The Champion of Horrible Domain Registrars Strikes Again: GoDaddy Takes Down RateMyCop.com

March 12, 2008

GoDaddy, long-time champion of taking down domains of websites it doesn’t like, has struck again. This time it has taken down a police watchdog site, RateMyCop.com. As is its usual policy, there is no warning, and the owner wasn’t even informed. The domain is simply redirected to a page on GoDaddy.

GoDaddy is notorious for taking down sites whenever it receives the slightest complaint against it, and has a a long history of acting in this way. Maybe it was jealous that eNom was hogging all the bad publicity and wanted to return to the limelight slimelight.

If your domain is with GoDaddy, or you’re hosted there, better start thinking of alternatives. Unfortunately, it’s really hard to find a good registrar anywhere. But GoDaddy has proven itself to be the bottom of the barrel, with eNom competing to win that distinction as well.

Filed in Outraged, News, Web Hosting, Opinion.

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Internet Operators’ Limited Understanding of Unlimited

February 12, 2008

What’s with all these internet companies anyway? Don’t they understand what “unlimited” means? Last month, thesitewizard.com wrote about web hosting companies that don’t know the meaning of unlimited. Today, Ars Technica reveals that some network providers don’t understand the term either.

Doesn’t this kind of advertising contravene some sort of law like false advertising or something?

Filed in Outraged, Advertising, Web Hosting.


The Awfully Limited Stats of WordPress.com

January 29, 2008

The WordPress.com stats are awful. Sure, it gives you which pages have been viewed. Yeah, that and the phrases that led people to your site. But there’s really a dearth of information. For example, which search engines were used for those phrases? Where is the visitor path report? Browsers? Operating system? And so on.

It’s not just the poor stats. It’s that they prevent you from even effectively using third party web statistics by their removal of all JavaScript code whenever you post. So all you can do is use the stats’ basic image option, which can’t really provide sufficient information.

I want better stats. And I want JavaScript support for my blog entries.

Filed in: Web Design, Web Hosting, WordPress


WordPress.com Limitations

January 21, 2008

I seem to be making a lot of posts about my current blog host. The trouble is that I sort of discover these things as I use the platform. There was no list of things that are different between a normal WordPress installation and the one provided by WordPress.com. The latest thing I found was that the main page’s “Posted in: (category name)” link does not lead to my list of categories on my own site. Instead, it despicably leads to wordpress.com’s own category list. Horrible.

I thought I already dealt with this when I stopped using “tags” and started using “categories”, but it looks like WordPress.com is determined to make all our WordPress.com blogs link to them. I may have to move my blog back to a normal web host. My old web host, which I mentioned in my first post, is trying to fix the problems in its server, and by some reports, the server is apparently up again. I mean, at least on my own account, I can configure the template properly and not have all these sneaky links on my site linking to other sites out of the blue.

Update: I’ve decided to add my own “Filed under” links under my posts. It’s a bit tedious to have to do things that the downloadable WordPress software does automatically, but at least it’s better than nothing. A good side effect of this is that at least the categories show up in my permalink pages.

Filed under: Outraged, WordPress, Web Hosting.


Refugee

January 14, 2008

Here I am, on another free web host. You’d think I’d have learnt my lesson. My wordpress blog was hosted on another free web host that has been down for nearly a month. It looks like they’re going to be down some more.

I’m currently trying to decide whether to import my entries into this blog, or just start this from scratch. When I wrote my first blog, I made a lot of mistakes, so if I start from scratch, I don’t have to air my mistakes everywhere. Then again, I had a lot of nice posts too, that I’d hate to lose.

Part of the problem is that I don’t know if that host is going to come back up again soon. I mean it was “soon” a couple of weeks back. Who knows?

Filed under: Web Hosting