On the move again

Sunday, November 19, 2006

After just moving my wine club‘s hosting from Netfirms to 8i a couple of weeks ago, I find myself moving once again, to GoDaddy. I have this blog hosted at GoDaddy, plus a few other domains and small sites, and I know that it works for WordPress and my other needs.

Unfortunately, although the performance was much better at 8i than Netfirms, I appear to have been put on a new server (which is why the performance was good, I suppose), but one that didn’t quite have all the bugs worked out yet. I now believe that they don’t have any WordPress blogs hosted on 8i, since I had to request that they open the outbound HTTP port to akismet.com, the site that handles blog spam for WordPress blogs, after I started getting nailed with a ton of blog comment spam — something that would have been requested by other WordPress users if there were any. Then on Friday, I noticed that I was getting no email through 8i, and my email to that address were bouncing, so by Saturday I decided to just pull the plug. Too bad, because they were quite responsive from a customer service standpoint (in spite of having no phone support), but I just don’t have the time to work out their bugs for them. Luckily, I had the foresight to pay only for a month at 8i, and the refund from Netfirms was enough to pay for that month plus my domain transfer back to DomainsAtCost.ca plus a year of hosting at GoDaddy. I’m sorry to be having to go to an American company for hosting, but after trying two local ones that appeared to have good reputations, I had no choice.

It’s been a frustrating couple of months, but I admit that I’ve learned quite a bit in the process, which is always good. Also, having the wine club site hosted by GoDaddy gives me a chance to try out their email as well as their site hosting, and consider moving my corporate site over there since it would be about 1/4 the price that it currently is at Yahoo — not a big cost in any case, but I don’t like paying more than I have to for a commodity service as long as the quality is comparable. I like the GoDaddy webmail (although not as much as Yahoo), and so far the spam filtering seems to be working just fine.

My next step, if everything looks good for the next week or so, is to finally get the wine club site up on WordPress instead of static HTML. That would allow me to update it from anywhere that I had internet access, not just my own computer like I do now with FrontPage, and I can have a clean design consistent with the blog design. I’m quite sure that there will be some amount of drama around that, so stay tuned. If you want to check out the test site in WordPress now, it’s at www.aws.ca/test.

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