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Old 02-18-2005, 02:50 PM   #1
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The other day I received the renewal notice from IX Webhosting, and am not planning to renew. The web hosting itself isn't too bad for reliability, but the e-mail, which I use extensively, is very poor. I have errors almost every day, and know for sure that incoming e-mails go astray during these times.Over the months, I've been tossed off all my mailing lists, which I have now converted to the e-mail address supplied by my ISP.

My requirements are for three domain names, one of which redirects everything to one of the others. I have a message board running phpBB, so that's a requirement. It would also be good if I could set up mailing lists that allow members to post to them. I converted my old mailing lists to the message board last year, but this wasn't an unqualified success.

As well as this, I need to store photos on site, so need a fair amount of disk space. Current usage is just over 100MB of 2500MB, so 500MB would probably be sufficient.

I'd ideally like to hear from people who can recommend a hosting company that has given them good service for a year or more. I manage my domain registrations through a separate registrar that gives good service, so all I need is hosting for three domains, multiple e-mail addresses, and the usual phpBB and MySQL. A decent control panel would help, and I need to be able to access technical support other than through a toll free number, because I'm in Australia.

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Old 02-19-2005, 12:39 PM   #2
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I'm very pleased with myhosting.com

I have their basic hosting plan for US$9.95/month--500mb storage, 20gb transfer rate, 20 email accounts, 1 mailing list, PHP and Perl and they have lots of other plans (see: http://myhosting.com/HostingPlans/ ) and also if I'm remembering correctly, there are some flexible add-in options for the basic account so that might just do you...

Their control panel is very extensive and their customer support (via email) is excellent...

I've been using them for 3-4 years now...

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I'm very pleased with myhosting.com

I have their basic hosting plan for US$9.95/month--500mb storage, 20gb transfer rate, 20 email accounts, 1 mailing list, PHP and Perl and they have lots of other plans (see: http://myhosting.com/HostingPlans/ ) and also if I'm remembering correctly, there are some flexible add-in options for the basic account so that might just do you...

Their control panel is very extensive and their customer support (via email) is excellent...

I've been using them for 3-4 years now...

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That sounds pretty good, Terrie. I'll check them out.

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That sounds pretty good, Terrie. I'll check them out.
I have two MyHosting sites too. That is the name actually used by Softcomca.com, the host that Jim Eaves recommended so often.

The only drawback over the years was that they were Windows-based, no MySQL, no PHP, etc. Just about a year ago, they upgraded the $10/month accounts with a second Linux account, free. You add an x to your URL to access it. And they recently added a $5/month all-Linux account with PHP, MySQL (1), less storage, and less traffic. They do not have what I think I would want, which is the basic $10 account, Linux only.

They are still basically a Windows-based host. I think they are moving, though slowly, to offering all-Linux contracts. But I don’t think you want this place, even though they have been reliable over the years.

   
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>>kt: They are still basically a Windows-based host.

You know...I thought about that but I know Ann has a pc so I wasn't sure if it might not do...

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>>kt: They are still basically a Windows-based host.

You know...I thought about that but I know Ann has a pc so I wasn't sure if it might not do...

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I prefer the security of Linux. My current site is being bombarded umpteen times a day with hacking attacks. No way I'd go to Windows hosting.

   
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>>annc: I prefer the security of Linux. My current site is being bombarded umpteen times a day with hacking attacks. No way I'd go to Windows hosting.

What do you have to do differently to use Linux???

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>>annc: I prefer the security of Linux. My current site is being bombarded umpteen times a day with hacking attacks. No way I'd go to Windows hosting.

What do you have to do differently to use Linux???

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Nothing at all. The hosting sites all have web-based control panels that are platform-independent, and at my end I just use Fetch for FTP and Summary for accessing the raw statistics.

The only reason for using Windows hosting is a need for .asp. Even the Linux sites have Front Page Extensions for those people who insist on using them.

   
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Gotcha...thanks...

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It is a matter of security, mostly. But the control panels on Windows hosts are also sort of alien on a Mac.

   
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