Fluidhosting, Futurequest, downtownhost, Hostnexus - which ones?
Sigh, I've forgotten how searching for a new host can be tedious though rewarding if you find the right one. If you check my history, I posted here yrs ago when I was a newbie after a disastrous first paid host experience.
Well I ended up going to VPS after a stint with a couple shared hosts but I'm back to shared hosting because I dont think I need VPS anymore. Money is not a problem, I'm willing to pay upwards of 20 bucks monthly for a decent, high end shared host. It would be cheaper for me when it comes to some of these if I paid more then monthly, but I'd rather monthly then to regret it later.
After an exhausting search over the last five days I'm narrowed it down to these four based on my needs and experience. All I would like is what would be the best out of these three, when it comes to reputation and reliability. And if you had to chose out of these three.
downtown host (silver package)
I'm leaning towards this one cause according to WHT, the customer service and the owner is respectable. I've visited the site and the forums, but the latter seems kinda bear and not much activity. Its been in business for a while and not all that busy, which could be a great thing. Like that I would receive a warning email about cgi/cpu usage. This is my main deal cause I have a mysql database which is the most popular thing on my site.
This fits my needs to a tee but I'm not used to their kind of cpanel. I'd rather the usual Linux cpanel.
I'm not sure of this one cause I looked here as well as the whreviews site and this site wasnt on there. Now they come highly recommended here but I see that they are absolutely huge. Their forums has tons of activity. Now this could mean very happy customers but I'm not sure I want to go with a company this big, does this mean overloades servers? Plus they have this funky cpanel that I do not like. Once again used to the linux cpanel. I'm an easy learner, I just dont want to if I dont have to lol.
Well respected too, have a plesk cpanel. I tried looking at the demo but got timed out and I'm on broadband.
But I'm tired and I'll go with one of these in a few hrs, I just want some more feedback before I do. Thanks for all your help.
Among these, I would choose Fluidhosting, I have been with them on and off for past 2 years or so they are very nice folks to do business with an excellent support. Don't go on their forums, FH customer use the forums very rarely (in case of outagest) there are not much activity as compared to some other hosts.
I have been with FQ as well for some time and interestingly I do not see much difference in quality of support between Fluidhosting and Futurequest...
Sigh, I've forgotten how searching for a new host can be tedious though rewarding if you find the right one.
You've got that right!
Well it sounds like you have already done much of the necessary research and have put together a nice list of potential hosts. Not knowing your exact "specific" requirements, it is tough to recommend any one of those hosts in particular. One thing worth mentioning is that FluidHosting doesn't use "cPanel" (which you might be referring to as the "usual linux cpanel") - instead FluidHosting uses H-Sphere. I'm pretty sure FutureQuest isn't using cPanel either, but DownTownHost definitely is. cPanel just happens to be one of the most popular linux-based control panels that web hosting companies use.
In terms of reputation, all of the hosts you listed have a pretty solid reputation around here. Just because FutureQuest isn't a hot topic on WHT or WHReviews (which is a good site run by one of WHT's moderators) doesn't mean that they don't have a good reputation in this industry as a whole. FutureQuest has an excellent reputation and tradition of offering higher-end services (and as such, they might be the most "expensive" host on your list).
I would highly recommend taking the time to contact the sales teams of each of the hosts that you mentioned. I know you are looking to sign up soon (if you haven't already), but by taking the time to contact each host individually, and getting a better feel for their overall attitude towards customers/potential customers, puts you one step closer to achieving that rewarding experience. Take the time to ask them questions, voice your concerns, and see how they respond. This will help you feel out the company before signing up and will help you determine if you are comfortable with their personal touch, etc.
Oh yeah, and I love your name . I can't even begin to tell you how much mail I get under "Brenda Diaz".
I'm also considering Downtownhost and Fluid Host, as well as Hosting Matters. I was considering FutureQuest, but their pricing scheme seems very awkward to me. $25 for a subdomain? I was also considering Pair, but their plans don't seem very friendly to people new to this business or people using databases.
I still plan on contacting each host via email with questions.
What's surprsing to me is that DownTownHost is currently down (2007.01.14 12.15 CST), and has been down for at least a half hour now.
That reminds me, isn't it against the forum user agreement to put advertising in your signature?
Sorry for the update, we are having a problem in the server were our site is hosted (only in that server which it host only our website), we are working in resolve it as soon as possible, unfortunately, there was a hardware problem, as at being on week-end the datacenter was short of staff
I was considering FutureQuest, but their pricing scheme seems very awkward to me. $25 for a subdomain?
FutureQuest prices their services the way they do for a reason -- they are trying to cater to a certain target audience, and they are obviously not interested in offering the "unlimited domains" or even "unlimited subdomains" which are commonly offered by many web hosts today. However, keep in mind that even though they are definitely a bit more expensive, they have years of experience and a stellar reputation. FutureQuest has a very active community forum, you should scan through it and see what their own customers are saying about the service they are receiving .
Originally Posted by Vanada
I still plan on contacting each host via email with questions.
Yep, that really is a vital step in this process. Good luck with your search, you have a good list of companies to choose from.