Web hosting recommendations
Thankfully, one of the cool things about having geeky followers on Twitter is that you have a wealth of valuable knowledge to tap into if you need help from time to time. In Twitter parlance, this is known as #lazyweb.
So, Yesterday, I asked my Twitterverse if they could recommend a good web host for me for a LAMP stack with PHP/MySQL. Here are some of the recommendations I got, in hopes that it might save you some Google-time:
- VPS.net: recommended by Alex Morris and Jay Greasley – reportedly handled Andy Clarke's Hardboiled HTML5 book/site launch really well and you can start for just £1/day and scale as you like.
- Servage recommended by a UX hero of mine, Joachim Bondo, who says "I’ve been fireballed a few times without any hiccups."
- MediaTemple recommended by Dustin Senos, Jessica Lares, Fabian, Tristram Bates, and Matt Lo.
- Rackspace / Rackspace Cloud recommended by Maria T, James Devonport, and Steve Workman ("great, but expensive").
- Slicehost recommended by Kirstie Haxby.
- Linode recommended by Paul Ardeleanu, Martin Pilkington, and Georgios Kaperonis.
- Dreamhost recommended by Uli Kusterer (Pros: "Their admin panel. Great usability w/o having to know much about hosting. Also: support via chat" Cons: "isn't very fast"/"might fall over under load") and Mike Lee ("I love them… I've been with them for 13 years and never had a problem or run out of bandwidth. I can't say that of most companies."), Isaiah ("cheap, easy, reliable"), and Brian Sexton ("usually pretty good"). Steve Workman: "cheap but not quick". Martin Pilkington doesn't like them, saying "I was with Dreamhost for a while. Good features for the prices, but their uptime was terrible and support mediocre."
- Bluehost recommended by Isaiah ("they’re cheap and easy but fall victim to Utah power grid.") and Mark Groves ("impossibly cheap"). [Then again, not sure that "impossibly cheap" is a positive recommendation.]
- Hetzner (German, site has English version) recommended by John Clarke.
- Idologic recommended by Nick Kuh ("I've experienced tonnes of different hosting providers and would highly recommend [them] they really know their shit.")
Also interesting, as pointed out by Tristram Bates, is MacMiniColo.net. They host using Mac Minis as dedicated servers from the US. (Although you're looking at a much higher initial outlay since you need to buy the Mac Mini.)
I hope you find this helpful in narrowing down the field if you're on the hunt for a new web host. If you have any other recommendations (of hosts that you have personally experienced yourself and are happy with), please feel free to leave a comment and share your experiences with the rest of us.
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