I’ve decided to change my hosting company.
I am prepared for a lot of pain and suffering, but so far it’s going rather smoothly. This wasn’t some well thought out decision, but rather a fit of activity after becoming frustrated with the averageness of GoDaddy, my current host.
Finding a decent host is a real chore, and I came to this conclusion pretty soon the first time round. The internet is flooded with copy-cat hosting companies who are mostly resellers that buy bandwidth from real companies. Even their websites all look the same, with identical prices, identical features, and identical hidden setup fees. This makes me both weary and wary.
This is the internet so you’d think it would be easy to find a decent website with reviews of the companies. But no. Most of the companies have tied Google up in loops with their link farms. A search for ‘web host review‘ returns an immense number of fake review sites, each ranking the same hosting companies. It’s quite a sickening misuse of the internet. I shall refer to this collective as The Many.
I initially went with GoDaddy for a few reasons. The main was that I’d already used them to buy a domain name. Another company I was attempting to deal with were demanding I fax them my passport. I don’t think so. GoDaddy are big enough to be believable, didn’t want my blood as proof of existence, and already knew who I was. Great.
I should state that I’ve had no real problems with GoDaddy. Their uptime has been great, and their customer support has been fairly responsive, but there are a couple of reasons I got frustrated:
- You can’t host more than one website. Well, you can, but only using horrible wobbly htaccess hacks
- They use custom administration software that is slow, confusing, and downright obtuse
- You have to pay extra to get the server logs
- You have to put up with all the super-slick marketing
So I went host-hunting again. Somehow I stumbled across webhostingforum.com, which seems to be a real website that is not part of The Many. After a bit of digging I decided upon a company called Simpli Hosting. They’re a small Californian company that seem fresh and independent, and with a noticeable lack of trickery. The price was reasonable, they did everything I wanted, and the owner of the company responded personally to a question I asked. In fact, the owner runs a WordPress blog herself, which appears to be updated regularly with real-life happenings, and not just the giant advertising pitch that is Bob Parsons (owner of GoDaddy).
All this to say that I shall be transferring this blog over to the new host. There have been no problems so far, and hopefully the move should be transparent (although some comments may disappear and reappear at a different time).
Here’s hoping for good things from Simpli.