WordPress Renew Expensive…

Well, it’s that time of the year again to start renewing the hosting/publishing of my sites on WordPress.com. Now when I started this I had all the sites on GoDaddy and was paying about $120USD a year. Now that came with unlimited sites and email at no cost. Now with just 4 sites at the “personal plan” on Word Press, it’s $4.00 a month per site with no real email to speak of. That works out to be $192.USD a year. With any “experiment” in hosting, I tried the “premium” accounts on Word Press because after opening the account they gave you a “discount” for the upgrades for the rest of the year, Bad idea on my part. Now just realizing what I did when I did the comparison.

Now to get the email ( send and receive ) from the domain I use Microsoft Exchange, with 2 email addresses it’s $100.USD a year. To make it more complicated most of the domains are registered at Google Domains for the free “privacy protection”. So I’m having to deal with DNS and domain manual info input in 3 different hosting services ( and I wonder why I have a headache ).

Lets list things I like about Word press hosting

I can get to the websites from anywhere in the world I might be visiting and they load fast

Ease of use

They deal with all the updating

Now what about Godaddy hosting

Not as easy to get to the service from anywhere

Pain in the ass system to deal with finding what you need

Updating my own software ( not a problem )

What I like about Google Domains

Ease of use

Cost

privacy protection

I will be keeping the Microsoft Exchange anyway

Great service

So I am rethinking Word Press and is it worth the cost…

Almost free of Go Daddy

So today I downgraded my account to just one website. The reason I didn’t cancel it all together is because of s .it domain that is not easy to move.

Started a hosting account on another service but that might be cancelled by the end of the month. I hope.

Everything is moving to WordPress for security and easy editing.

More email hosting issues

Moved most some of my sites back to GoDaddy , not sure why when other post’s said I was trying to move away from GoDaddy. I did find out that Microsoft Exchange / email problem went away when I just use Godaddy as a DNS server.

One of the sites that was setup for email worked great on WordPress using exchange I moved the site back to GoDaddy and I couldn’t get Outlook the program to work. I used a “help me fix it” program from Microsoft and it helped a little. Soon as I moved the site back to WordPress and just used GoDaddy to point it everything started working again.

I should have just left well enough alone and stayed with WordPress.

WordPress Europe Test

So one of the things I wanted to test with the WordPress hosting of sites is how fast sites would load outside the United States. The sites loaded a lot faster then I saw with other hosting company’s and the interface with WP on a slower internet connection seemed to be fine. I was impressed and had no problems at all, another reason to move more sites to WP in the future.