I’m looking for a new host. My current web host for this site is not providing for my needs, so I really need to find a host that is cost-effective and has all the features I require. My current host is very limiting for the following reasons:
- Disk Space: 30MB is not enough disk space. I have almost run out with just the Firefox Flyers and the Firefox 5 Minute Challenge taking up over 15MB already, and there’s more to come.
- MySQL is not supported, and therefore, I cannot run my own CMS for my blog, such as MovableType or WordPress.
- Old Apache and PHP. There are some nice features in the newer versions of Apache and PHP that I would like to utilise, but can’t because they’re still running the old versions.
- Log Files: They do not, and will not provide any access to website logs, so I have no idea about any visitor statistics, which I would like to know. eg. Browser statistics and referral logs. I want to know if anyone actually visits my site with IE (I hope not, my target audience should know better) and who is linking to me, to know how my visitors are finding me. I know statistics can’t really be trusted, all I want is a general idea, not to perform any complicated statistical analysis.
I had a quick look around yesterday, and looked at about 20-30 hosting companies and found that the services offered varied significantly. Some were extremely overpriced, yet offered less than what I have now, and others moderately priced, yet only offered a little more than I have. By far, the best offer I found is that currently being offered by XulPlanet.
The basic plan we have been offering people is $10 a month for 400 MB disk space and 10 GB bandwidth… including php, mysql, and cpanel…
That seems quite cheap – it is only a little more than I’m paying now, which is to be expected for better services. It offers significantly more disk space, MySQL and PHP which will allow me to run my own CMS, and cPanel which will offer all the logs I wanted, plus many more features. The HTTP Headers show they’re also running Apache 1.3.29 and PHP 4.3.3 – the same as my current host – but I can live with that, the benefits offered by the newer versions aren’t all that significant for me anyway, and there’s always a chance they’ll upgrade their server one day, so it’s not a problem.
I’m not switching just yet, but will be in the near future, and that looks to be the best option. If anyone knows of any better hosts available, or has any other advice for me, let me know.