Monday, November 13, 2006

Web hosting nightmares

I've had the worst luck with web hosting. I've been through four webhosts in four years and non of them were reliable. They were all recommended to me and what I've heard from my friends is that they usually have the same problems from other hosts so I've hesitated moving again b/c it's kind of a pain but I think I might have to.

Anyway, Steve from Movingpixels is looking into some other options for us and again my apologies for the downtime on the forum and I also am not getting any email.

On the bright side I've gotten some killer new books that I've been reading and so I'll post them up later.

:) Happy Monday!
DJ

38 comments:

Jillian Kay said...

thanks for keeping us updated, and for doing all you do to provide us with a really swell community. :)

Joel Flory Photography said...

bro, media temple can handle anything. i.e. starbucks, anything. http://www.mediatemple.net/

Anonymous said...

http://www.mediatemple.net

I second flory on them. They are really good.

Jose
http://www.mandojanaweddings.com

Jessica Messer said...

thanks DJ.... hoping OSP will be up again soon! Too bad, I guess I actually have to work now. :(

Anonymous said...

I third Media Temple! I was just about to recommend them to you but looks like I got beat to it! :)

OpenSourcePhoto said...

cool - thanks! They look great - I will get in touch with them too.

Erik Dungan said...

TextDrive or MediaTemple

-Matt said...

Powweb is pretty good. I've heard incredible things about Verve hosting and such...hope it all works out & gets up soon!

Neal Jacob Photography said...

WestHost - http://westhost.com

If I wasn't with BigFolio, then I would be hosting with Westhost.

I actually do use them for my personal stuff.

matt dunmore said...

powweb hosted my website for 2 weeks... it was down for like 12 of those days though...

I have used lunarpages.com for over a year now and have NO complaints yet. Just my two cents.

Ramiro said...

I miss OSP, thanx for doing all you do DJ to provide such a wonderful medium for sharing knowledge and making friendships.

Anonymous said...

I use iPowerWeb and rarely have problems with them. The longest my site has been down was like 12 hours or something, but overall they are pretty darn reliable, and the price is right.

Sorry to hear about your web hosting woes... I look forward to the forum being back up soon!

MacGeek said...

http://www.ipowerweb.com

Check out "I Power Web". They have competitive hosting plans and seem to have stable servers. I can remember only having downtime on 1 occasion.

-Chris (from photoplus NY)

BTY.... great website and even better Photography!

MacGeek said...

I guess meeksdigital and I have something in common.
I didnt see your post until I posted.

nate said...

Ahhh, OSP, the proverbial two-edged sword. So time consuming when it is up but so missed when it is down.

Anonymous said...

Dude - there is only one you need to look at. I PROMISE you they are rock solid with amazing support.

HTTPME

http://www.httpme.com

(I am flyingkipper on those forums)

Anonymous said...

"MacGeek said...

I guess meeksdigital and I have something in common.
I didnt see your post until I posted. "

Hah, better two than none! iPowerWeb does do a pretty darn good job... good to see someone else who uses them ;-)

-Matt said...

I'm really surprised you had trouble with Powweb, Matt. That's weird - I have had them for like .. probably 3-5 years! lol I've had maybe 7 days of TOTAL downtime (and I host about 8 sites with them).

weirdness! I have heard good things about ipowerweb too.

PatStein said...

David,
Yes, thanks for this community.!

Akamai is one business that is able to"withstand the crush of daily requests for rich, dynamic, and interactive content, transactions, and applications." ect.
(I designed GUI for them in a former "life/job". Nice people.)
http://www.akamai.com/

Check it out, it may be like fixing a loose nail with a sledge hammer, but with the size of your forum it be be the right fit.

Also, check out this forum.
http://webhostingtalk.com/

trobison said...

Pair networks has been incredibly good to me. (pair.com)

PatStein said...

BTW,
Web host talk's forum is powered by a company called Rackspace.

http://www.rackspace.com/

They'd probably know what works. hee hee
:-)

OpenSourcePhoto said...

cool - the thing that usually gets us is the forum. With so many awesome people on there it requires a lot of "resources" (whatever that means) from the server so the average server can get overloaded and that's why I had it on an account that should've been able to handle it but aparently not.

I'm gonna see what Steve suggests and then I'll look into media temple and some of the others.

Thanks again for all your input! You all are the greatest!

:)
DJ

Ben Vigil said...

Hi DJ,

There are only two that I recommend. The first is FutureQuest.net out of Florida. There's some serious brainpower under their roof and the reliability is as stellar as any host I have seen. Never seen a bad word about them (aside from price gripes) which I cannot say about any other host, even the ones mentioned in this thread.

The other option is hosting your own server with Rackspace (I currently manage a server there -- not ONE day of downtime in four years) or with The Planet (I have my personal server with them).

What are your requirements?

Anonymous said...

Sounds good DJ.. Don't forget to check out this thread - http://www.httpme.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=30723 - they have a nice VPS server for about $125 a month which is ROCK solid. I have one myself :)

Even if you don't go with the above, always check if they have a forum where you can see real customers talking about the services provided.

Lastly, you can also try on webhostingtalk.com for advice or to search for the names provided by other people.

DJ - your last videos on workflow were wonderful so nice to get the info via e-mail... thanks!

flyingkipper (on httpme forums)

Eric Hegwer said...
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Eric Hegwer said...

DJ - I use Dreamhost for BanquetBuzz, and have never had a days problem. Tons of bandwidth, and lots of 'services'.

Check 'em out!

-Matt said...

I know how to fix what's wrong this time. I just don't have rights...again. lol

M

OpenSourcePhoto said...

I don't have email right now so if you've tried to email me - sorry. :(

Post your message here.

Albumesque said...

Is OSP gone for good:(

Anonymous said...

That was me:)

Amy

-Matt said...

HECK NO

DJ
login to
http://www.opensourcephoto.net/admin.php

make me a super-admin instead of a regular admin. I'll fix it from there if you haven't gotten it.

it's in the SQL toolbox.

Anonymous said...

Hi DJ,
maybe we should think about a cold standby server for OSP. Since i have plenty of free resources on my webservers, i can offer this to you almost for free.
I am registered at OSP under the Nick JuMayr. Please contact me when you are interested in.
Yours
Juergen

Neal Jacob Photography said...

Hey, how do we get access to the chat room?

Craig Molway said...

I had the same problem this week with my hosting company. I had to move from globat.com after they refused to own up to their server problems that was causing my website and blog to launch into a death spiral. After a week of puling out my hair, I finally got everything moved over (I think) to another hosting company. I am now using Godaddy but time will tell if they are reputable...

Good luck with the move--the world is not the same without OSP!

Jon said...

Re: amount of resources the forum consumes, could you not let people upload photos and get them to link from somewhere else (e.g. photobucket, flickr)

This might save you a hell of a lot of space / bandwidth / whatever it is that's gone.

Lisa said...

I second
http://westhost.com

sorry you haven't been getting your email due to all of this(and us:)

I hate that!
and thanks for helping keep us all connected!

Abby said...

Hey DJ,

Yikes! Sorry to hear about all of your web troubles. I hope the forum is back up soon. I'm going through withdrawals!

CoztheGrov said...

I am a tech consultant by day, wannabe photog at night, but I would recommend RACKSPACE hands down. They are customer service fanatics. read their agreements, its amazing. When any of my clients have a significant web hosting need I send them there. They can own the servers or you can. www.rackspace.com

If you want the forums up and your store online, I would only recommend a host who is skilled and experienced at maintaining transactional business websites.