First let me state I am every hosts dream client! I typically ask a lot of pre-sales questions and then you don't hear from me unless something is broken. I don't need any hand holding. I do need however a host that is at least able to offer 99% uptime ( I don't care about guarantees or money back, blah blah... I care about uptime... historical uptime). I am needing to host a handfull of personal/friend sites of which 2 will be more e-mail traffic than web. The main site of the plan will be running osCommerce and will be (hopefully) fairly busy. There will be no irc, gaming servers, p2p, etc. going on.. maybe a _small_ amount of live chat. Two of the sites will have a moderately used CMS loaded (drupal & Joomla). Again, mainly this is for an ecommerce site and development.
Now onto more important aspects:
mySQL/php/perl/etc. etc. to run those scripts mentioned above
No setup fee
Linux guest (CentOS, debian, SuSE)
disk 5GB MIN
bandwidth 50GB MIN
Server in USA
Redundant Network connection
Managed (I do systems administration all day)
Opterons to Athlon
XEN to virtuozzo
Active User forum at host
8hr support response (1 hour emergency response)
I have looked at TekTonic, leeware, and admittedly even some shared hosting providers like hostgator. Please post your suggestions and comments! Thanks.
I would recommend tektonic I have been hosted with them for over a year now and apart from some downtime that has been out of there control they have supplied an excellent service and have been very helpful if I have any issues.