|Know of a good web host?|
I've been using linuxwebhost.com(coming from hostingventures.com). Overall, my experience with them wasn't too bad. But there have been a couple of nagging things, such as only one MySQL database, with the database name assigned by the main server. No shell access, unless I snail-mail them a photocopy of my license or passport. I've had problems with their technical support in the past too.
Do you know of any web hosting companies that offer these same features, perhaps even more, for a reasonable price? Please post a webhost that you would recommend.
I use a+hosting and so far things have been good. What I suggest is that you check out hostindex.com. It's a hosting directory and you can customize your search based on your specific needs. Worth a shot. Hope this helps.
Looks like Linux Web Host leases servers off Alabanza (who are known to be pretty reliable so you're doing well in that department). If you pick any other Alabanza based host, you'd get very similar features along with that nifty control panel. You may be able to just move your sites across without much drama, though Linux Web Host probably wouldn't like it too much.
Just look for the spiel about that data center in Baltimore, and send an email to their tech support to test their friendliness and response times. There's plenty of Alabanza hosts out there, so finding one shouldn't be hard. (I'm using www.hostingmatters.com).
>snail-mail them a photocopy of my license or passport
You can also fax it. That's for using SSH instead of telnet, which is a safety measure, since there can be security holes otherwise. A lot of companies opt for SSH for this reason.
That's who I use, and there have been issues with tech support response on the few occasions where there's been a problem. I was on the verge of cancelling and the support manager called on the phone to apologize. It's been virtually trouble-free, so there hasn't been much need to contact them but once or twice.
They all have similar features, the pricing and reseller programs vary, as well as the support.This was the best reseller program, but I just found another one of these companies whose basic rate for the 50 meg account is 5.95 without having to be a reseller. I've been sending an inquiry mail to companies as I've found them, and haven't received a response from 2 or 3. When that happens they're out of the running.
First, we don't care for these threads at all - they are always major troll/spam/promo bait and continual problems (hosting companies are some of the worst spammers in the business). I don't know the solution to it. It's a double bite because we have so many members who host and resell hosting - they scream every time they see a url drop.
When looking for a host, stay as far away from the "index" and "host directory" sites as you can. Everyone I've ever seen is suspect - don't trust them for a second. The one mentioned in this thread is in that category.
I've been on two of their boxes with clients. Not recommended. Slow overloaded servers and support is next to nonexistent imho.
I use olm.net for quite a bit of hosting. huge with a track record at unbeatable prices. this box hosted by them through westhost.com.
Perhaps if we turn this discussion into a list of things that make a good web host.
So, does anyone have any tips for choosing web host? What are traits that are desireable and why?