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Old 07-12-2007, 02:58 PM   #1
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Default Know anything about Cartika hosting?

I have been reading on Web Hosting Talk about hosting, and see there are many recommendations for Cartika. It certainly sounds good, with a theoretically highly reliable redundant cluster setup. For now the $15 (Canadian) 5GB/350MB site should be fine for me.

Cartika does not offer tons of space or bandwidth (GoDaddy promises 250GB of bandwidth for its 5GB package, for example — way more than my needs). It uses Hemisphere, not cPanel, for the control panel. We had Hemisphere on one host (either 1and1 or IXWeb) when we were preparing to move DTP Forum off of CompuServe.

I was thinking of Host Gator, but it seems to be a lightning rod for criticism, at least among the Web Hosting Talk crowd (which seems to be relatively independent compared to most of the web sites that rate hosts.) I did not see a huge number of negative reports about Host Gator, but several of the complaints were about over-selling, a problem I think I have had my fill of.

It’s not that I need the very best service and reliability for the particular site I am working on, but do like to test hosts for future possibilities, and the best way I know to do that is to live with one for a while.

   
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Have a look at UnitedHosting - they have US and UK servers and a superb track record for service. The company is UK based, but with staff in Canada, Australia, the US and the UK there is proper 24hour support. No phone support, all done by ticket, live messaging or via a forum.

   
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Old 07-12-2007, 05:16 PM   #3
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Have a look at UnitedHosting - they have US and UK servers and a superb track record for service. The company is UK based, but with staff in Canada, Australia, the US and the UK there is proper 24hour support. No phone support, all done by ticket, live messaging or via a forum.
Thank you — it does look good. I see they are advertising as Dallas Web Hosting.

But I find myself curious about your perception of Cartika — is there something squirrelly about them?

   
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I had never heard of Cartika until you mentioned them. Outside of WebHostingTalk there is only one other refernece to them on alt.www.webmaster - but not from a user. The problem with RHT is that it is easy to spam, and some companies are known to have done this. The fact that Cartika does not have a user forum or newsgroup does put me off a little, as does their offer of Linux, Windows, FreeBSD and ColdFusion server clusters. They may be good, reliable hosts, though.

   
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The fact that Cartika does not have a user forum or newsgroup does put me off a little
What's this then?

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as does their offer of Linux, Windows, FreeBSD and ColdFusion server clusters. They may be good, reliable hosts, though.
I'm only surprised they host ColdFusion on Windows.

   
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The problem with RHT is that it is easy to spam, and some companies are known to have done this.
What is RHT?

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The fact that Cartika does not have a user forum or newsgroup does put me off a little
They do have a forum, but it does not seem particularly busy. Which could be a good thing, I suppose.

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. . . as does their offer of Linux, Windows, FreeBSD and ColdFusion server clusters.
Because they could be over-extended technically?

   
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What's this then?
Hey, I could not find that!! Google did not list the forum.

   
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A typo for WHT...

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No because they do not specialise - but OTOH they may have different staff specialising in each area.

The forum is not overly busy, but I see that they only got up to 10 Linux servers in June, which does make them a smallish player.

Give them a try so we can see how good they are.

   
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No because they do not specialise - but OTOH they may have different staff specialising in each area.

The forum is not overly busy, but I see that they only got up to 10 Linux servers in June, which does make them a smallish player.

Give them a try so we can see how good they are.
I think I will. I also have two little sites on Windows servers, and I need to move them to a real Linux or Unix host (although the host, softcomca.com, is as reliable as the Rock of Gibraltar, and although they have added Linux hosting, it is far from their main strength) — and I may move one of them to United Hosting.

BTW — what sort of control panel does United Hosting use? You know I am the sort of wimp who needs an understandable control panel!

   
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BTW — what sort of control panel does United Hosting use?
It is a customised version of Ensim Pro which is a very secure system. It has proved to be very reliable although to CPanel users it offers less things to play with!

   
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