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Jörgen Andersson21-Jan-21 21:28
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DerekT-P22-Jan-21 11:38
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Here (UK) most hosting is far too cheap. I've used a variety of hosts; they all started absolutely brilliantly, bending over backwards to help, great communications. Once they grow (on the back of good reviews) they have too many clients for the number of support staff they can afford. Service levels plummet, and any sense of being "valued" as a customer goes out of the window.
I had one who, when my client hit the contracted max database size, just deleted the database. (No "would you like to upgrade", no warning). Just came in one morning, no database. And this on a system where we were charging (significant) real money for a real service. Another one "upgraded" the database, again without warning. My (another) client's app went down. I detected (very quickly) they'd switched from MySql to MariaDB. "It's just the new name" they lied. "It's 100% compatible" they lied. Fortunately the app changes weren't great on that occasion, but the site was down for most of a day. This week another host had a problem with their disk storage. After 4 hours downtime, they restored from backup - overwriting the original disk. This was on a RAID setup, the point of which is to mitigate against corruption! Had they restored to a NEW disk, we might have stood a chance of recovering the day's data. Instead my client had to pay 5 staff to re-enter a day's transactions, working until gone midnight and starting again at 7am.
All of these hosts were charging under £5/month ($6USD) and at that price, they can afford to take maybe a 2-minute support call from a client a month. Even if the last incident had restored to a new disk, it wouldn't have been worth it for them to take the time to try and restore one client's data.
So my view now is that, if there is any value at all in the sites you're hosting, it's pointless going with "budget" shared hosting. (All the hosting choices above were my clients', by the way, looking to get "good value".) Am now looking for a reasonable VPS hosting environment (so at least they won't "upgrade" databases / security software etc) but primary consideration is tech support: Are they available, will they actively engage during incidents, and do they have the tech knowledge, authority and even just plain interest to actually do anything when needed?
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