[Phpwm] Recommendations for Hosting

Alex Mace alex at hollytree.co.uk
Tue Feb 26 13:52:48 GMT 2008



My rule of thumb is to avoid any company with "fast" in it's name  
because they are invariably crap. Don't use UKFast either.

On 26 Feb 2008, at 09:44, Ian Munday wrote:

> On 26 Feb 2008, at 07:36, Lester Caine wrote:
>> Tony Lovering wrote:
>>> Can anyone recommend a good hosting company?
>>> I need a company that can offer both shared and dedicated hosts  
>>> with tightly administered servers and a professional  
>>> administration to ensure that all known vulnerabilities and holes  
>>> are patched and closed and regularly checking of intrusion  
>>> detection and other system logs for operational irregularities and  
>>> oddities.
>>> Oh, and they mustn't cost the earth!
>> I've just got to the same point :)
>> The ADSL line here is becoming overloaded so I need a bit more  
>> bandwidth. SDSL is not available, but at £200 per month a machine  
>> somewhere else is looking attractive. ( The other quote for a line  
>> was £36k per year ... )
>> Personally I need something that will support a current Apache/PHP  
>> set-up along with Firebird. I'd prefer an AMD64 based Linux  
>> machine, but that seems as elusive as shared hosting of a REAL  
>> database like Firebird ;)
>> Current short list is Fasthosts down at Gloucester. I know WHERE it  
>> is does not matter, but I've 30Gb of data to push in initially, so  
>> dropping DVD's down seems a good idea.
>> Any body got a better option?
>> -- 
>> Lester Caine - G8HFL
> We've used Rackspace (www.rackspace.co.uk) for the last 3 years and  
> they've been nothing short of excellent.  Their support is superb  
> and they're truly a 24x7x365 operation.  Our whole LAMP  
> configuration is totally supported by them - hardware and software.   
> Of course we can also do exactly as we please to configuration, but  
> prefer to stay within a fairly standard setup for ease.  It frees up  
> a lot of time we previously spent managing our own server to  
> concentrate on the things we do best (I'm no Linux guru).  As an  
> existing customer I should be able to get you a discount (and I  
> benefit also) through their partner programme.  You're probably  
> looking nearer £300 than £200 per month though.
> I've not had personal experience of Fasthosts, but a colleague has  
> and from what I've heard I'd stay well clear.  He's had outages  
> lasting days and rubbish support where he's been unable to get hold  
> of a single human being during that time.  They also badly managed a  
> security issue and implemented a massive password change without  
> proper consultation.  His shared solution is also woefully slow and  
> unresponsive at times (though it has got better of late).  A couple  
> of months hosting costs at Rackspace should get you a full year at  
> Fasthosts though.
> Regards,
> Ian
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