If you’re the sort of person whose eyes glaze at the very mention of “disk space” and you’re positively snoring into your dinner at the thought of mySQL databases, you might want to stop reading now. Our apologies for the tedium … rest assured we’ll be back to our bubbly sparkling selves tomorrow [ahem].
Now, for those of you still with us … I’m still in a pickle about a new web host. As many of you will know I had every intention of moving to a new host last week, signed up for an account and everything, and then they proceeded to just totally mess up. The transfer didn’t happen, the support team clearly didn’t know what they were doing, and before you could say I’mindeepdoodoo our YT had done a 180° turn and decided not to switch to the new host after all.
So here we are, back at square one, which isn’t such a terrible spot to be in since this current host is pretty reliable most of the time and – to their credit – they offer excellent support. The problem is that they have lagged behind other web hosts significantly in the last while in terms of disk space and bandwidth, and it is starting to cost me a small fortune [well, a few extra bucks a month] to keep up with my current bandwidth needs.
Meanwhile, other web hosts out there are starting to offer massive amounts of diskspace and sometimes unlimited bandwidth for approximately the same price as I’m paying now. I know they’re out there, and a few names have been whispered into my little virtual ear lately, including Dreamhost and GoDaddy. I know there are others; thing is, I want to be sure their reliability and support are up to standard, because those are the two absolute essentials in a good web host – something in the neighbourhood of 99.99 percent uptime and a 20-minute turnaround on support tickets. And it wouldn’t hurt if they cost around 10 bucks a month, or less.
So I’d love it if you would share your web hosting experiences in the comments below – which web host you use, are you satisfied/dissatisfied with them, and why.
REALLY NASTY WIND, AND COLD
It was lovely this morning, sunny and calm, everything just delightfully benign. Then just past noon the wind started picking up and by late afternoon it was miserable out there. A little earlier I decided to take my nasty cough out to the store and then to a meeting, and when I came back home I had to bail on our plans for this evening – meeting up with our hiking group to look at photos from last year’s hike and plan this year’s. I’m still feeling really rough and couldn’t subject my poor lungs and throat to the cold. It’s -1°C [plus massive windchill, I’m sure] which is 30F, the sun came up at 8.45 and went down at 6.37 pm. And notice how I got through this entire post without once mentioning Doddsson.