My Inhospitable Host
In these frustrating times, I decided that it was worth it to spend a little money to try to keep at least something normal. I rushed to design this new blog before taking at least a short vacation on my spring break.
I’ve had a love/hate relationship with the hosting company where visibledarkness.com currently resides. I liked the low price of one2host but there have been some really distracting outages for the last year and half or so that I’ve used them. They were okay for the first year, though it was disconcerting that their site and the e-mails I received from them were written with language and spelling at about the sixth-grade level. When this last problem occurred, support was totally inaccessible. After I splurged on an ipowerweb domain that costs twice as much, one2host finally contacted me.
As is typical, I got two replies which contradict each other. The complaint lodged with tech support informed me that my hosting had lapsed, and I needed to pay them again—that is why my domain is down. According to my records I’m paid up through August. The last-ditch complaint I filed with the sales department (before I heard from tech support) prompted the response (dated about 12 hours ago) that visibledarkness.com should be back online within 24 hours.
We’ll see. This new domain has a lot more server-side goodies, and it if proves to be more reliable I hope to eventually move everything over here and change the DNS. I’ll let you know. I refuse to risk any more content to the old host. I’ll be placing any new posts here. Hopefully, I can do a full import of the 2.0 blog to this site in a little while (if it ever comes back online). This address is safe to link.
I own the name visibledarkness.com until 2007 and I don’t plan on surrendering it. It’s just a matter of sorting out where it lives.