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«Welcome to Matrix, Mr. Aragorn»

First thing one discovers after the vacation has ended, is how much is to do. A hell of work, usually. And the changes happened to your beloved Matrix, or wherever one choose to live in.

My absence and silence on the Net comes to its another end. And the first task a blogger should care about is how to announce his or her posts on the Net. Crossposting is the answer.

Oh yes, it's an evil. Not the Evil, but an evil nonetheless. A mortal sin of duplicate content, that is. I won't argue whether posting short announces to a multitude of Net services (blogs, microblogs etc) is good. But it helped to notify quite a number of people about what's new. Oh yes, there's RSS, mighty and elegant. But not everyone's using it. There are still services to post your announces to such social monsters like Facebook. E.g., Twitterfeed. But all such services are either pathetic and unreliable (Twitterfeed still can't post automatically, it misses new entries now and then) — or expensive and unreliable. During this year the empire of crossposting lost three powerful kings. Let's mourn them.

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Gift vs. Discount

...is human

To gift is human, just as to err is.

I am quite serious. To share, to give away, to gift is very human. Just as to thank in any other way, even if most people forget to say «thank you» in most situations.

I will not deny the obvious, I have received quite a number of gift servers (VPSes, for example) since the moment VPS Seer started to exist. And I have never thought these gifts were meant to influence my conclusions, the tone and style of my reviews, whatever. People knowing me are aware that no gift can change my conclusions. Whatever it could be, it simply isn't worth the lost reputation.

Once again. I do not doubt the people having given me hosting resources just wished to express their gratitude. Just as I offer free hosting to a number of projects I deem interesting, without even the slightest intent to influence those people's opinion about me. I give just because it's human and I can.

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To be, or not to be: no support is best support

NoSupportVPSHosting logo

Good support is...

...dead support, perhaps. I do not assume we are talking about dreams of vengeful customer that gets actually no support when he assumes to have one. The examples are many. Search on a popular hosting forum for something like «bad support» and you will get thousands of threads.

No, I am speaking about companies that build their business model on limited or virtually absent support.

If you wish to see examples, visit No Support Linux Hosting or 10gi.gs. Both are solid, reliable Web hosters with good reputation.

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VPS as a high-risk hosting

JaguarPC

What's a good hoster?

True friends are those who stay with you in a time of need.

True hosters are those who do everything possible to keep you as a customer. First of all, of course, by keeping high uptime and preventing disasters.

It grieves me to say a server hosting some of JaguarPC's VPSes went down on 30-th of September, 2012. Today, almost 17 days after that moment, the situation isn't fully handled. You can read further on this WHT thread, and on JaguarPC forum as well. I sympathize with everyone, hoster included. Hardware will eventually break down. The scale of disaster can't be predicted in most cases, even though the first traits of the upcoming failure should have been seen long before.

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MediaTemple: a calm and friendly air envelops you...

MediaTemple, logo et al.

(mt) greets you with a friendly nod

A calm and friendly air envelops you, as you proceed beyond the temple's door. «May I help you?», asks a smiling monk, clad in bright robes, stepping forward towards you.

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A challenge of uptime, or Who would stay longer than Amazon?

AWS logo

Uptime or no uptime, that is the question

Boasting of higher uptime is kind of, politely speaking, battle of egos. However, in this give case the uptime and ability to stay available (i.e., no connectivity interruption) is what I expect from hosting providers.

Personally, I continue moving my resources onto cloud servers/VPS or similar type of hosting wherever possible, and, wherever available, choose SSD-powered hosting.

For obvious reasons, I suppose.

My current VM at Blue Light Host, where this very blog is hosted, is up for 94 days, with no global connectivity interruptions within that interval.

My VM at AWS (Amazon Web Services), where I host my Subversion repositories, is up for 281 days — as well, no connectivity interruptions.

It grieves me to say no other hosting provider I tested so far can't offer uptime history of that length. The previous provider for my sites, Joe's Data Center, had once more than 300 days of uptime (and unless maintenance works be scheduled, that could last longer).

Could you name any hosting provider that can offer the uptime for the services matching or more than those mentioned?

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"Martian #1 Choice In Web Hosting"

There's a hosting provider. I won't tell its name right now (if you are even somewhat curious, you will easily find it on this post) — I have performed some due diligence and looks like that's a good host. But that's not the point at the moment.

The point is whether there should be some limit, beyond which no marketeer's tricks should ever extend. When I opened that host's page yesterday, I saw a screen with this slogan (click on it, if you wish, to see it in full size):

No1 screen

Yes, that's true, I reside in Russian Federation. Geolocation works fine, my congratulations. A bold statement, however. I have contacted the host's Support immediately and they confirmed they do not offer support in Russian. To be honest, I expected something like that. Shall I explain why this host cannot be the mentioned #1 in Russian Federation?

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Do you need a VPS?

Sisyphus

VPS as a magic wand

Do you really need a VPS for your hosting needs?

The more posts I see on hosting forums — posts that can all be titled «I have a VPS — now what?!» — the more I think people consider a VPS (cloud server, dedicated server — all of them) kind of a magic wand. Just move your sites over a VPS, and all sorts of wonders happen. Sites will become quicker, more popular and so on and so forth.

However, I know several rules I follow sternly, rules that have never failed. One of them: «The better is a foe of the good». If you are satisfied with your current shared hosting (the one most of us start with), if site's stable, data are not lost, uptime is acceptable — do not move. If it works, don't fix it.

OK, something isn't satisfying you on the shared hosting. Try investigating what it is. Perhaps your site requires some clean-up? Perhaps you need a system administrator, a Web designer — an expert that can handle your problems without changing the hosting provider?

If you are still sure the VPS can be the optimal choice, read below things that you might not know about VPS (and its mentioned kins) first.

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Evixo.com: "We are always connected"

Evixo

There's a simple way to know a person better: to talk under informal circumstances. This is why I used to like literary conferences: the writers, whose books you like to read, can be talked to.

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Mark your bench

Every user, sooner or later, starts to consider the performance of the hosting plan planned to be bought.

Myself, beyond reading first many reports and reviews (when they are) or outright experimenting (when the hoster is little known), did my own benchmarking.

This is what I am doing now for every VPS I used and use and the conclusion is this: there are no tests, benchmarks, anything measurable in digits, that could 100% correlate with how happy you will be with the hosting plan you'll get.

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