A good UK Hosting Company

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  1. jammiefreerider macrumors regular

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    Does anyone have any recommendations for a good hosting company in the UK? I was going to use 1and1.co.uk but I recon its possible to get a better deal with just as good support. Any ideas?
    cheers
     
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816

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    Im not sure about UK hosting.. but I went with GoDaddy! A great hosting company and theres codes to get money off domains and hostings (E.G DIGG1 Diggnation or GB1 Geekbrief)
     
  3. arkitect macrumors 601

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    Hummm... :rolleyes: one of my favourite oxymorons that…

    I'd also give the thumbs up to GoDaddy. Cheap, fast turn around and they also do a large variety of domains.
     
  4. timmillwood macrumors 6502a

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    well i have a reseller account on a server rented by a friend from 1 and 1 and it is ok.

    The best thing is I can skype him for free if i have any problems.
     
  5. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    Why do you want a UK hosting company?

    £1 is worth $2 and I don't see that changing too much in the near future. Take full advantage of this and get a good US hosted package for a bargain price.

    I use ASO (www.asmallorange.com) as do many others around here, and have nothing but praise for them. They are very flexible. You can start out small and if you need more space/bandwidth just drop them an email and they will boost your package. E-mail support is genuinely great and you get a very quick response.

    Honestly, I wouldn't bother going the route of finding a UK host, they're just a total rip-off when you compare to US hosting - especially because of that exchange rate ;) :D *does a little dance - go pound!*
     
  6. RedTomato macrumors 68040

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    I'm also looking for a new web-host for the UK charity I work at. We have pretty low bandwidth for our website, but we're very heavy email users, with lots of attachments and will start using video-email more in the future (many of our clients are deaf who use sign language).

    That, coupled with us being all laptop users, mean we overflow our email storage quota sometimes (esp in holiday periods). I've been looking for an host with good email server quotas, that doesn't cost too much, but it seems to be an area nobody looks at.

    Currently we're with Heart Internet (a UK host who use extendcp) - any comments on them?

    We left pipex/webfusion a few months ago on the advice of the company who did our website, as they said pipex were ***** and were moving all their clients off pipex.

    I have a personal website on webfusion/pipex, and the associated email accounts seem to be down for a couple days out of every week, which would be totally unacceptable for serious work.

    ASO looks interesting - it makes me want to ask:

    What's the practical difference between having a UK and a USA host?

    The only reasons I can think of are that i. USA hosted pages might take slightly longer, especially large video content and ii. if you collect or store info about your clients on your website, then due to the data protection act, you might have to use a UK host, rather than send data abroad.

    I'm sure I'm missing something here, otherwise why would so many UK companies use UK hosts?
     
  7. Dagless macrumors Core

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    I've been with Streamlinenet for 3 years now. £70 for 2 years which includes Matrixstats (comprehensive stats system, it's taken me until now to get bored of reading it every night :D).
    They say unlimited bandwidth and webspace. I usually get 5gb a day transfer, and 30-60gb when I release a new game and I've yet to get my host complain to me.
     
  8. jammiefreerider thread starter macrumors regular

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    cheers everyone, I like the look of ASO so I'll go with them.
     
  9. nicksoper macrumors member

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    SiteHQ

    I had a bad run with support at a UK company called siteHQ. I asked a question (to do with nameservers), which support didn't answer so I kept asking, they claimed they answered it, so naturally I told them they didn't and kept asking ;). Then they basically denied me support ever again and threatened to terminate my (Reseller) account, which is against their own terms of service.

    I've got new environmentally friendly hosting now (naia.be), which I feel good about and that issue that site HQ had magically disappeared and the support I get is amazing.

    Sitehq servers were based in the states anyway, so they were never that great for download speeds in the UK.

    Moral, go for a company with great support, and with modest "ego's"
     
  10. fingers macrumors regular

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    If you were developing a UK specific site, I would suggest hosting in the UK. The search engines geo-code to the ip address of your server, so for some instances a UK host is the right thing to do. Normally a .co.uk address will suffice though, if targeting the UK market specifically. A great example of this in practice is to search for pages from the UK in google.co.uk.

    There could also be an issue with holding data outside the EU if that applies to your business.

    1&1.co.uk host in Germany though, again not a big deal to most people.

    I do agree though that in general, USA hosting is significantly cheaper.
     
  11. NATO macrumors 68000

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    I've been very pleased with 34SP for the 3-4 years I've been with them so far. Great pricing and they've always been very quick to reply to queries and technical support requests that I've sent them in the past.
     
  12. matthutch macrumors regular

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    i have a few accounts with ukhost4u.com for a few years and they have been great so far
     

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