When I started on this badge, I was extremely excited because I had a feeling that it would be the easiest badge out of them all. But as it turned out, this badge proved to be somewhat of a challenge.
When researching hosting services, I focused on finding a service with good reviews and live, 24/7 online support. In addition, I wanted to find a service with daily backups, but I could only find monthly backups for the majority of sites. The three sites that I looked at were justHost, Dreamhost and Arvixe.
In the badge presentations, a few people mentioned that they had used Arvixe because of the PC mag rating and the coupon. When looking into services, I kept Arvixe in mind. At first, I focused on justHost because Top Ten Reviews listed it as the best, but when I looked at PC mag, I found that it was simply mediocre. In the end, I decided against justHost because all of the comments on PC mag’s review were negative. justHost seemed like a scan. For Dreamhost, it was pretty much the same. So, I looked into Arvixe and it seemed to be the best bang for my buck.
After buying my domain name, I waited about an hour for Arvixe to email me and that was the first problem that began when I tried to configure my site. The real problems began with the control panel. The control panel was strange and looked like something from the early 2000s. Everything was a hot mess! Even the tutorial was useless. I understood how to upload files, but it did not explain how to make sure that your pages appeared. This was the frustrating part of the badge, but after procrastinating for about an hour, I decided to email the class mailing list and this is when I was able to figure out how Arvixe worked. It was just like with the class web server, except index.html had to be the name of the base file.
After a few hours of work and frustration, this badge DID turn out to be the easiest one! But only after I asked for help. Thanks guys! Here is the link to my “official” portfolio (I’ll fix it later).