web hosting question/recommendation

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by andiwm2003, Apr 4, 2008.

  1. andiwm2003 macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    sorry if this seems to be redundant but i couldn't find enough specific answers to my questions:

    currently i'm have a website with Hostgator. my website has very low traffic and very low data volume. i also have a few emails with this domain. however the email with hostgator is not very good because you can only check it 60 times per hour and with a number of people accessiing it this can be too low. also Hostgator does not offer webdav.

    so i think about going to another service.

    i need:
    -easy set up of everything
    -good support
    -unlimited email that actually works with a mail client as imap on mac and pc
    -webdav access to a kind of "idisk" for a number of people
    -hosting of a simple website

    DREAMHOST does that but the reviews on their own forum are horrible. Also i can't find any details on the WEBDAV. Can i use the service like a webbased harddrive (with password) from mac and pc like apples idisk?

    Any other suggestions? (.mac is too slow for my uses and also doesn't offer enough email adfresses)

    thanks for any input!
  2. Hankster macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2008
    Washington DC
    I use bluehost.com and have LOVED them so far. No hidden fees, no selling you stuff you don't know, servers are up almost 24/7, and prices are low and fair.
  3. DaveTaylor macrumors 6502

    Nov 6, 2007
    Aberdeenshire, Scotland
    www.ifusegroup.com are very good, at the moment there site is down for re-dev however there packages are available still which are:

    • £4.99 (Inc. VAT) / Monthly - £49.99 (Inc. VAT)/ Yearly.
    • 5GB Space x 200GB Bandwidth.
    • Available on Windows and Linux.
    • Free Domain.
    As this is a personal account it doesn’t come with MSSQL databases by default (if windows hosting) but can be added on request.

    • £9.99 (Inc. VAT) / Monthly - £99.99 (Inc. VAT) / Yearly.
    • 10GB Space x 400GB Bandwidth.
    • 3 Free Domains or 1 Free SSL Certificate OR 2 Free Dedicated IPs.
    The reseller facility is only available for LINUX at the moment.

    • £8.99 (Inc. VAT) / Monthly - £89.99 (Inc. VAT) / Yearly.
    • 7GB Space x 400GB Bandwidth.
    • Free SSL Cert, and Domain name.
    You get access to MSSQL and other advanced server services; supervised root/administrator access (when/if needed).

    If you wish to speak to a employee either add:
    dave.taylor@ifusegroup.com to msn or dan.munn@ifusegroup.com and say you where refered via Macrumors.
  4. Dimwhit macrumors 68000


    Apr 10, 2007
    I also host with Hostgator. According to their support docs, you can check email 60 per hours PER EMAIL ADDRESS. Not per domain (which, honestly, is what I originally thought). So it doesn't matter how many email addresses a domain has. Each one can check every minute.

    As for WebDav, there may not be much to do. But have you tried posting on their forums/contacting CS? Hostgator has implemented several changes due to customer request. Maybe you can get them to support webdav, too.

    Just a thought. I don't have much of a recommendation for you. I spend a long time finding a new web host a year or two ago and finally settled on Hostgator. I've been pretty much happy with them. Not perfect, but I don't think there's a perfect one out there.
  5. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
  6. andiwm2003 thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    well, the thing is that as soon as a few computers start checking mail it slows down a lot. don't know what the problem is. webmail works but as soon as you use outlook or mac mail as client i have problems. in addition right now for the past 6 weeks i can't use any mail client only webmail. and support couldn't fix it. anyway, they have no webdav and we like to have a web based disk.

    well, for a business you don't want to have google mails on your business card. so i would prefer info@mydomain.com. can that somehow be done with google?

    thanks for your input.
  7. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    google mail allows you to use your domain name. Nobody knows you are using google apps but you.
  8. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
    ASmallOrange are generally recommended, and are generally pretty good, but I'm not sure if they'll be suitable for this, as you look like you need quite a bit of space.
  9. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    I use 1&1 and have the business plan since I needed the space and it's a great price. I have had to call the Tech support a few times and within 5-10mins. my questions were answered and I was all set without any downtime.
    So far so good with them as the next and last thing for me to do is setup a newsletter, which isn't hard.
    Good luck
  10. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    With Google Apps for Small Business you get all the Googe and Gmail apps for free, and set up under your own Domain. For instance: name@yourdomain.com, suppor@yourdomain.net, et al...

    I do this for all my clients, as it allows sharing of calendars, contacts, and documents. You get your own Start Page and it's all somewhat customizable with your company logo and some color schemes.

    Nothing beats it.

    I use 1and1 for hosting and have been pretty satisfied with their service.
  11. andiwm2003 thread starter macrumors 601


    Mar 29, 2004
    Boston, MA
    thanks, seems i will have a look at google (the new microsoft) again!
  12. Gunga Din macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Old Trafford
    I'm a noob here, but can google apps be used in conjunction with iWeb and hosting by .Mac?

    I was gonna get a .Mac acct and use iWeb to set up a basic site. How exactly do u use google apps with your website?

    Thanks, and sorry for the noob question.
  13. Darran macrumors member

    Mar 31, 2008
    I have been using ComputingHost for almost a year now and I just recently renewed my domain name and hosting for another year, so it is a clear indication of how satisfied I am with their service. Do take a look, they are quite affordable too.
  14. InLikeALion macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2007
    Greener places than I used to live
    I don't mind noob questions. But I do mind lazy ones (which I'm not saying yours is, necesarily). Follow the link i posted above and chose "compare plans" (or some similar), then choose the free plan. Sign Up and then read the instructions. It involves placing a file at root or changing some cname records.

    Try to figure it out - then come back and ask more specific questions if you still have them.

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