Web Hosting Blues

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So I host about a dozen websites, all low traffic, all for family and friends. I eat the monthly cost of a reseller account for everyone and it doesn't bother me because it's not too expensive or anything. I had been hosting with rootmode but got an email a while back saying they were closing down and I needed to move everything and right quick. Woops. Wasn't too psyched about that, because you know I have other things going on in my life that makes moving a dozen sites complicated. There's more info after the jump if you want it.

First, I had to find a new host. I looked at a bunch of the big guys, and finally settled on Site 5. I had read enough good reviews to feel comfortable with them, and the price was decent. I pay 20 bucks a month for unlimited domains, 2 TB of bandwidth monthly and 10 GB of disk space.
There's really no way I would ever come close to using that kind of bandwidth. The disk space, maybe because I tend to post a lot of pictures in various places, but even that's likely not going to be an issue. Considering rootmode was charging 25 bucks for 2 gb disk space and only 20 GB of transfer, site 5 seemed a bargain. Plus, a big company like site 5 would have to be more reliable than the little operation run by one or two guys that was rootmode. Right? Here's the one catch... you have to pay for a year upfront if you want that bargain price of 20 a month... Woops.

Well I got my account set up on January 9th, that's just over a month ago. So far I've experienced three outages of the server that I'm on at site5. The first took nearly a full work day to get resolved and included hours of time where the data for my sites was corrupted. Fortunately, in the end they got everything resolved, but it was NOT a good feeling.
A brief search over at the site5 alert forum brought me these three results:

The Jan 31st outage was the bad one. Despite the resolution being posted a few hours after the start of the disruption it was several hours later that I finally had my sites restored.
I *think* the server is a newer one in the site 5 farm, because there don't seem to be a lot of clients on it, but I'm just guessing about that. All I DO know is that it's crashed at least three times in the last two weeks. Imagine if I was actually hosting paying clients on here, they would be livid.

I'm hopeful they will get their kinks worked out, I don't want to spend a year on a crummy server. It's not that my site or my email is that important. It's not that my mother's carpet store needs their website to have 100% uptime, or my friend band for that matter, but still. Three crashes in the last two weeks? That's a bit much to go unnoticed.