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Winhost customer spotlight: Tony Jiang

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Tony Jiang is the man behind the site FastTopTen.com. He says, “I’m a programmer by nature and a guy who just likes to tinker with things.  In the past few years, I’ve noticed an enormous growth of “top ten” lists articles which are most of the time incorrect or are missing some items.  As a tinkerer, I can’t help but want to fix these lists or at least have a say in them.  Therefore, I’ve created an entire website dedicated to “top ten” lists, where anyone can create new lists, and anyone can submit items to the lists, rate them as they see fit, and basically let the world decide on the ranking of the items in those lists.  In geeky terms, it’s a site for Dynamic Top Ten Lists.”

When did you first become interested in web technologies?

I got hooked in college, during the great dotcom era.  Like many others, I taught myself html back then, adored Netscape, lived in Geocities, and had some blinking fonts on my website (who didn’t?). The dotcom crash happened shortly after I put the blinking fonts on my site but needless to say, my interest in web technologies never wavered and I eventually did remove the blinkies.

If the <blink> tag had been responsible for the crash, I suspect it would have happened years earlier and we would have never recovered. Which technologies are you using for your web site?

FastTopTen.com uses ASP.NET and MS SQL.  For IDE, I use Visual Studio and upgrade to whichever is the latest version whenever it comes out.

How long have you hosted your site with Winhost?

Forever. In another word, my site was born with Winhost, it never knew any other.  It was born around summer of 2010 so it’s been around 2 years now.

What made you choose Winhost for the project?

There are a multitude of reasons.  Speed is probably the top one.  I’ve tried quite a few hosting sites before picking Winhost and compared to Winhost, their speed (performance in terms of a user clicking around on your site to delivering your site’s content) was lackluster.

I had figured that I could adapt to most other factors of a hosting site but at the end of the day even if my site is coded properly and optimized properly, the hosting company is the only one that can deliver my content to the users in a timely manner.  And this, Winhost does very well.

So you’re happy with your choice?

Yes. Speed, friendly staff, and cost effectiveness of the plans are the strongest points of Winhost.  I have to say that there are hosting sites out there that are more flexible and have better hosting solutions but they cost an arm and a leg.  Winhost is the only solution I’ve found that offers great service and hosting plans for great rates.

What’s next for FastTopTen.com?

Since I’m a developer, I will be continuously adding new features onto FastTopTen.com.  In the near future, beautifying the Forums area, adding more functionalities to it, and putting in filters onto forum postings will be in the works.

Are you excited about any new technologies or trends that you see out there?

HTML5 has my eye at the moment.  I’m extremely impressed by its canvas and video capabilities.

What do you do when you aren’t working on sites?

Unfortunately, I find myself devoid of much free time these days but when I do get an hour or two, you can usually find me playing the pc game Starcraft 2 and more recently, Diablo 3.

Thank you Tony, we appreciate you taking time out to talk to us.

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