does the dude need unique hosting? see if you can answer..
Hello all, I've done a good deal of searching here before posting this, but couldn't seem to find the right answer.
Here is my situation:
I am a graphic designer. I have a site that is about 60megs in size. I do not foresee the site getting much larger. I get VERY few vistors/hits -maybe 50 to 100 a year. The reason is simple; I have only select clients and prospective clients view the site. Occasionally I have a prospective client view a quicktime movie on my site which is my demo reel/ portfolio. The quicktime is about 20 megs. It is VERY important that this quicktime load FAST. I've seen the difference between a 20 meg quicktime being hosted on a fast server vs a 20 meg quicktime on a slow site and the difference was very noticeable to me. I do not want the quicktime to be streaming, for quality issues.
My Budget is $40 a month max, but preferably less.
What is the best option for me?
How can I compare hosts speed? Should I be looking for a host with a OC12, OC48, or OC192 connection? or is that not that a useful way to judge host speed (for various reasons)?
It seems poster here are reluctant to suggest actual names of host companies, but any host co. names would be greatly appriciated!
Your budget is extremely reasonable and it sounds like you're going in the right path. I would suggest that you look at people's signatures, use the host quote feature above, search in the Web Hosting Offers forum and the like.
A good rule of thumb to follow is $1.00 - $2.50 per gig of bandwidth. As Andrew said, get a list of 5-10 hosts that you like, do a search on their domain name (without the extension) here on WHT, search on Google, contact them to test support response times and then come back here with a list of things you like and dislkike about each host. Once you do that, we can give you our experience based on that list.
I wish more people were like you, budget minded, yet specific to what your needs are. Realistically, I would look for a host that gives you about 100-500 megs of HD space and 2-5 Gigs of bandwidth/transfer. Realistically, expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $15 for a package like that.
If you're looking for rock solid uptimes, and budget's not an issue, I'd possibly suggest looking at Pair.com. I've personally not used them, however, they are mentioned as a solid web host, though they do tend to lean on the more expensive side. With them, you truly do get what you pay for.
Hope this helps you out a bit more, Jeff! Oh, and welcome to WHT!
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thanks for the feedback Gargoyle and TRN Douglas! One small clarification. I am interested in how fast the QuickTime loads for my client (when they go to my site to view/download it). How long it takes for me to upload it to the site is not a concern. Don't know if that changes things.
You both suggested I form a list of possible candidates, but how to go about this? Is there a single most important criteria in judging host speed? So far the only host on my list is lunarpages as everyone here seems to recommend them for just about everything.
What I was hoping was that people would respond to my post by suggesting the names of different hosts, based on my needs, and then I could use this list to then ask them for information like uptime stats, download file to test speeds, IP address to ping, etc...
Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski oh, and I am in the U.S. and so are all my clients (I've seen this posted as an important issue regarding speed)
Which coast or area? Getting the lowest possible round-trip time for your packets will ensure faster downloads of large files (because the TCP window will grow larger).
The most important factors in host speed aren't something you can easily test. Testing from one location at one time tells you nothing about other times, or other locations, nor does it tell you how many different networks a host is using. From DS-3 on up, it's not the circuit sizes which matter (usually), as long as they are big enough for the aggregate traffic the host is generating.
There are comprehensive testing services like Keynote but they run $800/month. You can also do some testing from various gateways found at www.traceroute.org - it's free anyway
Your budget is way too much infact....I'd try www.webhosting.cx plan if you need reliable and fast, if not then try free, there are many free hosts that offer this, but your site will be down a lot as there is no way to prevent getting hacked on a free host, no matter how good it's security is.
Your budget is way too much infact....I'd try www.webhosting.cx plan if you need reliable, if not then try free, there are many free hosts that offer this, but your site will be down a lot as there is no way to prevent getting hacked on a free host, no matter how good it's security is.
I suggest you stop self-promoting, almost every one of your posts have been promoting webhosting.cx, and I am fairly confident you are affiliated with them.
Plus, your statements and 'facts' are indeed not facts, and they make you come out to be just plain ignorant.
thanks mjdawnson and MTBill you're suggestions of actual hosting companies is very useful and appreciated. This is the kind of response I was hoping for. Mjdawnson, I'm curious why you don't like Pair.com? They seem to be highly recommended here. I will say that I found them to be expensive. Especially when compared to lunarpages. Gargoyle and SSH_Raj thanks for disputing the idea that my budget is way off. I'd definitely prefer to pay only $5 a month, but I know you only get what you pay for. I guess the question is, knowing what my needs are -fast loading of 20 meg quicktime, but only 100 hits a year, what would you say my bandwith and data transfer needs are?
Also, I should note that while I may only get 100 hits a year, it is possible that I may get 10 of those hits in one week all for the 20 meg quicktime and then get no hits for 3 or 4 months.
Sigma, I am on the west cost (LA) as are most of my clients but have a few clients on the east coast as well.
Jeff, you can also look into MediaTemple (www.mediatemple.com). They have a reputation for hosting some quality design stuidos' websites. Their plans are reasonable, and they have plans that are perfect for your budget.
Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski Mjdawnson, I'm curious why you don't like Pair.com?
I would like to know that as well, but there's no response in the other thread where he mentions this, nor to my PM. Given the fact that Vivvy did the same thing in another thread recently, it's a little frustrating for someone who simply wants to find out how to improve pair. Mjdawnson, can you please respond?
The cross-country times will make a difference and if you really want to do the best for the majority of your visitors, you might want a host based on the West Coast. Or you could compromise and look somewhere more central but well-connected, such as Chicago.
Originally posted by Jeff Lebowski Gargoyle and SSH_Raj thanks for disputing the idea that my budget is way off. I'd definitely prefer to pay only $5 a month, but I know you only get what you pay for. I guess the question is, knowing what my needs are -fast loading of 20 meg quicktime, but only 100 hits a year, what would you say my bandwith and data transfer needs are?
Id say your data transfer requirements are quite low - 20 mb file 100 times/year + some residual surfing of your other pages - However, what I think youre really after is burstable, dependable and highly available bandwith provider...
Our servers are located in Texas - Im not sure we're a good fit - but, there should be many good options available to you....
Max, thanks for the email, I'll be in touch this week.
Gargoyle -your suggestion of a "burstable, dependable and highly available bandwidth provider" sounds good. It's the first I've heard of the term "burstable". I can guess what it means, but how do you go about determining whether providers have a hosting service that is "burstable" short of calling/emailing them and asking them? Even then, is there such a thing as a measure of "burst-ability" to compare various providers by?
Glad that it might be helpful I've been on the verge of signing up with them, but didn't because my current host agreed to provide what I needed for free. Plus, other circumstances. In either case, I called and they even had a receptionist (!!) answer the phone at some ungodly hour... something like 11pm. Of course, it was earlier since I'm in Toronto and they're in L.A., but still. A receptionist.