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“you may come to know what a brain seizure is really like after you’ve experienced the comical and incredibly maddening world of IX Web Hosting Customer Support.”

Ix web hosting worst host ever

Posted by **** *****  Dec.26, 2009 

With one of the best pricing plans, and seemingly unlimited capability, ixwebhosting.com fails to live up to any claim of service dependability. Uptime? In the past 30 days, the server hosting my websites [not associated with thedealis.com] has been down 4 times. This downtime typically lasts 3-6 hours.

Typical response from ixwebhosting tech support: Sorry!

This is the first time I have encountered this in the approx. 5 years I have used the service. I switched to different servers last month. Tech support says upgrades [blade servers] are coming in January and that ixwebhosting will “redeem themselves” with this update. I hope so!

I can’t recommend this service to anyone. Had you asked me a couple months ago, I would have raved about the service. I have not had an issue with billing or tech support previously. Is tech support located in India? Possibly. Seems lately, I reach Jahuud Hussein each time I call the 800#.

These are the issues I have encountered. What other issues are lurking within ixwebhosting? If you have had issues with ixwebhosting services, or can recommend a better hosting service – let me know!

I did find this quote from one [former] ixwebhosting customer on the web “you may come to know what a brain seizure is really like after you’ve experienced the comical and incredibly maddening world of IX Web Hosting Customer Support.”.

Original artical can be found HERE

Hahaha.. I know it is really not funny, but sometimes you just have to laugh…  The above screenshot is from www.examinarse.com  Seems like the owner packed his / her bag and left in a hurry..

While I’m here, I might as well post a few recent comments from HAPPY IX CUSTOMERS.

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I hope Google ranks this website in their top search results for anyone wanting to know more about IXWebhosting. I had been with that webhost for more than 4 years and changed all my sites to a different host just last week. IXWebhosting is the most poorly managed, technically incompetent and frustrating company I have ever had the misfortune to deal with.

Why have I been with them for 4 years?
Their webhosting plans were at the time and still are pretty cheap when compared to other competitors. But its true, if you throw peanuts, you’ll get monkeys. You are ok till the time you have a website with only static (html pages). That’s what I had for 2 years. The moment you have a dynamic site, have anything to do with databases, use pages in asp or php… God save you. I’ve had nothing but trouble for the remaining 2 years pulling my hair out with every trouble ticket raised.

Customer Service
Its the most slowest, incompetent buffoons I’ve ever interacted with. Every ticket raised takes a minimum of 14 hours to be verified. Their typical replies are “everything’s ok at their end”. They do not understand your query, nor can they understand any technical issues.

Spam-
I lived with spam in each of our mailboxes for all the time I’ve ben with IXWebhosting. Spam is like its brother. Besides having issues with our mail disappearing from our mailboxes (their backup could only restore some of it as it was infrequently taken), I had to put up with tons of spam. At the time of writing this, I believe they have made the web access to the email accounts over https, but still, my experience with them was ghastly.

Server Security-
My websites were hacked many a times. Their servers are easily vulnerable to anybody. I will rate my expertise with networks and security at advanced. To test the security I have hacked into my own hosting webserver and seen the list of domains, their entire contents by simply installing a ridiculous script. I raised this issue in a trouble ticket and the response was.. you guessed it..”everything’s ok at their end”

Their famed easy to use preloaded scripts (Easy Apps collection)-
It is user friendly to install, I’ll agree. But every one of them is completely outdated, buggy to customize and of course vulnerable to hacks. Their excuse- Its the entire collection of scripts that they install when they update the server software (maybe years before). The scripts in them cannot be changed or upgraded.

Final Comments-
If you have a simple website with a couple of html pages and you don’t mind spam, if your wesite is hacked or defaced, its good value for cheap hosting.
Otherwise, Avoid Them Like The Plague… as someone else wrote in here.

I am not affiliated with anyone or anything from anywhere and all the experiences above are my own.
Archie H

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We have been using IX for a long time. First thing that happended was that they allowed my EX-Wife access to my account after we were divorced because she has paid by her credit card at one point for one domain name. They changed the admin panel and allowed her full access to everything because she did not pay for her domain and called them! MORORNS! We have a pro business account and they allowed her access to customers account info, OMG what a night mare! Finally after getting the police involved they fixed it. Now 3 out of 7 of our accounts have been hacked… We have not done or changed anything, in fact the accounts that have been hacked are just place holders for domanins… I have asked it to be fixed from backup 4 times so far and as of yet nothing… I am just in the process of moveing everything to a new local box and say GOOD BYE loosers!
Michael

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Server vulnerable to hacking, infected our site, IX Web Hosting refused to acknowledge or address, arbitrarily shut us down. Luckily, we had just completed set up with an alternative server and this didn’t cost us the significant downtime, money and trouble it could have. AVOID them like the plague!
Dayl

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In the beginning (up to a year ago) everything was fine. Now I have had so many problems that today I have changed my hosting company and left ix-webhosting and went to BlueHost.

My problems:
1. extremely slow server response (average response to a simple html page over 5 seconds). Regularly browser says: no server response. My customers are complaining. Maintaining my blog is almost impossible
2. ftp regularly does not work (complaint by server: too many clients, but I have just one ftp connection open)
3. average response time of trouble ticket about 24 hrs
4. tremendous problems in upgrading from php4 to php5 (I had to change ix-webhosting servers), without any help from them. They offered me help but that would cost me over 200$
5. their mysql server is slow

When I complain to them they tell me these problems are temporary and that they are about to improve it all.
Ad

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Once again I have had a horrible experience with IX WebHosting. Here is a list of issues that I exprienced over the last year of being with them:

1. The password to the control panel keeps getting reset and I know for a fact that only a select few have access. Any changes made by those few are logged and disseminated to the rest. When I ask I am made to look like “what’s the big deal?”

2. They NEVER return calls and almost never update tickets except to close it and say that it was your fault. They refer you to the “system admin” who is a ghost as far as I am concerned then are quick to tell you that they can’t do anything else to help you.

3. Press as you might the cannot suggest when the problem can be fixed. It is like they think that your business and clients that are affected by problems don’t matter.

4. Their first level support are unskillful googlers who waste no time in presenting irrelevant rubbish explanations that clearly shows that they have missed the basics of training.

Most Recent Exerience:

Unfortunately they host my mail (haven’t gotten around to hosting my own as yet). One of my customers suddenly cannot send me any mail from their domain, at least I no longer receive it on my domain hosted with IX Webhosting.

My customer had a recent SPAM issue that was resolved however they were not blacklisted. All this time I was receiving mail fine. However a while after the issues is resolved I cannot receive any mail from them.

I try chat support who quickly tells me that I need to call in to report the problem.

ok I call and some guy is trying desparately to convince me that there is a problem with the MX records of my client. And even though I tell him that mxtoolbox gives me a clean report and also that my hosted mail is the only domain that is not receiving mail from my client along with other information he refuses listen. Eventually he gets tired and tells me that he has to get a system admin to call me back.

24 hrs later no call from any admin and I decide to log a ticket myself and describe the problem – no response.

I call back again and a young lady informs me that the issue was left untouched, whatever that means and puts me on hold after every question I answer. She then routes it to the “correct” queue and pomises me that I will receive a call.

24 hrs later no call and no update other than hers that says the call is on hold.

I update the ticket to ask what is going on?

12 hrs later no response so I call and was informed that since I updated the ticket to ask a question it was reverted to the end of the queue. Apparently I was punished for quering the status on my issue….

Another young lady can give me no indication as to an estimated resoution time or at least response time.

I ask for her supervisor who refused to give me his name but was quick to tell me that I would have to wait until the admins got around to looking at the problem.

He didn’t think it was reasonable for them to at least update the ticket and was quick to tell me that “we are just the phones” and that they couldn’t escalate beyond redirecting my problem to the admin queue. They would get to it whenever they can and I would have to wait…”there are other customers ya know?” so I have absolutely no idea how long I will be in that queue. His entire tone suggested that he had worked a tripple shift and was tired and grumpy or he simply couldn’t be bothered. Meanwhile I embarasingly have to tell my customer that I am in the process of moving my mail services which after this I definitely will.

It really upsets me when companies like this get away with such horrible service.

The least you owe your customer as a service provider is a timely and honest update(s) especially when there is a problem. Lack of communications leaves people to assume the worst and suggests that the customer is not important. It does not matter where the fault lies – you are providing a service and it should be your obligation to protect the reputaion of that service by open communications to the client at all times. As an IT consultant I can personally attribute the retension of my business not to my knowledge as much as to ensuring that my customers are always informed and have open access to me. Many times it has been my saving grace during the few hiccups I have made over the years.
Anson

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Ordered web hosting form them on Thurs. pm, finally setup on Fri. However, could not upload web since FP extensions were not installed; I installed them from the panel. Long story, several calls to tech support, they can not get the FT issues resolved; moved up to admin. Called over the weekend and told it would be 24 hours…I had to wait in the queue. On Monday afternoon I was told give them another 4 -5 hours. I cancelled later that night about 10 pm…issue not resolved. Tech support was useless. They did offer 2 months extra time if I stayed. After 30 days I would have los the $$; they did refund my $$. I had used them for a couple years in the past without too many issues, site did go down several times. Not recommended.
Rick

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And the list goes on and on and on, but that makes good posting for another time.

EVERYONE  knows that IX web hosting pays for high listings and “Praise Reviews’ [ read article HERE  ] and their ” Affiliate Army ” is told to SPAM boards trying to lure people to use IX Web Hosting. Do not be fooled by the low prices and  Unlimited Everything, Do NOT become a statistic, because like 1000’s before you, you WILL regret it.

Just see for yourself what REAL Customers that have NOT been paid to post positive comments about IX have to say:

http://www.webhostingreviews.com/ix-web-hosting-reviews.htm

AND

 http://www.webhostingstuff.com/review/IXWebHosting.html 

AND Another one

http://www.web-hosting-top.com/web-hosting/web-hosting-top.ixwebhosting.com-reviews

You will start noticing “Positive” reviews being posted by the Paid Affiliate Army.. but they always stand out as being Fake.

This week has been a complete disaster for 1000’s of IX Web Hosting’s  customers.

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A new wave of the .htaccess injection is affecting 1000’s of sites, but things just get worse and worse, Google is flagging sites hosted by IX Web Hosting because of the sites being redirected to infected sites.
Some customers sites are even getting “Splashed” by Google with “‘Reported Attack Site’ ” can you imagine spending YEARS building up a reputation and then having your site and your reputation  Destroyed because of a hosting company that after 10 MONTHS!! still cannot and has not fixed this security issue…

10 MONTHS!!!  IX WEB HOSTING… You should be ASHAMED!!

Here is an example of someone who has spent YEARS working hard to build a (basic) website and a reputation, and all was lost…

This is the third time I’ve requested review and had it result in a continuation of the ban. I’m a simple artist trying to make a living while going to school. My reputation is being destroyed by this, as well as my art. I’m not a programmer but I know my html that I wrote for my site, and it’s ridiculously simple. All the 3 pages, even though it was said there where 5 pages, that were listed in webmaster tools were the same exact html files I wrote. These were:
 http://www.****art.com/ADAbout.html
http://www.****art.com/ADBreedKirin.html
http://www.****art.com/Itemhtml/directions.html     { Links killed by neverix}

I’ve downloaded and looked at the code of each of these, finding nothing wrong with them.
I also have called my Host, IXwebhosting, who crawled through my site and looked at my files. They said they couldn’t find anything either and that there seemed to be nothing wrong. They also said the ‘Reported Attack Site’ html page google slapped on top of my index wasn’t showing up for them. I had posted once on this forum before with the question: ‘WHERE is the malicious code showing up,’ and I was told how to submit a review. Google is ruining my reputation, my site, my client base, and wasting my precious time. I don’t know what to do anymore, because nothing I have done seems to have worked. I re-uploaded my site, changed permissions to 444, removed any kind of php and unnecessary files, changed my two user passwords to more secure ones, and everything else I’ve mentioned in the above text. I don’t know what else to do. I’ve spent years establishing that site and it’s reputation…years now wasted and ruined.  Please someone help me.

I hereby invite IX WEB HOSTING to send me their side of the story about this issue, I will post it on this blog for everyone to read…  It’s only fair to hear both sides of the story.

And NO, this is not just a “One Off”  see 1000’s more : http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&safe=off&q=%27Reported+Attack+Site%27+ix+web&start=0&sa=N

 

First of all, lets break this down for the wise folks at ix web hosting that follow these rantings..

100% ….. 30 day(s) …. Money Back ….. Guarantee 

Sounds good, but is this really true??.. or are the small letters hidden in some dark corner.. Well we found someone that gave it a try, and here is the story…..

PACKAGE :  Business package incl. 2 FREE domain names

PRICE PAID: With their end-of-year special, I even got a special price ($17.27 for three months, with a year agreement)  and paid $95.40 via credit card for a year’s worth of service.

CANCELLED : on day 30 ( the last day)

( needed for 100% refund) REASON OF CANCELLATION :  I was blindly suckered in by your outrageous claims regarding the quality of your service. In the last two weeks I have experienced no less than *THREE* outages due to database issues. I’m going back — no, *RUNNING* back — to a former provider. They  provide better service, and at a better price to boot. Please terminate this account immediately. Monetarily, rape me for whatever your contract allows — I don’t care. At this point, I’d just about pay you to be done with you. Good riddance. [name witheld]

So, they refunded you the full $95.40??

hahahahahaahaa!!!

As mentioned above, IX Web Hosting’s package came with two “FREE” domains, which I promptly registered. They were stupid domain names that I’ll probably never use, but hey, they were “FREE”, right? Uh, no. Of the $95.40 I paid to IX Web Hosting, they credited me :

  • $57.45 “for unused but prepaid period of Business Plus”
  • charged me $18.21 for the first domain
  • charged me $18.21 for the second domain
  • refunded me a grand total of $21.03

WHAT!!!!  $21.03!! … but that is just 22% of $95.40

Now that is what we call DECEIVING YOUR CUSTOMERS!!!

ixmoneyback

 

Now we ALL know how rude, stuckup, obnoxious and un-caring the majority ( not all, some deserve respect) of IX Web Hosting’s Support are, so the following REAL LIFE examples will not come as a surprise to most of you.

These 2 examples were reported to IX Web Hosting in Jan. 2008, 3 months BEFORE the May disaster that led to 10’s of servers being seeded, and up to 200,000 sites infected… Now let me be clear, that these examples are probably not related to what happened, but the OBNOXIOUS mentality of IX Web Hosting definitely has!!…

Please note, that these issues have now been fixed ( otherwise I would not post them here) 

ISSUE 1 :

” – Using phpshell and runing the chsh program on server side
the users are able to change their default shell from /bin/nologin to any other shell and get

access to the IX servers by ssh
.
I hope my effort to inform you about the flaw will you not understand as a malicious activity. ”

 

IX’s RESPONSE :

” – Although pointing out that minor security flaw wasn’t viewed as malicious activity, please understand that any other attempts to hack into our system will be viewed as such, and it will be treated according to our policies.

 

?? !! What not even a Thank You!!??… Nope.. wayyyyy to obnoxious for a Thank You!!

ISSUE 2 :


The default installation of IX’s “click and install” E-commerce software allows read and write rights to users directory to anyone on the internet. You probably  have lot of affected users..

( No state of the art hacking needed. There is a nice php admin interface without password. OK, I know what is in your mind: You will notice at the first login that nobody asked your admin password. The trap is that the admin interface is linked only in to the cPanel and when you access it you have the feeling that the password authentication is missing because the authentication is derived from your cPanel access (as in many other applications and settings in cPanel). After all, a hacker can easily upload a malicious php file and execute some nice exec() calls affecting the rest of your domains hosted by IX webhosting.)

IX’s Response : ( you’re gonna luv this one!!)

“If you don’t like it, don’t use our Easy Install products.”

Ooooohhh Yes, it is good to be appreciated!!

Credits to ZolTan for the info
zzixserver2


 




 

One of IX Web Hosting’s  EXTREMELY OVERLOADED Server crashed a few days ago, leaving thousands of customers sites offline for …… more than 35 HOURS!!… Not minutes, HOURS!!.

When we contacted Support, we were told ( lied to) that the server was down for maintenance, and to be patient (hahaha) things would be up and running within an hour!!.. after the SEVENTH phonecall (28 hours later) we were finally told that the server was fried  and backups needed to be transfered to the new server..

AGAIN another example of how IX Web Hosting LIES to their customers as for long as they can get away with it.. When they have been rumbled, and have their backs to the wall, only then do they admit to the truth!!

This is going to be pretty tricky for IX Web Hosting  to keep to their 99.99% uptime guarantee

IX2server

:: EDIT May 25th ::

We just recieved information from an insider at IX Web Hosting, that for months they had KNOWN issues with the server that fried… but the issues were ignored.

Just goes to show how much they care..