Someone just called me at work about “Main Street Host Dot Com”. Now, whether that’s mainstreethost.com or main-street-host.com or mainsthost.com, whatever. They telemarket, so they obviously can’t make money by offering good/fair service. Don’t use them. And as long as I’m on a rant about crappy web hosts, if you want to procrastinate whatever it is you’re doing and have a laugh read this account of Lunapages misguided insertion of link farms on their customers’ 404 pages. The comments become puerile and ranty. In fact, I haven’t seen such childish bantering since 1996 bbs flame wars.
2009.03.09 Update Since this rather random little post continues to get a lot of traffic and comments, I thought I’d offer some useful links on SEO [via Lifehacker 2009.02.28]
- Lifehacker’s SEO Made Easy – covers a diverse range of search engines
- Whitehat SEO tips for bloggers – by Matt Cutts, the search quality manager at Google
- Having a Say in What Google Says About You – by Lifehacker’s editor, a step-by-step guide if it’s just your good name you’re looking to get out there with your site
2009.10.26 Update I have noticed that a lot of the relatively few pro-MSH and most of the name-calling rude comments are coming directly from mainstreethost.com IP addresses. I try to occasionally post their IPs publicly when I find this. Note however, it’s very easy to use a proxy server to fake your IP address so any comments could be by MSH employees and I would not be able to trace it. I am not saying they have zero happy customers, but I would caution that based on simple statistics so far, to use a healthy dose of skepticism while reading the following comments.
2011.08.03 Update Officially closing comments on this post. Some other blog will have to carry the torch as a place for the continually disgruntled customers and near-customers of Main Street Host to kvetch.
If you are looking for a web host recommendation, check out my post What Web Host Should I Use?. Though written in 2006, I still use and recommend Dreamhost (for shared hosting). Good luck!