Been with them for years. Had enough of their inept services. Wasted much time dealing with these folks. Taking my business elsewhere. The tech support sucks almost as much as their web portal.
Horrible web hosting interface. Horrendous customer service. They make you jump through hoops just to cancel. Happy to leave them.
Ridiculous gaps in customer service.
I've been with this company for 8+ years and never really been satisfied with the service.
They were taken over by Deluxe For Business about 5 years ago and never even bothered to communicate the change to their customers. Now I'm never even sure how to enter my account- which site to use?
The links within their customer service emails- the breadcrumbs you follow to actually perform whatever task you're asking about- never work as stated, and they never correct the problem once you've alerted them.
Their website has gotten prettier over the years but no less a labyrinth of jargon buttons with names and functions that never quite match what CS is describing.
Customer service is only available online from 9-9EST.
Call center even less. Apparently international clients need not apply.
They do not respond promptly to emails, and a good 50% of the time they don't even address your problem. They tend not to read inquiries very carefully.
Icing on the cake: stupid technical issues on their website.
It's as if they never bothered to test any of the features from a customer's point of view.
Perfect Example: Attempting to input new bank card information through their website- the card expiration year can only be input via pulldown menu, and the pulldown menu only goes up to 2019. What about cards that expire after 2019?
Took days to work that out.
Weak communication skills and a buggy website.
And really, what else do you need from a web host?
Where to begin? I have been a Sys Admin for nearly 30 years, design/develop software too. Okay so about 5 years ago I began hosting some of my clients with Aplus hosting (peaked at 37+ sites). I was relatively pleased as I seldom had issues from a co location perspective. Then about a year ago things began to deteriorate.
I now am down to three sites remaining with Amateur Plus.net. Which I shall relocate by end of this week.
They caused some serious loss of business for some folks and more than enough frustration for myself and my staff. It took me over a month just to regain access to our MS SQL DB - they changed instances without any notification! Imagine that and they call themselves technical experts. All of sudden none I repeat none of our usernames/passwords would authenticate - try and contact their technical support when you really need them and get a resolution - not going to happen folks.
To summarize I would not recommend Aplus.net hosting to anyone!
Everything was fine for the past several years until they upgraded my account to the new system or servers. I first lost complete access to a service I recently signed up for and was in the middle of using, the Full Version of Website Creator, also known as WSC. I had already built half a website with this program and now cannot complete or continue working on my project making me look very bad with a good client of mine. During the first week they were actually doing the upgrade and the website specifically told me so whenever I would try to change anything on any of my services. I accepted and waited it out. Then the upgrade was completed and I no longer even had the WSC icon option on my control panel. I called and opened a service ticket # 2391745. I called several times over the next few days and each time I was promised that someone would contact me or at least email me an update on the status of the ticket. This never happened even once. Finally after about a week they were able to get the icon back up on my control panel, but now I was unable to login to the program. It would give me an error everytime I would click on administer. I of course called again and told them about this issue. I informed them that I have tried logging in from several computers, using different Internet Browsers, different Operating systems, all with different anti-viruses, and even from different networks and physical locations. Again I was promised that someone would contact me. Several days go so I call them again tell them that I still cannot login. They tell me that they cannot reporduce the issue on their end and have basically stopped working on the problem. This is where I started to get angry and asking why nobody contacted me to let me know this earlier so we could continuing taking the next steps in resolving the issue. I felt that because their absolute lack of communication several days have been lost causing this ticket and issue to continu longer than it needs to be. Yesterday they had me take a print screen of my PC with the error that I am receiving even though I already told them exactly when and what it says. I did this, BUT this time I demanded to speak with a supervisor. At first Joan would not get one, then she told me that they were all in a meeting and could not come to the phone. I had her specifically promise me that one of them would call me back after the meeting and before the end of the day. This of course never happened. Then again, nobody contacted me in anyway this morning either. I worte another email to Joan, and still no response from anybody. I have been making my living as an IT guy for the last 13 years and deal with hundreds of support depts from big to small from all around the world. I give technical support myself to my clients. It is or should be standard company procedure to at least stay in contact with the customer or at least give him a way to be updated on an open ticket besides having him always needing to call you. At what point does continuing to break a promise to contact me become a lie. I own over 42 domains and several hosting packages with Aplus for the last several years and no feel a total lack of respect from Aplus. I am keeping my promise to Aplus and Joan that if I did not hear back from a supervisor beforfe the end of the day ysterday I would start an online campaign of letting everyone know how dissappointed and unsatisfied I have been recently with Aplus.Net and so that it what I am doing now and everyday until this issue is resolved.
Aplus.Net hosting has the WORST customer service ever in the history of all companies - Last night we experienced another nightmare scenario for a small, growing company. We went down again for the THIRD time, starting at 12:45am PT. After reporting the problem, I was told that the failed server would get rebooted within 15min. Things got progressively worse from there. After half an hour, I called back and they had no idea what was going on and refused to give me an ETA at this point. After another hour, all of their customer support goes OFFLINE -- i.e. the hosting company goes completely dark and is completely unreachable. Regular server support is offline, dedicated server support is offline, and worst of all, the dedicated server support hotline (phone) starts playing a 30 second generic message and then HANGS UP ON YOU. I called five times with the same result. After yet another hour, I finally see a support person come online and ping her. She says she can't help me because she isn't a dedicated server support representative. I ask her what happened to dedicated server support at her company and she says LUNCH BREAK. Sweet. Two hours into the ordeal, I realize that there is only one person in the entire company that can help me and he is out eating a sandwich.
Fast forward seven hours later and we are finally back up. There's no knowing how many users we lost or pissed off over that time period. But great news, according to their uptime guarantee policy on http://servers.aplus.net/servers_guarantee.html, we will get 35% off next month's bill. Can't wait to save that $80! Well worth the downtime!
The worst part is not just being down, but not having anybody available to talk with. There's no worse feeling than trying desperately to contact your server provider and not be able to reach ANYONE. When will these companies get a clue about what customer service means? When someone is having a real problem, "I don't know", "I can't help you", and automatic messages that hang up on you, just don't cut it.
Stay away from Aplus.Net! At least until someone from their company cares enough to do something about their customer service.
Aplus hosting more like Cplus hosting if you're a small website - I read a number of positive reviews on CNET and other reputable sites of Aplus hosting before signing up for a dedicated server. However, after I signed up I began to realize that unless you are a large customer, Aplus customer service is terrible.
We had a number of problems setting up the server and they were not very helpful. But the WORST was their server farm in Phoenix went down and our site was down for 7 DAYS! Larger customers were kept up as they shifting resources from another facility but our pleas were ignored. Moreover, as compensation for the downtime, they only gave us one month free! We lost thousands in business but Aplus didn't care. In retrospect, I wish I had gone with Rackspace. My other friend who runs a small website has been using them had their customer service is much better and they seem to care more about working with start ups (Rackspace had downtime too, but they were more responsive to getting things back online and compensating their customers). I would avoid Aplus if you're a small company.
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