11. September 2007 20:48
After a fairly long run with WebHost4Life, I finally got tired of them constantly messing stuff up and have mostly completed a move to Re-Invent. It was a toss-up between them and DiscountASP, but Re-Invent is celebrating their 8th year anniversary and offering hosting packages that are just too good to pass up. Plus, I was going to try to use SQL Server Express, but just couldn't figure out how to work it in a hosting environment for Community Server so I really wanted a SQL Server 2005 database available. So far I've found they don't offer quite as many features as WebHost4Life and things aren't quite as automated, but the price is better and they seem to be on top of the latest Microsoft stuff, already offering features like Silverlight and .NET Framework 3.0 features. We'll see how it goes. It's a shame about WebHost4Life as they were awesome when I first signed up. But the last couple years have seen them steadily go downhill in the expertise and timeliness of their tech support. Also, I've been having lots of issues with performance, to which their answer is to keep changing servers every couple months and inevitably stuff doesn't get migrated properly. I've also had issues with them installing fixes or making changes that break stuff and they never even tell you they are doing it, much less make sure they didn't break something. So I'm just getting tired of it. I know these shared hosting accounts don't make them much money, but that's not my problem. It's a commodity market and there are plenty of hosts, so buck up and provide the best service and you'll keep customers, which is how these companies make money in the long run.