Web hosting suggestions

Discussion in 'IT & Internet' started by DavidWH, Mar 26, 2020 at 10:22 AM.

  1. DavidWH

    DavidWH UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    We're currently hosting our main website and couple of smaller, less critical sites on a package that provides separate Cpanel accounts for each site.

    Currently paying £140/yr with HiHosting

    Not sure if this is overkill, and if there are better hosts or cheaper alternatives out there?

    Sites are built on wordpress, the likes of FastHosts provide wordpress hosting, notably cheaper.

    Any suggestions?
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:22 AM By: DavidWH Member since: Feb 15, 2011
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  2. jacobc

    jacobc UKBF Regular Full Member

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    Hi David,

    Do you have an idea on your bandwidth and diskspace requirements? Is your key motivation for moving price or something else?

    Regards,

    Jacob
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:26 AM By: jacobc Member since: Jan 28, 2012
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  3. DavidWH

    DavidWH UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Bandwidth and storage are minimal, don't get huge amount of traffic.

    Looking at price, no knocking the hosting we have, but feel it may be overkill, and paying a premium for it?
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:39 AM By: DavidWH Member since: Feb 15, 2011
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  4. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    £140 a year seems cheap if they have been reliable and you have not had any problems with them.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:41 AM By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  5. DavidWH

    DavidWH UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    No complaints with them, as I'm at a loose end I've nothing better to do than look at costs.

    Our main website seems slow, but I built it myself, and really needs doing properly.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:53 AM By: DavidWH Member since: Feb 15, 2011
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  6. zigojacko

    zigojacko I say it how it is Full Member - Verified Business

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    £140 per year works out to £11.66 per month.

    Still think that's a premium price?
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:53 AM By: zigojacko Member since: Dec 7, 2009
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  7. Darren_Ssc

    Darren_Ssc UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Plenty of cheap options available but they are cheap for a reason.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:54 AM By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  8. DavidWH

    DavidWH UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    I don't think it's expensive for what we're getting.

    Just not sure if we really need what we're paying for? Could stick some of the non essential sites on a cheap host for what they are as they're more hobby sites. the only critical one is the main business site.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:54 AM By: DavidWH Member since: Feb 15, 2011
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  9. alan1302

    alan1302 UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    If it is critical you are only paying £140. How much less would you want to pay to make a switch to an unknown provider
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:56 AM By: alan1302 Member since: Jun 2, 2018
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  10. zigojacko

    zigojacko I say it how it is Full Member - Verified Business

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    Exactly. You could go Hostgator or GoDaddy and pay £2 per month for hosting but it is absolutely shocking.

    Cheap for a reason.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 10:56 AM By: zigojacko Member since: Dec 7, 2009
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  11. zigojacko

    zigojacko I say it how it is Full Member - Verified Business

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    Completely depends on your hosting set up but you can add multiple websites to the hosting package providing it's included in your plan. It often comes at a cost though.

    I'm just posting this as an example but we offer fully managed shared hosting from £60 per year. It is well maintained and perfect for a lot of small sized professional websites. But is per site (i.e. domain).

    If you wanted to add multiple websites (which actually host something so not like different TLDs you want to redirect for example), then we'd provide a VPS or a different subscription that allows (x) domains within your account but it would come at a higher cost, but you can add what you like to it within resource limitation.
     
    Last edited: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:08 AM
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:01 AM By: zigojacko Member since: Dec 7, 2009
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  12. DavidWH

    DavidWH UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    Critical may be an overstatement... more the one I'm bothered about, when we've had down time in the past we've not noticed ourselves.

    If I'm getting a Bentley for the price of a Vauxhall I'll stay put, but not entirely sure we need the bentley.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:03 AM By: DavidWH Member since: Feb 15, 2011
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  13. WESH.UK

    WESH.UK UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    My question here is, why are you not having this conversation with your hosting company?

    If any of our customers were thinking "Am I paying for more than I need?" I would totally expect them to speak to us first and ask rather than to go online and start asking strangers.

    Your hosting company will know you and see all of your website's history and be able to advise you correctly. Speak to them first.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:06 AM By: WESH.UK Member since: Aug 11, 2018
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  14. zigojacko

    zigojacko I say it how it is Full Member - Verified Business

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    How many 'hobby' sites do you have?

    I had a look on their website and they provide this plan:

    It hosts up to 5 domains and is £6 per month.

    I don't know how that compares to what you're currently on but it is cheaper.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:06 AM By: zigojacko Member since: Dec 7, 2009
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  15. DavidWH

    DavidWH UKBF Enthusiast Free Member

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    2-3 hobby sites.

    Had a look at other packages from them, and others, no harm in getting independent/alternative advice is there?
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:10 AM By: DavidWH Member since: Feb 15, 2011
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  16. Darren_Ssc

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    For £140 a year you are not getting a Bentley, you're not getting a Vauxhall either.

    What you're going to find one day is that cheap hosting comes at a price and that price isn't just poor performance it's poor support. When the stuff hits the fan you may need to deal with someone who understands the problem inside out. The basic economics of hosting means that guy isn't currently working at your provider.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:15 AM By: Darren_Ssc Member since: Mar 1, 2019
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  17. zigojacko

    zigojacko I say it how it is Full Member - Verified Business

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    Absolutely agree with this.

    ...And the person that you end up speaking to for any help or support is just basically a sales rep and wouldn't even be able to tell the difference between a domain or a mailbox.

    If the answer ain't wrote down in front of them, they will be completely useless. And trust me, that's a painful experience.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 11:46 AM By: zigojacko Member since: Dec 7, 2009
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  18. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    I have half a dozen sites with the same hosting company on the same package as the OP and I'm more than happy with the service that I received.

    Problems are dealt with quickly and efficiently even when they are my own fault as mine tend to be
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 12:55 PM By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  19. Ian J

    Ian J Factoring Specialist Full Member - Verified Business

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    Having just posted my own satisfaction with Hi Hosting and the service that they offer my main site is hosted with zigojacko's company and I'm very happy. I've moved around a bit due to poor service and sites continually going down but in the year plus that I have been with Clubnet I don't think it's gone down once and it loads quickly enough
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 12:58 PM By: Ian J Member since: Nov 6, 2004
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  20. Dolphin-Design

    Dolphin-Design UKBF Contributor Free Member

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    I'm in a very similar boat to the OP and I use @ryedale they host about 5-6 sites for me . Really excellent service and great support. They also specialise in Wordpress sites. I'm not sure you'll get it any cheaper than your plan now but worth a chat to see your options.
     
    Posted: Mar 26, 2020 at 8:39 PM By: Dolphin-Design Member since: Aug 4, 2013
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