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#1 vetMr magoo

Mr magoo


  • Joined: 29-September 01

Posted 12 January 2003 - 16:43

I've created this sticky thread for members to post their hosts that they use for their website. Clearly, we arent really looking here for the free hosts- geocities, lycos etc - rather the ones you pay for. We want to know about your good and bad expierences, how reliable they have been, how flexable on bandwidth, and overall feature wise. Do it in this format :

host name :
Notable Features :

So - i'll start of for my website Zeebit :)
host name : OLM
Notable Features : PHP /Mysql, lots of free cgi scripts, PuTTY access, Password protect directories, FTP access
Pros: Excellent tech support- like 5 min replies - and useful ones at that, gives basic stats, Always fast and i've never had the website down - good VFM in general.
Problems: Only 1 FTP account on my setup, No PHPMyAdmin for DB stuff, Have a few probs everynow and again accessing the control panel - which is fairly limited if i'm honest- i'd prefer Cpanel - but for the price- its ok.
Overall: Mainly good- but a few downsides.
Link: http://www.olm.net

I will edit this thread to keep it clean and to the point :)

#2 vetTim Dorr

Tim Dorr

    -1^0.5 of 53

  • Joined: 03-December 01
  • Location: Atlanta, GA

Posted 12 January 2003 - 19:26

Host Name: Freestyle Hosting
Notable Features: Cheap linux hosting
Pros: Inexpensive, very low load servers, lots of room/bandwidth to work with.
Problems: Downtime, usually resolved quickly though
Overall: I've been happy with them so far. I would recommend them to anyone!
Link: http://www.freestylehosting.net/

#3 Chadwick



  • Joined: 18-December 01

Posted 12 January 2003 - 19:31

host name : self hosted
Notable Features : ftp access, config the server, phpmyadmin, mysql/php/cgi, anything want we can have.
Pros: the above
Problems: cnat have a domain name due to conflict with the connection provider
Overall: i love it
Link: http://rracing.cjb.net/revo/index.php or

Edit- mr magoo says were trying to get information on hosts here - we all know how talented you chaps are at setting up your own setup - but we want to know about hosts on the web that you have payed money for - and your experiences... :)

#4 vetMichael Stanclift

Michael Stanclift

    Virtually Benevolent

  • Joined: 15-July 01
  • Location: Kansas City
  • OS: ESXi
  • Phone: iPhone

Posted 12 January 2003 - 19:43

Host Name: Self-Hosting on Dedicated Server
Notable Features: Ensim CP, Linux, MySQL, PHP, SSH, SFTP, phpMyAdmin, anything I want
Pros: What I want, I get
Problems: None ;)
Overall: Happy with myself :s
Link: http://www.dbvx.com

#5 danbalsh


    iPod, therefore iAm

  • Joined: 27-January 02
  • Location: Manchester, UK

Posted 13 January 2003 - 00:20

My Site - www.balshaw.net
My Host - http://ukwebsolutionsdirect.co.uk/

Features - Cpanel (allows you to control every aspect of your site), 8 SQl Databases, 16 SubDomains, 5000mb of transfers a month, 150mb space, 40pop3 emails, Frontpage 2000/02 Extensions, PHP 4.2.3, PHPMy AdminCGI Centre, 8 FTP Accounts, RAW Access Logs, Password Protected Dirs, and LOTS more

Pro's - £70 a year, excelent support team, they helped me on a sunday morning last week!:)) highly recommended.

Cons - nope

#6 Rathamon



  • Joined: 01-February 02
  • Location: Newcastle , UK

Posted 16 January 2003 - 11:45

host name : Griffin Internet
Notable Features : ASP , webstats , phone support
Pros: good support , Solid ASP support , fast , extra features available
Problems: not cheap , lack of PHP support
Overall: Good if you want to host a high bandwidth ASP site
Link: www.griffin.net.uk

#7 Maiku



  • Joined: 15-January 03

Posted 18 January 2003 - 20:33

Host Name: Host Once

Notable Features: Unlimited Webspace and Data Transfer, Full support for MS ASP, CGI, Perl, and ODBC

Pros: Good support, little downtime, unlimited storage space, cheap

Cons: Runs windows 2000, which can be unstable

Overall: Excellent site with excellent features and services.

Link: HostOnce

#8 CitruS


    And...... weeeeeeeeeee........

  • Joined: 02-August 02

Posted 20 January 2003 - 13:37

I have a few hosting accounts:

Host Name: Swirldot Hosting
Notable Features : PHP/Mysql, JSP, Perl, Python, many other languages. Ensim, and Blue Panel control panel.
Pros: Instant Messenging support. Extremely fast, never had downtime except one day when they were switching servers.
Problems: Although they don't have cpanel, ensim is a good alternative. no 24/7 support. going through website layout changes.
Overall: Mainly good
Link: http://www.swirldot.com
Host Name: Right Choice Webhosting
Notable Features : PHP/Mysql, Perl, + a few other languages. Cpanel, Full Shell access control.
Pros: Instant Messenging support. The low low prices do not degrade the services.
Problems: No 24/7 support. And that's it.
Overall: Awesome!
Link: http://www.rightchoicehosting.com
One other at phpwebhosting.com. Hardly any downtime and it's awesome.

#9 RaQ


    I'm.. Me!

  • Joined: 24-April 02
  • Location: stafford, virignia

Posted 20 January 2003 - 13:57

Host Name: Nexpoint
Notable Features: PHP, MySQL, Free Domain Name, Unmetered Bandwidth, Cobalt Control Panel
Pros: Unmetered Bandwidth, 500mb of space, Great support they even remember you :)
Problems: If you already have a domain and you signup, you cannot get a free domain name.
Overall: The Best
Link: http://www.nexpoint.net

Refers to Cobalt Special Plan.

#10 CaKeY


    Thread Killer

  • Joined: 25-April 02
  • Location: Maine, USA, Earth

Posted 21 January 2003 - 22:44

host name : ServerFly.com
Notable Features : CPanel 5.0, php/MySQL, 99.9% uptime guarantee, no setup fees...
Pros: Neat scripts free to install via CPanel, EXCELLENT service, very fast and very affordable...
Problems: Not a single problem in over a year.
Overall: I have been VERY happy with the service and performance.
Link: :www.ServerFly.com

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#11 Mr. Black

Mr. Black

    Accept No Substitutes

  • Joined: 05-April 02
  • Location: Phoenix, AZ
  • OS: Windows 7
  • Phone: Android

Posted 22 January 2003 - 11:47

host name : Pchost4u.co.uk
Notable Features : Fast Server, Multiple OC-3 Backbones, Server software is always up to date, PHP/CGI/Perl/Python, everything installed...
Pros: Everything
Problems: None really
Overall: Great!!!!!!!
Link: http://www.pchost4u.co.uk
My Co-Webmastered Site: http://www.mymeds.net

#12 KingChris


    King Pinata

  • Joined: 11-September 01
  • Location: Exeter ish, UK

Posted 22 January 2003 - 12:13

host name : Cian.net
Notable Features : Cheap Dedicated servers
Pros: Prices
Problems: Sometimes response to email is a bit slow, But as the server is under my control its Ok.
Overall: Excelent value for money dedicated servers.
Link: http://www.cian.net/

#13 Quboid


    device to derive deliciousness

  • Joined: 20-August 01

Posted 31 January 2003 - 02:13

Host name:
Notable Features:
PHP, MySQL, Perl, Apache (*nix), MyPHPadmin.
Cheap, good bandwidth allowence, good control panel, password protected directories, good uptime.
Slow (couple of days) tech support, sometimes relucant to help when it requires them to do anything (eg. moving site/database between servers), slow download speed for visitors
Fairly good host, but tech support could do with improvement. Also unwilling to do things like move site and database to a different server when they added some new ones and offered a good deal for people to change. I get a download speed of about 10KB/s when I should probably get about 35-40KB/s considering my connection and their location.
This isn't one of the required sections for this thread but I think it is important. They are based in Texas, U.S.A.

#14 uniacid


    R.I.P. <3

  • Joined: 10-August 01
  • Location: Boca Raton , FL

Posted 31 January 2003 - 02:39

Host Name: XS Web Solutions
Features: Ensim CP, Linux, MySQL, PHP, SSH, FTP, phpMyAdmin, and More
Pros: Cheap prices, good service, support
Problems: N/A
Overall: Great service
Location: Texas, USA
Link: http://www.xswebsolutions.com

Note: Site not totally done yet

#15 MitchShrader



  • Joined: 27-December 02

Posted 04 February 2003 - 19:08

i havn't used these folks myself, but have found a low priced and full featured 'economy' plan for others several times.. PowWeb < has a deal thats hard to beat on paper. Feedback says they're good for SOHO and personal sites with mid range needs. No one has cursed me for recommending them yet. Low$ and high traffic allotments, look for yourself.