Money Wasted

Lake Worth Utilities
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... for an arc flash study that Mr. Reyes was qualified to do in house and at no cost to taxpayers.
... the estimated engineering cost of the express feeder which could also be done in house at no cost to taxpayers.
... wasted when insurance requirements were circumvented by the city manager and utility director.
... wasted when plant manager Dave Mulvay’s first attempt at writing a scope of work contained a defect that cost taxpayers an extra $123,098 for tainting the bidding process and giving unfair advantage to one bidder over another. - April 2009
... wasted when the Matrix organizational study to save taxpayers money was scrapped in favor of higher cost outsourcing by city manager Stanton.
... wasted engineering design cost of water piping and tanks (original county water deal) that will never be built.
... wasted when additional costs were incurred for not following insurance procedure on transformer repair.
... wasted when the commission unanimously voted to order transformers when we had equivalent replacements already in stock since the upgrade. - 15 Sep. 2009
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  On File: Go Daddy Web Hosting... is it what they say?
Posted on Saturday, May 03, 2008 @ 09:00:18 EST by admin

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Go Daddy Web Hosting... is it as good as they say?

High site downtime, server down, slow server, 20 minute waits for tech support are serious indications Go Daddy is not what it used to be.  Having had a good experience with Go Daddy from years ago (immediate tech support, site always up, fast working site, I recommended Go Daddy to many friends), in March of 2007, I placed a new site on Go Daddy and at first everything went well. But after 6 months with a few major problems like not being able to upload/download anything to my site for 8 hours… other more serious problems arose causing clients to call with complaints of a slow or non working site. This is truly embarrassing for any site owner. Go Daddy performance claims weren’t adding up.

After months of complaining and wasting my time on the phone with techs who tried to blame my site for the problem a new approach was offered… that I spend more money. It’s the old “bait and switch” saying that my site needed a dedicated server (most sites are shared hosting) and for 5 times more than I’m paying now, I could solve the problem. They ignored my response which was: "How could the site work so well for 6 months and then suddenly it's slow or not working at all?"

The problem is overloaded Go Daddy infrastructure. They have crammed so many customers onto shared servers that sometimes the limited bandwidth of a single server can’t handle it and it slows performance; especially when someone has figured out a way to hog more bandwidth or a server has a long term problem.

Finally a month ago, I complained to a supervisor who said the only way to fix the problem was that I had to move my site to a different server. That’s right… instead of fixing the problem, shift the burden on the customer to fix it. That would have cost me about $75.00 and there was no guarantee that the problem would be resolved.

Oddly enough, shortly after this call, the problem mysteriously disappeared for a month. Someone fixed the problem. But now as of May 3rd, 08, the problem is back but seems time limited to about ten minutes or less… just enough for clients to complain and make the site look bad.

So if you want to take a chance that your site might end up like mine and you don’t mind the embarrassment, or spending twenty minutes waiting for tech support, and don’t mind spending more money to solve problems that are not yours… then by all means, have at it. But if you like getting your work done, not spending time fixing someone else’s problems… then consider another provider. There are plenty who are eager to provide you good service.

Beware of Earthlink who offers a special competitive deal but they don't tell you after a limited time (90 days I think) that the price doubles. There's plenty of rip offs on the net so be careful. IPower was recommended to me by a friend who has had a long term pleasant experience with them.


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Re: Go Daddy Web Hosting... is it what they say? (Score: 1)
by hktorr on Sunday, May 04, 2008 @ 14:09:30 EST
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I know how you feel but when it comes to computer glitches and website design/maintenance you can’t begin to expect the unexpected. Still don’t you love the challenges?

Previously I had 2 domains on two separate Ipower Pro plans and decided to combine the two domains to the Plus plan. Needless to say bad idea.....since the domain transfer I’ve been on the phone with Ipower every other day to resolve problems. First lost my forum database (still down) now all the form field pages I had on site are asking for a password when you hit submit (no restrictions placed on these form fields)?

Ipower is a good host company and has worked well for me for years. I regret making the plan change! If it works don't change it to save a few dollars, as a website designer I've spent too many hours reconfiguring the sites after the change-over. Ipower is going to revert the domains back to their original state and when they finish I am looking at many hours at the computer to configure the sites to their original form. (Even with saved back-up files)

I will withhold my recommending Ipower as a host until after the change.
I should have known from past experience, IF IT WORKS DON’T CHANGE IT!
Will keep you posted.



Re: Go Daddy Web Hosting... is it what they say? (Score: 1)
by William_Coakley on Monday, May 05, 2008 @ 07:58:06 EST
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Yes... Go Daddy wanted me to transfer to another server AT MY EXPENSE! They said it was the only solution to the huge slow downs multiple times a day... sometimes the site isn't even up. They said they didn't have the stats on the server to figure out what was going wrong... and that's pure BS. Moving a site to another server would have cost ME not them. And like Franklin said: "every move is a disaster," and it could keep costing just to move it.

Then as suddenly as the problem appeared... it disappeared for a month. I thought they had fixed it so when my account came up for renewal, I began shopping. Earthlink was a rip... they didn't say anywhere that the price would double after a limited time. I found that out only by a fluke when I called their tech support (they answered right away) about what versions of php language they had. I checked other places that cost much more for the same services. I had to move my business site, so I reluctantly moved it to Go Daddy thinking the LWM problem had been fixed. The business site continues to be okay and I can always get to it even when LWM is not available. But I don't know for how long it will stay operational.



Re: Go Daddy Web Hosting... is it what they say? (Score: 1)
by hktorr on Wednesday, May 07, 2008 @ 12:40:51 EST
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Jury's in on as a hosting service! Within 48 Hrs all server tech problems have been resolved. This with Zero down time, just a few glitches. They had a very open line of communication regarding technical problems and what was being done.
I have to give them my vote. Been using them for over 6 years now and this was the first problem. They were able to resolve it within 48 hrs.
BTW: I have no stock or financial interest in this company.



Re: Go Daddy Web Hosting... is it what they say? (Score: 1)
by TheScene on Thursday, October 30, 2008 @ 00:26:21 EST
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I've been with the big G since they started, I design and host many sites for my clients...NEVER had downtime! As far as other issues posted here... since I'm a tech I can usually resolve problems myself. I've found it's a tad complicated to navigate through their system though. Need Help? Give me a call in Lake Worth... 779-6736
Jef Lawlor, M.C.S.E.


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