Do forgive me for sounding a tad curmudgeonly, but I am not hugely impressed with web hosting services which – without warning or explanation – remove your web site from their servers, lose the files in the process and then place you willy-nilly on a crippled ‘non production’ server so that you can limp along until they can kick you off properly.
So, a word of warning to those with weblogs which use any dynamic elements like PHP (such as WordPress, etc). Don’t be fooled by tempting pricing and huge bandwidth and storage offerings. The new killer on the block is server load – and if your site becomes popular enough to adversely impact the other sites sharing your box, you risk the same kind of treatment as this poor Ferret – even if you’re well within your bandwidth and storage limits.
Finding your site homeless and broken of an early morning is not a pleasant experience, and to this Ferret’s mind is tantamount to finding your clothes and belongings tossed out on the street by an unscrupulous landlord after returning from a long weekend away. Why, pray, are there no safeguards to protect Net tenants from this kind of rude and summary treatment?
Not to go on about it, but most civilised countries now provide citizens with some form of legal protection for tenants, so why not on the Internet? Why has no-one come up with a Net Tenants’ Charter administered by a Net Tenant’s Association? Which would guarantee that –
a) As long as a site owner has done nothing illegal or deliberately abusive, they will be protected from summary eviction and mistreatment by web host services?
b) In the event that a hosting service violated the Charter, they would be legally liable for a mandatory penalty not less than $100 per week of infringement?
Prospective customers could then choose whether to use a host who displayed the NTA Charter symbol (rather like ABTA?) or to take the risk and choose one not accredited.
It just seems fair to me. :-)
Update: Oh and just to keep you lovely Ferrety folk up to date, I’m afraid that all user registrations and comments from last week have disappeared, along with the nasty old hosting company. So please re-register and/or re-comment if you like. But only if you like. We wouldn’t, like, force you. Nope. Never.