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Posted on 2014-03-07
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Has anyone had experiences with liquidweb? I read that they are great one some blogs and terrible on others. It is like an even split right now. Any suggestions for a good host and minimal latency? Thanks
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Scott Fell,  EE MVE earned 2000 total points
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I have been using liquid web for about 5 years now for dedicated hosting.  They have excellent support.  I highly recommend using this service.  I have  used other hosts and if there is trouble you typically get a low level person who eventually has to escalate to somebody else.  I have always had my issues handled by somebody that knows what they are doing.  

Are you looking for dedicated, shared or vps?

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ID: 39914978
Thank you Scott,
What do you suggest for a 30 person company? Small website but large FTP transfers. Using another host right now on a shared server and sometimes email is soooo slow. Want faster email. I am assuming dedicated gives me faster POP response.
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39915008
For email, I would use google apps for business or office365.  

Your slowness could be from an anti spam/virus protection where the mail is held for a minute before being let go.  You can adjust that.  

For ftp transfers, again, google apps for business via google drive or office365 using sharepoint or onedrive (skydrive).  If you are sharing files for the team, sharepoint is probably the way to go.

Then for your small website, you just need minimal hosting and a shared service will be fine.

At $50 per year per user for 30 people is $125 per month. About the same as higher end vps.  Since email is probably very important and file sharing can be difficult, it makes sense to use google/microsoft.  You will have a better handle on file security as well.
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ID: 39918131
Hi Scott,
I will look at your solution. It sounds simple and secure. So, I can transfer my domain to google? Get to keep my domain but through google? Interesting. Using Office 2013 which comes with Skydrive/onedrive. $125 per month is reasonable for a reliable mail carrier.
Thank you,
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39918170
I don't transfer the domain, just the mx record.    I point the mx record to google and A record to the webhost.  

Name/Host/Alias	Time to Live (TTL*)	Record Type	Priority	Value/Answer/Destination
Blank or @	3600	MX	1	ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @	3600	MX	5	ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @	3600	MX	5	ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM
Blank or @	3600	MX	10	ASPMX2.GOOGLEMAIL.COM
Blank or @	3600	MX	10	ASPMX3.GOOGLEMAIL.COM

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I also do spf https://support.google.com/a/answer/178723?hl=en and dkim https://support.google.com/a/answer/174124?hl=en

I have done this for both google apps for business and office365.

Keep in mind google drive and ms onedrive are based on a person.  You can certainly make the entire team have access to one of the folders but if you need team share, it is worth looking into office365 service and use sharepoint.  Both give you a 30 day trial and a temporary domain to play with.  In your case, check out the filesharing and base your decision on that.

Google apps for business is a bit easier in the way driving a car with automatic is easier for most people then manual.  Many auto enthusiast like the control of manual transmission.  Microsoft's solution gives you more control but in some of those instances, it is done through the web version of powershell and you have to have an understanding of how that works.

Lastly, for your website, you can  use Liquidweb and just get a shared server.  I think they are $15 per month.  You could get cheaper from other sources, for saving a few bucks a month, you will get great service.

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Thank you!!!
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by:Scott Fell, EE MVE
ID: 39919381
I hope this is not confusing, you still need to "add the domain" to google or office365, but you are not transferring name servers.  If you can manage your domain names withe the registrar all the better.

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