anyone recommend a good host?
I was happy with myhosting.com for a while until I started having problems. Their communication goes straight down the toilet and I can't deal with these people anymore.
So, I am looking for a good new host that is $20/month or less. I sort of like pairnetworks, but I actually really hate their interface, website and control panel. I also don't understand why their public_html folders are aliases instead of a regular folder when you're FTPing, but I don't like it.
Reasonable prices, £40per year for basic package and VPS from £30per month.
The support guys are very helpful and are normally quick to reply.
CPanel and a few other goodies thrown in too. You may not want to use a Host that is so far away but I have sites with them that get a lot of US traffic with no problems.
I am sure you will get a few more suggestions as well. It's a tough market and lots of good deals out there.
We use United Hosting and they offer the best customer service from any company we have ever dealt with, they aren't the cheapest, but well worth the money.
But i would seriously consider the C5 hosting if you just wanted to host C5 sites?
My own experience with bluehost has been that their techs are responsive and their boxes are configured well for what they do.
if you go with them, ill give you my aff link cause i need $$$ ;)
We have teamed up withhttp://www.cirruslab.com/ to offer concrete5 hosting. We love using concrete5, and use it to host several of our own concrete5 sites as well as sites for clients. We have APC installed and we offer automatic concrete5 installs. Basic hosting for a site is $10/month, and includes full cpanel access.
Anyway, I have successfully installed concrete5 on my virtual dedicated Godaddy server. Ran into only a few issues. Had to chmod 755 to one file and install GD library 2.0 or higher.
So far it works like a charm. Note this is not as easy setup as a shared hosting account and requires some knowledge of how to setup your server.
You're kind of on your own with customer support, though. I asked how to unzip something and they were like, "you have to SSH, here's some links..." I prefer stuff like this to be do-able through checking a box and clicking a button in the control panel. Or, failing that, support should just do it for me when they get the ticket :)... anyway, I learned how easy it is to do through OS X Terminal, so that's good.
If you are stuck for ideas then I would try C5 Hosting since it's very unlikely that they would let you down IMO ;-)
Personally a lot of hosts suck in the US. Crappy support crappy servers.
The only thing you might want to look into is VPS. A lot faster than shared but it does come with the price tag.
Just wanted to bump this thread and thought I would keep it alive. I am about to put my own portfolio website online.
Could I ask, as well as which hosting companies could people also mention what package they are using.
Also, if you have come across some sluggish poor hosting then also post. I feel this would help everyone.
Here is what I have seen recommended around here so far:
I am really in 2 minds about what I am going to do for hosting. Ideally I would like to use a UK company but I would also like to support C5. Ultimately I just want something that loads quickly at an affordable price.
Any thoughts would be grand :)
Dreamhost added a "one-click install" for concrete5 recently. Setup cannot be easier.
If someone needs a referral token (gets you 50$ rebate on the first year or something like that), just yell.
Similarly, I recommend others avoid MediaTemple's grid server.
I have a few sites on C5 hosting and highly recommend it if you can afford it. I see consistently good speeds (although not always great). Plus they'll actually help you troubleshoot your installation. No other host is going to do that!
A2's shared hosting has been pretty good. I'm interested to see what their managed VPS offering is going to be.
The bottom line is that C5 needs a little oomph behind the scenes to run well, and shared hosting plans are going to waver in performance as varying needs are placed on the server by your neighbors.
To me it's well worth it to pay up a bit to get good, consistent speed. That is, assuming your website is supposed to support your business.
number of zend libraries, which like concrete5, were designed for
flexibility above speed. That means its always going to run slow on
shared machines that are pushing the bounds of how many sites you can
fit on a box.
We've had really good experience with bluehost. They do some clever
stuff with tweaking the kernal on their machines to do CPU cycling
when needed, so the dreaded spikes in activity from one site tend to
have less of an impact on the other sites running on the same server.
Dreamhost customers love concrete5 as well, and while its not
particularly fast today I've even seen people say they can get good
performance out of godaddy. We're working with them to see if that can
be improved. I've never heard of anyone having positive experiences
with network solutions shared hosting, and i have often heard that
media temple's grid is painfully slow for anything at all.
Our own hosting has gone through an awful lot of changes in the past
two years. We are admittedly developers first and sys admins a far
second. At this point with our business class hosting we've got
things running consistently fast. If you're not happy with speeds
hosting here after 30 days we will happily refund your hosting costs.
CEO - concrete5.org
They are a division of HostDime
which has a world-wide reputation and HasWewb support comes direct from Host-dime. I have been very impressed with their service. They answer my emails usually within 2-3 hours and the contacts are real engineers/admins that know their stuff. I have probably only needed to contact them 2 or 3 times in my 8 years with them. They also send me e-mails of potential issues when they are about to upgrade something or running disk builds and inform you what may be the implications (if any).
They have a forum where you can ask questions about any aspect of web ownership (not just the service) and there are lots of tips about htaccess, spider traps etc as well as server info and what packages are installed on the servers. You can also ask pre-sales questions and one of the admins will answer your specific question (if it's not already covered).
As I said; my account is an old one. But it has most modules enabled which seems rare nowadays on shared hosts (mod_gzip, mod_deflate, mod_headers et al). They might have changed that (ask in the forums), but I would be very, very surprised if they have. Accounts have CPanel (for linux) and fantastico with a shed-load of installable apps (ticket apps, CMSs, Bulletin bords, help-centers,real-estate et al.) Unfortunately CC5 isn't among them otherwise I would have probably tried it sooner than I did.
Only one for me now, after trying few.
Less than £30.00, $50.00 a year with unlimited email, sub domains, databases, etc.
cPanel with shared linux hosting packages and Softaculous, never had a problem, great stuff.
You found a bad one!
But were they from the the UK?
I had a bad time with a so called UK company, spoke my english on the phone, but they were actually a Russian company!
The hosting company I suggested is operating out of Bellevue, Washington, USA!
Check us out athttp://exchangecore.com/web-hosting/concrete5-hosting...
Also, to show my opinion aside from my biased one, we have done a lot of work with Concrete5 sites on GoDaddy servers, Bluehost, and Host Gator. GoDaddy is usually fairly slow but we've seen decent speeds with both Bluehost and Host Gator.