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Finding the right hosting for your blog or business can be tricky. I recently moved to Lyrical Host and wanted to share my experience so far, which on the whole has been pretty positive.
I’ve been blogging for two and half years now, and for just over a year of that it’s been my full-time job. Blogging is a huge part of my life and before I took the plunge and started my blog in June 2016 it was something I had wanted to do for a very long time. If you’re thinking of starting a blog – either as a hobby or as a way to make some extra money you’ll need some decent blog hosting. See the infographic below which explains why going self-hosted is so important for bloggers.
It’s taken me a couple of years to find a host I’m completely happy with – you’ll notice I don’t have posts recommending either of my previous hosts despite being with each of them a year.
Hosting is really important to me because although I do have a few income streams, blogging is by far the biggest of those. When I first started blogging I used GoDaddy who were okay but the price jumped up massively after the first year.
Next, I moved my blog over to SiteGround. A lot of bloggers recommend SiteGround but I had a fair few problems and whenever I tried to resolve them there were further issues. The tech guys would always get me to try and sort the problem myself and although I’m slowly getting better I’m still crap at the tech side of things. They’d spend ages trying to get me to understand what they were on about and then get frustrated or end up doing the job themselves when I couldn’t do it. Why not just do it themselves from the beginning? I think this is why the idea of fully managed hosting was so appealing to me.
I’d seen Lyrical Host mentioned in quite a few blogging groups I’m in I’d decided to switch to them as soon as my renewal came around.
Why Did I Move To Lyrical Host?
Being the money savvy girl I am, you’d think I’d be searching out the cheapest place possible to host my blog. However, sometimes it is worth paying that little bit more for a better quality product and this what I feel I get with Lyrical Host. Providers like Go Daddy and SiteGround like to lure customers in with really cheap deals and then double or even triple the price the following year.
Lyrical Host doesn’t do this. The price never goes up – so while it may seem like I’m paying more now, eventually it’ll even out and there’s no moving hosting every time my renewal comes up.
What Makes Lyrical Host Different?
There are loads of reasons Lyrical Host is different to other hosting companies. First and foremost they are a small business – you’re helping someone just like you pay their bills rather than some CEO of a massive company get richer. They also support charities including children’s education in Mozambique and mental health help for people in Africa and Asia – so some of the money you spend each month is doing good for others around the world.
Some of the other benefits include:
- Being able to pay for hosting monthly rather than having to fork out a lot of money in one go. If you’re new to blogging this is ideal. Hosting plans start from as little as £9.99 a month
- Monthly freebies including stock photos as well as surprise gifts.
- Fully managed hosting – if you have any website issues there’s always someone to help you sort it (brilliant if like me you’re all about the writing rather than the technical side of things)
- Dedicated and active Facebook group with the opportunity to review your website or blog and get help and advice from other bloggers.
- Easy Migration from other hosts – Book in a slot and Lyrical Host will take care of everything for you (although you do need to be online and available while they do it)
- Every year on your Lyrical Host anniversary, they celebrate by planting a tree for you to help offset carbon use.
- Lyrical Host supports other small businesses such as designers and social media experts and works with them to bring their customers discounts.
One of the biggest complaints I’ve seen from other bloggers about some of the bigger hosting companies is the limitations they put on your site if you suddenly have a huge influx of traffic. As bloggers, I think we all dream of having a post that goes viral. If this happens while you’re with Lyrical Host your website won’t even slow down, let alone go offline and they’ll work with you to decide what to do going forward.
There are also lots more benefits – if you take a look around the Lyrical Host website you’ll be able to see these in more detail. In this post, I’ve focused on the things that are important to me when it comes to my blog and my blogging journey.
If you’re thinking of starting a blog then Lyrical Host is the place to go for hosting and hopefully this post has helped convince you they are a great company to work with. You can use my code SOMERSET10 for a 10% discount when you buy a hosting plan – if you pay monthly this will be off your first month, if you pay annually it’ll be off the entire cost. They also sell domain names so if you’ve not already bought one yet it’s worth checking those out too.