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    Question Recommend a host

    I started out with about 3 years ago when I first put up my home page. Since then, has been bought and sold 4 times and I ended up with, a company Iíve never heard of.

    My current plan includes 50MB of space and 3 or 4 POP3 email accounts. Iím paying $200 for hosting and $60 for an extra POP Mailbox for one year. It might be a reasonable price 3 years ago, but certainly not now. Itís time to renewal my plan for next year, so I need to decide soon whether Iím going to stay with Amerion, or look for other options.

    The content of my website will be plain text and high quality JPG images only. The goal of the site is to provide service information to my customers, so there will be no fancy animation or 3D graphics on my site.

    My basic needs are (in order of priority):
    1. Speed and reliability: Some of my JPG images are more than 300K each and I have several hundred of them. I need a host that is fast, or at least as fast as my current host Amerion.
    2. Storage of 300MB or more. Iíve reached the limit of my current plan and I have hundreds of images that Iíd like to load onto my site.
    3. 5 POP3 email accounts
    4. Reasonable, not necessarily cheap price - Iím willing to pay for good service.
    5. Control panel, so I can configure email accounts and manage files easily.
    6. Customer service
    7. Log files Ė Iíd like to keep track of things like where the traffic came from, how many hits certain pages get, which search words people used to find my site, etc.
    8. FrontPage extension
    9. Password protected directories
    10. Bandwidth: this is a low traffic site, so bandwidth is not nearly as important as speed and storage space.

    Extra features that I might use in the future:
    1. Mailing list: I might add a couple of mailing lists that have no more than 30 subscribers.
    2. Bulletin boards pretty much like this one here.
    3. Basic FTP functions so I can share files with my family and friends.

    I tried to call Amerion today, but couldnít reach the tech support department or customer service. I guess 7 days a week doesnít include Sunday. Amerionís website doesnít provide much information either. The only hesitation I have about leaving Amerion is their speed. I loaded the same images on several of my friendsí websites and Amerion came out the fastest. I can certainly try to call them again on Monday and see if they can sign me up for a new plan.

    I did some research and found a few hosting companies that came highly recommended on this forum. is on top of my list right now if I were to switch.

    Please let me know if youíve had any good or bad experiences with, and if you think Alwayswebhosting is a good choice for my needs. Feel free to recommend other companies that you feel will suit my needs better. Iím all ears.



  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2002
    Monterey, CA
    Haven't had personal expierences with those company have you tried doing a search on them in these forums?

    Also you may want to post your requirements on web hosting requests forums you are bond to get some good feedback from webhosting companies there. One thing to do is whoever leaves you feedback doing a search for their company name, and or user name to see if anyone has left them any remarks or views.

    Good luck in finding a host.
    Sam C
    Blue Dog Hosting
    "Your new best friend!"

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    I would agree with eyow... I would suggest browsing the forums for a while and get the feel for who are the good hosts and who to stay away from. You can post your requirements in the Webhosting request forum and you should get a couple of offers. Do a search on the hosting companies to see what people have to say about them.

    Personally, I went with and have had great service. Send me an e-mail at [email protected] or ICQ 1863204, or AIM nintendo8bit if there are any questions I can answer from a customer standpoint.

    Good Luck.

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 2002
    Yep,browsing the forums,both old and new.
    It pays off!

  5. #5
    I am using
    Their server is stable and fast.not bad.

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    I recently searched for a new host myself and went with Pagezone. My impression: Fair prices, good service and the features you request.

    As there were other good contenders that might fit your needs, look at my detailed review if you like (see signature).
    Stephen's Independent Hosting Provider Review

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