Top Hosting Center is once again offering their Rudolph web hosting plan for “lifetime web hosting”. This time around they’ve got two different Rudolph web host plans, but it’s still the same scam they were running last year (and which I, unfortunately, fell for).
They’re up to the same old tricks they were running last time around – having employees pose as independent bloggers, etc, but they still can’t seem to keep their servers online. If you don’t believe me or think I’m just bitter try reading the comments section of any of my past posts on Top Hosting Center. They simply can’t handle the load they have now, but are looking to sell more space on their already overloaded servers.
Oddly enough, my old nemesis “John Raul” never wrote about the new Rudolph plans. He’s the THC employee who was running all around the internet last year claiming to be a satisfied customer when he was, in fact, on the payroll. Top Hosting Center’s CEO, Eric Vanier, even replied to his various John’s various comments as if he was a customer while sending him a regular monthly paycheck. Those of you who have followed this story here at Philaahzophy will recall that John claimed I got him fired a few months back. Well, according to his latest blog posts not only is he still working for THC, but apparently he has fallen in love with Eric Vanier as well. Very strange indeed.
BTW, THC has finally stopped pretending to be the “#1 Budget Hosting” company and is, instead, touting their “Top 10 Fastest Growing” award from HostReview. Knowing how much Eric likes to make things up out of whole cloth I looked into it and it turns out that the “fastest growing” category is compiled completely by votes solicited by the web hosting companies themselves. HostReview still has not reviewed the company itself and does not endorse it in any way. Rather, this “award” is just a matter of Eric, John, and their cohorts gaming the system by repeatedly voting for themselves from various IP addresses. Not very impressive as far as awards go, but very sad indeed for a company that tries to project a profesional image.
As for the word “scam”, regular readers know I don’t use it lightly. But what else can you call a company that regularly advertises “Guaranteed 99.9% Uptime”, delivers around 85% uptime, and refuses to even acknowledge, much less grant, their users request for compensation?
If you’re just looking for a cheap place to host your own domain, then Top Hosting Center may serve your purposes. But if you want to know that your website’s going to be online whenever anyone wants to visit it, I’d consider any of the thousands of other web hosting options out there.
The Complete Top Hosting Center Series-
- Is My Website Hosting Search Over Already?
- First Impressions of Top Hosting Center
- Kinks Working Out At Top Hosting Center
- Well THAT Sucked!
- StumbleUpon Highlights Top Hosting Center’s Weakness
- Top Hosting Center Can’t Keep Own Website Online!
- Top Hosting Center Attacks Web Hosting Customer
- Grease For My Squeaky Wheel
- Top Hosting Center STILL Can’t Keep Their Home Page Online!
- Quick Update On Top Hosting Center
- Top Hosting Center Rudolph Lifetime Web Hosting Scam Returns