After a couple of days with the new host (Siteground), I’m very pleased. The site loads within a few seconds, the site backend issues are all fixed, and now my stats are rebounding back to normal (about 200 a day). 😀
Which tells me that yeah, my site problems DID come from the server of the previous host. 😛 There have been many complaints about the previous host lately: outages, slow load times, poor customer service. They didn’t use to be like that, back when I signed up with them.
And this costs *less* than I was paying before.
So no more thought of going back to the free blogging platforms. Except, maybe, one day approaching my eventual demise….I recently found a post on the topic of, should you self-host or use a free platform. It said that one drawback of self-hosting is that when you die and stop paying for the site, it goes away (unless the Wayback Machine has recorded it, of course). While Blogger or Wordpress can potentially keep your blog up forever (or at least, until they go out of business). So maybe in old age I’ll stick my site over on Wordpress.com so it can live on. 😀