It has been my experience when it comes to web-hosting you simply get what you pay for. This post comes on the heals of one of my ecommerce sites I started being down yet again today. The issues revolve around and around, seems like we rotate through them as the months go by. Email trouble this week, server disk full next week, random timeouts(hah, that one is normal), and sprinkle in the other odd one time issues and you get a picture what we go through. In my time with this particular host (about 8 months now) we have bit our toung and tried to give the guys the benefit of the doubt, but the last straw has finally come and we shall be switching. Who is the host? I’m not ready to say, because I get the impression they try to help, but it seems like the are just another budget host. See whenever I get a new host my expectations are always high, then with varying amounts of time my impression of them goes further down until finally I get fed up and switch. This has occurred enough times to me personally (and professionally) to simply lower my standards for these host. Now I will say the host I’m typing this post on is hostmonster.com. I can’t really complain about them, but I wouldn’t call hosting a blog mission critical either.
So what is the point of all this? Basically I’m complaining again about how crappy my current host is for my ecommerce site. What to do? When we started the site it was on a shoe string so we were looking to save where we could. Hosting was one place, now the site is definitely on it’s feet we are moving to a dedicated solution. So pony up a bit more for some decent hosting when you need the reliability.
Go figure, at the time of hitting the post button hostmonster went down for nearly 2 hours 0_0