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Anyone familiar w/ webhosting services out there?

I probably should have asked this question in the topic below (concerning whom to buy domain names from), but I didn't realize I need to ask the question until I looked into all the sellers you guys mentioned.

The main problem I have with the domain services you guys mentioned is that while they do offer a decent amount of disk space, they have small file size cutoffs (generally 2MB - 5MB) and don't allow you to do any server side programming.  I want to share my dork-titude with the world and that's simply not possible with those limitations. :)

So does anyone know of any reliable hosting service that includes things like generous file size limits (wildly guessing, but 20+ MB should be plenty for now) and server side programming (not just CGI, but JSP, servlets, etc)?

Thanks again!
Crimson

Crimson
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

My experience with hosting companies is that they all fall into one of two categories:

1) Bad

2) Abysmally bad

If there's a competent, reliable, responsible, ethical company out there that does hosting for a reasonable price, I'm not aware of it.

J. D. Trollinger
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Brinkster (http://www.brinkster.com) is decent in my experience and they offer ASP.NET/ASP hosting + 60mb for $12.95 per month.

GiorgioG
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I've used Hurricane Electric http://www.he.net/hosting_prices.html for about four years without any problems.  They use Linux servers and support PHP, mySQL, CGI, and more.

Bounty Hunter
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

See also this earlier thread:

http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=1789

J. D. Trollinger
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I just looked for a new host today.  This thread here has good advice.
http://discuss.fogcreek.com/joelonsoftware/default.asp?cmd=show&ixPost=1789&ixReplies=6

I just emailed site5.com with a couple minor questions; they seem to be more than sufficiently professional for the price.  We'll see.
http://www.site5.com/virtual/comparison.html

anon
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I use phpwebhosting.com.  9.95 monthly, unlimited everything.  Service has been pretty good so far.

Jason
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I have just switched to pair.com there's loads of stuff including lots of server side capability. Not the cheapest but so far I'm really pleased.

Tony E
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Check out www.developers-united.net

Ged Byrne
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

CNET has ranked lists of hosting providers (and ISP's, etc). See for example:

http://webservices.cnet.com/html/aisles/Most_Popular_-_Hosting_Plans.asp

I have used (and been satisfied with) ReadyHosting:
http://www.readyhosting.com
They have one plan - $99/year (that includes domain name annual fees if you register through them) - with 500MB space, ASP, CGI, ColdFusion, FrontPage, email, SQL Server and Access database, PHP, SSL, etc. They use Windows 2000 servers (if that matters to anyone). Almost everything is included in the $99/year fee, but a couple of items are extra - for example $25/year for SQL Server databases (but there is no charge for Access databases).

Philip Dickerson
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Check out www.jatol.com.

I haven't actually used these guys, but once I finally get motivated, I plan to.  It is like $25 for an entire year with plenty of server side programming options available including mysql dbs.  Not sure if they have any Windows servers set up... but they may.  Also, the customer support is pretty impressive from just the few questions I've asked of them.  They even have AIM, MSM Messenger, and ICQ contact information to get answers immediately.

Tom Davies
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

alt.www.webmaster and alt.hmtl (on Usenet) might be good places to ask for recommendations.  You could probably just search the Google archives for recent messages.  The same questions get asked over and over.

.
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I emphatically recommend Dreamhost --

http://www.dreamhost.com

I've been using them for two years, and have had NO problems.  On the few occasions when I have had to write them with a question, their response has always been prompt and courteous.

They have a great control panel, too -- everything about your account can be managed there.  You can add users to your account with full or restricted privileges, create unlimited mySQL databases at no extra charge, create subdomains, etc.

programmer
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I've heard good things about http://www.webhost2.com, but I haven't used them myself.

I currently use http://www.adfreewebhosting.com, and am very unhappy with them. They don't seem to have procedures in place for anything, so each time you ask a quesion you get a different answer. They also never give customers adequate notice of significant changes, which has resulted in my site going down for days at a time, email being lost, etc. I'll be leaving them as soon as my 12-month hosting plan is over, and I have several friends who are also planning to leave them.

Darren Collins
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

You might also consider 34sp [ http://34sp.com ].

I'm not affiliated with them - I'm just one of the many satisfied customers (They actually have a real user community, so I can be quite sure I'm one of many).

Ori Berger
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

I've used www.2mhost.com for a MovableType site.  $1.50 per month, or $2.50 per month, including a name registration.  Amazingly cheap.

They have had a few problems with the site being inaccessible now and then (and a friend had a site on one of their servers that went down, and he lost everything), but for the price it seems okay.  They do have a 99.9% uptime guarantee, but not sure what they guarantee you if they don't produce it.

I'd probably use it only for a low-traffic, non-critical  personal site.  But it's pretty good for development, too, with Perl, PHP, option of MySQL, etc.

Herbert Sitz
Wednesday, January 08, 2003

Don't use Interliant. They're not reliant.
http://www.interliant.com/

My company had every conceivable problem one can think of with a webhost. Problems included:

1. FTP access down for days at a time.
2. Billing mistakes, which led to closing one of our sites for days at a time (it happened several times with the same site).
3. E-mail access down for days at a time.
4. Tech Support incompetence. One time we called only to be told that, "I'm sorry, but I'm a temporary worker." They never, ever answered e-mail. And waiting to talk with a support person could take literally 45 minutes of waiting (I timed it).

The only reason we stuck with them for as long as we did was because we had 5 sites hosted with them. And it took a while for company approval to sign up with another host (basic company bureaucracy, etc.).

We eventually moved to DellHost and we've been with them for two years. All is well, and I'd recommend them.

(Ironically, at the time when we moved from Interliant to DellHost -- DellHost was a reseller of Interliant, which we didn't know about. But the service was a 180 degree turn around from the hell that we were going through. So go figure.....)

Yoav
Thursday, January 09, 2003

I just spent the last few months researching webhosts with similar requirements.

I've since consolidated all of my accounts under Rosehosting - http://www.rosehosting.com .  Their virtual server accounts are very reasonably priced, you have root access to your virtual server (Redhat 7.3) to add/remove/configure just about any server-side application or extension you wish, and you can host multiple domains.

Their support has been very responsive thus far, and they just recently sent out a survey to customers asking how they can improve to meet customer demands.  That's something I hadn't seen from any of my previous hosts.

You may also want to check out http://www.webhostingtalk.com for more discussions about this sort of topic.  I found it very useful in my search.

Marty Eichelman
Friday, January 10, 2003

If you want to host on a Windows 2000 server, try
Http://www.crystaltech.com

They are great, both for shared hosting (which we used to use) and dedicated (which we use now).

Harvey Motulsky
Friday, January 10, 2003

I've just started using siteflip.com and had no problems:

$0.95 per month
250 MB space
5 GB bandwidth per month
PHP, mySQL, FTP, mail (POP, Web), CGI, heaps of other features

http://www.siteflip.com/specials/fmh101.html?source=findmyhosting.com

I found them via http://findmyhosting.com

David Watts
Sunday, November 09, 2003

Do NOT use webHost2!!! They are crooks, plain and simple.

http://www.madebymark.com/cgi-bin/mt-comments.cgi?entry_id=221

Trevor Lettman
Wednesday, February 18, 2004

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