After a four-hour saga involving more internet jargon than I ever cared to translate, mild to moderate profanity, one million “what do I do now” Google searches, three live chats with Bluehost techies, five Bluehost FAQ video viewings, one phone call to Bluehost, one unwanted run-in with an architectural firm, one irresponsible Tweet, and three pieces of homemade pizza, I have created a new blog hosted via Bluehost.
Not only that, but I have also installed WordPress so that I might continue to use it (but on an independent URL), and have transferred all of the existing Eight Days a Week posts over to the new blog.
Whew. As I mentioned in the irresponsible Tweet: I think I need a hug.
(So far only Ruby has offered. I showered today and everything.)
I would love to be able to share my newfound blog hosting wisdom with you fine people, but unfortunately, even now (a half hour after completion) I don’t think I could walk someone through what I did.
What I can tell you is that blog hosting was more difficult than I thought it would be. The pros claim hosting can be done in 20 minutes. Ha.
Another thing I can tell you is that when I was in the thick of things–and by thick I mean nearly in tears because I didn’t understand what an FTP Account was—Bluehost really, really came through for me. Their website contains dozens of step-by-step how-to videos and a live chat service which allows you to receive instant answers from knowledgable representatives. It’s obviously too soon to speak to Bluehost’s long-term reliability, but I would definitely recommend them as a host based on their solid tech support.**
They even responded to my despairing Tweet with genuine concern.
Here are three additional links I found helpful, especially during my preliminary research:
As for the new blog: It will be a week or so before I make the official transition over. It’s in need of some scrubbing up and tricking out before I show it to the world.
**Note that I am not being paid by Bluehost to promote their services. Nor do they know about this post. I am simply happy with their services and wish to share the joy.