Stress and the Nature Sounds Biz
Written in 2009. On May 1st the decision was made to move virtualdreamer.com to a new host company. We were previously hosted with Inuit/Homestead but I had become increasingly frustrated with the lack of options that were available to us. I refer to it as 'Intuit/Homestead' as Intuit (the Quicken guys) bought Homestead and are slowly phasing out Homestead. It was not that Intuit was a bad host site. They just have limited options. Options such as Wordpress (why this blog looks odd) PHP and compression are simply not available on Intuit/Homestead. While these things are rather esoteric I can assure you that they have their importance in presenting an efficient, informative and fast loading webpage on the Internet. I researched the bigger host companies and chose GoDaddy.com for virtualdreamer's new dedicated website. This was the beginning a long stress filled process. Intuit/Homestead did everything in their power to block the transfer. They told me I would have to speak to their 'legal' department (which was complete BS) .They told me I was making a mistake. They acted like I was breaking up with them ... sad at first but soon angry. They delayed the transfer of the domain as long as they could. I had the feeling they were telling me something like 'sure, you can move your website... when you pry it from our cold dead fingers!' But, a week ago today, virtualdreamer was forcefully pried from their icy grip and given to GoDaddy. I did, however, keep an account open with Intuit/Homestead... just in case.
I guess my point is you never know a hosting company's true nature until you break up with them. While things at the GoDaddy end have proceeded much smoother I have some issues with them, also. These have all been technical in nature and I am sure they will be worked out in short order. I am hoping that moving a website to a new host is not one of those activities that fall under the idiom ''better the devil you know than the devil you don't'.
P.S. While I am just venting about the stress of moving the site I would like to point out that the actual product download site, Payloadz.com, continues to be exemplary .
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