I already tried to move to a new host, but unfortunately, I experienced a catastrophic failure. As some of you might have noticed, the last post I put up is gone.
I will be trying again over the next few days. When you see this post gone, and the site still up and running, you will know that I finally succeeded.
The reason for the migration is that this blog exceeded the size limit for the hosting provider that I was using, and I plan to go to one that has a much larger limit, namely HostGator.
That, of course, is an affiliate link, but my recommendation is somewhat reserved. I have not had any major issues with HostGator, but I have noticed that their support has started to deteriorate. I believe that is because they were bought out by a large conglomerate named EIG, which has also bought up more than 50 hosting companies, including a few that I have also done business with, like BlueHost. At present, they are still providing fairly stable, solid service, and are providing acceptable value. However, I would not recommend signing up for more than one year of hosting, because I suspect that EIG is sucking them dry — which would explain the deterioration in their support service.
I still have a couple of years of hosting paid for at HostGator, so I will be staying with them for that duration, unless something gets to be intolerable. So far, I have not seen anything remarkably better, but I think that I will eventually get a pay-as-you-go hosting set up with Amazon S3, which I believe will be cheaper than most of the alternatives, with fewer restrictions. The downside (there is always a tradeoff) is that running your own hosting service on S3 requires a bit more time, and a little more expertise than I currently have. I have a while to get that expertise…
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