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    Help on newbie picking a web host and plan

    Hi

    Currently, I'm trying to start an E-commerce site for a startup company. My question will be what kinda of host service should I get for the long run. Right now, I signed up with a share hosting, but the network performance is very slow and takes long time to load the site. Is it a good idea to sign up with a VPS or delicated server since they are not sharing and it will have good uptime ?
    Also, There are a lot of hosting companies out there and I have no clue which one is good in terms of performance, support, services etc. Any suggestions ?

    Thank you!

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    It really depends on your needs and current traffic if you need a VPS / Dedicated. Since you are just starting, it might be overkill for your site. If your current host is slow, try opening a support ticket with them and ask why your site is loading so slowly.

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    I agree with Jonathan above. I would contact your host support and have them look into the problem.
    Since you are a new startup its UNlikely you would need a vps or a dedicated server.
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    The current hosting is changing their hardware and its been down for 2 weeks. So, for the long run, I'm not sure. My concern is I don't want the site to be down at any given time and the expansion of the company. I'm trying to think in the long run.

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    Your host has been down for 2 WEEKS???

    I would suggest you leave asap as a 12 year old would probably do a better job of running your website.

    I would suggest not to use a dedicated or vps at this moment. Just find a decent host thats been around for awhile, active member on WHT, and can answer your sales/support questions in a timely manner.

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    Should I get a reseller hosting ? Also, Any recommendations on which host is good in terms of uptime, support, services, etc?

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    You don't need reseller hosting unless you are planning to have several domains that you need controlled/managed independantly or you are planning on selling hosting.

    Shared hosting for a start-up business should be perfectly fine, my suggestion is that you try to find a company that will let you upgrade your plan as you need to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by deepman007 View Post
    Hi

    Currently, I'm trying to start an E-commerce site for a startup company. My question will be what kinda of host service should I get for the long run. Right now, I signed up with a share hosting, but the network performance is very slow and takes long time to load the site. Is it a good idea to sign up with a VPS or delicated server since they are not sharing and it will have good uptime ?
    Also, There are a lot of hosting companies out there and I have no clue which one is good in terms of performance, support, services etc. Any suggestions ?

    Thank you!
    A dedicated server, vps, or reseller account is unnecessary. Your site is running slow because your hosting provider has slow servers and poor performance. You might want to look for a host who offers ecommerce tools, or at least a shopping cart, which any host who offers fantastico can give you.

    Quote Originally Posted by deepman007 View Post
    The current hosting is changing their hardware and its been down for 2 weeks. So, for the long run, I'm not sure. My concern is I don't want the site to be down at any given time and the expansion of the company. I'm trying to think in the long run.
    2 weeks? Sounds like a nightmare. Make sure you get backups of everything asap so you don't lose any of your data. Find a new host. Personally I think 2 hours of downtime is unacceptable, let alone 2 weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by deepman007 View Post
    Should I get a reseller hosting ? Also, Any recommendations on which host is good in terms of uptime, support, services, etc?
    You won't need reseller hosting, just a reliable shared host. What will this ecommerce site be about, does it have a certain targeted market, such as a local one? If you are dealing with a local market then you might want to look for a host who has servers close to that market.

    If it's not local and your going to be selling nation/worldwide then just look for a host who is selling premium bandwidth with low latency, good support, and reliability. Many hosts around here can fit that bill
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    Ok thank you! If I find a new host, all the data in the current host will be lost right ?
    There are so many host companies, How do I know which one is the best?

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    When you cancel your account they will delete your account and information. You should have a backup of your web site from your previous host before you move to the new host.
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    Some hosts will transfer the data for you for free. Just make sure you don't cancel your hosting account until the new one has transferred it over for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deepman007 View Post
    Ok thank you! If I find a new host, all the data in the current host will be lost right ?
    There are so many host companies, How do I know which one is the best?
    You can do a backup through the control panel. Is your website still down? If you can't get everything back online then you might be out of luck.

    As for hosting companies, take a look around the forums, consume the information and recommendations. You might want to take a look at the shared hosting offers section, it is a bit overwhelming at first so be prepared . Get a list of 5-10 hosts you like and email them a few questions you have or contact their support desk.

    TIP: Just because they offer a lot of space and bandwidth doesn't make them a good host, infact most of the time it's a big red flag that you should stay away.
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    Thanks a lot guys. The first one I signed up which is the current one has a lot of space and bandwidth, but its been nothing but down and slowness. DH is the one I'm using right now

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