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fuck bizhosting [Nov. 8th, 2002|12:15 am]
Jasmine Becket-Griffith
ok, bizhosting has been down a total of like 12 days in the past three months. screw that shit. i am going to wean myself off of bizhosting and switch to homestead. they seem on the level and promise no downtime. i can't have my hosting go down for days, especially when i occasionally use that hosting for my auction images. i remember having auctions ending and none of my images were showing - i was in tears. for an auction selling a painting, that is a very bad thing. who would bid on a painting they can't see?

has anybody used homestead? they're actually cheaper than the bizhosting package i currenly use. they even have some nice WYSIWYG software (drag & drop even!) for their customers, which i downloaded the free trial for. that beats writing all the code to get around the stupid bizhosting templates. i'd be able to update at the drop of a hat and add prints whenever i like. the only real problem i forsee is that they don't let you use your own merchant account for the storefront. they use the paypal shopping basket system, which is cool, but it isn't as flexible. there are other business hosting storefront companies out there, but they are soooo damned expensive. like $300/month expensive. i don't see how it could possibly be worth it unless you were a huge company that shipped thousands of items a month.

i use Ampira services to host the index page for www.strangeling.com (the splash page that currently links to my bizhosting site) and for most of my image hosting. i don't really use it for any other actual webpages. i use a phenomenal amount of space for image hosting, so i just keep it separate for the most part. bleah. wow, i bet this all makes for fascinating reading.

hmmm, let me see - i made some broccoli cheese soup from scratch for dinner. it was really good. i wish i had the forethought to make some sourdough breadbowls to go with it.

it was like 73 degrees out today - wooohooo! after having one of the coldest octobers on record, we needed this break. i opened the window for awhile today, and matty wore shorts.

wow, bizhosting just popped up again. finally....jeez...but for how long...

[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2002-11-08 08:23 am (UTC)

maybe this will help?

i go through microsoft bcentral webhosting right now. i paid $623.00 for one year, it was a packaged deal that included webhosting, immage hosting, product catalog, automatic site submission and free software that you can use also domain registering but you dont have to add that. i dont know really any html so i use the software, it doesent give you much freedom to use html but it has a thing for adding code fragments which i use to add links to the shopping cart. i got really annoyed at one point because i couldnt copy and paste into the fragment box but then i found out that you hit ctrl + v and it would paste for you. you can use different payment processors as well. they have gone down maybe twice in the year. i was going to do homestead but i was afraid of the service going down thats why i went with bcentral. try going to homestead and reading the client message boards and see what their customers are saying about them, i did that a while ago and found out they diddnt have enough servers at the time but they were expanding so maybe now they are doing better. i may have to go with them if i even stay online after my year is up im just not getting any online business except for ebay. people just dont need jewelry. they like to look though. if your at all interested in bcentral you can go to www.officedepot.com and it is at the bottom right hand side of the homepage. thank you for telling me about the printer, im going to have a look into that one. i had a feeling a professional print maker would be really expensive. all i really need is to at least be able to make one print for myself if i sell an origional because i have such a hard time parting with any of my art. anyways i hope this helps.
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2002-11-08 09:43 am (UTC)

Re: maybe this will help?

lol, i could certainly deal with twice a year. wow - bcentral is pretty cool - i should have read your post before i signed up with homestead early this morning =(

i've been reading up on homestead though, it seems like there were some complaints about their free hosting packages, but that their paid hosting (i went with their "gold" package) was very reliable (it had good reviews). if a month or two goes by and there are any problems, i'll definitely switch it over to bcentral (even if it is a little more expensive).

i do that all the time when i sell my paintings - i keep a print for myself. or of course, for my husband matt. he gets sad when i sell a painting he likes, so i make him a print. i've actually been thinking about painting replicas of some of my favourite paintings (especially my paintings from when i was first starting out, that i sold for like $10 and i really wish i still had them) for me to keep in my living room. i've saved high-resolution scans of almost every one of them though, so i can always do prints =)
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[User Picture]From: jasminetoad
2002-11-08 09:48 am (UTC)

Re: maybe this will help?

oh yes-

more about making prints =)

if you have a Costco or a Sam's Wholesale Club near you, the one by me sells Epson glossy photo paper (my personal preference) for only $19.99/100 8.5"x11" sheets. they sell the ink there too (or if i'm clever enough not to run out in the middle of a printing session, i buy it online for cheap) for less than a usual office supply store. there is a website called www.thepaperseller.com which has REALLY cheap glossy photo paper - $12.95 or sometimes $9.99 for 100 8.5"x11" sheets. it's a lot thinner though, and not as archival quality as Epson paper is (i don't use it for making prints) but it's great for printing out stuff for around the house - vacation photos, brochures, etc.
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[User Picture]From: smallgirl
2002-11-09 09:31 pm (UTC)

Re: maybe this will help?

Thanks! i actually went to costso the other day and found the ink for my printer(epson stylus photo 780), i was really surprised they had it there. for some stupid reason i diddnt look for any paper though. that was the day i fell down in the fred meyer parking lot and i think that kind of threw me off for the rest of the day. i think ill be able to get away with using this printer for now for making prints untill i can afford a professional one. thanks for letting me know about the cheap paper place too. i still have to print out a ton of wedding pictures and that will be great for giving to family. ill save the good epson paper for the special wedding pics. :)
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