First of all excuse me for my bad english. My native language is spanish. All times on this thread are GMT -5.
On March, 19th, I ordered a VPS with WiredTree - one month using this promo. WT service is pretty good but unfortunately response times from their datacenter to my country (Peru) was terribly bad in sometimes. I open a support ticket to ask about this situation but WT technicians told me that there was no any problem at their side and it should be probably an issue with my ISP.
Since I never had an issue like this with my old provider and having in account that very low response times have been occurring only when I visit my site and not any other site, then I decided to move back to my old provider.
So, according to their TOS:
Client must submit service cancellations by opening a ticket through our client portal at least 7 days but not more than 30 days before the end of the service's billing cycle. Cancellation requests are not accepted through phone, email, fax, or any other method besides through opening a ticket through our client portal. You must have all account information to cancel an account. Only the authorized account holder may cancel the account.
In the event of cancellation, customer will automatically be billed for any excess bandwidth usage during the then-current monthly billing cycle.
I open a billing ticket: (13 Apr 2009 15:07)
Please mark my account for cancellation. I'll not renew my VPS. You can cancel it when my current billing cycle expires (19th).
Thank you, Jonathan
Well. I have done what their TOS says. Nothing more to discuss.
However at April, 28th, my card was charged for the amount of US$49.00 (April billing cycle). Why they charged my credit card if I already requested account cancellation? I dropped an email to billing asking about this issue.
What WT says? (28 Apr 2009 15:55)
It looks like the account cancellation was never followed up on since we requested a confirmation for the cancellation of the account in the last email. It also looks like you were trying to request the cancellation outside of the requirements of the Terms of Service. We can schedule the cancellation for the end of this billing cycle. Please, let me know if you have any questions about this.
So I reply: (28 Apr 2009 16:15)
I'm very disappointed about the way how you want to manage this issue. It isn't as easy as you think: "We can schedule the cancellation for the end of this billing cycle". No! I want to get my money back to my card, it's my right.
What do you mean when you say "It also looks like you were trying to request the cancellation outside of the requirements of the Terms of Service"?
Thank you, Jonathan
Then I got: (28 Apr 2009 17:03)
> I'm very disappointed about the way how you want to manage this issue. It isn't as easy as you think: "We can schedule the cancellation for the end of this billing cycle". No! I want to get my money back to my card, it's my right.
I will speak to my supervisor to see if there is anything that can be done about this. I will be able to get back to you about this tomorrow.
> What do you mean when you say "It also looks like you were trying to request the cancellation outside of the requirements of the Terms of Service"?
We require a 7 day notice of cancellation prior to the end of the billing cycle. The account renews on the 19th, so the last date of service is the 18th and the request would have needed to be made on the 12th, at the latest. As I mentioned above, I will speak with my supervisor about this and see if there is anything that can been done. Expect a reply to this tomorrow. If you have any questions in the meantime, please, let me know.
And WT's final position: (29 Apr 2009 13:53)
I'm sorry for the delay in response. I have spoken with my supervisor and he has reviewed this ticket. He told me if the cancellation had been confirmed, we could have proceeded even though the request was made a day late, but since there was no confirmation we cannot reverse the payment now because the server has been online for the past 10 days. We can proceed to cancel the server at the end of this billing cycle. Please, let me know if you have any other questions.
So I have been charged for a service that I requested to be cancelled. I haven't using their VPS anymore after my first month with them finished. Why are they charging me?
I feel that the 'trick' is in the confirmation request. WT's position is understandable at some point of view however they need to understand that in their TOS it doesn't says that people should reply with a confirmation to the cancellation request. In fact, what you can ask after a client had requested account cancellation could be ignored. Account cancellation request is sent when someone has decided to not continue being your client.
After I canceled my server with these guys two weeks ago now they are saying they never received cancellation and keep sending me invoices. One of them is for like $300 for "non-payment penalty". Can you believe this guys? And I was a customer for like 2 years too. They won't get a cent more from me.
After being extremely dissatisfied with Virpus VPS hosting I decided to cancel my account with them 2 days ago. I opened a billing ticket requesting cancellation of my account and got a reply asking why. I responded and I have not heard back from them since. There is no cancellation confirmation and I can still log on to my account.
I've tried calling during the past 2 days but I only get a voicemail. Yes, that's right... voicemail everytime I call for the past 2 days. I've had no choice but to contact my credit card company and inform them that I no longer authorize Virpus to place any charges to my account.
Has anyone else tried to cancel an account with Virpus and have the same thing happen?
If yes, what did you have to do to get the cancellation to go through?
My friend wanted to move from virpus as he was having some issues, he mentioned all his reasons in the ticket and asked for the refund amount which was already existent in the virpus account, which he had paid them much earlier.
There was no reply to his ticket even after 2 days .. So, he asked me to send an pm to Ken, haven't got reply from Ken either.
Recently, the sales dpt, replies haven't been up to the mark at virpus , their tech support still sounds good though,
Never expected this longer delay virpus - Ken, its almost 4 days since the ticket has been created and submitted to you,
sorry for creating a ticket, but u have left no other choice, as I neither got reply from mr.Ken in the past 2 days nor there was a reply to the support ticket.
I am wondering if anyone else has had problems with [url] with regards to closing there account? I was able to get the account canceled, quickly, but they are still billing me. Support tickets to there billing department go unanswered and conveniently get closed after 128 hours.
Never ever go for gigenet.com if you want a dedicated server. Here is the story:
I needed a VPN access to their infrastructure and asked to their sales if this is possible with them, because i loved it with softlayer. They said yes. 1 week after i ordered a bargain basement server to see their service quality and so. After i got my server and instructions to login to server and their client portal, i realized that there was no VPN available for me. After a few days of talks with their sales and techs along with a cancelation request, they confirmed to make it available for me.
They opened up a vpn access and a put a nic card on the box. Everything was dealed and was going good. Then i recieved an email from gigenet sales Brandon Hale that they processed my cancelation request and pulled the server offline immidiately (at the begining of the month where i paid for full month) and they cant refund me my money.
Gigenet is an epic fail. Here is a list of reasons:
1) Sales and Techs have lots of communication problems.
2) Sales promise all the things but never make it happen after you order the things.
3) Their infrastructure is very unfriendly. You get like four different passwords for each interface you get. one for support one for portal one for vpn, etc etc...
4) They cut off the connection immidiately when you place a cancelation. They dont even wait for the remaining days for the month.
my conclusion is, if you really in need of a quality service just go for softlayer.
This post is not a bump up post for Softlayer but SL is the win.
a bit over a month ago i ordered a dedicated server from vectoral servers and it said they are usually online within 24 hours but to give them up to 72 hours. so i waited and after 4 days i ordered another server from another company which came online in 12 hours. so i emailed vectoral asking them to cancel the order and refund my money.
i got no response.
6 days after ordering the server i received an email from vectoral with details of the server. i then sent them another email saying please dont bill me again, i have no use for the server now and just cancel it.
again i got no reply and now i have seen they have just charged my card again. so now im being forced to do a chargeback, complaint to visa and the merchant processor and try to get them blacklisted off my card or i might even need to order a new credit card.
be very careful this company chooses not to respond because of their horrible customer service they seem to be very desperate for money even to the point of outright credit card fraud.
i will update this with the results of my chargeback, hopefully it will tip the limit on their merchant account and they will lose it.
I dont bash hosts often, because i realize some problems will come up that are out of the host's hands. Network downtime, hardware failure, etc.
Most ive been with, have been very understanding, and willing and ready to remedy the situation by compromise on both the customer, and hosts sides.
I decided to switch my forum to a VPS and decided to go with ZONE.net. They seemed reasonably priced, and ive seen some good reviews here on WHT.
So, this past Saturday evening, I signed up and get the first few payment confirmation emails.
Monday morning, I get an email from my current shared host, that I would not qualify for a refund for that month since it was past the 30 day money back guarantee. I had been with them for 3 months. I had 2 weeks to go so I said ok, it seemed fair.
I email zone.net on Monday to cancel the VPS since it hadn't even been provisioned yet.
Tuesday morning, I wake up to account info from zone.net
I shoot back in email asking why it hadn't been canceled since i would be staying with my host a little longer. I asked them to cancel, and issue a refund.
They quickly point me to their TOS and state they dont issue refunds for any reason. I would be inclined to agree, but certainly these are special circumstances. I asked to cancel my VPS BEFORE it was even created.
I shoot back an email saying that I would be willing to settle a refund, minus the costs of the control panel license, which is the only thing they are out anyway. I have not even logged in to the account. This was all Tuesday morning. I have not heard back from them yet. They are probably ignoring me.
I will not email them anymore, I will not even ask for the refund back anymore.
So, be warned. If you decide to get a VPS with zone.net, MAKE SURE THERE ARE NO HICCUPS, and BE SURE YOU WILL NOT CHANGE YOUR MIND AFTER HITTING THE SUBMIT BUTTON. Oh and expect 48hrs+ of setup time on something other hosts do in 3hrs or less.
If they need to hold on to a customer's money like this, they obviously need it more than me to keep their so called business afloat.
Do you think that having a 30 day cancellation period for a server is a bit excessive? This seems like ploy so that they get an extra month out of you don't you think? Do you think we know whats going to happen, and plan a month ahead of time for it? Some of these providers have 30 day cancellation periods, which I think is absurd.
I would just like to let everyone know about my experience that I have had at vibrantstreamnetworks.com
This person named Kody, claims that he has a Large business but it is really a small and corrupted business, that i believe is operated by 1 person (kody himself) Anyways, I purchased ShoutCast hosting from him for one of my clients, and I received my second month's invoice, and it isnt even the second month yet. I asked him to cancel my service because my client did not want it anymore. This is the reply i got from him
"I will after the payment is made"
I followed up by saying the following
"I am not making a payment for this month, i already paid the first month... i dont want a second month service..."
"Thats not how it works.Once the invoice is issued, it must be paid. Your allowed to cancel 10 days within the billing date of the invocie. "
It says nothing about this in his TOS/AUP It just states the following...
Late Payments: If payment on your account is not received by the due date, VibrantStream Networks will suspend your account within 48 hours of the due date. In the event of an outstanding balance for 7 days, a late payment fee of $5.00 will be applied to your account. In the event that the full balance plus late fees is not settled within 10 days of the due date, your account will be terminated. Account reactivation after suspension may take up to 24 hours and VibrantStream Networks reserve the right to delay or refuse reactivation at their sole discretion. Late payment suspensions are treated on a customer level and not on a domain/package level. Account data backups will only be provided after payment has been settled in full, including any late fees payable. Once an account is terminated VibrantStream Networks will not be able to recover any data from your account.
Vibrant stream networks then told me that they were going to turn me into collections.
I just felt that everyone thinking about purchasing from VibrantStream Networks should read this and look into other options!
I initiated a account cancellation on around 31st July through sending an email. In response I was advised to open a ticket by logging into the Control Panel I did it as requested. Till now account is not canceled and day before yesterday I got charged for another month. Actually thats the time I came to know that its still not canceled. Since then I am contacting FH HelpDesk and I am just getting the same reply "I have put a note to my manager" It's happening for two days now. Yesterday I was told my request will be closed by late evening and I will be given the refund...but no action.
Now I contacted them again, got the same reply "I have put a another note to my manager"
I know probably I am whining out my fustration but waiting for a month and then manager is "unable" to take a look at note by the support...not sure whats happening
To the full disclosure, I had signed up multiple times with FH (may be 6-8 times) in a year or two period and had canclled the account on differnet occasions (due to my busy schedules I am unable to maintain the site) and I have always got a fantastic service to say the least...but this time...
moving my colocation (just a single 1U server) to another provider. Is it reasonable to expect to be able to pay the original provider a fee to ship the server to the new location for me instead of requiring me to fly to the DC to pick up the server and do it myself?
We have 2 servers SQL, Web & SM 4.x each with and have about 40 sites and we wish to migrate them to Virtual sever for the ease of management & some cost saving. We are thinking of taking good configuration box with Win2k8 server and planning to run VMs over Hyper-V.
I've been getting frustrated with my hosting provider, and after doing application development and sysadmin for a while now, I'm ready to have a go at doing it all myself on a VM. I plan on migrating my site to the new server and when everything is set up, pointing my domain to the new name servers...
My question is - what's the best order to do things to minimize downtime? Can I set up email, MySQL, Apache, DNS etc before I have the domain pointing at the new server, while still being able to test adequately? Would I just set up the services and test them using the IP, then once I'm happy with everything, setup DNS, point domain at new nameservers, then change all configs to use the domain name rather than the IP? In theory if it email etc works with the IP, then the name server change shouldn't matter because it will resolve to the IP...
I am migrating my website to Hostgator, and before I change the DNS entries, I want to make sure that everything displays properly. To do this, I have added an entry into my /etc/hosts file pointing the domain to the new host. If I then ping the domain, the reply comes from the correct IP address. However, if I try to view the website, it is still served by the old host.
I thought it might be a caching issue, but I have checked with wireshark and using curl, and it is definitely connecting to the new IP address, but the server that is returning the pages is still the old one. I've contacted hostgator support, but when they make the changes to their hosts file, it loads correctly. Is this a local problem (my system), or something with their server configuration?
I transfered my forum from one server to another. ips changed. Before the transfer, I closed the board and put an announcement. After the transfer I opened the board and started posting.
Now, there are other members who've posted after the transfer but I've noticed decrease in activity. One of the members emailed me and told me that the board is still closed for him with the announcement shown. That message is from the old and not the new server. So how is this happening? What should he or I do? I and some other members can access and post normally.