My name is smoki and I help run a highly succesful gameing clan site afkclan.com which has over 700 registered users and is growing day by day.
However we have hit a snag with our current hosts of which we transferred too over 2 months ago. gighost.co.uk
We took an advanced package of 250gb per month bandwidth with 100gb webspave just costing £8 per month. At first the guy running who we beleive know is a one man band only gave us 25gb bandwidth of the alloted bandwidth space, after pointing this out he then only increased it to 100gb which is less than what we where contracted too. However we are only useing a max of 30 - 40 gb per month.
Now today he has threatend to shut us down unless we remove our downloads some of which are required for are gameing server. The downloads are not illegal and are not copyrighted. We where also using a http redirection system on our gameing servers, of which our previous hosts had no issue with, he is unwilling to negotiate even if i remove the http redirection system. The ironic thing is that he said this is expressed in his term and condition of which he only added a couple of nights ago, beleive it or not it says nothing about file downloads. However he argues No of concurrent downloads effecting the service he has to offer to others. The site itself does not have many people downloading at the same time, but i beleive this has been caused by the http redirection system we run on our servers. We feel this attitude is extremely unfair and i see its pointless offering a service with so much bandwidth with out being able to have the facility to have file downloads. For me offering so much bandwidth without being able to use it is makes it an unjustified service. We have been badly treated from the beginning to the to what seems an inevitable end
Anyway in light of this we are urgently seeking and alternative web host ASAP can some one please point me in the right direction of a web host that is suitable for our needs at an affordable price.
What are your exact needs and are you willing to pay a realistic price. You can find all the 30GB/100GB hosts for $5/mo you want but you are going to end up back here each and every time.
The problem with a site like yours is that is actually uses what hosts are offering, well usually they do not plan on this happening and if it does they can always quickly add something to the TOS which says they don't allow <insert excuse here> and cut you off.
Again you can read up and down all day long about crazy deals all kinds of hosts are offering but again you risk the chance of ended up back here unless you are willing to pay a realistic price.
I am saying this with the impression that the issue with your host is mainly due to the amount of bandwidth (mainly downloads) you are using and not a resource issue which is another story.
You need to some research and basic maths (no insult intended )
250Gb bandwidth & 100Gb disk is not really a shared hosting spec. You need to be looking at a dedicated server (or a very large VPS) in order to meet your requirement.
£8 month is about $15 month, the cheapest you're going to get a basic dedicated server (no control panel, no management) in the US is low $60's (~£30) with a big enough disk and reasonable CPU you're looking more like $120 (~£60). You then need to add a bit of profit for any reseller so they can afford to provide support. If you want UK based servers, then add 15-20% (and probably VAT if the company's big enough)
I guess if you're a gaming person, then you probably want the server managed rather than doing it yourself.
There's no way anyone can break even offering at £8 month, let alone make a profit. I'd suggest a figure of £80+ is probably more realistic figure.
I'd suggest a re-think of your requirement or budget.
Thanks for your comments guys we kinda thought the offer at the time was too good to be true. As I say we were not really looking for that mega offer gighosting where offering which turned out to be crap!!. Just to meet our requirements. A lesson to be learnt there, I guess. We have had an overwhelming repsonse from people since I posted and now have manged to secure what looks like a very reliable UK based host which offers 50gb bandwidth @ 5 gb hdd space... at a reasonable price! I thank you all
Unbeleivable they have that system when what they have to offer on realistic terms is terrible, seems this company are more intrested in trying to rake in revenue by overselling their products rather than provideing a quality service which is in hindsight what people want. But then this is the internet and we are always going to come across cowboys... lol
That is rediculous that hosts do act this way. It makes it very hard to find a respectable host with a lot of space. I would have to recommend for instant activation micfo/ but for the space and bandwidth go with ****** do a search for some hosts on the forums. That is your best bet.
Originally posted by smoki We have had an overwhelming repsonse from people since I posted and now have manged to secure what looks like a very reliable UK based host which offers 50gb bandwidth @ 5 gb hdd space... at a reasonable price! I thank you all
Where did you get your offer from? Was it from WHT?