I'm helping my father pick a new host for his domain and am looking for suggestions.
The domain is used primarily for e-mail for him and some family members and I think he has a couple of static (html only) web pages and my sister's blog as well. The requirements, as such, are very basic -
- Must be cPanel for ease of transferring over from current host.
- Must offer free site/account transfer.
- 1 or 2GB disk space (current use is 250MB)
- Bandwidth is not an issue. Going back several years, he has never used more than 1GB per month.
- Unlimited e-mail addresses
- Fast, responsive, knowledgeable support. Waiting any more than 30mins/1 hour for a decent response is not acceptable.
- true 99.9% uptime. I would actually probably inquire as to seeing uptime reports for the server his domain would be put on. This is a key factor.
Budget - ~$15/month. $20 is do-able, but I'd like to find something for a little less if I can, "in these tough economic times" (lol). I've tried to convince him that he can get what he needs for under $10/month but dad's 'old school' and really buys in to the whole 'you get what you pay for' thing.
I've been reading here, google and a couple of decent review sites and have come up with the following options -
- Downtown Host
- Axis Host
I like Downtown Host based on reviews and reputation, but there's absolutely no need for the 10GB of disk space they are offering. That's a nice feature, but there's not a snowball's chance in hell he's going to come close to using it, so it's kind of difficult justifying having to pay for it.
If you have any input on the 3 hosts I've mentioned or maybe some other names to take a look at, I would appreciate it.
I have never had hosting with any of the hosting providers, However, Jedito is quite active here and is always very pleasent and knows a thing or two that we don't - I never said that.
Overall If I had to make a choice I would choose DownTown Host if they were the only options you had.
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$15/month for 2gb of space is a great budget. and Downtown host has great reviews here, you're free to give them a try. and you shouldn't have a problem finding another provider if it comes down to it with that budget.
I have decided to go with Downtown Host. Thanks all for the input, mods you may close this thread if you wish.
Good luck with Downtown Host, they seem to have a good company. Please let us all know how it did work for you in a few months from now, i am sure DTH and others looking for a host appreciate your feedback.