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    newfocus
    newfocus  8644 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Feb 2012 - 8:51 PM

    I realise there have been threads on this before but not recently that I can find and things change. So...

    I'm looking for recommendations on web hosting (for a self-built site rather than photium, foliopic, etc). It's not totally a money-no-object job but I'm willing to pay a little more for fast hosting and good service (I don't mind paying for a business rather than home package if it works well).

    For the techies, my requirements are:

    - php and mysql
    - ability to install my own wordpress site (including enough access to set up redirects, etc)
    - UK-based, dedicated IP address (not shared with other sites)
    - sub-domains
    - sub-second load time for static pages (the pages are light enough for this to be possible on a half decent server)
    - reasonable tech support (not just the switch it off and on again crowd)
    - I'd prefer linux-based hosting

    Anyone had any good experiences over the last few months?

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    nickp
    nickp  9490 forum posts
    7 Feb 2012 - 10:09 PM

    I've been using BPWeb for the last 7 years or so, both personally and professionally. Performance is good, and the support spot on for my needs. Nothing fancy but ticks all your boxes. Shared and dedicated hosting both available.

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    thatmanbrian
    7 Feb 2012 - 10:16 PM

    I use UKHosts.com, now called mediamarmot.com. They have Wordpress ready for you to install and configure from scratch and lots of extras and importantly, a good control panel. Also reliable uptime.

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    newfocus
    newfocus  8644 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    7 Feb 2012 - 11:15 PM

    Thanks for the recommendations - I'll check them both out. Any more from anyone?

    User_Removed
    7 Feb 2012 - 11:26 PM

    I've helped a lot of people set up sites and I've seen a lot of hosts. NamesCo, Streamline and Fasthosts used to be cutting edge but IMO are big and slow now.

    My favourite is Duport. It's one click to install Wordpress, full PHP and MySQL support, lots of FTP features etc. This is a screenshot of the control panel (when logged in).

    07-02-2012-23-21-20.jpg

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    thatmanbrian
    8 Feb 2012 - 9:42 AM

    Funny Chris, that CP looks identical to my host's. Like the page turn!

    pmorgan
    pmorgan  7217 forum posts England13 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Feb 2012 - 12:30 PM

    Found these guys extremely good for my print site tsohost

    Rgds
    Paul

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    rheyes
    rheyes  1071 forum posts United Kingdom
    8 Feb 2012 - 1:47 PM

    I have used Aegis Hosting for a long time, excellent service and support.

    Richard

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    newfocus
    newfocus  8644 forum posts United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
    8 Feb 2012 - 3:40 PM

    Thanks - much appreciated. Always good to hear real experiences.

    User_Removed
    9 Feb 2012 - 8:08 PM

    I use Heart
    http://www.heartinternet.co.uk/

    It's linux based, and their techies are brilliant, nothing is to much trouble.

    dougv
    dougv Site Moderator 108375 forum postsdougv vcard England3 Constructive Critique Points
    9 Feb 2012 - 8:26 PM

    I recently signed up with HostPapa for my site.
    Got a free domain which will remain free while ever I am with them.
    Price is good too.

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