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Topic # 7118 20-Mar-2006 20:28
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Looking for one that still believes in customer service, probably one still under the main stream radar at the moment but with all the backup strategies in place.  Must support Linux and Windows, PHP, etc.  Many thanks.

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Reply # 31142 20-Mar-2006 22:17
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Personally, I recommend Dreamhost (warning: referer link) - though they run Linux boxes, I don't think they do Windows boxes. (Non referer link here) In saying that they certainly support PHP, MySQL etc.

I currently have around seven domains hosted with them and usually very good. Very good notifications when selected services are going down for upgrades etc.

One word of warning is that they don't use Cpanel, they have their own panel - so if you are a Cpanel junkie. Another members may have their opinions too.

Additionally there are a couple of forums that are specific to discussing different webhosts, their practices and performance (one of them is Webhostingtalk - make sure you search around on the webhost you choose. You can never ever trust the webhost to say "Oh we offer substandard service and we rip members off".

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Reply # 31144 20-Mar-2006 22:37
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Cokemaster, no worries there - it's on topic.

I spent a few days looking for hosting, including overseas with a couple of companies in the USA and one in the UK. But since our traffic is split between USA and New Zealand I decided to keep the servers here - Geekzone is hosted in Auckland.

It was hard to find a good deal localy. The companies are still not prepared for 24/7 operations, monitoring, etc. Unless you want to pay a bit more for this, on a colocated environment (which is what I am doing).

The best thing though is having a dedicated server, and having control on what/when/how. But you should only do this if you are confident you will keep things running smoothly. There are lots of trouble out there.




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  Reply # 31202 21-Mar-2006 19:25
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Hi guys, thanks for your help.  I like Dreamhost's philosophy but would like an NZ company if poss.  And would like a managed solution so someone else is taking care of those security patches.  Not bothered what user interface it has on it and would rather pay a bit more for dam good service. Will keep looking and see if I can find a NZ Dreamhost equivalent.  Cheers.

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  Reply # 31204 21-Mar-2006 19:57
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I was perfectly happy here: www.kiwiwebhost.co.nz while I needed hosting (not a referrer link).
The guy was very helpful with my questions, and helped out a few times tweaking things in the backend (sql etc).




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  Reply # 31238 21-Mar-2006 23:08
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For our commercial hosting we use kiwiwebhost, very good however no windows.

For our windows stuff, mssql and asp.net etc etc www.openhost.net.nz are worth a look. They have great reseller plans as well.

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Reply # 31241 22-Mar-2006 00:08
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www.evanta.co.nz
Will be a choice if you are in Christchurch.
The contact person is Robert Hunt, if you want the number please PM me.




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  Reply # 31390 23-Mar-2006 19:35
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Thanks everyone, that's very useful.  I guess I don't want to use kiwiwebhost as they are a part of a larger group.  Openhost look interesting and one of the links also took me to Net24, so I'll have a look there too.  If anyone has any feedback regarding either of them I'd be interested, especially in areas of customer service and support.  Thanks again.

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  Reply # 31391 23-Mar-2006 19:41
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You should ring Openhost, they have an 0800 and tell them what it is you are after and they can help you out especially if you are after a custom solution. We had a few extreme needs and they did well to accomodate us.

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