Getting the best web hosting is the most difficult





Mar 31 2008
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Since the blogosphere took off with a big bang, the traditional way of information flows has changed tremendously. Bloggers were mushrooming with great influence so much so it knocked out billions of dollars off Apple Inc.’s market capitalization, not to mention how it changed the political landscape such as in Malaysia and now Singapore is talking this trend very seriously.

Serious bloggers went a step further to monetize their blogs and due to obvious reason a new channel of making money from domain names buying and selling flourishes. While getting your own domain name is quite straight forward, the same cannot be said about web hosting. Besides having to pay for web hosting there’s no guarantee that it wouldn’t give you nightmare such as downtime, horrible customer support etc which could be better spent on blogging.

It’s more of a try it and see if you can get the best web hosting company. Generally, you would bump into names such as Host Monster, Host Gator, Yahoo Host, Blue Host, Dream Host and many more. Of course after you consider domain name and hosting company, it’s time to consider the design of your web or blog. So, what’s your experience and which web hosting would you recommend?





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Hey ST

I can’t claim myself an expert in the webhosting field, but I have been around for a few years hosting here and there that I might have some stuff which might help you out in choosing a good hosting.

In general, there’s 2 types of hosting which you can start from, a shared hosting (cheap) or a dedicated hosting (expensive). If you are planning to add alot of web applications, security related hacks etc, you should opt for the dedicated hosting, since with shared hosting, there’s a limit to what you can “hack” with your server. Dedicated hostings are much more reliable than shared ones, because you never know if you’ve got a hacker neighbour on the same server rack :-)

Between Linux and Microsoft, I suggest the former anytime, since there are alot of free stuff available for download on the Linux platform.

I myself is using Exabytes.com.my (the RM 199 EBiz 1 package), but their uptime leaves much to be desired. Although their support is generally satisfactory, but I would rather have reliable uptime and less support.

Next question would be whether to host locally or overseas. If your readership mainly consist of Malaysians, it’s best to host your site locally, not just because you can contact the support team easily, but also because of the major screw-up with our Internet Service Provider- Streamyx. There’s alot of occassions where Streamyx’s connection to overseas backbone goes down, and this will cause your site to be unaccessible by oversea visitors. Also, TM’s constant DNS resolving issues also causes websites to be unaccessible.

You might also want to consider hosting your email separately from your webhosting, since most webhosting don’t have very good email hosting quality control 😉

Just my 2 sen.
Yowchuan

Hey STI can’t claim myself an expert in the webhosting field, but I have been around for a few years hosting here and there that I might have some stuff which might help you out in choosing a good hosting.In general, there’s 2 types of hosting which you can start from, a shared hosting (cheap) or a dedicated hosting (expensive). If you are planning to add alot of web applications, security related hacks etc, you should opt for the dedicated hosting, since with shared hosting, there’s a limit to what you can “hack” with your server. Dedicated hostings are much more reliable than shared ones, because you never know if you’ve got a hacker neighbour on the same server rack :-)Between Linux and Microsoft, I suggest the former anytime, since there are alot of free stuff available for download on the Linux platform.I myself is using Exabytes.com.my (the RM 199 EBiz 1 package), but their uptime leaves much to be desired. Although their support is generally satisfactory, but I would rather have reliable uptime and less support.Next question would be whether to host locally or overseas. If your readership mainly consist of Malaysians, it’s best to host your site locally, not just because you can contact the support team easily, but also because of the major screw-up with our Internet Service Provider- Streamyx. There’s alot of occassions where Streamyx’s connection to overseas backbone goes down, and this will cause your site to be unaccessible by oversea visitors. Also, TM’s constant DNS resolving issues also causes websites to be unaccessible.You might also want to consider hosting your email separately from your webhosting, since most webhosting don’t have very good email hosting quality control ;-)Just my 2 sen.Yowchuan

thanx for your helpful and lengthy opinion yowchuan … appreciate it …

don’t plan to host it within malaysia for obvious reasons …

i believe besides support, uptime is perhaps the most important factor …

cheers …

thanx for your helpful and lengthy opinion yowchuan … appreciate it …don’t plan to host it within malaysia for obvious reasons … i believe besides support, uptime is perhaps the most important factor …cheers …

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