So who's good for web hosting nowadays?
STW is full of web people, isn’t it? 😉
I’ve been with the same company for about a decade – ages ago they put me onto our own server, which has my business website and a couple of hobby websites for me and a few mates. No serious bandwidth, no special requirements apart from reliability.
Now I’ve been pestering them for a while to upgrade the server to PHP5, but apparently that can’t be done on the current server so it would mean moving to a new cloud server, and a higher cost. They no longer do shared servers, or co-hosting, everything’s cloud.
So I’m now going to look around to see what else is available – who’s good nowadays for hosting? 1&1 get lots of mentions, good and bad. How much should I expect to pay? At the moment I pay about £200pm.
Thanks 😉Posted 4 years agofaz083Member
£200 PM!!! Are you serious!
I have the highest package on tsohost for £45 a month and have 150gb monthly bandwidth , unlimited databases, 10gb storage. The response time on their email is absolutely ridiculous. Emailed them once on Christmas eve if I remember correctly, some stupid question, bout 11pm at night. 5 minutes later I had a reply.Posted 4 years ago
Honestly unbelievable, can’t recommend enough.
Are you after a plain host or a VPS?
Well, the only important site really is the business one – others could easily be moved to cheap hosting anywhere. But even £10pm with 1&1 seems to get unlimited domains.
The original argument for our own server (and hence the high cost) was for reliability, but now with cloud servers I guess that’s much less of an issue.
The company I’m with want £250pm for a cloud server – probably way over what I need.
I’ll have a look at tso and Amazon, thanks 😉Posted 4 years ago
It also depends a little on how the back end of your site is built. If it is e-commerce with lots of database interaction you might not find a shared host responsive enough. If the content is largely static then you really don’t care too much.
You might also want to watch where the host is (tso look as if they are US). I found my site looked a bit slow for average page load on analytics until I realised that was only for visitors who were a long way away (actually, specifically Nepal screwed it up). Your site is super zippy at the moment – nice 🙂Posted 4 years ago
The main website is static HTML – pretty old school 😉 There’s a SQL database for the order system, and a few other bits and pieces like a WordPress blog. Nothing fancy, nothing server-heavy.
I’m not fussed about lightning speed, just as long as it works most of the time…Posted 4 years ago
I use GoDaddy for one site which is around a tenner a month. Normally there are a couple of hundred visitors a day rising up to a 1000 sometimes. Pages seem to load quickly and I’ve always been able to get them on the phone quickly if there are problems. They have a european presence in Germany I believe? I’d like to move to something a bit more responsive for when we are updating the site but am still looking
However I also know that there are better hosts out there so wait a bit and you may get better suggestionsPosted 4 years ago
Another vote for tsohost. Two basic WordPress sites with them (£30 a year or something ridiculous) as a bit of a test. Really fast and consistent.
They pick up the phone and actually know stuff, it’s a revelation!
(I’m still with 1&1 for a lot of my legacy sites and they’re kind of fine unless something goes wrong, when they become a pain).
The only danger with tsohost is that I can see them getting bigger and losing the personal touch, but at the moment, that hasn’t happened.
Edit:bencooper – £200/month for what you describe is seriously crazy. I bet the £19/year option at tsohost would even manage that!Posted 4 years agowwaswasSubscriber
We have a hosted server at Netcetera – costs £70/month.
It’s one of these with some upgrades;
They’ve been very responsive to questions and we’ve had no downtime.Posted 4 years agophil.wMember
the other hobby sites I host can easily be punted off onto separate £20/year packages.
Unless you hobby sites are getting serious amounts of traffic just put them all on one package. Most hosting packages allow add-on domains meaning you don’t need to pay for hosting of each site.
Have you looked at Aegis I’ve got a couple of company sites with them and I believe a few others on here do so as well.Posted 4 years ago
Thanks everyone, I’ve had a good chat with TSO – looks like I can get everything I need for £5 per month!
I know this makes me sound very old-fashioned, but cloud servers are very cool – pick Linux or Windows on the fly, install WordPress with one button press, stuff like that.Posted 4 years agomaccruiskeenSubscriber
I recommend these guys…
Never known a host fall over so often.
We’ve got two hosts in the Maccuiskie household, one for my business one for my GFs, the idea being if one falls over we’ve still got SMTP through the other host and can keep some correspondance going in and out
Ms Maccruiskeen has been with 34SP on a Prohosting package, I’ve been on unlimitedwebhosting.co.uk. Both cost the same (around £3 – £4 per month) but 34sp charge extra fro SMTP and have recently throttled it requiring a dedicated paid for SMTP for each domain hosted.
Its a good job we’ve had that redundancy of two hosts because 34SP falls over all the fricking time. When everything is tickity boo they’re perfectly nice to deal with but when it hits the fan they’re hopeless. They’re worst trait being when you email support from account A to tell them account B is not receiving incoming mail….. they reply to account B.
We’ve had a loss of service with them pretty much monthly. At one point we were down and with all IMAP email vanished for about a fortnight. So just last week we through in the towel and we’re moving everything to Unlimited who are cheaper, simpler , have lightning fast support and have been disruption free for the last 3 years.Posted 4 years ago
Keep an eye on your site load time (I think you are using ga?) once you are on shared hosting. I tend to find it is brilliant for a while, especially when you first start, then starts to slow down as your host gets shared with more sites. A phone call usually fixes itPosted 4 years ago
In the end for 50 quid a year you’re not going to get the same performance as your 1400 a year so there will be a performance drop. The only question is whether or not it is noticeable. In the end every web request has to be served by a physical server somewhere and if that is overloaded for some reason performance will drop. Normally the hosting company will see this and spread the load around but not alwaysPosted 4 years agoMrFartMember
I recommend Vidahost – never have any problems.
Don’t skimp on hosting and avoid ‘unlimited’ packages for 3 quid a month or whatever as they’re usually shite.
If SEO is important to you try to get your own IP and avoid shared servers – if you sharing with a blogspam site google WILL penealise you.Posted 4 years ago
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