We’ve been hosted with PowWeb for several years now. They were acquired this year by Endurance. Service was going downhill before the purchase but after we had to migrate our sites to the Endurance servers, service really took a downturn and we’re looking for a new host. Any former PW people here?
Here are the problems we’re trying to solve in migration. I’d appreciate feedback from anyone to any or all of the following topics to help make our decision.
At PW, all FTP users have read/write access to any directory they can see. We need read-only access to provide software updates to our clients, otherwise someone might accidentally delete the files. We’re using .htaccess fancy indexes now to provide read-only HTTP access for file downloads.
We have clients that don’t get our email because PW is using SPF and SRS. (This is one of our top issues) We like SPF but it does have its downside. Comments? I don’t suppose there’s any way to send mail from our domain where some accounts go through a DH SPF-enabled server and others don’t? Any similar issues here at DH?
We’re having a problem sorting mail on the client side because PW is now adding a ton of Received headers as well as Spam Assassin headers and others. They didn’t used to do that, and we didn’t have mail problems. Now that they’ve made these changes we’re having problems and it’s yet another compelling reason to leave. Can procmail eliminate defined headers, or is there any other way to do this on the server so that we have an easier time on the clients? Can procmail filtering add or remove headers? Can we put something else on the server to do this?
Are there standard procmail filters that are updated regularly which help to filter/mark the latest patterns used by spammers? I’m thinking of updated virus definitions, etc. PowWeb uses Spam Assassin like DH does, but we still get a ton of spam leaking through, and the obvious text should make it easy to filter. I just don’t want to have to go through all of this vigilance on my own.
PW is driving us away with issues related to people not getting our mail or us not receiving mail. Some of this has to do with AOL or other ‘powerhouses’ blocking entire class C IP blocks (namely that of our hosted SMTP servers) because too many of their users hit the “Report as Spam” button too quickly, even for mail they subscribe to. A large number of hosted domains get blocked because some idiots can’t manage their lists. How bad are these problems at DH, with email servers getting blocked occasionally?
I see DH supports email discussion lists, but can I load my own like DadaMail? I also use WordPress, Mantis Bug Tracker, Simple Machines forum, and SquirrelMail. Any problems that require some creative coding to support these?
Can we access MySQL from non-DH hosts? What if I want a thick-client app to reach into MySQL for data?
What about the opposite: socket calls to hosts outside of DH? I have other databases and web services that I’d like to poll.
Can we access Subversion from outside? I’d like to be able to write code locally and use the DH Subversion RCS for a repository.
Anyone using Mono here? GForge? (I know, stretching it…)
If I transfer one domain, can I still register another domain using the free registration feature, and host both domains in the same space but under different htdocs paths?
Might be a dumb question : the DH wiki text for Sub-Domains uses www.foo.bar.com as an example. Is the ‘www’ on a subdomain required? Can’t we send people to “foo.bar.com”? We’re already doing this on our site and I don’t want to have to add the silly www references everywhere.
Thank you sincerely.