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Web hosting recommendations

newfocus 12 647 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 8:51PM
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 13 491 Scotland
7 Feb 2012 10:09PM
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.
thatmanbrian 6 342 3 Spain
7 Feb 2012 10:16PM
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.
newfocus 12 647 2 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 11:15PM
Thanks for the recommendations - I'll check them both out. Any more from anyone?
User_Removed 14 3.3k 4 United Kingdom
7 Feb 2012 11:26PM
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).


thatmanbrian 6 342 3 Spain
8 Feb 2012 9:42AM
Funny Chris, that CP looks identical to my host's. Like the page turn!
pmorgan 11 217 13 England
8 Feb 2012 12:30PM
Found these guys extremely good for my print site tsohost

rheyes 14 74 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2012 1:47PM
I have used Aegis Hosting for a long time, excellent service and support.

newfocus 12 647 2 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2012 3:40PM
Thanks - much appreciated. Always good to hear real experiences.
9 Feb 2012 8:08PM
I use Heart

It's linux based, and their techies are brilliant, nothing is to much trouble.
dougv 14 8.4k 3 England
9 Feb 2012 8:26PM
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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