Question What hosting service are you using?

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  1. Jamie

    Jamie Member

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    Looking to get off entry-level shared hosting to something nicer like a VPS. Must be managed (so no Linode, etc.) and good customer service is a priority.

    Who are the big players in the middle-tier managed hosting game right now?
     
  2. cardine

    cardine Administrator Staff Member

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    Almost all of my stuff is unmanaged right now, although I do have some things on both Hivelocity and LiquidWeb and can strongly recommend both. I prefer Hivelocity because it is cheaper but I think LiquidWeb probably puts a stronger emphasis on the managed services they provide.
     
  3. Bender Bending Rodríguez

    Bender Bending Rodríguez Senior Member

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    I've never used Liquidweb personally but dealt with their support for a friend. It went smoothly.

    Never heard of Hivelocity and the fact that their smallest plan is 16GB and $129/month + $29/month for management would make it a high end host. Like, 16GB is *a lot* of Wordpress installs.

    I've also used MediaTemple but their admin panel is Plesk, which I dislike.

    I highly recommend Knownhost for VPSes. Their SSD-0 is for development (don't get it, it doesn't meet the min requirements for cPanel) but SSD-1 is only $35/month.

    M3 Hosting is good too, for adult. Their backend is a custom one and very, very limited but the support is fantastic. They also have a WP installer, which doesn't cost a $5/month fee like Scriptalicious (or whatever its called).

    So, yeah, Knownhost for mainstream sites and M3 Hosting for adult sites.
     
  4. Jamie

    Jamie Member

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    Thanks guys. I'm going to do a trial run with Knownhost and see how it goes.

    Any tips on where to start if I wanted to become comfortable with unmanaged hosting? Seems like it's a skill set that could reduce hosting costs by quite a bit.
     
  5. Bender Bending Rodríguez

    Bender Bending Rodríguez Senior Member

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    I know Linux, PHP, some Apache, and some MySQL and I'll *never* buy an unmanaged web server ever again.

    Lets say it costs $30 (pretty accurate as that's what Hivelocity charges) per month for management. If your site gets hacked, the last thing you'd want to do is spend a whole weekend going through the server for every possible exploit that could be on there. There's better things to do and $30/month is cheap for the reliability, peace of mind, and security that a managed server gives you.

    Seriously, there's better ways to save money and the support specialist would be a lot better and faster at fixing server issues than a novice + stackoverflow.
     
  6. propipper

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    I worked with Media Temple for a client and I wasn't impressed at all. Their support was lacking and as @Bender Bending Rodríguez said the backend is not the best. If I remember correctly their phone support was not good either.

    Get the managed support. My hosting company will also install any script I want on my server as long as it's nothing too specialized. You can't beat the managed service, especially when it's 4 am and your sites go down or your email has issues that need to be fixed. Hard to make money if you're spending time fixing things on your server. The only exception is if you're not pushing a lot of traffic or don't have live money sites - then maybe go with unmanaged. If it goes down, not the end of the world.
     
  7. hunch

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    Liquidweb is phenomenal in every way. Great 24/7 US based support and 99.9999% uptime.
     
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    Go Daddy best.. i like customer support.
     
  9. Mangat Singh

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    Today, In market many new web hostings are available like wordpress, cloud hosting, web hosting and many others.
     
  10. Daniel@30

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    There are multiple web hosting sites available. so I will prefer to Godaddy hosting site. this is one of the best sites. technical support is also good with the customer.

    Regards,
    PHP Web Developer
     
  11. Daysi54

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    Liquidweb, is fenomenal.
     
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    There are multiple web hosting sites available. so I will prefer to cloud hosting site.