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Topic # 64631 19-Jul-2010 11:49
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Reason why I want to go for a international web host is because most NZ/AUS webhosts don't offer unlimited number of addon domains. I have a number of domains which I want to host/manage on one web host.
As well, most international webhosts offer unlimited bandwidth, disk space and database. This price is also relatively low compared to most nz hosts.

I've recently signed up to ipage.com and it is terrible there. The web host performance is extremely slow and poor. It would take 7 -
10 seconds to load a page. Sometimes would not even load and seems as if the server is down (maybe caching problems on my end). ControlPanel would take a long time to load from one page to another at times also. Also takes a long time to update my pages. They said money back guarantee however they won't refund me for the addon services which I ticked during registration which were "SiteLock" and "Site Backups and Restore" for $12.95 USD each. Very disappointed!

I am looking for a new international web host that provides some of the features I have listed above. Performance is a very important factor for me in terms of speed and connectivity.

I have searched geekforum and done my own research through google and returned with hostingzoom, dreamhost and hostgator. However I am sceptical about the review websites out there. Need some perspectives from people here.

If anyone has used these web hosts, please comment on their reliability and performance.

If not, any other recommendations that are affordable and reliable?

What I am after: Speed and reliability, Large disk space if not unlimited, large bandwidth if not unlimited, a couple of databases, unlimited number of parked/addon domains to host multiple websites. Cheap/affordable.

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  Reply # 353326 19-Jul-2010 12:09
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I use Dreamhost myself for a blog/photo album/LOTGD etc, havent encountered any outages at this point (been with them since Sep/October last year) - speed isnt bad, can be a little sluggish at times but overall Im happy with them (and price was right - approx $14NZD for a full years hoting etc :) Visit their site on US holidays, they usually have great deals :) )




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  Reply # 353387 19-Jul-2010 13:44
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My recommendation: Dreamhost.

I do hope you realise that all the webhosters in your price range are overselling their resources really badly, so you aren't going to get super amazing speed and performance from a US$10 a month plan.

I'm surprised with your comments on iPage.  US$4 a month!? That is dirty cheap, and you can't expect much.

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  Reply # 353406 19-Jul-2010 14:08
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Sigh.  "Unlimited".  I personally would not deal with a company that sold "Unlimited", especially unlimited disk space.  

Either they are lying, or they are at best using deceptive marketing practices.

Look for well defined limits so you know what you are getting.  And if those limits sound absurdly high, also steer clear because they are overselling majorly.

Look around and see the largest capacity consumer hard drive one would reasonably purchase, in 99% of cases your shared host, no matter how much space they tell you that you can have, will have 2 drives of similar capacity in your server, one primary and one a backup.  Now ask yourself, given there is probably 100 other sites on this server at least... how honest is the disk limit they are selling.

 




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  Reply # 353679 19-Jul-2010 23:08
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Thanks for the information guys. Currently on the dreamhost trial. So far so good!

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  Reply # 353688 19-Jul-2010 23:36
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Been with hostgator since 2004; love their customer support.

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  Reply # 358106 29-Jul-2010 09:20
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I second HostGator. Their Baby plan has served me well.  I also host some sites on a friend's VPS on Server Beach.

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  Reply # 358109 29-Jul-2010 09:23

Again, I've been using Dreamhost for years and they've been good.

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  Reply # 358115 29-Jul-2010 09:31
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High end stuff, priced accordingly, flexiblilty related to it:

Rackspace (www.rackspace.com), Media Temple (www.mediatemple.com).

But where is the majority of your traffic coming from? If it's in New Zealand then I suggest a local provider, to make it faster for your audience. If most of traffic is in Auckland then get one based there, so that it's faster for your audience.

If your traffic is 50/50 then I suggest Auckland as well - faster for New Zealand audience, just one hop to overseas cables. This is only one of the reasons we use ICONZ (www.iconz.net).





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  Reply # 358153 29-Jul-2010 10:21
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+1 for HostGator.

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  Reply # 358164 29-Jul-2010 10:35
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Powweb for my $$$

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  Reply # 358245 29-Jul-2010 11:41
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+1 for HostGator

They have a great control panel, excellent support forums and fast turnaround if you raise a support or help request with them!




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  Reply # 358321 29-Jul-2010 12:46
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I can tell you some horror stories about most well known "unlimited" providers out there, too many to type.

What sleemanj said is exactly it.

sleemanj: Sigh.  "Unlimited".  I personally would not deal with a company that sold "Unlimited", especially unlimited disk space.  

Either they are lying, or they are at best using deceptive marketing practices.

Look for well defined limits so you know what you are getting.  And if those limits sound absurdly high, also steer clear because they are overselling majorly.

Look around and see the largest capacity consumer hard drive one would reasonably purchase, in 99% of cases your shared host, no matter how much space they tell you that you can have, will have 2 drives of similar capacity in your server, one primary and one a backup.  Now ask yourself, given there is probably 100 other sites on this server at least... how honest is the disk limit they are selling.

 


Take a good hard look at your sites, at what you'll use etc. You will find that you do not need unlimited, or even close.

All the sites that offer "unlimited space" have other restrictions (just read their T&C's).

In the end you get what you pay for, i would strongly recommend staying away from any host that offers "unlimited" or overly large restrictions.

Performance and unlimited do not go together, at all.

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  Reply # 358370 29-Jul-2010 13:49
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ArcticSilver: In the end you get what you pay for, i would strongly recommend staying away from any host that offers "unlimited" or overly large restrictions.

Performance and unlimited do not go together, at all.


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  Reply # 358576 29-Jul-2010 17:16
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Ive had issues with New Zealand based hosts in the past; ive noticed the speed difference isnt worth the extra price you pay for local.

Host Gator all the way.

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  Reply # 358649 29-Jul-2010 18:45
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kaljames79: Ive had issues with New Zealand based hosts in the past; ive noticed the speed difference isnt worth the extra price you pay for local.

Host Gator all the way.


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