I Hate My Hosting Company

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MyInkBlog was down again today for about 2 or 3 hours. That’s not all that bad in the big scheme of things, but it’s happened at least 5 times in the last two months. I don’t want to go out of my way to bash my hosting company, but I can’t help but be annoyed.

This site is hosted through a company called StartLogic. When my two year agreement is completed (or at this rate, maybe sooner), I’m going to give another hosting company a try. Granted they have everything I need for my current site and at a price of $5.95/mo., that’s not too shabby, but the downtime is flat-out killing me!

The main reason for this post, other than to get out some frustration, is to ask my readers for some advice. I’m going to put in my research, but who do you go through for your hosting? What are your experiences? Drop me a comment below, I would really appreciate it. Thanks!

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Andrew is a primary contributer for MyInkBlog. He is a full time web developer for Niagara University. When he's not working there, he's a blogger, twitter'er, wordpress'er, silverstripe advocate, blessed father and husband.

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  • http://www.cosmeticseo.com Jeffrey

    If you’re willing to learn some cursory system administration, which I find to be a really valuable tool, try out a VPS. You can find a pretty good one from an established company for around $40/mo. They’ll usually give you better support if necessary as you are not a regular customer at this point. Best of luck.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Hi Jeffrey,

    Thanks for the response! I’ll look into VPS, It’s definitely something I want to learn more about. It seems that the main perk is better reliability, but that price is much too high for me at this point.

    Thanks and keep the suggestions coming.

  • http://veblogs.com/ steve

    Free blog hosting usually provide default templates, interfaces and add-on features for its clients. However, if you intend to make money with blogging and prefer to improve the blog site using a variety of features, a free blog hosting will not be able to provide you with unlimited features.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Hi Steve,

    Thanks for the comment! I definitely like the cost of free blog hosting, but I wouldn’t be able to deal with the limited features. With the amount of time I put into this site, it’s nice to get a couple dollars back through the ads. However, the most important thing to me is the flexibility of designing my site. I need my files to be open-source so that I can set up my site how I want to.

  • Lee

    Try webhostingbuzz. They have some killer deals customer support is top notch and they have killer packages.. Also Hostgator is good. Check um out….

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    I love the conversation this topic has stirred up. Thanks for the tips Lee, I will definitely give both of them a look!

  • Tarains

    Hey, what about creating a top x favourite free brush sets list (like the font one)? That would be awesome! :)

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Hi Tarains,

    Good idea! Look for that to come in the next couple weeks. Right now I’m working on a three part series on mocking up and designing a header and navigation for a website. The first part of that series should be out real soon!

  • http://www.instanthumour.com Gautam Pai

    If you’re looking for a cheap but reliable one for a small blog, ixWebhosting is the best i guess. I’ve been with them for 2 years without any problem as such. There have been minor sluggishness in page loads but never have my sites had any major downtimes.

    If your traffic is beyond 15,000 to 20,000 uniques per day then go for mediatemple. Their grid server plan handles more or less anything you throw at it. Now that my traffic is growing at a rapid pace i’m planning to shift to (mt) from ixwebhosting

    If your blog has got traffic below 15,000 to 20,000 uniques per day go for ixWebhosting else go for mediatemple.

  • http://www.myinkblog.com Andrew Houle

    Really good advice, thanks Guatam!

  • Jason

    Dreamhost. Two years and never had my site go down when I had hosting through them.

  • http://webhostingbuzzcouponcode.com Webhostingbuzz Coupon

    Hi there, thanks for posting interested post. As far for my experience, the most reliable web hosting is Hostgator.. Even thought I like others hosting too, but Hostgator still in the top of my list for quality and stable hosting.

  • http://www.HostArkansas.com LJ
  • RUGRLN

    And I would think pay services never had these problems, I used to get it a lot from free services…just gave up…lol

  • http://www.webhostingsearch.com Eva Vesper

    Yeah, I sometimes hate my own hosting company. And I work for a hosting review site so we hear all sorts of complaints on both sides of the aisle. The only thing I can say is to try to develop a relationship with your provider so if things go wrong, you have someone to contact quickly.

  • http://www.surveillance-camera.com/forum/member.php?u=690 Fumiko Lace

    yea nice Work :D