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Finding Decent Unix Server Hosting? 139

Posted by Cliff
from the getting-the-service-you-want dept.
joesao asks: "I've hosted my website and a number of others at Communitech for 4 years now and I've enjoyed affordable, quality Unix hosting that has given me no headaches. Recently they have been bought out and the service has completely deteriorated. The online forums are on fire with people pledging to leave, calling in and taping conversations, and so forth. So now I'm searching for a decent Unix host. My requirements aren't too bad: I need PHP, MySQL, the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess), raw log files, SSH, FTP, crontab, decent bandwidth (~10 GB), POP accounts, around 300 MB disk space (I host the bulk of my images/videos elsewhere)... and I wouldn't mind paying what I pay for DSL every month (~$50). That excludes buying a T1 for my house. And I don't mind what flavor of Unix/Linux it runs on, as long as it just works (wouldn't mind XServe, either). I'm having trouble finding credible sites with rankings out there so I ask the Slashdot community for help. Any recommendations?"
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  • Cubesoft (Score:3, Informative)

    by frankm_slashdot (614772) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:10PM (#5836116)
    http://www.csoft.net

    *ssh, cvs, openbsd/freebsd/redhat, 1gig storage.... 25$/month unlimited userconfigureable subdomains... etc..

    excellent service....

    just check out their site too learn more.

    -Frank
    • damn, i got a first post and didnt even realize it... =/ oh well .. =D
    • by V. Mole (9567) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:48PM (#5836528) Homepage

      I've been using them for a couple of years now, and been very satisfied. Pretty much exactly what you describe as your requirements, for $25/mo ("standard v-host"). They've got both Linux and BSD servers; I get the feeling that the admins prefer BSD, but I can't see any difference in level of support.

      Their admin tool is command line, rather than a web "control-panel", which means you need to ssh into your account (no telnet) to change stuff. That suits me, may not you.

      You can't upload your site via ftp; I think the only supported ftp access is anoymous download -- i.e. you can run an ftp repository. Use scp or rsync over ssh to upload.

    • They also offer IMAP services. Very nice.
    • I used csoft.net for a few years and gave up on them a couple of years ago.

      Problems:

      1) downtime. up. down. up. down.
      2) changing policies. "Yes, Zope is supported as a CGI". - a few months down the road - "Dude, you can't run Zope, it sucks too much resouces."
      3) The one that killed it for me, they lost my MySQL database. Suddenly my stuff isn't working. I start sending in support requests and I get a response of basically "We have no record of that database ever existing". So let me see, would a Google

  • What you describe would cost you less than $30/month at BSDWebhosting.net... less than $20/month if your bandwidth description is a maximum you must have available, rather than what you continuously use. I have never used BSDWebhosting.net for a large site, and don't know how well their services scale up... but I use them for a large handful of small sites, and have never been so pleased with a hosting company.
    • by Anonymous Coward
      My favorite is /.

      I get free hosting for all my comments with unlimited bandwidth at $0 cost.

      Thanks, o mighty, /. gods

  • by friedegg (96310) <`moc.bdgniltserw' `ta' `nayrb'> on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:12PM (#5836143) Homepage
    I don't work there or have any affiliation other than being hosted there.

    VenturesOnline [venturesonline.com]

    Depending on your needs, they have standard virtual hosting packages, as well as bigger "bulk hosting" packages (host/resell a bunch of different sites on your own). They also have virtual servers and full server offerings. Support is great and always very fast, and I find the prices very reasonable. There is also a fairly active user community forum for trading tips and such.
    I need PHP, MySQL, the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess), raw log files, SSH, FTP, crontab, decent bandwidth (~10 GB), POP accounts, around 300 MB disk space (I host the bulk of my images/videos elsewhere)... and I wouldn't mind paying what I pay for DSL every month (~$50)
    They have PHP, MySQL, .htaccess and .htpasswd support, access to raw log files (as well as the control panel generated stats), ssh access (if you ask for it), ftp cron, and bandwidth and diskspace based on the package you get.

    I've been there over a year now and am very happy.
  • by Itsik (191227) <demiguru-at-me.com> on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:12PM (#5836145) Homepage
    Hi,
    Sorry I don't have a good recommendation. I would recommend however staying as far away as possible from Interland and its daughter subsidiaries.
  • I personally love the colo company we use. They are called ColoGuys [cologuys.com] I belive he is offering what you are looking for or will be very soon.
    They host our server as well as several others, most notoriously Megatokyo [megatokyo.com] and Aniverse [aniverse.com].
  • www.tera-byte.com

    I've been very happy with them. Mysql/php, etc.

    I'm only on a shared server (its all i need), but they offer dedicated servers, too.

    Here are thier virtual server plans, seems to fit what you are looking for:

    http://www.tera-byte.com/hosting.html [tera-byte.com]

    FYI, I have plan 4U.
  • RackShack (Score:2, Informative)

    by tdemark (512406)
    I've used RackShack [rackshack.net] for the last year. They are a little more expensive than you listed ($99/mo), but you get your own machine (Celeron 1.3, 512MB RAM, 60GB drive) and 400GB of monthly bandwidth.

    - Tony
    • Rackshack offers a lot of bandwidth, and if you know what you're doing, you can do whatever you want with that server. I co-opt'ed for a server with a friend, and we parcel out webspace to various friends, in return they chip in for a portion of the cost which lowers the monthly cost of the server to $20 for us.

      They have some other options if you don't want to administrate the server yourselves. I like it since it's basically a rented server that they provided to us.
  • http://pwrhosting.net/ [pwrhosting.net]

    i've been using them for a while. great service

    simple rundown of prices you'd be looking at

    NB500
    500MB Disk Space
    5000MB Data Transfer
    $15.95 per Month

    NB750
    750MB Disk Space
    7500MB Data Transfer
    $17.95 per Month

    NB1000
    1000MB Disk Space
    10000MB Data Transfer
    $20.95 per Month

    NB1500
    1500MB Disk Space
    15000MB Data Transfer
    $25.95 per Month

    NB2000
    2000MB Disk Space
    20000MB Data Transfer
    $30.95 per Month

    NB3000
    3000MB Disk Space
    30000MB Data Transfer
    $35.95 per Month
  • by lsommerer (89441) <lsommerer@sewardweb.com> on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:22PM (#5836245)
    Just for fun, see if you can name all of the hosts that people suggest that are (a) Communitech resellers or (b) Interland --the company that bought Communitech-- resellers.
    "dude, here's the host that I use and they offer almost EXACTLY what you had with Communitech. The price is pretty close, and you can talk to the owner of the company when you need support. Check them out..."
  • John advertises his business [johncompanies.com] and responds to queries over at K5. $65/mo for a FreeBSD jail, $75/mo for a Linux virtual machine running under (I think) VMWare. He gives discounts to free software developers.

    There are lots of positive testimonials [kuro5hin.org].
  • Dreamhost (Score:2, Informative)

    by Figaro (20471)
    I strongly recommend Dreamhost.com.

    They have all that you've specified and it's under $20 a month to boot.

    I've been with them for the past year, and I've been very impressed.
    • I second this. I've had Dreamhost for a little over a year and they've been nothing short of awesome.

      They have a great web-based configuration panel, great tech support forums, and timely customer service.

      Plus, they have several payment plans to fit the type of service you want.

      I am a very happy customer and would recommend it to anyone who wants/needs a host.
    • I vote DreamHost as well, very uber! They treat you like you know what you're talking about too :)
    • I'm another very satisfied dreamhost client. fast and friendly. cheap and intelligent. doesnt get any better.
    • I am very pleased with DreamHost. Recommended.

  • I've been very happy w/ Futurequest [futurequest.net]
  • Dreamhost really is. (Score:3, Informative)

    by immanis (557955) <immanis@sfgoth.cFORTRANom minus language> on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:26PM (#5836299) Homepage Journal

    Ever since I moved over to Dreamhost [dreamhost.com] I've been as pleased as punch.

    PHP, MYSQL, Apache, .htaccess, ssh1/2, telnet, pop3, stmp, webmail, personal jabber servers, options for CVS, https, streaming media, an outstanding customer service dept, and I could go on for days.

    • I would second that -- I've been with them since '99, and they've held prices constant while continually adding services/bandwidth/disk space/you name it. They seem quite good for small to medium-sized web hosting (I just use them for a family site)
    • I also recommend Dreamhost [dreamhost.com]. They have everything the submitter is looking for, and more.
      • I use Dreamhost for some of my hosting, and Communitech for some.

        I haven't (yet) experienced the problems that other CTech customers have.

        Dreamhost is not without problems, no ISP is. I would recommend Dreamhost. I'm not changing from CTech for the moment because we have a sweet grandfathered 'unlimited bandwidth flat rate' deal from way back.
  • I recently got an account at AddAction.net [addaction.net]. I haven't been with them very long, so I can't tell you how good their customer service is. On the other hand, I haven't had to deal with their customer service. Their facilities are pretty good, the only thing I don't like about them is the paucity of their subdomain service. And the price is right, too; $9.95 special for a 6 month trial period.
  • JohnCompanies.com (Score:2, Informative)

    by davesamson (614779)
    Someone asked a similar question a few weeks ago. This is somewhat what my answer was:

    Me and a couple of friends share a co-located server from John Companies [johncompanies.com] and have loved the service we received from them so far.

    If you use a portion of your coloc to host your open source project, you can get the coloc for $45 USD a month. For that, you get the following:
    • root on your own server
    • Full Linux Filesystem
    • 4 gigs disk - Up to 10 IPs
    • 40 Gigs transfer / Month
    • Firewall access
    • Unlimited tech support
    • They supp
    • John Companies is not giving you a colocated server, they're giving you a "collocated" server (note the extra 'l'). You're given a virtual machine on a shared physical machine. I'd steer clear of any company that uses such deceptive advertising.
      • Well, when you ask whem (or deduce it from the description), they're quite open about it.

        Johncompanies get's good reviews by its users nevertheless and if I didn't allready have a server, this would be serious contender.

        They also have FreeBSD-jails.
    • johncompanies "linux virtual hosting" service gives you root on a virtual server with 4Gbyte of disk, 40Gbyte transfer/month, and up to 10 IP addresses. I've had my account for almost two months now, and overall I've been quite happy with it. Although they are coy about the software used to multiplex the server, I'm pretty sure they use SWsoft's Virtuozzo [sw-soft.com].

      My "virtual server" has been rebooted twice; once it didn't come back up, and they never did find out why. They were able to get it running within a few

    • I'm happy with the service. They're not fast, but they're effective when it comes to something that would stump most admins.
    • It's quite sad that the bad comments about JonhCompanies on K5 got deleted, they seemed liked a cool company until they bought a frontpage ad and silenced those that had trouble.
  • I have enjoyed Eryxma.com's hosting. I have had service for about one year and don't have a single complaint. The CEO even gave me his AIM screename! Now the company is larger and he is more busy, but he is still very pleasant. The forums are active, and anything I've ever asked for I've gotten.

    I can't say whether they have all of the things you requested... but they are worth a look.
  • They basically offer unlimited everything. I'm serving photo albums with full-res. digital pictures (family stuff if you're wondering) and the one time I ran out of space I simply asked for more and they happily gave it to me. Throughput isn't always the best, but it is fine for my needs.
  • Try local (Score:4, Insightful)

    by linuxwrangler (582055) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:35PM (#5836399)
    Check your local area - I'm quite happy with my local ISP, lmi.net. They are very geek friendly (run a server? no problem. NAT? we don't care. Blocked ports? no. Static IP? that's all we offer...) but without customers the locals will disappear.

    If you don't have a local ISP that meets your needs try Pair (pair.com host of Tom's Hardware, Perl Review, etc.) or Hurricane Electric (he.net). I don't use either but have heard some good comments about both.
    • Pair and HE (Score:3, Informative)

      by cornice (9801)
      I've used both Pair and HE and had great experiences with both. My only complaint is that they never had exactly what I needed. For example I wanted to run one of the open source shopping carts at HE. The cart only ran on a very recent Perl version and HE wasn't about to upgrade just for me. I can't really fault any provider for something like this. Their job is to be as stable as possible for all of their customers. I eventually just upgraded our connection and ran on a box in-house but our bandwidth
  • My host is www.lusodigital.com... the webpage is in portuguese, but its actually part of an american group called Everlasting LLC.
    I have no idea where the servers are located though, or what hosting companies this american group has on the other side of the pond.
  • they offer redhat virtual servers, I get root on my own system to do with as I wish. They don't have much in the way of restrictions and cost me about US$29.95/month. I run a number of sites on mine, and get about 2Gig storage and 15Gig transfer. As for support, they have been excellent(even sent me a penguin calender for christmas), with quick response to all issues, they even called me directly when I left a trouble ticket at 10pm to get more details. I've enjoyed their service and suggest it for anyone

    w
    • I cannot express how much I agree with this. I have been a rosehosting.com customer for close to a year now. They are the best internet based company I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with.

      If you need something like the parent post describes, do NOT hesitate to go with rosehosting. You will not be disappointed!
  • I've been using DigitalSpace [digitalspace.net] for about a year now, and have no complaints whatsoever. Whenever I've needed to make changes to my account, they're quick to respond, and quite helpful. They're decently priced and support everything you pointed out.

    Definitely worth checking out!

  • I've been really happy with them. Tech support is by email, but I usually get a response within 5 minutes to half an hour at any time of the day. The support forums are also very good. They do both shared and dedicated hosting.

    Check them out at 100megswebhosting.com [100megswebshosting.com].
  • CagedTornado (Score:3, Informative)

    by Hank Reardon (534417) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @02:50PM (#5836566) Homepage Journal
    I'm using CagedTornado [cagedtornado.com] for my hosting needs.

    They run a product called FreeVSD which is a kind of virtual root system. You can modify about half of the system (apache configs, some Sendmail settings, global procmail stuff) not including most of the system files and additions to the /etc/rc.* directories.

    Out of the box they support:

    • Virtual Domain hosting (I have 4 running)
    • SSH and Telnet
    • FTP
    • Majordomo
    • PHP
    • mod_perl
    • Your own MySQL install
    • Per-user disk quotas
    • Other stuff... Check the site.

    My only big bummer with them is that they don't have perl 5.6.x or higher and they don't support IMAP; thank to the non-editing of the /etc/rc.* directories, I can't install it either.

    The price is nice. I'm paying $49 a month for the virtual root, 15 Gigs of bandwidth, and have 3 gigs (I think; might be more) of disk space.

    Their support hasn't been that helpful, but to be fair I hit them with some really nasty questions that their system probably doesn't support. Mainly, upgrading Perl and mod_perl to use Perl 5.6.1.

  • Pair Networks (Score:3, Informative)

    by dr00g911 (531736) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @03:08PM (#5836723)
    I've had a many-year-long relationship with Pair Networks [pair.com], and am a huge fan with several hosting accounts.

    Pair's one of the oldest and most respected hosting companies out there. They've got ridiculous amounts of bandwidth, and are very generous with hosting allowances.

    For example, you can add as many domains under a single $30/mo "Webmaster" [pair.com] account as you'd like for an additional $1 apiece, and their $30/mo account has a 600mb allowance.

    Their servers are running FreeBSD, and they allow shell access and custom binaries (custom-compiled PHP, for instance) on their Advanced and higher accounts.

    Can't recommend them highly enough.
    • I also use Pair.com and have been very happy with the service. I have been using them for about 1.5 years. A few weeks back I started following the pair.* newsgroups on their nntp server and found them very helpful in those forums.

      About the only problem I have had with them is thier attempt at Spam filtering on incoming mail. It is set up so that it will use their Qmail system. Trying to get procmail up and running has been difficult.

    • I've been with pair.com for four years and I have seven domains with them. I've been extremely happy with the service there.

      Recently I had a run-in with their support staff when I submitted a support ticket about how to configure my own installation of SpamAssasin to filter POP mailboxes. Their web based configuration tool overwrites the control file I need to change every 15 minutes.

      The first response was "this is almost the right answer, but I don't know the last part, I'll send you to another tech".
  • I have been working with burton hosting [burtonhosting.com] for about a year now and have had nothing but success and glowing appreciation. I have around a dozen domains running with them and have had NO complaints. Tech support is more than knowledgeable and prompt. With MSN and ICQ supported for online support I have never needed to call. All the latest hosting features supported and it is extremely affordable.
  • BlackSun.ca (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Commando (6326) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @03:09PM (#5836739)
    Check out Black Sun [blacksun.ca]. I can't speak for their basic hosting plans (we're actually co-locating our gear there), but the guys there are good to work with and know what they're talking about. In terms of their gear, they host mostly on Cobalt Raq boxes, with MySQL, PHP, etc. And hey, they're Canadian, so you can benefit from the usually crappy exchange rate. <flamebait>Unless you're one of those drooling hyper-patriotic idiots who refuses to have anything to do with Canada because we didn't send troops to Iraq. In that case, go back to your plate of "Freedom Fries" and flip the TV back to Fox News. Sorry for offending you (hey, I'm Canadian, I have to apologize!).</flamebait> (Kidding - mostly) :-)
  • ...hardware and software, and rent the rackspace, power, and bandwidth.

    You'll have root access to your machine(s), with full control over whatever software infrastructure you might need, now and in the future. Your choice of OS, distribution, server software, scripting, mail services, etc.

    The co-location facility can supply tape backup rotation or other tasks that require physical presence.

    I've been doing this for four years (most recent uptime 485 days and counting) and have been very happy with the ar

  • ...my website priority is not mission-critical (yet). So I looked for the cheapest thing I could find.

    Got it from webhostingfactory. I have 1GB of space, 5GB of bandwidth per month, Perl, PHP, MySQL, shell access, FTP, stats, POP/IMAP/webmail. I can configure and administer up to 100 users in my webspace, give them all email accounts and web pages. I can even log in through SSH and read my email or do a quick page edit in vi.

    Price? It was $19.95 per year. Was a little unstable the first month, but has bee
  • my host... (Score:3, Informative)

    by Tumbleweed (3706) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @03:16PM (#5836813)
    glypto.com [glypto.com] has the following plan that fits your needs. They have excellent routing (probably in the same building as Mae-West, though I'm just guessing).

    Omega

    - 350 MB Hard Disk
    - 15 GB Data Transfer
    - 50 Sub-domains
    - 50 FTP Accounts
    - 15 MySQL Databases
    - 350 POP3 Accounts
    - Static IP Address
    - Setup fee $0.00
    $ 19.99 per month
  • I'm happy with NPS [npsis.com].

    Your requirements are higher than mine but for $7.99/month I get 100MB, Perl, PHP, MySQL, e-mail with a web interface and all the other usual stuff. Tech support has been helpful and friendly for the couple of years I have used them.

  • Debian geeks may find Bytemark [bytemark-hosting.co.uk] in the UK to be agreeable.
    You get a full UML virtual machine to play with.

    I'm not using them myself, still thinking about it.
    I found them via this Debian Planet Article [debianplanet.org]
    • Re:bytemark (Score:3, Interesting)

      by mattbee (17533)
      I can recommend them too :) For £15 / $26 per month we do a Linux Virtual Machine package based on User-mode Linux [sf.net]: you get 7.5GB bandwidth, 64MB of RAM for your machine and 3GB disc space for you to do what you want with. You get root access to your machine, out-of-band access to do your own reboots, machine reinstalls, bandwidth monitoring and setting up of watchdog services which can send messages to your mobile phone if something goes wrong with your server. We're also one of very few (the only
  • ProNic Solutions (Score:3, Informative)

    by nlh (80031) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @03:20PM (#5836851) Homepage
    I haven't seen it mentioned here, but I use ProNIC Host [pronichost.com], and I've been nothing but happy with them. Of course, I use a basic little $10.95 / month plan (100MB storage, 7GB transfer, 50 Emails) but they have lots more at very competitive prices.

    They also have all the "standard" bells and whistles, which includes:

    -- POP3, SMTP, FTP, Webmail
    -- Cpanel / GUI-based control panel
    -- SpamAssasin
    -- PHP+MySQL, Perl, Python
    -- phpBB, Invision, PHP-Nuke pre-installed for you
    -- Several shopping carts pre-installed
    -- SSL

    etc.

    Very good guys, and very helpful.

    --noah
  • Friend of mine knows the guy who runs it and says he's good. Pretty good prices and FreeBSD machines. towardex [towardex.com]
  • Pair Networks (Score:5, Informative)

    by legLess (127550) on Tuesday April 29, 2003 @03:25PM (#5836915) Journal
    Pair Networks [pair.com] rocks my world. Uber-reliable, great support, cheap. They run FreeBSD and host their own CPAN mirror (they also host Perlmonks, Tom's Hardware, lots of other big sites). I've used them for years for everything from cheap-o FTP-only accounts ($6/month) to dedicated servers ($300/month).
    • Pair is awesome. I've also been using them for years without problems. I've recommended pair to many people, all are very happy with their service. It's fast, cheap and reliable.

      Here [pair.com] is a comparison of their different plans.

      From what you describe, I think either the Advance ($17.95/month) or the Webmaster ($29.95/month) will cover what you need and then some. Pair is really flexible about their plans as well -- you can usually buy any additional services individually.

  • I use WestHost [westhost.com] and I am very happy with them for the past 4 years.
    They seem to meet all your requirements.

    Ralph
  • We've been using jatol.com [jatol.com] for hosting our and several client's sites. Good bandwidth, the few occasaions we've needed to contact support, response was great. Support is also available over IM, which is highly convenient. MySQL, PHP, Perl, crontab, .htaccess, shell access on request, and extremely reasonable rates. (I can't recall what they charge offhand, but they're one of the least expensive for non-critical web sites that I've seen).

    No affiliation, just a happy customer, so I wouldn't mind tossing some

  • I use Total Choice Hosting. So far, I'd say that I've been able to get everything I need. I run InfosecBooks.Com [infosecbooks.com], which needs PHP, Apache, MySQL, SSH and some other stuff. It's good, the people are quite responsive, and it's dirt cheap.

    http://www.totalchoicehosting.com

  • XServer possibility (Score:2, Informative)

    by sribe (304414)
    In the Mac world, digital forest [digitalforest.com] has a good reputation. I haven't used them personally, so I can't give a truthful glowing endorsement. But I do know people who have been quite happy with their service.
  • I work for, and recommend, Liquid Web [liquidweb.com]. The servers run RedHat linux with the following:

    Apache w/ CGI MySQL 4 PHP Perl SpamAssassin SSH

    Plus all the other standard features.. multiple e-mail accounts, FTP accounts, etc.

    We'll install any Perl/PHP modules you want, and offer fairly cheap virtual dedicated server solutions (starting at $80 a month.) Our webmaster account comes with 250 Mb of space, and our professional comes with 750Mb of space.

    Plus, all the techs here know *NIX. They're smart guys.

  • What is the level of bandwidth availability for the prices they're charging?

    Perhaps it can be assumed its unlimited bandwidth at $X/month. But I'm sure if any server with the magnitude of traffic comparable to Slashdot were to move in, they'd be shutting it down soon afterwards.
  • Have you heard of Colossus.Net hosting?
    Their website is here [colossus.net]

    I have hosted with them for eight years,
    both personally and also professionally
    for School.Net and Sun Microsystems.

    Pros:
    - Definitely the most dependable host I've used.
    - Easy to ramp up more bandwidth, disk, speed, etc.
    - Most everything you need is automated
    - Very fast email support from a real person

    Cons:
    - Not on the cutting edge (older Slackware, no J2EE)
    - No handholding, so you need to know what you're doing
    - No marketing fluff,


  • PowWeb [powweb.com] FreeBSD hosting, $7.77 per month, has been good to me. The tech support is a little squirrely. It took them a week to discover why a compiled Perl program I wrote was not working. They found that someone had changed the OS without logging the change.

    Sorry, but you can't pay more than $7.77 per month, when you pay on a yearly basis. I know that $30 per month would make many people feel more secure.

    • I've looked at many of the other suggestions. Is there any one better than PowWeb? ($7.77/mo.)

      Disk Space (Raid Storage): 500 MB
      Data Transfer/Bandwidth: 30 GB/mo.
      POP3/IMAP Email, SMTP: 250 accounts
      Catch-All Email/Email Forwarding
      24 x 7 FTP Access
      FTP Users 10
      CGI-BIN, SSI, .htaccess, Cronjobs
      Web-Based Email (secure)
      PHP4 w/ Zend Optimizer, Perl5, Sendmail
      FrontPage 98/2000/2002 Ext.
      Detailed Webstats Report
      Access to Raw Log Files
      SSL (Secure Server) FREE!
      24/7 Email Support
      7 Days Tele
  • I colocated two servers for about three years at Communitech until about two months ago when I saw the writing on the wall and started looking around. Was told unofficially that Communitech would be shutting down in May, but I've seen no public acknowledgement of any deadline. After looking around both in Kansas City and Omaha, I signed on a cabinet for a year at: Axiom Integration. [axiomintegration.com] Nice data center, good prices, and I've got room to spare so look me up at phpconsulting.com [phpconsulting.com]. and get in touch. Because I
  • Some of the things you're asking for:

    • PHP,
    • MySQL,
    • raw log files,
    • FTP,
    • decent bandwidth (~10 GB),
    • around 300 MB disk space

    Are available from almost any host. The competition out there is fierce and I wouldn't be surprised if you could get this for $12/year. But for that price I'd expect pretty hit and miss service (get two plans at different providers, copy data between and plan and keep control over your DNS if you need to switch!)

    Some of the other requirements you requested will probably 'bum

  • We're starting up a company called pdxcolo.net, which will provide true virtual machine hosting in the form of User-mode Linux [sf.net]. We're currently building up our infrastructure, and are currently seeking beta testers.

    For $20/mo (post-beta), you'll get:

    • Roughly 64MHz worth of an Athlon XP (peaking to a full 2x00+ proc if no one else is using it that instant)
    • 64MB of RAM
    • 2GB of disk space (OS is not counted against that)
    • 10GB of transfer per month
    • Install anything you want, you have true root on the box
    • Ch
  • by D3TH (15279)
    There's a new provider that a friend of mine turned me on to. They provide Linux and BSD hosting, exactly what you're looking for, and more. Their prices are very reasonable, and they even offer lifetime shell accounts if that's what you're interested in. I can often get support via AIM or MSN messanger, and the support offered so far has been amazing. I have a custom-tailored package, so I'm paying for exactly what I need, and nothing more. The storage and bandwidth limitations are more than fair, and buyi
    • But when I finally got fed up with my current host (phpwebhosting.com, which many people really like, but I found to be unusably unresponsive and lacking)

      Huh. I was actually searching the page for that name so I could second any compliments it may have gotten...

      So instead, I'll present a counterpoint. I've always found phpwebhosting to have reasonable prices and excellent policies on disk and bandwidth usage (basically, keep it sane and there will be no problems. This is subject, hypothetically, to bi
  • Watch out what else the company hosts. We bought into candidhosting and some domains block our IP range becouse cadid hosts 95% porn.

    Just something to think about when you get your IP. See if they will tell you the class the IP is in and check to see if it's on a black list.
    • You should have got suspicious about their name, at least ;-)

      But I'm also guilty - my ISP has some RBLed blocks because of a spammer.
      And I'm trying to get new IPs.
      You should be able to ask what IP-addresses you will get in advance and check them with www.spews.org and the rest of these sites...
  • www.svs.com

    Probably the cheapest in town. Plenty generous quotas and bandwith. Check them out.
  • I run GrokThis.net which you might find interesting.

    You can get a reasonably priced account with MySQL 3, MySQL 4, and/or Postgresql 7.3. It comes with an independant webserver, we offer Apache 1.3 and 2.0; however, you're welcome to run another webserver such as Roxen if you wish. We also provide support for mod_perl, HTML::Mason, and Apache::ASP.

  • Sprocket Data Systems [sprocketdata.com] seems to be a small but happy group with a couple of decent pipes to the net, and 24/7 coverage (occasionally by pager reach, but still available). I have a dedicated box there at comparably affordable rates. They're always flexible with me about upgrades and additional requirements, and the techsupport is quickly responsive. They also offer hosting and co-lo services as well, although I've not used any of that.
  • My requirements aren't too bad: I need PHP, MySQL, the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess), raw log files, SSH, FTP, crontab, decent bandwidth (~10 GB), POP accounts, around 300 MB disk space (I host the bulk of my images/videos elsewhere)... and I wouldn't mind paying what I pay for DSL every month (~$50).

    Sounds like you're a relatively sophisticated user, so I'll describe what some friends and I did, and you see if it sounds reasonable.

    It started off with 5 guys discussing sim
  • Both my coworker and I have sites hosted by NoMonthlyFees.com and, with the exception of a poorly rolled-out upgrade a year or so ago, we've been pleased with their operation. Their "free" bandwidth is a little low for your needs (5 Gb/month), but you can purchase extra Gb of traffic if necessary. You'll need to check their site for the latest details, but I believe it is $200 upfront for the first year's service, then $70/year afterwards.
  • I've been using cubesoft (http://www.csoft.net) for a few years now. They are not a big-name company, but have lots of bandwidth available, no metering, and very good service. I am a very happy customer with them.
  • I've got everything you mentioned and pay only $9.97/month for it.

    http://www.phpwebhosting.com [phpwebhosting.com]
  • I like OnSmart SmartPriv (Virtual Private Linux servers) for $40/mo.
  • You pay for exactly what you use. At your specs, it would be $10 for bandwidth and $3 for storage. PHP and MySQL available.

  • The canonical discussion forum for this topic is WebHostingTalk [webhostingtalk.com].
  • I switched to netsonic [netsonic.net] a couple of months ago, and have been pretty impressed so far. You can have your own FreeBSD box for $80/mo, with pretty generous bandwidth, and root privileges of course, since it's your own box. The hardware support has been good. I had my disk fail on Sunday afternoon, and they were on it within 20 minutes after I called. Haven't really been with them long enough to comment on the reliability of their connection to the internet backbone, but it seems ok. Software is completely your
  • 500 MB Storage!
    250 POP3 Email Accounts
    30 GB Transfer
    WebStats
    SSL, MySQL, PHP4
    Member Operations
    99.7% Uptime
    and from their page

    What kind of servers are you using? Currently, all of our Web servers are Dual 866Mhz PIII servers running FreeBSD. Each server has at least 1 Gig of SDRAM.

    i havent had problems yet, but i dont use all the fancy stuff.

  • Try hostingmatters.com.
  • I like server beach. For $99 you get root access of a RedHat box and can do what you like with it.

    I can't tell you about there support though. I've never had to call them. But I did have a quick turnaround on the phone when I ordered the service though, and it was up a lot faster than they said it would be.
  • I have been hosting with NPSIS since the end of '99, and I am very happy with them. Check out their web site [npsis.com] for the different packages (they run FreeBSD).

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