I’m tired of Gradwell’s slow performance, sloppy change management, undelivered promises and apparent change of direction. The final straw oddly though, was an unsolicited sales call, only days after total failures of their infrastructure. I may have stuck around longer if not for that call. In an attempt to not store my eggs in the same basket, I’m moving domain registrations to gandi.net and hosting to a virtual private server with 1and1. I’m sure their support is no better than Gradwell, and the net result is that it actually costs me a little bit more per month, but I get full control over the server where my sites are hosted, can host as many sites as I like and don’t have to put up with being told ‘things are fixed’ when they’re clearly not.
So far, www.bookthing.co.uk, www.onelinemoviereviews.co.uk and www.gemmellmania.co.uk have moved across. The .com’s are a little more annoying, for various reasons so they’ll be going more slowly. I’ll be moving darkstorm last because there’s a lot of mail forwarding happening on that domain and I don’t want to mess it up.
I’m really happy generally with gandi.net and 1and1 are ‘ok’.