Signing Up With AmeriHosting

Jun 5, 2007

signed up a week ago, for some reason cannot login to control panel or via SSH, opened support ticked twice, still cannot login i am using VPS to test software, Amerihosting is the worst VPS hosting so far Support tickets:4115,4116,4124

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Amerihosting ..

Sep 12, 2008

Last Oct '07, based on the recommendation of a friend I moved my VPS away from Liquidweb (big mistake), I prepaid for annual VPS account with Amerihosting. This saved me about $150/yr over what I was paying with Liquidweb.

The first 3.5mons were incredible. The VPS was rock-solid, everything just worked...

Then came Feb '08... and everything went down hill from there.

I've had nothing but VPS issue after issue. And with the lack of phone support, the average ticket time has been 48+ hrs. In some cases, 12+ days. Yes, 12+ days to semi-resolve issues.

I will have to say, they are pretty quick to respond to the first ticket. But usually you just get a reply within 15-30 mins from Justin that says...

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Mar 30, 2009

I am making a transition from shared to VPS hosting. The main reason is a small application (metatrader) which I need to run 24-7 on a Windows platform.

I dedicated the last few weeks to learning all I can before finally signing for a VPS. But I have a hard time finding ANY tutorials on Windows server administration.

1. Is there a good A-to-Z tutorial on securing a windows VPS?

2. Considering I will be just running a windows application (no hosting a multitude of domains/sites, no using of e-mail, etc.) do I need Plesk and/or Antivirus (e.g. Dr. Web)?

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May 19, 2008

I've seen a couple of threads regarding Amerihosting, but they really don't address my question. Has anyone here used them for dedicated server service and what was your experience?

Our current providers don't offer Plesk, so we're looking for a solid Plesk host.

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Jul 22, 2007

I've read great things about ServerAxis both here and in other venues. However, it seems that they require a picture of a credit card upon signing up.

I've been shopping online for many many years and have never heard of this kind of requirement. I'm pretty uncomfortable doing this, and I don't really see the purpose. Even when you shop at a brick and mortar store, they don't take pictures of your credit card.

I can understand the ultimate goal in curbing fraud, but as I mentioned, this seems like a pretty strange requirement.

Has anyone had problems after having given SeverAxis a photo of your credit card?

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AmeriHosting OpenVZ VPS First Day Review

Jun 21, 2007

Running on a physical server Dual-Core AMD Opteron(tm) Processor 2210 (0.8GHz) with 3 CPUs (cache size: 1024 KB) and 1048576kB of RAM, AmeriHosting VPSs seem the most powerfull available today in the web hosting industry. We ordered the Business model + Direct Admin control panel with a WHT promotion code for as low $43 USD/monthly. We payd using PayPal and received the VPS ready for use in exactly four minutes. The Business VPS is the top model of the ones running Open VZ under control of Hyper VM, revolutionary technology created by LxLabs. The Hyper VM control panel appears like SWSoft VZPP, but have more enhacements and is very intuitive. Through this Hyper VM CP the user can stop, restart, backup the VPS, see complete statistics, do various tasks including install and reinstall the operating system from a large list of distrus including CentOS, Fedora, Ubuntu, Debian.These developers have been created also a control panel called LxAdmin that consumes only 15K of RAM (this turns VPS really smart!). In few minutes we did an #yum update yum and #yum install mc and #yum install emacs without problem bwith the operating system, CentOS 4x. To test this VPS we downloaded our Direct Admin tarball of /home (around 1.7GB) and untar it in 6 minutes, generating 5 GB of data concerning 15 domains names in two resellers. We changed the nameservers to ns1.macarloshark.com & ns2.macarloshark.com in our partner Dotster and 1 minute after the websites are running just fine in the AmeriHosting Business VPS. Note that AmeriHosting has 15 years of experience in the web hosting industry and it's IPs & DNS want not long time for propagate unlike in another providers. At the first day of our evaluation we are taing VPS AmeriHosting 10 of 10 in all items we consider concerning customer service and technical performance. Note that we do not consider support because this VPS is unmanaged. The VPS has this spec: ....

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[Review] AmeriHosting VPS 1-Week

Mar 20, 2007

Ordered: 2:02PM EST
Paid: 2:04PM EST
Login Details Received: 3:06PM EST
SLA: 99.9%
Package:
Basic:
10 GB Disk Space
100 GB Bandwidth
128 MB Guaranteed Memory
256 MB Burstable Memory
1 IP Address
Full Root Access
CentOS 4
OpenVirtuozzo Based
Unmanaged
LxAdmin Free
cPanel/DirectAdmin not available
$10/mo | Free Setup minus 10% = $9.00/mo

Ticket Issue 1
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Opened a ticket asking for resolver nameservers/reverse-DNS entry
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Opened: 3:29PM EST
Responded/Resolved 3:38PM EST

Ticket Issue 2
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Opened a ticket regarding an issue with server speed. I was unable to get speeds about 250K/s and would fluctuate quite a bit.
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Opened: 8:20PM EST
1st Response: 12:23AM EST (Ticket received, forwarding to network admin)
2nd Response: 5:07AM EST (Please check the issue again, should be fixed)
My Response: 9:42AM EST (Nope, still slow)
3rd Response: 3:08PM EST (OK will have admin look again)
My Response: 12:49AM EST (Any news?)
4th Response: 2:52AM EST (Problem found, switch issue, will be fixed ASAP)
Global E-mail: 8:54PM EST (Switch needs to be reset, downtime expected)
5th Response: 2:56AM EST (Found which switch it was, swapping it out)
6th Response + Resolution 1:37AM EST

Ticket Issue 3
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Had trouble with install LXAdmin using HyperVM.
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Opened: 10:02PM EST
Responded/Resolved: 5:14AM EST (They installed it for me)

Benchmark 1

PHP Code:

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BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.1)
System -- Linux server.911reborn.com 2.6.9-023stab037.3-smp #1 SMP Wed Dec 13 19:31:35 MSK 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
/dev/simfs            10240000    509580   9730420   5% /

Start Benchmark Run: Sat Mar 17 03:01:46 MSK 2007
 03:01:46 up 16 min,  0 users,  load average: 0.10, 0.04, 0.01

End Benchmark Run: Sat Mar 17 03:12:35 MSK 2007
 03:12:35 up 27 min,  0 users,  load average: 5.93, 3.73, 1.88

                     INDEX VALUES
TEST                                        BASELINE     RESULT      INDEX

Dhrystone 2 using register variables        376783.7  4707613.5      124.9
Double-Precision Whetstone                      83.1      682.6       82.1
Execl Throughput                               188.3     1943.1      103.2
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks         2672.0    63369.0      237.2
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           1077.0    19283.0      179.0
File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        15382.0   478208.0      310.9
Pipe Throughput                             111814.6   738727.5       66.1
Pipe-based Context Switching                 15448.6   106863.1       69.2
Process Creation                               569.3     4492.1       78.9
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    44.8      344.0       76.8
System Call Overhead                        114433.5   717245.0       62.7
                                                                 =========
     FINAL SCORE                                                     108.4 

Benchmark 2

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BYTE UNIX Benchmarks (Version 4.1-wht.1)
System -- Linux server.911reborn.com 2.6.9-023stab037.3-smp #1 SMP Wed Dec 13 19:31:35 MSK 2006 i686 i686 i386 GNU/Linux
/dev/simfs            10240000    517496   9722504   6% /

Start Benchmark Run: Tue Mar 20 16:39:05 MSK 2007
 16:39:05 up 1 day, 20:41,  0 users,  load average: 0.00, 0.00, 0.00

End Benchmark Run: Tue Mar 20 17:31:46 MSK 2007
 17:31:46 up 1 day, 21:34,  0 users,  load average: 14.50, 4.91, 2.44

                     INDEX VALUES
TEST                                        BASELINE     RESULT      INDEX

Dhrystone 2 using register variables        376783.7  8937427.9      237.2
Double-Precision Whetstone                      83.1      708.7       85.3
Execl Throughput                               188.3     3702.0      196.6
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks         2672.0   116627.0      436.5
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks           1077.0    25504.0      236.8
File Read 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks        15382.0  1135198.0      738.0
Pipe Throughput                             111814.6  1075104.7       96.2
Pipe-based Context Switching                 15448.6    93084.1       60.3
Process Creation                               569.3     7147.6      125.6
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                    44.8      625.8      139.7
System Call Overhead                        114433.5   965132.4       84.3
                                                                 =========
     FINAL SCORE                                                     165.8 

Summary
Good price, good service, good network. I was a bit upset by how long it took them to fix the switch issue though. The last few responses were too long apart. But when it was fixed, network was blazing. They run on pure Internap. Didn't have any downtime. And then benchmarks are pretty good for paying $10/month. However, I've found Unixbench doesn't weigh in RAM too much. But I still use the benchmarks to reference their CPU/Disk speed.

After my week was up, I took advantage of their 15-Day Money Back Guarantee and canceled my account. I'm now moving to another provider (will also provide a review soon). Still waiting to hear back from Amerihosting about my refund though, and I will post an update soon.

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My Terrible Amerihosting Experience

Jul 17, 2007

So I usually have my main server and a couple of test VPS servers. About a month ago I saw that Amerihosting was running a special on their VPS servers running on pure Internap in Atlanta. I couldn't find anything bad about them so I signed up.

My sign up process went pretty smooth although it took them a while to get the DirectAdmin license. The server was setup on pure Internap and the speeds were decent.

A few days after my order the first downtime happened which left my service down for about an hour. When I opened tickets I pretty much got one line responses and it felt really unprofessional. The techs blamed it on a error with r1soft. Anyway I shrugged it off but I kept noticing small downtimes or losses of connectivity.

Come back to today and my VPS goes down. I check my node and it appears to be dead as well. I try to login to the hypervm but it gives me the error that it can't contact that node. I submit a ticket and after a while I get a response that they have dispatched a tech to look into it. A little while later they say it is back up.

At this point I find that the service is pretty much unstable and can't be trusted so I ask to cancel my account. At this point I get a response that they have cancelled my service but the reason my down time today happened is because of non payment (an outright lie). First of all I haven't gotten my billing notice or statement, I always pay my bills on time for hosting. Second of all the entire node was down. Anyway i find a company shows its true colors during times like this and I believe this just shows that Amerihosting can not be trusted.

I monitoring my stuff from three different services:

Jul 17, 2007 9:21:12 AM 1 Hrs 21 Mins
Jul 15, 2007 10:41:31 PM 3 Mins 28 Secs
Jul 5, 2007 10:29:52 AM 3 Mins 30 Secs
Jun 22, 2007 3:42:25 PM 35 Mins 21 Secs
Jun 22, 2007 2:19:43 PM 25 Mins 3 Secs

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Now it's time to renew this cert (well, just purchase a new one) and surprise, this type of cert. has *raised* the price on every certification company I've looked.

Although I think this is just stealing money from companies, we need it, so I was wondering if you have some good deal to share.

I've seen $179 *a year* at Comodo, $499 *a year* at Verisign (holy cow), and the best deal so far is $563 for *three years* at globalsign.net.

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