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Reasons to Switch

No, not from PC to Mac (although that is what I'm doing at work - yay MacBook!).

I'm in the process of switching web hosts, I'm doing it slowly so I don't break anyones site, especially cmpriest  's. There are two reasons for this, one is site uptime.

Since July 28th, 2004 (when I started collecting stats on this), there have been 143 outages, most of them minor, and the total uptime has averaged 98.598%

Not bad. Not great, my new host guarantees 99.9% uptime, but not bad. In fact the reason it's lower than I'd like will become apparent when I show you the next table:

YearOutagesUptime
20073492.906%

YearMonthOutagesUptimeDowntime
2007March2185.795%14.205%
2007February795.238%4.762%
2007January695.935%4.065%

March? Oh my dear god. That's one outage a day, and we're talking long outages here too. Several hours sometimes. The same goes for the last few months - long unexplained outages, for which they claim ignorance.

FuitadNet used to be good, but since they were bought out it has been a rough ride, and I hung on because they had actually got a lot better, but these last few months have been the last straw. It's not that it effects me, it effects the people I host, and that is not good enough.

Which brings me to the second reason - support. A perfect illustration of the difference between my new host and FNet is this: when I transfered the two domains I have with FNet it took them nearly a week to get back to me, and sort it out effectively.. When I had a small setup issue with the new host - a couple of hours.. and it was fixed then. They guarantee a response in 6hrs or less.

Good riddance, because they aren't who I signed up with several years ago.

Thought for the day: There is more money being spent on breast implants and Viagra today than on Alzheimer's research. This means that by 2040, there should be a large elderly population with perky boobs and huge erections and absolutely no recollection of what to do with them.

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darkcryst
23rd Mar, 2007 16:37 (UTC)
No problem :)

1 - http://www.siteuptime.com - it's free for one site, but they have a more fully featured pay service that has more options and greater tracking ability. I'm only on the free one - which checks ever 30mins. Good enough for now, and as all my sites are on the same server.. I just need to track one really.

2 - PolurNet are my new guys. They are rated #1 (sometimes #2) in most web hosting sites like webhostingjury.com. I'm already pretty happy with them, and I've not used them that much yet! I take that as a good sign.

I have a reseller account with them, but they do a wide variety of accounts for everyone. Plus at a good price.
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