I accidentally deleted my entire website (my fault), and my backups weren't working properly, but they managed to provide a backup and support within ...
record time. Saved me from a panic attack. Truly appreciate that! Some cons: a bit slower than my previous BlueHost, but definitely far less expensive. Also uses the latest MySQL on VPS only, not shared hosting.
I have had a great experience with all of my .net configurations and PHP as well. I also like options available for managing subdomains and subdirecto...
ries. Hostforlife offer a good solid service which out shines other providers who offer hosting for a similar price. Hostforlife has been the most reliable and the most well-priced host for any provider offering .NET that I have worked with.
Over the last year, the service from Arvixe has been horrendous. There have been server outages that have lasted from hours to almost a week. Technica...
l Support staff is incompetent. Additionally, they do not read the messages that one sends in chat. As for generating a trouble ticket, I generated a trouble ticket on Dec. 30, 2022 at 8:30am Central Time. They did not respond until January 3, 2023 at 9:05am stating there was no problem. Well. NO SH*T, Sherlock. The server reappeared sometime after 21:00 on Saturday, December 31, 2022. Even though the server shared057.arvixe.com died sometime on December 29. There are no reports that anything was wrong with the server. Plus, Arvixe raises their rates every year once you are stupid enough to purchase a service. Things were good in 2015, yet the service and support has rapidly declined since 2019. At one time, I hosted 10 domains on Arvixe. Because of poor service I moved them to another hosting service. Will move the last three this month.
The hosting packages for HostForLife Windows hosting contain quite a bit of false and/or misleading advertising:
1.Database Space: The advertised to...
tal database space may be accurate, but in reality they divide the total space by the number of databases available on the plan and do not allow a single database to exceed this number. So, a plan with 4gb of MySQL space for 10 MySQL databases actually means that any single MySQL database may not exceed 400mb. The same applies to MSSQL databases.
2.Whilst they advertise “MySQL” database hosting, they actually use MariaDB, which may have compatibility issues with MySQL in the latest releases.
3.Whilst you may be able to receive emails perfectly fine most of the time, good luck with successful delivery of your emails sent. Out if the 4 different cloud and shared servers that I have used, only one was not blacklisted by Spamhaus or Microsoft. The answer from HostForLife support is simply “Sign up to our Business Email Plan”, which costs more than the hosting plan at best.
4.“Unlimited SSD Disk Space” is actually 5gb.
5.“Unlimited Bandwidth” is actually 10gb per month.
6.Whilst they advertise the latest versions of MSSQL, MySQL and .NET, in reality you may have to transfer to a different server to actually be on that version at your own cost, so beware to check before doing too much work on your site.
7.They advertise rates for a 3 month subscription, but if you actually sign up/renew, the minimum term offered is 6 months.
In addition, these are issues which are a downside to hosting with HostForLife:
1.Email storage is extremely limited (200mb for all accounts on the cheapest plan to 1000mb on the most expensive plan).
2.Watch out for hidden fees for signing up or changing plans.
3.Support staff are not able to help with anything but the simplest of issues (like the inability to answer the question on the correct connection string for the MariaDB database when your database is actually MySQL).
4.The cost of Website Domain Names and Privacy protection is extremely high.
5.There is no option for a month-to-month hosting plan, so you have to commit to 6 months or more from the outset.
6.When cancelling, you have to give a minimum of 10 days notice before your plan renews and they will terminate your hosting as soon as they process your request as per the terms of the agreement, leaving you out of pocket for up to 10 days of hosting.
On the plus side:
1.HostForLife prices are somewhat reasonable if you commit to a 3 year contract.
2.The use of cPanel makes managing your website simple.
3.HostForLife offers hosting on European based servers.
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