I should have upgraded my site some time ago to a dedicated server but why pay out the extra money if I can get the job done much cheaper with virtual hosting?
The major part of my site is hosted with a host company I have been with for over 4 years (that must be a record!) This host is where I run my scripts and keep my database and main pages of my site. They're a reliable host, resonable in price but I'd not describe them as cheap.
I have a large quantity of images on my site that chew up a lot of bandwidth and disk space. I host the images on the cheapest host I can find offering the most disk space and bw. Yes I've run into a few problems from time to time with hosts trying to get the best deal. But that is expected and I can live with that.
I presently have my images with Hostsave, they've been good but they have a 20,000 file limit - which I've reached.
I now need another host. I came across Chaosnetworks .net who are offering 5Gb diskspace and 500Gb transfer for $7 a month and no file limits. That's a great deal for me. Has anyone had any dealings with them?
Also does anyone know any better deals as far as transfer and disk space go?
really, you as customer will hard case to any hoster. there is not nothing personal to you, but hosters just not get any profit from you. and because professioanl hosters should get profit from anything i am not see any reason why anyone host you for free even when you use lot of resource.
only reson which i look that someone will agree host you - may be someone will very interesting in advertising on your site or may be he need some promotion.
In this situation will be best just stay with old hosters and may be ask them expand your current limit for some small fee because you old client.
Rustelekom LLC Dedicated server since 2002, RIPE NCC member, LIR, AS51168
500GB Transfer for $7 per month = Run
No Offense to host mentioned, but it is just not possible, they might as well say Unlimited Bandwidth and while at it, mail you one of those new IPods with an Unlimited Hard Drive :-)
5Gb diskspace and 500Gb transfer for $7 a month and no file limits.
I suggest you take a look at the prices of a good dedicated server in a well known datanceter like say The Planet, and then ask yourself how a host can afford to sell hosting at the price you mentioned.
I took out a hosting account with this company (Chaosnetworks) a few days after I posted my first post here.
I'm very happy with Chaosnetworks. I've had a few questions which they've answered in short time. I've not reached my BW limit of DS limit yet. But that will probably come within the next 12 months. I'll keep you posted.
In the meantime, I notice that Netfirms is offering an even better deal on BW and DS. Anyone found anything cheaper?......-
more like been there; done that or more precisely been here to read the multitude of posts complaining about host shutting them down without warning
just hope you keep backups; sooner or later you'll need them
I've been hosting with cheap hosts since I first started my site back in 1997.
Most of the problems I've had with cheap hosts is their servers get overloaded and cannot handle any processing. To solve this problem I keep all my processing (Db's. php etc) on an expensive host and farm out the jpg's and html to the cheapest host I can find. This system works! Believe me.
Of course I keep a very good backup of my html and jpg files. They are ready at a moments notice to be uploaded to another server if something goes wrong. But in all the years doing this I've never had a company go out of business. I suppose I'm just lucky.
In fact, most of the problems I've had are with the expensive hosts who change the server config without telling me. Then a user at my site goes to put in an order and they end up getting a server error when they press the submit button.
It seems that any dummy (even me!) can set up a server to serve jpg's and html. But add a little processing and that's where it gets tricky.
By the way, I also have a reseller account with another company. I'm also in the reseller business myself, but only in a small way.
As stated earlier, their servers are unmetered. They are not a resller, they build and maintain their servers themselves. I think costs would be much less than you think.
This thread is going no where and is exhausted, it makes no point.
Keep flaming if you wish, looks like you guys have had good practice.
"Unmetered" servers still cost money. If we're saying that you can put about 60 of these 500GB clients on a 100Mbps link, and 100Mbps is going to cost you anywhere from $2000-4000/month depending on the quality of the carrier, then how exactly is the $420/month revenue going to cover bandwidth, a server, electricity, maintenance, and staff?
Unmetered? Yeah right, my experience with them is so damn suck, lol I cancel at the second day.
I was hosting one of my account with unmetered webspace, forgot the name. Darn it. I sign up the first day, the second day I try to upload media file (avi) so I can served them for other people to download.
Half way through upload just one single file, they got disconnect. I got good ftp software too. I wouldn't have done through ftp if they give me shell . Shell, I can use lynx or wget, and access file directly from other server, lol, I would have ease of time. Hint, unmetered space yeah right!!!
So I call them up, and say why unmetered space, but you guy deliberately cancel my media file when I uploaded?
They reply with an email, again, false advertising. I try to upload again, no success. One time finish uploading a file, and I check out the file, it missing something so people can't download it . Lol...
I got fed up, and so I cancel the account with them.
Stay away from unmetered web-space. It's just a trickery marketing trick.
Unlimited bandwidth is also a marketing trick. They give you unlimited bandwidth but little web-space, hint, bottleneck is your webspace, so you can't actually waste much bandwidth eh? Like upload media file, eh?
See why hosting companies let you get unlimited bandwidth, but when come to dedicated server, they offer you 1400GB BandWidth instead of unmetered .