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Topic # 193558 15-Mar-2016 10:13
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Hi there

 

 

 

Sorry if this is not in the correct thread.

 

 

 

I'm looking for a recommended NZ website hosting service, and domain name registrar. Can anyone recommend anything?

 

 

 

This is for a local business site.

 

 

 

I've used Openhost in the past and wasn't impressed. I don't mind paying more for better service.

 

 

 

Thanks!

 

J


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  Reply # 1513563 15-Mar-2016 10:34
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Hi, try our services through achieveit.nz - Domain and advanced Web hosting for $340+GST per year...

Or look at Web Drive and Site host etc..

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  Reply # 1513567 15-Mar-2016 10:40
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SiteHost, Ramsu, Net24, Umbrellar, just to name a few.


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  Reply # 1513568 15-Mar-2016 10:45
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I Use Domains4Less, never had any issues.





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  Reply # 1513618 15-Mar-2016 11:38
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For domains, you can't go wrong with metaname.net. For hosting I find overseas providers to be cheaper/better. If your requirement is New Zealand one, then I had good experience with SiteHost.


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  Reply # 1513778 15-Mar-2016 15:11
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I just started too and I used metaname.net .

They have good feedback from members on this board

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  Reply # 1513787 15-Mar-2016 15:24
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Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that Domains4Less, Umbrellar, Web Drive and Openhost are all the same company (or use the same servers/back-end).


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  Reply # 1513792 15-Mar-2016 15:30
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dacraka:

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that Domains4Less, Umbrellar, Web Drive and Openhost are all the same company (or use the same servers/back-end).

 

 

Yes, if I recall correctly (just a summary, I may have missed some bits out):

 

  • Webdrive ran the brands: Webdrive, Openhost, Domains4less, Flexihost
  • Digiweb then acquired Webdrive, and also Freeparking
  • Digiweb rebranded as Umbrellar

 


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  Reply # 1513811 15-Mar-2016 16:15
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snowfly:

 

dacraka:

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that Domains4Less, Umbrellar, Web Drive and Openhost are all the same company (or use the same servers/back-end).

 

 

Yes, if I recall correctly (just a summary, I may have missed some bits out):

 

  • Webdrive ran the brands: Webdrive, Openhost, Domains4less, Flexihost
  • Digiweb then acquired Webdrive, and also Freeparking
  • Digiweb rebranded as Umbrellar

 

 

 

 

 

There are also probably a few other minor brands under their ownership such as hostingdirect. The market has consolidated a lot.


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  Reply # 1513846 15-Mar-2016 16:24
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mattwnz:

 

snowfly:

 

dacraka:

 

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think that Domains4Less, Umbrellar, Web Drive and Openhost are all the same company (or use the same servers/back-end).

 

 

Yes, if I recall correctly (just a summary, I may have missed some bits out):

 

  • Webdrive ran the brands: Webdrive, Openhost, Domains4less, Flexihost
  • Digiweb then acquired Webdrive, and also Freeparking
  • Digiweb rebranded as Umbrellar

 

 

 

 

 

There are also probably a few other minor brands under their ownership such as hostingdirect. The market has consolidated a lot.

 

 

 

 

Sure has, the other major player who has consolidated is Voyager, who acquired Net24 (Net24 group consisted of Net24, 1st Domains, Register Direct, Expired Domains)


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  Reply # 1513864 15-Mar-2016 16:41
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Why in NZ? Cloud CDN's bring response times way down for static content. Cloudflare/Amazon etc would do the trick.

 

Would recommend setting up a VPS on one of AWS/Rackspace/DigitalOcean/Linode (personal fave is DigitalOcean atm) and using Cloud CDN. Then either use free or paid serverpilot.io (or similar) to setup an untouched version of Ubuntu 14.04 LTS as a webserver that is security hardened and performance optimised.

 

Then setup maybe a CMS like Wordpress or OctoberCMS if with caching setup. Total cost $5usd / month + domain hosting.

For domain registrar (for nz domains): 1stdomains (Voyager has shown itself to be more than reliable IMO) & also Metaname would recommend





 




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  Reply # 1515941 19-Mar-2016 06:48
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Hey all

 

Thanks for the replies. Sounds like Metaname/Sitehost is a good bet.

 

The reason I am looking for a NZ host is because I was using an overseas host but noticed the response time when visiting the site from NZ was really slow. Visiting from the states was fine. 

 

Perhaps there is a way around using CDN or Cloudfare? 

 

Thanks again all!


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