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Lee Odden

Thank You to VISI Web Hosting – Best in Minnesota

Lee Odden on Sep 24th, 2008     Online Marketing, TopRank Agency News

Online Marketing Blog readers may remember a while back that our blog was shut down by a previous host with no warning because of too much load on the shared server. When they did finally respond/contact us it was to sell an upgrade while web requests for our site returned a 404 not found message.

VISI Web Hosting

We turned to a local web hosting company, VISI, for a dedicated server and things have been running smoothly ever since. Our experience with VISI is documented on this post, “VISI – A Web Hosting Company That Rocks“.  We’ve been hosting with VISI for over 1 1/2 years and we’ve had very rare if any reason to contact them. When it comes to hosting, that’s a very GOOD thing.

Lee Odden

Our New Web Hosting Company

Lee Odden on May 3rd, 2007     Online Marketing

VISI web hosting

If you follow the goings on at Online Marketing Blog, you’ll know we’ve had some issues with hosting the past few months. We had outgrown our host of 2 1/2 years and the subsequent host we moved to was not prepared to deliver the service we signed up for.

When looking for a new host, we realized there was already a proven hosting company right in our backyard that we’ve had experience with. Sometimes the thing you need is right in front of you and you don’t see it right away.

We’ve been hosting our PR agency web site with VISI out of Minneapolis for over a year and have been very happy with their service. VISI’s CEO, Mike Sowada has been a big supporter of the local interactive marketing community through MIMA and they actually had me give a presentation at the grand opening of their new St. Paul data center last year.

Lee Odden

We’re Changing our Blog Host

Lee Odden on Apr 29th, 2007     Blogging, Online Marketing

We’re changing hosts for Online Marketing Blog this weekend.

I never thought we’d need a dedicated server for a blog, but this blog will be moving over to a dedicated Dell Poweredge server with our new host VISI, who has been good to work with so far. In fact, they’ve gone way out of their way in terms of providing expedited set up since our our current host, Pair Networks, informed us yesterday they’re shutting our site down today. Yep, just like that.

Since we paid Pair a year in advance, this seemed a tad bit unreasonable (I’m holding back, trust me) so I made a plea to wait until Monday, which they agreed to.

Lee Odden

Getting Screwed by Your Hosting Company

Lee Odden on Mar 28th, 2007     Blogging, Online Marketing

Yesterday I received an email from our new blog host. It reads:

This message is in regards to your (hosting company name) account “toprank”, which
resides on the server xxxx.hostingcompany.com.

Due to problems it was causing on the server, we were forced to disable the
following script located in your account:

/usr/www/users/toprank/tools/rss-buttons

For future reference, please take a look at our script usage policies:URL 1
URL 2

Please write to urgent@hostingcompany.com for information about having the script
reenabled.

If you have any questions about this script, please contact our friendly
support specialists at support@hostingcompany.com or xxx-xxx-xxxx (option 2).

Sincerely,
The Hosting Company Support Team

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