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Time to change hosts...

Discussion in 'Server Configuration and Hosting' started by Chris D, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member


    We are definitely needing to change hosts and therefore any advice is appreciated.

    Our current host is Heart Internet and we're not particularly happy with server performance and a few other things. We've experienced several major outages over the last few months.

    This is our current VPS package:

    4 cores @ 2.2GHz
    4GB RAM
    30GB HD
    Unlimited bandwidth

    Cost: Around £50 GBP per month.

    Our current host is in the UK, but location doesn't particularly matter as we have a wide visitorship.

    More than anything reliability is the key, but we don't necessarily want to pay much more (we struggle to meet the server costs as it is).

    Yeah, any comments, feedback or suggestions welcome :) Thank you.
  2. SchmitzIT

    SchmitzIT Well-Known Member

    Give NimbusHosting a look, Chris. We've been hosting with them since they started, and are extremely happy with them.
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  3. Chris D

    Chris D XenForo Developer Staff Member

    Thank you Peter.

    On a semi related note, how much down time have you all had in the last year? At one point we were having an outage of about 30-60 minutes every week. Things have improved recently to be fair...
  4. yavuz

    yavuz Well-Known Member

    I'm pretty hapy with server4you.de servers. Particularily the new generation operton servers are neat. Can't find anyone who can touch these features.
  5. SchmitzIT

    SchmitzIT Well-Known Member

    We experienced some minor downtime. Once due to a crucial Plesk security patch, and I think the other time I can recall it was due to a power failure outside the hands of the host/data center.

    Other than that, the only downtimes we had were self-inflicted.
  6. karll

    karll Well-Known Member

    My host is Linode.com since end of April. Very happy with them so far. Only once was there any downtime, and that was scheduled maintenance.

    I'm using the cheapest plan ($19.95), so it's not very expensive, but it's sufficient for my needs at the moment.
  7. Sim

    Sim Well-Known Member

    Another vote for Linode - they have a node in London, plus other locations globally - if you ever decide to relocate your VPS to a different geography, it can be done fairly easily.

    I'm currently running one Linode out of Tokyo (serving Australia primarily) and another in Newark (global audience but with the majority in UK and US).
  8. Jeff Fuqua

    Jeff Fuqua Well-Known Member

    Their message board software choice is messed up ;) but webhostingtalk.com is a great site for getting reviews and finding specials.
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  9. fattony69

    fattony69 Well-Known Member

    I absolutely love Liquidweb. I'd definitely check them out!
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  10. Adam Howard

    Adam Howard Well-Known Member

    * Current approved list
    **Exploratory list
    *I've used them, tested them, and would recommend them.

    ** I'm exploring their services now and will report back at a later time

    But technically... That last two would still count as "on shore".
  11. onelife69

    onelife69 Member

    I'm with nimbus hosting, great service and awesome performance.
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  12. M@rc

    M@rc Well-Known Member

    I'm also with Nimbus Hosting, :love: - I highly recommend 'em.
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  13. Juze

    Juze New Member

    Linode is great, but can be a bit expensive too. I've been using ThrustVPS for years and only experienced one large downtime when I started. I heard their OpenVZ can be puke though, but the Xens are working great. They're based in UK, but also have servers in USA. Network is better than you get on OVH for example.
  14. TheBigK

    TheBigK Well-Known Member

    Liquidweb FTW! :D
  15. RobinHood

    RobinHood Well-Known Member

    I'm hunting for one at the moment too Chris. I need a managed hosting provider though as I don't want to be messing with the server settings too much. A few people on OcUK have recommended Vidahost and TSO host who have UK based datacenters. (They're owned by the same company I believe).

    They're not cheap, their managed VDS 40 package with 3GB RAM and 4 (Virtual?) Xeon Cores is about £89 a month. They will price match though if you find a comparable quote with a UK provider.

    The BigK wrote an interesting article on Liquid Webs storm on demand which I'm also considering at the moment.

    Nimbus hosting's prices look good, but I'm not sure how you can compare the CPU power available with their Cloud VPS or VM vs a normal VPS with another company?

    What does the following mean? Does is mean there's 24 other sites using the same CPU allocation as would normally be available on a normal VPS?

  16. CyclingTribe

    CyclingTribe Well-Known Member

    I've been with Positive Internet for 12 years and they are an excellent host, although not cheap. Might be worth giving them a call and seeing if they have anything they can offer at the price-point you need. (y)

    Shaun :D
  17. Jarod

    Jarod Active Member

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  18. MattW

    MattW Well-Known Member

    For a UK VPS Host, I'd highly recommend Xtrahost.co.uk

    I'm on their 3GB plan, and have only had 1 instance of unplanned downtime in the 3 years I've been with them.

  19. Brentnauer

    Brentnauer Well-Known Member

    I can't say enough good things about NFO Servers unmanaged VPS/full machines. I've been using them for years and have never had a complaint.
  20. Naatan

    Naatan Well-Known Member


    Oh god the irony is killing me :D
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