Since yesterday I have been researching several of the hosting companies. I have not found much discussion about Yahoo Web hosting, which is slightly more expensive than the so called "oversellers" and probably they are very reliable. Can somebody confirm this for me?
Also, I have found 2 other hosters to have somewhat better reviews, which are Hostgator and Dreamhost. I have some questions about them as well, if somebody can answer.
As of Hostgator, they seem to have a problem though with users getting kicked because of CPU usage on the shared plans, and in some cases it turned out it was not even the user's fault, has anyone experienced this?
I myself asked their rep, what is considered excessive resource (CPU) usage and they said sg like 25%, but how can I measure this in advance? I am not a technical person, and I do not want to find it out by getting kicked.
And Finally, dreamhost seems to be the most open company and in their blog they write about their recent problems. Have they fixed this? Does anybody know?
What is it you require? (bandwidth, space, location, control panel, etc) and how much are you willing to pay for it? if you go with DH or HG, you are going with massive oversellers, but both have positive and negative reviews -- it appears to be by roll of the dice.
thanks for your responses. I completely agree with you, that DH and HG seem to be a crapshoot because of all the bad rep. there are some good ones though but still. I have not found anything bad about Yahoo yet
As of slow support, I don't mind it, unless I don't have a lot of problems
My main criteria is webspace and bandwidth. I am about to launch a niche social networking site and growth is programmed into it. More people register, more space is required and more bandwidth. Scalability does not seem to be a problem with Yahoo! You can just upgrade from one plan to the next. I know they are also one of the best in php mysql as they themselves use it
It seems that with DH space and bandwidth is OK as well as their Code monster pack is huge.
With Hostgator you get kicked if you use 25% of CPU, and you get kicked before they would notify you, which is not really acceptable for me. I am happy to upgrade to dedicated but would like to start small, just in case my site does not pick up.
Another topic which I did not find much is Apache configuration. there are all these nice cpanels and stuff, but how can I modify some basic Apache directives like mem limit at these companies? Can I do it with htaccess at Yahoo or the others? Does anybody know? Is php_safe mode off at Yahoo for example?
i havnt dealt with yahoo personally (well just a little) but a recent client of mine shifted from yahoo as she felt support sometimes took too long to reply to emails/contact forms and that the replys given were fairly general and often didnt answer her actually queiry.
Gyorgy, from your site description it looks like you'd be better off going with a company that offers reputable shared hosting and then fully or semi managed dedicated servers for a quick switch over with little to no downtime. Your site will quickly force you off shared servers and onto dedicated.
Thank you again for all your kind replies PixelManual, FastWebCart and ethix.
I did consider a dedicated server or a virtual server as well. These are things that Yahoo does not offer unfortunately it seems. Could you point me towards some that do? Or which are the companies that you use or recommend.
(I just found hosting.com, their VPS seems quite good , any experiences? )
Gyorgy, the search tool will be your best friend for the next several days as you choose a host. Remember, haste makes waste Research is a key factor, as the last thing you need is to get booming traffic and the site isn't reachable.
Personally, I'm using CartikaHosting.com quite heavily now. I started testing out a small site and now I've moved my main project over. They would probably suit you for a fair while as they use h-sphere in a clustered envrioment (mySQL on one server, apache on another, etc). They also have fully managed servers to upgrade to. Been with 'em since early/mid March
Don't forget there are dozens of extremely reputable hosts on these boards to check out. Just remember to use the search tool to make sure they suit you. Also, send your favorite 3-4 companys an e-mail to see if they can handle a site like that or whether they'll force you to upgrade as soon as you get any traffic, etc.
How much bandwidth and space are you really using now?
I mean, probably you can start with an small plan and upgrade as you need, and don't start with a huge one while you are not using it.
What's the point of paying for something that you're not going to use?
at the moment I do not use any space, because I have not launched the project...
I definitely do not want to pay horsepower that I am not using, I am much more frugal than that.
That is why I am looking at the entire lifecycle of the site, and looking for a provider where I can scale. (The project may go bust as well , and then I wont lose much )
I am also trying to estimate bandwidth usage, etc. based on competitors in case the site picks up.
I have been browsing the net all day long, and starting to like liquidweb. They have really cool fully managed solutions, very good reviews, and if my site picks up I am somewhat assured that they will be there for me.
I have my own dedicated server now but if I ever gave it up Id go back to yahoo
I have dealt with Yahoo twice.... I did not learn the lesson the first time, someone told me Yahoo has gotten better, when I tried them again, I was burned again. Once yhou sign up they will put you on a back burner.
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But you not necesarily needs to stay always with the same provider.
I mean, if you move from an small shared to a bigger then, yes, but if the next step is a dedicated or a VPS then, usually, it does not matter if they are 2 different providers.
It's somewhere around only 1 in 200 sites have a resource usage problem. We honestly don't even monitor or have anything in place to auto block / suspend. When a server starts having downtime or a higher load that's when we hop in to investigate the problem. Sometimes it's just a script causing a problem, other times it's a site using gigs of memory in which case we move them to a temporary server for a week allowing them time to upgrade to a semi or dedicated server.
tcolling as stated we had trouble solving your FrontPage issue that was isolated to your account. Frontpage is very buggy in a linux environment with apache. We ended up solving your issue and we apologize for the delay, but again Micorsoft hasn't provided an update to linux frontpage extensions for years, and countless bugs exist.
Looking over your ticket history the cause of the problem could have even been your dns not being fully proprogated. FP extensions in a shared ip in linux needs to have fully resolved dns to work properly which normally takes at least 24-48 hours.