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    Wanted: Web Site Host

    Hi,

    Some months ago I bought www.jonathanrick.com (www.jonrick.com was, and remains, taken!)

    It's now time to start using my new site, but I first need a host. I need only the basics, and I'd prefer something cheap. Any recommendations? Many thanks.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host


    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    If cheapness is a high priority, have a look at http://www.webhostingboy.com .

    They have a range of packages, but the cheapest is called the "copper" package, and provides 200mB of storage for $0.84 cents per year.

    I put some stuff there recently and it all works OK and is quite fast.

    Not surprisingly, they don't seem very good at providing support at this price. I have emailed them a couple of questions, which produce an automated reply with a job number and an assurance that I will get a proper response soon, but it never comes. Fortunately neither of my questions really mattered.
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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    I've used HostOnce.com for a couple of years. They're Down Under, so the support is by email and web site. Fee payable annually.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    Many thanks Dave. I just signed-up with 1and1!

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    Thanks for the suggestion, but I went with 1and1.com, which is only $5 a month for 1 GB and 200 e-mail addresses. Tech support is also important to me. Thanks again.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    Thanks Al, but I'd prefer a stateside host.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    Stateside? We host with 1 and 1. They just moved our web site to one of their servers in Germany. We asked why. They said "technical reasons." We said, "for performance reasons, can you move it back?" Still waiting for a response to that one...

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    hmm... the rep. with whom i spoke yesterday said their servers are in new york and new jersey...

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    My site (Schmeckabernathy.com) has been moved to Germany, but I have seen NO decrease in performance. Since the move, we have been given more tools (toys) to use, additional server space, email addresses and etc for the same price tag.

    More and more Hosting sites are moving to Europe area with the servers, but maintaining the sales and support State side.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    Uh oh, that's very interesting John! I'm in my third year with them and I'm positive that there used to be stuff on their web pages that said they are an Australian company. I just looked at a number of pages and can't find a single reference to Oz anywhere. I'm also sure that is used to say that they had servers in Australia and England, but I see it's all a moot point now. The Whois lookup on HostOnce.Com DOES indicate that the contacts are in Australia, but also confirms what you said about North Carolina:
    <hr>Registrant:
    HostOnce.com DNS Profile1b (HOSTONCE-COM-DOM)
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    PO Box 8016
    Oakleigh East, Vic 3166
    Australia
    9515 3977 <hr>
    I also did a Whois on my domain and it shows a couple of company names I've never heard of, Savvis and Carolina On Line (COL). I dunno, maybe somewhere along the line HostOnce has subcontracted or something. Sorry for any confusion for you.

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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    I am looking for an Australian host, so I asked HostOnce, but they said that their servers are located in North Carolina.
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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    As I have been looking around, comparing deals and prices etc, I have been very surprised at the number of "Australian" web hosts that have their servers in the US, particularly when you look the those that provide substantial disk space (about 1G) at a budget price.

    Does it matter ? I don't know. Intuitively you would think it would take longer to deliver a page.

    One thing that does matter is country specific Google searching.

    Our local version of Google allows us to restrict the search to just Australia, but it does not define what constitutes being in Australia. I read recently that the location of the servers is one of the factors taken into account.

    http://www.webpronews.com/insidesearch/ins...canEngines.html
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    Re: Wanted: Web Site Host

    This just show that "Off Shoring" will be different for everyone.

    When I first started using 1and1.com, they were in Pennsylvania, USA and now in Germany. I have seen NO decrease in speed in the uploading or downloading of files.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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