I just started working here and one of the surprises I received was being told I now manage the company's website. Due to the pricing structure of the current webhosting provider, we are intertaining the idea of moving our site. I am looking for a very reliable hosting site (excellant customer support familiar with handling Newbie questions). Our current site consists of 25 Mb of space, Frontpage Extensions, text and photos. We will be expanding to include either a MS Access database or MS SQL 2000 (tenants will be able to search a database to locate available housing). Additional expansion will include information on three new programs taking up an addition 15 Mb. Reviewing posts, I like what I have read about Veoweb, Dellhost and Yahoo. Could someone give me more details on those three or point me to alternatives? Details I am looking for: you have experience with the webhosting company over two - three years, reliable company, excellant customer service and features/pricing. Thanks.
From your post it looks like you'll be needing Windows hosting only. Most servers either run Windows or Linux. With Linux being available for free, most people opt for that on their servers. However Linux's disadvantages are that it doesn't have a ASP parser, although, you can install a software by the name of Chillisoft ASP to add some sort of ASP functionaility. The other disadvantage is that it doesn't support Access or MSSQL databases. If you intend to use either of those formats, don't bother with a Linux host.
GearHost is very recommended on here for their windows hosting plans. They have a great reputation, and you can do a search for reviews on them. I'm not sure how long they have been established, but one of their representatives posts on here.
I wouldn't use gearhost if you're in need of MS SQL 2000. If you read the packages down to the bottom and see that inless you get the 25 dollar a month package you have to pay 15 dollars extra a month for MS SQL 2000
For a company website you need reliability. GearHost is reliability. In case you haven't realized Windows hosting means having to buy Windows NT/2000 Server. Which means $$$'s MSSQL doesn't grown on trees, that's an extra few $$$'s. Naturally windows hosting is going to be expensive. Chuck in the fact you need reliability and the price increases slightly more. But for a company that shouldn't matter. We're not talking about astronomical prices, we're talking about something that's affordable and of great quality.
i'm with fazel on this one...though i've never used a windows host, i know that you'll have to pay a little extra for reliablilty support, etc...
BUT, you shouldn't base everything on price...high priced companies can be just as bad as a low priced company, and every customer will have their own opinions (i know a few people that hate VO, most everyone else is satisfied with them)...
simply put: it's a trial and error thing, pick the host that you think is best overall. consider reliability, features, support, and price when you make your final decision (in that order)
Well when I recommended GearHost, I did so because I knew he was looking for reliable windows hosting, which is GearHost in a nutshell. A company shouldn't need to find ways to cut corners, saving themselves a few dollars whilst sacrificing reliability at the same time. I could have taken the time to give an indepth analysis of GearHost's plans, but honestly, I don't have the time to write that, and I'm fairly sure skymax doesn't want to read it.
Thanks for putting me onto GearHost. I will check them out. You are right about needing a reliable site. The site we are with now is reliable, but lousy customer service and pricey. They want $60.00/month for 150 Mb and 4 Gb transfer rate. With that plan I can get MSSQL or MSAccess. But, before I recommend that pricing I want to look at alternatives. Besides, I have time to make this decision. I have until Monday.........