Web hosting advice please

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by tinyterrapin, Jun 10, 2008.

  1. tinyterrapin macrumors newbie

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    Hello there,

    I've been trawling the internet looking for cheap hosting solutions and I'm getting rather confused. I currently have an account with 1&1 and I own about 6 domains with them too.

    The only reason I want to change is because the price has gone up and I can't really afford £70/year. I also want to start working with Joomla and have read I need a hosting package that allows mysql.

    I would be really grateful for any advice on any deals going that you've found.

    Plus can I keep my domains with 1&1 or do I have to transfer them? If I transfer, will I risk the yearly price being increased?

    Questions questions I know ! I could really do with some help!

    Many thanks in advance,
    tinyt
     
  2. reclusivemonkey macrumors 6502

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    GoDaddy seem to be pretty reasonable. I think you can keep your domains with 1 & 1 but use someone else's hosting.
     
  3. Col127 macrumors 6502

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    hey there. yes you can keep ur domains with 1&1 and use different hosting. i found 1&1's prices to be pretty reasonable. about $3.99 a month for the most basic package.

    the host i'm with right now is really great, they're called hostgator.com. they offer a ton of features! the cheapest is $4.95, but you get a lot of stuff.
     
  4. quantumdrift macrumors newbie

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    HostGator

    I just want to second the HostGator suggestion. I was with Yahoo for a while but finally grew tired of their horrible support. I have never hosted a site on GoDaddy, but I know a few people who work in the customer service dept. and they are pretty knowledgeable.

    I have been with HostGator for a little over a year now and have had nothing but good experience with them. I started on their basic shared hosting plan and am now on a reseller package as I offer hosting to my clients as part of the package. The few times that I have had to deal with tech support they have always been prompt and helpful. I highly recommend them.
     
  5. theappleguy macrumors 6502

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    For your own sake, seriously, avoid cheap hosting. GoDaddy has a pretty average rep for hosting (though very good for domains). Make sure you do a search here and WebHostingTalk before making a final decision, and also email their support department to test their response time.
     
  6. fredsarran macrumors 6502

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    Check out Freezone.co.uk (fantastic client support). All included cheap pro solutions, the best is icascot.com - I can also recommend mediatemple.net
     
  7. tominated macrumors 68000

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    eboundhost is really good. been with them for a year or two now, not 1 problem that support couldn't handle within 5h (on the other side of the world)
     
  8. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

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    I would just like to point out that 1and1 DOES have mysql (I'm running a Drupal installation right now).

    Also, keep in mind that some of those domains that you have are probably free with your hosting package - as soon as you cancel your hosting, you will have to start paying yearly for the 1 to 3 domains that were previously free.
     
  9. MojoWill macrumors 6502

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    not sure if this is allowed in these forums so sorry if this post needs to edited or removed.

    But i host websites both in UK and US, you can even pre-install Joomla from the CP. all packages come with a free domain name, get more details at my site
    www.mojointernet.com

    again sorry if i have breached any rules..


    PS Godaddy are rubbish for hosting, 1 and 1 are ok and general include MySQL on most packages
     
  10. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

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    Figured you'd say that. :p

    Seeing as you're a 1and1 reseller. *wink*
     
  11. TonicAngel macrumors regular

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    I have been using dreamhost for 3 years now and I love them! They have very reasonable pricing as well. Good luck!
     
  12. MojoWill macrumors 6502

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    there are plenty of great hosts godaddy is great for domains but there hosting is not great,

    just seen the hidden text and im not a 1ana1 reseller i simply have a dedicated with them which i use fir my own sites.
     
  13. xnetco macrumors newbie

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    Web Hosting

    Give these guys a call, Global Gold. They might be a little more expensive but their reliability and customer service is excellent.

    http://www.globalgold.co.uk/
     
  14. Frozonecold macrumors 6502

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    Bah once you try A Small Orange you never go back. They have really cheap plans, AMAZING support (5 minute reply/fix), and they don't oversell.
     
  15. sambapati87 macrumors member

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    I second that. Dreamhost FTW.
     
  16. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    As an industry vet, I recommend you steer far clear of 1&1 and Godaddy. They're both lousy "commercial" hosts with terrible support.

    It will cost more than your average company, but my nod goes to Medialayer.com
     
  17. DeSnousa macrumors 68000

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    Asmallorange.com, great host that gives you realistic bandwidth and really great support. Had an issue today and had replies coming back every 10-15 minutes and I'm in Australia :eek:
     
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  19. mrrory macrumors regular

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    Couldn't agree more, a small orange are absolutely fantastic!
     
  20. mikeyPotg macrumors 6502

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    I don't have too much experience with websites at all, really. But I decided to take the plunge and create my own website.

    1st I bought a .mac account, used iweb, and made a real nice little webpage based on templates.

    2nd I bought a domain name at godaddy.com
    It was really simple, and the next day they even gave me a surprise call to ask how everything was going and to see if I had any questions (and to try and sell me something, hah, but mainly to see that I was doing well.)

    3rd I connected the two and I'm loving it.
    It was a bit confusing at first, but nothing google couldn't help me with.

    Feel free to check it out!
    www.mikeandhiscamera.com
     
  21. 2000ContourSVT macrumors member

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    The GoDaddy hosting that we use for our weekly Podcasts is pretty good. With the basic plan we get 10Gbs Disk Space, and 300Gbs of Bandwith. I think it was $4.08 a month if you purchase a whole year worth of hosting. That price is not including the domain, but you already have a domain so thats ok. You should be able to link your 1&1 domain with GoDaddy's hosting without the price changing. Also I believe Joomla is a free application with GoDaddy's hosting but I personally don't know anything about it.
     
  22. Dimwhit macrumors 68000

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    Ditto. Granted, I have a reseller plan, and I've heard their support is much better for those customers. But I've been with them a couple years now and am quite happy.
     
  23. 66217 Guest

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    Anyone here know how CrystalTech works? They seem to have reasonable prices, tho I don't know if support is good, or if what you get is OK for what you pay.
     
  24. tinyterrapin thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Many thanks

    Thanks for all the advice and hosting options, you've been great.

    I ended up going with Dreamhost as they had a special deal on where there packages were half price. I've now got a 2 yr deal with them with a HUGE amount of webspace.

    I now just need to cancel my current deal and work out whether I should transfer my domains of keep them with 1and1 !

    Does anyone have any recommendations as to whether it matters if you have your domains hosted with a different company?

    Thanks again in advance,

    tiny
     
  25. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    Probably the best ColdFusion shared host in the biz, but their CF plans are expensive. They don't have multiple-domain plans, which kills me for my little sites that don't use squat for resources, but need CF.
     

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