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    Hi All,

    I am currently looking for a good and affordable managed hosting solution. I know rackspace is good but their lowest costing hosting plan is $250 a month and I would like to spend under $150 if possible.
    Any input would be greatly appreciated!

    Core [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

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    Bump!

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    Hello Core,

    Visit my website, the business eMall at www.HancockBusinessSystems.com. When the home page loads, click on the "Click Me" text hyperlink to enter the eMall.

    Choose the text hyperlink topic at the left of the first page that loads, "Business To Business", and you will find the first web hosting solution.

    Click upon the "Next" button at the top of that screen twice, and you will scroll over to the third screen, which also has a web hosting solution ... most definitely within your price range.

    To further investigate/purchase a web hosting solution from either of these venders, just click on their banner ad and you will be taken immediately to the vender's website where you can investigate/shop.

    Mike Hancock
    sales@HancockBusinessSystems.com

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    I have already seen a bunch of banners. I want recommendations from peoples experiences. If I wanted to see a bunch of DellHost banners I would have went to my own website.

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    Hi Core,

    I have 2 dedicated server plans. I can set you up with either one of them usually within a few hours. Let me know if you need anymore information. http://www.newwebsite.com

    Also if you want some information from some of my customers I can provide that as well.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>If I wanted to see a bunch of DellHost banners I would have went to my own website.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE> [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif[/img]

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I have 2 dedicated server plans. I can set you up with either one of them usually within a few hours. Let me know if you need anymore information. http://www.newwebsite.com <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Yeah, what can you tell me about your matchmaker service?

    [ 08-04-2002: Message edited by: Cyclone ]

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    I don't have a matchmaker service.

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    http://www.newwebsite.com

    No terms of service. No AUP. No bandwidth mentioned accept on dedicated packages. Use of the word unlimited to describe either bandwidth or storage.

    That would scare me away from any service.

    Chet

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    If putting restrictions on your service makes you feel better I can certainly do that. Unlimited means I don't place a limit on the users. Maybe I should say unmonitored instead. Basically I don't currently track the storage or bandwidth so therefore there is no limit as far as I am concerned. Obviously there are physical limits in place. Most people know that. I don't set limits. I try to be as accommodating as possible. Say I can allow 30 gigs per user. If one user only uses 15 why should I restrict another user to 30 when I have another 15 available? I have always understood terms of service to be if you don't like the service then you stop paying and cancel your account. The terms are very simple. You like the service then you stay, if you don't like the service then you cancel. That's the way its supposed to be. Maybe I just have a liberal attitude. But all my current customers are very happy.

    But I can see what is really going here. You guys are loyal to thmedia.net and that is fine. You really just don't want any competiton here.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by Floyd:
    But I can see what is really going here. You guys are loyal to thmedia.net and that is fine. You really just don't want any competiton here.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    ??? TH-Media doesn't offer dedicated servers yet. TH-Media tried to find a solution for me and has been very helpful but they currently don't offer what I need. I would sign up @ poophost.com if they offered what I needed and were reliable and had good support.
    This forum isn't a matter of competition it is a matter of information. I want information about dedicated hosting solutions so I can review them and sign up for the one that suits my needs.

    To be honest I will either end up at fastservers.net or rackspace.com. I would really like managed web hosting since I always find a way to screw things up. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    Core

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I don't have a matchmaker service.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I was just joking with you. I meant the Matchmaker banner you have at the bottom, pushed way, way down, on your main page.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>I don't currently track the storage or bandwidth so therefore there is no limit as far as I am concerned.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    So how do you know what you are paying for? And what happens when the person you first sold "unlimited" to decides he wants to now use his unlimited terms of agreement and you don't have the capacity in the shared server?

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>But I can see what is really going here. You guys are loyal to thmedia.net and that is fine. You really just don't want any competiton here. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


    No problem with competition. Floyd, even though you and I are hosts, we are offering different packages and services. Whats right for your clients may not be right for my clients...and whats good with my clients may not be good for yours. There is absolutely nothing wrong with more than one host here at ABW, and you comments, posts, etc are welcome [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    A meta review of managed web servers... hey Moo, ya got a hot order over here! [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Floyd, actually we sell our own hosting, I just never mention it here. Affiliates are not our target audience. I just keep seeing you post on every thread about hosting, so you must want the business, have you looked at your site and wondered what level of person is going to purchase from you?

    I am not sure if you were just rushed to start your business, of if you choose to be vague for other reasons. You have chosen to not take the time or put into writing what your company really offers. This allows you at a whim to change your offer.

    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Unlimited means I don't place a limit on the users. Maybe I should say unmonitored instead. Basically I don't currently track the storage or bandwidth so therefore there is no limit as far as I am concerned. Obviously there are physical limits in place.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Well then, is it really unlimited? And you say obviously. Obviously if I go to an all you can eat restaurant, i think I should be able to eat - all I can eat. I don't expect someone to come by and say - that is all you can ear for $7.95, if you want more it is $9.95. In that sense every restaurant is all you can eat, all you can eat for what you are willing to pay.

    You also do not have an AUP. That means if I purchased hosting from you - I could send an unlimited amount of spam. If you shut me down, I could sue you. And I would win.

    TOS/AUP's exist to protect both parties. Your choosing to not have either doesn't make you a "cool" host, it makes you a host most people would not trust their business with. You might go on a blind date, but you aren't going to go on a blind business partnership.

    Chet

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>There is absolutely nothing wrong with more than one host here at ABW, and you comments, posts, etc are welcome<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Thanks Tom. I don't know you at all but maybe I got off on the wrong foot and took things a little personally from other people. I think I need to start over with a better attitude. Your kinds words made me realize that. Thanks
    again.

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    No I am not in a rush to start my business. I have been build this for 3 years and been doing it part time. I have been just breaking even until I got things set up to where I don't have to make any more majors purchases now for a long time to come. I just started making a profit in January and now in August its 25% of my total income so I dont think that's too bad. I have 8 servers going now, 5 of them are dedicated servers, which I manage, and 3 are shared hosting. I am still small. I only have a T-1 line and I am only using about 30% of it. I have about 50 customers and they average about 3 gigs a month each. So that is why I am not too worried about the bandwidth right now. But you are right it is something I should be concerned with. I do need to put up some kind of TOS. I must admit though I don't know what AUP stands for. It looks like I have a lot to learn about the business part. I know the technical end.

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    AUP = Acceptable Use Policy. [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    It's what you would define your rules about hosting sites that have pornography or illegal content.

    Core [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif[/img]

    RackSpace just emailed me a good deal. And they are giving me a free T-Shirt.

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    Just to let everyone know - I have been hosting with Floyd at NewWebsite.com for the last year and a half along with a # of other multiple domain holders. I have been extremely happy with the level of service I have gotten along with the terrific prices. They are the best option on the web for hosting multiple domains as far as I'm concerned and have great rates for other plans. I'm also glad I helped convince Floyd to launch his new affiliate program with lifetime commissions which will help the company grow.


    Larry Wentz
    www.AffiliateNetwork.org www.MultipleDomainHosting.net

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    Update!

    I move to my new server today at RackSpace.com. Yeah! 1ghz processor, 512mb ram, 40gb hard drive, red hat linux 7.2 and all the bells and whistles...

    Thank you all for your posts and your input. I will let you all know how it goes and how rackspace is...

    I keep telling myself the same thing that CJ tells us when they are down to try to calm myself during the switching of dns and servers...

    "Tracking will NOT be affected.."

    Core

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    Congrats and good luck for the move!

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    Core...congrats!!!! You will love a dedicated...a little more work, but SO much more control over things. I don't know your experience in moving sites to another server, but they should have given you an IP address to use until propagation takes place. Upload your site(s) using the IP. That way, when DNS updates around the globe, your users will find the 'new' site, while others will still get the 'old' site...no downtime at all [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img]

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    Congrats Core. One thought though. I would have thought they would have given you RedHat 7.3. Its been out now for months. I would try to make them install that for you as part of the deal. Make sure they apply all the security patches as well. They shouldn't charge for this. If they do then I would question their support. But I think you can make them do it for free if you have the attitude to back it up.

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    Core,

    It's been about two weeks, how has rackspace been? As I'm considering a dedicated server.

    My larger question is when is it time to consider moving to a dedicated solution? I've been getting a few 503.9's (too many users) at my current virtual host, who has been very responsive in correcting/tweaking, I'm just concerned I'm outgrowing them.

    Christmas is coming, and I am getting slightly concerned about what happens if my traffic doubles (it would be a good problem to have!). I'm personally more comfortable with Win2K, and I see that Rackspace offers a Win2K solution.

    Any thoughts?

    [ 08-21-2002: Message edited by: Jungleland ]

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    JungleLand,

    I love RackSpace! The support has been great, especially since I am new to managed hosting and had a lot to learn. I purchased a 1Ghz Linux server from them so I am not very familiar with their Windows solutions. The Linux server has a great control panel called Webmin. Most everything is point and click, like windows. Domains, users and email addresses are pretty easy to add. The server has spam control and something I just recently found I have called PortSentry.
    PortSentry is a great tool that blocks people that sniff for open ports on your server. It's already caught 5 people sniffing around and trying to access my server. It reported IP addresses and domains associated with them.
    So far 2 weeks and no problems. The server was up and running in 24 hours. RackSpace also has multiple connections from different providers to make sure your site doesn't go down. They also have a great guarantee, at least for my server.
    "RackSpace Guarantees that the network will be available 99.999% of the time in a given month (no more than 24 seconds of downtime in a given month), excluding scheduled maintenance. Rackspace will refund the customer 5% of the monthly fee per additional downtime up to 100% of the customers monthly fee."

    I give them 2 thumbs up!

    Core

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