New host coming soon (again).

By | July 12, 2012

This seems to be a recurring issue that I just can’t seem to shake, but I am hopeful this will be the last hosting change I will ever need to make again.  In March of 2011 I switched to a dedicated VPS to host this site since the shared hosting supplied by my domain-provider (1and1) just could not handle the resource requirements this site needed.  That provider was Directspace.net and, at the time, seemed to be the greatest transition this site could have gone through.  Unfortunately, I was wrong.

As you know, the site went offline for several months early this year.  This was because my VPS provider was hacked and the entire node my site rested on was completely deleted.  Of course, backups of this site went with it since they were stord with the VPS.  Directspace kept no backups of the nodes – lame.

At the time, I was extremely busy and could barely write anything, so trying to resurrect the site from a dated backup just depressed me.  I had to let some time go by so that I could actually miss having the site up-and-running to bring myself to make an effort.  I had all the static content, but was missing the database, which I assumed I had lost when a drive storing the last known download of it failed.  A little more digging turned one up my email, as I had a db snapshot configured to go to my Gmail account once a week.  I was back in business with that single snapshot…even if it was a little old.

Anyway, a little perusing over at LowEndBox.com turned up a good deal on a VPS plan provided by ChicagoVPS.net.  Using the promo code NY2, I got a VPS with the following specs:

  • 2048MB Dedicated Ram
  • 50GB Diskspace
  • 2TB Bandwidth
  • 100Mbps Port
  • 2x IPv4 Address
  • SolusVM/OpenVZ
  • Free Uptime Monitoring
  • $7.00/Month ($3.50 1st Month)
  • Buffalo, NY location

All of this is pretty much the same, or better, than what I currently have for $1 extra per month.  You see, since having DirectSpace completely lose this site once, I have had repeatedly had the site go down for various host-related reasons and I’ve had it with them.  I’ve had them restore my other site with a 2-day-old backup without any notification, losing two days worth of posts, long (12+ hours) of downtime due to hardware issues, and just the past couple of days they were having routing issues causing complete connection loss.  None of these things appear to be monitored at all as I’ve been the one to initiate the trouble tickets to get them back online.

I will set things up under a test domain instead of just doing a flat move this time so that the transition seems as transparent as possible.  I just hope this truly is the last time I have to do it.

4 thoughts on “New host coming soon (again).

  1. William

    Are you sure about that $7.00 a month? Looking at the site the pricing I am seeing for the package you described is $24.95 a month with the promo code giving $3.50 off the first month.

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    1. Jon Post author

      Positive…it shows $7.00 as my monthly recurring charge in the client area. It is a promotion available only for the locations shown on LowEndBox.com. They have other data center locations that do not have this offering.

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  2. Jon Post author

    Thanks! I have successfully moved my other site, CheapCritic.com to the new host and all looks good. DNS propagated sometime last night and is running on the ChicagoVPS system like a champ. As easy as that was, I may have this one over in the next few days.

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