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Netfirms never actually stated that Endurance acquired them.

Thu, 3rd March 2011, 17:11

If Canadian web host Netfirms was a political party it would be in dire need of a new leader. If Netfirms reviews on HostJury are any indication, Jean Charest with the dubious title of most unpopular premier in Canada, has better ratings. (Jean Charest isn’t a webhost although many would argue he shouldn’t be a premier either!)  


In an announcement on the Endurance International Group website, Gary Engel, Sr. Vice President, Customer Support stated in part:   

We are excited to be working with the customers from Netfirms. Our team is committed to making the transition to your new hosting platform as simple as possible. Thomas Savundra and Suhan Shan, the founders and executives of Netfirms, started Netfirms 13 years ago with a goal of delivering top-notch hosting and domain services.        

Over the last year, it became apparent that given its growth, Netfirms needed a more scalable infrastructure. They realized that moving to an existing hosting platform with proven reliability would cause far less disruption to customers than developing a solution iin-house. We are delighted Netfirms chose the Endurance International Group to meet that need.

 

Many media are reporting that Netfirms has sold out to Endurance International but that does not appear to be certain from the wording of the Gary Engal note. HostJury is seeking confirmation on the details of a possible deal.

For the naysayers, some may claim that HostJury business model attracts disgruntled web hosting clients seeking a place to voice their dissatisfaction with a webhost on the web.

Possibly so, but with Netfirm reviews going back to 2006, what could be construed as the only positive review was the first which stated:

 

It's pretty reliable from what I've seen. I only host a few small, low-traffic but database-centric sites and the site rarely goes down. However, it is slower than other hosts (namely dreamhost), and the limit to simultaneous database connections (3) is way too small. The price was right -- with the coupon code, only $10 for the year!


Gary Engal’s note refers to continuing issues at Netfirms quoting: Over the last year, it became apparent that given its growth, Netfirms needed a more scalable infrastructure.

 

On July 26, NetFirms company's website posted:               

Netfirms Community, Date: July 26, 2010-07-26 Time: 1:00pm EDT


Some customers may be experiencing difficulties accessing their websites. Our escalations team is currently working on the issue and we shall post updates as they become available.


On July 27, Netfirms posted:               

Some customers may be experiencing difficulties accessing their websites via ftps.Our escalations team is currently working on the issue and we shall post updates as they become available.

               

July 28, Netfirms posted:

Some customers may be experiencing difficulties accessing their e-mails via POP. Our escalations team is currently working on the issue and we shall post updates as they become available.

In 2009, it was reported that many Netfirm customers were complained that they lost all of their emails on Netfirms' servers.

 

Any change will likely be seen as an improvement for Netfirm clients. Review your experiences with your web hosting company.