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Hosting Recommendations

Discussion in 'Website Design Forum:' started by Justin March, Jul 22, 2009.

  1. Justin March

    Justin March Member

    I have had enough of my current host, my site is often down and the support is difficult to access. I have decided to move but would value any recommendations.

    Now that the decision has been forced upon me I am also considering:

    ·Reselling hosting to my clients (although this is not my primary concern)

    ·Moving my site to as dedicated server (only because of the issues I have been experiencing with uptime with my last 2 hosts) perhaps this is overkill and all I need is a reliable company.

    The hosting would have to be located in the UK.

    Anyone have any ideas?

    Justin
     
  2. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    Hi Justin,

    I have been with a web hosting company now for 5 years. The company is called Cyber Host Pro and is Based In Manchester (Or very near Manchester). The company offers an excellent fast response support team who get back to you in about 5 hours if that. The have phone, email, ticket and Live Person support which is available 24 hours a day all year round, everyday.

    The company keep investing in new equipment ie server hardware, servers, software etc. Ever since I started with them I have never had any complaints what so ever, they are excellent in my opinion. I am currently running a Silver Reseller account which has been excellent. In the past I've used Shared accounts which have also been great. I have used both Windows 2008 Resellers and Linuix Reseller. I have had the access to control panels such as DotnetPanel and cPanel. I truly adore the services of CyberHostPro and would advise to go with them.

    There are a lot of "Big Time" Companies around the web such as rackspace and fast host. When you buy with these guys you may think your getting a great deal but when it comes down to it support and service is poor.

    I hope this helps you out buddy, I've left the link below for you. The website has just bee redesigned for speed and effciency and is very good. Visually I have seen better but please believe me when I say this....they really do give a great service.

    Cyber Host Pro
     
  3. guru24

    guru24 Member

    The only hosting company I have ever been satisfied with and the only one I have ever recommended without hesitation is United Hosting:

    • UK servers
    • up-to-date PHP and MySQL versions
    • servers run under capacity and are extremely well managed and monitored
    • very prompt, attentive and near faultless support
    • reseller packages
    Only a few down sides: not the best control panel, not the biggest allocation of HD space, and not the cheapest for shared hosting, but the service is so good, it feels more like a VPS. UH is head and shoulders above the rest in my experience.
     
  4. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Justin,

    As I've mentioned in a few other threads, I'm with a host called Openmind, they're also UK based and have excellent support. I'm running a reseller Linux account, which comes with WHM for the root, and then cPanel for each of the domains on that reseller plan.

    HTH,
    Greg
     
  5. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

  6. guru24

    guru24 Member

    Beware of cheap hosting. It can seem absolutely fine for ages, until things do go wrong - then you find out why it is cheap.

    Also be very wary of high HD and bandwidth allocations, this is usually a bad sign.

    Even good hosting is cheap, so shopping around for the cheapest really is a false economy.
     
  7. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Good tip, so many companies offer unlimited bandwidth but then seriously under-estimate the average client usage, then when things go wrong the support is impossible to get hold of. Heard some horror stories over the years :blink:
     
  8. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    i have a reseller account and trust me godaddy is very good. The control panel is cool and simple to use also.
    GoDaddy
     
  9. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    This requirement kind of rules out GoDaddy...
     
  10. h_freezy

    h_freezy Senior Member

    sorry i missed that, i can't think of any uk hosting company
     
  11. glenwheeler

    glenwheeler Senior Member

    My personal opinion on godaddy is that they are total oversellers...and not enougth customer satisfaction
     
  12. Justin March

    Justin March Member

    Thanks for your help guys...

    Am having a hell of a time with my current host and don't want to spend any more time messing about with them.

    How easy is it to administer reseller accounts, I'm not a complete dunce but not a techie either?

    Justin
     
  13. Greg

    Greg Active Member

    Hi Justin,

    It's pretty straightforward, in my reseller account I have WHM where I can setup packages, you then create a new account for your client within WHM assigning a package (packages are made up of limits for bandwidth, webspace, email accounts, etc.) it then creates the account with cPanel access. You can then send the cPanel login details to your client if they wish to use that or just admin that yourself, as I usually do. All in all it's very simple once you get used to it, if you've had previous experience of WHM and cPanel you'll find it very easy :)

    From cPanel, for each account, you have control over FTP logins, e-mail accounts, MySQL databases, etc. Some clients may want this level of control themselves whilst others will just want you to manage it all.

    HTH
    Greg
     
  14. Justin March

    Justin March Member

    Thanks Greg
     
  15. Kevin

    Kevin Senior Member

    Well it's been recommended by several magazines, I'll trust their judgement. It has been doing fine for the past 2 years, and at only €23/year (incl. domain) it still would have been a good investment even if it does fail in the near future :clap:
     

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