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Hosting Recommendations - Aus/NZ Sporting Website

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by tajhay, Mar 15, 2013.

  1. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Hi guys, need some recommendations.

    Few facts as below:
    - I am currently on a shared server located in Australia (www.ventraip.com.au).
    - I have about 50 members + 120 visitors online at any given time
    - Usually the max number of members + visitors at our busiest perior would be around 500.
    - Majority of my visitors are from Australia and NZ (70-80%)
    - website is at www.nzwarriors.com
    - Using google pagespeed CDN(?).

    With my current setup i find issues with memory usage ( i get a lot of memory usage exceeded) etc and once every couple of weeks my resource hits 100% and they take me offline for a few mins.

    With my current forum setup, do i really need a VPS? I would think not.

    Is there anything out there comparable or better hosting wise which would be better served for my community? I want good response times from australia/nz, decent price, (APC or memcached installed would be a plus), and with good resource allocation so i dont hit these barriers. I contacted my hosting company in the past and they told me to further optimise the website, i have it optimised in cpanel and even using google pagespeed.

    What can i do? Any hosting recommendations? I assume having a host in Australia/NZ would be better due to latency?
     
  2. Ernest L. Defoe

    Ernest L. Defoe Well-Known Member

    They aren't in NZ but I highly recommend xfhost.me Mike Edge is hosting several big sites and they seem to be doing well on his servers.
     
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  3. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    I believe their latency would be too much for what we need, plus i wish they had a free trial so i could test it out ;)
     
  4. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member


    We have a 30 day money back :)
     
  5. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    where exactly is the server located?
     
  6. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    Montreal Canada. Anthony Parson's did some testing from Melbourne yesterday for me. Said pages loaded in under 1.5 sec and some pings..

    64 bytes from: icmp_seq=9 ttl=51 time=23.149 ms
    64 bytes from: icmp_seq=10 ttl=51 time=22.504 ms
    64 bytes from: icmp_seq=11 ttl=51 time=31.185 ms
    64 bytes from: icmp_seq=12 ttl=51 time=22.998 ms
    64 bytes from: icmp_seq=13 ttl=51 time=22.287 ms

    So really good pings..
     
  7. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    I'll test out Mike's server for anyone in Australia if interested. I have purchased a months worth of hosting with a private 2gb cache.

    As for those pings listed...they were from xfhost.net and not xfhost.me correct? It seems that xfhost.net is cloudflare enabled hence the pings are obviously going to be fast if it is served to us by a data centre closer to us. xfhost.me on the other hand is not enabled.


    Here are some pings... (Brisbane, Australia)


    XFHOST.NET (IP(108.162.204.203) seemed to resolve to Cloudflare)
    Ping has started…

    Ping has started…

    PING xfhost.net (108.162.204.203): 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=0 ttl=59 time=35.649 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=1 ttl=59 time=32.590 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=2 ttl=59 time=32.074 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=3 ttl=59 time=36.114 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=4 ttl=59 time=57.259 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=5 ttl=59 time=32.827 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=6 ttl=59 time=33.023 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=7 ttl=59 time=37.155 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=8 ttl=59 time=33.406 ms
    64 bytes from 108.162.204.203: icmp_seq=9 ttl=59 time=36.645 ms

    --- xfhost.net ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 32.074/36.674/57.259/7.085 ms

    XFHOST.ME
    Ping has started…

    PING xfhost.me (192.95.23.237): 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=0 ttl=52 time=255.307 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=249.030 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=247.644 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=252.372 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=355.083 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=5 ttl=52 time=250.432 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=6 ttl=52 time=250.049 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=7 ttl=52 time=247.554 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=8 ttl=52 time=250.628 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.23.237: icmp_seq=9 ttl=52 time=253.751 ms

    --- xfhost.me ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 247.554/261.185/355.083/31.388 ms

    And i also pinged a couple of sites hosted by you

    GOTITANS.COM
    Ping has started…

    PING gotitans.com (192.95.38.72): 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=0 ttl=52 time=262.215 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=388.376 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=272.326 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=260.376 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=457.405 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=5 ttl=52 time=261.553 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=6 ttl=52 time=261.172 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=7 ttl=52 time=261.569 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=8 ttl=52 time=260.896 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.38.72: icmp_seq=9 ttl=52 time=260.919 ms

    --- gotitans.com ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 260.376/294.681/457.405/66.020 ms

    Ping has started…

    TAFREEHMELLA.COM (Self confessed XF fastest site....)

    PING tafreehmella.com (192.95.4.68): 56 data bytes
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=0 ttl=52 time=451.932 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=1 ttl=52 time=474.962 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=2 ttl=52 time=279.497 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=3 ttl=52 time=260.603 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=4 ttl=52 time=261.706 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=5 ttl=52 time=260.619 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=6 ttl=52 time=385.644 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=7 ttl=52 time=261.004 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=8 ttl=52 time=256.603 ms
    64 bytes from 192.95.4.68: icmp_seq=9 ttl=52 time=259.758 ms

    --- tafreehmella.com ping statistics ---
    10 packets transmitted, 10 packets received, 0.0% packet loss
    round-trip min/avg/max/stddev = 256.603/315.233/474.962/82.899 ms


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    Judging by all that i dont think a ping of xfhost.net is fair correct?

    I will still give your hosting a go, and as per my email will arrange for a time that is suitable.
     
  8. The Forum Heroes

    The Forum Heroes Well-Known Member

    I believe he was testing gotitans, but it might have been our site.
     

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