I want to set up a site for showing my paintings, animations and illustrations (and maybe music). I would like to sell from my site but perhaps just with paypal or whatever means agreed by email (not large volumes of sales).
I am NOT looking for the cheapest of cheap as I want reliable survice but I can't pay much.
Animations require fairly good bandwidth
I am considering getting into mysql to organise images
I would prefer a UK based host.
80meg would be a bare minimum. Really I would need at least 200meg with more than 5gig bandwidth (I guess).
I have been looking for ages but as soon as I think I have found somewhere I start reading bad reviews.
You may want to look at a UK Hosting forum such as forum2.co.uk or communityforum.me.uk for your host. Do you want UK servers, or do you not mind where the servers are as long as the people behind the service are in the UK?
I saw Webfusion advertised in a magazine. Is this any guarantee of quality?
Certainly not and to be quite honest with you nothing guarantees quality other than your own experience. I'd say narrow down your choices to a maximum of 5 and then ask each host a couple of questions to get a taste of their support. This will hopefully make it easier for you to decide where to go.
Every hosting company has to face problems at certain times like network outage or DDoS Attack and such problems do bring bad post in the forums like forum2. I would suggest you to start a thread for existing customers of eukhost and ask our customers to give their opinion.
Thanks for the tips. I have been looking at blue city hosts (bluecityhosts.com) and they look pretty good, but then I noticed that their website contradicted itself when saying how much disk space they were offereng. There are a lot of good reveiws for them but some bad ones.
It seems that I can always find a realy vitriolic review for any given web host if I dig deep enough.
I am a uni student with a wide portfollio of art and design work which I am looking to put on display, I am at Manchester uni so I would be very interested in a UK host as well, clearly you look to be doing your research I noticed clook looked quite impressive. You also mentioned Blue city hosts i wondered where abouts their contradiction was, I only asked cos I am considering buying from them but can't find it? Could you PM me the reviews Bad and Good from any hosts you thought was worth while? Sorry if im asking too much im new to message boards so im not sure of the normal way of doing things.
It looks like the contradiction on the blue city website has been cleared up which restors confidence a bit.
I guess it is a toss up between that and clook now (thanks Brian).
Tom, try typing "blue city" "web host" review into google and you should see a load of stuff. The first reviews say good things but I never trust one-off reviews. It is better to find review sites with a larger collection, eg here:
Allthough I'm not sure whether to trust that either.
If you find anything with your own research then please post here.
It throws up a list of deals with basic details of each one. The database filtering seems a little out of whack though.
Webhosting.info seems like an official looking place which shows you how much market share each company has. The odd thing is that all the bigger companies there get terrible reviews at reviewcentre.com
I have been looking at Bluecity a little more and I think I am going to buy the Blue pack if the service isn't what i expected I will use the 14 day money back offer. I had a good look through google and couldn't find any bad reviews? Guess this could mean they don't have loads of customers or it could mean they are a good host? I will keep you posted with how it goes and if I come into any problems I will make a post on here, is there a section on here dedicated to reviews?
Well so far so good, I have emailed then twice about helping me set up the site, I am going to set the site up on a borrowed domain and i've asked to postpone claming my free one, they seemed fine with it. Good luck with your site hope it all goes well.