Results 1 to 22 of 22
  1. #1

    A slightly eclectic set of Web Hosting requirements

    Dear All,

    First post on the forum: apologies in advance for any faux pas that I might commit. Big picture, I need a recommendation (or a couple to consider) for a web-host, package etc. Background details below to help ascertain suitability.

    I am an IT Professional, mainly C and SQL in background, but not much front-end and certainly no previous web-development experience. I have two TLD's, one a '.com' and another a '.name' currently registered with DirectNIC. I would transfer these TLD's to whoever I host with. The '.com' one is not currently used, the '.name' one currently used for email forwarding.

    It is my intention to first develop a hobbyist website based around the '.com' TLD. This will be mostly text based in nature. When I have done that to my satisfaction, I will develop a website for my family based on the '.name' TLD. My better half will have a lot to do with this and there is likely to be some image/video component to it.

    The web-site(s) will likely be developed using Expression Web: this is a financial choice rather than an Microsoft versus Adobe decision. However, if there is any server-side programming required down the track, I'll probably do it in Python. This is because I have chosen to learn and use Python (also in consideration were Perl and Ruby) to do a mini-project related to the hobby. Python was chosen because, amongst other reasons, the C integration if I need to do some is fairly straightforward.

    Taking the above into account, I am guessing that moderately priced Linux hosting (notwithstanding the use of Expression Web to create the site(s)) with a history of decent Python support is the way to go.

    Happy to answer any more questions to clarify - hope someone can help.

    Regards, Newroad

    PS Looked at MochaHost as a possibility, but they had no product between 1 and 5000 sites, and unfortunately, I only want 2.
    Last edited by newroad; 08-21-2009 at 07:35 AM.

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    610
    What about your web hosting requirements - how much space, bandwidth, email accounts etc will you require?

    What country do you expect most of your visitors to be coming from so we can recommend a host based on the location.

  3. #3
    Thanks for the questions, RHC.

    Bandwidth - not a great deal, and from what I've read, fairly normal amounts are sufficient for most hobbyist sites anyway.

    Space - the second site might require a little more in time, but, if that were problematic, I could put the images/videos elsewhere and linkt there.

    E-mail accounts - maybe a few for the first site and maybe ten or so for the second.

    Location - in alphabetical order, Australia, United Kingdom, United States in some proportion.

    Please take note of my inexperience in this field, however, and place my answers in that context.

    Regards, Newroad

  4. #4
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    610
    For Australian hosting I would recommend http://www.aussiehost.com/ run by Aussie Bob a very active and old member of the WHT community.

  5. #5
    Thanks again, RHC.

    Is the recommendation based on location and a decent guy, or do you think it more broadly reflects my requirements?

    The reason I ask is that I didn't see Python mentioned on the site, and the A$14.95 basic package seems markedly higher than similar US equivalents?

    Regards, Newroad

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Aug 2000
    Posts
    2,750
    Most cPanel providers have python support, They just need to enable it in your VirtualHost config.

    Try dropping the AussieHost a sales e-mail and see if they do support it but just don't have it listed as a feature.

  7. #7
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    265
    python is a fairly core linux component these days- be sure to ask first, but most hosts either will have it installed or will be happy to install it for you.

    US hosting is always cheaper than anywhere else, its a volume thing - plus more competition etc.
    WebCertain - SEO, PPC, PR - The services you need to increase your site traffic. Specialists in over 35 languages and country-specific SEO! www.webcertain.com

  8. #8
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    Barcelona, Spain
    Posts
    3,397
    Quote Originally Posted by newroad View Post
    Thanks again, RHC.

    Is the recommendation based on location and a decent guy, or do you think it more broadly reflects my requirements?

    The reason I ask is that I didn't see Python mentioned on the site, and the A$14.95 basic package seems markedly higher than similar US equivalents?

    Regards, Newroad
    Aussie bandwidth is REALLY expensive and AussieHost offers resellerhosting only (all accounts get their own control panel) so that's why the price is a bit higher.

    That decent guy has had 3 very succesful hosting brands under his belt, so AussieHost knows what they're doing.
    hi there!

  9. #9
    Join Date
    May 2004
    Location
    UK
    Posts
    610
    I believe they will meet all of your requirements but double check with Python support.

    Also you will find Australian hosting is more expensive due to higher operating costs than most European / USA hosts.

    Drop AussieHost an email confirming they have Python support but it is a fairly standard scripting lanuage for Linux hosts, but you are best asking first

  10. #10
    Thanks all,

    For the replies above. Anyone care to nominate a US and/or UK alternative to compare AussieHost to?

    For what it's worth, I found this when looking around last night.

    wiki.python.org/moin/PythonHosting (sorry, apparently I'm not allowed to link to URL's yet having not made 5 posts)

    There are too many there to ask you guys to look through and recommend one, but if you have one in mind, it might be worth checking there for their presence?

    And I assuming everyone is implicitly suggesting that I go for Linux rather than Windows hosting?

    Regards, Newroad

  11. #11
    I know HostDime.com offers python hosting. Drop them a call 407-756-1126 and just double check. Plus, they offer 24/7 phone support which is great when you need something. Hope this points you in the right direction.

  12. #12
    Hi hewebservices,

    Had a quick trawl and found this

    forums.hostdime.com/showthread.php?t=7357 (once again, apologies for being unable to URL properly due to site restrictions)

    Admittedly it's slightly out of date, but is nevertheless good reason to reflect.

    Regards, Newroad

  13. #13
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    1,054
    Newroad,

    Thanks for pointing out that thread on our forums. We updated that a short time ago as it was out of date information, and mod_python is indeed being supported.

  14. #14
    Thanks for the clarification, HostDime.

    I'll keep you under consideration (I've also noted your UK presence).

    On a related note, does anyone have any experience or knowledge of WebFaction as a Web Host?

    Regards, Newroad

  15. #15
    Hi newroad,

    Have you already visited the Australian WebHostingTalk? i think you should be able to find a reliable web hosting services at low cost there. As far as for the hosting service, I don't see any requirements that most shared web hosting providers can not meet. However from what I've read I would presume that you would trust more to companies that provide a quality customer service and that would treat you more personally as a customer (For example I like using the services from providers which employees know my name). Another thing is that you probably has to avoid oversellers that offer everything "unlimited"... especially the disc space.

    All these things make me to believe that it would be much better if you find good Aussie web host. If not just send request to a few web hosts and compare the way the respond to your messages.
    Host Color Cloud Servers & Dedicated Hosting & European Infrastructure Hosting
    U.S. Data center 90 miles from Chicago
    Network ★ AS46873 Level 3, Cogent, Hurricane Electric, Retn.net, Midwest Peering
    24/7 Support 1-574-367-2393; Skype: HostColor

  16. #16
    Join Date
    Jun 2009
    Location
    Vancouver
    Posts
    969
    I doubt if you have a small website it would make too much of a difference where it is hosted, so don't let the country of origin be the limiting factor in you choosing a host. Though if you find an Aussie or UK host that meets your needs and budget, all the better.

  17. #17
    Thanks for the recent two replies.

    Yes, I suspect for my purposes it won't matter too much where the site is hosted, which, a priori, suggests hosting it in the US for price reasons.

    [HostColour] Had a look at the Australian forum you suggest (just the first two pages in their General Discussion forum, which seems the most pertinent). Nothing really stood out, but may do if I give it more time.

    Regards, Newroad

    PS There is some nomenclature which I'm not up with, e.g. CPanel etc. If anyone would care to give me a five minute overview of what would be useful to know for my search, that would be great. Happy to post a new thread for this if that would be preferable.

  18. #18
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    1,054
    Quote Originally Posted by newroad View Post
    Thanks for the clarification, HostDime.

    I'll keep you under consideration (I've also noted your UK presence).
    We appreciate your considerations and wish you luck in your search. We do indeed have a UK branch with services and servers from London UK.

  19. #19
    Join Date
    Jun 2002
    Location
    Orlando, FL
    Posts
    1,054
    Quote Originally Posted by newroad View Post
    PS There is some nomenclature which I'm not up with, e.g. CPanel etc. If anyone would care to give me a five minute overview of what would be useful to know for my search, that would be great. Happy to post a new thread for this if that would be preferable.
    cPanel is the leader in control panel / account administration for clients and administrators. It's easy of use for micro management of a hosting environment has made it have a huge market in control panel for hosting environments. The fact that it is also so popular has other positives such as being able to move between servers easily. That a long with a huge resource when it comes to finding ways to learn the system. There is a demo on their website www.cpanel.net which I would recommend you take a look it. I am pretty sure you will find it is pretty useful when it comes to a basic/medium level user.

  20. #20
    Thanks, HostDime,

    Regards, Newroad

  21. #21
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Location
    Sputnik's World
    Posts
    82
    Unless the Aussie hosts are charging in US dollars, you may find after the exchange rate and fees for currency conversion, that you aren't getting such a great deal for US hosting.

    Unless you go for the $3 a month hosts, which usually aren't very good to start with and most won't allow any sort of video.

  22. #22
    Hi LSD (no pun intended).

    Don't make the assumption from what I said earlier that I live in Australia, though I do have connections there and could pay in $AUD.

    Nevertheless, I think still US hosting is likely to have more merit.

    Regards, Newroad

Similar Threads

  1. slightly odd hosting search
    By aaronf0 in forum Web Hosting
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 04-13-2007, 11:33 AM
  2. I need a little help (Slightly OT)
    By WoodShedd in forum Web Hosting Lounge
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 09-07-2003, 04:22 PM
  3. Slightly new but need help
    By MadeOfWood in forum Web Hosting
    Replies: 9
    Last Post: 04-09-2003, 05:28 PM

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •