Oh my goodness what a week I have had. After a pleasant afternoon out on Saturday just over a week ago I got home to find that my sites on Hostgator had been hacked yet again.

Goodbye Hostgator

Two sites had completely disappeared, and on closer examination of my account, various rubbish had been inserted promoting all kinds of goods for sale! The backup I had been paying for was in such a mess that I couldn't see how to recover it. I tried to get help but the support replies were so slow and incomprehensible that I just gave up. Hostgator are adamant that this is my fault for having out-of-date blogs.

Hello! They were not out of date, I keep well up-to-date with plugins and WP updates. Besides which, I have three health blogs on a different account that MIGHT be a little out of date, but they've not been hacked – ever! This is the second time in 2015 that my Hostgator account has been so badly compromised.

Last time I lost two blogs completely. They weren't making me any money, so I was going to let them go next time the domain came up for renewal – but that should have been MY decision, not one thrust on me by some hacker.

After that I had intended to move hosting company for quite a while but with all my personal and offline business turmoil I've delayed (because I feared it would be chaotic). But two major hackings in six month is two too many, so this time I've voted with my feet and am transferring my sites to SiteGround.

Hosting With SiteGround

Web HostingIt's too early to form any conclusions about SiteGround, except to say that their support is blisteringly fast – which I have really needed over this transition period!

I'll no doubt write up my thoughts when I've had time to “settle in”.

My non-WordPress sites loaded up really easily from the manual backups on my own machine, but my WP blogs were in such a mess that I paid to have them transferred because I don't know enough about WP backups to risk it myself.

 

Hostica Hosting Survives!

My original health blogs are hosted with Hostica, and have been there for years. When I need support they are unfailingly helpful. So – if it's not broken don't fix it. The health blogs will stay with Hostica.

Transfer To SiteGround Completed

My transfer exercise has taken a lot less time to write about than to implement. It has just shown me how little I know about the “workings” behind my blog.

If YOU don't know either, please make sure that at the very least you have backups and a rudimentary knowledge of how to recover from them. So, here I am – hopefully on my newly hosted account, and my first post is to thank my comment authors for their visits in May 2015.

My Posts in May Were:

Thanks to all readers who took time to comment on these and other posts. My apologies if I'm a little slow getting back to your sites. Hoping for a better June!

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