Good Hosting Companies
July 6th, 2006
After two years of hosting with Doorhost.net I was forced to change hosts since the company was sold and the new owners (IHSystem.com) ruined the service overnight by providing no support and leaving the servers to run mostly on their own with harsh consequences. There were several cases of servers being down for a few hours a day.
So, I spent some time searching around. I was mainly interested in a reliable host with a good reputation, knowledgeable support, a user forum, ssh access, possibility for multiple add-on domains, with around 500MB of space and 30GB bandwidth. Python 2.4 (as opposed to the usual 2.2), Ruby on Rails and Subversion would be a big bonus.
These are all very fine, highly respectable hosts, although Site5 seems to be having some hickups lately. Hostgator is the most recommended one around but it doesn’t offer ssh which is a must for me so my choice dropped down to ASO (A Small Orange) and Dotable.Com. I wrote to both of them with questions about the service, and both replied with detailed and fast replies. I chose ASO because they are more developer oriented and offer Subversion and Ruby on Rails. They are also a bit cheaper, but this is due to the reseller nature of all Dotable accounts, which I do not require at this point in time. However, Dotable remains a service to consider in the future. They left a very positive impression.
A few days ago I started migrating all my major sites to ASO and it’s been an easy transition and a very smooth ride since. The speed is great (isn’t it?) and I have my peace of mind back. I will report back in a few months with longer term impressions.