It’s our pleasure to welcome Peter Chiykowski, a creative genius who shows off his funny side on his main website, which is hosted by HostPapa. We found Peter through a tweet he shared about how great his web hosting experience has been. Let’s find out more about what you can expect from a shared hosting plan provided by Canadian-based provider HostPapa.
Hello Peter! Your website is incredibly creative and a lot of fun to visit. We’d like to know a bit more about how you turned a great sense of humor into a business venture.
For me, working in cartoons was kind of the inevitable result of having a terribly short attention span. Back in college I was a bit of daydreamer (still am) and when I would zone out I would start thinking up these ridiculous situations or connections or jokes. I’d jot them down in the margins of my notebooks, sometimes with a sketch—and that became the basis for a lot of my early comics.
You’ve had multiple websites hosted with HostPapa over the past seven years with their “Business” shared hosting plan. Why did you choose that particular plan?
I host multiple domains as subdomains on my single hosting package anchored to the rockpapercynic.com domain. I chose it because I never envisioned a scenario where I would be running multiple domains, but within a couple years I was writing a second webcomic (now defunct) and a couple years after that I opened a button-making business (graphicpunchbuttons.com), so I started piling domains on.
Now I think I have six or seven associated with that plan.
Your main website features a lot of multimedia files and an ecommerce store. Have you ever had issues with using too much bandwidth? How did HostPapa handle the situation?
I don’t generally run into problems with bandwidth unless I get a big link bomb through reddit or imgur or a big Facebook link. This happens one to three times a year, and the extra traffic can bring my site down for one or two days at a time. First, my site starts to load slowly, and then not at all. This can last for a period of time as short as an hour up to a couple days.
"I don’t generally run into problems with bandwidth unless I get a big link bomb through reddit or imgur or a big Facebook link."
Note: According to HostPapa’s Terms of Service, they don’t set limits on visitor traffic, however, “when you use excess server processing power that negatively impacts the performance of the server and provides a bad customer experience in that server community… our server processing power, server memory, or anti-abuse controls could limit downloads or access from your site.”
Have you ever used a domain-based email provided by HostPapa? What was your experience with that?
I did, but I wasn’t a big fan of the clients they provided for checking email and didn’t feel much like looking for an alternative since I found (and still find) Gmail to be a great service. I do have multiple domain-based email addressed that forward to my Gmail.
You’ve had plenty of time (over seven years!) to use all the features included in your shared hosting plan from HostPapa. What do you consider one of the best?
When I chose HostPapa, I didn’t really know much about choosing a host, so I looked up reviews. There were a couple others on the shortlist, but HostPapa was Canadian and was/is certified for using Bullfrog Power. I figured if I didn’t have the knowledge to make a decision about services, I’d pick the place that fits my interest in eco-friendly and sustainable business practices.
"HostPapa was Canadian and was/is certified for using Bullfrog Power… I’d pick the place that fits my interest in eco-friendly and sustainable business practices."
My favourite feature is being able to host multiple domains on a single plan.
With breaches occurring all the time, data security is a big issue. Do you feel the data you store on HostPapa’s servers is secure?
I have never had anything but positive experiences with HostPapa’s security and I have every confidence in their servers.
"I have never had anything but positive experiences with HostPapa’s security…"
What is your experience with HostPapa’s tech support? Have you found the to be helpful and knowledgeable?
I’ve dealt with them four or five times over the last few years. They’re polite, but they often ignore the details in case notes, so you’ll be asked multiple times to try the same test or fix, or they’ll ignore the details of your initial ticket email where you outline things you have already tried. That being said, they’ve always solved the problem in the end.
"…they often ignore the details in case notes, so you’ll be asked multiple times.. That being said, they’ve always solved the problem in the end."
Anything else you’d like to share your hosting experience with HostPapa?
My experience has been positive and I have recommended them a number of times when asked which host I use.
"My experience has been positive and I have recommended them…"
We are grateful for the time Peter took out of his busy schedule to answer all our questions about HostPapa. And don’t forget to visit Peter’s website to get a good chuckle from his wildly imaginative webcomic!
To learn more about the host, please read our editor’s HostPapa review.