Website Hosting

Over the last few years, I’ve been swapping hosting companies, looking for the perfect one. I’ve always used UK based hosts, since I felt it was best if I ever needed to phone them for support. I’ve always used Windows hosting, because I’ve used various bits of ASP in my online projects.

Over the last year or so, though, I’ve been getting comfortable with PHP an MySQL databases, and since getting in to blogging using the venerable WordPress, it’s opened my eyes to the world of open source web applications. Whilst this blog is hosted by the admirable LiquidSix (which has wonderful support, and very reliable), I’m edging towards Linux based hosting to give me the flexibility I’m after (I want permalinks for starters). Quite a few WordPress plugins won’t work on Windows, which is a shame.

If you want Windows hosting – go with LiquidSix, I can’t recommend them enough (and some of my domains will continue to be hosted by them). But if you want a Linux host, I’ve been recommended Dreamhost, who are based in the USA, and have an admirable record for email support. I’m looking at one of their shared hosting accounts.

DreamhostAlthough they advertise a basic package for $7.95 per month, that’s if you buy 2 years of hosting in advance – on an annual basis, it’s $9.95 per month with a $49.95 setup fee. In a very geeky way, my eyes popped out of my head when I saw what they offer in their ‘basic’ package (as of 15th Feb):

  • Web based control panel
  • 20Gb disk storage (increases weekly by 160Mb!)
  • 1Tb Bandwidth (increasing weekly by 8Gb)
  • Host unlimited domains
  • Custom DNS
  • One-click WordPress install (apparently!)
  • One-click install for loads of open source web goodies
  • ImageMagick for on-the-fly image processing
  • Absolutely everything…

All rather tempting if you ask me!

4 Responses to Website Hosting

  1. Howard Durdle 16 February, 2006 at 7:33 pm #

    They do look like the ultimate in geek playgrounds. 🙂 That said, I’m more than happy with Gradwell (www.gradwell.com). A UK firm whose uptime and support has been second to none. Phone them up and you’re as likely to get Peter Gradwell himself as anyone else. I’ve only ever had two problems with them in the years I’ve been hosted by them, and they’ve both been resolved within about 45 minutes! They don’t have all the bells and whistles that your DreamHost has, but for good solid UK based PHP and MySQL based hosting, with spam and virus filtered mail you can’t go wrong.

  2. Tom 17 February, 2006 at 12:51 pm #

    Gradwell do look expensive, but then this site isn’t exactly mission critical 😉

    I’ve just signed up a little earlier than I thought, since I found a code to give me $90 off. I just bought one year’s hosting and a domain name for about £18, which ain’t bad…

    It’s not much to lay out to have a play with, so I’ll see how they go before I move other WordPress sites to them.

  3. David St. Hubbins 21 February, 2006 at 12:31 am #

    What? and run the risk that a stray nuke or Al-Qaeda glider will deny us access to your blog?
    I’d be taking a look at these people for secured hosting if I were you. http://www.thebunker.net/

    You owe it to your fans.

  4. Tom 21 February, 2006 at 3:18 pm #

    Crumbs. Well, I know the world would grind to a halt if Past Thinking were to disappear, so perhaps I ought to take a look 😉

    Those guys take uptime *seriously*!