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define your level of Affordable?
- both Arvixe and webhost look like about 7$ per month.
- domain name included
- 6 sites
- a bunch of storage space
How are you making your sites?
-B: or WYSIWYG - ie Site Builders - if dont know what these mean, this is what your using.
If A: - as a visual studio person, I found the ease of using VS Community and pushing to Azure website so easy.
If B: wordpress has a big presence for a reason. The bigger they get, the more developers (they should) hire, expanding the functionality.
A long time ago I helped develop software that controlled a fluorescent light tube manufacturing line. At one end is a furnace, dumping out a stream of molten glass. At the other end is some measuring equipment, a cutter, and two mechanical arms. The arms raised cut tubes that met criteria and put them on a conveyor. Tubes that failed were dropped onto a different conveyor and the glass was sent back through the process.
Our job was to run the measuring system, the cutter (which actually just sprayed the hot glass tube with a puff of water vapor, thermal shock doing the cutting), and the arms. On our first test run we discovered that one of the arms was wired incorrectly. Instead of raising or dropping the 10 foot long tubes, one arm lifted and the other dropped, throwing the tubes of glass off the end of the line.
I thought MSDN and MS support defined the bottom, but the bottom reached a new low:
dealing with eBay, trying to resolve a strange issue where I can not pay one seller via the same credit card linked to PayPal that I can use to pay other sellers:
1. multiple support persons responding to each exchange about the same support request with their messages clearly indicating they did not review the extensive previous correspondence.
2. each new support person ignores the advice of the previous support persons, often repeating previous suggestions I had told them did not work.
almost as bad as the experience with Etsy getting a refund from a gem dealer in Jaipur who sold me fake gems with fake certificates. in that case, I created such a ruckus a senior support person finally got called in.
what, you may ask, is old Bill doing with gems: I think I can't tell you on this forum
«Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?» T. S. Elliot
When something similar happened to me recently, i deduced it was only occuring on bidding auctions, never on 'make offer' or 'buy it now' I solved it by contacting that unpayable seller, and asking him to cancel the sale, and relist it as 'buy it now' and email the link to me rather than posting the listing. He did it. At that point, after following the link my CC then worked to pay for the sale and it was a done deal. He thanked me profusely for figuring it out. Customer Service Slugs were passive-agressive and less than useless. They had wasted hours lying trying to convince me and the seller both, that it was the sellers fault, when it wasn't. I did need to offer to pay the seller an extra $5 to cover his ($3ish) resisting fees for his trouble, but it worked to clear the transaction and he thought I was absolute *magic* YMMV Good luck ~John
My all time low is with Unilever, a customer at the time.
As a supplier we had accounts on their system so we could log in on some servers to install and update our software.
So one day my account stops working and I call their support.
Apparently, you have a "stopped working on" [defaults to one year from now] field on your account which you need to set to next year every year and I didn't so according to the system I didn't work there anymore.
Took two months and eight people to fix
They kept referring me to their internal SharePoint website which I didn't have access to because I was only a supplier.
The best part was when one of those people said "I'm a bit busy today, but give me a call tomorrow" and that day he left for a two week vacation
Just when I had my account back it happened again.
I store my passwords in Windows and as soon as I tried to browse to their network share Windows tried logging in with the old password and BAM, locked out again
I had to remove all password from all their services from Windows and Chrome.
At least it only took like two or three days to get a password reset
And then there's this company I worked for (they shall remain anonymous).
The sysadmins were... Less than helpful.
Not once in the seven months I worked there could they just resolve my issues.
Printer didn't work "I'm busy, find another printer."
My Office didn't work on the pre-installed image "we don't have time to fix this right now."
I couldn't log in to my account "you must be doing something wrong." (yes, of course it's my fault)
Seriously, one of those guys was always on WhatsApp or Amazon, he was even checking his house with a camera he had installed.
This guy barely did anything, so when I had a problem I asked him for help and all of a sudden he was busy and he wasn't on support duty so he couldn't help me anyway
I once needed a SQL script to run on an acceptance server which I didn't have access to.
A tester ran into an issue and my script would fix it.
Even though this team was six people not one of them found the time to run my script.
Once I had the person who would run my script they all went in to a meeting that lasted the entire morning (without running my script first)