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  1. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I’m pretty much fed up with my host. A few weeks ago they changed my static IP address after two years of leaving it alone (and two years of fantastic service.) Now, I’m not a complete idiot; I know that changing the IP address has nothing to do with anything. I just find it interesting that this marks the very spot that the bad service started. Since that time, my site has been down at least once per day, usually as a result of server overload (sounds like they consolidated two servers.) Today, however, I noticed that MySQL was showing no database. That’s right: my site doesn’t even exist anymore. Thankfully, I backup every two or three days, so I thought this would be a piece of cake to resolve. I first tried to simply upload the backup, but got an error message about the tables being wrong or something. That’s when I tried to open phpMyAdmin to have a look at said tables. I got an error that the password was wrong. Then I went back to MySQL and tried to manually create a new database and upload my database information to the new one. That didn’t work either, as MySQL wouldn’t create a new database. I thought, “Hmm, sounds like MySQL is down.? I hopped over to the server status page and found a green light beside MySQL (using cPanel; it’s kind of dummy-proof.) “All is not lost? I tell myself, trying desperately to avoid depression. I decided to write my host a friendly little letter.

    This is where I find myself. It’s like I’m stuck between a rock and a hard place. I want my site to stay up for my readers, but the site isn’t up consistently with this host. So, I decide to switch hosts, but that puts it down temporarily, too. What do I do? Just now I noticed that MySQL actually recognizes my database again (magic!) But this is bound to happen again. I’m not switching hosts just because of a month of bad luck; I’m a more loyal customer than that. That was the purpose of the letter I wrote them. I thought I would give them a chance to respond before moving forward. However, I think I know where all this is leading, hence this post. What hosts are you guys using, which ones would you recommend I steer clear of, which ones are WordPress-friendly, etcetera?

    Thanks! (And thanks for listening; I really had to get that off my chest.)
    Jonathan

    PS: For the newbies: backup everything at least once a week, in case you find yourself in my shoes!

  2. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've heard rumors that Dreamhost is not a good option, and I've heard that Freshly Pressed is a great one. Any others?

  3. hbalagh
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I can always send you to my host company that i run ;)

  4. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Put up a link; I'm leaving no stone unturned! I got a letter back from my host just now with an apology about the situation. They told me they "installed a MySQL monitoring system to prevent this problem in the future." Whatever.

  5. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    jonlandrum: I also have the feeling that DH is not a decent option, and it's beginning to look like BlueHost has a few wonkinesses as well.

    I highly recommmend http://below10host.com. They're fairly small, which is a major selling point for me and others I know. They are super responsive. Only little caveat: they are apparently moving to php-as-cgi in toto in the next while; now I personally haven't had any problems running wp or any other php/perl scripts under this setup, and I remain extremely happy with them. I've moved all my sites (personal as well as ones I manage) to them, and have picked up a reseller account (which I'm really not touting - I truthfully do NOT want to resell!)

    There are however many many options. Google is your friend....

  6. hbalagh
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

  7. sguler
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I transfered my site from zeeblo (free hosting service with Cpanel) to dreamhost about 1 month ago, and I'm not happy at all as I'm with Zeeblo.. Zeeblo had Cpanel, fast servers, great support and almost instant activation...however, Dreamhost didnt approve my account instantly (took 7 days to be approved) and it really made me sick, they even haven't got a phone number to call and also their servers aren't fast enough (however I might be wrong)..But Everyone recommend HostGator, maybe you should give them a try, or you can try Yahoo Web Hosting (Reliable)..
    If you want to look at my site (to try DreamHost servers ;) ), just click: Racing Videos

  8. j0d
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://anxt.net/services/ is a cheap hosting service that i'm with, uptime is 99.9% ,servers are fast an if you have any problem they're willing ot help with anything.

  9. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 10 years ago #

    DreamHost are the cause of a LOT of posts to these forums.

  10. sguler
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    "DreamHost are the cause of a LOT of posts to these forums."
    I agree..

  11. moshu
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://LinkSky.com - In the fifth year with them, never any big problem, every WP feature (permalinks, trackbacks etc.) always working after each upgrade. Very fast and excellent support.

  12. dmagus
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    vkaryl,

    I also have the feeling that DH is not a decent option, and it's beginning to look like BlueHost has a few wonkinesses as well.

    What do you mean by "wonkiness"? Care to share? I was thinking about changing to them from Yahoo.

  13. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    What about that Laughing Squid company? They're a little pricy, but being small they would probably have much better customer service. I don't care how much storage comes with the package; I've got a 200 meg package and have 187 unused megs. It's bandwidth, reliability, and customer service that I'm looking for.

  14. vkaryl
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    sguler: if you use a google site search here (since the localized search is such a pile of you-know-what), you'll find several threads with info regarding Bluehost and things that are very wrong there.

  15. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Yeah, I'm with you vkaryl; the WP site search could stand a revamp. If they'd make the site using their own software then they'd have a bangin' search engine already, but that's a rant for a different thread.

  16. sguler
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    google for site:wordpress.org/support "dreamhost"
    and google for site:wordpress.org/support "bluehost"
    which one gives more results??

  17. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    :o) I got one result for dreamhost when I removed the "/support/". Nada on bluehost.

  18. msadventures
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    http://www.westhost.com/package-compare.html

    That one actually includes WordPress! I don't use them, but I've been thinking about switching one of my sites over there to them, because for whatever reason, I can NOT get WP to work on this one particular site of mine.

  19. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Has anyone tried Text Drive? I noticed that ALA is using them; and they specifically mention that their servers are "...Perfect for running all major systems based on PHP, Perl, Python, Clearsilver and Ruby...", even listing WordPress among a few other example platforms (listed second under TextPattern; wha?) So there shouldn't be any griping from them about bloggers taking up too many resources (something I've heard about Dreamhost.)

  20. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    msadventures, the only thing I don't like about West Host is it's virtual hosting. I want the assurance that the person I am contacting actually has something to do with fixing my problems. Although, 125 Gigs of transfer and 10,000 Megs of space is a whole lot of sugar for a dime (or, in this case, $18.95)

  21. Jonathan Landrum
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    You know, Text Drive is looking very appealing. I think I might have found my perfect host. (By the way, I typed this in Word to ensure proper punctuation and spelling, and the software just told me that “Text Drive? is a street name. *snicker*)

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