The Planet Horror Experience

Jun 24, 2008

Does web hosting company The Planet have absolutely no respect or care for small business customers?

I have just had the most horrible customer service experience in my life. Our server went down after a simple restart Friday. Now, three days later, we are still without a server, our web sites are down, and we are loosing thousands of dollars. AND - even worse - we are loosing credibility with our customers.

After technical support had been unable to get our server up and running again Friday, we asked the tech staff if it would be a good idea to buy a new server instead, since our old server was getting old. They said this would be a very good idea.

So we talked to one of The Planet's sales staff on Saturday, and he promised we would have our server by the end of bussiness that day. Now, two days later, we still don't have our server.

And, worst off all, every time we contact The Planet support, we are promised things are getting solved and that they will get back to us, which never happens. We even left a message with one of the managers, and even he didn't bother to answer us back!

Can you imagine being out of business for THREE whole days (going on four), with nobody caring about your bussiness enough to even keep you updated on what's happening? Have we just been extremely unlucky or are there others out there with similar experiences?

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My Experience With The Planet

Apr 14, 2008

I run a MMO game server and when I outgrown my home DSL connection I decided only way was to get a dedicated server so I ordered an entry level server at the planet. Very good service from the start, server uptime was pretty much %100, never had any huge network issues or anything. Some slowdowns at one point but it was more of a internet issue.

Later on noticed the server specs were actually lower then what I was paying for. Figured, mistakes happen, I put in a ticket. They acted really quick on it and gave me a new server and even doubled my ram + gave me refund. The refund took a bit of time but I eventually got it.

Recently I wanted to try the dual xeon server but virtualize my game server so I can use Linux as the host OS for other purposes, so I chatted with someone and asked if I could get a "trial" before paying, and surprisingly they were ok with that and set me up within a few hours.

I configured the new server and everything was going smooth when I turned on the firewall so it blocked monitoring.

No joke, within 1 minute I got an email saying my server was down and they had responded to the ticket saying they'll look at it. it was a false alarm, but just to show how fast they responded, was really impressed. I just mentioned to ignore it for now until I get the firewall to let their stuff through. All in all I have to say even as a small customer I'm really impressed with the service there.

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1&1 Horror Story

Dec 30, 2008

I have a very long 2-week 2-page horror story but I don't feel like typing it all out right now.

Basically, they deleted my account with no warning and now I need to transfer my domains away but I cannot because my domains are locked and I have no access to my account so I cant unlock them myself and they wont unlock them, no matter how many times I ask them. Does anyone here know a number I can call at 1&1 for somebody who knows what they're talking about and can actually help me? Or perhaps an email address? A web page?

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Dec 3, 2008

I started with on recommendation of a friend. At first they were good. Simple to use, had most of the features I wanted.

It was slow, especially the database, but I could live with that for the low price.
Then the horror began...

First, a hack attack that put trojan scripts into every index file in every site.

Servage refused to acknowledge this after I told them they were hacked. They refused to back up their system to an unhacked version. Instead they let the trojans continue on as if nothing happened.

If that isnt bad enough... they then changed the password on my account.

To which I tried to use the forgotten password feature to recover it. Only, that would not send the password to my email address.

Now, in order to contact Servage, you have to log in and submit a ticket. But I couldnt do that without my password. They rejected every email I sent based on this reasoning.

I finally got an email account that did not autoreject my email address.

So they sent me a new password.

Which did not work.

So I asked again.

They send the same bloody broken password back.

I asked again, for a new password.

No response.

Ask again, no response.

Ask again, no response.

Ask again, no response...

After months of this they decided I was not worth talking to anymore.

Oh... that was until my service expired. Then all of a sudden I was back in demand.

Daily emails saying my account is overdue. As if I was still using it. As if I was still ABLE to use it.

Eventually two of my domains that I purchased thru Servage are going to expire, and I have no way of getting them back, since they refuse to allow me to log in. They refuse to talk to me.

Many friends and business partners have given up on me, because of the problems with Servage. I had a dream contract to develop my Naiture project, ruined. All my emails with my potential client, blocked. @#$@#!$!#@$#!@$

Let me conclude this message by saying "Servage Sucks" so that all the search bots in the world can find it and lead people here.

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May 28, 2008

Futurehosting did a migration this morning on my VPS and after the migration my site is reverted back to old backup in February. Both on my old VPS and new VPS Ips shows the same old backup files not the current one. I panicked and quickly told the support and they did the restoration to the recent backup file from my old VPS but I checked my site again and its still show the same old files. I have lost total of 3 months of hard work and there's no way for me for getting the files back. From their VPS plan "All VPSs include Future Protect which makes a backup every 6 hours." I did not get the recent backup instead of last February backup. This is outrageous and there's no sleep for me on tonight while I'm going to create all those missing files.

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Aug 2, 2008

I have 2 servers hosted with SoftLayer, In 22 Jun, I had reboot my servers, one of them didn't start and then SL said that it's was a reslov problem and we fix it, after that day, I start seeing all my websites traffic start go down , I check Google Analytics and the visitors number is going down everyday, I open a ticket and say that to SL and i think it's was a DNS problem they tell me after a lot of replys that they fix it and i must wait for 72 hours that need for the dns to be updated worldwide, I didn't say that SL support is bad no they are very very helpful support and many thanks to them, but i wanna to listen to your opinions here about my problem, and from where it's?

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Nov 6, 2009

is there anybody out there with a rave review and different experience than the rest of us are having?

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Jul 18, 2008

I've been waiting to get a server for a long time. On Monday, I went ahead and ordered a server from The Planet. 20 minutes later, I decided for the money I might as well upgrade my package a little bit (from $180 to $220). So I chatted with one of the sales representatives (Ryan B to be exact) and was told my first order was canceled and that the second server was ordered. $197 was charged for the first order and today, 5 days later, has yet to be refunded.

I found out on Tuesday that I'm being laid off on August 22. With this information, I immediately canceled my second order with The Planet, knowing I wouldn't be able to pay it monthly. I was told the order was canceled (the server was never setup) and I also asked about my first order. They said it had been canceled and I should be getting the refund shortly. That was Tuesday afternoon. I contacted them on Wednesday and again they said I should be getting the money soon. It's a simple credit card charge back, it can be done instantly. It's now Friday afternoon, almost 5 days since I ordered my first server and the money (totaling $443) still hasn't been refunded. Is this normal...? I really could use that money...

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Mar 13, 2008

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Apr 28, 2009

I was hosted with these guys for well over 2 years, and was spending on average more than $2,000.00 a month for servers.

I had slowly grown to well over 10 boxes, and was definately on my way. then one day I get a spam complaint that one of my serves was casing complaints. So I checked it out, and asked for the complaints to be relayed so I would have record of it..... nothing.... I responded and even tried to call, but at that point they had sent me a tciket stating.

We have recieved well ofer 1000 spam complaints from a server you lease with us, per out TOS we are terminating ALL OF YOUR SERVERS, and you have 15 days to remove the data!

WOW... there was no ability to have them terminate that server, they simply said NO your account will be terminated (all of your servers) and you will be banned from The Planet!

When I tried to call they said your not allowed to speak with the abuse dept, again I tried contacting my account manager, and he said he checked into it and only saw a few complaints, and didn;t understand why they were doing this... In short I barely got moved over to another provideer before they shut me down completely..... They did however offer one course of action... you could turn your dedicated server clients over to us so they dont have to move! THEY ACTUALLY SAID THIS!

I at that point made the move and then they hit my credit card for another month well short of 20 days before a bill would even be due.. I had to file charges at the local courthouse to get this reversed.

My advice, if you host at the planet dont send mail. get another server provider for mail, these guys are *&^)(* and they don;t care about shutting you down no matter what you spend with them, on top of that they will try to scarf your clients up if they can, after they leave you high and dry....

Anyone else have issues like this with anyone else. I want to compile a list of providers that do business like this so I can avoid them.

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Oct 2, 2009

I've had my servers with The Planet for years. Used to be really happy with them. Ever since the merger, they seem to have deteriorated over time. Recently, I find the level of support to have become poor.

The redeeming quality is that they have had outstanding uptime over all of these years, and they are always there if you need them in a true emergency - in other words, they always pick up the phone.

I need a company that is comparable in their level of staffing and resources. Who out there is comparable, yet providing better support and overall attitude these days and for the long-haul?

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Oct 1, 2008

The Planet used to be great. All the people that made them great left for softlayer.

The Planet support now runs the gamut from mediocre to bad. But their billing policies are atrocious. They add charges to your service without you ordering it. They promise to refund you but don't. And when you cancel, they bill you anyway. When you call, they will admit their mistake. They will claim to refund you, but then don't.

It's a nightmare. So far Softlayer is as good or even better than The Planet used to be.

When you cancel with The Planet, make sure to change your credit card number so they can't charge you. If you are contemplating hosting with them, don't. Everything good you heard about them was true, but only because of the people who left for Softlayer.

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Jun 11, 2008

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This is what the system emails tell me:

IP: 70.87.XX.X (
Failures: 5 (sshd)
Interval: 95 seconds
Blocked: Yes

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Jul 13, 2008

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That sounds decent enough, but I keep reading this forum and seeing good things about SoftLayer over and above the Planet. Should I consider moving? Anyone care to say what is better about SoftLayer? Anyone know of any cons to moving? I was inclined not to really shop around since the Planet has been good, but I don't want to be foolish and I by the sounds of some of those reviewing them, it sounds like SoftLayer's support is worth switching for.

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Jul 21, 2008

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I was looking for a DC to get 2 new servers
despite I like The Planet, I was looking at other alternatives because it wasn't that cheap

but I'd like to thanks Ryan B. from sales, who got a very good offer, and kept giving impressive support after I ordered the servers

he really seems to like what his job, so thumbs up here to The Planet

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Aug 16, 2008

Can anyone recommend a good reputation company that resells The Planet's servers?

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Jul 3, 2008

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Dec 14, 2008

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I know there is some DNS maintenance going on, but it said to expect no downtime?

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Apr 10, 2009

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Sep 24, 2008

Very hard to believe that it has been 4.5 (Ordered our first server in January of 2004) years since I first turned up services with The Planet (ServerMatrix at the time) and still have equipment with them to this day.

Here's my quick breakdown....Support - Looking back at our ticket history, we've never opened a ton of tickets. When we needed assistance, they were always quick to assist us and provided prompt resolutions.

Network - Their network is top notch and I've yet to find another provider that's even close to The Planet. We still have some equipment that is on their legacy unmetered Cogent product (now on their premium network, since they dont have Cogent any longer) and we continuously are able to pull the 20m and normally, much much more. Their network has always been top notch.

Hardware - I've acknowledged over the years that The Planet, historically, had issues with replacing failed drives and reloading OS's in a timely fashion. We never experienced that, ever... nor have I seen a complaint about that in quite some time.

We've experienced a single hardware failure with The Planet and the failed item was replaced quickly and at a time we dictated, which was great.

Overall - Fantastic. One of things I've really come to love about The Planet is the dedication to their customer. To this day, I still get a phone call at the office, at the house and on my cell whenever anything goes haywire on one of my servers. I can't count on them to have my back when I'm not watching and I've come to rely on them to respond to and resolve issues before I am aware of them.

Although we have diversified where we place our hardware, we'll continue to partner with The Planet and continue to enjoy the excellent service we've become accustomed to.

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Mar 30, 2008

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Jun 2, 2008

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They inform me they need to unmount to prevent corruption or data loss.. fine. they inform me there's an application or configuration that is preventing them from doing so. No problem. I asked them to restore my sites (which began showing as 404 since they began)... they didn't seem to know what I was talking about.

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I'm attempting a home backup restore now. I have backups of everything, but this was not my choice of events for a Monday morning at 3am!

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Aug 31, 2008

I want to share my positive review of The Planet service.

I have been using servers at The Planet for almost 3 years since the time YourHost posting weekly deals on WHT.

If you're an old member here, you would remember how people waited for the new weekly special (especially the Christmas one).

In general, i'm satisfied with their service, very stable network, fast support, competitive offers from time to time.

I really like The Planet "Escalation Procedures", which i request phone call for any issues affecting server uptime.

I received a few phone calls when doing hardware upgrade, monitoring system notify server down ...

They don't just send an alert email but they call me to notify server down.

Support response time is usually 15-30 minutes.
There was a period that it takes a few hours to get a reply, i think during the merging of EV1, but it was improved shortly after that.

Hardware quality: I never experience any issues with hardware, the oldest server is 3 years old and running well.

My Rating:
Network: 9 (there is no 10)
Support: 8.5 (some room for improvement but still the highest ranking among other providers i use, LT, SL, DN ...)
Hardware: 9

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May 17, 2008

I've been with the Planet for four years and have been absolutely delighted with their service. Yet, I'm wondering if I should move elsewhere. Why? Mostly for one reason: four years later, my now aged Celeron 2.4 GHz system still has the same monthly cost as it did four years ago. I'm not looking for them to give me a better price on that system, but I'd like to upgrade to the "modern equivalent" of what that system was in 2004...

looking at plans on their site, one might expect that for each price point the servers would have changed over the years, but my server is still the one that fills my price point. The Planet seems to have completely ignored having their low end line evolve as old technology fades away, new technology comes into play and things like hard disk prices have plummeted. For what I might have paid for a Celeron 2.4 GHz computer from Dell four years ago, I'd now end up with a Pentium or better (e.g. Dell's cheapest system comes with a 2.0 Ghz dual core Pentium and a hard disk 3x larger than my 80 GB one).

So, I'm looking for suggestions. Hosting is something I do on the side as a service to my web design clients. As such, I want something reliable (like the Planet has been) but I cannot at this point justify something where my end cost with server, cPanel, etc., costs much more than $110-$120.

Features I have and would like to keep:

1.) 24x7 tech support (obviously) backed by an high availability SLA

2.) Red Hat Enterprise Linux

3.) cPanel/Fantastico

4.) Server monitoring/basic management (the Planet will reboot the server for me if one of its four or five vital services go down and they'll take care of kernel upgrades -- nothing else)

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I'm not in the market to lease a dedicated server right now, but just out of curriousity, what is the difference between renting one from HostGator, or from The Planet (who I believe HostGator gets their servers from).

Wouldn't that be the same product with 2 different labels on it?

Also, I saw on HostGators website: "We have over 150 employees to provide you around-the-clock superior support." So do they have their employees at The Planets facility, or are they refering to The Planets employees who support their customers, or how does this whole deal work?

My thinking has always been, whenever possible, go directly to the SOURCE, to get the best deals. Is this not the case?

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