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Bringing Our Hosting Back To Earth May 23, 2009

Posted by ismywebsite in general.
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Hey everyone,

Well, I hate to not have much notice for something this major, and this has been in the works for quite some time, but just now it has been finalized. We will be dropping Galaxy Hosts as our service provider for Node 4.

I understand that many of you will probably want to know the reasons, and there are many. Here’s just a quick tour of the service we experienced from this company from various angles:

One thing could always be counted on. There would never be a consecutive string of 3 days without downtime. We did achieve a couple, and at least we haven’t dipped below 90% in average overall uptime. This was largely due to server crashes from a large server load, yet we offered many practical solutions that would help solve the problem. None were accepted.

How’s a major security hole, enabling anyone to gain the equivalent of root access? Well, in due fairness, they did fix it, eventually, after we pointed it out to them and gave them some guidance as well. For a company that’s been at this 2 years, they overall did not appear very competent in the area of server security and handling, and also refused to accept any help or suggestions, which would have really been mutually beneficial.

Unlimited bandwidth, quota, and features were mandatory, due to a cPanel glitch. Despite our being well within our limit of space used, they would not enable overselling to fix the glitch, despite our repeated requests to upgrade to an account with it enabled. It wouldn’t have been so bad if the Addon and Parked Domains did not default to zero, but alas they did so we had to move many users off for that very reason. Not impressed at all.

For the first week or so we were using them, support was excellent. They welcomed us to their hosting, and warmly greeted us. Finally, they realized we actually wanted to use the full extent of what they offered, and problems started to creep up. Before long, there wasn’t even a working support panel to communicate with them, and you couldn’t always be sure they even got your message.

Many of you will have personally experienced many of these problems, and many of them build on one another. We find this service is simply not of sufficient quality, and you as our clients deserve better. Lucky for you, it’s really not all that difficult to find a higher quality service. I could look just about anywhere.

What this means for every user on this node currently, is the following:

1) You should already be taking regular backups of your account, especially on an unreliable node such as this one. If you don’t know how to make backups, there is a tutorial in the ‘Tutorials’ section of your account. Be taking backups daily throughout this period. We can restore your account, and have plenty of hosting space, but we may not be able to restore any lost data.

2) For all users who have valid ads placed, we will be (hopefully) relocating your accounts to another node. I will be assembling a team of volunteers to assist with this. If you are interested, and you’ve submitted a volunteer application, then just reply to this blog post.

3) If all goes well, we will start transfering the accounts to our newest Node 7, which should be set up shortly. The transfer will happen through May 25th and 26th, and will only happen to accounts with valid ads placed. Nameservers will need to be updated if you have a domain. The new nameservers are as follows:


4) All remaining accounts on this server will be permanently gone on May 27th, or within a short period of time thereafter. If your account does not have valid ads placed, we offer no guarantees of any kind. All clients should have ads placed, and if you have difficulties with this, just ask and we will be glad to assist.



1. www.fes13.com - May 24, 2009

Nice information. Thanks sir.

2. Kristoffer - May 26, 2009


It’s nice to be informed. I’ve filled in the volunteers and I want to help moving accounts.

3. pvcsnathan - May 27, 2009

“All remaining accounts on this server will be permanently gone on May 27th, or within a short period of time thereafter.”
I gave more time and notice than this. You should consider letting your users know about this issue.

“I will be assembling a team of volunteers to assist with this.”
Your inability to handle the transfer of just one of my clients makes me doubt that this will be a smooth transition.

Here’s what I would do if I were in this situation: Make backups of all applicable accounts (and choose the “FTP” option to send it to the new server). Then I would have the company restore them since it only takes them a few seconds to do that (or if they have Master Reseller software installed skip the backups and ftp so you can restore them yourself through the “migration” section).

4. WMNetsrv.ismywebsite.com - May 27, 2009

But Sir,

I have been away for computer
I really wanted to have a backup.

But when i saw it, it’s down and i cant login.

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