i am starting a photographic website for my college and saw bluehost.com. but before i commit to them i would like to hear good/bad things that have happened to ppl using this service.
thanks for any replies.
thanks chad for the heads up. this seems to be an ever increasing pie of information to sift thorugh. so ill just explainn my hosting needs and perhaps someone could suggest something. since it is mainly a photographic site it will require adequate webspace and bandwidth, but most importantly i think my lecturer wants to use hivemail too. i know that many hosts ban this as it is cpu intensive (and etc) so my choice is restrictive. so could anyone suggest a host to fit this? i think it will be a temp solution as a new it guy is being hired in july and will assist (im told) in an on site server farm (somehow im not too optimistic).
Try using the host quote feature (& mention all your special needs): http://www.webhostingtalk.com/request.php
Consider it like fishing though... You might or you might not "catch a fish" (receive a response).
yes thankyou for the advice ldcdc about hosting request. i have sent that through. although bluehost have replied to my email and say they can support hivemail (that is php+mysql, catch all email, run cron jobs and have ssh). so i still might go with them until the tech guy comes in july. otherwise i could setup a server at college for the job and get brownie points for doing so
I tried a software similar to Hivemail on one of my shared accounts but there were always problem with it.. so I had to just discontinue that site.. If you are able to install and run Hivemail successfuly, please tell me so can I can restart my closed project...
Best of Luck!
ooooooooh, does that mean hivemail is not suitable for a shared account? if this is the case i better make a move with the comps at college. the old it guy mailed me and said he had a semi prepared machine for this (he left as he moved to spain with family). several weeks back he gave details to my photography lecturer and he then handed it to me. the machine is a 2Ghz AMD, with 512mb ram and 360gb of hd's. and knowing the it guy there is a raid setup somewhere. i know this is ideal but i dont know exactly how to set it up. i think its a standard LAMP configuration but would i need anything else of it to work?
i will try to keep you informed domainwala.
so, is is better if i set this server up or to get a shared account. and oh before i forget the would-be server has a 2Mbit line attached to it (i think 3 hops to net)
im not too sure now, is it better to setup a sever for the job? if so how hard is it. apart from apache, php and mysql installation and configuration is there anything else i would need to do? should i put this is a new thred?
Many shared servers have their IPs blocked on some servers..so you might face complaints from some users that mail isn't reaching there destinations etc. So that way having your own server is good...
Also to provide email (I'm assuming you are planning to offer free email) you need to have proper backup and other controls in your hand.. so I don't think it should be good with shared hosting in the long run
And if you are targeting a small user base, then outsourcing to providers like everyone.net might be a good idea..
That's my opinion
thank you for your help domainwala, i will now try to configure the server. the lecturer has given me more info and it looks like the better idea. but on exact configuration for hivemail i think i will make a new thread.
thank you for your help. it was very much appreciated