Webhost small business recommendation please? - cpanel,php,mysql,phpmyadmin

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  1. whitedragon101, Jan 9, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2014

    whitedragon101 macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    I find it really hard knowing who to trust when it comes to web hosting. In the past I have handed off the site to the client who finds their own server.

    Does anyone have recommendations for a good webhost with :


    I test my sites in justhost. But for deployed sites I need something more reliable.

    I like the idea of a cloud managed server (but it doesn't have to be) as I would love to have :
    - scalable capacity (not essential but nice)
    - redundancy (so if the server goes down another instantly takes over)
    - I really don't want to have to install and manage my own packages (php, mysql etc). I just want a cpanel and the warm fuzzy feeling its all covered.
  2. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    I'm a fan of MediaTemple, they're a touch pricey ($20/month) but uptime and support is fantastic. They don't offer cPanel though but have tons of preinstalled/one-click options.
  3. chaos86 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2003
    You mention cpanel, which I prefer to avoid. If you're ok with a different, but (IMO) easier to use panel, then Dreamhost is great. Very simple panel, colloquial, easily understood descriptions of what each thing in the panel does and how you probably want to set things up. Good customer service.

    Attached is what I mean by colloquial customer service.

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  4. whitedragon101 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Sep 11, 2008
    Thanks guys

    If anyone else likes media temple or dreamhost or has any other recommendations please let me know.
  5. fig macrumors 6502a


    Jun 13, 2012
    Austin, TX
    Support was actually my issue with Dreamhost, they're cheap and put out a solid product but they intentionally make it pretty much impossible to get a person on the phone. That's not an issue 99% of the time, but when you actually need to talk to someone it's a massive pain.

    They're tough to beat if you just want an inexpensive, functional plan though.
  6. TonyK macrumors 6502a


    May 24, 2009
    Dreamhost does not provide phone support unless you are paying an extra fee for that. Sometimes they will provide live chat but ONLY if the email volume is low.
  7. lucidmedia macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2008
    Wellington, New Zealand
    I have used Bluehost and Dreamhost and have had no issues with both.

    I used MediaTemple for years but their migration to the grid was really poorly handled and, after getting an aggressive forced update that broke several of our sites we had to pull a handful of client sites off them... they are not worth the premium price IMO.
  8. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I use a small orange. They have excellent customer service, and I use them for just about everything.
  9. trenthanover macrumors newbie

    Oct 4, 2013
    I think Bluehost is more suitable for your purpose.

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