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  1. #1
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    BEST Windows UK host

    I need recommendation for best UK host (i.e. server located in UK) for hosting of Business application portal developed in ASP .net SQL.

    Initially it can handle this portal and if site requires more resources i can easily upgrade to managed or unmanaged dedicated option or VPS.

    Any recommendations !

    Prices should be industry standards i.e. no world in GBP9 or a small peace in GBP1000

    Thanks in anticipation

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    redfox is probably the best

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    I can recommend
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    securahosting.co.uk

    both well run, well respected UK windows hosts, have their own suites in UK datacentres and operate superb networks.
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    I am surprised. I have received only three host name as suggestion. But many thanks to lthellotech and GIGANET for their help. Please WHTs help me decide the best host for this crucial business application.

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    I would also like to see more of a focus on the UK, so people can work out who is good and who isn't.

    It should be easy to set up a poll of, say, 15 major hosts and get a good idea of what they are like from the votes. I tried doing that over here:

    http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showth...hreadid=417431

    - but the admin.s deleted my last post calling it a 'bump'.

    That is ridiculous, quite frankly.
    Its a legitimate and noble idea trying to aggregate opinion, leveraging the user-ship of the forum to everyone's benefit.
    I'd like to see it happen: a poll for the best UK hosts. But it won't happen if everyone keeps posting new threads, scattered across the forum.

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    There is no best host... only the host that is best for you.....
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    Yes.
    But you could define some categories into which everyone will fit.

    1 budget
    2 mid-range
    3 pro

    With further sub-categories for the most important features.
    I can understand that you couldn't do this with the US because there'd simply be too many. But it should be feasible for the UK. And a great way of leveraging the reader-ship of this forum.

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    But you could define some categories into which everyone will fit.
    1 budget
    2 mid-range
    3 pro
    which is completely abitrary and probably quite useless - how do you evaluate which category to fit to ? what you call pro, some might call budget.
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    Yes its arbitrary - ie., not a precise science - but it could be done in a perfectly sensible and logical manner. Thats not useless at all - for example, a category of about 20 a year, about 50 a year, and about 100 a year.

    I note that you are a reseller host - do you have a personal objection to such a poll?

    There is no reason for such arbitrary and wholesale rejection of this idea.

    Its a good idea.
    It would be a great way of identifying poor/rip-off perfomers and reliable, competent services.

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    a category of about 20 a year, about 50 a year, and about 100 a year.
    but why is 20 budget ? why not 500 ?
    basing a hosting list/directory on price IMHO is pointless.

    I note that you are a reseller host - do you have a personal objection to such a poll?
    I've no idea what "reseller host " is.

    The biggest objection is simply why would hosts need to be on such a list - surely thats what the thousands of hosting directories attempt - and 99% of hosts neither frequent WHT or have clients who would frequent WHT so the amount of hosts you'd get will not be representative of anything.

    It would be a great way of identifying poor/rip-off perfomers and reliable, competent services.
    based on who's criteria/rules/judgements ?

    and how does this help the original poster who wanted recommendations for a specific need and purpose ?
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    I'll second the guys at www.SecuraHosting.com I'm pretty confident you'll struggle to find better Windows hosting then what they provide.

    Also I have to chime in and agree with Rob, that'd be a completely pointless way of listing companies, for example, we have packages from around 25 per year, but we also have customers paying >200 per month for virtual hosting, so where would you put us? As for 20, 50, 100 being the boundaries, I still consider 100 a year hosting to be budget hosting.
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    how about discussing few more UK hosts i have listed at http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showth...hreadid=420219

    thanks

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    A scale of 20/25, 50 and 100 would be a reasonable starting point.
    I dont really care what businesses here are offering, especially when it gets into three figures a month - only 'big players' use that kind of service.

    I dont know why this idea is being bombarded with a lot of 'noise', when the 'signal' is simple, logical and sensible. Or maybe I do know, actually.....

    The kind of poll I have proposed would be the kind of feature you would see in a popular computer magazine - not a specialist business publication, but for budget/average users and/or hobbyists.

    If you want to run a poll for high end prices such as you provide, then do so. But clearly, in the business you are in, you wont be interested in *any* poll. So please stop this 'noise', and accept that a poll isa good idea for the *user* - for the reasons I've given - and there is no reason why it shouldnt happen here.

    Kart: I'm interested in any aggregated UK discussion. Eventually I'd like to see a poll as i've described it, with maybe 10 hosts in each category. Accompanied by the good/bad stories for each of them.

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    i know the guys that run Redfox and Secura. You'll be pretty safe going with either of those two

    All the staff I have met from the two companies are extremely professional and competent at what they do

    i've also seen both companies' network and equipment and can confirm you'll be hosted on good quality high-end branded machines - none of this cheap DIY 'white box' rubbish

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    I believe fasthosts.co.uk is very good

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    For Windows hosting, I recommend you take a look at http://www.reyaltec.com. Never seen anything bad about them, only lots of good stuff I was planning on purchasing my Windows hosting from them, until I dropped the project and so no longer needed it.
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    *withdrawn* comment was incorrect
    Last edited by astutiumRob; 07-01-2005 at 04:19 PM.
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    Originally posted by othellotech
    Aren't UK though - company may be here, but servers are dedi's with rackshack / ev1
    Incorrect. Although we have servers at Ev1, we also have servers in Redbus DC in London Docklands.
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    Although we have servers at Ev1, we also have servers in Redbus DC in London Docklands.
    Noted, my post updated accordingly
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    Originally posted by othellotech
    Noted, my post updated accordingly
    NP, just might want to check first next time.
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    Originally posted by itobin
    or www.tidyhosts.com
    Tidyhosts, are you a Fasthosts reseller?

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    no, we only use UKREG for domains, why?
    www.tidyhosts.com

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    Originally posted by itobin
    no, we only use UKREG for domains, why?

    Oh OK. I just noticed that you have copied some layout and graphics from the Fasthosts website and your hosting products seem to be similar.

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    far from it, we've had this website up over a year.
    ive just had a look but they are different so not sure what you mean
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    Originally posted by itobin
    far from it, we've had this website up over a year.
    ive just had a look but they are different so not sure what you mean
    The sites are very different in terms of look and feel, until you compare the feature lists on these two pages:

    http://www.tidyhosts.com/businesspro.asp

    http://www.fasthosts.co.uk/hosting/w...sprofessional/


    Your website has certainly copied the feature list graphics and colours.

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    the images were from a free gif site, i.e the ticks
    www.tidyhosts.com

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    Originally posted by itobin
    the images were from a free gif site, i.e the ticks

    What is the URL of the free gif site?

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    I dont know, it was about a year ago and i didn't even make the site
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    Originally posted by itobin
    I dont know, it was about a year ago and i didn't even make the site
    I think you will find your web designer has stolen images from Fasthosts then.

    Not only is the graphic identical, the table layout is the same.

    That's no coincidence.

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    whos to say they didn't get it from the same place? it works both ways
    www.tidyhosts.com

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    Originally posted by itobin
    whos to say they didn't get it from the same place? it works both ways

    Fasthosts has annual sales in excess of 15 million.

    They employ a team of designers full time and I know for a fact they originate ALL of their own artwork.

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    lol, well they still have access to a computer.

    anyway our site has been running for over a year where as theres has only recently been changed.

    but anyway to put this topic to rest our site is being re made anyway so ill get someone to create a tick
    www.tidyhosts.com

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    I must admit, I am slightly annoyed to see the way this forum is used as a publicity venue by hosts and resellers. Who obviously have vested interests, different from users and consumers.

    The fact is, a public and aggregated display of opinion and experience of these services would be a great consumer feature. It would cohere the threads that are currently scattered around, in a fairly random manner. I, for example, have provided information/experiences elsewhere about a certain company that I know would help other people. Thats what this is about, as far as I'm concerned - helping other people. The US is too big to accommodate properly, but not so for the UK.

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    There are independant hosting directories out there, that cater for the UK market, don't take advertising on their site (So you can't buy good reviews etc.) and will let you add your comments/reviews to hosts - Such as www.findyourhost.co.uk
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    I'm having nothing but positive experiences with http://www.flump.net they set up my account quickly, no hassles, I had a problem mid-billing and emailed support. They got back to within 10 minutes and helped me finish my purchase and I emailed them several times throughout the day with some various problems since I'm not hugely familiar with CPanel and they, again, were nothing short of extremely helpful.

    I'm really impressed! Perhaps give them a look?

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    Errr.... CPanel is for Linux, the OP wanted Windows and AFAIK Flump/UKDedicated don't do Windows.
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    I think the reply was for me.
    I'm personally interested in Linux, simply because its cheaper and I dont actually need Windows.

    findyourhost.co.uk appears to be just a directory - theres no consumer evaluation. Thats what i'd like to see here at WHT.

    I'll say one more thing though: I think evaluating a host requires that you're with them at least a few months. Mine for example was OK for months and then suddenly hit MASSIVE performance problems they could not address or resolve. And customers were given the run-around all the time, while nothing was done.
    Last edited by theredfox; 07-05-2005 at 10:42 AM.

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