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dreuby I'm starting to give very serious consideration to upgrading one of my sites to paid hosting. Most of the ebooks I'm an affiliate for, but a couple of my own I would have available on that site for download.

Has anyone any experiences to share, good, bad or ugly? Any recommendations, or otherwise?

TIA,


Posted on: 6:55 pm on March 2, 2003
EBookCompiler Most of our sites are on webfusion.co.uk

The reseller account is a good cheap option cheap if you need a lot of domains

We have generally been happy with them, except for the occassional glitch (like a recent server upgrade).  The support is usually prompt, the control panel is easy, and they are in the UK - available to answer phone 24X7 (however this doesn't necessarily mean an immediate answer)

We formerly had 3 sites at ThinkHost.  We were very happy there, but when the period ended, we moved these ones to webfusion as it is simply easier to use less hosts (different configurations etc)http://www.marketingblast.com/reviews/thinkhost.html

Another thing I have learned is it pays to think ahead.  You can get a cheap killer package for a single domain from many hosts, especially USA-based ones, (PowWeb, iPowerWeb etc - I haven't used these particular ones but look at the feature list).  This is the sort of route I started on early on - however if you have several domains it may be cheaper/easier to get a reseller account somewhere, which usually has a high main account cost but minimal per additional domain.

Things to look: features, space, price, support - but also BANDWIDTH. If you offer free downloads and bandwidth allowance is low (or you are charged a lot extra after you reach your limit) - then watch out!

Finally if your domain is .co.uk (not .com, .net, .org etc) check with US host that they really know how to DNS for this before signing up - I don't think all do as the DNS is different for US vs UK domains.  To manage a UK domain the host needs their own "IPS tag" (spelling?) which is a UK only thing, which UK hosts/ISPs generally have, but US ones may not

This link may help
http://www.webhostingpicks.com/

HTH



Posted on: 1:48 am on March 3, 2003
dreuby I've taken the plunge with iPowerWeb. Totally bewildered with some of the options, but I suppose it's a new learning experience! I can turn it into an ebook ....

Posted on: 11:03 am on March 5, 2003
Sundancer   iPowerWeb is a good, reliable host, but not for folks who need quick tech support.  We moved our dot org site there, and it has had its ups and downs as far as getting answers to questions.  Took way too much time hanging out on the phone to talk to a live person, and most ccommunication is through forms in email.  Great flash tutorials, though.
  If  you need personalized tech support, its much less frustrating to be hosted with a smaller company nearer where you live.  We found one regionally for our dot net that gives us everything iPowerWeb offers with less bandwidth, but unlimited subdomains (which are an extra 20 bucks apiece at iPowerWeb), unlimited email addies and databases.  One bonus is they offer a new ebook with each monthly newsletter!  
Both are Linux and have cpanel to administer the site, and bundled cgi scripts as well as a forum, autoresponders, etc.  
iPowerWeb has a solid rep for reliability and their affiliate program is great.

Posted on: 11:34 pm on June 8, 2003
NarcoleptiK I too registered with IPOWERWEB. Been with them for over a year now. I have found their support to be pretty good. Quick responses to my emails, and good resolution of all issues.

This is in contrast to WebhostersWorld who have been nothing short of shoddy. I have a reseller account with them (really cheap BTW). They can take forever to respond to emails and their resolution is really poor.
Took me two weeks to get a problem resolved !

Moral of the story...pay a bit more for a decent webhost
it will save you in the longrun.


Posted on: 4:44 pm on June 14, 2003

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