Most people would say all of above right? Well, if you had to stack each of the above in order of importance, where would you put cost at? Is it at the top for you or at the bottom? If I had to rate each of them it would look something like this:
Uptime Network Speed and reliability Redundancy of power, bandwidth, cooling Reputable Tier 1 carriers of bandwidth Quality Support Fast Support Quality hardware Cost
The problem is that I see many people on WHT acting like Cost if the #1 factor in determining a host. And when you let cost be your #1 determining factor, you will be usually sacrificing on some or all of the other factors that you should be looking at. The higher up the list you put cost in deciding where to host, the more you will sacrifice quality in these other important areas.
"But", you say, "I see many quality companies offering cheap pricing. Shouldn't I choose to go with them?" Consider this, hosting companies like any other business need to be able to make a profit. Sale prices are great but there are reasons for sale prices and you need to consider these reasons when choosing to buy a cheap server. Some common reasons for selling servers for extremely cheap are;
- The hardware is used and old and the hosting company is just looking get something for it. ANYTHING! - They have an excess of inventory for one reason or another that they need to get rid of. - They buy their servers used on Ebay and can therefore afford to sell them cheap. - The cheap server is merely a loss leader used to bring business in order to sell other products and services at full price but is not a regular price that you can expect from this company. - The company is new and is looking to attract prospective clients on price alone and is dropping the price just to get their client base increased quickly.
There are companies selling servers on WHT who fall into each of these categories so you need to think about this when you make a decision for who to go with. The common denominator with the above list is simple... It is Unsustainable! Not one of the reasons listed above can be sustained for a long period of time.
If you can get a good deal on a server with a solid company, and there are many on WHT that are great companies who have great deals on servers at times, then that is wonderful. But do not expect that you will be able to get insanely cheap pricing on a regular basis from this company and don't be surprised when you want another server if the price is significantly higher. Every hosting company has certain costs that are unavoidable:
- Rent - Power - Bandwidth - Payroll - Employee Benefits - Server Hardware Costs - Software Licensing - Marketing and Advertising - Maintenance Contracts - Network Equipment - Infrastructure Replacement (a/c's, generators, UPS units, etc.) - Other Utilities
The point in bringing all of this up is that if you plan on finding a hosting company that you can stay with for the long haul, you need to look at their regular pricing for retail servers and for reselling servers. Cheap prices are great, but no business can stay in business if they only offer cheap pricing. And if a hosting company is only attracting you by their cheap pricing, then it shows that they are most likely weak when it comes to the other essential factors mentioned above that need to be considered. Any hosting company selling servers for under $80 per month for instance is loosing money in some way. Eventually, the price will be raised to cover those costs (like at LT this year) and then you are left to make up that difference.
As with most things in life, good quality cannot be sold cheap, and that which is cheap is usually not good quality.
I'm just about to buy my first commercial hosting package. I'm leaning towards 1 and 1 hosting, but I don't know whether to go for the US or UK version. The US version: costs $2.99 a month with 10GB storage and 300GB transfer
The UK version: costs £4.49 a month (about $8) with 1.5 GB storage and 20GB transfer
Are there many big / important advantages to going with a local host, and is it worth the extra cost?
I'm currently working for a company who are looking to migrate there current business system and also create an e-commerce website.
The company (Company A) who were doing the migration were also going to originally take care of the e-commerce side of things aswell, but after looking at the website solution they have now decided to give it to another company (Company B) to deal with. But seem to be sticking with the original company to do the business system migration.
Now this has created a bit of a problem with regards to the hosting side of things (amongst other things ). Originally this was all going to be hosted by Company A. This would keep it all nicely integrated. But now Company B are doing the e-commerce side of things it needs to somehow integrate with the business database.
And now for the question (about time i hear you ask ). Can you give me the pros and cons of the following scenarios:
Scenario A: We host both business system (database) and webservers onsite.
Scenario B: Company A hosts business (database) solution. We host webserver.
Scenario C: Company A hosts business (database) system. Company B hosts webserver.
I'm planning on launching a php-based web application within a month or two and am weighing different hosting options. I was almost certain with my plan to use two dedicated servers (one for web, one for db) but I can't help reading about all of these new grid/cloud/utility hosting solutions that promise instant scalability and deployment - which sounds like a blessing. I know there is a lot of garbage and marketing hype so I felt I should ask what the real deal is. Are these services reliable, worth using, really that easy to use, powerful, etc? I was looking at gogrid's demo videos and to instantly launch a few web servers, a db server, load balancer, etc, in 15 minutes for 30% of the cost - I can't ignore it.
I represent a small software development company out of Bellevue, WA. For the longest time we had our server (3U rack) based in Sunny Southern California. We were paying $150/m for 3mbit connection with six IPs. We use the server for work as well as hosting a gaming community. We'd host half-life 2 servers for friends and family for the longest time.
We began to go over our monthly bandwidth allocation limits late last year and had to shell out for the overage charges. Not a big deal. However, a good friend of one of my associates said he could get us free hosting up here in Seattle if we moved our machine.
I was skeptical, but he said he knew someone who was an employee at one of the major datacenters here in Seattle and that she could get us in as long as we hosted her website. We moved our box in November of 2006. It is now March 6, 2007, and we just received word that we've been had. I guess the employee at said datacenter broke some rules and as a result lost privilages to host her own private machine.
So, while she was busy leading us along, we were basically frozen as a small start-up company as our servers were offline and our ability to function without this machine online was greatly hindered.
So, today I was turned onto this website as a place to find answers to questions about hosting. Well, here's my question.
Does anyone know of anywhere in the Pacific Northwest and/or Northern California that provides affordable hosting and quality service? We're looking for rack space for our 3U server and a 3mbit connection. Ideally we'd like more bandwidth than this as 3mbit wasn't enough at our old location... however, considering the amount of loss we've taken during this disaster, we'll settle for anything. We also only need 1 IP, but more wouldn't be a bad thing.
The key word here is affordable. We are starving college kids and hosting is expensive.
We're quite desperate, so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Again, we're looking for cheap/affordable hosting sollutions in the Pacific Northwest that meets the above requirements.
have a number of vps servers with USA based VPS hosts, very happy with these companies but as they are USA based load time could be improved with AU based server. Also search engine considerations as well fictate we need to offer AU based hsoting. So now looking to setup future accounts a little closer to home with australian based vps hosting
Does anyone know of a really good, fast, reliable affordable vps host offering cpanel/whm vps hosting in a top notch australian data centre.
hoping to pay arounf $100 per month, with room to grow when we have more clients on the server...
This is the average package we are on with us based hosts so looking for something as close as possible to this...
$89 Monthly $0 Setup 2 GB Burst RAM 512 MB Guaranteed RAM 20 GB Storage 500 GB Monthly Transfer 4 IP Addresses Unlimited Domains Unlimited User Accounts Cpanel/WHM
Minimum Server Specs Dual Xeon 3 GHz or Better 8 GB Registered ECC RAM U320 SCSI HD in Hardware RAID 10 Zero Downtime During Drive Failure Hot-Swap Drives and Fans Replaceable on the Fly Dual Gigabit Network Interfaces
If anyone can point me in the direction of some reputable companies id be very happy!
Yes i have searched the forum but cant really find mention of good australian based vps hosts.
I've got a dedicated server through Liquid Web. I can't say enough about how great the reliability and service has been since I switched over to them a number of months ago.
Nevertheless, with the advent of cloud hosting, I'm intrigued by the idea of paying for what I actually use on a server rather than having way more capacity than I need 90% of the day.
I've looked around here and there's a bit of talk about it but it doesn't seem like folks are scrambling into it and it also appears that the offereings are still relatively immature.
I really don't have the time to devote to tweaking, etc or figuring out something really complicated.
I'll stick to my dedicated server if it means tons of extra work or potential downtime or massive frustration but I wanted to get some feedback from the community about whether or not there are some stable cloud hosting options that are emerging that might be worth considering.
I've made my first website and I'm trying to find web hosting that is free and that it will also allows me to transfer my files through ftp directly through an ftp server. (ftp.example.com)
I've tried using the one for freewebpage.org but it doesn't work.. I tried it using port 21, 22, and 80 in both frontpage and filezilla and they didn't work.. I guess it's the ftp server that isn't really working, or the information they provide is inaccurate.
I think this information can be useful for you. If you plan to get your website, here is one good free web hosting provider to choose - 000webhost.com
They provide hosting absolutely free, there is no catch. You get 250 MB of disk space and 100 GB bandwidth. They also have cPanel control panel which is amazing. Moreover, there is no any kind of advertising on your pages.
5GB disk space 20GB monthly bandwidth 10 MySQL databases PHP support
Perfect for sites that aren't bandwidth intensive. Anyway, you can't beat the price, particularly if you need to host lots of small sites. I'm currently using the service to host articles and link pages, and it's working out nicely.
Me and a few friends decided to start a web site but we don't have a very large member base at the moment so we are on free forum hosting. I thought the next logical step would be to get some free or very inexpensive website hosting that offered a domain name. So I got gfboards.net from Godaddy.com and tried out their free hosting.
What is really bothering me is that their ad that they put on the top of every page apparently "interferes" with the registration images on PHPBB and SMF forums. I really don't know a lot about web hosts but this just sounds fishy to me. Should I switch web hosts?
I'm hungarian and my english is not very well. So I'm looking for a free hosting with the most space (for videos etc.) and in which Joomla can run correctly. I've been looking for a hosting like this for weeks now but I couldn't find any. I would be really grateful if anyone can show me a hosting like that.
im looking a free hosting server, let me explain what im looking for, i have some free softwares on my hard drive, i want to host them so other people also downloads these and its give me also a web location to store them in one place, for this im looking a free hosting server which support a great amount of web space and bandwidth.
Is there a site that shows the different companies that offer free hosting? I have found a few but they never state if the company offers a free site creator or if the site allows you to use ithe free service for adult websites? Please help i need a site creator because i do not know html plus i want to make a adult site!
why is so hard to find free web hosting space with the DirectAdmin control panel. There are a lot of free web hosing companies who offers cpanel, but I was unable to find any hosting company that's offer free web hosting with DirectAdmin.