Miguel Anjo


Swiss web hosting comparison – what is the best?

Engineer answer: it depends. ūüôā

Currently my hosting is in the US. It works fine, is quite cheap, but does offer Let’s Encrypt SSL certtificates. Also, from Europe, reaching sites in the US there is always some latency.

I’m going to show the results of my comparison of four different hosting providers in Switzerland, for small websites, mostly WordPress based, including its email management.

What are my web hosting requirements?

I manage three independent domains, with different users and targets. They are all wordpress based websites. Apart of that, I’ve a few PHP pages self developed, some dynamic photo albums, and other static pages.

For each of the domains I’ve a few email addresses, almost all of them only forward the email to other provider (Gmail or other).

I like to have SSH access. I need also one less secure FTP user to upload files to a specific folder.

Less than 100GB of space are needed. The space for emails is not important. I could also survive with 50GB.

As currently the browsers show the sites as unsecure when you do not have a SSL certificate, I also need one for each of the domains.

What did I test?

Basically from registration, the configuration panel, domain configuration, creation of databases, import a existing wordpress website, creation of email addresses.

Which hosting providers were tested?

Price / year + domain / yearComments
Infomaniak.ch180 Fr. (100GB) + 10.7 .ch + 11.4 .com5 physical adresses, same on all domains. Unlimited aliases. No free forward only emails.
Cyon.ch180 Fr. (250GB) + 14.9 .ch + 24.5 .comInterface a bit outdated.
Hostpoint.ch180 Fr. (250GB) + 15 .ch + 20 .comSimilar cPanel to Ionos. Fast and easy to use.
Hostfactory.ch120 Fr. (50GB) + 15 .ch + 27 .comVery reactive and brand new interface. Independent vhost per domain.
Ionos.com$84 (unlimited) + $20 / SSLOne .com domain included. One SSL certificate included. No extra free SSL certificate.

Infomaniak review

Since more than 15 years that I know Infomaniak and a few times I tried to move my websites there. Unfortunately their system continues to be not targeted to small but complex users like me. This time I was confident things would work, I paid for the hosting and emails. After three days I asked for the reimbursement. The email support service was excellent, even on a Sunday I got competent answers after less than two hours. No problem with the reimbursement within 30 days.

So what is wrong with Infomaniak?

Let’s say, Infomaniak would be my preferred swiss hosting provider if I would be the IT responsible for an association or would have my own company willing to have all the data in Switzerland. Their infrastructure is top with multiple data centers; their services great, when you have a single domain (with maybe small other associated domains). But their offer is not for managing completely independent domains. For that you are expected to buy one package per domain, which at the end becomes quite expensive.

My main problem was with the emails, as the email package (5 emails) is attached to a base domain. While you can associate other domains to the same package, the base email address will be from the base domain, and aliases will be automatically created for the other domains. You cannot have userA@domain1 and userA@domain2 adresses with independent access in a single email package. Also, each email is expected to be an hosted, with (unlimited) storage. Infomaniak e-mail service is very good and with an interface similar to Gmail.

You can self-service everything, including restore from old DNS configurations, restore from automatic backups, etc.SSH access is via password (you can manually configure ssh key once connected). The interface can be in any official Swiss language plus English and Spanish.

Cyon review

This company from Basel offers a very fast service. One can easily register without credit card and test the service for thirty days. The website design would need some revamp, the menu at the top is not so practical. There is SSH access via SSH key, all kinds of email configuration, DNS, etc.

I missed the possibility to have self-service restore and also the possibility to change the interface language to other than German.

Email service is quite easy and complete, you can do whatever you want with email adresses on the configured domains.

Hostpoint review

Like Cyon, the registration is easy and automatically one gets 30-day access to the management panel. The interface from Hostpoint is very similar to the cPanel from Ionos, but fortunately with no-popups and advertisement.

All is configurable. Each domain can use Apache, nginx with Apache/PHP of nginx only. Databases Emails, FTP and SSH access are easily created. A plus from Hostpoint, the FTP access is by default limited to west European countries (one can disable the limit).

While is possible to see and restore the DNS changes, there is no free possibility to restore the website or database. It is only possible to create backup and download the data.

Hostfactory review

This provider has a smaller package – 50GB for 120 Fr/year. It is also easy to register and have a 30-day test package by Hostfactory. The interface is very well done and responsive.

One big difference on this provider, is that each configured domain is completely independent, including the SSH access and the vhost where it resides. There are advantages and disadvantages of this solution, but at the end I think it is quite a nice choice for cases like mine, managing completely independent websites.

There is one hand quite concern on the security for the SSH, FTP accesses, with non standard ports and ssh only from listed IPs. But the passwords are not one-way encrypted. So anyone on the provider side can see what password you did setup.

Hostfactory says there are daily backups during 30 days and a self-service restore. I could see the possibility to personal backups and found a page for listing backups and make restores. Currently no backup appears there, so I could not test the restores.

There is no possibility to change language of the interface to other than German.

Conclusions

At the end I could not yet decided for which host to go. I see that my usage is not compatible with Infomaniak, but for others I would suggest to check it out. I will probably remain with Infomaniak for managing my domains registration.

Between the others, I’ve a small preference for Hostfactory. The main negative point of Hostfactory is the price, as it provides only 50GB for 120 Fr, jumping then to 300 Fr for 100GB!

Cyon misses self-service restores and a more practical user interface.

Hostpoint misses the self-service restores.

The speed tests I performed with Google tools, did not show big differences. The test importing a WordPress website worked smoothly on all providers.

I wanted also to test Hoststart, but it required to pay in advance (like I’ve done for Infomaniak) and the data would be stored in Germany, in hetzner.com datacenters, for which I did read some not so good reviews. So I removed it from my possible providers.


Mobilité piétonne

Depuis 2019 j’habite une ville o√Ļ √ßa fait du plaisir marcher. Marcher en ville. C’est une ville de plus de 100 mil habitants et la capitale de la Suisse. Les cl√©s du succ√®s sont certainement multiples. Les principales √† mon avis sont:

  • Peu de voitures en ville
  • Respect des pi√©tons lors des travaux
  • Respecter les pi√©tons dans les feux lumineux
  • Pas de mobilier urbain ni poteaux au milieu des trottoirs
  • Trottoirs traversants

Chaque fois que je retourne √† la ville ou j’ai grandi, je remarque que ces points ne sont pas encore ancr√©s dans la culture local et il manque une responsabilit√© au niveau municipal que guide le changement de culture et paradigme.

Lisboa, Mai 2021: poteaux, (mauvaise) signalisation et autres empêchent le trottoir
Lisboa, Mai 2021: voitures empêchent le trottoir

Lisbonne est de toute fa√ßon une des meilleures villes pour marcher au Portugal et il y a beaucoup de progr√®s les derniers ann√©es. J’esp√®re que cela continue et bient√īt on aura le m√™me plaisir de marcher que dans la capitale suisse.


My short Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact review

Since three weeks the XZ2 Compact has replaced my four year old Z1 Compact mobile phone.

So far so good. What I specially like is the better feeling of a high end phone – front glass, back glass fiber – better camera and a fingerprint sensor.

Compared to the previous phone, the extra weight and bigger size disturb me somehow as I get quickly tired of using only one hand to hold and type. Maybe it’s also my age 😃.

I would also change the fingerprint sensor to the side of the phone. When the phone sits on a table currently I can unlock only with pattern. Also I keep touching the sensor and unblocking the phone while it is on my trousers side pocket.

The side buttons did change position when compared with previous versions. This annoys me often as I click the power button instead of the sound buttons, turning off the screen and video I’m eventually watching. Having the fingerprint sensor on the side as in the past would probably avoid this.

The lack of headphone jack so far is not a problem, using the adaptor that comes with.

All in all I’m happy with the Xperia XZ2 Compact: good battery life, lasting two days (after the first week of adaption), good construction and nice looking. Hopefully this positive opinion Will last three or four years like for my past phone.

[Update 22.10.2018]

After receiving the upgrade to Android Pie, the battery life of the Xperia XZ2 Compact increased even more. No more signs of dodgy apps that consume 1% or 2% of battery even if you don’t use them. Now the phone lasts without problems 2 days.

Unfortunately an annoying bug got in with the Android 9 update. The default sim card (my Xperia is dual SIM) changes as soon as one loses connection to the cell. This made me already use the wrong SIM card for calls and fortunately not for data as I’ve the roaming de-activated. The default SIM card should never change automatically and this is the case until the upgrade. I’ve signaled to Sony and hopefully they will fix it soon.


Wingo – WYSIWYG 1

wingo-wysiwyg

[Mise à jour 05 mai 2019]

Aujourd’hui j’ai eu la sensation que l’internet allait bien plus vite. J’ai effectu√© un nouveau test de vitesse avec LAN et on est proche du 1Gbps annonc√©s par Wingo. En plus j’ai d√©couvert l’offre de 30 Fr de rabais par mois pendant 12 mois, contre l’acceptation de ne pas partir de Wingo pendant les prochains 12 mois… Est-ce qu’ils s’attendent √† une meilleur concurrence?

[Mise à jour 17 septembre 2017]

Un test de vitesse avec LAN montre qu’0n d√©passe bien les 500 Mbps en upload. WYSIWYG est encore √† venir pour le download, mais je ne me plaint pas de la vitesse obtenue.

Les ann√©e derni√®re j’ai effectu√© deux changements de titulaires avec Wingo. √Ä savoir:

  • le changement de titulaire prend place √† la fin du mois, ind√©pendant de la date mise dans le formulaire.
  • le changement de titulaire est effectu√© uniquement une fois que l’ancien titulaire √† r√©gl√© toutes les factures. Ceci pose actuellement un probl√®me car l’ancien titulaire de mon acc√®s a pay√© la facture de juin 2017 seulement mi-juillet, quand la facture de juillet avait d√©j√† √©t√© faite. Le changement de titulaire aurait d√Ľ se faire fin-juin, mais du coup le nom inscrit dans la facture de juillet 2017 est encore de l’ancien titulaire. Comme je dois me faire rembourser de mon acc√®s, je ne peux pas payer la facture sous un autre nom. Un ticket ouvert avec Wingo est en cours, mais ils disent que ne peuvent refaire la facture avec le bon nom. A voir quel va √™tre l’issue de la situation.

La localisation de l’IP est maintenant toujours en Suisse, mais se balade entre B√Ęle, Fribourg et Gen√®ve, selon le service de localisation utilis√©:

[Mise à jour 21 décembre 2015]

Comme annoncé par Oli dans son commentaire (merci!), Wingo offre maintenant la possibilité de définir la redirection des ports (port forwarding). Cela fait parti des plusieurs nouvelles possibilités de configuration à partir de https://mywingo.wingo.ch . On peut ainsi finalement changer le SSID et le mot de passe du réseau, bien comme le canal wifi. La page de configuration internet se présente maintenant de cette forme:

Wingo-port-forwarding

On peut aussi maintenant bloquer certains appels vers des numéros surtaxés.

Un probl√®me que me reste (mais Wingo m’a d√©j√† t√©l√©phon√© deux fois pour essayer de r√©gler le probl√®me, merci pour l’effort) c’est que l‚Äôadresse IP donn√© par Wingo est g√©o-localis√© par certains pages internet comme √©tant au Pays-Bas. Cela est emb√™tant car en visitant des sites comme www.adobe.com, la page s’affiche en n√©erlandais. En faite, en utilisant le service¬†https://www.iplocation.net j’ai eu des situations comme celle-ci:

Wingo-ip-pays-bas

La vitesse actuel, avec connexion LAN est:

et je trouve aussi que le switch m√™me au niveau LAN marche mieux (j’ai des meilleurs d√©bits vers mon disque externe). Je me demande s’il a eu place √† des updates de firmware.


[Mise à jour 17 novembre 2015]

Wingo a entre-temps pass√© √† un d√©bit sym√©trique (aleluia!). Forte de constater qu‚Äôactuellement je n’arrive plus √† avoir un d√©bit download WYSIWYG (traduire: “comme annonc√©”).

4838921338Aussi int√©ressant est le fait qu’on est li√© maintenant √† “Bluewin” et plus √† Wingo. ¬†Un autre changement est que l’IP que j’ai est annonc√© par quelques services comme √©tant aux Pays Bas. Et comme r√©sultat j’ai des pages que s’affichent en hollandais.

L’ordre des serveurs DNS a aussi chang√©, le DNS de Google n’√©tant plus le primaire mais celui de Wingo (178.238.160.10)


[Post original 1 may 2015]

Wingo.ch ad

Et la connexion Wingo.ch est active chez moi. A savoir:
– impossible de configurer l’internet box – c’est la joli bo√ģte carr√© Swisscom, mais m√™me l’√©cran est toujours √©teint (sauf d√©marrage).
. SSID et password sont d√©finis √† l’avance par Wingo (WN-xxxxx et WN-xxxxx-5G sont les SSID envoy√©s). http://internetbox ¬†ne marche pas¬†[update 06.01.2016 http://winbox est le bon adresse], ni l’app Swisscom pour acc√©der au router. Il ne partage pas la m√™me configuration.
. SSH et telnet sont refus√©s. Je n’ai pas fait nmap pour voir quels sont les ports ouverts.

Wingo_box
. pas possible de configurer un téléphone IP pour recevoir les appels directement depuis les serveurs SIP Wingo (email envoyé, en attente de réponse)

Concernant la vitesse:

– par Wifi j’arrive √† des valeurs que ne correspondent pas au annonc√©. Donc WYSWYG ce n’est pas toujours vrai. J’arrive avec quelques serveurs √† presque 55Mbit/s upload – plus du double annonc√©! Pour download cela varie entre 50 et 212Mb/s, selon les serveurs.

swisscom_speed_test_wifiWingo_speed-2Wingo_speed

– par LAN les valeurs montent encore un peu:

swisscom_speed_test_lanWingo_speed-lan

Si quelqu’un d√©couvre comment configurer l’internet box, merci de m’avertir.


Moi, un vélo Рdans un train

CFF-Ticket-veloCe matin je pars encore une fois √† Sion par train, en premi√®re classe, avec mon v√©lo. Le v√©lo reste dans le wagon de deuxi√®me classe, car “les passagers de premi√®re classe n’utilisent pas le v√©lo”.

J’ach√®te toujours le billet pour le v√©lo et j’aime le montrer en premier. Ce matin la contr√īleuse a bien pris son t√©l√©phone pour prendre le code du billet de v√©lo sur mon t√©l√©phone et de suite “Merci” et reparte. Donc sans voir mon billet √† moi ni mon abonnement g√©n√©ral de deuxi√®me classe. Je dois bien sembler √† un v√©lo!


Swisscom, Centro Grande Business, Windows XP, WIFI and DHCP

At PROVELO Gen√®ve I’m responsible for the IT infrastructure.

Recently I made the association to profit from the Swisscom new packages. At lower monthly price we got the same as before, plus 3 free months + 100 Fr offer! This came with a new modem – Centro Grande Business – and move to phone over IP, but using normal analogic phones.

At beginning I was happy, as the previous Centro Grande was giving problems with Wifi connections and I had to buy an external wifi router.

But seems that Centro Grande Business has similar problems: PROVELO old Windows XP laptop cannot get DHCP address from the Wifi. And if we set a good IP address it connects but still there is no access to internet.

So I had to put out the external Wifi router again, which works like a charm.

Just I don’t have the patience to phone Swisscom and spend my time discussing over the phone the wifi problems of their routers with old hardware.


Erste klasse und vélos

cff-veloPour le travail mon employeur me paye la premi√®re classe de train. Aujourd’hui j’ai d√©cid√© de prendre mon v√©lo avec moi jusqu’√† mon client au Valais.

J’ai finalement pris compte que la premi√®re classe n’attend pas de v√©los. Il a donc rest√© dans le wagon √† c√īt√©. Et cela dans le train IR d’un seul √©tage. Car dans les IC double-√©tage le seul placement pour les v√©los se trouve √† l’autre bout du train par rapport √† classe affaires. Les CFF ont √©t√© inform√©s de mon m√©contentement.


Raz√Ķes pelas quais n√£o poderia viver em Portugal – parte ?

Em resposta a um email enviado à Autoridade Tributária sobre como evitar a dupla tributação, uma resposta generosa:

Na sequ√™ncia da sua mensagem de correio eletr√≥nico, informamos que √© obrigat√≥ria a men√ß√£o do n√ļmero de identifica√ß√£o fiscal (NIF) em todos os contactos com os servi√ßos da Autoridade Tribut√°ria, em cumprimento do disposto nos artigos artigos 29 e 31 do Dec-Lei n¬ļ. 14/2013, de 28 de Janeiro.

Isto para n√£o falar da resposta autom√°tica que recebi antes:

Enviou um mail para um endereço que brevemente vai deixar de existir.
A fusão da DGITA, DGCI e DGAIEC deu lugar à Autoridade Tributária e Aduaneira pelo que os endereços de correio electrónico foram alterados. Não é necessário reenviar a mensagem, no entanto, queira por favor informar-se do novos endereços de contacto.

Sem alguma indica√ß√£o dos novos email… Ao cliente de se desenrascar e descobrir onde os encontrar.