No, you didn’t read that wrong it’s minus 24 days (and counting). I have a hosting account at webhost4life (not this blog) and I started getting periodic automated emails from them about 40 days prior to my account expiring which happened on December 8th 2006. Here is a copy of the email I’ve been getting:
From: email@example.com >To: -----------.com Subject: Renewal Notice: -23days left before Account Item Expire Date: Mon, 1 Jan 2007 22:58:30 -0800 Ignore this email if you have already taken action. -------------------------------------------------- Dear steven trefethen, You have -23 days left before the following webhosting account item expires: Item Name = $9.95/Month Plan Renew it before 12-8-2006 or it will expire. If it is a Hosting Service Plan, make sure you renew it or you'll lose your website, and all referral commissions. And remember, when your referrals renew, you'll earn commissions again! Login to your account and click on the renew button: http://www.Webhost4life.com/login.asp Your Member ID = xxxxxxxx If you do not wish to renew, please login to your account and click on the "No Renew" button, so we'll remove this item from your account. Webhost4life.com
Now, I have no problem getting automated email notifying me I need to take action to renew an expiring account. So I log into my account looking for the “No Renew” button. But, where is it? (…and no, the renewal dropdown doesn’t have a “no renew” option)
So I click the “Rate our Control Panel” link thinking I should inform them of this oversite and I’m given this form which I fill out:
…then click the Submit button and get…
The error reads:
Microsoft OLE DB Provider for SQL Server error '80040e14' Line 1: Incorrect syntax near '('. /demowcp/rating1.asp, line 25
Now, I’ve read various posts on the web from people who really seem to like W4L though I’ve had much better luck with my current provider (see this post).