Why I Switched Web Hosting Companies

October 25, 2017

greengeeks-hostingAs many of many of my readers will know, I run a lot of different websites. This means that I host with a good few hosting companies. Currently I host some sites with 1&1, GoDaddy, Hostgator and Namecheap, to name a few.

This site is with GoDaddy on a shared hosting platform. This works fine for me as GoDaddy are pretty reliable and as this is just my personal blog I am not too worried about downtime or sporadic back-ups. I don’t post frequently enough on this site to be really concerned that the site will go down and I will loose all my diatribe!

This however, is not the case on some of my other sites, which are legitimate businesses. One of which makes up my core income.

A couple of weeks ago this business site of mine went down. I thought it was just an internal server issue so wasn’t very concerned. I contacted the host, Bluehost, to see what the problem was. Initially the customer support person I spoke to was pretty helpful, but at the same time she didn’t seem to know what the problem was.

She created a support ticket and my case was escalated up the chain. To cut a long story short, the server on which my site had been hosted, had become corrupted and Bluehost had inadvertently deleted all sites!!!

I couldn’t believe it!

Worse still there was no backup. My site was literally deleted!

After initially freaking out I started Googling how to recover deleted files. I stupidly hadn’t kept backups as I wrongfully believed Bluehost were.

The only way I could recover the site was through Google’s cached version of the pages. To find these you type site:yoursite.com into Google, this will bring up an Index of all the pages and then you can click for the last cached version in the search result.

I had to hire a VA as I had over 200 pages indexed in Google and to mainly move all the content was an absolute ball-ache.

After threatening legal action with Bluehost I realised I wasn’t going to get very far and my only recourse to action was moving hosts.

One week later and lots of research down I have moved to a host called GreenGeeks. Why? You ask.

The main reason is because my business site is about sustainability, and GreenGeeks are a green web hosting company. They purchase wind energy to offset the power required to keep their servers running, thereby stimulating the demand for renewable energy. As far as green hosts go, GreenGeeks are undoubtedly the best option as they don’t merely purchase the exact wind energy offset, but instead purchase three times the energy from renewables.

Over above this, the customer reviews of GreenGeeks are really good. They clearly have a superior service. As part of the deal setting up with them they assigned a dedicated account manager to me who helped with migrating my site across and getting me all setup.

So far so good.

I will be updating this blog on how I get on with GreenGeeks in the coming months.

Green web hosting in a nutshell

January 12, 2014

best-green-web-hosting-1Are looking for new green initiatives to implement at work?

Perhaps you have already exhausted recycling options and already have efficient use of computers and lighting.

Have you ever thought about the impact of you website in terms of web hosting?

Yip, web hosting is a very energy intensive service as web hosting companies need to run thousands of servers – all of which need to be kept cool using air conditional 24/7.

In this brief article I highlight how you can use green web hosting to continue doing your part for the environment. I also talk about how you can find the best green web hosting companies.

Web hosting is typically an outsourced service however the impact of hosting although indirect is significant. There is a large cost to the environment in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and the resulting impact on climate change.

Green web hosting companies use energy from the electricity to grid to power their servers and then purchase certified renewable energy credits to offset their emissions. Some of the best green web hosting companies purchase as much as 300% of their energy consumption in renewable energy certificates.

The benefit to you as a company is significant as you can quickly and effectively start reducing the indirect emission that are recorded in your carbon footprint. Purchasing green web hosting is as simple as making a phone call to your hosting company to begin the process of switching. It is cost neutral as green web hosting companies operate at price parity with traditional suppliers, but you get the benefit of saying that you have green web hosting and have reduced your carbon footprint.

It is also really useful in terms of green marketing – you can easily use a green web hosting label of you website to demonstrate to customers and browsers that you are doing your bit to protect the environment. It is an innovative, cheapo and effective way to take green action.

If you want to have a look at some of the best green web hosting companies I recommend checking out this article. It provides detailed reviews on three leading green web hosting companies and lots of other practical advice and tips. Have a look and let me know what you think.