Every year I like to conduct a little audit of my web estate. Sure, this maybe a hobby but it makes real money and there is no point being wasteful. If I can find a cheaper deal or spot a mistake that is costing me then I am not afraid to swap things around a little.
I like to review the affiliate partnerships I have setup, is Skimlinks still working well, are my Amazon orientated sites still optimal, and is my webhost still offering me a good service for the right price.
In this post it is the latter that I want to discuss, my web hosting company, Vidahost. Are they still a good host for the hobby blogger looking to run their own site?
As it happens I am chosing to stick to my current hosting company, Vidahost. I have been on their cloud hosting solution for a couple of years now and have been very pleased at how it has all worked out. I need a solution that doesn’t cost the earth but is able to run a handful of sites that have a small but steady stream of traffic. Yeah, I’m not running Twitter here but all my sites do use PHP applications and custom WordPress plugins that all need resource. I wouldn’t be able to get by on a basic shared hosting setup (I’ve been there and done that!).
So I still recommend the Vidahost cloud setup, the prices now start much lower for those who are starting out with a small site, you can get something up and running for just £30 a year (according to their website today). The great thing about this approach is that no matter what size package you go for you get all the same cool features.
- Dual Quad-Core Intel ‘i7’ Processors
- 64GB RAM
- SAS Raid 5/10 Hard Disks
- PHP 5.4
- MySQL 5.4
- Free Daily Backups
- More info here.
And if you need to upscale your operation – it’s easily done.
I had no noticeable downtime last year, I don’t know what the official stats are but I didn’t notice any issues or have any complaints of performance from users. All my forums have ticked over nicely this year. I have sites running MediaWiki, vBulletin, and WordPress and all run without issue.
Ease of use
What I really love about their setup is just how easy it is to get a new site running. Point your domain at the servers, hit new site, choose if you want Linux or Windows environment (hint: Linux) and away you go. Setup an FTP login and you can upload your site there and then. Due the cloud setup you can tailor your environment in a number of ways and their helpful support team is always on hand to assist.
Backups of files and databases just appear automagically, you can download them for safe keeping. You get access to logs and anything else you might need through their custom control panel. It’s as simple as it needs to be.
Check out their site.