Travel Dreams: Why 8 Women Dream Left Media Temple and Moved to BlueHost

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Catherine Hughes

Director of the 8 Women Dream Project at 8 Women Dream
Catherine’s dream is to make 8 Women Dream the premier online publication for women looking to pursue their dreams. She is a published author, a freelance writer, and a guide for those who want their dreams to come true online. Catherine would someday like to be invited to speak at TED about her observations about her 8WD project inviting women to take a chance on their dreams. Wine was required... Catherine posts on Sunday evenings and fills in dream stories as needed. If you aren't sure how to comment on this story, click here.

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Why 8 Women Dream Left Media Temple and Moved to BlueHostSometimes dream travel does require that you move everything you own.

My favorite joke to friends who move around a lot has always been, “Why don’t you just travel more? Then you don’t have to pack your entire house every time you want to experience something new.”

This week 8 Women Dream moved to a new web hosting provider: BlueHost.

You might not think of this as a travel-related subject, but moving a website to a new web hosting provider has many of the same qualities of travel: the quest for adventure and a new perspective — along with the need to change things that are no longer working.

Except moving a huge website is very much like moving your home to another country.

To make your dream to have a top blog come true you will need to understand the nuances involved in running an online publication, which includes how well your site performs for visitors and search engines.

In order to be a success you will need to forge business partnerships that are willing to grow with you. Who you choose to host your website is one of the most important partnerships in your online success formula.

From the very beginning 8 Women Dream was hosted with Media Temple, but I cannot say with all honesty that they took care of us very well, or even acted like we mattered as a valued customer. And hosting with them was anything but cheap.

Sometimes when some tech companies get to a certain size they begin to believe their own pr and feel that customers don’t know how great they have it, and if they leave they will soon be back, so “good luck with that” they laugh.

As someone who used to make a living as the liaison between software engineers and the end user, I was always fighting for what the end user needed. Without the end user, you have nothing — I don’t care how great you think your widget is.  Apple is a great example of how this relationship can work to the benefit of all.

When 8 Women Dream grew 5 times its size in less than a year, we transferred the site to a Media Temple dedicated server in the hopes that the site speed would improve, along with the down time. I have to say that the move to the new “location” created more hassles than solved problems — at a greater expense.  Moving in real life can go this way too.

We tried to work things out with Media Temple, but no one seemed to care what was happening with 8 Women Dream. The load times were driving me nuts.

I know our loyal readers hated it too.

It was during one of these frustrating times that I helped fellow dreamer, Andrea Teggart set up her Polish My Crown blog on BlueHost. I needed to contact BH online support for help with some steps and their customer support ended up completely blowing me away.

Fellow dreamer, Heather and I continued to shop web hosting providers, but kept coming back to the support BlueHost offered online — and how it was way above and beyond what they needed to do.

Sometimes people come into your dream life for a reason, and maybe Andi came to write for 8 Women Dream just to teach me where to take 8 Women Dream so that we could move the site upward to the next level of success.

See … even seasoned dreamers hesitate in the face of good.

Last week when 8 Women Dream maxed out the memory on the MT dedicated server, Heather and I came to the conclusion that it was just time to make the change. Time to leap. Time to move my dream forward. Time to take a risk.

So we up and moved 8 Women Dream to BlueHost on Thursday evening. This morning (on a Saturday!) I received an email from BlueHost tech support that they had fixed a database file for us (without us initiating it) and advised us to update some other files with instructions on how to do it.

Have I died and gone to heaven?

I had to forward the email to Heather because I was so shocked and impressed. Now that’s what I call partnering with a company that will help you be a success.

In risking something new, based on a gut feeling, 8 Women Dream was immediately rewarded for making a change.

Sometimes you out-grow things as your dream gets bigger. You may outgrow negative friends, relationships that are stale, old ways of hurting yourself, and old ways of thinking that never moved your life forward. If you are willing to let go of what isn’t loving and kind and open to the new and positive, you may find your dreamers trail a friendly, exciting place to be.

Just like those tech companies who think you don’t know how good you had it and will be back, some people in your life will judge how much you’ve changed and believe that you will get over yourself soon and go back to being the person they could influence with their negativity. They probably won’t like the new you, and they won’t offer much in the way of  dream support — just like Media Temple.

But you must be willing to continue traveling down your dream path anyway, even if it requires big changes — like a move.

Life is too short to spend pleasing others at your own detriment.

Take a risk this week.  Do something in your best dream interest.

Thank you BlueHost for reminding me of this.


  • I’m very disappointed to read that you don’t feel you received adequate service from (mt)! My colleague is attempting to get in contact so that we may listen to your feedback & get some insight as to where you think we went wrong. It sounds to me like a managed hosting solution might be what you’re looking for. 
    On a side note, it seems that your wp-supercache is broken. If you view source on your homepage, you’ll see an error message and proposed fix. No matter what host you end up with, I recommend addressing that issue- it will greatly improve your sites performance.
    I hope that we can get in touch soon. Good luck with your travels- online and off!
    -(mt) Sara

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  • 8WomenDream

    Moving an entire website takes dream guts!