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I’m going to change hosts for SciFan as Interland is a bunch of braindead wazoos. Ok, I’m paying less than $50 a month and we’re talking about commodity shared hosting, but still, consider this to explain my use of profanity:
I realize there’s no such thing as 100% uptime, especially in the price range I’m at, but I can recognize a bloated company that’s not only unable to properly execute its acquisitions (I was an Innerhost customer until they were swallowed by Interland), but more importantly, doesn’t care.
After some due diligence, the host I’ll most likely migrate to is CrystalTech. At $87/mo, their "semi-dedicated advanced plan" looks a good compromise, as I’m fed up with overloaded shared hosts yet can’t justify spending $150+ per month for that site just yet. Semi-dedicated means there’s a limit of 50 customers per server, instead of hundreds on the cheapo shared accounts.
Any opinions on CrystalTech or alternatives are welcome. I need Windows 2003 to run ASP/ASP.NET, MS SQL Server 2000 (100MB), 30GB of bandwidth per month, and decent stats.
By the way, here’s a tip for Enterprise Manager users: if it takes you forever to log on to your database (or for that matter, just to retrieve the huge list of databases at your shared host), make sure to install at least SP2 (the latest is SP3a). Thanks to the competent guy who handled my pre-sales at CrystalTech, that’s another good point for you.
Let me wrap it up nicely for the education of search engine users:
There’s a reason why their churn is between 3.4% and 5.5% per month.
I'm CEO of an online trade publishing firm in the marketing and defense verticals. We try to make news and data digestible and useful in an environment that is more noisy each day. This personal blog mixes my thoughts and interests on politics, business, software, and more, based on my business and personal experiences. Over the years I have posted items that turned out spectacularly wrong, and a few posts that stood the test of times better. Personal views only.