I’ve decided to move to paid, managed blog hosting. Part of the reason I haven’t been writing as much, apart from generally being busy in my personal life, is because I wanted to do some heavy maintenance on my blog, but other things just kept taking priority. Last week I tried to upgrade my WordPress installation. It went awry. I’m not incredibly knowledgable about PHP databases and sorting out what happened was frustrating. More recently, my web hosting service has informed me that I am dangerously close to reaching my disk space usage limit. If I stick with self-hosting, I will have to upgrade my plan, either with my current host or a new one. My current plan is very modest, but my blog is outgrowing it.
I considered moving everything over to WordPress.com because I think they have the best free blog hosting service. However, they randomly show adverts to your readers, and I have no control over this. They don’t seem to have an option to exclude ads for a fee. I decided against WordPress.com in the end. I first hosted my blog on Blogger, but was not entirely satisfied with that service, which is why I moved to self-hosting in the first place.
I’ve been checking out TypePad‘s 14-day trial, and I like what I see. I’ve submitted support tickets and requests for help, and their customer service technicians seem on the ball, which is to be expected from a monthly paid service. In the coming weeks, I will be moving everything over to TypePad. As such, the blog may experience some hiccups here and there during the transition.