You may have noticed that I mention Host Gator whenever I’m on the subject and in my newsletters once in a while. It’s not just because I am an affiliate. In fact, I only signed up as an affiliate after I switched to them in late 2010 since Host Monster was letting me down frequently. Here is my quick history with Host Gator and their coupon code, HG30, to get 30% off if you are interested too.
I started BFS in February 2010 on Blogger.com (do any of you long-timers remember that?!). Within a month, it became obvious that I would grow faster if I bought my own domain name and self-hosted on WordPress.
So I spent the $10 for the following year and officially claimed budgetinginthefunstuff.com, and I signed up for cheap hosting through Host Monster. The 2-3 week switchover was frustrating and painful for me since I had just learned to use Blogger so well, but in the end, it gave me the site you see now.
Over the months that followed, my site would just crash for a few hours a couple of times a week. I thought it was because I was getting bigger, but it was actually just server problems at Host Monster. Poop.
I asked around and got several suggestions to switch to Host Gator instead. So when I saw a Black Friday sale in late 2010, I jumped on it – 3 years for like $130. Score! And it actually worked great for me for a couple of years! I only had a few issues a year and they all lasted less than 3 hours. Plus, Host Gator’s customer service actually answered the phone and explained what was going on – always appreciated.
But all good things must come to an end. In late 2012, I finally had grown enough that I needed a more private server to handle my sites. BFS was just running too slow since it had grown quite a bit and I had 15 other, smaller sites on the same server too. So I switched over to semi-private hosting with my tech dude, Jesse Michelsen. My site has never been faster, but obviously, there is a higher expense involved too. It’s the give-and-take of the world of hosting services.
All of that said, if you are just starting out or have just a few sites, I would HIGHLY recommend Host Gator. I personally would go back to them if Jesse ever needs to move on. In my mind, they rescued me from Host Monster and showed me that my site doesn’t actually have to crash for hours every few days, yay!
If you would like to try them out too, feel free to click on any of my affiliate links (http://secure.hostgator.com/~affiliat/cgi-bin/affiliates/clickthru.cgi?id=bitfs) or the banner below, AND remember to use the coupon code, HG30, at checkout to get 30% off!