Monday: 22.March.2004

New Web-Hosting Provider

Been thinking of moving the site to a different web hosting provider. I've been with Communitech since day 1 (June, 2000). About a year ago, they were bought by Interland, and the server was physically moved from Kansas City to Atlanta.

I like the Interland support group; they're very professional. But it seems like I've been having a lot of problems. I mean, I *never* had to submit a support ticket with Communitech. Not one in 3 years. With Interland tho, I've submitted 30 or 40 in the last year alone. Usually this is because Apache goes down, and needs to be reset. But I shouldn't have to call and tell them Apache is down. They should know before me.

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For the last few months, I've also been having trouble with their Reporting features, which they haven't been able to resolve, which is why I haven't been able to post any site usage stats lately. I must've submitted a dozen tickets on that problem alone. So something isn't right. I just want the site to work, without having to submit support tickets all the time .. like it used to be with CT.

I'm looking at going with Blue Virtual. Far as I can tell, they are highly-rated. (Interland is rated poorly.) These are the guys (I think) who used to work for Communitech, before their company was bought by Interland. Now I pay ~US$25/month for 350-MB of space and unlimited bandwidth (the site uses ~15-GB/month.). Blue Virtual offers 400-MB and 40-GB bandwidth for $15/month. Their prices and features sound almost to good to be true.

But BV uses Linux (Red Hat), which I don't think is as secure as CT's Solaris server operating system. CT also uses a server from Sun Microsystems, whereas BV uses a cheaper box, similar to something you might use for your home box. But if the site is having problems, it doesn't matter *what* kind of box they're running.

My biggest concern is that I'll have to spend a lot of time re-configuring the site, such as re-installing the Moveable Type blogging software, and the Forum software, which involves setting up MySQL permissions. Would I lose all 3,000 posts?

I'd probably have to create new sub-domains, such as ghost.radified.com for the various guides. Not to mention re-do'ing all the email accounts. Feel like I'm caught between a rock and a hard place. Might just have to bite the bullet on this one.





Posted by Rad at March 22, 2004 10:46 PM

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