* ratings are out of 10
|uptime & reliability
|server & connection speed
|technical support & knowledge
|customer service & billing
|price value for money
you get what you pay for
I joined Parade after sending several emails to the owner. She showed me the uptime and I was felt more at ease with joining, so I dropped my host at Surpass (great hosting, but it was a bit expensive considering my sites are for fun and b/c of school go untouched for months at a time).
A month later, the original owner handed over Parade to a new owner, who is pretty obnoxious and tends to pretty rude (cursing and all) when addressing his customer's concerns. There is no newsletter or ML, so when you want to find out news about what's going on (server being restarted etc.) you have to join the MB, which has to have the most obnoxious pain0in-the-butt mods ever (constant smart alecky replies, deleting closing threads when anyone says anything against the changes being made at Parade, even joining other forums when they find someone has spoken out against Parade).
The server is overloaded, and you can expect downtown/500 errors for up to 30minutes plus almost every day. It's horrible. but I already have everything on their over-taxed server, and with the new semester starting up i don't have time to find another affordable host and edits all my scripts. server memory is constantly at 90% or higher, as the space taken up on /usr. Server load is after beyond 20 cpus. Get the idea? Really terrible. Even Parade's layout is one obtained from a free css theme site...
It's super cheap, but remember, there's a reason for that. Don't be blinded by an advertising that seems too good to be true as it more than likely is. I saved over 30$ a year, but now I have a ste I can barely access...
Biggest Pro: cheap price
Biggest Con: horrible downtime, obnoxious support,