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Finding Decent Unix Server Hosting?

Cliff posted more than 11 years ago | from the getting-the-service-you-want dept.

Unix 139

joesao asks: "I've hosted my website and a number of others at Communitech for 4 years now and I've enjoyed affordable, quality Unix hosting that has given me no headaches. Recently they have been bought out and the service has completely deteriorated. The online forums are on fire with people pledging to leave, calling in and taping conversations, and so forth. So now I'm searching for a decent Unix host. My requirements aren't too bad: I need PHP, MySQL, the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess), raw log files, SSH, FTP, crontab, decent bandwidth (~10 GB), POP accounts, around 300 MB disk space (I host the bulk of my images/videos elsewhere)... and I wouldn't mind paying what I pay for DSL every month (~$50). That excludes buying a T1 for my house. And I don't mind what flavor of Unix/Linux it runs on, as long as it just works (wouldn't mind XServe, either). I'm having trouble finding credible sites with rankings out there so I ask the Slashdot community for help. Any recommendations?"

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Cubesoft (3, Informative)

frankm_slashdot (614772) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836116)

*ssh, cvs, openbsd/freebsd/redhat, 1gig storage.... 25$/month unlimited userconfigureable subdomains... etc..

excellent service....

just check out their site too learn more.


Re:Cubesoft (1)

frankm_slashdot (614772) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836171)

damn, i got a first post and didnt even realize it... =/ oh well .. =D

Another vote for Cubesoft (3, Informative)

V. Mole (9567) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836528)

I've been using them for a couple of years now, and been very satisfied. Pretty much exactly what you describe as your requirements, for $25/mo ("standard v-host"). They've got both Linux and BSD servers; I get the feeling that the admins prefer BSD, but I can't see any difference in level of support.

Their admin tool is command line, rather than a web "control-panel", which means you need to ssh into your account (no telnet) to change stuff. That suits me, may not you.

You can't upload your site via ftp; I think the only supported ftp access is anoymous download -- i.e. you can run an ftp repository. Use scp or rsync over ssh to upload.

Re:Cubesoft (1)

Aknaton (528294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837511)

They also offer IMAP services. Very nice.

My favorite... (1)

addaon (41825) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836137)

What you describe would cost you less than $30/month at less than $20/month if your bandwidth description is a maximum you must have available, rather than what you continuously use. I have never used for a large site, and don't know how well their services scale up... but I use them for a large handful of small sites, and have never been so pleased with a hosting company.

Re:My favorite... (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5838382)

My favorite is /.

I get free hosting for all my comments with unlimited bandwidth at $0 cost.

Thanks, o mighty, /. gods

I like VenturesOnline (3, Informative)

friedegg (96310) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836143)

I don't work there or have any affiliation other than being hosted there.

VenturesOnline []

Depending on your needs, they have standard virtual hosting packages, as well as bigger "bulk hosting" packages (host/resell a bunch of different sites on your own). They also have virtual servers and full server offerings. Support is great and always very fast, and I find the prices very reasonable. There is also a fairly active user community forum for trading tips and such.
I need PHP, MySQL, the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess), raw log files, SSH, FTP, crontab, decent bandwidth (~10 GB), POP accounts, around 300 MB disk space (I host the bulk of my images/videos elsewhere)... and I wouldn't mind paying what I pay for DSL every month (~$50)
They have PHP, MySQL, .htaccess and .htpasswd support, access to raw log files (as well as the control panel generated stats), ssh access (if you ask for it), ftp cron, and bandwidth and diskspace based on the package you get.

I've been there over a year now and am very happy.

Stay away from Interland (4, Informative)

Itsik (191227) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836145)

Sorry I don't have a good recommendation. I would recommend however staying as far away as possible from Interland and its daughter subsidiaries.

Re:Stay away from Interland (2, Informative)

lsommerer (89441) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836193)

Interland is the company that bought Communitech, so I'm sure he'll stay away from that. Of course, it may still be good advice for anyone else looking for hosting.

Re:Stay away from Interland (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5837554)


I used to work there, and trust me, they SUCK.

Cologuys (1)

Hungus (585181) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836153)

I personally love the colo company we use. They are called ColoGuys [] I belive he is offering what you are looking for or will be very soon.
They host our server as well as several others, most notoriously Megatokyo [] and Aniverse [] .

Re:Cologuys (1)

rudy_wayne (414635) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836168)

ColonGuys? Are they related to goatse?

I use.... (1)

Ummagumma (137757) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836162)

I've been very happy with them. Mysql/php, etc.

I'm only on a shared server (its all i need), but they offer dedicated servers, too.

Here are thier virtual server plans, seems to fit what you are looking for: []

FYI, I have plan 4U.

RackShack (2, Informative)

tdemark (512406) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836195)

I've used RackShack [] for the last year. They are a little more expensive than you listed ($99/mo), but you get your own machine (Celeron 1.3, 512MB RAM, 60GB drive) and 400GB of monthly bandwidth.

- Tony

Re:RackShack (1)

dhall (1252) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836549)

Rackshack offers a lot of bandwidth, and if you know what you're doing, you can do whatever you want with that server. I co-opt'ed for a server with a friend, and we parcel out webspace to various friends, in return they chip in for a portion of the cost which lowers the monthly cost of the server to $20 for us.

They have some other options if you don't want to administrate the server yourselves. I like it since it's basically a rented server that they provided to us.

Re:RackShack (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5838731)

I've been looking at RackShack for co-loing a venture of mine. They very good pricing, so much more so than RackSpace. Unfortunately they have a history of supporting [] spammers [] . I for one am a big anti-spam zealot. I don't want to support a pro-spam ISP. I can't afford much to get this startup off the ground though. When I can afford to, I'm going to switch my server to Choopa. I've heard good things about these folks.

i got you covered (1)

standsolid (619377) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836240) []

i've been using them for a while. great service

simple rundown of prices you'd be looking at

500MB Disk Space
5000MB Data Transfer
$15.95 per Month

750MB Disk Space
7500MB Data Transfer
$17.95 per Month

1000MB Disk Space
10000MB Data Transfer
$20.95 per Month

1500MB Disk Space
15000MB Data Transfer
$25.95 per Month

2000MB Disk Space
20000MB Data Transfer
$30.95 per Month

3000MB Disk Space
30000MB Data Transfer
$35.95 per Month

hsould meet your requirements. they're really quick and if you play yearly (or six monthly) they have some discounts. i also believe they give you the domain registration free when you host with them (IIRC).
hope that helps

It's a new Slashdot game... (4, Insightful)

lsommerer (89441) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836245)

Just for fun, see if you can name all of the hosts that people suggest that are (a) Communitech resellers or (b) Interland --the company that bought Communitech-- resellers.
"dude, here's the host that I use and they offer almost EXACTLY what you had with Communitech. The price is pretty close, and you can talk to the owner of the company when you need support. Check them out..."

Re:It's a new Slashdot game... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5838916)

I wouldn't be suprised if that was the purpose of even submitting the story in the first place.

"Dude, go out and get us some new business"
"I know man, I'll get a story posted to slashdot then spam the comments!"
"Dude, I smell promotion!" (1)

Dammital (220641) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836252)

John advertises his business [] and responds to queries over at K5. $65/mo for a FreeBSD jail, $75/mo for a Linux virtual machine running under (I think) VMWare. He gives discounts to free software developers.

There are lots of positive testimonials [] .

Developer lashes out: What Killed FreeBSD (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5836266)

The End of FreeBSD

[ed. note: in the following text, former FreeBSD developer Mike Smith gives his reasons for abandoning FreeBSD]

When I stood for election to the FreeBSD core team nearly two years ago, many of you will recall that it was after a long series of debates during which I maintained that too much organisation, too many rules and too much formality would be a bad thing for the project.

Today, as I read the latest discussions on the future of the FreeBSD project, I see the same problem; a few new faces and many of the old going over the same tired arguments and suggesting variations on the same worthless schemes. Frankly I'm sick of it.

FreeBSD used to be fun. It used to be about doing things the right way. It used to be something that you could sink your teeth into when the mundane chores of programming for a living got you down. It was something cool and exciting; a way to spend your spare time on an endeavour you loved that was at the same time wholesome and worthwhile.

It's not anymore. It's about bylaws and committees and reports and milestones, telling others what to do and doing what you're told. It's about who can rant the longest or shout the loudest or mislead the most people into a bloc in order to legitimise doing what they think is best. Individuals notwithstanding, the project as a whole has lost track of where it's going, and has instead become obsessed with process and mechanics.

So I'm leaving core. I don't want to feel like I should be "doing something" about a project that has lost interest in having something done for it. I don't have the energy to fight what has clearly become a losing battle; I have a life to live and a job to keep, and I won't achieve any of the goals I personally consider worthwhile if I remain obligated to care for the project.


I'm sure that I've offended some people already; I'm sure that by the time I'm done here, I'll have offended more. If you feel a need to play to the crowd in your replies rather than make a sincere effort to address the problems I'm discussing here, please do us the courtesy of playing your politics openly.

From a technical perspective, the project faces a set of challenges that significantly outstrips our ability to deliver. Some of the resources that we need to address these challenges are tied up in the fruitless metadiscussions that have raged since we made the mistake of electing officers. Others have left in disgust, or been driven out by the culture of abuse and distraction that has grown up since then. More may well remain available to recruitment, but while the project is busy infighting our chances for successful outreach are sorely diminished.

There's no simple solution to this. For the project to move forward, one or the other of the warring philosophies must win out; either the project returns to its laid-back roots and gets on with the work, or it transforms into a super-organised engineering project and executes a brilliant plan to deliver what, ultimately, we all know we want.

Whatever path is chosen, whatever balance is struck, the choosing and the striking are the important parts. The current indecision and endless conflict are incompatible with any sort of progress.

Trying to dissect the above is far beyond the scope of any parting shot, no matter how distended. All I can really ask of you all is to let go of the minutiae for a moment and take a look at the big picture. What is the ultimate goal here? How can we get there with as little overhead as possible? How would you like to be treated by your fellow travellers?


To the Slashdot "BSD is dying" crowd - big deal. Death is part of the cycle; take a look at your soft, pallid bodies and consider that right this very moment, parts of you are dying. See? It's not so bad.

To the bulk of the FreeBSD committerbase and the developer community at large - keep your eyes on the real goals. It's when you get distracted by the politickers that they sideline you. The tireless work that you perform keeping the system clean and building is what provides the platform for the obsessives and the prima donnas to have their moments in the sun. In the end, we need you all; in order to go forwards we must first avoid going backwards.

To the paranoid conspiracy theorists - yes, I work for Apple too. No, my resignation wasn't on Steve's direct orders, or in any way related to work I'm doing, may do, may not do, or indeed what was in the tea I had at lunchtime today. It's about real problems that the project faces, real problems that the project has brought upon itself. You can't escape them by inventing excuses about outside influence, the problem stems from within.

To the politically obsessed - give it a break, if you can. No, the project isn't a lemonade stand anymore, but it's not a world-spanning corporate juggernaut either and some of the more grandiose visions going around are in need of a solid dose of reality. Keep it simple, stupid.

To the grandstanders, the prima donnas, and anyone that thinks that they can hold the project to ransom for their own agenda - give it a break, if you can. When the current core were elected, we took a conscious stand against vigorous sanctions, and some of you have exploited that. A new core is going to have to decide whether to repeat this mistake or get tough. I hope they learn from our errors.


I started work on FreeBSD because it was fun. If I'm going to continue, it has to be fun again. There are things I still feel obligated to do, and with any luck I'll find the time to meet those obligations.

However I don't feel an obligation to get involved in the political mess the project is in right now. I tried, I burnt out. I don't feel that my efforts were worthwhile. So I won't be standing for election, I won't be shouting from the sidelines, and I probably won't vote in the next round of ballots.

You could say I'm packing up my toys. I'm not going home just yet, but I'm not going to play unless you can work out how to make the project somewhere fun to be again.

= Mike


To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. -- Theodore Roosevelt

Media Temple (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5836281)

MT is all you will ever need.

Media Temple [] .

k10k [] uses MT, by the way.

Dreamhost (2, Informative)

Figaro (20471) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836288)

I strongly recommend

They have all that you've specified and it's under $20 a month to boot.

I've been with them for the past year, and I've been very impressed.

Re:Dreamhost (1)

shr3k (451065) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836483)

I second this. I've had Dreamhost for a little over a year and they've been nothing short of awesome.

They have a great web-based configuration panel, great tech support forums, and timely customer service.

Plus, they have several payment plans to fit the type of service you want.

I am a very happy customer and would recommend it to anyone who wants/needs a host.

Re:Dreamhost (1)

elphkotm (574063) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836932)

I vote DreamHost as well, very uber! They treat you like you know what you're talking about too :)

Re:Dreamhost (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5837513)

Count me as one more with good experiences with Dreamhost.

Re:Dreamhost (1)

quiddity (106640) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838153)

I'm another very satisfied dreamhost client. fast and friendly. cheap and intelligent. doesnt get any better.

futurequest (1)

David_Reno (17956) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836293)

I've been very happy w/ Futurequest []

Dreamhost really is. (2, Informative)

immanis (557955) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836299)

Ever since I moved over to Dreamhost [] I've been as pleased as punch.

PHP, MYSQL, Apache, .htaccess, ssh1/2, telnet, pop3, stmp, webmail, personal jabber servers, options for CVS, https, streaming media, an outstanding customer service dept, and I could go on for days.

Re:Dreamhost really is. (1)

xyzzy (10685) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836383)

I would second that -- I've been with them since '99, and they've held prices constant while continually adding services/bandwidth/disk space/you name it. They seem quite good for small to medium-sized web hosting (I just use them for a family site)

Re:Dreamhost really is. (1)

timur (2029) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836482)

I also recommend Dreamhost [] . They have everything the submitter is looking for, and more. (1)

TheSHAD0W (258774) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836323)

I recently got an account at [] . I haven't been with them very long, so I can't tell you how good their customer service is. On the other hand, I haven't had to deal with their customer service. Their facilities are pretty good, the only thing I don't like about them is the paucity of their subdomain service. And the price is right, too; $9.95 special for a 6 month trial period. (2, Informative)

davesamson (614779) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836325)

Someone asked a similar question a few weeks ago. This is somewhat what my answer was:

Me and a couple of friends share a co-located server from John Companies [] and have loved the service we received from them so far.

If you use a portion of your coloc to host your open source project, you can get the coloc for $45 USD a month. For that, you get the following:
  • root on your own server
  • Full Linux Filesystem
  • 4 gigs disk - Up to 10 IPs
  • 40 Gigs transfer / Month
  • Firewall access
  • Unlimited tech support
  • They supply the hardware
Having root on your own machine is one of the better features of this service. You install what you need, configure it to your needs. No hassle, no questions. There are a lot of services out there like this, but this is the cheapest, with the highest customer ratings that I have found.

Just an idea. (1)

Coward, Anonymous (55185) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837197)

John Companies is not giving you a colocated server, they're giving you a "collocated" server (note the extra 'l'). You're given a virtual machine on a shared physical machine. I'd steer clear of any company that uses such deceptive advertising. (1)

rainer_d (115765) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837540)

Well, when you ask whem (or deduce it from the description), they're quite open about it.

Johncompanies get's good reviews by its users nevertheless and if I didn't allready have a server, this would be serious contender.

They also have FreeBSD-jails. - my experience (1)

Silmaril (19015) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837214)

johncompanies "linux virtual hosting" service gives you root on a virtual server with 4Gbyte of disk, 40Gbyte transfer/month, and up to 10 IP addresses. I've had my account for almost two months now, and overall I've been quite happy with it. Although they are coy about the software used to multiplex the server, I'm pretty sure they use SWsoft's Virtuozzo [] .

My "virtual server" has been rebooted twice; once it didn't come back up, and they never did find out why. They were able to get it running within a few hours of my emailing them about it. (They said if I had sent my message to the right address and put URGENT in the subject the response time, they would have responded within minutes.)

Performance is good; it usually takes about 4 seconds to un-tar and compile djb's checkpassword package. The worst I've seen was when it took 20 seconds (which is how long it normally takes my home machine, an AMD K6-2 "334 MHz" with 32 Mbyte of RAM.)

Support is also good, but not particularly fast. They will work on a problem until it is resolved to your satisfaction; they really want to make you happy. But it might take some time, because they offer "unlimited tech support" to all their customers.

One potential weak point is their authentication for support requests, since they seem to just accept email from my address as being "from me", without asking for a password or anything.

With the appearance of usermode linux [] and vserver [] , Linux virtual hosting is becoming common, so if I ever become unhappy here, it shouldn't be too much trouble to move my system elsewhere. (1)

Will Sargent (2751) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837288)

I'm happy with the service. They're not fast, but they're effective when it comes to something that would stump most admins.

Eryxma (1)

dalutong (260603) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836339)

I have enjoyed's hosting. I have had service for about one year and don't have a single complaint. The CEO even gave me his AIM screename! Now the company is larger and he is more busy, but he is still very pleasant. The forums are active, and anything I've ever asked for I've gotten.

I can't say whether they have all of the things you requested... but they are worth a look. - $9.99/mo (1)

as6o (62436) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836344)

They basically offer unlimited everything. I'm serving photo albums with full-res. digital pictures (family stuff if you're wondering) and the one time I ran out of space I simply asked for more and they happily gave it to me. Throughput isn't always the best, but it is fine for my needs. - $9.99/mo (1)

eddy the lip (20794) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836902)

Some of our clients have been using phpwebhosting for minor needs over the past year. We've never had a problem or complaint, which is more than you can usually say. - $9.99/mo (1)

demmegod (620100) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837469)

The support is only online- no phone, but they'be always been prompt- no more than about a business day. I previosly hosted with Communitech (years ago) until a rate hike, then started looking for a new hoster. My only regret is not going directly to - $9.99/mo (1)

Aknaton (528294) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837719)

I'm on PHPWebhosting and I am really happy with them. I think that the only thing that they don't offer is IMAP.

Try local (3, Insightful)

linuxwrangler (582055) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836399)

Check your local area - I'm quite happy with my local ISP, They are very geek friendly (run a server? no problem. NAT? we don't care. Blocked ports? no. Static IP? that's all we offer...) but without customers the locals will disappear.

If you don't have a local ISP that meets your needs try Pair ( host of Tom's Hardware, Perl Review, etc.) or Hurricane Electric ( I don't use either but have heard some good comments about both.

Pair and HE (2, Informative)

cornice (9801) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837289)

I've used both Pair and HE and had great experiences with both. My only complaint is that they never had exactly what I needed. For example I wanted to run one of the open source shopping carts at HE. The cart only ran on a very recent Perl version and HE wasn't about to upgrade just for me. I can't really fault any provider for something like this. Their job is to be as stable as possible for all of their customers. I eventually just upgraded our connection and ran on a box in-house but our bandwidth requirements are pretty tiny.

Anyway I found Pair and HE service to be quite good at a fair price. Plus they both support open source by providing advertising dollars to publications like Linux Journal and providing high speed mirrors.

Yahoo (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5836402)

Yahoo offers such a package [] for $19.95. The servers are powerful and there is always enough bandwidth. You could even avoid being Slashdotted, unless you PHP/MySQL scripts are a mess.

Important note: They do NOT offer cron with this package.

$50/month? I get that for $100/year! (1)

eggstasy (458692) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836496)

My host is the webpage is in portuguese, but its actually part of an american group called Everlasting LLC.
I have no idea where the servers are located though, or what hosting companies this american group has on the other side of the pond. (1)

dJCL (183345) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836497)

they offer redhat virtual servers, I get root on my own system to do with as I wish. They don't have much in the way of restrictions and cost me about US$29.95/month. I run a number of sites on mine, and get about 2Gig storage and 15Gig transfer. As for support, they have been excellent(even sent me a penguin calender for christmas), with quick response to all issues, they even called me directly when I left a trouble ticket at 10pm to get more details. I've enjoyed their service and suggest it for anyone

enjoy. (1)

mog (22706) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838191)

I cannot express how much I agree with this. I have been a customer for close to a year now. They are the best internet based company I have ever had the pleasure of doing business with.

If you need something like the parent post describes, do NOT hesitate to go with rosehosting. You will not be disappointed! (1)

PsndCsrV (80030) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836504)

I've been using DigitalSpace [] for about a year now, and have no complaints whatsoever. Whenever I've needed to make changes to my account, they're quick to respond, and quite helpful. They're decently priced and support everything you pointed out.

Definitely worth checking out! (1, Informative)

tcleveland (315557) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837626)

Seconded, I've had 2 sites at for a little over a year and have been very happy. (1)

shfted! (600189) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836539)

I've been really happy with them. Tech support is by email, but I usually get a response within 5 minutes to half an hour at any time of the day. The support forums are also very good. They do both shared and dedicated hosting.

Check them out at [] .

CagedTornado (2, Informative)

Hank Reardon (534417) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836566)

I'm using CagedTornado [] for my hosting needs.

They run a product called FreeVSD which is a kind of virtual root system. You can modify about half of the system (apache configs, some Sendmail settings, global procmail stuff) not including most of the system files and additions to the /etc/rc.* directories.

Out of the box they support:

  • Virtual Domain hosting (I have 4 running)
  • SSH and Telnet
  • FTP
  • Majordomo
  • PHP
  • mod_perl
  • Your own MySQL install
  • Per-user disk quotas
  • Other stuff... Check the site.

My only big bummer with them is that they don't have perl 5.6.x or higher and they don't support IMAP; thank to the non-editing of the /etc/rc.* directories, I can't install it either.

The price is nice. I'm paying $49 a month for the virtual root, 15 Gigs of bandwidth, and have 3 gigs (I think; might be more) of disk space.

Their support hasn't been that helpful, but to be fair I hit them with some really nasty questions that their system probably doesn't support. Mainly, upgrading Perl and mod_perl to use Perl 5.6.1.

FutureQuest! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5836687)

I've been with FutureQuest [] for the last 4 years... I moved over after horrible experiences with three other hosts.

Their service is fantastic, their servers are fast and stable, and they use qmail. ;)

So why am I posting a promo anonymously? I work for another host.

Yeah, it's that good. I'd use FutureQuest over my free employee account any day of the week.

Re:FutureQuest! I SECOND THAT! (1)

melorama (546258) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837765)

I ditto the recommendation of FutureQuest. I've been with them for over 4 years now, after almost 8 years of hopping from Webcom, Hiway Technologies and Verio (ack). FQ is hands down, the best hosting service I've ever done business with. They run Linux, and they offer all of the things the OP wanted, and more. Server uptime and performance has never been a problem, either. I can't say enough good things about these guys (and im not getting paid to say that either).

What sold me on them initially was the complete lack of complaints (and unending praise from Perl/PHP developers like me) on thier user message boards [] . A hosting provider can post all the cool technical features of thier service on thier website, but it doesn't mean diddlysquat if your customer service sucks (IOW, Verio).

Terra, their admin, really knows what he is doing, and is extremely helpful and responsive with user tech. requests. God, he even installed ImageMagick , after much user prodding! []

You will NOT be sorry you went with FutureQuest.

Pair Networks (2, Informative)

dr00g911 (531736) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836723)

I've had a many-year-long relationship with Pair Networks [] , and am a huge fan with several hosting accounts.

Pair's one of the oldest and most respected hosting companies out there. They've got ridiculous amounts of bandwidth, and are very generous with hosting allowances.

For example, you can add as many domains under a single $30/mo "Webmaster" [] account as you'd like for an additional $1 apiece, and their $30/mo account has a 600mb allowance.

Their servers are running FreeBSD, and they allow shell access and custom binaries (custom-compiled PHP, for instance) on their Advanced and higher accounts.

Can't recommend them highly enough.

Re:Pair Networks (1)

singularity (2031) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837732)

I also use and have been very happy with the service. I have been using them for about 1.5 years. A few weeks back I started following the pair.* newsgroups on their nntp server and found them very helpful in those forums.

About the only problem I have had with them is thier attempt at Spam filtering on incoming mail. It is set up so that it will use their Qmail system. Trying to get procmail up and running has been difficult.

Burtonhosting (1)

jptechnical (644454) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836730)

I have been working with burton hosting [] for about a year now and have had nothing but success and glowing appreciation. I have around a dozen domains running with them and have had NO complaints. Tech support is more than knowledgeable and prompt. With MSN and ICQ supported for online support I have never needed to call. All the latest hosting features supported and it is extremely affordable. (2, Informative)

Anonymous Commando (6326) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836739)

Check out Black Sun [] . I can't speak for their basic hosting plans (we're actually co-locating our gear there), but the guys there are good to work with and know what they're talking about. In terms of their gear, they host mostly on Cobalt Raq boxes, with MySQL, PHP, etc. And hey, they're Canadian, so you can benefit from the usually crappy exchange rate. <flamebait>Unless you're one of those drooling hyper-patriotic idiots who refuses to have anything to do with Canada because we didn't send troops to Iraq. In that case, go back to your plate of "Freedom Fries" and flip the TV back to Fox News. Sorry for offending you (hey, I'm Canadian, I have to apologize!).</flamebait> (Kidding - mostly) :-)

Roll your own... (1)

jcorgan (30025) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836778)

...hardware and software, and rent the rackspace, power, and bandwidth.

You'll have root access to your machine(s), with full control over whatever software infrastructure you might need, now and in the future. Your choice of OS, distribution, server software, scripting, mail services, etc.

The co-location facility can supply tape backup rotation or other tasks that require physical presence.

I've been doing this for four years (most recent uptime 485 days and counting) and have been very happy with the arrangement.

Kind of embarrassing, but... (1)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836808) website priority is not mission-critical (yet). So I looked for the cheapest thing I could find.

Got it from webhostingfactory. I have 1GB of space, 5GB of bandwidth per month, Perl, PHP, MySQL, shell access, FTP, stats, POP/IMAP/webmail. I can configure and administer up to 100 users in my webspace, give them all email accounts and web pages. I can even log in through SSH and read my email or do a quick page edit in vi.

Price? It was $19.95 per year. Was a little unstable the first month, but has been going for five months rock-steady. Isn't a colo or virtual server, but for my purposes it is perfect.

my host... (2, Informative)

Tumbleweed (3706) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836813) [] has the following plan that fits your needs. They have excellent routing (probably in the same building as Mae-West, though I'm just guessing).


- 350 MB Hard Disk
- 15 GB Data Transfer
- 50 Sub-domains
- 50 FTP Accounts
- 15 MySQL Databases
- 350 POP3 Accounts
- Static IP Address
- Setup fee $0.00
$ 19.99 per month

Recommendation (1)

redtail1 (603986) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836815)

I'm happy with NPS [] .

Your requirements are higher than mine but for $7.99/month I get 100MB, Perl, PHP, MySQL, e-mail with a web interface and all the other usual stuff. Tech support has been helpful and friendly for the couple of years I have used them.

bytemark (1)

Tomun (144651) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836847)

Debian geeks may find Bytemark [] in the UK to be agreeable.
You get a full UML virtual machine to play with.

I'm not using them myself, still thinking about it.
I found them via this Debian Planet Article []

ProNic Solutions (2, Informative)

nlh (80031) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836851)

I haven't seen it mentioned here, but I use ProNIC Host [] , and I've been nothing but happy with them. Of course, I use a basic little $10.95 / month plan (100MB storage, 7GB transfer, 50 Emails) but they have lots more at very competitive prices.

They also have all the "standard" bells and whistles, which includes:

-- POP3, SMTP, FTP, Webmail
-- Cpanel / GUI-based control panel
-- SpamAssasin
-- PHP+MySQL, Perl, Python
-- phpBB, Invision, PHP-Nuke pre-installed for you
-- Several shopping carts pre-installed
-- SSL


Very good guys, and very helpful.


Try (1)

afay (301708) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836884)

Friend of mine knows the guy who runs it and says he's good. Pretty good prices and FreeBSD machines. towardex []

Pair Networks (4, Informative)

legLess (127550) | more than 11 years ago | (#5836915)

Pair Networks [] rocks my world. Uber-reliable, great support, cheap. They run FreeBSD and host their own CPAN mirror (they also host Perlmonks, Tom's Hardware, lots of other big sites). I've used them for years for everything from cheap-o FTP-only accounts ($6/month) to dedicated servers ($300/month).

Re:Pair Networks (2, Informative)

RhetoricalQuestion (213393) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837644)

Pair is awesome. I've also been using them for years without problems. I've recommended pair to many people, all are very happy with their service. It's fast, cheap and reliable.

Here [] is a comparison of their different plans.

From what you describe, I think either the Advance ($17.95/month) or the Webmaster ($29.95/month) will cover what you need and then some. Pair is really flexible about their plans as well -- you can usually buy any additional services individually.

Re:Pair Networks (1)

lesv (258710) | more than 11 years ago | (#5839085)

I would second this. I've been very happy with them.

WestHost (1)

ralphb (15998) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837001)

I use WestHost [] and I am very happy with them for the past 4 years.
They seem to meet all your requirements.


jatol (1)

eddy the lip (20794) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837005)

We've been using [] for hosting our and several client's sites. Good bandwidth, the few occasaions we've needed to contact support, response was great. Support is also available over IM, which is highly convenient. MySQL, PHP, Perl, crontab, .htaccess, shell access on request, and extremely reasonable rates. (I can't recall what they charge offhand, but they're one of the least expensive for non-critical web sites that I've seen).

No affiliation, just a happy customer, so I wouldn't mind tossing some business their way.

$4/month is not bad... (1)

Hanashi (93356) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837094)

I use Total Choice Hosting. So far, I'd say that I've been able to get everything I need. I run InfosecBooks.Com [] , which needs PHP, Apache, MySQL, SSH and some other stuff. It's good, the people are quite responsive, and it's dirt cheap.

XServer possibility (2, Informative)

sribe (304414) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837100)

In the Mac world, digital forest [] has a good reputation. I haven't used them personally, so I can't give a truthful glowing endorsement. But I do know people who have been quite happy with their service.

LiquidWeb is good (1)

Grue (3391) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837121)

I work for, and recommend, Liquid Web [] . The servers run RedHat linux with the following:

Apache w/ CGI MySQL 4 PHP Perl SpamAssassin SSH

Plus all the other standard features.. multiple e-mail accounts, FTP accounts, etc.

We'll install any Perl/PHP modules you want, and offer fairly cheap virtual dedicated server solutions (starting at $80 a month.) Our webmaster account comes with 250 Mb of space, and our professional comes with 750Mb of space.

Plus, all the techs here know *NIX. They're smart guys. We're hiring more on right now to provide even better support.


Important question that isn't being asked... (1)

slashdot_commentator (444053) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837156)

What is the level of bandwidth availability for the prices they're charging?

Perhaps it can be assumed its unlimited bandwidth at $X/month. But I'm sure if any server with the magnitude of traffic comparable to Slashdot were to move in, they'd be shutting it down soon afterwards.

Colossus.Net is easy and dependable (1)

joelparker (586428) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837190)

Have you heard of Colossus.Net hosting?
Their website is here []

I have hosted with them for eight years,
both personally and also professionally
for School.Net and Sun Microsystems.

- Definitely the most dependable host I've used.
- Easy to ramp up more bandwidth, disk, speed, etc.
- Most everything you need is automated
- Very fast email support from a real person

- Not on the cutting edge (older Slackware, no J2EE)
- No handholding, so you need to know what you're doing
- No marketing fluff, so hard to pitch to your CEO
- Atypical compared to most large ISP hosts.

For comparison I've hosted on everything from
Interland, Exodus, Digex, Geocities, and Rackspace.

Colossus.Net gives the best service IMHO,
and I'm happy to share details with anyone here.
BTW I'm not affiliated except as a satisfied customer.

Cheers, Joel

PowWeb (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837243)

PowWeb [] FreeBSD hosting, $7.77 per month, has been good to me. The tech support is a little squirrely. It took them a week to discover why a compiled Perl program I wrote was not working. They found that someone had changed the OS without logging the change.

Sorry, but you can't pay more than $7.77 per month, when you pay on a yearly basis. I know that $30 per month would make many people feel more secure.

Is there any one better than PowWeb? (1)

Futurepower(R) (558542) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837900)

I've looked at many of the other suggestions. Is there any one better than PowWeb? ($7.77/mo.)

Disk Space (Raid Storage): 500 MB
Data Transfer/Bandwidth: 30 GB/mo.
POP3/IMAP Email, SMTP: 250 accounts
Catch-All Email/Email Forwarding
24 x 7 FTP Access
FTP Users 10
CGI-BIN, SSI, .htaccess, Cronjobs
Web-Based Email (secure)
PHP4 w/ Zend Optimizer, Perl5, Sendmail
FrontPage 98/2000/2002 Ext.
Detailed Webstats Report
Access to Raw Log Files
SSL (Secure Server) FREE!
24/7 Email Support
7 Days Telephone Support!
DNS Control ( A record, Cnames, MX records)
Flash, Shockwave, Midi, Mulitmedia Support
MySQL Database $10 activation!
Setup Fee FREE!

Been Impressed... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5837273)

...with Hard Hat Hosting ( I have several customers' sites hosted there and their Virtual Dedicated Server system gives the dedicated server feel without the cost.

another Communitech refugee (1)

ubiquitin (28396) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837295)

I colocated two servers for about three years at Communitech until about two months ago when I saw the writing on the wall and started looking around. Was told unofficially that Communitech would be shutting down in May, but I've seen no public acknowledgement of any deadline. After looking around both in Kansas City and Omaha, I signed on a cabinet for a year at: Axiom Integration. [] Nice data center, good prices, and I've got room to spare so look me up at [] . and get in touch. Because I now have surplus rackspace, I'll beat any colo price out there.

VPS Servers (1)

rimu guy (665008) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837395)

Some of the things you're asking for:

  • PHP,
  • MySQL,
  • raw log files,
  • FTP,
  • decent bandwidth (~10 GB),
  • around 300 MB disk space

Are available from almost any host. The competition out there is fierce and I wouldn't be surprised if you could get this for $12/year. But for that price I'd expect pretty hit and miss service (get two plans at different providers, copy data between and plan and keep control over your DNS if you need to switch!)

Some of the other requirements you requested will probably 'bump you up' a hosting level:

  • the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess),
  • crontab,
  • SSH,
  • POP accounts,

Most semi-decent shared plans will have those features.

Also, you may want to consider a Virtual Private Server. The host server will run several VPSs. Each VPS will get its own IP, memory and will share disk IO and bandwidth. You would get root access with the ability to install your own software, compile your own code, set up cron tabs, init tabs, etc.

There are a few companies that are offering VPS services now, including my own, Rimu Hosting [] . And our VPS plans start from $29/month.

Whatever you do, A good place to do some research on this is [] They have a 'requests' forum that you can post your requirements in and people will reply with offers. You can check the posters profiles and search for meantion of their outfits on the forums to guage how reliable they are. BTW: WHT is owned by Rackshack [] IIRC (And if you're after dedicated server hosting Rackshack is pretty decent).

User-mode Linux virtual hosting, $20/mo (1)

Omega Hacker (6676) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837425)

We're starting up a company called, which will provide true virtual machine hosting in the form of User-mode Linux [] . We're currently building up our infrastructure, and are currently seeking beta testers.

For $20/mo (post-beta), you'll get:

  • Roughly 64MHz worth of an Athlon XP (peaking to a full 2x00+ proc if no one else is using it that instant)
  • 64MB of RAM
  • 2GB of disk space (OS is not counted against that)
  • 10GB of transfer per month
  • Install anything you want, you have true root on the box
  • Choice of Debain stable, testing, or unstable, soon RedHat 9.0, Gentoo and others

Beta testers (of which there will be a limited number) will get the first two months of service at half price, or in effect the initial 1-month beta period for free. If you're interested, email [mailto] and we'll take the first N (probably 30) people.

If you don't get in on the beta, we'll send you email when we go live and give you first crack at new hardware as we install it. You'll get your machine fully activated and ready for you to log into and configure usually within 30 seconds, and you can install whatever you need to from our local distribution mirrors. (1)

D3TH (15279) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837506)

There's a new provider that a friend of mine turned me on to. They provide Linux and BSD hosting, exactly what you're looking for, and more. Their prices are very reasonable, and they even offer lifetime shell accounts if that's what you're interested in. I can often get support via AIM or MSN messanger, and the support offered so far has been amazing. I have a custom-tailored package, so I'm paying for exactly what I need, and nothing more. The storage and bandwidth limitations are more than fair, and buying more of either is trivial. My friend always told me how great they were, and I always thought it was too good to be true. But when I finally got fed up with my current host (, which many people really like, but I found to be unusably unresponsive and lacking) I decided to give them a try, and I would never go anywhere else. They are connected to 3 distinct OC-12s, and bandwidth to or from the site has never been an issue. You owe it to yourself to give them a look. I'm not affiliated with them in any way, just a very very happy virtual BSD host customer.

phpwebhosting (1)

rkent (73434) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837805)

But when I finally got fed up with my current host (, which many people really like, but I found to be unusably unresponsive and lacking)

Huh. I was actually searching the page for that name so I could second any compliments it may have gotten...

So instead, I'll present a counterpoint. I've always found phpwebhosting to have reasonable prices and excellent policies on disk and bandwidth usage (basically, keep it sane and there will be no problems. This is subject, hypothetically, to bias about what's "problematic," but I've found their case-by-case method to be effective so far).

I think they have migrated to a new server recently; I actually signed up twice, and my old account got very dodgy, with tons of down time, which I later discovered was due to the /home volume filling up all the time. My newer account (resolved to a different IP address) never had these problems.

So, if your complaint about "responsiveness" is re: server response times, that could be the issue. If you mean their people are slow to respond to change requests, that may be; I've had very few, though they were dealt with quickly. They spell out their no-phone policy quite reasonably, and at a steady price of $10 a month, I think I get what I pay for.

So, I'm not a shill, but I think the service is very reasonable; I hope people at least put it on their list of things to check out.

Watch out for... (1)

kruczkowski (160872) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837602)

Watch out what else the company hosts. We bought into candidhosting and some domains block our IP range becouse cadid hosts 95% porn.

Just something to think about when you get your IP. See if they will tell you the class the IP is in and check to see if it's on a black list.

Re:Watch out for... (1)

rainer_d (115765) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838033)

You should have got suspicious about their name, at least ;-)

But I'm also guilty - my ISP has some RBLed blocks because of a spammer.
And I'm trying to get new IPs.
You should be able to ask what IP-addresses you will get in advance and check them with and the rest of these sites...

good unix hosting (1)

alsta (9424) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837604)

Probably the cheapest in town. Plenty generous quotas and bandwith. Check them out.

Biased opinion. (1)

GiMP (10923) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837617)

I run which you might find interesting.

You can get a reasonably priced account with MySQL 3, MySQL 4, and/or Postgresql 7.3. It comes with an independant webserver, we offer Apache 1.3 and 2.0; however, you're welcome to run another webserver such as Roxen if you wish. We also provide support for mod_perl, HTML::Mason, and Apache::ASP.

Hurricane Electric (0, Informative)

Wee (17189) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837729)

I've recommended Hurricane Electric [] to a lot of friends and they've all had good experiences. I've personally used them for 5 years and have had no problems. I ssh in and run Pine every day.

They have fairly cheap ($10) web hosting on shared Linux (Debian, I think) servers. For that ten bucks, you get:

True Virtual Host (http://
Support for PHP 4
Your Own Secure Web (SSL) Directory
Your Own MySQL Database
Your Own Standard Web Directory
Your Own cgi-bin Directory
Your Own Anonymous FTP Directory
Direct Access Via FTP
Direct Access Via telnet
Direct Access Via ssh
Gigabit (1,000 megabit/second) Backbone
Multiple Connections For Backup And Redundancy
Battery Backup and Emergency Generator
High Performance Carefully Managed Web Servers
Online Billing Information
POP3 Authenticated SMTP
Multiple POP3 Mailboxes per Account
Unlimited Mail Forwarding
Unlimited Mail Autoresponders
Procmail filters
Detailed Daily Web and FTP Activity Reports
Access To Raw web server access_log Files
Server Side Includes
Full Shell Account
Full Unix Development Environment
Java and Javac
Web-based email

(I just pasted that from their info page.)

The only downside is storage. You only get 50MB with the ten dollar package. For $25 a month you get 250MB (and 26 POP accounts).


Re:Hurricane Electric (1)

Paul Jakma (2677) | more than 11 years ago | (#5839540)

Hurricane Electric are possibly not the best of choices to use. They are, by repute, a big spam-friendly hosting outfit and appear to be widely blacklisted, SPEWS blacklist [] (NB: thats just one spews record that lists space) quite a bit of their space, the SBL has a few listings [] for them, they're also listed [] by [] .

So, when considering bear in mind you may well have problems with email being rejected and even complete blackholing of connectivity to/from some sites.

I've been happy with SprocketData (1)

merlyn (9918) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837759)

Sprocket Data Systems [] seems to be a small but happy group with a couple of decent pipes to the net, and 24/7 coverage (occasionally by pager reach, but still available). I have a dedicated box there at comparably affordable rates. They're always flexible with me about upgrades and additional requirements, and the techsupport is quickly responsive. They also offer hosting and co-lo services as well, although I've not used any of that.

Unix hosting (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5837833)

I have used if for a while. I know they have the majority of the funcitons that your require. And may actually support all the features you require.
Also they are cheap.

A Modest Proposal: Shared CoLo (1)

rkent (73434) | more than 11 years ago | (#5837907)

My requirements aren't too bad: I need PHP, MySQL, the ability to configure my server somewhat (htpasswd, htaccess), raw log files, SSH, FTP, crontab, decent bandwidth (~10 GB), POP accounts, around 300 MB disk space (I host the bulk of my images/videos elsewhere)... and I wouldn't mind paying what I pay for DSL every month (~$50).

Sounds like you're a relatively sophisticated user, so I'll describe what some friends and I did, and you see if it sounds reasonable.

It started off with 5 guys discussing similar concerns to the ones you're having, eg reliable webhosting, databases, a place to put up some webapps... and we kept coming back to "I wish I had my own server so I could" do whatever.

So... we bought our own server and CoLo'd it. Putting together a reasonable (ie, not Xeon with RAID) system on pricewatch put us out about $500, so it's not something I would do alone, but if you have a few similarly competent friends and you can handle the admin tasks, it's certainly feasible. And having 5+ people should keep the costs per person at even *less* than the $50 you said you were willing to spend.

Since setting the server up, we've gotten about 3 new "equity" members who chipped in for hardware and stuff, and we've distributed 20 or so friends and family accounts, most of whom just use email or 5-10M of web hosting. We're almost as stable as the big guys in terms of uptime, but way more responsive to requests for webmail and other features *and* we keep spamassassin well-tuned.

The biggest pain with this approach is going to be administration. On our server, it's basically 2 people who do the bulk of the work, with the other experts chipping in from time to time in their various domains of specialty. As long as you and your friends can come up with a reasonable admin structure, where no one feels left out or needs to be a power hog, then it can work really well. Something to consider, anyway.

Hosting for geeks (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 11 years ago | (#5837955)

I have been with BlastHosting [] for over a year with no problems. It truly is a geek's host offering all you asked...PHP, MySQL, logs, etc. They even have PHP Accelerator installed to make the PHP scripts run even faster. Every module or addon you ever wanted is probably installed (you may have to ask to see since I know they have more than is listed on their site) and if they don't have something, they don't have a problem installing it. I wanted NetPBM installed to run my image gallery and they installed it within a matter of hours. Support is very good...sometimes it takes a while (usually within 8 hours, most of mine were within an hour) but unlike many hosts, it just takes one ticket to get the proper answer instead of carbon copied responses that are extremely unhelpful. works for me (1)

knobboy (113080) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838426)

Both my coworker and I have sites hosted by and, with the exception of a poorly rolled-out upgrade a year or so ago, we've been pleased with their operation. Their "free" bandwidth is a little low for your needs (5 Gb/month), but you can purchase extra Gb of traffic if necessary. You'll need to check their site for the latest details, but I believe it is $200 upfront for the first year's service, then $70/year afterwards.

Coincidence (0)

new_confused_mind (591949) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838431)

I was just checking this site [] before loading /.

Price $19.95 / Monthly
Web Space (MB) 750MB
Web Visitors/Hits Unlimited
Monthly Bandwidth 30GB
Sub-Domains (* Unlimited
POP3/IMAP4 E-mail Accounts Unlimited
Domain Pointers Included 10
Additional Domain Hosting Included 5
Procmail support Yes
Unlimited Email Aliases Yes
Unlimited Auto-Responders Yes
MX Record Changes Yes
CronJobs Yes

Sounds good to me.

ps: I'm not related in anyway with then. Just helping a fellow /.ter

reliable *nix hosting (1)

Kthoris (548102) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838547)

I've been using cubesoft ( for a few years now. They are not a big-name company, but have lots of bandwidth available, no metering, and very good service. I am a very happy customer with them.

Another option (1)

omega9 (138280) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838575)

I've got everything you mentioned and pay only $9.97/month for it. []

OnSmart (1)

danpbrowning (149453) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838666)

I like OnSmart SmartPriv (Virtual Private Linux servers) for $40/mo. (1)

gonx (562012) | more than 11 years ago | (#5838739)

They rock but they don't allow ssh. Good pricing and excellent support. How do I know? I am the Office Manager in the support department :)

I offer... (1)

jasonmcmunn (669631) | more than 11 years ago | (#5839405)

100M backbone connection, 2 DS3s for redundancy. Secure facility (fingerprint/card). 1 hour on battery, 12 hours diesel on site (fueling contracts for more). for $15/month you get as many POP/IMAP accounts as you want(qmailadmin/sqwebmail), ssh/scp/sftp access to your account. 500M storage, 10G/month transfer. Apache 2.0.45 with PHP/4.3.1 Mysql 3.23.45 12 months for the price of 10 if you pay upfront. I take paypal or check email
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