Move was (luckily) uneventful so just a short recap and few links on topic.
I probably won’t make accurate value evaluation since I am getting freebie here. First impressions:
- 50Gb space is very nice, especially up from 100Mb;
- 500Gb bandwidth seems plenty for now, old host had unlimited but had many more restrictions in other things;
- I clicked server status few times and it always hover on only few percent CPU load and ~10% memory load – not oversold for shared;
- performance is about same subjectively, on other hand I keep blog light and fast;
- cPanel is bliss after year with homebrew stuff at old host.
Very smooth. WordPress seems to be coded with such stuff in mind. I was offered option to provide support my account details at old host.
Decided not to bother and moved stuff myself, armed with official moving guide. Took some time to get all files from old host (no server-side file management) – downloading over seven hundred images is nasty.
On new host uploaded single archive and unpacked.
Fantastico (script providing simplified install for different CMS) offered outdated WP 2.8.2 so I unpacked clean copy myself and uploaded my database to skip install routine.
Then updated domain details and coded AutoIt script to alert me when IP gets updated:
TCPStartup() $old="126.96.36.199" $current=TCPNameToIP("rarst.net") While 1 If $old<>$current Then Beep() Sleep(60*1000) WEnd TCPShutdown() Exit
zlib compression got broken (typical), will take me some time to figure out proper settings on new host. On WP side only had to reboot HyperCache plugin and just found that archives are broken.
On the marketing side Luis handled all contest details with me. Very helpful and promptly fixed signup screw-up (script handling that bounced me off as fraud-likely).
On technical support side it is bit mixed. Questions are handled by whomever is available at moment, so I had emails from five or so different techs by now. Few real wtf moments with inaccurate information, overall above average. I am no good talking to support anyway. :)
Will see how it goes over time, for now I am pleased with technical side and naturally even more pleased with it being free. Kudos to WPWebHost for their continuous promotions. :)
If anything out of place or behaves weird please tell me!