[TriLUG] RE: recommendations for virtual hosting
Sat, 1 Dec 2001 06:56:43 -0500
Thank you for all of the recommendations. I am comfortable with
virtual hosting based on all the comments.
The most surprising comment was the negative Mindspring
recommendation. I too have had reason to lower my regard for
Mindspring ever since the Earthlink takeover. I almost got ripped
off on my DSL connection. They surprised me by granting my wishes
at the last minute (got a $99 rebate for the DSL modem). I
threatened to go to the Attorney General with deceptive advertising
charges. I also emailed Gary Betty (CEO) who actually resonded (or
maybe it was his secretary who prints his email :-D). The
Mindspring $20/mn for 10MB is a rip. (Big != Better).
There was a favorable recommendation for cphosting.com which seems
to be located in India. That comment readjusted my thinking to a
more global scale.
I think for an on-line brochure for a small business in larval
stages, rates of $2-$5/mn are quite reasonable.
It also appears that having advertised phone support is no guarantee
that problems will be resolved quickly or to your satisfaction.
Seeing a Unix/Linux advertisement is a good endorsement in my
opinion (see cphosting who advertises RedHat)
I checked out CIHost.com based on the very negative recommendation.
The first blurb my eyes fell on was "insanely low prices" :-D.
Their marketing hype is way over the top compared to competitors.
Possible rule: service is inversely proportional to marketing hype.
One tool that I found is located at http://www.webhostdir.com/. It
helps by allowing quick comparison of plans - and there are many.
We should all be accustomed to that from years of exposure to
wireline long distance plans. I am disappointed that the web hosts
are not offering a pair of walkie-talkies to switch to their
I am investigating www.cphosting.com and
http://www.averdata.com/host.htm because of their rock bottom
pricing, Unix/Linux affliliation, marketing hype control, and gut
feeling. I have launched "test" requests for response to their
support@ email addresses. The timer is ticking. The benchmark to
beat is domains.yahoo.com response time of 12+ hours.