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I’m very sad to hear that a very big Italian ASP.NET portal went down, together with other “normal” e-commerce sites, because its hosting provider, a small hosting company managed by the Italian IIS MVP, closed without warning.

Nobody knows what really happened: not paying the bills, the systems went down while the owner was on vacation and the advertised IT staff never existed. And of course the owner is not reachable by phone, email, fax, whatever

It happened to me a few years ago, when the server that was hosting my sites broke the disk, and the owner of the company, a friend of mine, never did a backup. And from that day I decided I’ll never go with a small, one-person handled hosting company.

A small company can ask you less money, but a big one is for sure more reliable, or, at least, will not close abruptely.

I’m glad my Italian blog is not hosted on the community that went down, but on a community that handles its own servers… but just to be sure, I think I’ll export all the contents to BlogML just in case.

UPDATE: The Registry of Suisse says that the company doesn't exist anymore, at least as legal body, since Sept 2006. How it was possible for it to go on and charge fees and get money for a hosting service for almost 2 years is now the real question.

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posted on Wednesday, June 11, 2008 6:40 PM

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# re: When BIG is better then small

Left by Si Philp at 6/12/2008 12:01 AM

I learned the hard way a while ago about not backing up. I now keep everything of importance on my online vault, external drive and DVDR :)
Got me thinking though, how about a new feature request for subtext, one click backup? That would be sweet :)

# re: When BIG is better then small

Left by Simone at 6/12/2008 9:15 AM

You can already do this, or kind of this, exporting to BlogML...
The only thing you don't get is the webapp and the skin.
With BlogML you export, posts, comments, images attached to the the posts and so on.

# re: When BIG is better then small

Left by Si Philp at 6/12/2008 9:20 AM

Yeah I know. Was a passing idea. Was thinking about say all the gallerys too. You hit back me up, wham whole subtext file system is down along with the DB in a zip file. :)

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