If you are anything like me, you have a life and reading is a hobby. I needed a little more hobby since I am a SAHM. I wanted something that was mine to own, a way to escape and feel pride that I was doing something I love. When I started, I didn’t have many goals. Just wanted a place to put my reviews with a nice look. But then I got caught up in the hype of making the site bigger than I probably ever wanted or needed and along came the cost of that push.
It starts with a self hosted site which runs you between $50-$100 a year. A free theme if you can find a good one or you shell out $50 for one and maybe that might be every year or you don’t get support or updates. Then if you want to design that theme, you can do it yourself, buy a canned one or pay around $200 for a custom design. Thank goodness that usually is a one time fee. You can stop there pretty easily if you don’t want too much else.
Not me of course. I had to have a forms tool…a pretty good one too. So add another $40 a year. Then I wanted to get away from FeedBurner so I installed Mail Poet which is free, but when I wanted to send more than 20 emails, it was taking 24 hours to send them all and still it wasn’t done. So I had to start paying to send emails at about $25 every 4 months…so $75 a year. Oh, and upgraded Mail Poet to $99 a year, which I will not be continuing. In fact the email part I am either going back to Feedburner or using JetPack, which introduced a whole slew of other problems. If you want any images that are royalty free, and good looking, then you are probably paying for credits on an image site too.
So the cost keep getting higher. I pulled back and decided I needed to go back to a free theme, and do away with the email costs. So I am getting back to the $120 a year to run the site and really I want to pay even less than that. Which leads me to why I am talking about this today.
This week I installed three new plugins. One seemed to raise my CPU usage by 25% and between the other two it rose over 800%. Ouch! That’s when I learned you pay extra for CPU usage with my hosting provider. While they have been ok, I can’t say my hosting provider goes beyond anything unless you upset the apple cart. Well this upset the apple cart and they said I was on my way to paying and extra $40 a month…yes month for $480 a year to host with them.
And I will be honest and say I don’t have enough page views to raise the CPU to anything. So I guess it is all plugins? After disabling over 12 plugins and deleting 2, I as able to get the CPU down and hoping my average for the month doesn’t cause extra fees.
Which leads me back to wanting to get off this hosting provider because I never realized there were extra fees like this creeping around. So over the next few weeks you are going to see some changes. I don’t know when or even how, but I need a cheaper fee a month and a better system to keep track. Like I could only check the CPU every hour. So I made changes and then waited a hour to see if it had any effects. Change something and wait. All night Friday I was wild and crazy removing plugins and waiting. Not what I had planned.
So while I am knee jerking, I am also holding steady to weigh my options. At the very least I am changing the theme of the site but I am trying to incorporate all the design elements into the new theme. I am not in a rush to change providers. I am mostly just weighing my options and seeing if it is time to jump or keep sailing.
Needless to say, I was told I have too many plugins…in a system that loves plugins…go figure.
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