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Wannabe Geek

#270524 13-May-2020 17:52
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Hi Guys


I'm looking for some info regarding a "NZ" Hosting Company called HostBee? 


We have a couple of websites Hosted with them and so do some of our clients but something just does not seem right.


Originally, according to the Companies Office) they were setup as a company in 2013 as HOSTBEE GROUP LIMITED and allegedly had a shared server in an Albany Data Center.


We migrated to HostBee some years ago (2014) after being with 24/7 Hosting in Christchurch before  it went bust.


It appears that sometime in 2018 everything HostBee has been "shipped off shore" and customers were not advised or informed. 


After reviewing an recently Invoice that does not meet IRD requirements an inquiry was made to HostBee regarding their location and their server.  It was confirmed by HostBee Billing "Help Desk" today that:


"Please note that Hostbee operations are currently not managed from New Zealand and hence GST information is not provided. We aren't charging GST. The server location of manuka is Sydney, Australia."


The server is apparently in Sydney x 2 and India?





  1. Does anyone have any info on Hostbee?
  2. Can a servers IP address be in multiple "locations" at once?
  3. Any recommendations for an quality NZ based webhost?  One of our site does approx 4gb of traffic per month, another a lot less.  We also have some add-on domains and sub host these behind out site.


We would look at migrating but need to move to a Host that would assist with that process.





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Uber Geek


  #2482975 13-May-2020 18:16
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that link is just checking different geolocation databases.




The IP address is sitting in OVH range, It's in their sydney based datacenter.


they look to be your standard cookie cutter hosting company that just buys dedicated servers, slices and manages them onto the end customer.






Their website could do with some touching up...




if you are looking at moving, i'd highly recommend looking to dan below :)

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Ultimate Geek


  #2482976 13-May-2020 18:17
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I've heard of HostBee but haven't really looked into them. There seem to be a few hosts that have a NZ site but no other presence in NZ to speak of.


We have NZ based cPanel servers and can import your entire cPanel account directly off their servers for a quick and easy migration (assuming it's cPanel). I expect someone else would have jumped in to suggest us if I hadn't gotten here first as well :)

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Ultimate Geek


  #2482978 13-May-2020 18:19
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Actually, now that I think about it, and the link to 24/7 Hosting... They popped up in the thread about 24/7 hosting going bust (back in 2014) with an offer for refugees and I was pretty sure at the time it was a Kiwi who posted that. It looks like someone offshore purchased their customers and name maybe?

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Wannabe Geek

  #2483282 13-May-2020 23:58
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Hi Dan,


Exactly... however a bit sneaky doing that and not telling customers.  The invoice was picked up in an Audit (it's not much) but still :(.   Also we've been having ongoing issues lately, horrid helpdesk support and downtime and loss of email does not assist business.




Yes Cpanel based, Our sites are linked to our CloudFlare accounts so we're looking for Host that is local, knowledgeable, trustworthy and hassle free. 


I'll check out your Profile and any links etc and start a list :)



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