A year ago, I moved our WordPress news site from a very big hosting provider to Greengeeks and I don’t regret it – Simon Ateba


As the publisher of Africa’s leading newspaper in the United States, I needed a few more things to really be on top of my game – a fast, secure and reliable website, and support from a great hosting provider day and night.

Stories break all the time, there is always a great thing happening around the world, and a bad thing that needs to be reported. One breaking news here, boom! Another breaking news there, boom! And boom! and boom! And then, boom! boom! boom!

It does not stop. It’s a 24 hour business. And if you want to be master of your trade and leader in the crowded field of history tellers in a hurry, if you’re giving people value and telling them what they need to know to make better decisions, your website like ours would need to be up and running all the time.

Armed with that library of knowledge, I was already using one of the world’s well known hosting services companies based here in the United States but I could not achieve the few things listed above.

I am not going to mention them here because my aim is never to impact anyone’s business negatively, but to commend those who have delivered positive results for me.

Anyway, with the large and big hosting provider that I was using, I could not achieve all positive results.

First of all, our website was slow, very slow. I would see other websites open at the speed of light and I would wonder why ours could not open that way. Someone told me it was because they had more money and paid more.

I saw many people and sought counsel from many web guys who claimed to be experts. All the things they kept telling me – optimize your pictures, delete themes and plugins not in use, use a caching plugin, add a beautiful CDN to cap it all in heavenly glory, and so on – were things I had already implemented with little success.

One day, I watched a YouTube video and a guy explained that the hosting company can dramatically change the speed of your website.

And so, I began to chop for a new hosting company, even though I had already paid the other host two or three years in advance.

By luck, favor or supernatural guidance, I stumbled on a website host called GREENGEEKS. I did not know much about them. I had never even heard of them in all the years we have been publishing great content from Washington DC.

The initial things I read was that they cared deeply for the environment. As a climate change activist at my own level, any company or anyone who seeks to protect the environment is my friend by default.

But I did not join greengeeks because I wanted a website hosting company that protects the environment. I joined them because after my investigation, the few reviews I read or watched said they could make our website open at the speed of light.

I was a bit skeptical. If they were so good, why do they have only tens of thousands of people from around the world, instead a million or hundreds of millions of people? I asked.

I prayed. I thought. I hesitated. Finally, I decided to give it a shot. And I believe it was the best decision that I have made in more than five years.

I hate repetition, but this is worthy of repeating, by joining greengeeks hosting company, I believe it’s one of the greatest decisions that I have in recent years and the best as far as our website is concerned.

Their vision also appealed to me as I read about them on their website. “Our vision as a hosting provider is to have you experience the best web hosting that you have ever had. So we engineered our hosting platform to deliver you the best hosting experience, period”.

They explained to me that they do not “charge extra for WordPress security, performance, or support”.

“All of the benefits of our WordPress Ready Web Hosting are included in our shared web hosting plans. If you want to reduce your carbon footprint, GreenGeeks is the best home for your WordPress site, since your site’s energy consumption will be offset by renewable energy credits. In fact, 300% of your usage is offset! That makes GreenGeeks the most environmentally-friendly WordPress hosting solution available anywhere,” they said.

That was really great news to me. We were already using WordPress, which is used by 1 in 3 websites worldwide, making it the most popular website content management system by a substantial margin.

As you know and they also reminded me on their website, “WordPress users include virtually everyone – from major news and business sites to small businesses and individuals. WordPress is trusted by millions so you can be confident that it’s a sensible choice to power your website. You can build a website, a blog, an online store or a combination of them all, plus much more”

Another thing that really appealed to me was what they said about performance and security. WordPress, they said, “is our secure, high-performance hosting platform which is optimized for WordPress websites, and includes convenient features such as 1-click WordPress installation and automatic updating. We also support advanced WordPress development tools like WP Staging and the command line tools WP-CLI and Git”.

To make our website fast, they explained that they make “use of a variety of high-performance technologies to bring you incredibly fast WordPress hosting: SSD hard drives, ultra-optimized LiteSpeed Web Server and MariaDB database servers, PHP 7, HTTP/2, our own custom in-house PowerCacher technology, CloudFlare CDN, and many more tweaks and enhancements”.

On the support, they assured me that “our team of WordPress experts is available around the clock to answer your questions and help troubleshoot any problems you may encounter. Our site is also home to hundreds of WordPress-specific tutorials. Whatever you need to know about WordPress, we have you covered”.

It all sounded good. But there was a problem. I had thousands of stories on our website and we have tens of thousands of pictures. How would I move everything from there to Greengeeks?

But they assured me they got me covered also. “Yes, you can. We provide a temporary URL that you can use for testing before you make a move. Or better yet, let our site migration specialists take care of the move for you! Get all of the benefits of our years of WordPress migration expertise at absolutely no cost to you”.

Besides, they added: “The 1-click install will always provide you with the very latest version of WordPress and automatically update it when new versions are released. If you prefer a previous version, one will also be available to you, though using the most recent version is recommended”.

This all sounded really good. But all that was only theory. I needed to test it.

The migration was smooth. I got all my content and all my pictures and videos. The service was great and automatically, the website began to open fast.

The Cpanel and all the rest were also easy to use and update our website and it was really great.

Since that time, it’s been more than a year now, and always, there was someone to attend to me. My questions and challenges got answered either immediately or within 30 minutes. This was day time or night time.

Their assistance, sometimes lasted hours and their would let me go until they were sure my problem had been solved.

Greengeeks is a great hosting provider and I am now in a position to recommend that you too, you try them out.

Simon Ateba is the publisher of TODAY NEWS AFRICA in Washington DC.

Contacts: @simonateba +12023301244. simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com facebook

Simon Ateba
Simon Ateba
Based in Washington, District of Columbia, United States of America, Simon leads a brilliant team of reporters, freelance journalists, analysts, researchers and contributors from around the world to run TODAY NEWS AFRICA as editor-in-chief. Simon Ateba's journalistic experience spans over 10 years and covers many beats, including business and investment, information technology, politics, diplomacy, human rights, science reporting and much more. Write him: simonateba@todaynewsafrica.com


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