Apollo VPS: Making A Choice

Dec 19, 2008

My brother is moving from shared to VPS.

Apollo has a managed VPS for $40 (with 20% off for a yearly purchase).

Any problems with this package?

Any problems specifically with Apollo VPS?

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Do NOT Use Apollo Hosting Under ANY Circumstances

Sep 24, 2009

Much of the backstory on Apollo Hosting can be found in a post by allenjo (I can't link to it due to having fewer than 5 posts, apparently; run a search for "allenjo" and/or "Apollo").

Bottom line is that they've been bought out by an outfit called Endurance International who proceeded to send me a rather rudely-worded and abrupt notice that they were unable to migrate 3 of my clients' accounts over to their new servers, due to "incompatibilities" with their migration system. Therefore, they are shutting the server down completely as of Sept. 30th, forcing me to move all 3 of my clients over to a different hosting service.

This would be irritating enough, but I had also pre-paid Apollo for Miva hosting on all three sites through the end of the year, at $23.96/month per domain. Bottom line is that Apollo owes me at least $215 in refunds for the portion of the hosting service that I'm unable to use due to their new managements' incompetence.

So, I went ahead and issued a refund request via their ticketing system--and was told in response that I'd have to *fax* copies of my entire billing/payment history to them because "As you are aware of that we are the new owners of Apollo shared hosting business. We do not have access to the old server. Unfortunately, we do not have any records for the services that you paid to the former owners."

This is either an outright lie (they bought the company but have no clue as to what services their existing clients have paid for, through what date, or how much they've paid?) or, if true, it shows an unbelievable level of incompetence on the new managements' part. I went ahead and faxed the info to them--taken, I might add, from Apollo's OWN ONLINE BILLING ACCOUNT CONTROL PANEL--and waited. I was told it would take "up to 2 days" to "investigate" and "review" my issue.

I gave them the exact starting and ending dates for each account, the exact amounts paid for each and for what period of service, etc. I even did the math for them. They have all the info and proof they need.

Today, after 2 days, I contacted them to see what the status was, and was told simply that it would take "more time than normal" to "investigate" the situation before "determining" how to respond.

Seeing how it takes all of 2 minutes to tally up the dollar amounts and issue a credit for the appropriate amount to my credit card, this again shows that they're either idiots, they're absolutely swamped with refund/credit requests, or that they have no intention of issuing the refund.

In any of these cases, I'd strongly urge people to avoid Apollo Hosting--now owned by Endurance International--like the plague. Even if they *do* issue the refund, the way they've handled this whole situation is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.

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Anyone have sites on Apollohosting (shared)?

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Server uptime. And tech response time.

Is spamming about normal or excessive?

Overall are they getting better or worse?

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We have been with Apollo hosting for 5 or so years. 10 days ago, our entire site went down. After waiting around 4 days and hours of dealing with tech support, they got a shell of our website back up. Their excuse for deleting it was that they ran a script on their servers that was corrupt, which in error, deleted our site.

They were unable to restore our database, SQL, php, search functions, etc. as they said they deleted them and did not have a back up as databases took up too much room on servers!! And they cannot restore what is no longer there. We have to rebuild our database all over again, hundreds of hours of work with property descriptions and photos, forms, etc.

After this experience with Apollo hosting our fear level is high and our trust level is low.

We need help with finding a new web host. Currently paying Apollo $ 30. mo for shared hosting.

We need Front Page extension, pph,SQL. Want web host that backs up entire website daily on tape that stores off-site. I have researched some on web hosting review sites and better business bureau online, and find many complaints for various webhosts.

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I am thinking of trying to give the server a little more power with faster processors, using the same board.

The board can take any xeon 603 pin cpu as long as it is 400 fsb.

So here is what I have found, that my server can take as far as cpu options, I am asking for more opinions on which choices of the following processors would be better for a busy server.

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dual 2.0 xeon processors with 512 L2 cache and 2 gb L3 cache

Please let me know your opinions, I have some ideas, but I am looking for feedback.

And please only talk about the xeons above, and not amd etc.

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I am about to outgrow my current server and want to upgrade to a set-up with one web server (my current one) and a new separate database server. I am very happy with my current host (Liquidweb) and want to stay with them. So I need to decide which option from them will best suit my needs.


1 - I have a standard LAMP website, but with a fairly large db and plans to add others. My understanding is that the biggest factor in db performance will be the amount of RAM I have installed. They offer a Q6600 Quad Core that will take 8GB of RAM. The only other servers they have which take more than 4GB cost at least $180/month more. I don’t think the extra CPU will make much difference, and I am hoping that 8GB will be enough RAM for a good while (my current box has 2GB, but that isn’t really enough anymore).
So I think that my choice is obvious, but I recognize that I am really only guessing and would appreciate any advice about whether or not this would, in fact, be the best server for me.

2- I can order the server with a 32 or 64 bit OS for the same price. I don’t have any idea regarding which would be better. I don’t know which system my current server is running or whether both boxes need to have the same OS. Also, I am currently running MySQL4 but will probably upgrade the new server to 5. I have read elsewhere that there is a 64 bit version of MySQL that is needed to make maximum use of installed RAM, but I really don’t understand all the issues involved here. Is there something I need to know before I set this server up to make sure that I get maximum performance from it? I will, of course, also be running PHP on it.

As you see, my understanding of server requirements is very limited.

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if I could get some recomendations on which datacenter you'd suggest I contact for new servers?

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I saw an alphared banner the other day here on WHT, and checked out their prices, and WOW (Yes, I know the old adage...I don't need to hear it...)

I did some searching and read all about the drama that happened around them several years ago. I'm not interested in that. I want to know how they are now. Has the level of service gone up or is it still in the crapper?

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My forum opens very fast with his servers but now I have to go to somewhere else, I just contacted Namecheap and asked if I can host my little-busy forum there or not on their shared hosting package.

They will reply me but I want to know your advices too about Namecheap. Is it good choice to host a VBulletin forum on shared hosting from Namecheap?

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I was with them a while ago through a reseller however there was a lot of downtime.

(Now) I recently read that their uptime is a lot better, is this true?

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Any help would be appreciated - the only datacenters I have been with over the past 5 years are Ev1/Rackshack, and Theplanet/Servermatrix.

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Feb 6, 2008

I'm moving to another server in the next day. I've got a choice for an operating system (as I did last time). I thought I'd ask for opinions, thoughts, and experiences with the choices.

Fedora Core 7

A little info about the sites. I host 2 Gallery sites, a fairly popular Drupal based site, a relatively static PHP site, and soon and osCommerce powered site. I use PHP and MySQL a good bit. The server is managed by Plesk 8.3 right now. Which takes me to my other question.

What other control panels are available that offer good feature sets and low overhead (resource wise)? I'm impressed with the look of Plesk, but the workings leave something to be desired. My server comes with Plesk unless I tell them otherwise. They don't offer an alternate control panel solution.

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On this server will be File Hosting Site (File.am), which work on php/mysql, so it's not just direct downloads/upload, there is server load/

version 1.

- AMD Athlon XP 2000+
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Monthly Price: $*** USD
Setup Fee: Free of Charge!

version 2.
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price is the same
both are self -managed and located in usa.

unfortunately don't know, which one?

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I noticed a trend - I don't know if it's very new, but it can't be very old either - that quite a few people are looking for hosting and specifically ask that the host is not a reseller. Obviously they have somehow decided that a reseller is not a good choice for them.

A host that rents servers from a datacenter and then sells shared hosting and/or reseller hosting accounts or whatever other types of packages, is in fact reselling what it has bought from its provider. Despite that, it is generally regarded as a full-fledged host. Sure, they do take care that the servers are managed properly, that they are secure, they provide customer support, so they add to the original product that they have bought, but in essence they are resellers.

The first one is that the reliability, the uptime and server performance depend almost entirely on the upstream provider (the host behind the reseller). Considering that the reseller did a good job in finding a great upstream host, these things should be fine, but, unfortunately, in their search to get the best deal out there, many hosting resellers (if not most of them) end up being hosted for just a few bucks a month on highly overcrowded servers with stability and performance problems, frequent downtime etc. which will in turn translate into poor service for the end user.

The other major concern is the knowledgeability of the reseller. The very ease of becoming a reseller and the fact that almost anyone, or, as a WebHostingTalk user said it once, "anybody and his dog", can be a reseller, makes it very hard for some to trust a hosting reseller.

I would never say a reseller is a bad choice, but some things are not to be expected from a reseller. For example most resellers are a one man show and thus 24/7 365 days a year support can not be achieved without outsourcing some of it. This however is not a very cost effective solution for low volumes and this is why most resellers provide all the support themselves, which will obviously not be 24/7.

Also a reseller has only so much freedom on the server. A reseller cannot do some things and has to ask his own host to do them for him. That means it will take longer for those things to get solved.

On the plus side, a reseller often gets to know his customers and their needs and the client-reseller relationship often gets quite close. A friendly tone is worth for some people more than a 99.99% uptime statistic. If you're one of those people a reseller could very well be the right choice.

I am running some blogs on JustHost, a WordPress Web Hosting recommended by WordPress. You can visit my JustHost Review for reference.

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