Saying your hosting provider as the backbone of your online business wouldn’t be a wrong statement.
This is like infrastructure of your online presence, which strengthen your pillars and helps you to spread your voice worldwide.
This is the medium which helps you to connect with the world.
This is one of the most essential elements in online battlefield.
When I started my online career in September, 2011 all I knew was HostGator.
People were so passionate and confident to recommend HostGator that finally I bought 1 cent per month hosting plan for the first month in my journey.
I still have 3 HostGator accounts and using it for my small sites.
As Blogging Cage is my main blog so didn’t want to keep it on a shared server.. I’ll tell you the reason later in this article.
As my blog started growing and I decided to shift it on a VPS server. A server which gives you more freedom and more flexibility to enhance any time.
So I decided to give DigitalOcean a shot as this is a SSD server with very low monthly fee.
SSD are the servers having much faster loading time as compared to normal hostings.
If you have budget, I would strongly recommend to use SSD server for your blog.
With just $5/month I started a droplet on digital ocean and shifted BloggingCage there. Soon I found that $5/month was not enough to support my hosting so I upgraded to $20/month plan.
Here are the plans of DigitalOcean.
They are giving very cheap hosting plans as compared to many big sites.
Because this is an unmanaged server.
In unmanaged server you don’t get any cPanel or phpMyAdmin installed.
All you are going to get is an IP address for pointing your site, and SSH login to access the server.
Here is the screenshot of one of my Droplet on DigitalOcean.
You’ll have to manage everything on your hosting with this terminal only. 🙂
As I know basics of Linux, so managing this server was not very hard for me.
This is one of the best SSD servers giving you 100Mbps speed on the server to server migration.
Then Why I Ditched Them?
Here comes the story where I am going to tell why I decided to switch my website from DO to ASO. What were the main reasons behind taking this decision and how’s my experience with my new hosting provider.
Here are some of the issues with DigitalOcean:
- It’s very hard to manage unmanaged hosting when you are not proficient with Linux.
- Although support at DigitalOcean is very good but they never ever help you to solve the things. They will simply provide you URL of an article for the solution.
- Playing with MySQL database is a very difficult job on unmanaged server.
- To upload any files on server, everytime you’ll have to login with Putty or Terminal.
- Server management is very difficult.
- As you get complete server repository giving you access of php5-fpm, mysql, nginx, apache etc. so doing proper synchronization is a tough job.
- Sometimes problems are so unpredictable that you are going to spend your whole day solving them.
- One mistake in configuration can create worse impact on your website (like my non-www site was not redirecting to www and it took me more than 5 days to configure the issue).
These are some of the big issues you are going to face if you looking forward to buy an unmanaged server for your website.
Affiliate Commission Issue With DigitalOcean
Affiliate terms of DigitalOcean are not very good.
Specifically I never promoted DigitalOcean apart from adding one link at the footer of my blog.
Here is the total commission I have generated with them… But I haven’t received even a single payout from them.
$395 till the date and it’s still pending.
They pay affiliate commission only when customer spend $25 after signing up with your affiliate link.
So Why I Selected ASmallOrange Only?
As I told, I am good in Linux, so managing my blog was not an extremely tough job for me.
But, it’s still painful when you spend one full day on resolving one small issue.
So I decided to move on a managed server.
ASmallOrange is green hosting company where they match 150% of electricity usage with renewable energy. In short – they are more environment friendly as compared to other hosting providers.
They offer wide variety of hosting services like Shared server, Business hosting, VPS servers, Dedicated hosting and reseller as well.
The main reason to select this hosting was price factor.
In just $30/month I am getting 2GB RAM with 1000GB bandwidth.
Some features which attracted me:
- FREE cPanel on All Plans 2048 MB or more
- 2.5Ghz Intel Xeon Core Processor
- FREE migration from the old server
- Remote access to have better control on the server
- FREE backups
- 24×7 support on chat and ticket
- WHM Access to manage everything at back end
- Powerful options to manage everything very easily
- Speed and reliability
- SSD servers for more speed
- Firewall protection
In short – this is the perfect VPS hosting with a nice price tag.
After buying the hosting, you’ll get the access for Cloud Console as well as WHM control panel.
Using cloud console you can check the backend of your server configuration and modify it as per your needs.
Here is the screenshot of my Cloud VPS.
Awesome 1000Mbps speed on the server. 🙂
You’ll get separate access for the WHM where you can create your hosting packages and functions to create another cPanel.
Note: I have created only one cPanel and gave unlimited addon domains access on it. Now I can add as many domains as I want using single cPanel only.
In addition I have added MaxCDN on my blog to make it mach faster.
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Although I could use a shared hosting my blog as well, as the traffic on my blog is not so much high.
So why VPS only?
The answer is – SEO.
In shared hosting you share your server with too many other people in the world. You’ll get one IP from your hosting provider and that same IP will be used to host many other websites.
You know that you are playing a safe game for your blog and not doing any invalid activity by adding wrong content on the blog.
But you cannot control other people who have hosted content on the same IP address.
Google has some restricted keywords and prohibited content which you can check here.
If any person is adding restricted content on the same IP address, it’s going to harm the SEO of your blog.
If we talk about HostGator, they allow to host restricted content on their servers as such content is valid in some countries.
But because of same IP address, it’s going to harm the SEO of your blog.
I have used VPS server for around an year and I have seen growth in my traffic.
So if you are very serious to take your blog at next level, it’s time for you to change your hosting and move it on a better server.
You can start your shared or VPS hosting with as low as $5/month.
As I told difficulty to manage DigitalOcean was one of the prime reasons to quit them.
I am on the managed server now where I have full access with Cloud, WHM and cPanel. I can modify the server configuration as per my requirement and do whatever I want to do.
If you are in the search to find a good managed VPS server, ASmallOrange can be a good option for you.
Let me know what do you think about managing an unmanaged server and having site on a managed server.
Do let me know if you have used ASmallOrange earlier and share your experience with us.