It Can’t Always Be About The Money
Excuse me while I gripe about bloggers being taken for a ride.
In my blog moving adventures I’ve found that I’ve moved several blogs off reseller accounts to bigger brands.
Bigger, more expensive hosting plans.
It’s sad, because these bloggers didn’t need unlimited this and unlimited that.
They just needed a host who understood WordPress and Hosting.
Many bloggers, when making the move from Blogger to WordPress, go with their designer and signed up for the designer’s hosting.
Not a bad move, unless your designer doesn’t understand hosting.
And that’s what has pissed me off a lot lately.
Yesterday I moved a blog from a hosting plan where the designer sold a fellow blogger with a picture heavy blog a 15MB plan.
A fresh install of WordPress is 11.6 MB alone. What exactly are you suppose to do with 15MB?
So this blogger, let’s call her Sue, found herself continuously upgrading her plan to a bigger space.
Bad for Sue, money in the bank for the designer.
This is wrong.
I get the need to expand your web based business.
But it’s not only about making money.
A few weeks ago a blogger reached out to me to save her blog.
Let’s call her Mary.
Mary had decided her blog was too big for her current hosting plan and learned that moving to Bluehost was less expensive then upgrading to her host’s bigger plan.
She mentioned to the host that she would be moving to Bluehost.
After several emails where the host tried to convince her to stay (Mary sent me the emails) the host finally “agreed” that Mary should move and sent Mary a link to download her blog from a drop box.
WordPress has the export option right?
You can export your blog posts, import it somewhere else.
The host exported Mary’s blog posts and then shut down her blog.
When importing blog posts into a new WordPress environment, you need the old one still up.
That export files doesn’t include your pictures or your theme.
Just links to where your pictures live so the files can be downloaded to the new WordPress install.
Mary lost 2 years worth of pictures.
She also lost the theme she paid the designer for.
It can’t only be about making money.
It can’t be about making a continuous income from a past client.
That’s internet marketer thinking.
You might as well be Empower Network.
Having a web based business does not allow you to take people for a ride.
When you expand your web based business, it should be to provide a service your audience can benefit from too.
A blog designer’s audience can definitely use hosting.
But just providing hosting is not enough.
You need to actually understand it.
Now, I recently signed up as a Bluehost reseller so I can offer affordable hosting to my fellow bloggers and clients that I design for.
I mean really affordable.
Especially for newbies to WordPress who are unsure about taking the leap from the free platform to the paid one.
The basic package offers 1000MB of storage for $3/month.
Again, a fresh install of WordPress sucks up less than 12MB of that.
So lots of space to start with the ability to grow.
Did I offer to move Sue to my hosting?
Pimping your services is important yes.
But it’s also important to do what’s best for the customer and sometimes what’s best…isn’t you.
I’m all for growing your business.
Gawd knows this blog has gone grown a lot.
But keep in mind, the customer comes first and it can’t all be about the money.
Side note to fellow bloggers: Many artists offer their services as a WordPress designer because StudioPress and Thesis has made it easy to build a website. Do not automatically assume that because a person offers WordPress Design it means they are host side savvy. Ask questions first.
By the way, After Bedtime Blog is hauling ass over to Bluehost today. Wish me luck.