.by Anura Guruge
I had cancelled the ‘A Pup Is NOT A Toy‘ hosting with GoDaddy, in a huff, a few months ago — given that I wasn’t in the mood to pay $108 for a Website that was basically inactive. Of course, I still held the domain name — just no hosting.
Now that I signed up with Yola, today, my basic $5/month service gives me FIVE (5) Websites with Yola. That was why I went with them. Main priority was Teischan’s Website. GoDaddy hosting was coming up for renewal on the 24th of this month and I wanted her Website up and running, without interruption, before that. She has had an active Website EVERY DAY of her life. How many folks can claim that?
Did that this afternoon. While messing with her DNS records I also updated the ‘Pup’ DNS records as well. Tonight, actually this morning, around mid-night I wanted a break. Writing about Pope John XXIII and Tsar Boris III. Heavy and heady stuff. So thought I would take a diversion and dash off a quick-and-dirty, singe-page Website to see how a 2nd directed (i.e., DNS at GoDaddy) site Yola will work. Worked quite well. I was pretty damn impressed and chuffed. 20 minutes is par for the course for a Website like that. As I said before they could do with my expertise on Healthcare.gov.
So, overall, kind of ‘pleased’ with Yola. They don’t give me a warm-and-fuzzy yet. Their support is VERY iffy. Shame that. Well, I still have 3 Website left with Yola. I might down the road upgrade to SILVER. 25 Websites for $9/month!
.by Anura Guruge
Remember 24-days ago I said I had it with GoDaddy screwing LOYAL existing customers like me?
In that post I also said I was going to look at template-based, cloud-publishing solutions so I can finally, after 12 years, get away from Microsoft FrontPage.
Having looked at Weebly, Wix and Yola I finally settled on Yola because their price was right (though you do get what you pay for).
For $4.17/month I can get 5 Websites — each with its own domain name (given that I already own these domains).
So for LESS THAN HALF what I pay a month to host ONE (1) Website I can publish and host FIVE (5). I am bit slow on the uptick but it only took me a few days to work out that it was a decent deal.
I spent a few minutes here and there, in my 3rd 11 pm to 1 am shift, looking through their tutorials.
Today at 2 pm I paid my monies (though I could have started with a free account) and started to build the above Website.
A few surprises. What I got was their most basic PAID service, bronze. So they kept on trying to get me to upgrade to Silver. That was annoying. Though they claim 24/7 Premium phone support — that appears to be pie in the sky! When you call it says ‘No Phone Support’! Nice.
I had to visit GoDaddy and edit DNS records — not something I enjoy doing since if you screw up you are in big trouble. Then you have to wait for the DNS records to be propagated.
But, by 4 pm I have a PUBLISHED, 3 page Website. It was quick and dirty. But, it was for a 7 year old. I just wanted it up since I first created this Website the NIGHT she was born. So she has had her own, working Website with pictures from the day she was born. I didn’t want to break that and I didn’t. Yes, I deleted the GoDaddy hosting BEFORE I updated the DNS record. I do know my way around. I have been creating Websites and teaching classes on Website design since 2002.
It is OK. It is the lack of phone support that bugs me — after they claim all over the place that they do.
It is possible that they are in trouble.
Now that I have 4 other Websites available, in this package, I will dash a couple more off over the next few weeks.