I wanted to take this opportunity to once again recommend my web hosting provider, Vidahost. I’ve now been with them for a couple of years and the service continues to be excellent.
This solution is quick, easy to use, and solves all of the frustrations and limitations I had from using a shared server. And all at a decent price too!
Cloud Hosting Solution
The first great thing I want to talk about is the whole set up of the Vidahost cloud service, it really is a neat flexible environment that is easily configured through a central control panel. Once you sign up you are able to create and dispose of websites at will – up to 25 with the entry level package which is fine for most hobby bloggers. The sites can be Windows or Linux based, and you get control over the configuration options which is something you just don’t get on a shared platform. The system makes automated backups, you get MySQL dbs thrown in (SQL Server dbs do come at a premium but are available), and even shell access is provided for the Linux geeks amongst us!
The cloud environment really is a great half way house for anyone who doesn’t want to pay out for a full dedicated server of an expensive virtualised environment whilst providing all the flexibility and reliability that isn’t available through a shared hosting setup.
At £11.99 a month the price is very reasonable and well in budget for the part time site builder, the bandwidth and disk space provided is also more than adequate.
The second thing I wanted to talk about in this post is the support team. Really I wanted to thank them for assisting me in getting my SammyNetbook.com site up and running after it was corrupted (possibly by a hack attempt). The guys at the other end of the support line were quick to reply and were very helpful in getting my backups rolled back over the site. And even when I had some further issues they were still on hand to clear things up and get me back on track.
I’m not sure how much support I am really owed on a £11.99 a month account, after all the contents of the site and its daily operation are my responsibility, so it was great to have a few pointers when I needed it.
If you aren’t happy with your host and you’re looking for a move then I give Vidahost a +1.