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ferge
03-24-2009, 08:10 AM
Hi,

I'm now with Site5 (http://www.site5.com/) which is not bad but I'm looking for something better, if any.

I've been checking out the following:

1. Dreamhost (http://www.dreamhost.com/): seems incredibly interesting, unlimited storage & unlimited bandwith, unlimited number of hosted websites. Seems to good to be true...

2. SiteGround (http://www.siteground.com/): expensive... but maybe they do exactly what they say, which is more honest.

I'd like to hear your experience, advice and suggestions.

Thanks.

brettgrant99
03-24-2009, 09:58 AM
I've used Surpass Hosting (http://surpasshosting.com) for quite a while and have never had problems with them.

Brett

ferge
03-24-2009, 01:14 PM
I've used Surpass Hosting (http://surpasshosting.com) for quite a while and have never had problems with them.

Brett

Thanks Brett.

Gonna check this out ASAP.

May I ask you which plan you are subscribed to?
As a non-professional webmaster, I think the Deluxe Option might do, wouldn't it?

tlarkin
03-24-2009, 01:38 PM
Man I am telling you www.phpwebhosting.com is the best deal you can get. $9.99 a month for unlimited every thing.

I have three sites hosted off of my one host, I have three databases, 3 email accounts, full ssh access, and can install anything I want like, PHP, MYSQL, Python, Ruby, yada yada yada, basically any package I want I can run.

You just got to abide by their rules which is pretty much you can't host porn and you can't host P2P, other than that you can do whatever you want.

ferge
03-24-2009, 01:51 PM
Man I am telling you www.phpwebhosting.com is the best deal you can get. $9.99 a month for unlimited every thing.

I have three sites hosted off of my one host, I have three databases, 3 email accounts, full ssh access, and can install anything I want like, PHP, MYSQL, Python, Ruby, yada yada yada, basically any package I want I can run.

You just got to abide by their rules which is pretty much you can't host porn and you can't host P2P, other than that you can do whatever you want.

Thanks.

Can you use it for web storage purposes too?

tlarkin
03-24-2009, 02:11 PM
Thanks.

Can you use it for web storage purposes too?

I suppose you could but FTP is ungodly slow. I have hosted several packages for people I work with (like Apple and other companies) when email attachments are even slower.

What kind of storage are you talking about? I mean you have full ssh to your account so you could technically rsync to your home directory to a folder if you wished. Just keep it out of the webroot.

ferge
03-24-2009, 03:02 PM
What kind of storage are you talking about? I mean you have full ssh to your account so you could technically rsync to your home directory to a folder if you wished. Just keep it out of the webroot.

Thanks again Tlarkin for the valuable info.

I was thinking of backing up personal data, nothing to do with offering this kind of data to clients or to the public and for this purpose I would use Transmit application, i.e. SFTP, which seems to be very slow...

tlarkin
03-24-2009, 03:11 PM
No problemo! My web developer buddies turned me on to that web hosting company and I have never looked back ever once.

ferge
03-24-2009, 03:18 PM
No problemo! My web developer buddies turned me on to that web hosting company and I have never looked back ever once.

That's very good news, mostly if you compare with what they about DreamHost and "personal" web storage.

Note: DreamHost claim they have no storage limitation but they do have a special policy depending on which kind of data you want to store.

If I understand you well, I could host personal data but
1. not on the webroot
2. with the following drawback: uploading will be very very slow

Right?

tlarkin
03-24-2009, 03:34 PM
you have total control of your home directory. I can create a folder called stupid excel files, and fill it full of spread sheets. SFTP is supported but not fast.

For example, my website when I ssh into my host, is all in the www folder. I have a folder called files, and what I do is on the web front end I will put all my files in the directory called 'files'. Now I will next make it read only globally and link it on the web front end, so you can click on it and download it over HTTP which has really fast data transfer rates.

For example....

I made a document I wanted to share with people and linked it on my web page

Now if you don't want anyone to access your files from the www you will need to keep your files out of the web root folder. It just depends on what you want to do.

If you just want to syncrhonize data there is a nice free service I use called drop box, www.getdropbox.com and it allows you to sync 2 gigs of data for free, or 50gigs of data for like 8 bucks a month. I use the free service and sync documents from my windows boxes and macs from work and from home.

http://tlarkin.com/files/imagedeploy.pdf

If you click that you will download that PDF file in like .02 seconds if you have broad band. That is because over the web file transfers go over HTTP, so if you want to link your files like that over a web front end you can get them fast and share them. However, you can't upload them that fast because FTP and SFTP is slooooooooow!

ferge
03-24-2009, 03:46 PM
Thanks again Tlarkin for you very useful, detailed explanations.

I'm actually a big fan of Dropbox (yearly subscriptor :-))) which I use a lot.

Was just thinking that uploading to a private storage place at my web hosting company would save me some Dropbox space but I'll follow your advice (too slow) so i'll keep the "private" storage in Dropbox.

I'll check out phpwebhosting (http://www.phpwebhosting.com/) since I'd like to host multiple, independant websites.

Thanks again!