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Rackspace is now the home of Last month I did not get out as many posts as I had wanted.  In part I had more work to do than expected, and I lost a member of my family. On the bright side the work came from someone that was not looking for the cheapest possible solutions. The extra work helped to go through the morning period, and I plan to bring something positive out of this tragedy.  But while this was happening was going up and down like a roller coaster through the month of December 2011 had been up and down 164 times.  I have mentioned several times that I had planned to move off, but a support call was the final nail in the coffin with this company. More about that in another post.

Honestly there were a few other hosts that I had my eye on, one of which is a solar powered host out of California.  But given how chaotic my schedule has been I wanted to avoid not being able to get a full review of this host, not to mention I am in the progress of actually finding a home.  After all that was another reason I had got out of the hosting industry which was because I wanted time to buy things such as a car and a house. I got the Car back in late September 2010, granted car prices are not in state of change.  But I think now is the time for a new home.

I wanted to go with a true green hosting provider because at heart I am a tree huger. While I have not mentioned this provider by name the solar host out of California it is not hard to Google them and see who they are.

But here is why Rackspace won the handling of There was a problem with databases, and it was that rather annoying looking color bars that told you what was a popular post for that week.  This widget turns out to be what was killing this site.  It was something I was recommended, I grudgingly did it as it looked like an eye sore on this site. I was really looking for a rational reason to remove it other than having to say I disliked how it looked. But I was told that it would help traffic, clearly it did it cut traffic by 80%. Mediatemple did not find it, and frankly I was not happy with them using the word theory to mean fact.  Not to mention they did a hatchet job to my site in the progress.

This is not an Endorsement of Rackspace

I have mentioned in the past that I was not particularly happy with Rackspace.  But I have yet to mention why.  My problems in the past had to do with the sales agents they had given me.  When I contact them to get new service often there was a lot of feet dragging in the progress. The easiest way to sour me on a company is to give me one too many company representatives that take up my time. One of the reasons I hated dealing with sales and billing reps at ThePlanet, as they were not inclined to keep you as a customer.

Granted these days I have not dealt with a sales agent with Rackspace, but I have never had a bad server from Rackspace.  Support is generally good; I do get the occasional bad tech that you will encounter from other companies.  Remember though this is not unlimited $3.99 a month hosting.  The hosting for is now costing me $150 a month, from the $40 at Mediatemple, from the $4 I originally spent at Godaddy.

Advice on WordPress for Rackspace Cloud users

The last two days was only coming up 50% of the time, and would come up after a reload. The first 24 hours I had ignored Pingdom as I was a bit busy and thought that may have been the dns change. This turned out to be a php memory issue that I was able to correct by adjusting the values.

Now to see that Rackspace can earn being the home to Hosting-Reviews-Exposed.

6 Replies to “ is now Up at”

  1. would you say they are better than your older hosting firm. I stuck with who i am with and so glad i did i think it will come to a point where i will have to move but not just yet.

  2. Hello Kevin,

    Ultimately Rackspace has been my best provider, granted I think there are lot of areas that they could improve upon and are not near the level of service that I had offered when I was a hosting provider. One of the reasons I left Mediatemple was because they really did not seem to be interested in adapting. I have been with Rackspace for 8 years now, and I can say that they do adapt with the times. After all they had a fix for word press when mediatemple wanted to do a hatchet job to my site.



  3. RackSpace CloudSites’s uptime is excellent. Their support is second to none. Granted, they aren’t as cheap as a typical cPanel host, you get what you pay for. I have never had to wait more than 1-2 seconds to get a chat response and when they do respond, the quality of the response is second to none.

    I have a lot of hosting accounts with various cPanel hosts and RackSpace Cloud’s control panel is so much better than cPanel in general. I realize cPanel updates their control panel backend frequently, but their front-end is so grossly out dated, it seems virtually unchanged from 10 years ago and it seems more geared towards newbies that like to see a lot of buttons/bells-and-whistles instead of reliable function. Rackspace Cloud Sites’ control panel is elegant and functional. Super easy for newbies and experts alike.

    Personally, I love it. Unfortunately, so many of my clients are stuck on cPanel, so I have to maintain both RSC and cPanel servers. If they knew how good RackSpace was, they would definitely switch.

  4. Hello Chris? (I am guessing from your email address),

    What I recommend if you want your customers to steer clear of cPanel is to show case how your site(s) function on a RackSpace letting them know the statistics i.e. traffic, space used, data bases, ect, ect. Not to mention how long you have been with them.

    Most cPanel hosts are appealing because they are generally cheaper. Not to mention Cpanel is defined as a user friendly control panel, stability takes a back seat often because of user friendly features.



  5. Hi Benjamin; i like your articles about the different web hosts and especially your article on how to choose a webhost; do you have any recommendations for a 10$/month budget? From your experience; i am hosting with Inmontion Hosting and i want to move as they refuse to upgrade my AddDomain accounts (i am stuck with 5).I have some website for my own purpose and 2 websites for some of my friends. The fact i can’t add more domains is a showstopper for me. Thanks!

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