I came to use Liquidweb thorugh a string of random REALLY bad luck. From "Managed" VPS that ended up not getting patched and fried due to a security exploit (PowerVPS) to a RAID failure, during a backup, causing total data loss and backup loss (RockMyWeb's VDNet). I was ready to pull my hair out. So I decided to kick out the bucks for a Liquid Web VPS Plan 2 (with a great price from a special found here). All I can say is it was a night and day difference.
The server is fast. Remote access to this VPS is a fast as my dedicated server in the office. I thought moving to cPanel was going to slow things down but this thing flies! Wow!
The service is fast. I call support and a person picks up the phone. No e-mail. No long hold times. I call, someone answers, no need to transfer to a higher tech, it's just fixed. Wow!
The one downfall. And it's only a downfall if it's not what you want. cPanel only. I'm a big DirectAdmin fan, but I'm learning my way around cPanel again.
Until I'm ready to do dedicated (I'm guessing it's coming in 2k8) this thing is awesome!
Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!
1x Web Hosting Talk for hooking me up with Liquidweb.
1x Web Hosting Talk Community for reviewing Liquidweb.
1x Liquidweb for the awesome service!
1x VDNet. It may sound strange but they did answer e-mails faster than anyone I had ever seen (multiple replies in under two mins). They had a great price, but bad luck drove me to change. I'm glad I did, but I wouldn't have a hard time recommending VDNet now that they fixed the problem that caused the loss of my server. (and they did give me a month free) They really did give good value for the price, and offer DirectAdmin which Liquidweb doesn't.
Anyone else care to share?
I'm not a fan of emoticons, but I did it out of love for you guys. Feel free to hammer the server a bit and tell me how fast the pages load. They're pretty quick here in Costa Rica:
CR Solutions Group Costa Rica Web Design.
With the launch of my new web services company, I needed a dedicated server (of course). I have been a diehard SoftLayer customer for a long time, but LiquidWeb was highly suggested and recommended by a friend, and I figured it was worth a shot.
Here's everything in more detail Support: Sometimes my tickets took a bit more time than I would like, however I will say that it was worth the wait - They were pretty friendly (although the guy that helped me with my tickets was kinda grumpy, lol), and they knew what they were doing without any problems. All I could say is a slightly more personal/friendly service would be nice, but hey, I'm not complaining overall.
Network/Hardware: Not much to say other than the server was set up in about 20 hours, which is reasonable, with all the specs I ordered. The network is fast, hardware is good, no problems at all with either of them, awesome reliability.
Speed: The network speed has a few glitches here and there - sometimes a site will take a while to load, but all-in-all I'm not worried at all - everyone has problems.
Friendliness: Of course, LiquidWeb is a large company, which makes a "personal" level of support hard to provide - The people who helped me were pretty nice, although they all seemed a bit grumpy or tired of hearing the same old dumb questions, which I suppose is reasonable. The sales dude was awesome, he got me a free ram upgrade and port upgrade and I was happy.
Professionalism: Although not the friendliest most "cool" guys, the support team gets the job done in a reasonable time, which is all that really matters in the long run.
Everything was done well, time for ticket response was reasonable, etc.
ALL IN ALL: I recommend LiquidWeb to anyone looking for a great network with reliable networks, hardware, and dependable support. I wouldn't quite call their support team "heroic", as they advertise, but their pretty close. I plan to stay with LiquidWeb and possibly buy a secondary server in the future with SoftLayer before I move on looking for a colo provider.
We signed up for a VPS II plan with LiquidWeb on behalf of a client just over 6 months ago. I posted an early review here, and this is the promised 6-month follow-up.
Right now, we have two staging and two live hosts on the server. One live site is fairly low-traffic (although that will change over the next several weeks), and the other launched yesterday. Traffic is minimal so far (averaging under 2 page views per minute between the two). If increased traffic begins to affect performance, I intend to follow up about that.
Performance Well, since we resolved the bizarre FTP issues (documented in that previous thread), everything's moved quite snappily. We have yet to put the server under load (that won't happen until the holidays), but for the time being we're quite satisfied.
Sometimes individual frames of cPanel-integrated software (AWStats, phpMyAdmin) will fail to load, but a refresh on the frame in question usually brings them up. We haven't seen any similar issues with our actual sites, so for now, I'm going to lay the blame on WHM / cPanel.
Uptime Aside from some spurious notices of downtime from a buggy uptime monitor, we haven't seen any downtime whatsoever. Yay!
We now and then get notices overnight that cpsrvd failed and was restarted, but it never seems to affect anything else.
Support LiquidWeb's techs have been friendly. They are competent and very familiar with their standard systems, and they seem to have people with good system administration and networking expertise. The front-line staff were able to address all except a few rather specialized issues (notably the FTP problem mentioned above), and they don't appear to have the sort of bureaucracy that makes it difficult to get assistance from someone with additional expertise when necessary.
On two occasions, they've helped us install software that is not included as part of their standard package. One was a PHP extension. The other was Subversion (installed from the latest package available for CentOS). They were not comfortable helping us configure Subversion after installation, and they had already gone above and beyond to install it, so we muddled through ourselves.
As has been discussed frequently in this forum, phone support is very quick, while email support is slow but reliable. Email tickets are always answered within the time specified in the SLA, and usually within 4-6 hours, but often it appears that they aren't checked more than once a day.
As it happens, phone support is more to our liking for urgent issues anyway, and email for less-urgent items that may require documentation or exchanging paths and shell commands, so we've been very satisfied with the support.
Software I'll say right now that I can't stand WHM / cPanel. It's nice and easy for beginners; and experts can muck around under the hood without it... but for someone like me who's at a more intermediate level of understanding servers, it's a big pain in the rear.
For example, it insists on adding a "www" to the domain name when you set up a new account, and the non-www version is aliased to that. This mucks with some of our PHP scripts, and since there's no way to adjust it through the control panel, I had to edit httpd.conf to change it, which scared me because I was afraid it would mess up some of the cPanel integration, or be overwritten the next time cPanel wrote to the file.
Even worse is how shell accounts are handled. If you give a new account shell access, its user is automatically added to the "wheel" group, which is absurd.
Conclusion So far, we're very happy with LiquidWeb. The one reservation that would make me hesitate to recommend them to other clients for future projects is the control panel. But for anyone who likes WHM/cPanel, I'd recommend them wholeheartedly.
We purchased a VPS II plan with LiquidWeb about a month ago. Since I'm waiting for client feedback before launching the site, I thought I'd stop by and offer some first impressions.
Setup went very smoothly and fairly quickly. There was a bit of a mixup because they called my boss to verify the use of his credit card, and I'd used a different one than he anticipated. However, the problem was resolved quickly, and I appreciated that they had verified it. We made the purchase in the morning, and had access to the server by that afternoon.
So far, I've had reason to contact tech support three times:
When we first got account access, I logged in and quickly looked over setting and server status. One thing I noticed was that IMAP had failed and would not restart properly, but I was not concerned, as we had no plans to use the service.
Two days later, my inbox (on another server) was suddenly flooded with approximately 3,000 IMAP failure alerts all arriving at once. Apparently our server's mail queue had been backed up. And now, since IMAP still would not restart, I was getting additional new alerts approximately every 30 seconds.
I submitted a support ticket and also called at the same time. I waited about 15 minutes (a bit longer than I would have liked) before the phone was answered -- by a very friendly and competent tech. She said there was nothing they could do to track down the mail queue problem now that it had apparently resolved itself, but she walked me through disabling IMAP and IMAP monitoring via the control panel. Since we didn't need the service anyway, I did not ask her to attempt to get it to start properly.
Our automatically assigned VPS hostname clashed with an existing hostname the client had in use. I, being an idiot, tried to use the WHM panel to change this, and promptly caused WHM to lock me out with "invalid license" messages.
I submitted a helpdesk ticket. About 45 minutes later, a tech updated the license for us.
We were having trouble connecting via FTP (credentials were accepted, but further communication timed out or was refused), and traceroutes -- from any network we tried, including third-party servers in other states -- were failing after they reached Liquid's network.
Oddly enough, HTTP was working fine, and tracerts from the Windows command line completed perfectly normally.
I received a fairly prompt response from a tech, who tried some standard things to resolve the problem (asking us to try passive FTP; updating and restarting the FTP service; changing settings; etc) over the following few days, without any progress.
I was frustrated that the FTP ticket didn't get any responses when they weren't making any progress on it, even after I reminded them that it was extremely urgent and asked whether I could provide them with any further diagnostic information -- I felt as if it had been abandoned.
With a deadline looming, I finally called support, and within seconds had another tech on the line. He reviewed the ticket, and I walked him through the problem and some of the things we'd tried. He couldn't reproduce the problem on his end, and we went back and forth for perhaps half an hour trying to identify what was going on.
Finally, he asked me to try connecting using a "www.subdomain.domain.com" instead of "subdomain.domain.com". Which worked. As far as I can tell, this is just a strange quirk of WHM/cPanel. The traceroute mystery remains unresolved, but FTP access is now painless.
So far I'm reasonably happy with the service. Their front-line staff is quite capable and friendly, and initial response times have ranged from excellent to adequate.
I was rather frustrated at points by the lack of communication about the FTP ticket, but in the end it was resolved quickly once I called. I will probably use phone support more readily than the helpdesk in the future -- or at least follow up more aggressively on the phone.
I'm not enamored of WHM / cPanel, but that's not the host's fault.
I haven't had an opportunity yet to judge uptime or server or network performance. I'll try to check back in with a 6-month update that better covers those aspects.
I've signed up with Wiredtree for a Managed VPS 12 days ago.
I know it's not enough time to write a review. But I decided to write my first impression then keep you updated by writing a new review at the end of each month, so expect one at 12 February.
For now, these guys are simply the best I've tried.
They reply you in 15 minutes or less and if it took them more, 20 minutes or something, then be sure that they're investigating your problem. If you can't wait for 15 minutes, then go ahead and give them a call on their toll-free number and they'll be with you second by second. Their support wont just solve your problem, but they'll educate you telling you what caused the problem and how did they fix it.
I'm solicitous about security. But with these guys, I finally sleep peacefully knowing that my VPS is well secured.
I signed up with liquidweb 1 months ago and i have vps with them,
Support 11/10 liquidweb support is by far the best I've ever had in my 3 years of hosting sites. It is quick (few minutes or less) and solves the issue the first time., they offer phone support! I cannot stress enough how great the support is.
Price 10/10 You can see for yourself that the prices are very nice. Best bang for the buck.
Product Quality is very Excellent 10/10 i'mn very happy with liquidweb and i Recommend any person to try his services
so signed up for liquidweb the other day, went smooth, everything got setup in like 3-4 hours, however I had some dns questions and a dns issue with cpanel so I opened up 2 tickets. Response time was 4 hours 9 mins, kinda disappointing as I was expecting the "few minute" response everyone was raving about. Anyways, that aside, the answers didn't really help me so I replied back to the emails with a more detailed question, still no response as of yet ... approaching 4 hours and counting. I guess the other reviews about their recent lack of support was right
After 1 year of having a reseller account with Site5, we decided to upgrade to a VPS because performance/support/etc. on Site5 had been declining rapidly over the past few months.
Based on reviews on this board and elsewhere, we made the decision to go with a VPS from LiquidWeb. With the special we found on this board, we were able to get their highest managed VPS2 plan with all the upgrades for only $75/month.
After 1 week, we are very satisfied so far with the service we've received from LiquidWeb. Signing up for the plan was easy online. All the sales people I chatted with before signing up were helpful.
Once the account was setup, I communicated with the support department several times to ask questions or to request installation of software. I was told that php5 came by default on new VPS accounts, but that was not the case. However, they had it installed for me within 15 minutes after calling the support department. They also installed CURL and OpenSLL promptly when I requested it. They helped me get our custom nameservers set up in WHM and registered them for me at the registrar.
I am so glad to finally have phone support! This definitely beats the hours or sometimes days response time that we received at Site5.
I'll come back again in a few months to update my review, but for now things are looking good with LiquidWeb!
WHT reviews and foru input have been a great help for me in figuring out what new VPS hosts to go with. So I'm posting this to offer similar insight and helpful information. Based on reviews here and other research, Final 3 picks
(was also considering wiredtree but they only been around since June 2006)
Factors: Servers, support, price, complaints
All 3 host where about the same for servers, support and price-wise they all in the same ballpark.
Knownhost - no complaints found The other 2 - yes complaints found
The main reason we chose LIQUIDWEB:
faster ping test, has phone number for support, replied to complaints properly.
VSP setup - 1/2day
1- Sonar Service Monitoring states: Error retrieving monitoring information
1 hour 15min. for un-automated reply and issue fix in 15 minutes
2- ERROR WHEN LOGIN INTO WHM OR VPS PANEL website certified by unknown authority - security error: domain name mismatch security certificate error and Nameserver problem
15 min. for un-automated reply and issues answered properly.
1st issue - The certificate error that shows up when logging into CPanel/WHM is normal, as it is a self-signed cert. You can just tell your browser to accept the certificate and you should not receive the error any more.
2nd issue - The hostname entry can be fixed by simply clicking the button to automatically add an A record in WHM
3. E-mail being returned problem with its delivery.
15 min. for un-automated reply and issues answered properly.
It appears that an udpate was made with your registrar yesterday which may be causing this issue. (My domain registar was taken a little longer than usually in DNS propagation)
6 min. for un-automated reply and issues answered properly.
So far, network availability has been excellent and the support team has been helpful. I only wish that thier Knowlege base was a little more expanded for VSP functions are not setup by them that are optional and should be properly configured to tighten up the server further.
Will updated again about Liquidweb in a month or so.
also have a reseller account at Hostgator for about 2 months now after switching over from fatnetwork, good so far.
I help a not-so-much-tech-savy friend running a busy wordpress website (50-70.000visitors each day) and a bit busy vbulletin forum (100 to 350 users online, 957 record), which is hosted at LiquidWeb since a month.
I got the server with a WHT special, is a AMD X2 5000+ , 4gb ram, dual sata raid1 hardware + third backup disk, cpanel fully managed.
I am not usually in the market for fully managed dedicated servers, because I am quite expert in running unix boxes, but as my free time begins to decrease I had no longer the time to help my friend every day, even for a simple httpd.conf vhost configuration change, so I thought to switch to a control panel fully managed server, so when I am not available he could write to support to have issues solved, without him waiting for me.
I decided to choose LiquidWeb for this project for several reason:
1) Sales person (M.Leven) replied to my pre-sales question very fast, and in a convincing way. 2) Network speed test was good 3) Price was very affordable. I used to pay 260$/mo for a dual core, 2gb ram, 2x160gb sata disks (raid software), unmanaged, no control panel, hosted in the UK. For 1$ less than the previous price at LiquidWeb I got: - Slightly slower cpu + Double Ram + Control Panel license + Hardware Raid and an addictional backup disk (3disk total) + Fully management. And the network differences with europe DC are not so big like I thought before. 4) It's a big solid company, they own all their equipment. While this is not a factor by itself (look at some horrible big companies like godad and 1und1), it's a plus if you're already sure of the quality, compared to a smaller/personal company.
So, order process went smoothly, I have got my server in maybe 8 hours after a phone call which welcomed my friend to liquidweb (and verified the identity). We have been happy to not need to provide a ID scan (as most previous hosters who lost my business did), because we are afraid of identity thefts and I won't ever send my IDs overseas. A phone call is enough (landline phone number is on the white pages anyway so it would easy to match with a name and more secure than requesting a easily-fakeable ID digital copy).
After I got the server I have begun setting everything up, and moving the data using rsync. I enjoyed the PIMS user area where you have a complete breakdown of your server load, bandwidth graphs, reverse ip control and else, with stats updated every minute.
The day after (once the rsync was done) I tried to setup the websites, and this is where I encountered my first (and unique at the moment) problem with LiquidWeb.
Their server "custom engineering" was not so good as I expekted.
Mysql was very slow to run, even at importing files, because was using default settings (very conservative on a 4gb ram server!) so I created a custom my.cnf file and everything went smoothly (I hope they're able to do this on request for customers, since they're a full managed provider). After I switched DNS, I realized SuPHP/PHP-cgi was causing extremely high loads, from 7.00 to 15.00 ... So I compiled Apache 2.2.8 (now updated to 2.2.9) and PHP5.2.6 dso (mod_php) with my custom options, and cpanel built-in eaccelerator support, now my average load is 0.60-0.70
I understand that if you want a more secure php environment you need to bear a performance tradeoff, but this was too much (10-20x)!
I think that the only liquidweb fault is not stating clearly that if you choose their sever-secure package with su-php / php-cgi, and you run an intensive PHP application, then your performance would be severely degraded.
I hope this is not a way to upsell better hardware to customers, but I am confident it's not the case as most people won't buy a load balancer and a couple of addictional servers for sure, they will simply go away, so it's not in their best interest to provide slow servers.
I think they should provide a choice or at least a complete information if you want an hardened server: 1) Slightly hardened (apf+rkhunter+someotherstuff), but with mod_php and without those very restrictive mod_security rules: best for performances and compatibility. 2) Highly hardened, with php-cgi, strict mod_security, with a warning for the user of the possible performance problem if they run really busy php websites.
Anyway, once I optimized my apache and my websites, I had not any further problem, and my website is running smoothly. So that's the only negative thing i can warn any users about Liquidweb.
Support: Always very responsive, fast and competent answers. Unlike most provider claiming "fully managed" this is really proactive. Once I was upgrading apache and forgot to turn 80port monitoring off. They proactively contacted me in less than 5 minutes to ask what was going on, and to request my (changed) root password if I wanted them to check. When I reboot my server or shutdown apache for a while I often see their ssh login from a .liquidweb.com box.
Network : Well, the surprising thing is I am really happy with the network. It's surprising because I live in southern europe and I am never happy with most USA locations (why not host in Europe? Because is too expensive indeed, dollar is so cheap nowadays). Liquidweb facility is amongst the fewer ones I have been happy with in several years (the other ones being Ashburn, VA; NAC, NJ and Fortress ITX, NJ), so I hope they keep a premium network this way. I push 3.5mbit/s on average, with 12-20mbit spikes.
So in the end I would raccomend LiquidWeb for the overall price/quality ratio, if you are in the market for a fully managed dedicated server with a control panel.
I hope our experience will keep being good as it is. If this will not happen you will be the first to know ;-) I have almost never been sweet with hosting providers in the past on this forum, but at the moment really I have nothing to complain about LW service, so let's hope it all keeps that way.
Last year, I wrote my 1 year review so I figured I would come back and add my two year review (since the old thread is a bit dated now). You can see the old thread here: [url]
The domain I had verified at that time is no longer in use, however I assure you I still have an account with them (my main domain was registered in 03 and is still there). If you require me to verify the domain with the mods though I have no problems with that.
Alright, time for the review. I'll break this down into sections for easy reading.
My situation: I have since moved up to a VPS as I have out grown the shared reseller account environment they offer at sonet7.com. I've run my own dedicated servers before, am in fact quite familiar with them, however I have scaled my hosting according to my needs. I will more than likely upgrade to full dedicated servers with them again in the coming future.
I still stand behind my original review. Their service has remained consistently top notch. You get exactly what you pay for and exactly what they offer. Ticket response times have actually improved and whether I put in a ticket at 2 in the afternoon or 2 in the morning, they are generally answered within 10 minutes and resolved in under an hour.
After they migrated my accounts over to the VPS there were a couple hiccups (nothing too big) which they quickly resolved. So far everything has been smooth and I've gone over the VPS very thoroughly to make sure that the server isn't overloaded. My load averages are consistently 0.01 - 0.08 at the highest.
Their network always impresses me. I have some contacts in France and Belgium whom I've asked to do speed tests on the site to see how their connection was. They consistently get quick download speeds even from over seas, which is impressive to me considering the distance. My sites always load quick and downtime almost never happens. Truth be told, if any of my sites have been down any time recently I haven't noticed it. And I get a fairly high volume of emails, so this would be something I would notice fairly quickly.
Their prices are a bit higher than a good number of hosts out there. I'd say they're about the mid-tier in pricing. Is it worth it? Yes, most definitely. I would rather spend an extra $20 or $30 a month knowing that I have nothing to worry about in case the network goes down or the server I'm on has hardware failure. They won't accidentally delete my data, lose my backups, bill me for things I didn't purchase, give me the run around, etc. You pay for quality and quality is what you get.
I can't recommend LiquidWeb/Sonet7 enough. It's because of their continually exceptional service that I continue to give them raving reviews. They have yet to do me wrong and after 2+ years of service (started service with them 06/01/2006) I don't see myself leaving any time in the foreseeable future.
I joined Limestonenetworks back in 2008 when it was a small company. At the time they offered the best price on the server I was looking for, so I took the plunge. The first 2 months were great, I enjoyed the stable network, and responses from the support team were fairly quick (1-2 hours response time). From there on it was all downhill, my servers were constantly down, and the support team took longer to answer my tickets. I didn't think this was a big problem, so I stayed with Limestonenetworks even though it was having problems with their network. Near December an incident occurred that really pushed me over the edge. My servers had been down for hours, so I opened a support ticket, and one of the agents replied and told me that the downtime was due to an upgrade in their network.
Again, I came to conclude that it could be far worst, so I stayed, one of the reasons was that I didn't want to switch my game servers over. It's important to keep in mind when you are running game servers, IPs play an important part because that's where you get your traffic. Near January the network upgrade at Limestonenetworks was still taking place which caused my bandwidth meter to stop working. This really scared me because I didn't want to get charged for overages due to the fact that my servers were receiving DDOS attacks, and I wouldn't know when to close the ports.
This incident actually turned out to be positive for me because even though I went over my bandwidth quota they didn't charge me for overages. I was very happy because this was like a late Christmas present, so now I was even more happy to give my money to Limestonenetworks. Now you might ask the question, how is this going downhill? Even though they didn't charge me for the overages, I still lost many clients who were angry at the fact that their game server were down.
In the end this network upgrade actually cost me 3 clients who were paying ~$60 per month. I let this slide because at this point I already had two servers with Limestonenetworks and I really didn't want to switch over due to the fact I would lose my IPs. The next month, February, was no different, I had more issues with Limestonenetworks. Starting of this month I was getting large DDOS attacks, which kept pushing my bandwidth over the quota, and I ended up paying close to $200 dollars just for bandwidth overages.
At this point they started to nickel and dime me for every single penny they could get of me. I don't know if they were having financial problems, or if it was due to another reason. Again in March I went over the quota, but at this time they told me that I had to pay per gigabyte which would result in a $500+ charge in bandwidth, and after talking with multiple agents, I was finally able to reach an agreement. They had changed a policy all of the sudden due to the fact that they knew I was a good customer and would keep paying for the overages.
The problem I had here was that I didn't mind upgrading to plan after I knew how much bandwidth was going to be used, since they don't offer any sort of DDOS protection, and game servers result in large DDOS attacks occasionally. I understand that Limestonenetworks was not at fault, but by making me pay per gigabyte was a bit harsh, since I had never been late on a payment, and had multiple servers. Try to remember that I stayed with this company even though I lost multiple clients because of their network outages, but they didn't care about this, all the care about is nickling and diming customers.
From that point on I have been living on the edge because I don't want to pay for an upgrade before hand due to the fact I don't know how much bandwidth my server will be using. Even if I upgrade to a different package it does not offer an insurance due to the fact that if I receieve a large DDOS than I orignally predicted, I would still end up paying per gigabyte.
This company has turned from having potential to just making their customers run away. Now the other problems I had with Limestonenetwork is the support they offer, which has been declining since I joined. The associates are very rude and don't really care about the customer's experience. I didn't include every problem I had with Limestonenetwork because it would make it a very long read.
Network - 10/10 Downtime - 5/10 Customer Service - 2/10 Overall Experience - 4/10 Would I recommend this company? NO, I urge everyone to stay away, unless they like to deal with problems on a daily basis.
Also from reading other topics on this forum, I personally believe that Limestonenetwork is overselling and their network can not handle the load.
This is my 1 month review on the company vt6 (vt6.co.uk). There is no doubt about it, they have the fastest reply times and most helpfull support. I started out on the basic plan and have just paid for the next one, i was upgraded allmost instantly but as i found it was no benfit to me i asked to downgrade and was again instantly downgraded and my money refunded.
As for the quality of the VPS, it is perfect. they dont cramm VPS's onto one server so each VPS runs smooth without any problems. Iv also had no downtime at all. Iv been with a few VPS's before this and none come close to pure quality and fantastic support that vt6 provide.
That is all for my one month review on this perfect company that i would deffinitly recommend to anyone seeking low cost quality VPS's (Or hosting that i assume will be exatcly the same)
I've been with Steadcom for a few months now, and I greatly their services. Such great deals have been offered to me. Each time I talk with the staff, I seem to want to use their services longer. I'm currently working with my own free hosting company and I entrust my uptime and reliability to Steadcom. I've had no problems with either of those aspects and it seems like their network is as fast as Google. If you find a better deal than this, it would be a miracle. I am working on obtaining up to six months with them for my next payment. I would fully recommend Steadcom and their services. I give it all of my reputation and respect as a business owner to acknowledge such outstanding services.
I have been with SoftLayer a month now, and this is my review of their company. I will start with my pre-sales experience, going into hardware, their network, server, portal, accounting/sales, and support .
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I started out looking for a new server by looking at some good dedicated hosts. I saw SoftLayer offered the new Nehalem series, so I went for it. Their sales team is excellent beyond all reasons -- the staff are personal and do NOT try to take your money; instead, they find the best-fit solution for you and work with you by calling you, showing you their specials, and talking to managers.
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The Hardware at SL is top-notch. There's no problem with it, it's clearly stated in the portal what type of motherboard, HDs, RAM, etc are in the server and it's top-notch Supermicro hardware. I've never seen a problem with it, and I have seen the certificate of passing benchmarks as that is done on all SL servers by default.
Their provisioning system is excellent, I got my server in 2-3 hours at MAX. WOW! It is all inside the portal too; you can view the status (PE_BOOT, OS_RELOAD); it's clearly there and excellent. We finally got VIRTUOZZO (thanks natecarlson ) working with it too.
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What can I say? This is the new Nehalem series. I think the deal I got was quite good, I brought several SL servers before I switched to this one, and it did take a while to get it down to this price (especially for SL quality, damn!) :
-Intel Dual Quad Core (2x) X5570 Nehalem 2.93GHZ w/ HT -12 x 300GB SAS 15K Seagate Cheetah HD's in RAID 10 -12GB DDR3 RAM (to start) -4000GB Monthly Bandwith -1GigE Port Speed -64 IP Addresses -Monitoring & Automated Reboot $1,100 a month -- which I think is good for this type of server.
It's blazing fast and 0 problems.
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I started in their Dallas, TX datacenter with a Dual 5450, but decided to get a 2U server with SAS HD's. Sadly, they said they were out of stock in Dallas. They said they can get me an EXTRA DISCOUNT if I went to Washington DC. I live an hour or two from DC, so it was good for me. I debated, and talked to them, they said it was a great place and I went with their Washington D.C datacenter .
It's fast. Blazing fast. They have like 100GBPS connectivity -- with many backbone providers. I've never seen so many . I'm liking the nework speeds and it really is nice.
[[[[ PORTAL ]]]]
The best part. They have their 'manage.softlayer.com' and their mobile 'manage.softlayer.mobi' portals. They are excellent. I don't even need support, and when I do, it's there. I mean, I'm STILL exploring their portal system. It has so much stuff; "Instant cPanel Licenseing, Instant Firewall, Upgrades, IP's, OS reloads, Installs, Backups" -- I love it. It makes my life a lot easier and quiker. I've had a server with ThePlanet, HiVelocity, and more and SL portal blows them all away
[[[ SUPPORT ]]]
The support is great. In the times I need it, it's there. Within 15 minutes I get a response and usually in under an hour, a resolution. It's excellent in what they provide at an unmanaged rate, and the $3 tickets are great in my opinion for those quick issues that you just can't figure out. They even helped me with a bit of PHP help!
[[[ ACCOUNTING AND SALES ]]]
It's there any time I needed it. I got servers upgraded, downgraded, reclaimed, removed, created, OS reloaded, invoices adjusted, and it's there. They respond within 1 hour usually and it's great for a sales team. Personally it's awesome how they have excellent teams for support and sales! The reps are VERY nice and friendly too, and they offer some nice discounts .
[[[ OVERALL ]]]
I give SoftLayer a 10/10+. They are everything I expect from a provider (heck, they are better than most managed providers I've been with) and more. I urge you to try them out, they will try to fit your budget as good as you can do it.
I'd first like to follow up with my end at GNAX. I ended up going down to them on the 31st to pick up my colo server and get my refund. All went generally well, except for the "I'll be back in 5 mins" that took more than 30 mins for some sales/billing guy to get me my stuff. Signed some papers, and my money was refunded in full. In the end, a happy ending with GNAX.
Now, while all that was ongoing, I moved over to a dedicated server at Softlayer quick as I could because I knew with 100% certainty that Jeff would have my service terminated when I posted the chat log of him threatening me - a controversial decision I still stand by for what it's worth.
First, lets talk about sales with Softlayer. My God - I have never seen anything like this. With GNAX, sales would consist of me sending a ticket and waiting days, or it getting closed randomly, then having to wait more and more. A 48-hour max setup time with GNAX ended up being 5+ days and still no setup. Softlayer. I was doing Live Chat with an agent who was extremely helpful. Too move the process along quicker, I asked if I could call and speak with him, and sure enough, he game me a toll free number and I spoke with him through the entire ordering process. Not only was he extremely knowlegeable and helpful, but he also pointed me to a special I was unaware of where I got double the RAM and a second hard drive for free. I ended up ordering a dual core Xeon setup, but I actually got setup with a quad Core Xeon X3220. No mistake they said, they were just out of what I ordered so they gave me a quad core for the price of a dual core. And all of this happened in less than 4 hours. Yep, that's right. I went from on the phone with sales to having my brand new quad core for the price of a dual core with twice the RAM and HDD for free in under four hours. I was actually shocked. After being with GNAX so long, I had no idea that anything even under a 24 hour wait was possible (which it wasn't with GNAX btw), and they didn't hold my order because of being short on inventory like GNAX did - they just gave me a free upgrade with no delay!
With GNAX, I have never been able to be in such control of my server as I am now with Softlayer. With GNAX, lets say, I wanted to change or add reverse DNS for an IP, I would have to send a ticket and wait hours and hours and hours for them to do it. With Softlayer, I login to the portal, and click click type, click and it's done and live. All by myself! Their portal is the most powerful thing I have ever seen and it allows me to do and see everything.
Their support, I'm convinced, is second to none. I once had three days of downtime with GNAX because of a hardware problem (their hardware) they just couldn't fix. The motherboard has gone bad and I had to wait three days for them to find another identical motherboard to replace mine with. Apparently, they don't like to keep hardware on hand in case of emergency. In the mean time, I was faced with a lot of pissed off people who couldn't access the server for three days while all GNAX did was "we're looking, we're trying". Three days downtime is unacceptable, GNAX's support is just horrible. Phone support is essentially non-existent. When, on occasion, people pick up the phone, I'm simply told to submit a ticket and they'll get to it - when it's convenient for them. Support with Softlayer is drastically different, I can call support and pick their brains on technical problems for as long as I need. Recently, something went wrong when I was moving IP addresses around with my servers, and I was able to submit a ticket, call them, and they resolved it while on the phone with me. Some other small issues cropped up, and I replied to the ticket as it was non-urgent, and they had it fixed it about 20 mins. THAT people, is how support. Again, after being with GNAX for so long and having to wait hours, and sometimes days for support, having things fixed on the phone with me or via ticket in under 15 mins really caught me off guard.
Sales - part two.
Incredibly impressed with the sales and support I have seen so far, I recently ordered a second server. Again, I did this over the phone and was given an amazing deal - one not even on their site! In the end, it'll save me about $60/month on my second server. Pretty decent I say.
They have a forum! That's not what's cool in itself, but it's cool that its integrated into my portal account. Now, GNAX has a forum too, but you first have to email GNAX and ask for their blessing to sign up there.
Another nifty thing about Softlayer is their developer API. Their API enables tons of cool things, like I can see my uptime and bandwidth usage from within WHMCS. With GNAX, I would have to go find which one of my logins for their seemingly hundreds of disintegrated services. Having everything being in one place and under one login with Softlayer.
Basically, if you need a dedicated server provider, choose Softlayer. Leaving GNAX (well, being forced out) and moving to Softlayer is the best thing that has ever happened to me an my company.
Alright, Ive been with them for a little over two months and I have been with them before. Their support is excellent, their servers' are excellent, their network is excellent, their portal is excellent, and not having to deal with Cogent directly is a joy.
I first singed on with them 11/9/08 till 12/29/08 everything went well I closed my account simply because I didn't need the server again.
My current server with them as of this post is $199.00/mth and I get the following
CPU : Xenon X3230 Quad Core @ 2.66 Ghz Ram : 4GB OS : Server Standard 2008 64 bit 1000 mbps 2 TB of bandwidth Washington, DC Data Center 2x 250GB SATA II 126.96.36.199
Having a server with them has been nothing short of amazing zero downtime caused by them and most anything a managed host will do they will do for you free. I was having issues with routes and simply asked them and within ten minutes they had changed it according to what I would prefer. I have had a DoS attack before that was pushing 800 mbps of traffic and they sent me an email and I opened a ticket and they blocked the attackers' addresses at my switch. Very quickly and not much damage was done. Overall I'm very pleased and I would recommend them to anyone.
Here is my review of Virpus after being with them for 1 month.
So far I have not experienced any outages and I am going to have to give them a 10 on that as I have seen many threads in the outages about them but it appears they solved that issue and I was never effected by any of those.
I will give the support a 8 as sometimes on off times it could take up to about 30 minutes for the first response which is great but then after that the responses tend to be around 2 hours or so. Overall though the support is great!
I signed up with there plan that was cPanel included and had double bandwidth and ram. I was thinking it was too good to be true and that the VPS was not going to be quality, but I am glad I was wrong!
The performance of the server is overall great so far. I have had no issues as far as the server being anything but fast. I will have to commend them on having great hardware and not overselling there services like a lot of the VPS providers these days.
I would highly recommend them as they have been a great provider overall and I hope that they keep up the good work in the future.
I wrote an initial setup experience review of downtown host including support w/ transferring my sites a few months ago. Now I am going to extend the review with reliability, speed and performance.
So far, the support and helpfulness has been the same. Rarely does support wait longer than 10 min to respond to questions. They are always responded with a great attitude.
Reliability of all my sites has been 100%. I have seen no downtime at all since I got my account. Truly fabulous. The only time a site has gone down was not their fault...it was my fault...for messing up the database they restored it within minutes after I sent a high priority technical support ticket too.
Speed and performance go hand in hand. Sites are quick and responsive. Just as responsive as a content management system on any dedicated in my opinion. Download speeds are always the same. Never does the download or upload speed fluctuate by more than 10 kbps up or down from the average (totally unlike dreamhost where it would fluctuate as much as 400-500 kbps depending on the day).
All scripts I have used have responded very quickly without any problems that I would encounter with dreamhost (like cut off scripts due to time it took the servers to run through them).
Man, it seems just like yesterday that I initially signed up for a VPS from SolarVPS, but the truth is, I have been with them for just over 6 months now.
What can I say about SolarVPS besides that they completely rock! Not to mention Douglas, but we won't go there
The network at SolarVPS is nothing short of amazing. I get lightning fast speeds and rock solid performance no matter the time of day. I have not experienced even one network hiccup in the 6 months that I have been with SolarVPS. I constantly get compliments from people about how fast the network really is.
SolarVPS uses nothing less than the best hardware. The VPS node that my VPS is located on has Dual Quad Xeons and performance is amazing. They do not overload their servers and use SLM parameteres with Virtuozzo instead of the old school UBC. I know that I can use all of my resources without battling with other VPS instances on the node.
Solar's support is by far outstanding. I have never had to wait for extended periods of time to get an answer to even the most complex questions. I can rest assured that no matter the time of day, or night, there will always be a Solar rep there to answer even the stupidest of questions, in a very timely manner. Unlike some hosts that I have used, Solar's support understands my questions and gets them taken care of instead of giving nonsense responses to try and buy time to get the job done.
The Overall Experience
The overall experience at SolarVPS is awesome. I know that I can trust my online business in their hands. SolarVPS is highly recommended to anyone who needs rock solid performance with extreme reliability.
Support - 10/10 Network - 10/10 Hardware - 10/10 The Staff - 10/10
Just a warning... Watch out for that Douglas character that mans their live chat.
I've now been with Serveraxis for nearly 36 months and will make this fairly short and sweet - my experience with Serveraxis has been great. Uptime has been excellent with the vast majority of downtime coming from things such as a simple reboot for kernel upgrades. I think in those three years there have only been two cases of unscheduled downtime. Both times Serveraxis kept it's clients well informed and the downtime wasn't major - I believe due to hardware failure. There has been no unscheduled downtime for the past two years on my server, both of those cases were quite a while ago.
Their prices are very reasonable (and have even gone down once or twice) and the few times I've needed support they have been very responsive. They have also increased the amount of bandwidth and disk space multiple times at no additional cost to it's clients during the three years I have been with them.
On the whole, I think Serveraxis is phenomenal for users that just want an unmanaged VPS with rock-solid uptime and a great company behind them.
I wrote a review of Tzulo last month before that attack occurred and the thread was lost along with all the other data. So I am writing a review again as I feel they deserve this.
I rented a VPS Large package in March in 2008 through their reseller and a few months later I was shifted to Tzulo as the reseller changed.
Tzullo servers are really great. They are quad core, their customer service is really great. I do own dedicated servers from other companies and Tzulo customer service is the best among all the web hosting companies I have experienced. I have contacted them via their ticket system and crazy hours like midnight and have gotten a helpful reply from them within 5 - 30 minutes.
I run two dedicated gameservers from the VPS I bought from them and I have never had any problems with their hardware. The net connection is really good also because there is never any lag on behalf of the server, I know a person who connects to my gameserver from australia and he gets a latency of only 250. The VPS's are based in Chicago.
They are really cheap considering they are based in USA. I have never seen cheaper reliable hosts in USA. They even offer a $10 'novice' VPS for people so they can check and experience the servers.
They offer linux and windows including control panels like hypervm and virtuozzo. You can do free re-installs, restarts, repairs from the online control panel.
Recently I recommended them to my friend also and he bought the medium package from them and it got activated within minutes of his payment confirmation.
Overall, my experience with them has been the best and that is why I am going through and writing this review again, I highly recommend Tzulo to all of you if you are looking for a good quality cheap VPS.
my website is on digitallinx vps from abt 4 months. and in these 4 months i experienced 100% uptime. speed is pretty gud too. and most imp thing i liked abt them is their support that is great. they reply in timely manner no matter wat time of the day and they r really professionals whatever issue i had they always helped me. never heard no from them. i think space and bandwidth can every host provide but professional support is the most that we need. i ll stick to them as long as i could.
what can i say, you get what you pay for but i think this is expensive!
i fell to the trap of unmetered bandwith. its true, it was really freaking fast speed.
BUT, ram is limited. especially if you run cPanel. i advise people not to use it.
Tickets were answered very fast. usually within 2~5 minutes. even faster at times. downside: a bit expensive. even though unmetered bandwith, this is shared. also its tough to push much traffic because of the lack of ram. i think if you bought something with 1gig ram, you can find cheaper VPS.
also you are completely on your own with this VPS. nothing surprised i knew this going in. But then i discovered other services that provided managed VPS at even cheaper price! these were reputable companies too. Next time im just gonna go with managed service. wasted too much time compiling and learning how to do stuff.
I give : out of
I found lot of the reviews on here inaccurate. They are actually not bad.....but imo a bit expensive.
From the moment that I signed up with them to now they have been on top of everything. Right after I created the account it took about 15 minutes for my site to be transferred over from GeekStorage and up and running on their servers. They respond their tickets very quickly, most of the time in less than 10 minutes.
I have not had many issues with them; the only issue I can recall was when a bot posted some weird scripts on my site. Even though my site was the only one attacked Tyler was very quick to respond and even offered me one on one support via Messenger. The problem was resolved with a quick password change.
Not only do they provide excellent support but they keep in contact with their customers. They email me from time to time to see how things are going and if I need any additional help. Most importantly, their servers are blazing fast and by no means do they overcrowd them. I can run Wordpress and Invision Power Board with no hiccups.
If anyone is in need of some quality inexpensive shared hosting then I would defiantly give StableHost a try.
I have had a VPS with Level3Hosting for 1 month now and am happy to report that I am very happy with the VPS and the service and support. There was a couple of minor issues at first but these were quickly dealt with. The VPS is semi-managed and since I am quite new to the whole VPS thing I did have questions and concerns and Brian has always been fast to respond (where possible) and always been helpful and informative. Not all support questions were answered as fast as others but always easily within 24 hours and the higher priority ones answered sometimes within minutes. I had seen some negative comments about Level3Hosting here on WHT, as well as positive but I decided to go with what was advertised and so far am very glad that I did. Server uptime has been great (100% for me so far) and the VPS copes with what I have on it which is my own 4 websites and 4 radio ports all running 24/7 with no problems. I have searched for a cheaper deal that has everything I have now and no-one can come close, having said that, I purchased this VPS during the 50% off for life promotion so that explains a lot, however, even at full price it is still a good deal. So to summarise, my own personal experience of dealing with Level3Hosting has been a positive one and I hope that the service I get now is maintained and can continue for a long time as I will be a long term customer if it does.
This is a quick review of the VPS Provider [url] I will highlight four things: Support, Speed/Network, Sales/Setup, and Overall.
I have been hosted at [url]for 1 month now about, with my domain [url], we have 3 Dedicated for VPS hosting and a Hybrid VPS for sales, but I preferred a offsite provider for our main domain [url] So we went with GeekStorage! Support
Support has been excellent. Usually I have to request rDNS PTR but guess what, I didn't! It came all configured and everything. I've had two support tickets, one of which I've quickly resolved myself and the other one was fixed within a few hours. Overall the support is excellent and nothing is wrong, a few extra techs could do (this is a personal pet peeve of mine but it isn't a problem with most, actually it's not much of a problem with me as I only had 2 support requests.) Network and Speed
What can I say? They have their nodes at WebNX, a great provider! I get excellent pings, speeds, and my mail server etc. is nice and fast. I have 512MB guaranteed RAM but there are only 2 main sites on the VPS, using about 200-300MB of RAM (with cPanel/WHM). Uptime has been superior, I've gotten 100% Network and VPS Uptime! Not even a second I've seen the network go down, for any reason. Only time when it was down was when I accidently blocked myself via IPtables, had to use a proxy to get in SSH/WHM and unblock myself , but that's another story there..
Setup time was average. Took about 36-40 hours for my VPS to setup, a bit long, but they made sure it was running great, gave me status updates, and Jay did everything he could to make my VPS run faster and smoothly through the queue. I used the 'WHT50MORE' special and got a generous 50% off my 2 month prepayment .
Sales is also great. They have an excellent portal and everything. I'd say there are no problems with their billing. I haven't had a chance to open a sales ticket but I'm sure that there would be no problem.
The free control panel that comes with each GeekStorage VPS is perfect, I find that a great need aswell.
GeekStorage is a excellent, top-notch company. I'd give it 5+ stars, and reccomend it to ANYONE else who is looking for a stable & fast VPS provider. Don't hesitate: Go Geek! Verification for the MODs: Domain is [url] hosted via GeekStorage (they use dedicated servers/colo at WebNX)
We're coming up on around 7 or 8 months with a low-spec machine at CoreNetworks, and overall I'm pretty happy with the service. I picked it up as something cheap for my personal sites, but I've snuck some work stuff on there too. At the time of ordering, the specs of the machine I was given exceeded the specs they were offering (3.0ghz instead of 2.4ghz, if I'm not mistaken), it was provisioned quickly and the option to use KVMoIP and do your own install was great.
Sales were exceptionally helpful prior to ordering the machine, and support were fast and friendly every time I needed their help. The on-demand KVMoIP was setup fast on the one occasion I've needed it - ticket created 9:23AM, Chemito responded at 9:26 and had it hooked up and emailed me the details at 9:34. When I first configured the machine, my third IP address was unusable because something got goofed. I filed the ticket at 12:27PM, it was fixed and I had a response by 12:34PM. In fact if I average out all the tickets I've filed (which admittedly are mostly silly issues), the average resolution time is under ten minutes.
The network isn't bad, the pings are slightly elevated and there are periodic bouts of DoS which are dealt with quickly. The network status page is updated frequently with regards to these incidents, which makes me happy as I'm all about honesty when something stops working. I decided to go with the 3mbps unmetered, because I don't really use the server for much and at the time I ordered it overages were crazy expensive - they appear to have come down in price quite a bit.
The one-time upgrades for RAM and suchlike are great, it helps to keep the bottom-barrel monthly pricing with only a modest up-front cost. They also have an automated remote-reboot system in addition to the on-demand KVMoIP. The setup fees can be a little hard to swallow for the budget market, but on the whole it's completely worth it if you plan on staying any length of time.
A few reasons I got hosting with this company. I was having some issues with the support staff at hostpc.com I mean to me they just made me feel they did not care. So any way knowing how busy my site has gotten on hostpc I thought I needed vps. So came in and looked through the offers section and asked many questions to a lot of them that looked interesting and in my price range.
Mddhosting was the one that stuck out the most and every time I talked to support before I got service they really showed they cared about me and were honest and helpful. Much like the feeling I get with downtownhost and everity.
I went ahead and signed up for a vps with them and support iis still the same I mean good. They even helped me with my shoutcast needs which is actually above an beyond and wow have I had to contact them a lot of shoutcast issues which at this time are all fixed and none really had to do with my vps server. All the issues were either the bouncy radio software I was using or a dj messing things up.
the service has been great no down time that I know of and its fast.
This is why I added them to my great host list. Sites with them are: [url]and [url]