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The Shining New Webhost Dead Pool

Tue, 4th March 2014, 15:01

For the first time in decades the Great Lakes are almost ice covered and in the Middle East the phrase Arab Spring has taken on new meaning. Some places are like people: some shine and some don`t. Feeling blue and tired can be a byproduct of winter. Yes I'm aware of that masochist minority who find a morbid sense of enjoyment in everything winter.. 2014 is surely one for the records that didn't disappoint.  Still, with the Farmers Almanac calling for more of the same in the month of March, an increasingly disproportionate segment of the population is suffering from cabin fever. Not exactly the climate that would explain the demise of so many web hosting firms.

I believe it was Jack Torrance from the hosting outfit Redrum who was quoted as saying:

Have you ever had a SINGLE MOMENT'S THOUGHT about my responsibilities? Have you ever thought, for a single solitary moment about my responsibilities to my clients? Has it ever occurred to you that I have agreed to look after the web presence until May the FIRST. Does it MATTER TO YOU AT ALL that the OWNERS have placed their COMPLETE CONFIDENCE and TRUST in me, and that I have signed a letter of agreement, a CONTRACT, in which I have accepted that RESPONSIBILITY? Do you have the SLIGHTEST IDEA, what a MORAL AND ETHICAL PRINCIPLE IS, DO YOU? Has it ever occurred to you what would happen to my future, if I were to fail to live up to my responsibilities? Has it ever occurred to you? HAS IT?

Johnny sounds stressed but sometimes we overlook the obvious. All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. To the well-organized mind, death is but the next great adventure so let’s see who's gushing blood in the latest HostJury dead pool!

WGOHosting

Straight-up getting auctioned off (the domain at least) for $600. Ten years of hosting and it all comes down to this. It’s like an elegant allegory for marriage. If you’re thinking of imping a webhost, though- now’s your chance! You’ll get all of the brand recognition of… you know, WGOHosting. 

The Simple Host

The Simple Host Ltd has ceased trading as of 28th January 2014. If you have questions regarding a service you held with us, please contact... thesimplehost@gmail.com

A tragic end for a service with such a modest name. Notice, at the end of that message, a very smart tactic used by the webhosts of The Simple Host Limited to prevent spammers from acquiring their Gmaill address.

UCVHost

The cream of the crap this month, UCVHost is a perfect depiction of what it’s like when a promoter bails. A Delhi-based company, UCV had its backend contracted to Softlayer, and when things got too tough for founder Rajat Khanna, he vanished, leaving behind only this page.

Screenshot of UCVHost homepage 

SoftLayer, for their part, explained that the service was terminated by Mr. Khanna himself, and so everyone’s data is gone! Look for Khanna’s mugshot in The Hindu Business Line soon!

VS-HS

VS-HS has been serving hosting customers with reliable web hosting since October, 2005. VS-HS mission is to provide reliable and affordable Web hosting services with great customer support by applying VS-HS experience and technical skills. VS-HS believe that all customers have different requirements and therefore listen to each and every one of them. Alas we finally got tired of listening.

Waveweb

There’s so little on Waveweb available on google the search engine basically just assumes you’re looking for Wavelab, an audio editor. Wavelab can’t restore the data you may have lost in the death of Waveweb, but it is still working, at least.

Servers.co.in

Servers.co.in is the world's leader in reliable and affordable dedicated server and VPS hosting solutions. If we had a dime for every time a ‘world leader’ in the hosting industry bit the dust, we still couldn’t buy a month of hosting with Servers.co.in. Because they’re dead and buried.

Rackbyte

Get this- Rackspace is getting hammered so hard in the markets by CEO Lanham Napier’s resignation that even their knockoff websites are going out of business. Ouch.

Saltire Hosting

You probably have a couple questions: one, who the hell is Saltire Hosting, and two, what the hell is a Saltire? Well let me tell you. A Saltire is the diagonal cross, the heraldric symbol on the blue and white flag of Scotland, representative of the cross St. Andrew was crucified upon. Saltire Hosting? We’d tell you, but they don’t exist anymore.

Urgent Host

Urgent Host didn’t last the month, which probably has something to do with their niche of NEEDING A WEBHOST URGENTLY. SERIOUSLY. JUST THROW YOUR CREDIT CARD AT THE SCREEN, WE’LL TAKE CARE OF THE REST.

Sanga Hosting

A new and honestly well-received hosting service, Sanga Hosting doesn’t seem to have made it a full two years. Better to go out on top than live to hit the bottom, right? We’re sure everyone hosted by Sanga totally agrees.

SLU Web Services

I love the way these guys shut down. SORRY BUT WE ARE NO LONGER OPERATING. Block letters on the front page. It’s very sudden. I wonder if a webhost has ever shut down with a screamer?

SoloHost

Frozen in carbonite. Note that while UK provider SoloHost.org is gone, alojamiento web Solo-Host.com vivirá para siempre! Jajajajaja!

UZR Hosting

So, 2HostU (which was a provider, not a tech-themed boy band) was acquired and became Pluto Hosting, which was then acquired again to become UZR Hosting, which has now gone defunct. And they say change is good.

Wiz Web Hosting

Wiz Web Hosting is dead, but what’s more interesting than that is their only review, by a man named Leland, who was apparently unable to register a domain at all. This review is interesting because despite not being able to do anything, Leland gave them 3 stars, which is just about the most generous thing we’ve ever heard.

This deadpool’s for you, Leland. Researching a new web host. Choose wisely and read the reviews!

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