Choosing the right hosting company can be an insurmountable task full of features, recommendations, and affiliate links*. There are a wide range of them, depending on what you need and what you know. A few months ago, for example, I switched this site to Liquid Web. Why don’t I just recommend them to everyone? Well the short answer is not everyone needs Liquid Web. I know it and they know it too. There’s no “one size fits all” hosting company; that’s why I recommend two. And today, I’m going to tell you why I recommend SiteGround.
The Hosting field is an ever-changing landscape that requires constant evaluation to make sure you’re getting the best bang for your buck…OK maybe that’s not necessarily true for most folks, but while transferring sites is a bit of a pain in the neck, I still like to make sure I have tried my fair share of web hosts so that I can offer the best recommendation. It’s why I’ve moved this site a few times, and why I’ve moved it again. This time, to Liquid Web.
I got a hot tip in my inbox today from one of my favorite hosting companies, WP Engine. For a limited time, when you visit their website and put in the Konami Code (below), you’ll save 20% on your purchase. To activate this discount, enter the following code using arrows and letters on their keyboard when viewing their website:
Cheat Code: Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a
If you’re reading this, it means you’re now seeing my site being hosted by WP Engine! It’s a move I’ve been meaning to make for a while now (especially since meeting all of you fantastic people at WordCamp Phoenix) and this weekend seemed like a good time to do it. So why did I move from Dreamhost and why did I choose WP Engine? Good questions!
I recently stood up a WordPress Network/Multisite that I wanted to use for several different client “Quick Sites” – simple WordPress sites I offer that don’t require a lot of customization. I thought my steps were simple; install WordPress MultisiteÂ and then get top-level domain mapping working. The latter was not as easy as I thought it would be because different hosts handle this in different ways. Here I’ll give you the steps for doing it on a Media Temple Dedicated Virtual Server (dv).