $14.95 transfer fee. Or 1 year, 2 years or 3 years at the $3.95 price.

Do you get more than 10,000 views per month but less than 25,000 and/or have multiple websites? You can migrate with this special for $7.95 a month instead of $15. And if you’re a big baller with 100,000 views a month, you can get it all for $14.95 a month!

I’m not a deal blogger. You guys should know I wouldn’t be touting this if I didn’t think you needed to know. My only regret is not sharing this all in a blog post sooner, but I was on vacation. If you’re unhappy with your host, regardless of what company it is, I would strongly suggest moving to SiteGround. Every time I see someone ask in a Facebook group what host they should use, I say SiteGround. If the thought of migrating your site or domain on your own terrifies you, now is the time.

The sale ends on September 8, 2016 so don’t delay. I bought my transfer this afternoon and submitted my request for 6 months of payment and the ticket to migrate all of my stuff. In the time it took me to write this post, SiteGround had already added six more months to my hosting. I can’t wait to be back on a host that I can trust, that provides customer service because they CARE and never once asked me to pay for it, and that won’t leave me hanging when my site has an error. Oh, and they used to update WordPress  for me. Now I have to do it myself. Which is only the press of a button, but the peace of mind of knowing that my site is always up to date was amazing.

What host do you use? Are you making the switch?

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8 Comments

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    Bailey
    September 6, 2016 at 7:04 am

    I’m switching to self-hosted WordPress next month and heard the same horror stories about BlueHost. I’ll have to look into Siteground!
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      Brittany
      September 6, 2016 at 7:39 am

      How exciting! Making the switch is so satisfying! Let me know who you end up choosing!

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    Shearly
    September 6, 2016 at 11:18 am

    So I’ve never had an issue with BlueHost, until this month! One of my sites has been down on pretty much a daily basis! I am sooo upset, and will probably be moving to SiteGround next month!

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    Ashley - The Traveling Gals
    September 6, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    When I first started my blog I signed up with Blue Host because literally every blogger “recommended” it. I did not know about the high affiliate commission at this time. I stayed with them about 8 months and it was awful. I switched to Site Ground and it has been great since then. My site used to go down all the time with Blue Host but now it has only gone down once with Site Ground.

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    Jenny
    September 6, 2016 at 6:28 pm

    I had so many issues with BlueHost too and am now on SiteGround and haven’t had any issues since switching.

    xoxo, Jenny

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    Dhruv Patel
    April 18, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    OMG! FINALLY! I was waiting for someone to actually go against BlueHost because contrary to popular belief, it’s not that great.

    I’ve had my fair share of luck with Bluehost and I’m glad I made the switch to another host. Most people advertise BlueHost because it pays out the highest commission – $65 whereas hosts like HostGator pay $50.

    Btw, I LOVE your blog’s layout and theme. Mind if I ask what theme it is?

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      Brittany
      April 18, 2017 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks, Dhruv! My theme is Felicity by Georgia Lou Studios. And I agree about everyone raving about BlueHost! Siteground’s commissions aren’t as high as BlueHost, but I’d much rather promote a valuable host than a well paying one!

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