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Web Hosting of my Site

A little while ago, 2 friends suggested me to move my Blog from the free Blogspot service to my own Hosted Domain. Well as you see, I did just that.I was told you have better control of your site and more power to your site. Better advertising, search and the look of the site. I was told not to be upset, that at first my visitors (hits) will go down. Well once I opened my site, my statistics went up and has been growing since. I thank you all for making this Happen.

I am not one to promote products or services. Yes I have Google AdsΒ  and Project Wonderful, but I had not up to now promoted a company.

Recently a few emails I have received and messages in some forums about how some bloggers on a free blog service were thinking or buying a domain and hosting their blog.

I was recomended to host at Hostgator.com. They were very helpfull to me as a novice in the setting up my hosting package and moving my domain name to their site.

Then, while adding items to my template, an installation of a plugin caused the site to crash. I sent a service ticket to Hostgator and was afraid they would just tell me they host my site but not there to bail me out with my WordPress software. I was wrong, within minutes I received a reply that they fixed what caused it to crash and had me back up and running.

Their prices are very competive for what you receive. So if your thinking of taking the plung and moving your blog from a free site like Blogspot, consider HostGator for your hosting server. Their ad is on the sidebar and just click on it.

20 Responses to “Web Hosting of my Site”

  1. grace says:

    Well, I like your new website. I wanted to move, too. But I thought it is difficult. πŸ™

    • Bruce says:

      Grace,
      I was afraid for a long time too, but was reminded the longer you wait, the harder it is. I used GoDaddy for my domain and then Hostgator for my hosting. The only confusing part was first buying domain then once you buy your hosting, you need to move the “nameserver” from where you register the domain to the hosting. One that is done, the Hostgator has great help videos and support. I am using WordPress for my blog software, just find a template you like, and there are thousands and then go to work. Think first what you want and need, 3 coulmns, 2, whatever. You can research first looking at templates. Do not worry, you can always change. If you need assistance, just let me know. Bruce@americanindavao.com

  2. Cashmere says:

    I think it’s good to have your own domain when you have the extra cash of course.. It gives you a sense of identity.. That’s what I feel at least.. lol! πŸ™‚

    • Bruce says:

      Cashmere,
      As I was told, owning your own domain gets seen better on search engines and maybe with it I will make enough money to pay for the costs of the domain and hosting. If not, I will spend less money going out and will just write articles. πŸ™‚

  3. zelot66 says:

    Howdy Bruce,

    Generally I think ur site is wonderful! You need to start doing backlinks, join more affiliate and refferal programs. By now, I hope you have finished reading e-book on internet marketing. πŸ™‚

    • Bruce says:

      Zelot,
      I started reading the E-book, but things have been a little busy. I plan to spend more time today and this weekend. Thanks again.

  4. Randy C says:

    Hi Bruce – glad to see that your traffic has not gone down, and has in fact increased. What I meant about traffic was search engine traffic. It will take awhile for your pages to get indexed in the search engines again. I wasn’t able to forward the direct posts from my old blog that were still showing up in the searches. It was only about 30 days or so before most of my new site was indexed.

    Since you are enjoying increased traffic anyway, it’s not an problem for you.

    • Bruce says:

      Randy,
      Yes, you are right. I do not see much referals from Google. Thankfully with the Expat-Interview I received a lot of new readers and from some other ways. Again, thank you for all your help and support.

  5. johnray says:

    Hi Sir, thanks for visiting my site…I do hope the ebook would help. You do have a nice blog. I am hoping to have my own domain. Though I am considering hostgator…I still do not have a visa or master card. So I must settle for a hosting based here in the Philippines,for awhile. Hopefully, palawan anecdotes will have its own domain this month.

    • Bruce says:

      Johnray,
      I enjoyed your site and plan to visit it more. If you have a debit card with a visa or Mastercard logo, you can use that. The problem with a hosting service in the Philippines is the bandwidth here is so much less and slower than an american hosting service. See if you can get help using Hostgator

  6. johnray says:

    Yeah that is the problem. I am still new to blogging but I am extremely enjoying it. I do not have debit card or any atm cards. It is beyond my means for now. I am even using my aunt’s computer becoz I don’t have one. But again time will come, I just need to be patient.

  7. I feel like a computer illiterate compared to you guys. I have my blog, but it is a free kind of thing. I am working as a programmer and you guys know a lot more than me! My blog has mostly been used as a means to communicate with my friends and relatvies what I am doing when I am travelling. So basically I am only active when I am travelling around in Asia (usually) once a year.

    • Bruce says:

      Stefan,
      The only programming I ever learned was back in the early 80’s and that was Basic and Cobol.
      With WordPress it is almost as easy as Blogspot. There is not much you need to do in the code and if you do, there are instructions where to put the code. I just get confused what php file I can find what I am looking for.
      You just need the time and the want to do it. Also there are many help forums. And I have told you, I will assist anyway I can. Keep on Blogging

  8. Jeff says:

    Well I found your site through a search for expat in Davao & via your interview page link. Nice site, keep it up… I have a notion to do the same as you did. I am also a NYer & about the same age thinking of making the jump someday soon, probably visit in the next few months.

    My questions for myself are how will I handle the heat/humidity, poverty & culture shock.
    Oh… and all the creepy crawlers that will be new to me!

    I’ll be noting your progress with interest.

    • Bruce says:

      Jeff,
      I thought I would never get used to things here, but you can. With heat and humidity you use fans and I use Air Conditioner at night. If you get a place on a higher area, and lots of windows, the breeze helps. Culture Shock, think of it as a new adventure. Also get the mindset as I try “There are things I do not like but cannot change, so learn to accept”
      There are good things and bad things no matter where you live. Enjoy the good and accept the bad.
      If you visit, I hope you will let me know so we can meet. Feel free to ask me anything you are curious about.

  9. Quickroute says:

    One day I’ll get around to it – just not quite yet

    • Bruce says:

      Paddy,
      I said the same thing. I was not making any money on my Blogspot site and my hits and pageviews were so small, I figured why spend the cost to get my own domain.
      Then with the push from 2 friends, I took the plunge. With a few decent traffic generators, joining Expat groups online and a little work, my hits and page views went bigger and faster than I imagined it would do so fast. Plus I have gotten dedicated readers which I did not have before.
      It is up to you. When your ready you will be ready.

  10. Jim McKay says:

    Bruce,
    I live in Farmington MO, about 1 hour south of St. Louis. Divorced and living in an apartment complex full of healthcare workers, I met some great Filipinos. I showed interest in a Filipina, but was told by a male that she had family in Cebu. He then proceeded to introduce me on the web to his good friend in Libungan, just 2 hours from Davao.
    She and I hit it off well, both having been “damaged” in previous relationships. She is a Physical Therapist (Davao Dr.s College!), and I am a Dietary Director at a local hospital. We literally spent hours online daily and visiting by webcam. In about 4 months, she had me convinced to visit her in Davao.
    I flew to Manila and then to Davao. She greated me like we had known each other forever! We stayed at the Insular Waterfront Resort for three days, and while touring Davao, met a gadzillion of her relatives, including several city policemen and PNPs. I was assured of my complete safety and honestly felt just like I was in St. Louis!
    After 3 days, her close family (mom, brother and wife, kids, cousin and kids), all arrived in their church van. Not a jeepney, but an honest air-con vehicle. We left Davao for their borangay and home in Libungan. We stayed at her mom’s home (father deceased) and I was treated as a family member. We visited the village, went to Midsayap for dates and shopping, and went to her church (Christian-non-catholic). We had constant family visitors and friends day and night stop by. I was overwhelmed with the love and caring they showed.
    On my last day there, I proposed to her and she accepted. I returned to the US, and started the Fiance Visa work. After 10 months, she arrived! We married and now she is attempted to become credentialled and licensed to practice her profession here.
    Why am I telling you all of this? In 4 years, we plan to move to Davao! We plan to bank ,ost of her earnings here and continue to live on my income. We will then move to Davao and manage about 20 hectacres of rice that she inherited from her dad. Between that income and savings, we should do well. In 2014 I should be able to begin withdrawing SS and we should be fixed then for life!! We love each other dearly and the thought of retiring before 60, on a tropical island, with a loving wife just sounds great! I have relished every word of your blogs, and I look forward to more! I already miss Davao, my extended family, and eveything about the Philippines! I will look you up when we arrive!! Thanks and keep on writing!!!

    • Bruce says:

      Jim,
      Hearing stories like yours is wonderful. That was what I hoped to do with Elena, move her to the US and save for a better retirement but the housing industry changed things for me.
      I look forward to hearing more from you and meeting you when you return. Feel free to call upon me for anything I am able to assist you with.

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