So here’s the scenario…
You’ve dotted all your ‘I’s and crossed every ‘t’. With one last click of the mouse, you’ve just wrapped up things with your last client and are ready to hit the beach for some fun in the sun. Just as you reach for some sunscreen and are heading out the door, your phone starts going crazy, alerting you to email notification after email notification from a panicked client.
You reluctantly sit back down and log in to see what’s going on. The inevitable just happened. The web host used for your client’s website is down. That’s pretty bad on its own, but to make things worse, you decided to go for the special bundle they were offering for hosting, email management, and domain name registration. This means not only is the host down but so is everything else.
Why Bundling Can be Dangerous
As they say, it’s generally not a great idea to put all your eggs in one basket. Likewise, bundling your web and email hosting services is a potential recipe for disaster. As we mentioned previously, if one service goes down, so does everything else.
Most deals and bundles are created to entice users, to make things seem more convenient and easy for them. I mean, why wouldn’t we want to jump on something that makes our lives more convenient? Simply because now that their service is down, everything you bundled is down with it. By bundling, you’ve actually made life harder, and less convenient for yourself. The complete opposite of what you were aiming for.
Divide & Conquer
Well, this situation isn’t going to resolve itself. I mean when the services come back online things will be better, but you know better now than to go for a bundle. It’s time to divide and conquer. It’s time to separate those services so you can avoid future headaches down the line. You now have to deal with the amazingly fun (we’re oozing sarcasm here) process of migrating all those emails to a different service.
If you’ve decided that you need a different email hosting service instead of web host, ChillyBin personally recommends Google Apps for Work and Office365. They have great uptime and make it easy to setup, manage and sort emails on the fly. They are also very affordable and easy on the wallet.
The Hostess with the Mostest
No service is going to have perfect 100% up-time. I mean companies do say 99% up-time for a reason. However, some web hosts are certainly better than others. If you’re looking to move to a more reliable web host, ChillyBin personally loves using WPEngine for all our WordPress hosting needs. They have a stellar performance on our client’s websites, and also work to improve loading times for sites hosted with them, boosting SEO significantly.
Use coupon code wpe3free for 20% off the first payment on Startup, Growth and Scale plans at WPEngine.
WPEngine is also fully managed, providing automated backups, website migration, and a slew of tools to help you get task done easily. So what do you think, is bundling a good or bad idea? Share your experiences and opinions in the comments below!