Can anyone recomend any good UK based Hosting for my Ubercart site?
The site wont have massive traffic but I want a good host for reliabilty and SEO.
Anyone? I was thinking of trying out 1and1. My margins are quite slim so I dont want to spend more than I have to on hosting and im hoping 1and1 will be ok for a small site.
Ive heard some bad stuff about them though but without an alternative recommendation im not sure who else to look at.
Well all you need is a decent LAMP host.
We use media72, they're based in London and their service - in terms of support - is fine. You can't get through to them on the phone though, which we've always found troubling.
Does anyone else have any recommendations?
How do they compare to 1and1? Thier basically as cheap, I thought smaller companies where generally more expensive but better than the big guys like 1and1 and bluehost.
Hi there, I have had sites hosted by Streamline, SiteGround and 1&1 and wouldn't recommend any of them. Currently I run a dedicated server through Poundhost, have a reselleraccount through http://www.fasthostingdirect.co.uk and another small package run on a friends server. When evaluating hosts it can be pretty difficult. Maybe give yourself a little spreadsheet of costs/features. I would suggest that ssh is a must for any serious drupal-ing as it allows you to use drush, which will save you much time in the long run. Also, try http://uk.webhostdir.com for more web hosts, it seems like a good list to me.
Hi. What was your issue with 1and1? Ive definatly heard some complaints about them but im wondering if their fine for a low traffic site as some people havn't had problems with them.
I had a quick look at drush, looks a bit beyond me!
although I haven't run any Drupal based sites on 1&1 servers, I did have a customer trying to rely on their web and e-mail hosting services (for 250 staff). Their website was only a few static HTML pages, but the e-mail service they were getting from 1&1 was terrible, probably because the servers were hosted in Germany on a very slow line. Since then I had a few customers with 1&1 packages, but because of the previous bad experiences, I've moved them over to another host without even thinking of it.
Currently my Drupal sites are running at Siteground and I'm quite happy with it. They must have invested a little bit of money to improve reliability in the last 12 months as I did have problems with dropping FTP, etc, but they seem to have disappeared now.
One of my clients wanted a UK based host just recently and I found xilo.net quite promising. Anyone had any experience with them?
I had a few issues with 1&1 customer support, and after that I thought that I had no reason to still be with them as they weren't even that cheap/good.
I have a couple of sites I maintain on siteground and I don't like the fact that they expect me to pay more to have ssh access so I'm moving them off onto a VPS. If you are running any number of sites/any traffic potentially think VPS as it will give you greater control.
Also with regards to drush, don't get put off too much, just think that running a command like drush update can save you 10-15 of downloading and extracting modules and you'll easily make up the 20 minutes that you spent learning how to use it. Have no fear, do it on a local/development server first!
Has anyone used Cloud hositng or specifically these guys;
It seems great. Customer support was good, starting price is low and apparently Cloud hosting is great as scalling if you get a sudden surge of visitors. My only reservation is why arn't more people using this? I hanv't heard much about Cloud, is it too good to be true?
You can check http://www.webhost.uk.net I have a dedicated server with this guys for a year now, I will say they are the best to host in UK , good pricing , Fully managed services, and true 24/7/365 days support. I dont have a single line to complain about their service.
Have a word with Finn at Ecobee - http://www.ecobee.org/
I see, if you're after reliability, I suggest you go after managed type of hosting. I don't personally know about a uk managed hosting, but currently I'm enjoying my Managed Hosting Canada service, cause I don't have to worry much, they have me covered on tasks like backing up, trouble shooting, upgrades...etc.
I've used Clook (http://www.clook.co.uk) with a shared hosting package and been pretty happy. I've never had something go so wrong that I needed to phone, but online support tickets were actioned in minutes. Despite it being shared hosting, they were happy to up PHP memory limits to get Drupal running happily.
Haven't tried them with Ubercart, but maybe about to.
fasthosts dedicated boxes are amazing. The price is pretty good and the specs are brill, alltough for a single site of your size you may not want to pay that much. Dont get a shared fasthosts box as I have heard very bad things, just make sure its actually UK basesd.
Someone here asked about 1&1, I have been with them for a few years, but now want to do a Drupal site. I have the Home package, which is supposed to have 1 SQL database but the tech support people there could not get it on my package. Also, no direct support for installing Drupal.
And with other issues I have had with them, I cannot recommend them, especially after they introduced a new webmail service which most of the time is unusable (certainly if your bandwidth is limited).
So I am looking for a new host. I have heard bad things about Webhost.uk.net, webhosting.uk.com and Fasthosts, so I am not going for those.
Clook.co.uk looks more professional but I see no mention of Drupal on their webiste. Same goes for Nethosted.co.uk
I have multiple domain names and want multiple sites, so some hosting cos do not offer this on shared hosting, and are even limited on reseller hosting.
I don't mind paying a bit more for reseller hosting, but it has to allow a large number of sites otherwise it's pointless.
So what is a good webhost that has easy installation of Drupal, very reliable, good tech support and allows lots of domain names/sites, as not too expensive? and based in the UK with no foreign call centre.
After searching the Clook site a bit more, I see good testimonials and a mention of Drupal and that it can be installed easily.
I also read good reviews about Clook elsewhere, so maybe this is the host I should use.
i've tried SO MANY hosts, one&one, register1 etc etc.
best by far are www.vidahost.com
they are in bath, and have a freephone number for support. Big enough to be reliable, small enough that you get to know the support staff.
excellent service, really good support, good pricing.
I've just set up a shared hosting plan with Vidahost and agree with @elvis.smith. My initial reason for picking them is that they are one of the few shared hosts providing PHP 5.2+ by default, which is becoming more of a dependency for contrib modules and Drupal 7.
Their support system is excellent and have fantastic customer service - answering queries online within minutes. They've been really responsive to customizing PHP and MySQL to get Drupal singing. The only area I'm having a minor problem is getting Drush working via SSH but I think that's a common issue with shared hosts, so isn't a huge issue right now.
I find myself very luck after having an horrible support expirenece with UK2, I found this Webhost.UK.Net from the day I have joined this guy , there support has been best I have seens so far, I have tried to contact them anytime and they are avalibale to help me. Till now I had no issues with this guys top service ,never had any major downtime. For the price the service I get I will say its the best deal for me. thank you Webhost UK.
I can definitely advise to stay away from 1and1. From experience, I can say that they are a low-quality host, in many respects. :(
The host I can recommend is CiviHosting. They are experts in Drupal hosting (the site itself is Drupal), provide 24/7 support, and have servers in Europe.
Disclaimer: CiviHosting is my business. :)
Daily.co.uk have upped their game over the past two years.
Their basic hosting will run Drupal with a few tweaks here and there. You do have to buy additional Dbs.
We're running our dev build of our new D7 site off of a VPS entry (windows) machine. It runs fine.
Pros: Awesome support staff - they're not a behemoth of a business so you actually get to speak to an engineer. Great advice and support.They just moved to Plesk and Parralels I believe as well. So that helps a lot.
Cons: Their knoweledge base needs updating. They're not the cheapest. (But not much more than you would expect). Upgrading is the same as migrating - but this is being changed soon.
Late night support is premium. No burning the candle at both ends and asking for help!
We're happy with them, though we haven't yet used their SSL stuff. But hopefully soon.
Is your Ubercart only selling within the UK?
If selling worldwide, or downloads, you are better off with a USA hosted site and a .com name, as you get listed higher in Google.com and the USA market is so much larger.
Hosting in USA is far, far cheaper than in the UK, and I can recommend Arvixe.com for a shared hosting site that's far faster than most shared hosting as they limit the number of users per server and have many more servers than many shared hosting companies.
Hi jdln, I have had websites hosted by Bluehost, Fatcow and Dreamhost in the US and I don't recommend any of them. Currently I run a huge and successful blog through Linux Hosts Inc. in the UK. When evaluating web hosting companies in the UK it can be pretty complicated. Maybe give yourself a little insight in cost and features. Also take a look at this web page for some good ideas.