You know, us WordPress users are good and getting all high and mighty and saying that WP is better than Blogger. And maybe it is… for us.
While I love Google’s services and entrust them with out 99.9% of my personal information, I can’t trust them with my blog. I’ve been doing this blogging shebang for six years and I need more control, like what WP can give me.
Which is all fine and dandy until you’ve had one too many run-ins with hacks on your server, no matter how tight you think your security is. 2012 is my year to grow Smarter Admins and I need something more secure and reliable for my business. And yesterday I discovered a really discreet but damaging hack, one that only affects Google search results and makes the site look like it’s selling viagra.
I’ve encountered it before – and beat it – but this time? This was enough. I’ve been on an el-cheapo webhost for four years and got too comfy with them. Enough is enough and after much researching and asking around, I’ve moved to a new, more expensive but more secure webhost. I’ve already experienced really quick service from Media Temple (never underestimate the power of Twitter) and have had a smooth transition so far. I’ve moved two domains over and have a few more to go.
That said, the skill required for me to do what I’ve done in the last 36 hours isn’t insignificant – I had to teach myself some new coding tricks, spend a lot of time Googling around and trying to think clearly to make sure I didn’t screw anything up. And exactly why WP isn’t for everyone. There are people who charge a tonne to people who are vulnerable, especially when it comes to a blog.
That said, I’m stoked to have moved rainbowtatt successfully to its new server and even quickly rigged up a new theme to celebrate (if you’re reading this in your RSS reader, come click through and check it out, tho probably best not to if you’re fighting the hunger pangs :))