November 1, 2015
We are also *so* done with...
We are also *so* done with Arvixe, as of this morning. We have been using this service since 2003 and it has always been very reliable, with customer service that was relatively fast and professional. In the past 6-7 months, however,up-time has been spotty. But we were able to push through with some less-than-stellar support, but manageable. Fast forward to the past two weeks and both the up-time and support have been absolutely abysmal. I`m only saying that because I can`t think of a term that is worse.
We have multiple domains and add-on domains hosted there and several of them have been down for the past 8 days! One of them is critical; a non-profit that kicked off a fund-raising campaign, however, no one has been able to send/receive email, and the website is down. This client has lost several thousand dollars in funding revenue which is the life blood of a small non-profit. That`s just one impact of this `service`.
As mentioned earlier, their support number is no longer working (a recording that it is down for upgrades and will be available soon - in the meantime, we can use the web to search for answers). The only way to get in touch with them is to use their support chat. I wasn`t fortunate enough to get someone in 15-20 minutes (which would have been ideal, relatively speaking.) Instead, we fired up the chat request, got a message that unusually high volume made the wait times longer, but we could use the web if we didn`t want to wait. Since what we needed wasn`t on the web, we waited for a technician to come online. This meant launching the chat applet and waiting...and waiting....annnnnnd waiting. Of the 5 times we initiated the chat over the past several days, we just opened the window, minimized it and waited for the alert that the technician had connected. The first time, we got someone in about 30 minutes. All subsequent times (and this is no exaggeration or embellishment at all - we timed it); 44 minutes, 28 minutes, 2 hours 12 minutes, and the last time which was Friday, 7 hours. Unbelievable? I launched the chat request, minimized it, after a while I forgot it was even open, went to the gym, to training, and then to the auto parts store. When I came back home and jumped on the system to do some work, after about an hour, "Ding!" What the hell was that? Lo and behold, the tech jumped online with a, "Hello, what can I help you with today?" This was literally, 7 hours and 22 minutes after my initial request for chat.
Fast forward to today, when our site still was not up (despite multiple promises from the various techs we connected to in chat), we began the process of moving everything to a new provider this morning. Obviously, a major pain in the butt and even more delay for our clients, but we don`t have a choice at this point.
Bottom line, at this point, I would not recommend Arvixe to anyone, ever. Never, ever. Up-time is downright atrocious, support is poor to non-existent, and the inability to speak to ANYONE voice in neither `management` nor staff makes using them for any mission-critical or even hobbyist web services is a crap shoot, at best. Stay away from this company.
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