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28 September 2010 @ 11:31 pm
web host provider?  

Anybody got a web host they’re especially fond of? Mine’s just irritated me for the last time, after I sent them a huge flipping list of spammer IPs and was told “Gosh, you can block these yourself, there’s not much we can do about them since spammers are a dime a dozen.”

I’m afraid I got snotty in return. Anyway, open to suggestions.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
 
 
 
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on September 28th, 2010 06:34 pm (UTC)
I moved to www.dreamhost.com and haven't had any problems with them, but my demands of my webhost are vastly less involved than yours so I can't say as to how they would fit for you.
namemr_cornelius on September 28th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Second for dreamhost. I've gone through quite a few providers in the last ten years, and dreamhost are by far and away the best. I've been with them for two-three years now and I can't fault them.
Ellen Millionellenmillion on September 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
I'm on dreamhost, too. Want to sublet some space?
Ellen Millionellenmillion on September 28th, 2010 06:38 pm (UTC)
(Been with them for 10+ years! Can't say they are without problems, but their pluses outweigh them.)
kitmizkit on September 29th, 2010 03:03 am (UTC)
Actually, it's more practical for me to get a master account and sublet space to myself, as a rule. :)
Taiyotaiyosan on September 28th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
Me too
I fifthe it or that fourth it ... i use Dreamhost and while i don't make any demands, they are pretty flawless and have quickly answered my questions when i have them. Give 'em a try!
Chrysoulachrysoula on September 28th, 2010 07:25 pm (UTC)
Dreamhost = good. Kevin's brother works for their CS department and their newsletters are hilarious, if you're into that kind of thing. They're constantly improving their service and their tech support allows you to rate your own knowledge level so they don't talk down to you if you don't ask them to.
Jill Mylesirysangel on September 28th, 2010 07:33 pm (UTC)
I'm on ixwebhosting - they're pretty decent and a lot more affordable than most.

I also like that I have a specific person assigned to my account for when I have questions.
Jeff Linderjslinder on September 28th, 2010 07:41 pm (UTC)
Yet another happy Dreamhost customer here - 9 years and counting..

Amberleyamberley on September 28th, 2010 11:24 pm (UTC)
I like M5 Hosting
For web hosting I've heard good things about Dreamhost but have never used them. For a dedicated host I've been very happy using M5 Hosting in San Diego. My FreeBSD server there had 558 days of uptime until at last the time came to move it to a new rack with improved power and management, which they handled in 10 minutes of scheduled downtime with plenty of advance notice. (If you don't like Linux or FreeBSD or OpenBSD, ignore this blurb.)

Although I do my own blocking of spammer IPs using spamhaus, spamprobe, and Postfix's access file, so I don't know if they'd block spammers for me if I asked. M5's support has been responsive and good on the rare occasions I've contacted them, and they do detailed followups on any network or power outages explaining what went wrong and what they're doing to fix it. The last one of which was, well, 559 days ago.
Lynn Calvinromsfuulynn on September 28th, 2010 11:28 pm (UTC)
For Fantasy and SF writers, try SFF.NET
Stuartsaetter on September 29th, 2010 09:18 am (UTC)
My brother hosts my site (and designed/built it). :)

He hosts a number of professional business sites as well, but not too many. He's always online for customer support.

I just pinged him about your issue and here's his response: "If her problem is email spammers then the solution I would set her up with is Google's business account ... its free for 50 users and works swimmingly. And I can set it up so it still runs from her domain but powered by google. Its what I am doing now with all my clients who need email. http://www.google.com/apps/intl/en/group/index.html As long as she can edit MX Records on her server she is golden."

Feel free to send me a PM if you have any questions or want to talk to my brother.
anthony_lionanthony_lion on September 29th, 2010 01:50 pm (UTC)
I use http://www.one.com and have used them since they were B-one.net (In other words, years...)

It's cheap, and they tend to unnannounced increase disk quotas without raising the price.
(I'm still paying the same monthly fee with 3GB space as I did when it was 512MB, or was it 256MB? Years ago, anyway)

In addition to unlimited traffic, as many email addys you want, straight PHP and MySL, they also offer photo gallery and blogging scripts.
The blogging scrips suck, and the photo gallery was the reason for the last quota increase from 1 to 4GB..

They have standard packages up to 25GB if you need it.
imagosdawn on September 29th, 2010 03:42 pm (UTC)
drak.net -- I've been with them for 10+ years. They are customizable, affordable, and have nearly perfect customer service.
rfrancis on September 29th, 2010 09:52 pm (UTC)
Count me as another dreamhost customer. I sublet to people for free frequently, but understandable for you to want your own thing. I will say that their resources are copious for modest money (thus my throwing mine around, as I say, and still not making much of a dent in it since I stopped podcasting on my own.)
ext_272681 on October 1st, 2010 01:37 pm (UTC)
Hosting Matters
I've used these folks for 10 years: http://hostmatters.com
They have an anniversary special going on now, unlimited hosting for $11/month. http://www.hostmatters.com/unmetereddetails.html