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Uptime September 16 September 16, 2009

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Here’s just another uptime update. I hope you enjoyed the uptime speed tests.

Node 3 – OSHS
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (Up 0.16%)

Storage will not be upgraded. Available to donors only.

Node 5 – Addora
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (Up 0.31%)

cPanel license error resolved.

Node 2 – Felweb
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (Up 0.34%)

Uptime tracking now back online.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 98.08% (Down 0.08%)

No current issues.

Node 7 – HighLayer
Uptime last 14 days – 97.73% (Down 2.27%)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 6 – Nixism
Uptime last 14 days – 97.33% (Down 1.08%)

No current issues.

It looks like Node 7 and Node 5 have switched places in reliability. Node 7, managed by Highlayer, experienced it’s third ever downtime on September 9th, a painful 72.53% uptime for the day. Meanwhile, it does appear Addora has much improved their quality of service, and now ranks among our top providers.

Nixism, the company behind Node 6 has been going through a management shift recently, which has resulted in inconsistent server management during the transition period, as well as downtime as servers were moved to a new datacenter in Los Angeles. Sameer Antucket, their CEO has said on September 8th:

This is actually Nixism Web Hosting, and we apologize for the delay. We are in an ongoing move of management, but in a few days time, expect a lot of better things here at Nixism!

Uptime for the last 3 days has been a consistent 100.00%. Let’s hope it stays that way!

Please let us know if you need any assistance choosing the best server for your hosting.

Server Upload Tests September 16, 2009

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Server upload speed test results are in. All servers were tested with a download task of 4 100mb files at random times to find the average download speed. The results are listed below in order from fastest servers to slowest.

1) Node 2 – Felweb Test 1: 1,001KB/s | Test 2: 1,110KB/s | Test 3: 1,000KB/s | Test 4: 1,030KB/s Overall Average: 1,035KB/s

2) Node 7 – HighLayer Test 1: 716KB/s | Test 2: 867KB/s | Test 3: 1,040KB/s | Test 4: 846KB/s Overall Average: 867KB/s

3) Node 6 – Nixism Test 1: 764KB/s | Test 2: 846KB/s | Test 3: 758KB/s | Test 4: 948KB/s Overall Average: 829KB/s

4) Node 1 – SmokeyHosts Test 1: 706KB/s | Test 2: 758KB/s | Test 3: 691KB/s | Test 4: 812KB/s Overall Average: 741KB/s

5) Node 5 – Addora Test 1: 839KB/s | Test 2: 812KB/s | Test 3: 731KB/s | Test 4: 541KB/s Overall Average: 730KB/s

6) Node 3 – OSHS Test 1: 489KB/s | Test 2: 522KB/s | Test 3: 480Kb/s | Test 4: 541KB/s Overall Average: 508KB/s

Tests were conducted at 11PM EST, 9AM EST, 3PM EST, and 6PM EST respectively. Hope this helps in your decision of which server to pick for your hosting.

Uptime August 30 August 30, 2009

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Node 2 monitoring is now finally back online.

Node 7 – HighLayer
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 3 – OSHS
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

Storage will not be upgraded. Available to donors only.

Node 5 – Addora
Uptime last 14 days – 99.69% (Up 0.54%)

cPanel license error resolved.

Node 2 – Felweb
Uptime last 6 days – 99.27% (Up 4.37%)

Uptime tracking now back online.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 98.31% (Down 1.69%)

No current issues.

Node 6 – Nixism
Uptime last 14 days – 98.26% (Down 1.20%)

No current issues.

Please let us know if you need any assistance choosing the best server for your hosting.

Just Some Tidbits August 11, 2009

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I’ll bring your attention to some minor updates all around:

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
We’ve been upraded to have more storage and bandwidth for our original deal we signed with them back when all of IsMyWebsite was hosted on their server. The upgrade happened at the beginning of this month.

Node 2 – Felweb
PHPpgAdmin has been fixed to work on this server. Thanks to

Node 3  – OSHS
OSHS has grown considerably as a company, and is now required to pay VAT. They are shifting this cost to their customers, so our costs are increasing 15%.

Old Node 4 – GalaxyHost
Andrew is back home, so anyone who needs their old backups can get them. Let me or him know who you are.

Node 5 – Addora
The storage error was fixed. It appears backups were being created in the wrong place. We have ensured this company has monitoring in place to prevent any future problems.

Node 6 – Nixism
Nixism is still progressing on fixing Ruby On Rails to work on their server.

Node 7 – HighLayer
We recently majorly improved our deal with them, as mentioned in the last post.

Uptime July 25th July 25, 2009

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Here’s the latest in reliability for our network. It’s nice to see things really shaping up with Node 5. Excellent work, Addora, for everything you’ve done to bring up your uptime to above an impressive 99.9%.

Felweb finished off with some major downtime yesterday, spoiling an almost unblemished record, and bringing their uptime to record lows since the network ordeal. A decline in reliability continues on Nodes 1 and 3, although this is only a minor change.

Overall, Node 6 still holds the record as the most reliable server on our network. Congratulations to Nixism and thanks for all your help to keep our websites online.

Node 6 – Nixism
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

No current issues.

Node 7 – HighLayer
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (Up 0.55%)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 5 – Addora
Uptime last 14 days – 99.92% (Up 1.71%)

No current issues.

Node 3 – OSHS
Uptime last 14 days – 99.84% (Down 0.16%)

Storage will not be upgraded. Closed to new accounts.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 99.38% (Down 0.16%)

Storage upgrade will be complete at end of month.

Node 2 – Felweb
Uptime last 14 days – 94.9% (Down 5.1%)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Coming in the very near future, we will be bringing Node 4 online with a new company Webgator, which is expected to work out a lot better than Galaxy-Hosts. Will keep you posted as we progress here.

Uptime July 8th July 8, 2009

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Here’s the latest in reliability for our network.

Node 6 – Nixism
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

No current issues.

Node 2 – Felweb
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 3 – OSHS
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

Storage will not be upgraded. Closed to new accounts.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 99.54% (Down 0.38%)

Storage upgrade complete.

Node 7 – HighLayer
Uptime last 14 days – 99.45% (Down 0.55%)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 5 – Addora
Uptime last 14 days – 98.21% (Down 0.23%)

No current issues.

Will keep you posted.

Uptime July 2nd July 2, 2009

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I am pleased to report that since the launch of our uptime statistics, uptime has seen an overall increase. With the exception of nodes 1 and 5, all nodes currently report 100.00% uptime!

Node 6 – Nixism
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

No current issues.

Node 7 – HighLayer
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (No Change)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 2 – Felweb
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (Up 0.16%)

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 3 – OSHS
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00% (Up 1.24%)

Still in process of storage upgrade. Not open to new accounts.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 99.92% (Up 0.39%)

Storage upgrade complete.

Node 5 – Addora
Uptime last 14 days – 98.44% (Up 0.65%)

No current issues.

We will be examining Node 5 in the near future to determine the best course of action to increase reliability here, as this is still a trouble spot.

Uptime June 20th June 20, 2009

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I’m planning on starting these, just to give a vague idea of which nodes are most reliable at any given time. This should help a lot for those people who need to have their sites online reliably. Nodes are listed in order from most reliable to least reliable.

Node 6 – Nixism
Uptime last 14 days – 100.00%

No current issues.

Node 7 – HighLayer
Uptime last 8 days – 100.00%

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 2 – Felweb
Uptime last 14 days – 99.84%

No current issues. Not open to new accounts.

Node 1 – SmokyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 99.53%

In process of storage upgrade.

Node 3 – OSHS
Uptime last 14 days – 98.76%

In process of storage upgrade. Not open to new accounts.

Node 5 – Addora
Uptime last 14 days – 97.79%

No current issues.

Node 4 – GalaxyHosts
Uptime last 14 days – 40.68%

Use of this node and company has been permanently discontinued. Why?

In the future, I will publish trends and changes in the uptime of servers, which should be helpful to gauge where to locate your website. Keep in mind that servers are judged on multiple aspects, including speed, security, and flexibility, and no server will be the best in all areas.

Hosting Status Update February 28, 2009

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I have received recent word from Felweb:

The password core has been restored so you can now access your accounts. If you changed the password just try with both password and one of them will work. This applies also for emails, ftp accounts and databases.

So, at this time, your cPanel and FTP account access should be fully functional. Remember to connect to the new IP address, 69.162.119.146, if you are connecting via IP. As your subdomain is not working yet, you will need to use this. For cPanel:

http://69.162.119.146:2082/

For FTP, enter 69.162.119.146 as your hostname. Check to make sure your files are restored correctly on the server, and let me know if there are any problems.

If you have a domain, your website should be fully functional at this time.

Unfortunately, those with subdomains have a small wait. This is nothing to do with Felweb. It’s related to the way our DNS is set up. The current system does not allow changes to existing ‘zones’, meaning we can’t change the subdomains to point to the new server. For the past month, I’ve been working on a new system, which should come online within the next hour or so. (I spent 8 hours on it yesterday alone. DNS is such a pain…)

Your websites, however, will take up to 2 days to be fully visible through propagation, just as they would if you were to change where an individual domain pointed. If you want to view your website ASAP, I recommend setting up Open DNS, which is free. Basically, it tells your computer where to find the server, instead of waiting for your ISP to update their records.

After this period, your DNS will respond more reliably than before, meaning your website will be visible to more people, more often. I know many users have reported troubles in this area. In addition, you will have control over your own subdomains. This has been tested to fully work. See for yourself our test page:

http://myg8.ismyhost.com/

While writing this post, I have just received a successful run of my DNS updating script, so we should be online again very very soon.