I stumbled onto this forum while researching a few hosts and saw some horror stories so figured why reinvent the wheel when I have all these experts here. I have about 5 gambling affiliate sites I am looking for a home for. The most important thing to me is uptime and speed, but I think the traffic is pretty modest compared to some on here. About 5000 unique visitors and 100K page views per month across the sites plus I am currently using a ezboard (eek!) forum I would like to pull into the new host via phpbb or invision or something that is getting about 2500 visits a day. I would ideally like to pay for one account where I can host all 5 (and up to 5 more would be nice). As I mentioned it needs to have some sort of preinstalled bb software, wordpress or some other blogging type thing built in, I would like unlimited subdomains and to be able to use a custom MX record. The site is currently straight HTML with no databases, but I am sure that will change in the future so some databases would be nice. I will be transferring the domain along with the hosting most likely unless there is a real reason I shouldn't.
As I mentioned in the title, it also needs to be hosted in a non-US location due to possible complications with the anti-gambling bill recently passed. Somewhere that throws in whois privacy would be good too although they are public now so it isn't that big of a deal.
Well, now that I typed all that out, maybe it is more specific than I thought, but I think most of those features are included in most hosts. The hosts I was considering that I am not sure about now after reading reviews here are netfirms.com and vistapages.com. Somewhere like Dreamhost sounded great, but I also read gambling affiliate sites are against their T&C (plus they are hosted in the US).
My budget is open, but with my traffic, I would think I could get a reliable host meeting my needs for a reasonable amount.
I never had any problems with this, and I host a few. And as an info for you, even gambling companies still operate from the US. The best I know have their offices in Boston.
The bill targeted receiving payments from players. If you are an affiliate things aren't so clear. I only heard a couple of stories in 1 or 2 states, but not a general thing all over the US.