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Server moved again

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The server move is done again and this time I hope to not fat finger anything. I did lose a large amount of traffic from Google and all my blogs and my revenue seems to have suffered tremendously from making this change. Here is to a lifetime of learning.

In case people are wondering, I decided to get a 1and1 root server. It was at the best price point and there were features I really appreciate. Here is my affiliate link for 1and1.

Thanks to everyone for being patient.

PS: If you sign up for 1and1 through my affiliate link, it helps me with my hosting charges. ;)

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  1. André Fiebig (1 comments.) says:

    Why did you loose a large amount of google traffic? I don´t unterstand.

  2. Ian (1 comments.) says:

    I have seen 1&1 servers .. I own a server, but am not server saavy .. I host via ‘The Planet’ .. and they have a plan where they set up cPanel and what not for a fee a month .. do you think with a 1&1 server you can do that too?

  3. Mark (118 comments.) says:

    1 and 1 uses Plesk instead of CPanel and that is included in the price of the server (for 100 domains).

  4. Elliott Back (15 comments.) says:

    I am in the process of switching from 1and1 to dreamhost, but I will first make sure I have a perfect copy of my site on dreamhost before I request the DNS transfer. Then I’ll just let it switch over over the course of a month, and hopefully I will be fine!

  5. Chris Meller (10 comments.) says:

    Hey Mark, I’ve actually been eyeing 1and1 for a while now… They really have some great prices for what they include (Plesk alone can cost upwards of $30 a month at other hosts). I’d love to hear any impressions you’ve had thus far, as well as anything you may run into in the future… I’m particularly interested in response times for any support tickets, information about any network outages / maintenance, general geeky hosting stuff… Anything of note yet?

  6. David (1 comments.) says:

    Guys, I’ve been a 1&1 user for about 6 months and I couldn’t get away from them fast enough. My main issue is the automation of their systems, it kept locking us out for “fraud” at least 8 times, and not only did we get locked out of administration but it also took all of our sites down in the process. It sometimes took hours to get the servers unlocked again. I guess these problems won’t affect everyone (perhaps people less “fraudulent” than ourselves :-) ) but you’d better hope you don’t have any technical problems and have to try and deal with the tech support staff who are apparently unable to circumvent the automated systems that make 1&1 so cheap.

  7. Mark (118 comments.) says:

    Elliot and Chris, so far the only trouble has been my fat finger and the weakness of the lftp program. The servers are fast and relatively well put together. Plesk still has some code errors but those are easy to solve. If you use plesk to move your stuff from the old server (I recommend it, very very hassle free, ask me for help if you cant get it to work) I suggest you use the backup feature, but backup manually and not through the plesk backup scheduler for large sites.

    Chris, I have not had any support tickets yet (knock on wood) but I will post if anything comes up.

  8. Chris Meller (10 comments.) says:

    “PS: If you sign up for 1and1 through my affiliate link, it helps me with my hosting charges. ;)”

    You guys, you’re all the same… Money grubbing, WP-blogging (loving?) thieves… ;)

    “Daddy, when I grow up, I want to be JUST LIKE MARK!”

  9. Ben (4 comments.) says:

    I lost any respect I had for 1and1 when I found out that they restricted their services to North America. Despite calling themselves the Worlds Number 1 Webhost.

  10. Todd says:

    Can someone PLEASE give me step by step instructions on how to back up everything (databases,etc) and not just the plesk configurations on a 1and1 root server. I don’t want to pay $49 for there back up feature per month.

  11. Chris Meller (10 comments.) says:

    Hmm… I don’t know what kind of specialized configuration they’d have on their servers (ie: where everything is stored), but if you SSH in and run the command mysqldump -p --all-databases > file.sql as root, it should dump everything in MySQL to file.sql, ready to be restored. Then research the tar command for information on how to backup a directory (ie: the one containing all your htdocs, you don’t really need much else in most cases).

  12. 1and1FAQ (1 comments.) says:

    Check out http://www.1and1faq.com for 1and1 specific support of root servers. It’s independently run since 1and1 doesn’t offer their own support forums.

  13. Chris Meller (10 comments.) says:

    Uhh… Only 3 people have taken their poll, but it doesn’t seem to be looking up. 1 said their email response time was 1 to 2 days, the other 2 said a week or more… Yikes.



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