I have been thinking of posting some materials related to a class I’m currently taking, but, like other times, I found myself putting it aside after logging in with the intention to do so. Specifically, I always got distracted by the slow performance of the site and the admin panel. This ment going on a side track upgrading stuff, writing some code, analyzing theme files and database tables, and tweaking caches for hours on end. Last Friday it was no different, except that, well, I was no longer in the mood to continue wasting time on something that seemed to be out of my control.
I’d been a HostMonster customer for a number of years. Its reputation related to its throttling and poor performance is well documented. I dealt with the service’s limitations until I realized that what I have been doing with the site had been constrained by this issue, and I could no longer justify what I was getting for the cost compared to other services. I mean, one thing is WP performance degradation, another thing is dealing with mail server timeouts that started to crop up during the last couple of weeks, SSH session lags, and a sluggish CPanel on an account that most likely never registered a blip on their usage charts!
I’ll give HostMonster credit for processing my cancellation request and prorated refund in less than fifteen minutes after a single phone call. I’m not going to read anything more into why that went so fast, though. 😕
On a more positive note, it’s the first time I move a complete WP footprint, and I was happy to have the site back up in less than a day even when doing it all manually. [Cue in the obligatory plug for Web Hosting Hub who had my new account ready minutes after contacting them and their servers are damn fast!] It took me a few hours to strip things down some more, getting familiar with the wp-options DB table, PHP configuration, .htaccess tweaks, etc. I have never seen my little project site fly the way it does now, and everything went so smooth that I decided to spend some additional time customizing a new theme on it and creating a new logo.
Now that that distraction is over, maybe I can go back to those materials I wanted to post. 🙂
Photo by Degilbo on flickr.