Don’t you just love it when you get a nice (I define nice as more than $ 100) and unexpected class action settlement check in the mail? Happens to me every once in a while. Got one the other day. $ 123.80. Not huge, but during a deep recession like the one we’re in now, every dollar has significant value.
The reason for the restitution payment: The web hosting company Alabanza moved their datacenter to a new location, which resulted in significant interruptions for web hosting clients. For more on this particular class action suit, visit www.alabanzamigrationsettlement.com.
I was an Alabanza reseller for many years, via LinuxWebHost.com. The service was OK, but the uptime was disappointing. Eventually, I had developed so many websites that it made sense for me to get my own dedicated server, and that’s what I did. I actually use two dedicated servers now: one that hosts my not-so-critical sites, and another with GoDaddy.
I’ve been impressed with the GoDaddy server. Uptime is excellent, and I really like using the Plesk control panel. I pay a little over $ 300 per month, and that includes daily backups, access to 24/7 phone support — which is excellent — and all kinds of extras like server monitoring, security services, emergency services and patching services. It’s very reassuring when you know that you can call up support at 3:00am and there’ll be a highly qualified, knowledgeable and patient support professional on the other end who’s ready to stay on the phone with you until the problem is solve (I use VOIP to for long distance calls, so I don’t worry about long-distance toll charges.) There have been times when an issue couldn’t be fixed right away, but whenever they’ve had to escalate one of my support tickets to a higher level, they’ve always fixed the problem within 24 hours. They’ve never dropped the ball, and that means a whole lot when you make your living with websites.
News – July 9, 2009: Just found a coupon code for GoDaddy dedicated servers. Use coupon code fbServer15 to get 15% off your dedicated or virtual dedicated server order. This coupon expires on July 23, 2009. Enjoy!
News – July 19, 2009: GoDaddy just release a new code for dedicated servers. The new code is fbfServ15; gets you 15% off your dedicated or virtual dedicated server order. Expires on August 2, 2009. Enjoy!