So, I did a bit of research. Checked things out. Picked HostPapa because they were a Canadian company, and reviews seemed to ...展開
be similar to all the others. I really want to support Canadian.
I looked at all their packages, and picked starter. I was running a simple mommy blog. Without affiliate links, sponsored posts, or ads. Even a simple basic free theme. So, starter seemed perfect. I had no plans to monetize or go viral. I was writing for friends and family. I’m also on a budget, from being on mat leave, so the cost fit perfect. I signed up for 3 years.
We had just passed our 30 day money back guarantee, and I got an email saying my website was using my shared server and putting other websites at being down. I had to email immediately, or else my website would be suspended. When I contacted, asking how I could be, with the small size of my blog (25 posts, averaged a couple visitors a day etc). Instead of helping me, they immediately tried to upsell me. To a tune of an extra almost $400. I responded, saying that wasn’t within my budget.
I was told to change my theme, remove any plugins, turn off commenting, and remove my social media. Which I had from the moment I started my Wordpress blog. Then they tried to upsell again, and threatened again with my site being suspended. I again said I couldn’t afford that. I simply got a “we can’t help you” and told I needed to switch, to a more expensive account, again.
After I dug deeper, into this up sell tactic, it seems to be a common theme. I am thoroughly disappointed. And mad at myself for missing that.
Maybe I am too new to this, and don’t understand the technical side. And, as a result, I either migrate somewhere else or else be bullied into a new plan. I can’t take these threats for the next three years. So, I’m at a real huge financial loss here. That a mom of three, on mat leave cannot really do. That is a lot of diapers and groceries. I am so disappointed.