Everleap customer story Q&A with Pete Wlodkowski of AmateurGolf.com

Michael PhillipsThis is an excerpt, the entire Q&A with Pete, as well as more customer stories, are available on our site.

Founded in 2000, AmateurGolf.com is a website created for avid golfers who aren’t pros, connecting them to the pulse of the competitive amateur game. The site’s main focus is its directory of golf tournaments, a database of around 2,000 events per year. We recently chatted with founder Pete Wlodkowski to learn more about the site and his move to Everleap.

Everleap: Thanks for talking with us Pete. First off, could you tell us a little more about yourself and your professional background?

Pete Wlodkowski: I came to the business from a technology sales and marketing background. While I’m a non-techie and not a programmer, I got experience in the tech world working with a few different organizations, including a software company. It was here that I learned about websites, how they operate and how customers use them.

How did you come to start AmateurGolf.com?

I have had a life-long love of golf. I took my professional experience with me in my shift towards being an entrepreneur, combining my two passions into a career.

Tell us more about the site and what you hope to accomplish with it.

The site is the number one information resource and toolkit for competitive amateur players. It’s a portal for avid core golfers. There are many other sites that serve the professional circuit and the PGA, covering players like Woods and Fowler. Our site is strictly for amateur players. Golf is like surfing, tennis, cycling, running – you participate your whole life. Our site is similar to sites like active.com and surf.com. We provide tournament news, player rankings, and equipment/course reviews, but the heart of the site is the directory of golf tournaments. We have approximately 2,000 per year in our constantly changing database. We do really well in SEO and dominate knowledge for insiders – they know when they land they’re at the right site.

How did you initially handle the hosting of your site?

In the past, we tried a virtual environment during the infancy of cloud. We decided that it wasn’t quite what we needed and decided to stick with a dedicated server.

What prompted the shift to cloud hosting, and more specifically, to Everleap?

We had outgrown our dedicated environment and decided that a change was in order. It was important for me to talk to someone and Takeshi was the guy. I felt comfortable technically and financially to make the move. I also liked that you are California based, and I got a good feel surfing around your site – seemed well-built and responsive with the right message. I felt you were a good alternative to AWS and Azure cloud services and someone like Go Daddy on the lower end with no bells and whistles.

How has the experience been so far?

Moving to Everleap was the easiest of the three site moves we have done. It was so easy to get up and running. Being a tech guy, I also like the solid state drives, reliability, and no down time. If we’re down, we lose money.

Now we have better performance at a lower price. I didn’t make the change to save money, but was pleased that we were. We now have the right size plan for us, but we also know we could scale if needed. I like that there is no long-term contract, even though I have no plans to leave anytime soon.

All in all, Everleap has done it right and I have recommended you to others.

What do you see in the future for AmateurGolf.com?

As the site grows, we need to keep improving. We’ve done a complete redo of the site 2-3 times. We plan on making some substantial changes to the back end of our site soon, and it’s nice to know that the hosting solution is built to scale.

We’re really glad to hear about your experience with our hosting platform. Thanks for taking the time to chat with us today Pete.

My pleasure. I read the customer stories when doing my research on you and I’m thrilled to be a part of one now.

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