Don’t worry — I’m not moving this blog! (-That- would be a royal pain, due to disrupted / diluted brand identity and broken / obsolete hyperlinks.)
What I’m referring-to is how the freemium web-hosting platform I’ve used for my non-blog websites, Triple Zero Webhost (000webhost), has officially lost my goodwill as a “customer.” I use the term in scare quotes because technically, I never paid for the service — so, I “get what I paid for.”
I had used Triple Zero since 2009, when I uploaded a copy of my student-legislative website (now archived at the Internet Archive) from the then-recently-closed Yahoo Geocities subdomain over into the 000webhost domain. The service was good-enough for my needs, because I wanted to host a half-dozen small sites and did not need not a lot for bandwidth; email capabilities; etc. Just the file storage and content distribution!
However, Hostinger acquired Triple Zero Webhost around 2016; and they rolled-out new changes in May 2017 that totally irked me: Sudden disruption of service; changing the website subdomain syntax without -any- advance warning; and the ultimate sin among web-hosting gaffes: 60 minutes of mandatory downtime every day, -and- total deletion of all user content! (The following screen grabs document this.)
Caption: Although 000webhost restored my account access, they -also- deleted most of my websites! It’s time to find a new web host, e.g. Domains.com, because such treatment is -not- how to get people to sign-up for Hostinger. -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-
Caption: This restriction won’t matter once I move to a web host that -doesn’t- erase my content without warning. (-NOT- Hostinger, which owns 000webhost) -Screen grab by Joseph Ohler, Jr.-
Thankfully, I had saved offline copies of my websites, which I then uploaded to restore all my content. Unfortunately, 000webhost kept playing games with freemium users — such as requiring websites to “sleep” or be offline one hour every day — in a desperate ploy to persuade people to upgrade.
It really speaks to the poor reputation of Hostinger that it would soil what-little brand power it had, merely by associating itself with the “annoy freemium users until they upgrade” scheme. But as they will -eventually- notice, such antagonistic plan backfires again and again via customer losses!
I would have left sooner, had I not been distracted by full-time work. But now that I’m between jobs, I can “take stock” of my online real estate and apportion -decent- web hosting accordingly.
I must organize these websites this now, because some crazy hiring manager somewhere might just welcome me into their organization. (And -you’ll- win the lottery, chum… Yet, it -still- is a better bet than trying to get a “wage premium” from your college degree these days.)
Speaking of which, the difficult I’ve had in persuading hiring managers to overlook my employment gaps probably means I’ll need to do something ground-breaking to create new demand for me, such as -change- the freakin’ world!
Step One: Make guaranteed professional job tryouts for recent college graduates part-and-parcel of the so-called “Wisconsin Promise” of school-to-work investment and pay-off. And this, my followers, happens one influencer at-a-time.