After being away from my website for two weeks, I am back. Hope you all missed me. I was expecting some downtime, but two weeks were really not as per my plans. But such is life. The best laid plans went for a toss. Plan A, Plan B and Plan C failed too.
I moved my web hosting and domain from GoDaddy to Bluehost. I was happy with my account in Godaddy. But, towards the end of the year, it started to give me technical problems. As the website grew, there was a space crunch on the hosting and there was nothing much I could do about it. This led to frequent down times, delays in loading the website and sometimes, I was not at all able to open the website. I heard the feedback from a lot of you too on the slowness of the website. I changed the webdesign to remove many plugins and widgets, cache savers, but all were useless.
So, moved to Bluehost which is the preferred choice among many of my blogger friends.
The actual transfer of data was a nightmare as the Godaddy Cpanel was inaccessible. I had taken multiple backups of database, FTP’d the files and also used WP Export plugin. I had read every website which gave suggestions on how to move hosting from Godaddy to Bluehost. The last weekend, I spent all my time trying to move the files, but to no avail. I finally gave up on Sunday evening. I thought of reaching out to my blogger friends for technical help on Monday.
Then I remembered that the last time I had transferred data from WordPress.com to the website, it was a simple process. I decided to try the same. I used the WP Export generated file to import it on my wordpress.com site. Then exported it from there to the new website. And lo! it worked. The process took me less than 15 minutes. All the files, comments, followers, views were updated. All except images and ‘featured images’. But, it was a Monday and work commitments, Onam and a health scare for the husband kept me away from the website.
This weekend was spent in finding a suitable theme and customising it. The website is not yet looking 100% the way I want it. I am still working on it. But, go ahead. Try it. Tell me what is working and what is not working. Especially, does it load fast on the desktop, mobile or tab. It will help me a lot when making changes.