Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Lunarpages to the Rescue

I recently got my own domain, but I haven't taken that next step and moved away from Blogger. I'm not sure I need to, but those who have paid hosting highly recommend it. They say they have much more control over their blogs and their templates. I will probably do it one of these days, but in the meantime, I'm going to pay attention to what everyone else says about their hosting provider. Hopefully that will help me to make the right decision when the time comes.

I learned that there's at least one host out there that I DO NOT want to go with. I read this blog post - Lunarpages Offer for DreamHost Customers - and found out that Dreamhost has been overcharging their customers and then laughing about it. Some of those debits or charges have been for up to $9000. Others are not quite so high, but any unexpected charge on your credit card can be catastrophic, especially for the little guy. And then to have "customer service" just laugh about it instead of fixing the problem? No wonder hundreds of Dreamhost customers are leaving and finding a new hosting provider.

This is where Lunarpages has stepped up and offered all former Dreamhost customers $40 off hosting (use coupon code DHRefugees) and offered to buy out the remainder of their Dreamhost contract, up to 9 months. I imagine that is a great relief for those customers who feel Dreamhost has treated them badly and that they are not going to do anything about it.

Besides, it looks like Lunarpages is a pretty good host. They offer 15,000GB of Transfer & 1,500GB of storage, free domain name & 10 add-on domains for $6.95 a month + loads more - and that's just the basic plan. I'm going to admit that I don't understand all those extras, but it certainly sounds like the customer service staff at Lunarpages is ready, willing, and able to help get things set up and running smoothly.

As a potential hosting provider, Lunarpages is rapidly moving to the top of my list. In fact, they just moved to the very top of my list. They provide free web hosting for educational purposes to all K-12 public schools in the U.S. and that includes one free domain!

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