Webhosting providers who do you use?

Who do you prefer for your webhost provider.?

The organization I am affiliated with is wanting restart there website with a new host. We have been doing research on who we should take up. I personally use ipowerweb for my site. We are thinking about using bluehost or surpass. I have heard mixed reviews about Bluehost. Does any one have any history with them? If not those two are there any suggestions for a good host?
 
I know this may sound funny, but I have been with Yahoo! for 5 years now (and have had several different sites besides midwestchase.com -- my chasing site) and my site(s) have never been down... Not a single time. You can get 5GB webspace/200GB data transfer for $11.95/month ($8.95 for the first three monthes) and for just $19.95 you can DOUBLE that (10GB space/400GB transfer)... So, I have to recommend Yahoo!

--> http://sbs.smallbusiness.yahoo.com/webhost...ing/compare.php
 
Total Choice Hosting
I'm on the Silver Plan -- 850mb storage, 20GB bandwidth, unlimited email addresses, unlimited MySQL dbs, unlimited FTP accounts, and so on for only $5/mo. You can also buy your domain name through them (for $12/yr or something). In addition, the domain name will be in YOUR name... Some of the 'budget' hosting companies will register the domain name you choose to be in THEIR name, so if you end service with them, you may not be able to keep the name.

Their prices are low, and their service is awesome. The Family Support Forum is very beneficial if you need help / suggestions --> http://www.totalchoicehosting.com/forums/
 
The Chaser's Hosting Service! :wink: :

http://drylinehosting.com/index.htm

Awesome service.

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KR

Just started up with Dryline this past week - totally recommend. ;) The admin is very accessible and will even give you some advice on how to do something. Plus, you can very well pay for your hosting by referring other people through referral discounts.

FYI - I scored myself a certificate for a year's free hosting with Dryline last year at the National Storm Chaser Convention. If you're going and if David does it again, I would definitely suggest you pick one up. And don't lose it in a box somewhere like I did!
 
I use drylinehosting.com and serverbeach.

If you want to use serverbeach let me know and I'll give you a referrel code for a discount.
 
Again Kurt, I would reccomend Surpass Hosting as a choice dude, as I've told you before. In the 2 years I had my site, it never went down ONCE, and has excellent support and tools.
 
I use Yahoo and Hostfor2bucks.com

They are both ok. Yahoo is certainly more stable. I'm expecting my hostfor2bucks site to go down at any time, they are kind of flaky.
 
I've been on ICDSoft since 2002 with no problems at all.
http://www.icdsoft.com/

I'm on the personal plan:

$5 per month
500 mb
7gb traffic ($5 for each gb if you go over in a month)
$5 domain registration
All the other goodies you need.
They're not flashy but very reliable and if you stay with them after a year you get more discounts.
 
okay so what do you all think about these companies that offer 10GB storage 200 GB bandwidth. For like 6-8 bucks a month. David Drummond told me his point of view a bout a year ago. what other opinions are there.

Speaking of DavidEDIT seconds after I posted this
 
I was saving this for our new site relaunch, but this seems like a good time....

For a limited time, use the coupon code STORMTRACK when signing up with us at Dryline Hosting and you will get 50% off any package we have for as long as your with us. Again, this will only be available for a limited short time. :wink:

Does not apply to Domain Names though, only hosting packages as we already have the domains priced at our cost now.[/url]

(sorry the signup form currently looks so bad, it's a hybrid result of upgrades that will be revamped in the coming relaunch)

EDIT: As of 01/26/06 we have upgraded the currently being populated server with a Pentium 4 2.6 GHz cpu and doubled the memory to 1 GIG!
 
okay so what do you all think about these companies that offer 10GB storage 200 GB bandwidth. For like 6-8 bucks a month. David Drummond told me his point of view a bout a year ago. what other opinions are there.

Speaking of DavidEDIT seconds after I posted this

Well... That Yahoo! Webhosting deal, IMO -- is excellent. Like I said before, I have NEVER had a problem in the past 5 years of having sites hosted by them... You get a great deal of webspace and bandwidth (5GB/200GB). I'd absolutely suggest that you'd go with them...

How many people can say they have NEVER had their site down or any problems at all for over 5 years?
 
Originally posted by nickgrillo

Well... That Yahoo! Webhosting deal, IMO -- is excellent. Like I said before, I have NEVER had a problem in the past 5 years of having sites hosted by them... You get a great deal of webspace and bandwidth (5GB/200GB). I'd absolutely suggest that you'd go with them...

How many people can say they have NEVER had their site down or any problems at all for over 5 years?

Never down once is quite impressive actually Nick. A person has to wonder though, when do they do security upgrades at the server level that requires the server your on to be rebooted? A computer that has never had a component go bad a need replacing? Never an upgrade to the server requiring it to be power cycled? All of these things would have to account for at least a little downtime if they are being performed.

It's the nature of the computer world, things break, things have to be upgraded, security fixes have to be implemented, it's an ongoing process forever.

Here is a quote we have on our website:

Downtime is a natural part of any web hosting service unfortunately. It's in the nature of our computer based world we live in. It is impossible for any web hosting provider to deliver 100% uptime all the time. This simply cannot exist. There are far too many factors involved, and even the best built web server machine will eventually have a part failure, or need to have security/software updates done.

If you see a web hosting provider that promises 100% uptime, they are using a dishonest marketing tactic in order to secure your account. Yes, downtimes will eventually happen with any hosting service. What separates the wheat from the chaff is how fast the problem is resolved by your hosting provider, and how well they communicate to you what the problem is and what is being done about it.

Since we have the best servers, in the best data center, we can boast the uptimes listed above! Sure we could lie to you and tell you we will be up 100% of the time, but we prefer to do our business honestly, and keep you informed with what is going on![/b]
 
Advise for choosing a webhost!

Originally posted by Kurt Hulst
okay so what do you all think about these companies that offer 10GB storage 200 GB bandwidth. For like 6-8 bucks a month. David Drummond told me his point of view a bout a year ago. what other opinions are there.

I'll tell you guys what I told Kurt back then. I hope you guys don't think I am trying to jack the thread to get everyone over to Dryline Hosting. We would love to have you, but more importantly, I would like to see you make an informed decision about ANY host you go with rather than hear another horror story in a couple of months. Being in the business, I feel like I am in a position to give some "inside" advise.

Regarding what Kurt said, when you see these massive packages or unlimited packages for only a few dollars.....

Think about this....hard drive space is finite. If any of you guys have found any infinite space hard drives, please let me know where to get them! :wink: ).

Ok, so the average webserver on the market today usually has a 100gig hard drive. Those can cost, say on average of $250 month.

Now lets say you start populating that with accounts that are paying $5/month for 10gigs of space. That means you could put 10 of those accounts on that server without overselling it, bringing in a total income of $50.

So how do they pay for that server? Well, they oversell it. A fact of the hosting world is that 95% of your accounts NEVER use the full amount of space allocated to them. They bank on that and oversell, it's done all the time in the hosting business because it's so competetive. The question is...how much do they oversell?

You can safely oversell a server to a certain point. The problem often is that with the bottom feeder hosts (as they are referred to in the hosting industry) usually GROSSLY oversell to the point things are moving at a crawl. Some people get mad and leave. Those hosts don't really care because after all, your only $5/mo to them and there is someone else coming in to take your place. Often with these type of hosts, in the long term things go way downhill, support becomes lacking or non-existant and they eventually fold, sometimes without warning.

Good hosts that oversell carefully watch the server loads and balances and stop populating the servers way before they reach full capacity. With us, that number is 75% of server capacity. Once they reach that amount they start populating a new server.

As for the ones that offer unlimited space and/or bandwidth... I participate on a forum for web host business owners, and across the board those hosts are looked at very unfavorably, as the worst of the worst in the industry.


All that said, before you sign up with anyone, fire off some inquisitive emails, see how long it takes to get a response and was it answered to your satisfaction? Do the same thing if they have a forum, sign up and ask questions. Read around their forum, see what kind of help they offer, etc. Make sure they have at least a 30 day money back guarantee so if you sign up and don't like the lay of the landscape there, you can get your money back and start over someplace else.

In the end, remember this....you get what you pay for. If your paying pennies for what seems like a "too good to be true" deal, it probably is and don't expect to get much in the way of help and support in return.

Ask yourself, do you want cheap cheap cheap, even if it doesn't work all that great all the time and you have a hard time getting help? Or do you want value for your $$ and hosts that will watch you back on security and help you out when you need it?

EDIT: for spelling and typo corrections
 
I was saving this for our new site relaunch, but this seems like a good time....

For a limited time, use the coupon code STORMTRACK when signing up with us at Dryline Hosting and you will get 50% off any package we have for as long as your with us. Again, this will only be available for a limited short time. :wink:

Does not apply to Domain Names though, only hosting packages as we already have the domains priced at our cost now.[/url]

(sorry the signup form currently looks so bad, it's a hybrid result of upgrades that will be revamped in the coming relaunch)

Whoa! I've been with Dryline for a few years now, and David has always done it right. I recommend this hosting service. With a 50% off forever offer I would RUN to get it before it goes away! At already very reasonable pricing that seems like a great deal.
 
I've got an ancient 300mhz beast of a puter for my webserver sitting at my feet. I have apache running on port 8080 to get around Cox's port blocking ;). One of these days I need to get a server on a reliable connection with fast upload, but I'll wait till I get more than a dozen hits a week :)

Aaron
 
100% uptime is obviously impossible, but six sigma reliability sure is something to shoot for. Would it be unreasonable for your hosting company to run 2 servers?

Honestly though, uptime has never been an issue for me. I've never seen my Yahoo hosted site down, then again I don't look at all the time. So I'd never know. And if it goes down for a few hours later night, I really don't care.
 
Thanks David for your input again.

Also on the topic of down time. Through the provider I use, I some how got a free service that lemails me to let me know when my site has been down and how long it was down for. Its called Kaneinternetseer, or somthing along those lines. Ipowerweb servers had gone down one time this summer for a few hours as they had a black out in CA. They were quick to responde as to the reason and havent had a major problem other than being down for 15 minutes for server update and reboot. They let me know what there doing, if i ask.

But these are good responses keep um coming.

EditHere the link to the seer thing http://www.internetseer.com/home/index.xtp...id=at9sJvLQHcY6
 
www.angeltowns.com

I joined with their free service (50 mb space, no ads) in June 2004, then bought their 100 mb service (1 time payment of something like $25) in November 2004. Since then they have had to stop offering such incredible deals and all their new packages now have a monthly charge, but they still have a pretty good "bang for the buck".

One thing I really like about them is their customer service. They are very prompt at responding to my emails with helpful advice. I like them a lot more than the other two hosts I tried for the Stoughton Piston Head Society site (Yahoo! GeoCities and Angelfire).
 
Originally posted by Kurt Hulst
Thanks David for your input again.

Also on the topic of down time. Through the provider I use, I some how got a free service that lemails me to let me know when my site has been down and how long it was down for. Its called Kaneinternetseer, or somthing along those lines. Ipowerweb servers had gone down one time this summer for a few hours as they had a black out in CA. They were quick to responde as to the reason and havent had a major problem other than being down for 15 minutes for server update and reboot. They let me know what there doing, if i ask.

But these are good responses keep um coming.

EditHere the link to the seer thinghttp://www.internetseer.com/home/index.xtp;jsessionid=at9sJvLQHcY6

Kurt, Internetseer.com took it upon themselves to sign you up for their "free" services, that didn't come from your hosting provider. I think they farm the information from domain name registrations. They have took it upon themselves to sign me up on about half the domains I have without my consent and email me all the time. Funny thing is, the email me telling me my site is down, when I know it isn't and the server monitor I use that calls my cellphone says it isn't either. My personal opinion of them based on these tactics isn't very high. not only that, their standard monitoring checks your site once every hour.

If you are concerned enough about downtime that you really need monitoring, you need something that will check at least every 5 minutes, and AFAIK, the only ones that do that are paid services.

For the best monitoring services try websitepulse.com or altertra.com
 
Without a doubt, Dryline Hosting. And I'm not saying that because David is on this board. I've had several web hosting services in the past, Dryline has by far been the best.
 
Originally posted by Aaron Kennedy
I've got an ancient 300mhz beast of a puter for my webserver sitting at my feet. I have apache running on port 8080 to get around Cox's port blocking ;). One of these days I need to get a server on a reliable connection with fast upload, but I'll wait till I get more than a dozen hits a week :)

Aaron

Geez Aaron, you should use Rossby, the greatest server known to man -- provided to us for free by the state taxpayers of Oklahoma!
 
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