An alternative look at life in the Land of the Rising Sun, coming from its southernmost prefecture, the island of Okinawa.
Posted By Dave on July 8th, 2014


Those who have known me a while will know that I just about kept my body shape in control (mainly in Okinawa through sweating generally due to the heat and humidity) or because of walking so much with my car dying.  It definitely wasn’t due to exercise though!  But after a couple of months of being back in England […]


I’m Writing Again, and with Bluehost Website Hosting

Posted By Dave on June 18th, 2013

It’s been a while, but I’m back on here.  I know I keep promising I’ll write more often but money motivates, and having just spent money on another 3 years of hosting and the domain name, I’d better make use of it!

It all came around last month when Fatcow.com, my previous hosting company, told me that my 2 year lease was almost up on website hosting, and that at the start of July my site would be taken down unless I got a new hosting package.  “No problem” thought I, until I read that they were wanting to charge me over $200 for 2 years of hosting and one year of my current domain name.  Wasn’t happy with that one bit so decided to start looking for alternatives.

I looked at self-hosting from my little Raspberry Pi microcomputer.  Could have been possible (and I think I will still look into the possibility of it in the next few weeks), but I’ve read when you start adding a few scripts and plugins to a WordPress site, it can slow it down.  This page doesn’t pull in visitors in the millions, but on rare occasions it does get a little traffic.  But it wasn’t looking like a good option.

I then thought I should just let the site die a death, as I hadn’t been updating it much in the last few months.  Had quite a few people telling me I should keep it going, but with car tax, the 2-yearly car inspection (shaken), an expensive computer-based test I had to take etc, it was looking like a lot of money.

Then, surprisingly yesterday, a call from the Kobe Kanagawa Eye Clinic changed my mind.  After discussing how my eyes had been progressing over the past few months (very well, but more on that later), the guy I spoke to once again thanked me for the testimonial I’d written about.  He told me that someone had contacted the clinic after reading my article on LASIK it had encouraged them to contact the clinic and start the procedure.  It was strange, but that little thing made me think that I should keep the site going.  Maybe between my inane ramblings I can help one or two people out sometime with this site.  And that alone makes it worth keeping.

But not at $260 for 2 years of hosting and domain name!  So I headed off to look for other hosting companies and one that kept coming up again and again was Bluehost.  They had good prices, and a lot of good reviews online.  So I decided to bite the bullet and go for 3 years of hosting with them and get my domain hosting done by GoDaddy.  The transfer of website and database has been surprisingly simple (which I’m sure means it’s not worked and everything is going to go offline very soon!) and setting everything up couldn’t have been easier.

But the money’s spent so I’ll have to get every single penny’s worth out of it!  Expect lots of writing to come soon…

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