I have been using the hostforlife services for a number of years now. I have found their capabilities very impressive in their support as well as what they offer developers who want to maintain their own sites.
My current site has been updated several times with new interfaces and there has never been an issue since accessing any part of your site is very easy, especially with their FTP services. As I am refining the interface to my current product my hostforlife account supports, I expect to see another set of updates to the interface as well.
I plan on keeping my site with hostforlife as long as it is active. And their pricing is on par with the most competitive hosting services who don't offer nearly as much as hostforlife.