Commercial Hosting Companies
Commercial hosting companies, dedicated searchable databases and webhost listing sites are provided below for convenience. The links were initially collected when looking for good reliable paid hosting options - I was sadly disappointed. Out of several hundred companies contacted, only a few bothered to respond to my sales query and so the following listing consists of companies who I can personally recommend or are used by trusted friends/clients. I strongly advise anyone considering paid hosting to email the company with their queries and search all hosting discussion groups for feedback before parting with their money. Also read their terms of service as sites with streaming media or music content are not always accepted. For more hosting options browse the Media Hosting, Free Hosts and Co Branded Hosting listings.
Recommended Commercial Hosting Companies
Buck Host **
Reasonably priced Unix hosting packages starting from $1 a month with fantastico, cpanel, excellent support and a variety of services including site templates and ready made e-business or custom solutions. This company is also the hosting provider for Affordable-Website-Design.me.uk's support site Affordable Website Design.me.uk. (Highly recommended).
Fasthosts Internet Ltd **
I used this company via a reseller for a while and although they did go through a rough patch awhile ago, they appear to have sorted out the problems. Support and uptime has been good so far although connect times are slower than I would like considering they are based in the UK. Variety of packages available ranging from personal to reseller and dedicated servers. Prices start from £1.99+vat per month or £19.99+vat per year for the starter account which includes 100mb space, site builder, 15 pop3 email accounts, autoresponder, unlimited forwarders, sms email alerts, web mail, ftp, control panel, free dialup internet access but no scripting, FrontPage, MySQL or streaming media. Practically all the packages require extra fees for these addons.
Global Gold **
UK web hosting, domain registration, streaming media, dedicated servers and ecommerce solutions plus a variety of hosting options. Prices start from £6.50 month for the entry level hosting, streaming media options cost around £1 per track extra. PHP, Perl 5 and Sendmail comes as standard on UNIX accounts, MySQL and FrontPage Extensions available as an added extra on Cruiser Packages. Not the cheapest of the bunch but associates who use them highly recommend their service and support.
MW Hosting **
Various hosting plans, including reseller option to suit all types of websites! Includes free templates and domain registration services.
This US company comes highly recommended by those who use the service. Reasonable prices and excellent support/service. Packages range from shared hosting to dedicated servers. Basic package starts at $9.95 month ($25 setup fee), includes virtual domain, 200mb space, 6GB bandwidth month, 10 mailboxes, pre configured cgi scripts, ssi and email support.
Your Choice Budget **
Low cost hosting solutions for UK, Europe, USA and Canada. 25mb space, 500mb monthly data transfer, pop3 email, apache, perl, ssi, php, ftp, sub-domains, cgi, some scripts installed for about £30 a year. Limited space and bandwidth but very helpful company with reliable support service and hosting suitable for both personal and business websites.
Searchable database of cheap US web hosting plans below $10 month and complete reviews of the top 10 web hosts.
Searching the discussion and user groups at Google can be an eye opener when it comes to web hosting! Before you sign up for any hosting service, a quick search here is recommended!
Discussion on all aspects of web hosting including choosing a host, questions and answers, past experiences and related subjects.