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what is the best host to host my site on?

hello experts,
i would like to know a good host that supports php,mysql, it needs to be veryy good in support and also server don't go down.
thanks
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Melfeky
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crackyCommented:
Most experts will probably chime in with a hundred different options and reasons whay they rock.

You are best to go to a web host comparison site to help you decide:

http://www.thehostingchart.com
http://www.hostcompare.com
http://www.hostchart.com

I general, I would recommend you do not pinch pennies when it comes to hosting. Choose a host with great support, preferably with added IRC or emergency phone support and a decent control panel like Plesk or HSP. This would make it a hell of a lot easier on you when starting out.
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PromethylCommented:
Mine!. Kidding.

Agree with crack-boy.

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hlslaughterCommented:
it's going to be hard to decide based on features offered and price alone. i think the most important aspect is how good/responsive/capable their support team is, and you can't generally find that out until you've already signed up. if i ever need to switch providers again, i plan on adding a new test, and that's the phone call test. if i can easily get through to a person and ask a few basic questions and the person answers competently, i'll consider them. but if you go straight to phone jail, you're probably not going to get to talk to them after you sign up either. of course, for decent support, you're going to pay more than $9.95 a month :)

i've been forced to switch hosts several times due to degradation of service (usually resulting from being bought out). i've been with my current provider longer than any prior. they respond to email inquiries within hours. i can call them. they offer all the basic features. they do skimp a bit on disk space (just upped storage to 250M for the basic $30 account), but that just forces me not to keep garbage in my home dir :)

so although it's just a single opinion, i highly recommend hurricane electric. though i'm a linux user and can only recommend it as a linux provider. i'm sure they offer services to "special needs" customers (looking to work with a windows env) -- extra wide hosting spots painted with blue stripes.
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PromethylCommented:
>extra wide hosting spots painted with blue stripes.

Disk striping?
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hlslaughterCommented:
no, handicapped parking stripes for windows users
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PromethylCommented:
Oh. I was too dorky to get that.

I'm a LAMP (RHEL) guy myself.
 
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crimson117Commented:
Look for ease of access (telnet, ftp, web-based mysql admin, good control panel) and good numbers (bandwidth, disk space, # emails, # mysql databases), and extras (php, cron jobs, anonymous ftp) at a good price, as well as reviews by other customers.

If you're looking for a specific host, I've been extremely pleased with http://dreamhost.com on all these factors.  They regularly improve their plans to stay competitive, and I've never had any problems that would make me want to look elsewhere.
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csantkjCommented:
Hi there,
 i run around 4 websites, which have an traffic of atleast 10K-30K per week... i had heard about this webhosting company called freakyhost by my friend, who also hosts websites on the same server.....
What they provide :
-Unlimited FTP Accounts      
-Telnet      
-SSH      
- (Pre Installed scripts)      
-Cron Jobs      
-Search Engine Submit      
-HotLink Protection      
-Backup      
-Unlimited Web Users      
-Custom Error Pages      
-MS FrontPage 2000 Extensions      
-Unlimited MySQL Databases      
-Private CGI-Bin      
-Server Side Includes (SSI)      
-Secure Server (SSL)      
-Unlimited Password Protect Directories      
-Customizable Error Pages      
-Online AIM/ICQ Support      
-Online Ticket Support/FAQ's      
-MP3,QuickTime/Real Media HTTP Streaming Support      
-PHP 4.20 with Zend Optimizer 1.20      
-Shockwave/Flash Support      
-CGI Scripting in Perl, C

Server Specifications      
-Linux Red Hat
-2.7 GHz Pentium 4 Processor,
- 1 GB RAM Red Hat Linux,
- Apache 1.3.19,
- 4-OC3 Network Connectivity

 Reliability & Technical Support      
-99% Uptime Per Year      
-Backup Power      
-Weekly Server Backups      
-Multiple OC3 Connections      
-Help Desk Ticket Manager

The Cost for hosting is around 25$-30$ per 4 months payable by cheque or transfer (unlimited)
They Charge around 10$ for the domain in case you dont have one..

Why i used them..
They give me unlimited space and unlimited bandwidth....

what am i satisfied with:
Customer Support
The Server Uptime

just ok with:
you got to mail them to create/modify or delete databases or pwd etc..... i am okay with this because they dont tamper with my stuff....

try contacting them by email potech@gmail.com

i can assure you that this is the best that i have come across in my 4 1/2 years of web designing and hosting...

regards,
Santosh
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csantkjCommented:
Hey i forgot to mention, they do have budget plans for starters i started on with 30$ a year and as i felt i got more than what i got i shifted on to the 25$ per 6 month plan.. which i think is no longer available.... request them, it depends on how you can please them by your words..
 
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