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Topic # 31440 17-Mar-2009 18:27
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This might be the wrong forum to ask this but hey,

I'm building a website for some friends in the US, I have no idea how much bandwidth it may or may not require but initially at least it's not going to be a large site in terms of disk space required. So here's in an ideal world what I'd like:

US based server
unlimited bandwidth/traffic
MySql, PHP and Perl support for a database driven website
NZ based tech support

I've seen hostlab.net.nz which on the surface looks perfect but their website has so little actual information on there and no phone number contact neither of which fills me with much confidence in them. Anyone have any experience with them?

Any other recommendations?

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  Reply # 201697 17-Mar-2009 18:41
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I use hostgator. Good service.

/edit - Sorry didn't read that you required NZ based support.




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  Reply # 201705 17-Mar-2009 19:13
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Personally, I have everything with godaddy, it seems to have improved lately! don't jinx it though!



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  Reply # 201707 17-Mar-2009 19:19
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Well I'd mainly like to have the Kiwi based Tech Support just because it's going to be a database driven website, most likely MySQL and Perl based. I've had problems in the past setting stuff up, at least initially, so I was hoping to be able to make a national phone call to sort it rather than an international one.

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  Reply # 201710 17-Mar-2009 19:22
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You might find that the few initial costs of international phone calls (you could use 2talk for $0.05 cents a minute to the States) might be cheaper in the long run. I have found the hostgator support pretty responsive but have never rung them though!
Cheers,
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  Reply # 201718 17-Mar-2009 19:45
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Dreamhost dreamhost dreamhost

No NZ Tech support, but you are just not going to find that with the cheap prices you can get at a fully US based firm.








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  Reply # 201723 17-Mar-2009 19:58
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zocster: Personally, I have everything with godaddy, it seems to have improved lately! don't jinx it though!


I have two websites with GoDaddy.  I tried NZ based webhosting but found reliability (and price) bad.
My hosting is the basic plan, from memory bandwidth for each website is 250gb a month, which is plenty.

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  Reply # 201759 17-Mar-2009 21:52
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tonyhughes: Dreamhost dreamhost dreamhost

No NZ Tech support, but you are just not going to find that with the cheap prices you can get at a fully US based firm.


+1.

I've never had trouble setting stuff up on Dreamhost, if you get stuck, you can pick all of our brains.

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  Reply # 201763 17-Mar-2009 22:01
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Looking at Dreamhost now.. they have a st patricks day special.. one year of hosting for $9... includes a free domain name.. Might be worth grabbing it.


edit:  Yes indeed.. enter the code 777 when you order...

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  Reply # 201963 18-Mar-2009 16:49
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I highly doubt you will get a US based webhost with NZ based support. IF NZ support is 100% required I can recommend:

net24.net.nz
eziweb.net.nz




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  Reply # 201964 18-Mar-2009 16:55
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Thanks guys. hostlab.net.nz *DID* do US based servers. A couple of other places I found do as well but only it seems on limited bandwidth/disk space packages.

Havign signed up for hostlab they then informed me that their website is incorrect and that they're withdrawing the US server option. Naturally I cancelled with them immediately.

I'm looking at hostgator at the moment.

Thanks for all the feedback.

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  Reply # 202286 19-Mar-2009 23:30
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if you want to manage the server yourself or pay for a managed service then you might want to try www.slicehost.com I know they have two tech support/sys admins working from NZ.... And no, I'm not the slightest bit bitter that I didnt get a job I applied for with them.... nice bunch of guys though.

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  Reply # 202289 20-Mar-2009 00:34
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Slicehost is awesome but only really for geeks who are into and know how to setup things from scratch.

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  Reply # 202334 20-Mar-2009 10:50
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insane: if you want to manage the server yourself or pay for a managed service then you might want to try www.slicehost.com I know they have two tech support/sys admins working from NZ.... And no, I'm not the slightest bit bitter that I didnt get a job I applied for with them.... nice bunch of guys though.


One of the other mods here uses them for one of his big projects.

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