June 5th, 2014
Because of growing performance problems on my lohrman.com site and larry at lohrman dot com email (which I talk to everyone on) I was forced to move the site and email server after 10 years of hosting the site in the same place (verio.com).
This move turned out to be extremely painful with a lot of swearing, on my part. I’ll spare you all the gory details, but in the end I discovered some great web companies. They are so fantastic I need to pass them on to everyone:
- Hover.com: I moved all my domains to Hover.com several years ago from godaddy.com after getting sick and tired of all the slime-ball marketing BS that goes on on Godaddy. Hover is a no nonsense straight forward place for domain hosting with awesome support. This last week I started to use Hover.com email servers. Just email and domain hosting, that’s all Hover.com does and they do it well! During the transition my larry at lohrman dot com mail was out for about 48 hours… sorry if this affected you. The outage was not due to Hover.com it was due to the crappy support at verio.com.
- SquareSpace.com: I’ve been aware of SquareSpace for a long time. In 2009 I was close to moving this blog to SquareSpace but ended up not moving it because of some technical problems. What I found is that in the last 5 years SquareSpace has really improved. SquareSpace now has:
- A bunch of great photographer site templates. I’m using the Momentum template for my lohrman.com site. It’s clear to me that this is an ideal real estate photographer site hosting company.
- Anyone can build their own website in a very short time. I built the new version of lohrman.com in about 30 minutes. You can customize any template to your hearts content.
- SquareSpace sites work on ALL devices, SmartPhones, tablets, laptops and desktops.
- SquareSpace reliability and performance is outstanding! Monitis.com shows this is the fastest website hosting I’ve ever measured!
- Monitis.com: This site gives you a way to monitor performance of a given site. This site allows you to get statistical insight into whether a site’s performance is degrading over time staying the same. This gives you data that’s difficult to get any other way. This monitoring convinced me to move the PFRE blog a year ago and demonstrated that where I had lohrman.com hosted was getting worse by the week.
In summary, I believe that I’ve pretty much recovered from my lohrman.com website and email server move. If anyone thinks I didn’t answer their email in the last week, please resend it. I apologize for any communication that I may have dropped during this mess. There may still be some links on the PhotographyForRealEstate.net that link to the old lohrman.com site, especially photos on posts a year or two old… I’ll be fixing those for the important older posts but may not fix them all because this blog has near 1800 posts.