I recently migrated all of my sites to a new host and thought now was a good time to write a review of the new company, Vidahost.
If you are looking for a new host yourself, or if you are looking for some feedback on Vidahost then read on. I’ll talk about why I moved from my old providers, why I picked Vidahost and what I think about their service having used them for a few months.
Why I Moved Host
Most hobby bloggers will want to start out with a cheap shared hosting option, there’s nothing wrong with that. One of the attractions of setting up a website is the option to get started with minimal investment.
However as time went on my needs changed and I outgrew the shared site.
- Consolidation of my sites on one platform
- Reliable performance
- Greater bandwidth allowance
- More control over configurability
Why I Chose Vidahost
My previous hosts, UK2.net and eukhost.com served me well, I didn’t have any particular grievance, I had just reached the limitations of shared hosting and needed to move to the next level. Both of these hosts offer more comprehensive hosting options, but there was a big jump between the shared hosting price and their virtual or dedicated hosting options. The hosting solutions just didn’t seem cost effective for a hobby blogger.
I went on to review cloud hosting options but struggled to find something that offered the right amount of resources for a decent price. I was also put off by hosting options with a variable cost, I didn’t want to be worrying about processor cycles etc – these are hobby sites after all.
However the Vidahost cloud offering seemed to match my needs perfectly. The starting price of £11.99 (with VAT included) comes with decent usage allowances:
- 20gb Disk Space. My usage was way under this, generally if you aren’t hosting music or video and ensure you images are sized appropriately for the web you’ll struggle to come anywhere near this. More space can be purchased when needed.
- 200gb Bandwidth. The combined bandwidth usage of SammyNetbook and NXTab does use a good chunk of this allowance but it is still well within the limit. It is easy to add bandwidth and fortunately as traffic increases so does revenue so the sites should be self-sufficient.
- 25 Site limit. I’ve probably attempted that many sites over the years, but most of them are retired projects so this was no problem. Again, if you need more than 25 then this can be accommodated for an additional fee but I would encourage hobby developers to concentrate on a small number of good sites. I’m not convinced one person can run more that 25 sites effectively in their spare time!
Your sites are effectively load balanced so you don’t need to worry about CPU or RAM resources, even if you are fortunate enough to receive a temporary traffic spike.
My experience of Vidahost has been very positive to date. The cloud hosting solution comes with a bespoke admin panel that is intuitive and easy to use. It is also very comprehensive allowing you to setup sub domains, redirects, cron jobs and even access to a secure shell. You can switch between Linux and Windows hosting at no additional cost and MySql dbs are easy to create and administer. SQL Server dbs are available at additional cost.
Performance has been routinely stable and I have not noticed any down time to date. The web server configuration seems to be setup well and it is a relief not to have to worry about many of the configuration problems I had when running on a shared host, everything just seems to work.
When I have required some additional help the guys on the end of the support line have been very helpful and have always managed to resolve any issues quickly and satisfactorily.
Now I appreciate that I am supplying an affiliate link in this review and it is in my interest to promote Vidahost, however I want to stress that these guys have been great and I am very happy with the decision to consolidate onto the Vidahost cloud. It definitely feels like an upgrade.
If you are interested and do want to click through, you can use a Vidahost discount code to get 10% off an initial order. Just enter “blogercise” when prompted at the checkout. Using this coupon code will bung a couple of quid my way and will save you some money too. Win win!