How I Got My Free Domain Name June 18, 2010Posted by daglock in features, general.
Hello, my user name is Glock. Most of you know me. I just received my first domain almost completely from forum posts. after going through about a dozen other hosts I had doubts about it IsMyWebsite.
By using their support (mainly the chat room) I had my site up and running in no time. When I started posting on the forum I saw that my credits started to go higher and higher. Wanting a domain, I posted and was as active as possible. In my experience the more you post and the more active you are the more credits you will receive.
I do believe the system works. I now have 3000 credits from posting 500 posts and am awaiting my new domain. It’ll be online shortly here: http://battlefieldmax.com.
I really enjoy IsMyWebsite and plan to continue using them.
Top 10 Problems To Solve In June June 17, 2010Posted by ismywebsite in features, general, innovation.
1) Support Delays
My opinion is that 15 minutes is too long! It’s simple: The right people, the right attitude, and the right tools. We need all three.
2) Working Credit Store
People are pretty impatient. I get it. I think we have about three partially completed versions. Can someone finish it?
3) Better Upgrade System
This system could use a re-evaluation to determine if it’s still applicable or how to work things.
4) Use Of Sessions/Cookies
It’s right there ready to be implemented. I’m just hoping someone else will beat me to it, but it hasn’t happened yet.
5) 500 Internal Server Errors
These are nasty, but they stem from such a simple cause – incorrect default permissions on index.php.
6) cPanel Creation Failures
Yes they still happen from time to time (1% of accounts). We need a better creation script to bring this to 0%.
7) More Client Guidance
The steps to get an account set up should be clearly outlined and new clients should be kept in the loop if any action is required.
8) Advisor Improvements
The Advisor system is still quite incomplete. Timezone, resignation, and a solid OO back-end would be great!
9) Clearer Department Setup
It should be easy to understand who is responsible for what, so not just staff but anyone can know.
10) Better Bug System
So bugs are sent straight to development, who can track, credit, and fix them ASAP.
Reserve Your Seat Today July 7, 2008Posted by ismywebsite in features, innovation, insane, uptime.
Tags: 2.5 Ghz, 3323, addition, antony, bad, bandwidth, cgi, clients, company, continue, core2quad, cpanel, crissic, cron jobs, dedicated, delivery, dell, discount, enterprise, fantastico, features, finished\building, future, good, highest, hosting, improving, income, incredible, instructions, intel, ismywebs, long-term, mysql, news, node 8, offerings, perl, php, powerful, private, profits, quadcore, rails, relationship, reputable, review, ruby, ruby on rails, rv site builder, server, servers, skylar, solid, solutions, storage, top-notch, upgrade, virtual, vps, xeon
I’ve just talked to Skylar from Crissic Solutions, and I’ve got some good news and some bad news. First, the bad news:
“We cannot get your Core2Quad from Dell.”
Now, the good news:
“That means we upgrade you free to a Quadcore Xeon.”
Quadcore Xeons are exactly the same high-end servers originally promised to us by Antony. Of course, we only have one of them instead of 5, but this one is offered to us by a reputable company, with a solid delivery date of 2 weeks.
Here are all the features our server comes with:
Intel Xeon Quadcore 3323 (2.5Ghz)
4GB DDR2 RAM
500GB SATA II Hard Drive
2000GB Bandwidth on a 100MBPS full duplex line
4 IP addresses
If you look at the dedicated server offerings for Crissic Solutions, you’ll see the highest server as ‘Intel Enterprise’. This is a server not even typically offered by them. Just to give an impression of how powerful this server is, Skylar typically runs 20 VPSs (Virtual Private Servers) with just one of these servers. Skylar has mentioned that this server could run all, or nearly all, of our current accounts.
Because of our long-term relationship with their company, we are being offered an incredible discount for the server, however this is still a greater cost than our income. As most of you know, since I’m sure I’ve said this so many times, our earnings could be an estimated 9 times as high if everyone placed valid ads on their site. (We could afford 3 of these servers with that.) I think it’s only fair to provide our top-notch server to those clients who are doing their part to make sure we can continue hosting long into the future.
The conditions are not at all tough:
- Have finished building your website.
- Have placed proper valid ads on your website.
- Have submitted your website for review on our forums.
In addition, if you do the above, your account will be on the Improving stage with lots of extra features, 5 times the storage and bandwidth, Ruby on Rails*, and even more on top of what you already have.
Check your account’s ‘Hosting’ section for a new ‘Upgrade’ page. Websites on the Improving stage or higher will be moved ot the new server when it comes online.
What is happening to Node 8?
Node 8 will be moved to be hosted on the server, however it will still use the domain ismywebs.com. No new accounts will be allowed onto Node 8 in the future.
What do I do to upgrade?
You can just go to the ‘Hosting’ section of your account and click the ‘Upgrade’ button. Follow the instructions there.
How do I transfer to the new server?
Transfer will happen automatically once the new server is online. You earned it.
What happens to people not on the server?
Nothing at all. Your account will still have the same relative reliabiliy, and be subject to whatever company manages your node. With the server from Crissic, we will have more control over how it is set up and your accounts.
What will my domain of the new server be?
This server will use the domain ismywebsite.com. For those who use their node’s domain when advertising their site, it is good to get back into the practice of using yoursite.ismywebsite.com. This domain will almost always work to access the site.
What happens to new accounts registered now?
New accounts will still be created on one of the nodes. Once they meet the above requirements, they will move onto the big server. Empty accounts will be removed after 30 days, and accounts with content after 150. (I should think 5 months is more than enough time to complete the above.) Once you are on the new server, there will be no account removal unless requested by the client.
Does the new server have cPanel, Ruby on Rails, PHP, MySQL, Fantastico, RV Site Builder, CGI, Perl, Cron Jobs, or any other feature?
It should have all of those except for RV Site Builder, which will be available once we are making a profit exceeding $30/mo again.
Should I still back up my site files on the new server?
We have a back up system in place, but the answer is still yes. Always have a backup, even if you’re hosted with a reliable company like Crissic Solutions in a datacenter guaranteeing 99.999% uptime.
How many accounts will the server fit?
More than enough for everyone who wants to meet the above requirements.
*Ruby on Rails is not available on all nodes. If you require it, you can request to be transfered to another node.
$190 Donation (Not Kidding) June 7, 2008Posted by ismywebsite in features, insane, volunteer.
Tags: $100, $190, accepted, addressed, average, backup, balance, bartlett, blog, bryan, clerical, comment, community, company, crash, customer, databases, deleted, designer, domain, donate, donated, earth, efficiency, email, environment, error, exchange, files, folded, foundation, free, hosting, ismywall, ismywebsite, large, months, node, nodes, paid, payments, paypal, permanently, problem, professional, professionalism, purpose, queue, responding, satisfaction, scripts, service, sql, supported, test, unobtrusive, valareos, vanished, website, year
I didn’t actually believe this would go through. (In fact, I was recently promised another $100 donation that has yet to be paid.) But here it is, actually sitting in my PayPal balance. $190.
It started yesterday with a tiny comment on the blog:
Hmm… Tell me, what is the average cost of your nodes?
Depending on the price, I may be willing to donate enough for 1 year on 1 node, in exchange for waiving of ad requirements for my 1 site, provided that the money goes to a new node to help grow. Contact me on my email to discuss, please.
Bryan Bartlett, username Valareos, issued the following statement about why he donated:
The true value of any company, of any service, is not how they react when everything is running at 100% efficiency, but when a problem arises that shakes the very foundation of that company or service. What IsMyWebsite has went through these last few months could have been the end of the community entirely.
I joined IsMyWebsite just a few days before the great crash. In fact, I was in the queue to have my website accepted. My entire purpose was finding a free hosting service that supported SQL databases so I could develop my scripts in a test environment before going live on my paid hosting account. I was also going to use this service as a backup for all my files.
When the site suddenly stopped responding for days, I assumed that they just folded up, and vanished off the face of the earth. I continued to look for a different service, every so often checking back to see if perhaps the site would come back. Finally, the blog appeared, explaining everything. I waited, I watched, and I was amazed how quickly IsMyWebsite addressed the problem, fixed the problem, AND worked to ensure the problem didn’t repeat itself.
As I was waiting for IsMyWebsite to finish their nodes, and give me domain space, my original host deleted my entire website. Why? Clerical error caused them to show me a year behind on payments. There was nothing I could do. They offered to give me a year free service, but all my files were permanently gone, and there was no backups to go to.
So what did that show me? That IsMyWebsite, a relatively small, free hosting service that is supported by unobtrusive ads placed where the designer wants them handled a crisis with more professionalism, and more care for customer satisfaction than a large “professional” company.
It is for this reason, and many others, that I have donated $190 CDN, to pay for a full year hosting and domain for a new node, to help this community grow.
Thanks, and keep up the good work.
This is the first donation to ring through in months, and I really hopes it stirs up more. Donate like Valareos here.
Stuck With Unlimited On DeiseHost June 5, 2008Posted by ismywebsite in conflict, features.
Tags: curse, deise, deisehost, delayed, email, enabled, forums, freewebspace, hosting, overselling, requested, strict, thread, unlimited
I’d like to apologize on behalf of DeiseHost’s strict ‘no overselling’ policy. As you will see here, hosting with Overselling Enabled was not only initially requested, but at the top of our list. Dan from DeiseHost has replied offering their services.
Unfortunately I received a recent email. (Delayed I may add.)
I am sorry but we do not allow Overselling.
Now we’re stuck with unlimited hosting (the default) for all our clients and there’s no way to change that since no matter what move we take, we’ve still exceeded our allotment by infinity. Here’s a follow-up:
May i firstly like to quote what dan actually said to you in this post.
DeiseHost.Com can offer you the following:
5 GB Disc Space
50 GB Data Transfer
Fantastico De Luxe
Host Unlimited Accounts
24/7 Dedicated and Friendly Support
Monthly Price: $8.99”
no where in that did Dan offer you overselling. Therefore you chose to select this offer on the basis of what Dan offered you here.
Speaking of which, no other company does mention that they offer overselling or even PHP URL access. Isn’t it odd how all the others just had these features or else checked my requirements before replying. But, I guess, you are right. No where did you actually say you offered overselling.
The Node 4 No Overselling curse lives on. It will be interesting to see how this plays out.
Another Node Status Report May 31, 2008Posted by ismywebsite in features, uptime.
Tags: access, companies, cpanel, created, crissic, department, domain, donation, expansion, fantastico, file, hosting, installatron, ismyhost, ismyhost.net, ismyhs, ismyht, ismyse, ismysi, ismyst, ismywall, ismywb, ismywe, ismywebs, ismywi, ismyws, ismywt, isnumberone, mike, nixism, node, php, reseller, server, skylar, smokyhosts, solutions, superbhost, technical, url, vps
Work continues on virtually all nodes.
Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Still preparing to send a mass email regarding the transfer, and possible upgrade the ‘Hosting’ section to also display this (as a button to the ‘Old cPanel’). I’m hoping the button and email can be finished tonight, perhaps sent through the virtually unused SmokyHosts server.
Node 2 – IsMyHost.com
We’re giving away hosting for 2 more days on the top node, which you can just reply to get. We have just installed Installatron, so you can do some installing of your favourite scripts. (It’s like Fantastico.) Also upgraded all accounts to the top stage yesterday, since with the recent trouble I thought everyone deserved it.
Node 3 – IsMyWs.com
Not much to say. Still working well.
Node 4 – IsNumberOne.org
We will be switching to another hosting company here for sure. All accounts in queue for creation on this node are being moved to our new Node 9. All accounts already created will be transfered to the new server when we move. Due to the restrictions in place on this node, we cannot enable extra features of any kind, but it is possible to switch to a new node once all the old accounts are successfully created.
Node 5 – IsMyWe.com
Nothing’s changed… Still great, working node.
Node 6 – IsMyWb.com
We are running into the same trouble with PHP URL file access. Except now, Nixism wants me to send it to their technical department. It’s already been a whole month’s worth of hosting down the drain. Should I switch or continue pursuing this?
Node 7 – SuperbHost.us
Starting to feel a strain. I’ve also received word that Mike wants to get a VPS in place of his reseller with the domain ismyhost.net, which will be great. So given those two factors, all remaining accounts are being created on Node 9 for now.
Node 8 – IsMyWebs.com
Remember the company that originally hosted us on a VPS for a short period earlier and was also originally going to host IsMyHost.com. Well, now they’re back to hosting a reseller for us. Everybody welcome Crissic Solutions, run by Skylar.
Node 9 – IsMyWall.com
I’m reusing the domain name of our donation page simply because it’s already registered. I thought it fit the part fairly well, and it might attract more donations if it’s used for something. Anyways, this domain is going to host the remainder of accounts from IsNumberOne.org and SuperbHost.us.
Node 10 – IsMyHs.com
Just registered 7 new domains, this being the first one, with plans to build 7 new domains. I have found a small company to host this one, which is new to reseller hosting but confident in their ability. (The plan is to host a low number of accounts here to start.)
Node 11 – IsMyHt.com
Another domain seeking a server.
Node 12 – IsMySe.com
Node 13 – IsMySi.com
Node 14 – IsMySt.com
Node 15 – IsMyWi.com
Node 16 – IsMyWt.com
All seeking a reseller. I have a number of companies in mind, that I will be utilizing as we need them for future expansion. (Could be you who hosts them if you want to.)
So just a few hundred accounts left to build, and they are actively being created throughout the day.
Nodes FAQ May 15, 2008Posted by ismywebsite in development, features, uptime.
Tags: 100MB, account, direct, domain, email, faq, features, finished, instructions, ismywebsite, ismyws, isnumberone, nameservers, nodes, offline, page, php, proper, redirect, response, subdomain, system, this, website, working
1 comment so far
I’m getting a lot of questions about how the nodes system will work. Here it is, in a nutshell:
- You visit http://this.ismywebsite.com/ (or any other subdomain)
- One PHP page will process the address you visit and send the right response.
- If there’s no interest in that subdomain, no account has been created yet, or the account is offline at that time, the appropriate page will be displayed.
- Otherwise, you will be redirected to another domain (for example http://this.ismyws.com/ or http://this.isnumberone.org/)
- This ‘node’ will display the proper website.
Here’s a quick FAQ:
Will my domain be the same?
Your website will be hosted on a similar but often shorter domain, with the same subdomain. (For example, instead of this.ismywebsite.com, it would be this.ismyws.com). However, this.ismywebsite.com will always function as a redirect to that site.
How do you choose my node?
Most of them have already been chosen. I am assigning people to nodes where they fit, in the order hosting was requested.
How do I access cPanel?
Generally, you just go to http://yournode.com:2082/ and login. You will receive all your login details by email once we know things are working.
What features will I get?
There is no plan to change the features. One of our nodes is run by HostGator, which refuses to enable overselling, so if you need the full 100MB from that node, just request it. Over 95% of our clients don’t use it all. (On that note, if you need more than 100MB on any node please ask as well. You earned it through your patience.) On top of this, some of the nodes have different extra features so there may be some pleasant surprises.
What happens if my site goes offline?
We are monitoring all the nodes and if the downtime is for an extended period, a temporary error page will be displayed on the IsMyWebsite subdomain.
Do domains still work?
Yes. However, the nameservers are going to be different depending on your node. You should also receive those instructions by email when your account is set up.
I’m using another host now. Can you set up a redirect?
Sure, just tell us where to direct it to. And remember, you can still place our ads on your site and use our toolbar.
Do I still need to place ads?
Now more than ever. And you should place them well.
When will things be finished?
Right now, it’s looking to be 4 days before the first accounts will be completely ready to go. (So 4 days plus whatever time it takes to build all the accounts before yours.) We are going as fast as we can.