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hosting service that doesn't suck...

I need a cheap managed hosting service that doesn't suck.  They should offer Linux, Perl, Servlets, and mySQL.  Any suggestions?  I've been using javaservlethosting.com and they suck big time.  Their management tools are horrible, and their support is insulting.  They have an inconsistent way with dealing with account permissions, billing, etc.  But they are cheap.  I guess you get what you pay for.

Does cheap and good exist?

christopher baus
Friday, September 12, 2003

I like to beg of you with the relevant experiences to share with us similar experiences with Windows-based ISPs. SQL Server 7.0/2000 and ASP.Net/ASP+VB are the ones I am interested in.

Li-fan Chen
Friday, September 12, 2003

For Linux hosting I found FutureQuest to be decent.  They are very honest and attentive.

http://www.futurequest.net/

Anthony Rubin
Friday, September 12, 2003

Try finding out at:

www.webhostingtalk.com

www.freewebspace.net

BillyBill
Friday, September 12, 2003

I used PHPWebhosting.com.  They have been great for over two years.

http://www.phpwebhosting.com/

I have not tie to them other than they provide my hosting.

MSHack
Friday, September 12, 2003

The best that I have used (and I have used a LOT of them including all of the big guys) is Tera-Byte:

http://www.tera-byte.com

They offer all of what you are looking for for $10/month.  I have been using them for my own as well as several clients' Web sites for several years without incident.  Their support is fantastic as well.

Brett Kapilik
Friday, September 12, 2003

I have been using:

http://www.kattare.com

for a couple of months now and would highly recommend them.

Servlets Rock
Friday, September 12, 2003

http://www.maximumasp.com

By far, the best for ASP.NET...

--
ee

eclectic_echidna
Friday, September 12, 2003

I use www.icdsoft.com it's only 5 bucks a month and they give me php and mysql so I'm happy. Don't know about Servlets.

John
Friday, September 12, 2003

http://34sp.com is great, and they take 15GBP/year, which is ~2$/month.

Not sure if they do servlets, but the $2/month package includes MySQL, perl, php, Python, mail, ftp and more.

Not affiliated; Just a happy customer.

Ori Berger
Friday, September 12, 2003

http://www.orcsweb.com is the best windows hosting service
http://www.pair.com is the best linux/apache/php hosting service

not sure about servlets.

rz
Friday, September 12, 2003

I've found the "price leader" on virtual private servers is:

http://www.rosehosting.com/

They have Red Hat Linux based virtual server accounts for $29.95/mo with 2 gig disk storage and 20 gig/mo of transfer allowance.

You get root access and your own IP address. You can literally install anything you want - alternate mail server, database, web server, etc. They allow you up to 10 primary domains pointed at your host (their DNS) and an indeterminate but unrestricted number of secondary domains. (no 'bot' here - you send them an email asking to set up domains and secondaries.)

You can buy more domain allowances and storage space as needed.

One downside: they don't do backups. If you screw up your file system or "rm -r *" from the root path, you're stuck.  But they claim to do RAID mirroring of all account storage. I guess you could zip or tar your files and download the archive periodically as a backup regimen.

I have been with Rose Hosting since April and I've been very, very happy with it. It's a cheap "power toy."

I had Futurequest as my web host before Rose Hosting and I corroborate that they are caring and generally very, very good also. But they are certainly not the cheapest provider. One downside is that they want to charge $25 (one time fee) to attach each additional domain to an account.

Bored Bystander
Friday, September 12, 2003

IMO, pair is the way to go.  www.pair.com

Kendall Swan
Saturday, September 13, 2003

Hi!
Interesting and very informative list of hosts!!
Thanks a lot!

I'd like to ask: Do any of these offer shell acess (SSH)?

I know it's not that common, but I'm looking for a shell account on a system that is well located/maintained. Other things such as storage space and the like are secondary, those I can get almost anywhere. I know I could co-locate a server, but that means having to baby-sit it (and it's pricey!). And for the moment, having my own PC online 24x7 connected to my DSL (fixed IP, thankfully!) is not an option.

Thanks a lot

Javier J
Saturday, September 13, 2003

>>> I'd like to ask: Do any of these offer shell acess (SSH)? <<<

I have been considering signing up with pair.com.  They do state "Login by Telnet or SSH" in their service description.

Note: pair uses FreeBSD, not Linux.

mackinac
Saturday, September 13, 2003


A second vote for phpwebhosting.com.  They offer shell access for free, you just have to request it.

Jason
Saturday, September 13, 2003

I second www.tera-byte.com and www.orcsweb.com

BillyBill
Saturday, September 13, 2003

pair has shell access.

rz
Saturday, September 13, 2003

34sp has shell access, but you have to specifically ask for it; They don't charge more, but they do want to make sure you know what you're doing, and to make sure that you know you can be much more efficient at ruining your account using shell access.

Ori Berger
Saturday, September 13, 2003

For Li, on the ASP.Net/MS SQL side, I highly recommend http://www.webhost4life.com . Great support, all the options you need, and *cheap*.

Greg Hurlman (www.squaretwo.net)
Saturday, September 13, 2003

I am going with phphosting.com.  So far so go.  Much better UI then javaservlethosting.com.  Super fast and easy to use.  Javaservlethosting is a hodgepodge of about 3 different systems. 

I have to say
http://www.rosehosting.com/

looks pretty neat.  Hopefully I will some cash to upgrade their service in the next few months.

christopher

christopher baus
Saturday, September 13, 2003

http://www.he.net

Probably the longest aroung, and the biggest (I don't know how to check as of now, but 3 years ago there were sites that checkd the # of sites using their DNS)

Been using them for 5 years, and always happy with them.

(No Java Servlets though)

Spam Hater
Sunday, September 14, 2003

Some other virtual private server hosting services, most of which use User Mode Linux [1] to give you basically your own server that you can install the latest Java SDK, bleadperl, etc. and run whatever you want. You'll be constrained by a memory cap but you can normally upgrade that if necessary. Additionally, since UML is so flexible most allow installs of different distributions as well, mostly Redhat, Debian and (my favorite) Gentoo.

JVDS: http://www.jvds.com/

PDX Colo: https://www.pdxcolo.net/

John Companies: http://www.johncompanies.com/

I'd be interested to hear more experiences with any of these types of services.

[1] http://user-mode-linux.sourceforge.net/

Chris Winters
Monday, September 15, 2003

This seems like an amazing price:

http://www.servercove.com

$99 for a dedicated server with 700gig transfer per month.

I have no experience with them.  Does anyone?

Servlets Rock
Monday, September 15, 2003

I colocate a server with them in Orlando and they have good support. They helped me out once when I locked myself out of my server. 

Bob Sacamano
Sunday, January 18, 2004

ServerCove:

Good support, but horrible service.  Lets just say that you get what you pay for.

John Strong
Friday, January 30, 2004

Not sure why you've had a problem with JavaServletHosting.com. We use them as well (for about 8 months now) and we find them to be incredibly reliable and the customer service has been better than with any host we've had before (we rarely wait for than 1-2 hours for an accurate and clearly presented response). We also found their control panel to be light years beyond anything we've encountered before. Even as compared to our previous provider (which was twice as expensive), JavaServletHosting.com blows them away. Guess it's all in the eyes of the beholder.

Donoven Taylor
Tuesday, April 13, 2004

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