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Old 10-14-2017, 09:24 AM   #1
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For many years I've had web hosting for $25 a year. These were called their "Tiny" hosting plan, and I had two of these. And then I added a third one, but by that time it was up to $35 a year. 'These Tiny accounts were perfect because the sites used tiny amounts of resources. I was not trying to reach the world or do much of anything.

They renew at different times, and recently I was sent a $61 bill. This is more than double the price. I contacted them and they said this is their new price. A quick look and I found cheaper hosting elsewhere. For example, Network Solutions (if you can believe that). But then I have to do some fiddling to get it set up in another place and I'm not up to it right now. So I guess that's that, for now.

   
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Is the cost for their hosting services or for the domain registration(s)? I have my domain registered with myhosting.com--I generally do 3 year renewals but this year, I went with a 5 year renewal. My webhosting is done with unitedhosting and they charge me $8/month...



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FWIW, I generally like Myhosting's services/pricing but their renewal notices are starting to piss me off. I have several domains there; every time a couple of them come up for renewal, I get these emails promising dire consequences if I don't immediately update my credit card info (which IS up to date) or give them a different credit card number (not happening). So then we go through this elaborate fandango of emails and phone calls to sort the problem out; it inevitably ends up with "Oh, don't worry about it, we'll resubmit the charges several times until they go through."

So why not leave me the hell ALONE until AFTER submitting the charges and failing howevermanytimes your limit is?

They. Just. Don't. Get. It.

Which is why I'm gradually moving all the domains I *care* about and can't afford to lose over to another registrar, EasyDNS.

   
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I use it for hosting websites only.

   
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steve: promising dire consequences if I don't immediately update my credit card info (which IS up to date) or give them a different credit card number (not happening)
I used to have problems with them every renewal with my credit card, but this last time--a few months ago--I had absolutely no problem so maybe they've finally fixed it? Also, I paid for my sister's domain renewal a few weeks after I'd done mine and again, had no issues...


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Old 10-17-2017, 12:48 PM   #6
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>> so maybe they've finally fixed it?

I just did battle over this (AGAIN) a month or so ago. So I guess not. The problem seems to occur when they renew several domains at one time. They're in Canada ... FOREIGNERS, EGAD!!!, so the bank/credit card company gets understandable twitchy about it when several charges hit within a matter of seconds or minutes. The bank swears they didn't reject anything, so I think it's just some programmer at the hosting company ASS-U-ME-ing that things will happen in a certain order and then tossing wobblies when they don't.

My other bank calls me when anything suspicious goes on; I got one of those the other day. They wanted to know if a certain charge from California was legitimate. Um. No .... haven't ordered anything on line and I'm not in Cali.... oh, waitaminnit. CA. Are you sure it's not CANADA? 'Cause that's where I am, and that'd be about the amount of the last thing I put on the card.

<litella>Oh. Nevermind.</litella>

   
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You might try notifying your card people before this happens and get them to flag the transactions as legitimate in advance.

We do that with our credit cards when we used to travel and did it when Dottie's son moved from SC to WY giving them the States he would be likely to be travelling through so that he had no problems with motels and gas pumps.

   
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Been there, done that; spent quite a bit of time with them and their records the last time this happened, in fact. They had no record of the charges being denied. Which, I agree, makes no sense. It could, I suppose, be a timing issue: Host sends four or five transactions through to the same target bank, all within a second or less, doesn't get responses to all of them instantly and decides, erroneously, that "no answer just yet" = "no".

I always call the banks to notify them that I'll be traveling, though. Some of them handle it smoothly, some less so.

   
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steve: <litella>Oh. Nevermind.</litella>
LOL!!! '-}}


Sorry to hear they are still mucking things up...



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Oh well, "Nobody's perfect"

   
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