I have been on Elixant.com for a while and for the most part it has been great. They are cutting back service drastically and has basically warned us off the system. What I need is a cpanel hosting service that can handle an smf forum with a database size of currently around 500mb (and growing). In addition, I use around 50-60GB of bandwidth a month. I have about 100 users per day with around 300 posts per day.
I have been doing well with Elixant.com shared hosting and I'd like to find a comparable hosting solution. Ideal would be:
5-10GB disk space (or more)
No database size restrictions
Support/live chat or email
If you guys can throw some names out there I can do the searching. Right now I have HostGator in mind.
I'd like to pay less than $240/year. Right now I pay about $170 a year.
The main software I run is SMF. I also have a Wiki and a few other simple content management type software.
Your budget is generous enough to sign up with a decent host. Most web hosts on WHT should be able to handle your requirements on a shared account without a problem. I would advise to go with a reputable host who does not practice extreme overselling (i.e. 300GB for $7.95/mo). Hosts who practice extreme overselling could shut your site down without notice if you're using "too many resources".
Hosts who practice extreme overselling could shut your site down without notice if you're using "too many resources".
And the others can't? Bring a server to its knees and any shared host will one way or another, tell you to do something about it.
I don't know about others, but I would be uneasy with a forum pushing well into the tens of GB of data transfer in a shared hosting environment. Then again, I'm the kind who doesn't like to take chances much.
Some say "you get what you pay for", and in this case, $0.5+ per GB of data transfer pushed is where I'd be aiming... but that's just my view on things. Oh, and it never hurts to ask the host if they think your type of usage is OK in their shared hosting environment. Mot should be honest about it, as overloading the server would be too much of a downside to risk and let you in.
These days, the amount of data transfer you're offered has quite little to do with the size of the site you can host on that account.
I would also agree that for good Service/Uptime, one should be looking at, at least, 50 cents per GB of Data transfer. The OP should also state if the site/forum is Adult or Porn related. That just makes it easier for everyone as many Hosters will not accept Adult/Porn sites of any kind.
With any potential Hoster, Features / Price / Support can be checked out before signing up. The last point to consider, Service or Uptime, cannot usually be determined until one actually starts using it.
To help overcome that, there are various places that provide Free or Paid uptime monitoring and the following three provide both:
Using a combination of all on one Hoster or each on different Hosters, can give you a good idea on their Service before using them. And, as people are quick to complain and slow to praise -- just the way we are I guess -- look for a Forum at your potential Hoster. Reading through various posts will give a good idea of how other people judge the Hoster along with how they reply to posts.
Overall, research and patience are two important tools when checking most things, Hosting or otherwise. And don't be afraid to ask questions, at this Forum or with potential Hosters.
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Jaguar PC is an alternative, i am hosted with them and they do seem to have a good uptime plus can deal with large amounts of visitors at once. They do the basic package 'longhorn' of 6 GB Diskspace and 180 GB Bandwidth Per Month for $11.97/mo, you can add on space and tranfer when you need to.
I am looking at that. The only question I have now is that everyone seems to think I need more than a shared account yet the forum has done well for a year or so with shared. If I am supposed to need more, why is it working now? Is it just that Elixant is great? Does Elixant offer more than anyone else does and that is why?
If you think a shared account will do just fine, then by all means stick to a shared account. You have to think ahead, sooner or later you're going to have to upgrade. Though according to the stats your provided, it does look like you need something better. Good luck!
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No one said you can't be on a shared server, you just need something that will allow you to use more resources. Remember, you're sharing resources with a lot of other customers...no host is going to sit there and watch you make the box slow for everyone else.