A New Home for FFOF

I just wanted to update you on some behind-the-scenes activities here at Fiddling for Older Folks over the past few weeks.

If you have read my forum post Website Down at Times, you know there has been some problems with the webhosting used for this WordPress site. Hosting with Bluehost started to hiccup, and the website was slowing down, going offline and unresponsive at times. This was not good, but you only get what you pay for, and Bluehost hosting was bargain basement at $2.95 a month! I did everything Bluehost suggested, even hired a freelance developer to optimize the website files, applications and database, but the problem persisted. At the freelancer’s suggested, I decided to move the hosting of this website to SiteGround.

At $5.95 a month, SiteGround hosting was a definite improvement as FFOF stopped going offline, but I still wasn’t happy with the speed. I was going to have the freelancer do additional work, but I could not justify the cost, as FFOF brings in very little revenue, other than some small affiliate commissions.

Then, a new forum member (@zenmarc) suggested I look into a company called Cloudways with Digital Ocean.

Trying not to get too technical, Cloudways hosting is not shared. In other words, when FFOF was hosted on Bluehost and SiteGround, it was on a physical server that was shared by many other websites. If there was a lot of activity by one or more websites on that server, FFOF got real slow or went offline. Now, FFOF is on a cloud server. A cloud server is a virtual server (rather than a physical server) running in a cloud computing environment. It is built, hosted and delivered via a cloud computing platform via the internet. The result? Better functioning and speed with less headaches! Like I said earlier, you get what you pay for, and the Cloudways platform I chose costs $22 a month to host. Sorry, if this is too technical for those who do not host their own website(s). This video does a better job if you are interested.

So, yesterday, I moved FFOF over to Cloudways. Already, I have noticed a marked increase in the speed of FFOF, and the amount of tools at my disposal for keeping the health of FFOF in tip-top shape is really helpful. This move should assure smooth running from here on in and room for future growth for FFOF.

So, like I said, just to bring you up to date, and if you are wondering why FFOF may not have been online at times, that is what has been happening behind the scenes. I’m anticipating smooth sailing ahead!


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  4 comments for “A New Home for FFOF

  1. October 30, 2019 at 9:28 am

    Glad you got your server troubles sorted. I’ve been there. I’m not really happy with my current host, but hadn’t considered cloud hosting (or rather last time I did some shopping, it wasn’t an option). It’s more expensive than my current host at HostGator, but I might look into it on down the line.

    • October 30, 2019 at 10:01 am

      Shared hosting is usually not too bad for smaller static sites. The problem with WordPress is as it grows, it can get rather wildly, then that with the shared hosting really slows it down. FFOF now has 41 pages and over 130 posts with other features like the forum, so I am also planning for the future as it gets larger. I’m hoping my affiliate links will help to offset the cost some. We’ll see.

  2. October 28, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    This is good news! I’m sure most of your readers are fiddlers, but what fiddler today isn’t interested in the internet and news about improved access to your site? Good for you for handling it and sharing the handling with us.

    • October 28, 2019 at 5:10 pm

      Thanks, Susan. It is widely published that if it takes more than 3 seconds for a website to load, most viewers will move on. I don’t want my viewers “hanging around”. I always try to keep my followers up to date. I want to tell you, I appreciate your support!

      I see on your Gravatar page you have a site called “Good Old Tunes”, but when I click on it, it doesn’t connect. Is this site still active? I would love to check it out…

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