In order to best evaluate the hosting offers out there, we open test accounts at each hosting company in order to review their service. This also allows us to make sure the b2evolution software works well on as many hosting platforms as possible, especially with our b2evolution hosting partners.
Our first selection is done through Web Hosting Tests who tests several hundreds of hosting offers anonymously.
With the best of these hosts, we then set up specific test accounts in order to verify they perform well with b2evolution.
You can check those test sites out for yourself to see how good or not a particular host is, especially in terms of server speed / bandwidth...
Here is a list of public test sites we have set-up:
You may actually wish to check back on these test sites at times that matter the most to you, in order to see if you'll get good server speed at that time of the day. It is often ok to wait a second more for a web page to load, but it gets painful when every page of an administrative interface takes 1 second too long!
When it comes to choosing a dedicated server, choosing between the offerings can be daunting, especially when looking at the processors! There are so many that it's almost impossible to compare them.
It used to be relatively easy: 486 was better than 386 which was better than 286... but there are no numbers any more. Only cryptic names and multiple variations. If you're not a CPU geek, you're doomed...
My advice for most dedicated servers would be this: go for the one that has the most RAM. Then only try to compare processors. RAM is much more important than you'd think for servers, especially if you have database driven apps.
Now, what I frequently miss is a rough guide to what CPU is newer/better than which others. I tried to put this together below...
As I understand it, here's how I'd order the Intel processors, from the best to the weakest:
Here's how I believe you could roughly rank AMD processors (from best to weakest):
Keep in mind that there are a lot of variations and lower ranked processor running at a higher clock rate (indicated in GHz) can be faster than a higher ranked processor running a a lower rate. However, double cores almost always beat single cores for servers, even at luch lower clock rates.
Now comparing Intel vs AMD chips is extremely difficult. It almost feels like comapring oranges and apples. So again, my advice would be: compare the number of cores. If one has more cores than the other, it's probably better.
We receive a lot of feedback and comments from people purchasing a webhosting account for the first time. One of the most misunderstood events is customer verification. Here is the why and how about this sensitive topic.
Web hosting is a very legitimate need for most individuals and businesses. Unfortunately it is also an urgent need for hackers and spammers of many kinds. These people will always try to sign up for cheap hosting accounts, especially if there is an x months for free promo. Worse: they will also sign up for more expensive hosting accounts using stolen credit card info!
This is why hosting companies have to remain vigilant about every sign up they get. Unfortunately, this is why you may also have to provide additional info upon signup, which could extend your signup process from a few minutes to a couple of days. For your own safety though...
One of their major problems was their CPU usage limitation that would frequently block customer scripts from executing normally. Matt told me this was now completely fixed:
"We went from 55,000 blocks PER DAY to just over 250".
The 250 remaining are scripts that actually go wrong, like entering endless loops and things like that.
The other major customer complaint we've been hearing lately was about support quality. Matt attributes this to their recent exploding growth.
"Support isn't there yet, but server quality is there. Support is ALMOST there. We hired 40 people in January. We will be to less than 1 min hold times in less than 20 days. There are all in the training class now (Actually 2 training classes) and will be out soon."
With the additional workforce HM+BH's staff will reach 200 people.
So check back by the end of the month to see if HostMonster's and BlueHost's tech support are back on track.
Looking at BlueHost's track record since 1996, we have reasons to believe they will indeed get things under control.
This is a summary review of AN hosting.
An Hosting is owned by the UK2 group along with several other hosting brands. The positioning of AN hosting in the family seems to be centered around the concept of giving a daily price like "Now only 19 cents a day" (which is actually $5.95/month divided by 31).
At this time we have insufficient feedback and testing to form a strong opinion on the quality of this hosting offer.
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