I am so displeased with Microsoft at the moment. For the last couple of years, I've used their website hosting service. The price was great. I never had an issue. I get an email yesterday that they’re discontinuing the service I use, turning it into some kind of Office related mess and jacking up the price by about 600%.
They can keep their overpriced mess as far as I'm concerned. I'm leaving, of course. However, this has presented a couple of problems.
Hosting is a lot more expensive now than it was when I first set up my website. Seriously, ouch. Every company I've looked at charges about $10 a month after their introductory offers expire. That's fine and dandy if you're setting up a storefront, but my website is basically a showroom for my books. I make $0 through the site directly.
I’ve found a couple of free hosting services, but I’m not loving them. I will probably continue looking around.
I have a plan for the moment. It's a pain in the ass, but I think I can make it work. I'm taking my domain name with me by transferring to godaddy. I'm going to link it to this blog and basically turn the blog into my website. That might actually work better in at least one way.
When I first set up my website, I wanted to feed the blog into one of the pages. I wasn't able to do it. If the website moves to the blog, that won't be an issue. Everything will be all close and snuggly.
There is one other problem, however. I've been setting up my blog tour stops using the email address that goes with the website. Once I move on out of Microsoft, that inbox will be no more. That means I'm going to have to notify all the people I've been talking of the new email address and hope no wires get crossed in the process.
I'm working I'm transferring everything this week, so you might see some craziness and new pages popping up in the blog in the next week or so.