I learned my lesson with budget hosting. I still have time left on my prepaid budget hosting account-but have decided it's definitely time to move my site. Support is non existant, and I am beginning to get nervous that the host I am with now may be going under. I'm not here to trash that host, or even complain about them as much as remind folks who may be shopping for a host rigt now that there is more to a host than a small monthly fee and huge, oversold specs you are not likely to ever use anyway.
You get what you pay for, and I have come to the conclusion I would rather pay a bit more per month to have my small community site hosted with another company, than worry if my site will be up and my present host will be in business this time next month.. I have been investigating more expensive, but likely more reliable hosts, and am seriously considering Liquid Web. They are more than twice the monthly cost, but I'm betting I will sleep better at night hosting with them.
A quick search on this site has lead me to believe they have a decent reputation in this business. After perusing their website, I do indeed like the fact they own their own data centers, and have their own, on-site technical support. To the folks that host with them-are you happy with them?
Well, I learned my lesson with budget hosting. I still have time left on my prepaid budget hosting account-but have decided it's definitely time to move my site...
Actually, having time left on your old account isn't really a bad thing. It will give you time to get your new site set up and running...this is especially good if you have a fair number of scripts and databases to port.
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Like one of the above posts mentions. I never cease to be amazed at people wanting hosting for next-to-nothing. I've seen people on here looking for "good speed, dependable support, etc." for the price of one coffee at Starbucks!
The above post was right. In context $8-$10 is a couple of packs of smokes, a couple of drinks in a bar, one fill-up with gas for a lawn mower...
I often wonder what the people who make those posts are thinking and what purchases they make regularly that are over $10 without even thinking of it...BUT when it comes to a web site they expect the world for about the cost of a gallon of gas or a gallon of milk
As to the OP, cheers for you,. Far from being foolish you are learning and not bitter or bashing...just looking for better
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Thanks everyone for the feedback-I take backups frequently, and lately have been taking them daily.
SH-Giles-you are absolutely correct in that I can easily spend "the difference" in price on a couple of beers at the local watering hole. My site is just a small community, I'm not making my living off it-but just the same it's important to me and the folks who visit it; is it logical to think top notch tech support and hosting can be purchased for cheap money?