Why I picked Lyrical Host when I went self-hosted

Self-Hosting Made Easy with Lyrical Host - Honestly Holly
Self-Hosting Made Easy with Lyrical Host - Honestly Holly
Self-Hosting Made Easy with Lyrical Host - Honestly Holly

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HOW I WENT SELF HOSTED AND WHY I WENT WITH LYRICAL HOST

 

When choosing to go self-hosted, I did a lot of research. I’m a nerd, and I studied hard. The internet, blogs, social media groups – they’re all saturated with affiliate programmes. Lyrical Host was the clearly winner, in my eyes.

For disclosure, I am a member of the Lyrical Host affiliate programme. Should you choose to sign up for hosting with Lyrical Host using my links or referral codes, I will be paid commission, which I will also be grateful for. Though I have a vested interest in bringing people into the Lyrical Host fold, I truly love their service and know no one will ever regret choosing them! Using my links won’t cost you any more – in fact you’ll actually get a discount on going direct!

The ethos of my blog is Honesty. Honestly, I would recommend Lyrical Host to anyone looking for a tailored package, with great customer service, super easy navigation and endless support. I see them as the boutique bridal shop on your high street vs the massive overpriced mall down the road. Quality, personalisation, and supporting a local business rather than fuelling consumerisation and the slave trade.

I am the wrong side of 30 (just). My technical capabilities are okay but they’re not my forte. I just knew that I would need a lot of help. The thought of migrating from Blogger to WordPress! It just melted my mind!

There are cheaper hosting companies out there, but I cannot believe you’d find one with better customer service. It’s the same as flying economy, business or first class. Your plane goes to the same place. It does the same things. It’s just the more expensive service is better!

With web hosting, I think it’s the same sentiment. However, I can actually afford 1st class with hosting!

Any questions are answered in minutes. Either on the phone, Facebook chat, or through the support system in the client portal. You’ll never wait long for help with Lyrical Host.

If you’re looking to move and considering Lyrical Host, pop onto their website or their Facebook page and try the live chat option with one of the team. They’re super friendly and always so helpful!

There’s a few areas that are vital to decide on when picking your host and your plan.

Technical

If you’re not a tech person like me, you may feel a bit lost in all the jargon. Basically, what you need to know is Lyrical Host’s autoscaling means that in the busiest internetting times (yes, I know that’s not a word), it’ll move your host through the back end resources and servers to ensure that your website stays live, fast and reliable, so your visitors don’t get antsy.

Lyrical Host only offer 100% SSD web space. This means the web space is held on a driver with no moving parts (expensive hardware stuff). That means less wear and tear, much less chance of anything deteriorating and there being any issues behind the scenes. It also means the servers, and therefore your sites, can work a lot harder, a lot faster and with a lot less risk.

Lyrical Host business card

Lyrical Host have amazing firewall software so your site is constantly scanned and protected. I once had someone try and attack my site (I mean, why?! What am I doing that they want to take me down?!). Lyrical Host got straight in there. They held my site, fought off the hackers, and had me back in action in minutes. I didn’t even know it happened!

There’s so much more, that you can find here on their technologies page, if you’re after more info. You can also pop onto the messenger and they’ll explain anything you don’t understand. Unless you’re like me and happy to live in ignorant bliss!

Payment

A lot of hosting programmes will advertise at being £x per month. Then you go through the rigmarole of filling out all the forms, trying to sign your life away only to discover they want a whole year upfront, plus domain purchase, admin costs, all sorts.

If you’re just starting out with your site, you probably can’t afford that. Whether you’re setting up a blog for fun, or a website for your new business venture, keeping costs to a minimum is vital. With Lyrical Host, you can spread the cost evenly and the upfront costs are less than you’d spend on lunch with a friend.

All the added extras that you absolutely need but are then charged through the roof for by some hosting services? They’re all included with your monthly cost with Lyrical Host. SSL certificates, email accounts (mine is hello@honestlyholly23.com)

 

Billing

I started my site mid month but I get paid on the last working day of the month. To keep all my finances tidy, I arrange for all my scheduled monthly outgoings to come out of my account on the 1st of the month. Lyrical Host were happy to change my date and my next bill pro-rata to ensure that I could keep organised, no questions asked!

All I paid up front was my yearly domain registration – to own honestlyholly23.com – and one month of fees. That is it. Literally. I paid less up front than I would for two cocktails in London. What an amazing feeling!

Migration

I started my blog on blogger.com, other people start on all sorts of platforms. For what I wanted to do (blog), WordPress is the best platform. Full migration to wordpress (or the platform you choose) is free in the service and so worth it. I literally would have NO idea what I’m doing.

All I had to do was pick a theme, book a slot with the team, give them my blogger login and off they went. Within an hour, my site was ready. They transferred all my old posts, logos, into my new theme and loaded it into my site. I got a message – www.honestlyholly23.com was live!

Ongoing Service

If I have a quick question – I pop onto Facebook chat and Jenni replies in seconds. No question is too silly. They’ll always answer, explain what you need and never be anything but lovely. For anything bigger or more technical, I raise a support ticket. Within a couple of hours, I’ll get a response either saying my issue is resolved or asking for more information. I’m not so good at explaining the technical problems!

Some hosting sites will literally just put your site on the internet and leave you to it. If you want general advice or want to learn more, they’ll charge you or tell you to buy tech support somewhere else. Lyrical Host will answer any questions, even if it’s about a plugin they have nothing to do with, just because they’re nice humans!

They’ll also champion you as a client. They keep up to date with your content, they interact on social media, they drop you a line and see how you’re doing. Lyrical Host actually care about you as a person, and your business. You’re not just a dime in the bank or a figure in their sales stats.

You also get access to the resource centre. Not only do you get the whole back catalogue, but you’ll also get new content monthly. This will range from posts on how to get started with WordPress, to free icons to download or blogging tips!

Basically, you can expect to be welcomed and loved from start to the end of time. Any problems you have, they’ll fix. Any questions you have, they’ll answer. Except maybe about the meaning of life, though I’m sure they would give it a try!

All of this can be yours, and with 10% off either by clicking my affiliate link here or entering the code “Honestly23” – at check out!

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Good luck!

Top 5 Meals in Cape Town

Top 5 Meals in Cape Town - Honestly Holly
Top 5 Meals in Cape Town - Honestly Holly
Top 5 Meals in Cape Town - Honestly Holly
Top 5 Meals in Cape Town - Honestly Holly

Our trip to Cape Town in April was overwhelming. We did so much that I can’t do it justice in one post! I’ll be breaking it down each week, with a highlight of each area. This week, it’s all about one of my favourite things….food!

As we were staying in self-catering apartments, we had to figure food every day. My partner lived in Cape Town for 18 years so she had a long list of places that she wanted to eat. Luckily, she also knew what a supermarket looked like, what products were good, and not to eat polony!

We had discussed and saved a long time and sorted our holiday budget so we could afford to eat happily whilst we were there. I was surprised to find that the supermarkets were about on par in price with UK supermarkets. The average household income in the UK is around £27,000 and in South Africa it is around £10,000. So for food to be the same price, it’s the equivalent of a bag of microwave rice costing us between £3 and £5 on average.

Comparatively, the cost of eating out in Cape Town is a lot less than in London.  Which is great for us because the cost of stocking up the cupboards with all ingredients etc for cooking was heading towards more than eating out! Plus when you go out for dinner, no one has to do the washing up.

Thanks to our historical knowledge, research and recommendations from M’s friends, we had a great time eating our way round the city. My top 5 meals are here!

Spur

One of the first places we ate was Spur. Imagine TGI Friday’s with a native American theme… and a lot cheaper.

Spur Food

In the style of the true gluttons we are, we ordered a lot of different things. Spur’s nachos are infamous, so we had to have a big portion of those! We also had wings, calamari, fries and veg sides (very butter spinach and butternut squash). We didn’t manage to finish it, along with the cokes and beers we had, it was just too much. Including the tip it came to less than £25 and it kept us going all the rest of the day.

Salushi

The next place we hit up was Salushi, in Claremont. We’d gone on a tour of the suburbs, seeing where M lived and grew up and this was on her must-eat list. I have to say, I was definitely not disappointed. As we went during the day in the week, it was relatively quiet so we had our pick of outside tables.

Salushi Food

The waitresses were welcoming and funny. The food was beautifully presented and delicious. We ordered enough that we couldn’t finish it, despite having climbed around Kirstenbosch National Gardens for hours just before. Still our bill came to around £25 which was more than just a bargain! I’d definitely recommend the Bon Bons to eat, with an iced tea to cool you off in the heat!

Knife

After days of running ragged, M and I decided we needed some down time and a date night. We wanted to go out in the evening, for dinner and drinks, but the city centre isn’t really safe enough after dark for us to be doing that. Luckily, the area we stayed in, is super safe so we felt okay to wander about. So we stumbled upon Knife at the Marriot, and I’m so glad we did! Everything was wonderful.

Knife Food

The restaurant itself was beautiful, the waiters were fantastic and the food was heavenly. The cocktails were also a big hit! They have a partner restaurant, Fork, in the town centre which is more of a tapas vibe but this place was great for our date night. Including 2 courses, cocktails and a large tip, the bill came to around £80 for the two of us, which was the perfect end to the evening!

Cocktails at Knife Food Drink

Mozart On Church

When we were staying in the town centre, we decided on a day of museums and wandering, as a lot of the things were nearby each other. Obviously to survive a day of traipsing about, we need to fuel up! We pottered about and came across this beautiful little cage, Mozart on Church, nestled between antiques markets and buskers on Church Street. The coffee was delicious, the eggs were poached to perfection.

Made with love Food Drink

The buskers nearby weren’t going to win the X Factor any time soon but they were a nice background. A lot of Cape Town is super modern or commercialised but this place had a real laid back, beachy vibe. No rush for your order, no suited waiters, with plenty of hipster arty types wandering around.

Gatsby

Now, a Gatsby isn’t a specific restaurant or café, it’s Cape Town’s odd signature dish. For a city with the most wonderful mix of ethnicity, in Africa, based on the sea, I’d expected it to be something fresh and salad like with lots of spices. I think a LOT of Brits and Americans would love a Gatsby. It’s basically a massive long bread roll, filled with Malay spiced steak, chips, salad, cheese and sauce.

Gatsby Food

It’s essentially a heart attack in a bun and makes no sense with the country’s heritage but it’s GLORIOUS. One feeds at least 3 to 4 people and they come in about a fiver each. You’ll find them in “greasy spoon” type cafes or independent restaurants. The posh version any of the chain restaurants aren’t worth it at all! The food was glorious but I think, for me, the topping was the company. I was with M’s friends, the girls who love her most in the world, who had welcomed me into their homes and hearts with big open arms.

And the rest

There was SO much else to share in terms of food. We ate out every day, for convenience and cost mostly, but also because we’re on holiday and wanted to live without restrictions and have fun!

Here’s the run down of where else we went, all of which I would thoroughly recommend!

Rockpool – Sea Point. Popped in for brunch. Great food with great views!

Food Breakfast at Rockpool

The Galley – Fish Hoek. We went in with the intention of Fish & Chips in their takeaway but got drawn into a fancy fish kebab in their restaurant, whilst watching kids play in the waves of this secluded beach.

Food Fish kebab

LouLous – Green Point. This was a night out out for a friend’s birthday. Tapas and booze. The food was amazing and I wish we’d been there for an actual dinner and not to consume copious amounts of rum and gin. Also great party venue on a Saturday night if you’re looking for a little party but not a huge club!

Cape Town Fish Market – Century City. More Sushi! We just couldn’t help ourselves. I thought it was a bit bright on the lights but the sushi is made to order and totally on point. Great options for cheap wine that pairs amazingly, too!

Food Sushi for days

NowNow – Various locations. Imagine Subway with the quality of Waitrose and the health levels of Whole Foods. A touch pricier than some on-the-go places but still cheap, quick and delicious!

Braii – the best way to enjoy food in Cape Town is with the locals. Any South African will tell you the best way to cook is to Braii (BBQ)! It’s more complex than a Great British BBQ. You have to wait a long time. Plenty of beers and snacks are needed but the end result is SO worth it. South Africans really know how to season and fire their food!