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Experience online

My dears,

I hope you liked my last post about Stobi, the archeological site in Macedonia. I still have some other things about my trip to Balkans that I want to share, but today I want to write something different. At the beginning of this week I presented my new website and through comments and direct messages some of you asked me more about my experience with a self-hosted website. I answered quickly to each question, but I think it is good to go a bit more deep into the topic.

As I already explained my tech skills are on a very low level and for that reason I got help from experts, but why I chosen to “update” my blog? First of all with a real domain and now a WordPress one it is easy to be found by my readers. Of course I could do it just using WordPress, but to customize my blog I wanted something different from the limited themes offered by WordPress.

I needed a different solution and for that reason I asked for an alternative. SiteGround is actually the best way on the market, because it is an hosting for WordPress. This means that I can have more features and tools to improve my blog (I am working on it step by step) but using a system that I already know and that was my “mate” for 10 months. It is easier to prepare new pages but also to give a new dress to my blog and to connect my social networks.

When I subscribed to SiteGround I had the chance to find different plans, with various rates in order to arrange the service given to the real needs of the blogger. I am a beginner and my audience is not big, so I don’t need to pay for something that I can’t use. That is the first element that I noticed about the platform, but it is of course not the only one. There is an high level for the security of the blog, to prevent the violations.

The staff is well prepared and it gives answers quickly, with a support in different languages. It is also possible to export the blog from WordPress to SiteGround with a simple click and then everything is ready to work on the new image of the pages. Also, this is important for a blogger, helps to increase the visibility online thanks to the SG CachePress. The provide is a co-manager of the website and so guarantee high performances.

This means to be fast during surfing the web and to be helped in Seo to be found by people during their web searches. To recommend SiteGround it is also WordPress, so this also convinced me about the value of the self-hosting platform. Anyway it is not necessary to use WordPress, even if you have a blog with another provider you can get benefits from SiteGround.

You can use different plugins to improve the blog with other services as YouTube, Google Analytics and many others, but the staff is always ready to give you assistance for any needs, not only related to the usability of the platform, but regarding all the aspects. Of course for the implementation of this new form of my blog I had the help of Self-Host.org, but now I am moving by myself and I can ask to the SiteGround experts when I need some advices. Automatically the update of the plugins installed are made by the platform, so the blogger don’t have to do anything else or to worry about it.

Thanks to SiteGround centers in three continets the quality of the service is always high also during the connection. You can try it and if you are not satisfy you can be reimbursed. This is another guarantee, as there is in WordPress platform, that helps you to see if the service is useful or not and you will not loose the money. In case you already have your own domain you can just move it to SiteGround without anyproblems.

The last thing that I want to “discuss” is related about advertisements. Some of your messages were mentioning this part. Of course I like to grow with my blog, also because it means that people like what I write and share and this makes me happy, but this is for me a passion, increased since the beginning, and not my job. So my goal is write for you sharing my experience and opinion and not to become famous and rich (if this could be really possible for me as beginner).

I will not avoid some ads, this because I can maybe earn some money to cover the costs of the blog, of the domain and so on, but this blog will respect you, you are my goal and you are important and precious for me. I am still learning and trying to to better and better step by step, but always with you, my dear followers and readers, in my mind.


Booking flight and hotels

The number of platforms dedicated to travels are increasing, especially the ones that offers the way to find and buy plane tickets, holidays and hotel reservations. I have to say that they are useful, but are the deals convenient? Generally there are good rates offered, but if you compare them with the proposals present on the hotel websites you can be surprised with better prices or with some extra benefits as the free minibar with soft drinks, the complimentary transfer and so on.

Many hotels complain about the platforms because they are useful to support the different structures helping them to occupy all the rooms, but they ask for an high commission. Also some hotels are not present on those websites. It is then easy to establish a cooperation between the companies that are managing the travel and booking sites, so they can find the way to have a deal and give less advantages to customers.

The same problem happens with flights, when you search for a ticket you just compare thousands websites and meanwhile your reserch become part of the site data, so if you go back to the same page, you will see an higher price. This tricks are common and well known, but in last period Google started to offer a new service. You can directly directly on Google Flights about the connnection you need and the prices. I noticed in the past months that generally there are always the higher prices.

Today I red an article on The Scottish Sun that describes how the improved Google Flight app reveals to readers if the flight and hotel fares are a good deal or not. The journalist underline the opportunity that you have receiving the alerts from Google when the price decrease. With some graphics you can check how the rate goes and the app helps to recognize the best offers using the colours about “cold” and the “hot” fares.

The application works for flights and hotels and I have to say that the service provided is really better than the past, but I have still few doubts. For instance I saw that they also propose the best deals on business class, but of course the cheapest fares are referred to the connections with the stopover, so you need to stay around the world more time before to arrive at your destination.

Meanwhile I was reading the article and checking the new app it cames to my mind the Austrian Airlines promotion, started few years ago and not only one among the airline companies. With your economy ticket you can bid an upgrade to business class. You make an offer and if it will be accepted, according to the amount and the different bids received, they can decide if accept and let you travel in business class with a bit more than what you spent for the economy ticket.

We all know that to find the best deals we need to check the dates, try to change them, to try to change airport, to make the reservation in a specific day of the week and so on. I agree with all tricks, but since the algorithms are changing so fast, I generally keep always in mind these advices, but I always prefer compare the official websites of the hotels and of the airline companies, deleting the computer chronology step by step to non influence the sites and their results, with the different booking services.

How do you reserve your flights and hotel rooms?