more moving around

Some of you may have noticed that this blog ground to a halt again recently, with occasional database connection errors. I contacted servage support and they suggested creating a new mysql database and moving the data over, as by default a new mysql database would end up on a more recent (and presumably more empty/lower load) database. It only took a few minutes for me to do this, as i’m used to doing stuff like this, being a web developer. This seems to be a pattern – If you leave your stuff on a particular server, eventually the server becomes overcrowded and your site starts to slow down. If you move it to another server it speeds up again, until that server becomes crowded, or one particular site on the same server as you starts causing problems.

However, it left a bad taste in my mouth, being the second time that i’ve proactively had to chase servage up in order to keep my site running, and this leaves me with a dilema – should I keep referring people to a host that haven’t been entirely reliable and therefore benefit from the two months free hosting I get each time? Well.. I went with servage because they were cheap, and I have about ten months of free hosting in the bag now, and I think I can put up with the occasional glitch (on this unimportant blog) considering how little I spent, but there is no way I could recommend their shared hosting for a (small) commercial project now as it would be embarrassing for a clients site to have these problems. It goes without saying that I wouldn’t put a large commercial project on shared hosting anyway.

archived comments

Hi Rick,

I’m just getting in to website design and development and I’m looking into setting up hosting for my web development site/weblog, as well as some portfolio pieces for friends and family. I suppose I might also use the hosting for any commercial projects in the future if things go well.

I was wondering if your opinions on Servage have changed at all since March, and if you would recommend them to an aspiring web developer such as myself? If not, who would you recommend? Is dedicated hosting a must for commercial jobs? Is that affordable?

I’m finding it difficult to get any information on hosting from a web development perspective, so I’d appreciate any insight you have on the subject.

Thanks for your advice, your blog is a good read!

Peter 2008-01-27 05:31:17

Architen Landrell site launched

arhciten landrell website screengrab

Netsight have been so busy recently that we haven’t updated our portfolio for a while, but I wanted to mention this site, as it gave us an excuse to experiment with some nice visual features such as scriptaculous effects, flash galleries etc. The site has a plone back end for Content Management, but the front end was built from the ground up, so is a nice example of a “non-ploney” plone-based site. It helps that Architen had some excellent photography to use on the site – all maintained by themselves via plone including image resizing and cropping for the portfolio pages.

For more details on the project see the write-up here