While many people were vacationing, relaxing, and whatnot during the three day weekend, I was taking the opportunity to do something that needed to be done for a long time. I moved my photography blog, my husband’s HDR photography blog, and several other WordPress sites that were on HostGator to GoDaddy. Yes, you read that right. And yes, I’m using an affiliate link as I use and support their services.
Why I Chose to Go All GoDaddy
I know that a lot of my readers have suggested HostGator over GoDaddy, and so I gave it a try for about six months. While I believe that a lot of people have had great experiences with HostGator and less than stellar ones with GoDaddy, my experience was much different so I thought I would give a little insight into why I made the switch.
Less Downtime with GoDaddy
This was the biggest motivator for moving my sites. Every site I had on my HostGator account would go down a minimum of what felt like once a week, and sometimes it would be in bursts once a day.
HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, and they were pretty darn close to it according to my Pingdom reports. I started this service on one of my HostGator sites (Photo Ninjas) and Kikolani, and the following are summaries of my websites for the month of April.
While 40 outages and a downtime over 2 hours still does make for 99.71% uptime, it’s just not good enough. Especially when a lot of the outages happened during the day which meant our photo sites lost out on a lot of traffic and comments. For this site, it would mean a loss of mailing list subscribers and sales, ie. not acceptable!