I've been watching this via Twitter Search and people have been tweeting about it since around 19th September. On 26th September, the host tweeted that they had been hospitalized for a few days, and would respond to mails once they're in the clear. It's been over three weeks since, and nobody is sure how this is going to play out in case it's something serious. :(
My domain is registered elsewhere, so I don't have any issues in that regard. I received my final invoice reminder about a week ago, with a warning that my account would get suspended (as per terms of service) if it isn't paid. My sites are still running fine, so I assume that account suspension has to happen manually.
I thought I'd wait some more to see how this plays out, but I received an email this morning by someone affected by all of this. They informed me that according to WHOIS, three-words.net will expire on 3rd November, which is very soon... So now I consider that as the deadline for moving things off three-words. D:
At the very least, I recommend those of you who are hosted at three-words to back up your data. If your domain is about to expire, you might also want to transfer it to another registrar. The person who emailed me is unable to transfer their domain due to it being locked (which might be due to "free domain" conditions, where you have to keep the domain with the host; I didn't ask), so they are trying to get in touch with three-words' host, http://www.namecheap.com/. If that's the case for you too, that might be an option to consider.
With Masao's help (and input from the person who emailed me), I've been looking around for hosting alternatives with offers and prices in three-words' range that also have a good reputation at the moment. I'm currently considering the following, but these are based on my own needs: at least 5 GB space, more than one domain, several databases; preferably not more than $5 per month, preferably flat-rate rather than hidden renewal costs that are based on how long you bind yourself and pay upfront, or temporary discounts that might not be available after the first billing cycle.
- http://ofblue.org/packages.html (most similar to three-words)
- https://www.webhostingzone.org/web-host ... chor-table
Others that were recommended are the following: