How to Transfer Your Website Hosting

How to Transfer Your Website Hosting

After 6 years of being with the same website host, I recently decided it was time to see if there were other options, hopefully, cheaper than what I was paying.

 

There were no hard feelings with my old host – on the contrary! They were always super helpful and quick to reply to my concerns. Always eager to help, which was fantastic. But, as with any technology, it had been a long time since I’d had a look to see what else was available.

 

If this sounds familiar, this post may help you:

 

Start with a wishlist

 

If you aren’t sure what you’re looking for in a web hosting company, it’s probably a good idea to write a list of your criteria. Some may be:

 

  • location
  • cost
  • payment options
  • automatic backups
  • free website migration
  • SSL certificate (security)
  • customer service
  • length of contract

 

Once you have your list, it’s time to do some research!

 

Research your options

 

If location is important to you, start with that. Good old Google will get you on your way.

 

Have a piece of paper and a pen or pencil next to you as you do this research so you can make notes along the way.

 

Open up the various websites in separate browser tabs if you like, so it’s easier to flip back and forth to check for features, but start with one hosting company, and write down what features it offers, being careful to note anything you also may NOT like about the company (you may wish to contact customer support later to ask questions).

 

Systematically do the same for all the companies that interest you, and don’t forget to jot down whether they have a live chat or email address that you can contact, if necessary.

 

Ask questions

 

Now that you have your list, you have a pretty good idea of who may be in the running. But don’t leave it at that. Just because you cannot find the information on the website doesn’t mean they don’t offer what you’re looking for.

 

Call, email or begin a live chat with their customer support and ask your questions. This is the time to get any missing information so you can make your decision. Add these answers to your notes.

 

Narrow down the top contenders

 

No matter how long your list is, it’s time to start narrowing it down. Note, maybe in a different colour, what you like most about each one, and whittle it down to the top two companies.

 

Spend some time really reviewing these choices, and make your final decision.

 

CHARGE it!

 

Money talks and now’s the time to go big with your decision. If you’ve had a chance to chat with customer support, you should have an idea of how to whole process works, but it should be something like this:

 

  • if needed, renew your domain name before purchasing a hosting plan
  • create an account and purchase your hosting plan with the new company
  • review the emails you receive: next steps, user names and password information
  • contact support to begin the site migration process

 

Customer support should be available to answer any questions, whether that is through email or phone support.

 

  • Be sure to find out your nameserver information for your domain, and insert it where necessary
  • Also, check/update your SMTP settings if necessary (for email setup)
  • Do you need them to migrate your email as well as your site?

 

Once the migration is complete, be sure that you can log into your website backend, C-Panel and webmail. If you are having problems with any of these, be sure to contact support right away and get it resolved.

 

Pro tip: don’t have your old company delete your account until you are POSITIVE that you have everything you need!

 

Migrating your website is not without its share of hiccups, but once it’s done and the dust is settled, you should feel better about the process, and have the knowledge for next time!

 

P.S. – If you can save those notes for next time, it may be interesting to compare services and prices.

 

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4 Steps to Creating a Supply of Blog Content

4 Steps to Creating a Supply of Blog Content

When it comes to writing blog posts, do you often find yourself with writer’s block?

It’s not uncommon! Here are four easy steps to creating a wealth of blog content!

Determine Who Your Client Is

It’s an important but sometimes overlooked step – figuring out who your ideal client is. If you don’t know WHO you’re speaking to through your blog, how can you possibly come up with something they will want to read?

Let’s assume you’re a wellness coach, and you specialize in helping busy women to take care of themselves. Now let’s grab a piece of paper, and create 4 columns:

 General   Specific   Pain Points  Needs

Use this simple chart to get a feel for who your ideal client is. Under “General”, you might put, “Female”, “Married”, “Kids”.

Under “Specific”, you want to delve into this person a bit more. Let’s give our client the name “Janet”, and age of “40”. Going beyond that, she “Owns her own business”.

Next comes your client’s “Pain Points”. Janet is B-U-S-Y. Between juggling family life and her business, she’s got her hands full. There’s one pain point: “Busy Schedule”. What’s keeping Janet awake at night? There’s one more pain point right there – “Can’t sleep”.

Last, but certainly not least, what does Janet need? Some help, obviously. Janet knows that self-care is important, but she often puts herself last. It’s important for Janet’s business that she takes care of herself too, because if she doesn’t, how can she teach them to take care of themselves? So your chart may look something like this:

General  Specific Pain Points Needs
Female Janet/40 Busy schedule Extra time
30-50 yrs. Lives local to me Can’t sleep Help
Runs own business Has kids Self-care

Step one is complete – now what? Well, let’s delve into Janet’s lifestyle a bit more.

Lifestyle

Under your chart, write Janet’s name in the center, in a circle, and have 4-5 “spokes” coming out of the circle.

One “spoke” could lead to the words “wants to help other families”.

Another could be “wants to do it all”.

Another could be “runs both her home and business”.

Let’s not forget that she has children of her own. 

What is your ideal client Googling?

Poor Janet. Time-strapped. Has a successful business, which could be more successful, if she had the right help. She’s like many moms and runs her household on top of that.

She’s likely Googling time-saving ideas. These could be from getting help with housework or household projects, to finding a productivity tool to help her manage her time. She could also be searching for ways she can apply self-care to her own life. Let’s be honest, sometimes the pros don’t take their own advice, right?

So, let’s turn to Google and see what search phrases come up, and we’re paying close attention to the phrases that come up in auto-fill:

Create blog headlines from these examples

If you’re writing blog posts based on these search phrases, both Google AND Janet are going to love you! Google’s going to rank you pretty high, and Janet’s going to find what she’s looking for.

I hope you’ve found this post helpful 🙂

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Are Your CTAs Working For You?

Are Your CTAs Working For You?

CTAs, or calls-to-action, are important for any business owner, but what happens if you aren’t using them often enough, or (oops) at all?

A wise woman once told a Facebook group I’m in that if you want action, you need to TELL your visitors what you want them to do next.

It’s such a simple thought, isn’t it? Yet, very, very true.

So when a visitor is on your website or your Facebook page, are your CTAs clear and strong? Or are you giving mixed messages? Here are 10 great CTA examples you can implement: (more…)

Why Your Website Needs a Blog

Why Your Website Needs a Blog

If you’re considering not having a blog on your website, you might be making a big mistake.

While not having a blog on your website isn’t necessarily life or death for your business, it’s certainly an important aspect to consider if you want to help drive traffic to your website and keep your content fresh.

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WordPress.com Versus WordPress.org

WordPress.com Versus WordPress.org

WordPress.

That word seems to pop up just about everywhere. Did you know though, that it’s not just for bloggers? More and more websites are being built using WordPress. But WordPress.com and WordPress.org are the same, right? No.

There is a world of difference.

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