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    Hosting Recommendation - Need solid webmail & reliability

    My requirements are actually pretty simple, but I've spent the last few days combing sites trying to narrow down my choices. I haven't had much luck.

    I mainly need a host for e-mail, 90% of which will be accessed via the web. There will be about 75 users. It needs to be accessible via SSL, too, and reliability is key.
    Some type of shared addressbook would be nice, as well as a calendar function, but that's something that I can probably do through Squirrel Mail with themes and plugins.

    Web traffic and storage will be minimal... I need maybe 200MB storage and bandwidth will be 5GB per month tops. So, to boil it all down:

    SSL-accessible Webmail (w/ a good webmail client)
    100 e-mail accounts
    200MB storage
    5GB bandwidth
    High reliability

    Around $20/month??

    Thanks all! --Shawn

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    The host that I have now is great having nothing bad to say about that them have had them for a year now they just started blocking some ports that I use for game but they have what you want and are cheap. If you ever have any Problems they will answer support tickets within a few mins. check them out at siteground.com

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    I think that if you spend $20/month for hosting like that, then you are paying way to much! There are definately much cheaper hosts that fit all of your needs!
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    You should just get a Microsoft exchange 2003 server but that'd cost a lot more.

    My Suggestion: get a VPS and install your own mail software, you will be doing everything yourself, but it would be very reliable since all you're doing is hosting mail on that server, you can also use any webmail client you want instead of what the host provides you with.
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    I think you should just get a very good shared host that has good webmail!
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    Just reviews the hosting companies and then select anyone.
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    If you get at least a vps, you may want to take a look at

    http://www.zimbra.com/

    Simply an excellent exchange alternative and has all the functionality you require.

    You should be able to get a good vps solution for your budget...

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    I really wonder if the OP needs a VPS for those very modest needs...
    And a VPS would cost way more than $20 per month anyway IMHO.

    I suggest getting a basic shared account with some host that has a good reputation for reliability, plus offers SSL-accessible webmail (ask the prospective host about that).

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    I suggest getting a basic shared account with some host that has a good reputation for reliability, plus offers SSL-accessible webmail (ask the prospective host about that).
    Id agree with that - however, if they really want to get into group functionality, shared calenders, address books, etc - rather then looking at exchange, there are alternatives

    If webmail alone will suffice, then certainly, lots of shared accounts will suffice

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    I think people have been looking at budget hosts too long... From what I gather from the OP, he wanted high quality mail services for 75 users for $20/month (total)?

    I guess it depends how well you want to define "high quality"...

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    I think people have been looking at budget hosts too long... From what I gather from the OP, he wanted high quality mail services for 75 users for $20/month (total)?

    I guess it depends how well you want to define "high quality"...
    LOL - good point

    But, if you stick with a quality, small VPS, and an open source solution like zimbra - it is possible (or at least close to that budget)

    If you're speaking high availability, managed exchange servers, etc - then certainly, the costs will be significantly higher

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    I did not like Zimbra much personally--the UI was very strange. And the big thing, there are no READMEs or installation instructions included with the source download, so I had no idea how to install it. I'm not fond of companies calling things "open source" that aren't usuable.

    If you've the money, the best webmail client I've seen (better than GMail included, IMHO) is @Mail. It is extremely expensive, however.

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    And the big thing, there are no READMEs or installation instructions included with the source download, so I had no idea how to install it. I'm not fond of companies calling things "open source" that aren't usuable.
    http://zimbra.com/products/documentation.html

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    I'd recommend checking into CartikaHosting.com for your requirements - Andrew and crew really are on the ball with their servers. I don't think I've ever seen a time when their servers (mail or otherwise) were down.

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    Well if he would shell out $250+ for @mail, then I suggest he look at Microsoft Exchange because even though I'm not a big microsoft fan, Exchange is an amazing piece of software built by Microsoft. There's nothing like it.


    And you can get a decent VPS for just email needs around $20/mo, let me know if you decide to go that route, there's some companies I'd definitely recommend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brucebeh
    And you can get a decent VPS for just email needs around $20/mo, let me know if you decide to go that route, there's some companies I'd definitely recommend.
    Bruce -

    Go ahead with the recommendations. I'm willing to take a look at that route if it's comparable in price. Thanks.

    Shawn

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    Hi Shawn,

    If its simply mail - you should also take a very close look at...

    www.hyperoffice.com

    Simply an outstanding exchange alternative - will cost you more then $20/month (especially for that many users) - but, will be cheaper then exchange..

    having said this - you cant go wrong with zimbra either - so, hopefully you can find some decent VPS solutions in your price range....

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    Quote Originally Posted by sp7326
    Bruce -

    Go ahead with the recommendations. I'm willing to take a look at that route if it's comparable in price. Thanks.

    Shawn
    For VPS, I would recommend...

    X1Services.com - http://www.x1services.com

    They were able to give me a custom plan with the following specs that should well exceed your needs.

    1GB of Space
    150GB Bandwidth
    High Reliability as long as you don't crash the server yourself
    Basically Unlimited Number of Accounts
    NO Control Panel
    Choice of, Fedora Core 2, Cent OS 3.5 or Red Hat (i think)

    Cost: $14.99/mo, if you need more space, I'm sure you can add a extra few bucks for more space.

    Email Darin about it and mention brucebeh for the custom plan to make things easier
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    Quote Originally Posted by CartikaHosting
    Hi Shawn,

    If its simply mail - you should also take a very close look at...

    Simply an outstanding exchange alternative - will cost you more then $20/month (especially for that many users) - but, will be cheaper then exchange..
    Thanks... Hyperoffice sure looks attractive, and I'm quite sure it would fit the bill. As you said, though, for 100 users it's $500/month, which exceeds what I'm able to pay. Some day, maybe!

    Thanks again.

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    Shawn,

    There is another product out there similar to HyperOffice called (Exchange like web based program). The company that makes the product is DeskNow, but I know there are hosting companies out there that use it for webmail hosting.

    Also, it would be pretty easy to setup and use in house. Wasn't sure if that was a consideration, but if it was, thought I'd toss it out there.

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    Hey shawn, Let us know how it all goes, I'm curious myself to see what would actually have the features you requested
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    Thanks... Hyperoffice sure looks attractive, and I'm quite sure it would fit the bill. As you said, though, for 100 users it's $500/month, which exceeds what I'm able to pay. Some day, maybe!
    Hi SP and fair enough. Believe it or not, Hyperoffice is cheaper then a reliable hosted Exchange solution.

    Again, you do have alternatives, and Zimbra is a great on. I would avoid "web mail" apps as I dont think they can give you the collaboration features you will want once you get going....

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    Kerio

    You may also want to check out Kerio Mail Server. I've been using it for a while, and it works quite well--they have a great web interface, and it supports calendars, address books, public folders, etc. It's not free, but it's cheaper than exchange would be.

    Also, their administration tool can be used on any Mac or Windows machine, making it easy to configure the server.

    Please feel free to drop me a message if you have any questions about it.

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    Hrm, blah, 3+ days later for me to get back to WHT...

    No one's explicitly said it, but I think it's apparent: with your budget, you're best bet is to go with a VPS and working with some OSS webmail or collaboration system, managing it yourself or finding someone to do it for you. Besides the plans mentioned here, be sure to check WHT's offer's forum.

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    My recommendation is wait a few months. H-sphere and other panel distrubutors will be coming out with Exchange2003 hosting.... You can switch then.... in the event you can wait.
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    Do you need the email to be SSL or just the webmail interface?
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    Hello,

    You can get what you need from a reputable host for less then you are ready to pay. Most hosts these days provide cPanel on their servers and cPanel comes with both Horde and SqerrelMail as webmail client. Again, most (if not all) of these hosts provide SSL access to both cPanel and your respective Webmail.

    Horde in my opinion has most bang for your buck it has a callendar and you do not need a plugin for it. It has a lot of other features too. Check it out at:

    http://www.horde.org/

    Most shared hosts provide more then 100 email accounts and some go even for the unlimited too. Your storage and transfer figures are also way inside the spec todays hosting companies offer.

    Now whay am I recommending a shared solution and everyone is offering you a VPS or something similar? Well if you are not in a lot of confiuguring and adjusting settings and stuff then this is for you, any other solution (execpt managed which cost too much) will be simply too labor intensive.

    Just look in the offers section, choose a shared host and then go check the reviews for it. If you think you have found your next host then go and send them an email or something, do some pre-sales research.

    Oh and as wanga pointed out, if you need to send recieve email through SSL and not use webmail you will defenitely need to ask your to-be-host about it, not all of them offer that possibility.

    Good luck.

    Regards,

    Sp0k0

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