Blog Moved Off Of WebHost4Life

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I recently moved my blog off of WebHost4Life where I have had it hosted for a couple years now. Apparently the traffic on my blog was causing a load on their servers. I never fully believed it was my blog’s fault since they didn’t give me any convincing evidence.

In any case, it is a fitting time to move it to my company’s dedicated server (at 1and1) and my blog is now blazingly fast compared to before. I figure rather than paying WH4L for hosting, I might as well pay my own company for the privilege.

I switched DNS over and so far no problems. In case you are wondering, I use for my DNS servers. They are a free DNS provider and I have not had any problems with them at all. Very simple to set up and use.

The key benefit of having all my DNS over there is that everytime I change hosting provider, I don’t have to change the root DNS servers at my Domain Registrar.

Since I have already paid for a year at WH4L, I will probably set up a Subtext blog for my younger brother and some of his friends there.

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25 responses

  1. Avatar for Josh
    Josh April 20th, 2006

    I think you can cancel your remaining time with WH4L - it's only a monthly contract but you pay a year upfront.

  2. Avatar for Robb Allen
    Robb Allen April 20th, 2006

    While I don't generate enough traffic to give a dial up connection a hard time, I still host everything at home. Road Runner allows port 80 and I've got 10 down 2 up which is enough for a single blog that's not too heavy on the graphics (plus my phone).
    When I get Verizon Fios, I'll have to pay for business class to allow port 80, but I still consider it cheaper than having to pay for hosting.
    Plus, being a geek, it's fun.

  3. Avatar for Steve Harman
    Steve Harman April 20th, 2006
    Plus, being a geek, it's fun.

    I couldn't agree more Robb. I too host my blog from my broadband connection (running on a measly PII w/512MB of RAM I might add).
    Yeah, I don't have 99.9999% availability like most of your major hosting providers do, but I estimate that I have upwards of 99.5%. And like Robb, having a very small reader-base I'm sure that I don't generate nearly enough traffic to come close to hitting my up-stream limits.
    But to me the most compelling reason to host from home is that I get to learn/tinker with the whole set-up from the server hardware, OS, application server, database server, etc... Now I know that many people are concerned with backup & failover and all of that, but being a small-time site I don't really need the failover. I do however have a pretty sweet backup solution in place -- using Cygwin I have a nightly job that runs rsync b/t my server and workstation, and then rsync+SSH over the 'net to an offsite PC at a friends.
    I've been meaning to write up a How-To for getting Cygwin + rsync + SSH all up and running on Windows, but just haven't gotten around to it yet. Perhaps it's time.

  4. Avatar for Jeff Atwood
    Jeff Atwood April 20th, 2006

    Thank goodness. The performance was TERRIBLE on WH4L.
    Now if you could only fix that "Loading google-analytics..." slowdown in your dependency chain..

  5. Avatar for jayson knight
    jayson knight April 20th, 2006

    AHHHH darnit! I just hammered out a long comment and hit the reset button warning message! I'll type it up again later on.

  6. Avatar for Ken Robertson
    Ken Robertson April 20th, 2006

    Much faster! Very nice!

  7. Avatar for (Ken Robertson) (Ken Robertson) April 20th, 2006

    Much faster! Very nice!

  8. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 20th, 2006

    Jeff, for you, I took out google analytics.

  9. Avatar for Jeff Atwood
    Jeff Atwood April 21st, 2006

    > I just hammered out a long comment and hit the reset button accidentally
    Is there EVER a good reason to have a "Reset" button? And right next to the "Comment" button?
    Isn't that a bit like putting the seat ejector button next to the ignition key in your car? EXCITING TIMES!

  10. Avatar for Haacked
    Haacked April 21st, 2006

    Good point. I never even noticed I had a reset button there.

  11. Avatar for jayson knight
    jayson knight April 23rd, 2006

    +1 to Phil for removing the Reset button.

  12. Avatar for SJH
    SJH May 19th, 2006

    webhost4life are a bunch of pirates anyway
    despite stating that email is included as are multiple domains the truth is that only the first domain is free for email and all other domains can only be attached at root level. If you want to attach at subdirectory then a charge of $15yr is made. They are completely unwilling to state what else will be charged for. You will also find that despite their guarentee of a full refund this does not include the setup fee.

  13. Avatar for Masud
    Masud May 24th, 2006

    I have very good experience so far with webhost4life. The reason I went with them was their customer testimonials at
    I havn't see any other host with these kind of testimonial on a daily basis.
    Lucky enough, I did got the same excellent service from them.
    As far as the $15 fee, I got the info upfront from their sales, so that didn't bother me much.

  14. Avatar for CJ
    CJ September 15th, 2006

    Webhost4life is great, I've been using them for almost 1yr now. No problem and support is amazingly fast. Yes I checked their testimonial page, and I am amazed too. So i contribute my testimonial into there too =)
    Webhost4life is definately the best out there.

  15. Avatar for TM
    TM October 22nd, 2006

    Webhost4life is working great for me and so far so good. Havn't have any downtime, but I am on the Premium plan. I figure that's more suitable to my business than a $5 plan. I love their support service, they are always fast and knowledgeable. I would recommand webhost4life to anyone.

  16. Avatar for royce
    royce April 12th, 2007

    wow the last 3 comments seemed to come directly from webhosting4life. :|
    im about to go with them but im afraide they will turn out to be bad. im a newbie to hosting and i dont need to get tricked and then covered up by webhosting4life agents proweling the net.
    maybe it is an excelent service..?? im going to have to do serious research based on negative comments rather than the positive ones.

  17. Avatar for reverendtimothy
    reverendtimothy April 23rd, 2007

    I've been with webhost4life since 2004, and I've been impressed with the storage space, features, and responsiveness of the helpdesk staff.
    Lately however (last year or so), I've noticed a significant decrease in the speed - to the point where I'm considering relocating.
    *sigh* the search for hosts is a pain in the ass.

  18. Avatar for Scott
    Scott January 9th, 2008

    If you want to pay a little more than for just simple hosting, dedicated servers are cheaper these days. No limits to what ports you are using, how much bandwidth, or how much load you are causing on the server. Its your server and you can do what you want with it, even resell web hosting to others. As far as support and having the company set things up for you, find a company that does everything for you for free, such as at Hosted DB ( and others may change a small fee. You can bug them all you want with questions or requests to set something up and not be charged extra.

  19. Avatar for Jay
    Jay February 26th, 2008

    I also have over 3 years experience with WH4L. It does appear that their level of service has degraded over the past year or so. After some not-so-scientific testing, I believe that the problem lies on their database servers (which I guess can be expected when they offer 2 free SQL, mySQL & SQL express database to each customer). They recently (2/19/08) sent a message that they would no longer be supporting SQL Express after March 19th, so maybe service will improve in the near future. Here's the text of the message they sent:
    "After extensive research and monitoring, it has been determined that the resource used by SQL express engine causes a dramatic performance decrease for the server. Futhermore, it creates security issues for the server. Unfortunately, we are forced to discontinue support for SQL Express database engine on March 19, 2008. For all customers using SQL Express engine, please move your database to a SQL 2005 environment. The easiest way is to use "attach" function through the "control panel -> database -> mssql admin" section to attach your .mdf and .ldf file. If you need further assistance, please feel free to contact our help desk support staff. Thank you."
    I'll be sticking around a little longer to see if things improve (fingers crossed), but if they do not, I guess I too will be in the market for a new hosting provider...

  20. Avatar for Alouch
    Alouch March 8th, 2008

    they do take care of some an to some their attitude is take it or leav it.
    the reason i m with them is that they provide all i need in terms of features asp, php , mysql n good valume of space plus more, im not a heavy user but i have over 20 sites parked n have php n asp testing portals runing.
    its value for money. but it isnt the best webhost its more like STUCK4life! Well im planing to get my files together n leave them -- i just cant find other host yet that provide same service with same value for mony n thats y im stuck withem.
    if any one see this and have a good idea for all round feature with value for money , i love to hear.

  21. Avatar for george
    george May 4th, 2008

    I have had horrible experience with webhost4life. Actually no one at the staff that reads the support tickets actually understands what I say. After hosting for 3 years there, the service quality has deteriorated (very slow loading speed) and I waste lots of time re-submitting information on tickets that i had already thoroughly explained. Our company is moving all sites for clients out of webhost4life and I am actively telling all my tech contacts to stay away from that company. It is inefficient, low quality, and in the end we end up paying more with our time and nerves than we save by cheaper hosting. Cheap is expensive!

  22. Avatar for Mike Jackson
    Mike Jackson June 9th, 2008

    Like most here we had issues with wh4l. After numerous sql, support, and downtime issues we moved to Server Intellect. We have never been happier and am so glad we left wh4l when we did. I just hope we can save other!!!

  23. Avatar for JD
    JD October 11th, 2008

    Hmm, i've been with webhost4life for more than 3 years and i've never enoucntered such issue, when renewed, it costed a bit more than the beginning, but i think that's valuable
    I like the guys, i just purchased a special linux package with $2.99 per month, this is the url:
    I think you'll be hard to find a plan as cheap as this one;
    But that's only for linux, if you'd like to find a windows server, amy have a check with
    I just provide with my personal feeling,
    if you never give it a try, today is a beginning
    they do provide a great clients' service

  24. Avatar for Neal Blomfield
    Neal Blomfield November 6th, 2008

    Tripped over this post again(i subscribe via rss) after reading something about WH4L on Matt Berther's Blog.
    So funny seeing exactly the same (positive and negative) comments posted from EXACTLY the same people - skim the comments at and as well as the ones here and you'll see what I mean.
    @Masud and SJH - you guys are clowns, copy paste comments across different sites in the same sphere of influence within the blogoshphere - you two have to be marketing types, no-one else could be that stupid.
    To anyone else thinking about WH4L - ignore the comments read the posts - those are the real impressions of the guys who used the service not some made up marketing hype.
    WebHost4Life - sounds more like WebHost2Death to me.

  25. Avatar for Supee
    Supee November 29th, 2008

    i'm not agree with your opinion above, with my personal experience, Webhost4life.ORG
    is a quick and cheap hosting company
    The support is very responsible
    Especially with their Live chat support service
    I've been to
    A nice blog with Wh4L
    Everyone can have his opinion, but please don't assume with others' comments