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What is the best server host?

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~Cowboy~
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:08 pm 
Post subject: What is the best server host?

I am having a lot of trouble finding a server that is friendly and fast in the USA. I keep getting servers that have all kinds of restrictions on them from email to ftp default settings that are not changeable.

I am trying to install NBS_Multiforum now and it needs to be able to create files and folders with the proper permissions when creating forums. I am using GoDaddy.com right now with very limited success. Their support is not very helpful because I think they are just customer care people that read off a screen. They provide no software installation support at all.

The best case scenario for me would be a server in the Chicago area that has really good support and has flexible default settings so I can make the changes necessary to get it to run at 100%

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:09 pm 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

Are you limited to the US?
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:17 pm 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

Well I thought since most of my client base is in the us it would be faster for almost everyone is I was centralized in the USA. If I am in the Chicago area the server is 70 ms round trip max to anywhere in the USA. So it is really the best case for my clients I think. In Chicago it would also have the advantage of being on the fiber network almost instantly making Europe only about 120ms away too. icon_cool.gif

Unfortunately I am having trouble meeting all my requirements..

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 3:20 pm 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

I understand.
I can recommend server4you.de and I would NOT recommend server4you.com

Of course a US-based hoster would be better.
Hmmmmm ...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 19, 2009 9:03 pm 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

GoDaddy is not so great, I think HostGator is the way to go. icon_wink.gif
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 20, 2009 1:24 am 
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Sylver Cheetah 53 wrote:
GoDaddy is not so great, I think HostGator is the way to go. icon_wink.gif


Are you using hostigator right now?

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 10:53 am 
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Not right now, but I've used it a few months ago for one of my friends, and it works great, very satisfied. icon_wink.gif
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:21 pm 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

You might want to look into http://www.webhostingtalk.com or http://www.webhostingjury.com - those sites are tailored to help people find the right hosting plan. I used it myself a few years back icon_smile.gif
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 5:24 pm 
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Ok Ill take a look at those right now and see what they have to offer
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 21, 2009 6:39 pm 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

In order to do what you want re the multiforums you would in all likelihood require at the very least a top of the range VPS account and maybe even a dedicated server.
That being the case there would be no issue having what ever settings you wanted and of course no mail restrictions as you would not be renting space but renting a server.
Mine is a VPS and is in Chicago (Hostforweb) and I have found them first class on support 24/7 but I pay $99.99 a month for that service.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:20 am 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

I use the Planet (www.theplanet.com) and have been quite satisfied over the years. You will find both good and bad things written about them on the hosting discussion boards mentioned previously, but I have been with them since 2004 and not had anything to complain about.

This site (phpbb2refugees) is currently running on a quad-core box with 4GB of memory. I will be moving other sites onto the same server as I get time; I am upgrading from a dual-cpu dual core box that I have been using for over four years now. Ultimately I expect to be running several fairly active phpBB2 boards plus a number of other less active sites (blogs and so on) on the same server. With a dedicated box I am allowed to do whatever I want whenever I want, but I pay for that. icon_smile.gif

One word of advice: stay away from any host that offers unlimited anything. Invariably they can't provide that, and they will catch you one way or another. Too much CPU, too many emails, to many database queries, and so on.

Also as a personal requirement I will only consider a host that offers ssh (shell) access to the box. I will only use linux (no windows) servers. But those requirements are not for everybody. In fact, if you don't know how to configure it properly, ssh access opens up another security hole.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:45 am 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

there should be nothing in the NBS setup that requires anything special.

what type of problems are you having?

any *nix hosting plan that offers you ftp access will allow you to set whatever file permissions ( chmod ) that you wish on your files.

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:15 am 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

I am moving to these people
http://www.httpeasyhost.com/
Its a Swedish company with brilliant support, they even phoned me last night, to let me know that all my files have been transfered to them.
I know of 2 other forums on thier servers and I have only heard good things about them.........
Plus never go to One.com- support is terrible - I was with them for 10 months and that was enough !!!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:20 am 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

I have several accounts at one.com ... as a start up it is perfect. Cheap and fast. But when the forums grows larger there are problems.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 27, 2009 7:28 am 
Post subject: Re: What is the best server host?

I have used One.com for more than 5 years and I am pretty pleased. It is very, very cheap - 23 USD/year. The last two years I sometimes get for a week or so timeout issues i.e blank page or page can't be viewed. I think it is caused by overload of the MySQL-server. My database is on 170 MB.

Where are the servers located for
http://www.httpeasyhost.com/
In Sweden or USA? Pretty cheep anyway.
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