Lee Odden

We’re Changing our Blog Host

We’re changing hosts for Online Marketing Blog this weekend.

I never thought we’d need a dedicated server for a blog, but this blog will be moving over to a dedicated Dell Poweredge server with our new host VISI, who has been good to work with so far. In fact, they’ve gone way out of their way in terms of providing expedited set up since our our current host, Pair Networks, informed us yesterday they’re shutting our site down today. Yep, just like that.

Since we paid Pair a year in advance, this seemed a tad bit unreasonable (I’m holding back, trust me) so I made a plea to wait until Monday, which they agreed to.

There are a lot of hosting companies out there and picking one can be a challenge. Picking the right hosting plan can be tricky too, so when you sign up for a hosting account, be sure you read the fine print that says, “We will shut down your site and not tell you at any time we feel justified and then have our sales department follow up with an offer to upgrade.”

Yep, I missed that little clause when I signed up with Pair Networks. In fact I still can’t find the language in our agreement, but it must be there somewhere because that’s pretty much what happened.

Now we’re in the process of trying to make sure everything is setup properly with the new host. One thing is for sure, there is indeed a market for high availability, turnkey blog hosting.

Update: For the most part, it looks like Thomas and the weekend support people at VISI were able to get things ironed out. A few finishing touches and refinements on the admin side of things and we should be all set. If you made comments between last Friday and Sunday, I am sorry they are lost. If you notice anything out of the ordinary, please let us know. blog at toprankresults dot com. Thanks!

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Lee Odden About Lee Odden

@LeeOdden is the CEO of TopRank Marketing and editor of Online Marketing Blog. Cited for his expertise by The Economist, Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, he’s the author of the book Optimize and presents internationally on integrated content, search, social media and influencer marketing. When not at conferences, consulting, or working with his talented team, he’s likely on a beach somewhere doing absolutely nothing.