I've been having a problem with Angelfire for more than a year now and I've finally decided to do something about it.
When I first signed up with Angelfire I went with their free plan since I really didn't know how serious I was about building a website. The URL they gave me was a subdirectory of Angelfire. That was fine until I decided to get serious about my site and buy a domain. I was pretty happy until I discovered that Angelfire still had me registered with them under my original Angelfire subdomain URL.
I now have two URLs for my site and I can't get rid of the Angelfire subdomain URL. You can get to my home page using my domain URL or using the Angelfire URL. If you get to my home page or any other page using my domain URL, and click on a link to anotherpage on my site, the old Angelfire URL shows up in the address bar.
When I asked Angelfire to delete the old Angelfire subdomain they said they couldn't, that I was stuck with it.
As you can imagine this to URL thing creates problems. The biggest problem so far is that my site is mistaken for a kind of doorway page or as a directory page to other websites. It's really problematic sometimes when I try to arrange link exchanges or join affiliate programs. They think I'm running some kind of a scam, and in today's internet environment, why shouldn't they?
I really think it's cheap and unfair of Angelfire to stick me like this. I'm surprised they are content to let a customer of theirs go through these problems because they basically don't want to change something on their end. I can't understand why they don't just delete my old Angelfire URL.
Anyway now I'm looking for a web host and I've narrowed it down to Lunarpages, Blue host, iPowerWeb and maybe a couple others.
I like Lunarpages because they have pretty fast ping and tracerts, and most importantly ,they will take care of moving my site from Angelfire over to them.
There are way too many web hosts out there to properly gauge them all. I'm going to try to limit my shopping time to a day or two if I can.
I am not sure about help with moving your site, but you may find other free services that may be a good fit for you.
Actually, I'm done with free services. I'm not looking for free services. I just feel a good experience turned sour when Angelfire decided to make life difficult for me y not deleting my old URL. They must have known the problems it would cause me.
It's wrong and it cost them a good customer.
Last edited by anon-e-mouse; 09-07-2006 at 05:48 AM.
Are you using a php script or something that has the script path defined to your old subdomain? I know nothing about Angelfire, but it seeems to me like there must be a workaround. Anyway, iPowerWeb are quite good, but maybe you should take a look at freehostia (http://freehostia.com) - they have a free plan with some limitations (no SMTP, 500KB file size limit) - not that good if you want to runa professional site, but I like hosts where you can test the service for free (even with limitations) to see what you will be getting for your money and to test everything and make sure your scripts work fine on their servers etc.
I don't know about a php script or something that has the script path defined to my old subdomain. If it's an issue Angelfire hasn't told me about it.
I don't expect much from them now. They've also started running banner ads in my (online) HTML editor (Webshell). The ads were a real pain. They interrupted my copy paste and other tasks and caused me to lose work.
I asked them to stop serving those ads in my webshell and they denied flatly serving ads in the webshell. They told me to update and run my antivirus if you can believe it.
I sent them the source code of my Webshell which clearly showed the code for the ads embedded in the source code for the webshell and guess what? They never got back to me. I sent them the source code again a few weeks later and again asked them to stop serving ads in my webshell and they never replied to me.
As for freehostia I have to say am overwhelmed by the free stuff you get. I have a domain name and I could not see whether they do transfers or not.
If I were starting out again I would start with freehostia.
I think their free plan, good as it is, might be a little limited for my purposes.
But thanks for the tip about the php and my discovery of freehostia!
You are welcome. By the sound of it, you shouldn't stay with Angelfire anymore, clearly they are not reliable at all. As to freehostia - their free plan is limited indeed, I just gave them as an example of a good approach to customers - they let you test yourself their service - with limitations of course - befor eyou get to pay for it.
Anyway, I hope you have more luck with your new host, because if I were in your shoes I would be more than pissed already