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Old 18-12-2007, 14:54   #1
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Reliable web hosting services

I'm currently running a web server in my garage but thanks to the ridiculous outage last night by Virgin Media I now have to consider professionally managed hosting sooner than I wanted to.

Anyway I'm looking for a RELIABLE web host who will be able to carry a heavy load (Up to 3000 users at once), I would be running vBulletin and the database would be growing pretty quickly.

Not too fussed about the Windows/Linux

Any suggestions? Cheap would be good but I suppose I can't match cheap and reliable together in the same sentence!
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Old 18-12-2007, 16:07   #2
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I would have a look at Vidahost.com

which is uk based too

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Old 18-12-2007, 16:22   #3
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Ditto. I'd recommend Vidahost too. Excellent support.
Catalyst are also pretty good, but you don't get much disk space or monthly transfer, which are your key requirements. Might be worth considering though.

http://www.catalyst2.com/
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Thanks - What sort of package would suit my needs on Vidahost?

I'm mainly thinking about Bandwith - Think around the same volume of traffic as this site and you won't be far off my requirements
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Old 18-12-2007, 17:33   #5
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I recommend hosting from - http://www.cluster-internet.com/ (business) http://www.spinningtheweb.co.uk/ (personal) I have a good few domains (and my own server) with them and I've personally seen thier setup so I'm happy.
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Old 18-12-2007, 17:33   #6
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Thanks - What sort of package would suit my needs on Vidahost?

I'm mainly thinking about Bandwith - Think around the same volume of traffic as this site and you won't be far off my requirements
You managed the same amount of traffic as this site on a Home line ? did you have a leased line ?

you really need to measure it rather than guess it
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Old 18-12-2007, 18:48   #7
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1. You'll need a Linux server if you're running Vbulletin. How can you miss this if you're running your own server?

2. Erm how did you manage 3000 users on a Virgin line?

Try www.ukservers.com , they are excellent.
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Why can't you run vBulletin on Windows? It's PHP/MySQL based isn't it, so that shouldn't be a problem...

Edit: According to the faq on their site it will run on Windows - http://www.vbulletin.com/faqsales.php

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It'll run on Windows but they recommend Linux hosting for vBulletin. You get better performance. In shared hosting that's important because your forum starts chewing up server resources wave bye-bye to your account,
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Why can't you run vBulletin on Windows? It's PHP/MySQL based isn't it, so that shouldn't be a problem...

Edit: According to the faq on their site it will run on Windows - http://www.vbulletin.com/faqsales.php
True, I run my desktop on Apache + PHP + MYSQL at work on windows. Surely nobody uses it as a proper Web server though?

I think you'll need to go down the dedicated route. I run a server for a client who's forum has about 400 users at a time and it takes about 100GB of bandwidth a month. If UK bandwidth is too expensive, have a look a .nl
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