I just completed moving my domains (including this blog) to HostGator. This move was imminent because my old hosting provider’s monthly rates were exorbitant for renewals while their server downtime and performance was not up to the mark.
The move was a bit time consuming mainly because of the sporadic bandwidth changes with my ISP (Airtel), the WordPress upgrade I had to do and also the need to update several scripts (other than the blog platform). Things are still not 100% fine but I should take a moment to appreciate the amazing customer support (mainly on chat) provided by the HostGator support staff.
Apologies for the interruption
The site has been performing pathetically slow during the nameserver changes and unfortunately I have lost some (very less though) data as well. If you have sent me any mail in the last two days via the contact form or otherwise chances are that has disappeared into thin air. I forgot to POP download some mails before nameserver changes. The mail data is still available on the old host folders in a format that I do not understand. Also, a couple of blog comments may have lost during this timeframe as well.
There are still a couple more pending tasks such as:
- Need to get a fixed IP for DollarShower
- Making changes to PHP mail settings to reflect proper communication addresses/names
- A couple of plugins need to be upgraded and tested
- Probably I need to install the super cache plugin for better blog performance
- A couple of niche blogs that I am planning, need to be powered by HostGator now
Are you moving to a new Hosting Service?
I received 20% off (on top of a referral) on my initial order by using the HostGator coupon ‘BEACH‘ (without quotes). This information is maintained on their site and the offer is valid till September 1st or so. Also, my 404 page reads that you can get started with your new blog for just one cent per day if you use the coupon code ‘404PAGE‘. Just give it a try!
I shall talk about tips on moving WordPress to a different hosting service in another post!
PS: If you notice any major performance issues or broken links with this blog please do let me know.