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  1. gingerbeer2000
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've looked around a few U.S hosting review sites and found a potential host that may serve my needs but i have a question. Does it matter if i choose and windows or linux based server setup and what implications if any does this have on the php, mysql, databases ?

    Heres the package im interested in
    http://www.ixwebhosting.com/index.php/home.dspPage/page/info.dspProductGoldPlan/IXWEBSESSION/f0739f5f25ff0f4daf0daeb9317c526d/IXWEBSESSION/f0739f5f25ff0f4daf0daeb9317c526d

  2. badr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    linux is a heck of a lot more reliable than windows hosting. Check out this website for more information/comparaison etc...

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com

  3. gingerbeer2000
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    thanks badr

  4. bluedauber
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It shouldn't matter too much. Most affordable web hosting is on linux servers. Also, depending on what you plan to do with your hosting, that plan might be overshooting what you need. I'm with Surpasshosting, and if you're just going to be hosting a blog on a single domain name you could easily get hosting for $48/year. They're inexpensive, reliable, and they have great support. And that's about what you'd pay for two months with the other host.

  5. gingerbeer2000
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I want to host at least 5 domains on this server all running php and mysql databases thats why im considering this large package :) . The package listed seems value for money as i pay in sterling i get more for my pound when converted to dollars :) .

  6. bluedauber
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    That may be a good way to go then. One of the most important things to check is that customers are satisfied with the host's reliability and support. I've been through a few hosts myself and I can tell you, if it seems too good to be true, it is. That price seems about right for that offer, but you should also make sure to check with people who are hosted there (and keep an eye on some sites hosted there too for speed, uptime, etc.). You might also want to look at "reseller" packages from other companies...they basically let you host unlimited domains with unlimited databases. The static IPs and free domains in that package are nice features, though, so it might be a good way to go, especially if you ever plan on using SSL.

  7. Jinsan
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    remeber most webhosts in the US tend to work through overselling. Cheap and big is not always the best to be honest. You may find man that offer 250mb of space and charge your $15 a month for it, doesn't mean they're not competitive, but they offer a different level of service. So you have a host that offers 5gb sapce,80gb bw at $4 a piece (for example) 90% Of the users will never reach the 5gb max, or hit the bandwidth total so it's very attractive to think you have all that extra space to play with. The majority won't bother if you do reach the max, as long as you're jsut below it - however as LunarPages have shown, there are a bunch of bastards out there offering nice packages then kicking you between the legs.

    OVerselling hosts are not a bad thing, it's just many perhaps oversell too much. Currently with Resellerhosting.com - there support so far has been brilliant, having only contacted them twice (both times to set up the account after my previous host did something that delayed things).

    But there are many hosts to check out. You can try webhostingtalk.com for a more informal view from actual customers.

  8. bluedauber
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I agree about overselling - it is not necessarily bad but has the potential to be very bad. The problem comes in when too many people on the same server are fighting for the CPU time - I had an account at one host whose CPU usage typically went up to 12 (it should be no more than around 1 for each processor the server has, so two or four max). It often got the point where it took forever to send any page, and if you were to trying to make a database call, you could forget about it.

  9. badr
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've used Dathorn.com and ultraunix.net for a number of years now and would recommend them to anyone. Actually, if you're a newbie and need a lot of handholding, stay away from dathorn because they're strict with their servers.

  10. gingerbeer2000
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    As for the U.S hosting companies they give better service and value for money compared to Euro companies because they i personally think value the customers more from my experiences.

    I found two hosts that offer good packages they are listed below
    http://www.amxhost.com/hosting.html gold package and http://www.hqhostings.com/compare.php HQ Professional package both good value and great features with CpanelX control panel even noobs like me can use :)

  11. gingerbeer2000
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    im going to go with amx for £77 annual fee plus 1 month fee seems reasonable for what you get, i beats my current host UK2 by lightyears in value, features and support. Hooray for the British Sterling Pound hip hip hooray and the Yankee hosts :P !

  12. Phisch
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I am considering using godaddy.com's $3.95/mo. hosting package. They give enough room, are on Linux, have PHP but only 1 MySQL database.

    I know WP only needs one, however, I might need to use something else in addition to be able to manage a lot of photographs.

    So I have a few questions...

    Does anyone here use Go Daddy hosting and are they ok? They don't seem to have a money back guarantee for hosting, just domain registration.
    If I use some other software to handle photos, does that count as another MySQL database or does that depend on the software? Or does WP 1.5 handle that? I'm a noob and still using 1.2...trying to get up the guts to do my back up and upgrade. TIA.

  13. Phisch
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I forgot to add that I will probably want to have a bulletin board as well.

  14. I know it's against my policy to speak-out negatively against hosts, but GoDaddy does not have a very good reputation amongst the WordPress community.

    I use http://www.dreamhost.com . DreamHost, via their latest newsletters and such, appears to be very supportive of WordPress. Now, whether they're for you or not, is up to you. You sound like you know what you're after. Happy hunting! ^_^

  15. trevorturk
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    dreamhost.com

  16. Phisch
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Thanks! That's pretty much what I wanted to know. With no MBG, then I had to ask.

    Gotta love the support forums :)

  17. brain_rot
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    Ez-Web-Hosting

    Great support, latest Cpanel, MySQL, PHP, GREAT pricing, I've been with them now for about 2-3 years. wouldn't switch or go anywhere else.

    you get a LOT for your money, believe me.

  18. raianoat
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I've had great luck with BlueHost.com

    http://www.tivoblog.com/index.php/archives/2005/01/06/new-host-bluehostcom/

    Good luck!

  19. brain_rot
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    one more thing about Ez-Web-Hosting (see my response above) - they actually created a script for me to backup my SQL databases at Noon everday. Yes, they back everything up every night at midgnight, but I asked them about this and they did it. Basically the SQL databses get dumped into my home directory and from there i dl them.

  20. soteke
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm using the godaddy.com's $3.95/mo. hosting package. I can say that the hosting works good for me BUT at the begining the database was very slow. It seems that it's working properly now.
    I have a wordpress blog a phpBB board a bbpress forum a 4images gallery and some other pages, all in the same database, all this without any problem.
    You can check the speed of all these pages.

  21. Phisch
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    I'm signing up for an account with the first host that Gingerbeer mentioned. What they supply is the same for all types of accounts, it just changes in terms of the MB of space and amt. of datat transfer they give you. They only take Paypal as payment, though, so I have to be patient and wait until my funds transfer. Very hard ;)

    I picked them over Go Daddy not just because of the comments, but because Go Daddy lacked a money back guarantee. The site I want to build requires participation from someone who is in the Philippines. I think it was year before last when Go Daddy just cancelled all domain reg accounts from there and other countries, with no notification.

  22. Joni
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    TextDrive is friendly to WordPress and other open source ware. But it's not for the faint of heart. In other words, no friendly cPanel but an arcane menu that, for me at least, has a somewhat steep learning curve. But the support is phenomenal and they are very very good about protecting their servers from spam and spammers. In fact, since I moved one of my domains to textdrive a week or so ago, the spam level in my email inbox has dropped dramatically.

    You might want to check out their packages and lurk on the forum to get a feel for the community. I think I will like it for the long haul.

    http://www.textdrive.com

  23. joeedmon
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    There is a difference between Win Server and Unix/Linux hosting. You will notice in the forums that a lot of people providing answers will throw in a quick note about "that's how you do it on a Unix machine. I don't know what you would do on a Windows machine." This is especially true when dealing with .htaccess files, and using the pretty permalink structure.

    For every webhost I have looked at the Unix/Linux prices offer a significant savings over Win Server. Most hosts do support Front Page on their Unix platforms. Having said that, I would rather die than use Front Page, but some people prefer it.

  24. emsdc
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    doorhost.net and pair.com are good hosts.

  25. Lori
    Member
    Posted 10 years ago #

    It seems with five domains you would need a lot more than 6 MySQL databases, if you tend to use more than one database on each of your sites. You should find a host with more databases, you'll need plenty of disk space (if you run out, extra disk space is more expensive and in a lesser quantity) and you'll probably need more than 30 GB of bandwidth. $20.00 a month is way too expensive for what they are offering.

    I have been using this hosting company and they are awesome, and even allow 5 domain names on one hosting account, unlimited MySQL databases, unlimited subdomains, three parked domains, 3000 MB disk space, 150 GB of bandwidth, control panel.... lots of features for only $7.95 a month. They also have 24/7 fast and live support.

    Go here to see: http://www.lypha.com/hosting_plans.shtml

    Hope this helps, seems this will give you what you need for less than half the cost per month than the hosting company you were looking at. :))

    ~ Lori

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