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How to find web hosting that meets my requirements?

I'm starting to come under the impression that just about every competent webmaster is using a vps. I'm not quite there yet, but I still want a decent job done hosting my website.

I'm currently using asmallorange.com based on someone's suggestion, but I'm starting to regret the decision. Searching things like "web hosts" or "web host reviews" yields results on Google, but I have no basis to trust those results.

So, is there a reliable, trusted website or article that I can read about webhosts?

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marked as duplicate by Su', toomanyairmiles, John Conde May 12 '12 at 15:16

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No, not really, it's all bitter experience I'm afraid. –  toomanyairmiles May 12 '12 at 10:43

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Document your needs, and check out the specs.

I won't list them here, but there are probly ~6 hosts that are most common in the US and UK, and they have mostly satisfied customers, and experience with solid uptimes and performance.

Do you need windows to support ASPx or the like?

If not 'Nix hosting will be substantially cheaper.

What language do you use?

Java applications tend to have a larger memory footprint then something like PHP, so plan your required memory accordingly

How many sites do you run?

Why? ..

Database Limits

Some hosts will set arbirtraty limits on the number of databases, encouraging poor habits like multiple applications sharing the same instance, with different prefixes.

Bandwidth Limits

Now a'days most decent hosts have unlimited bandwidth and storage -- those are just too cheap to be worth enforcing limits.

Security

DO you sites need SSL? Then you will likely need a static IP as well, which can be a major pricing point difference among providers.

Access

Do you just use rsync/scp, or do you need shell access? DO you install applications and need root access? Do you want to be able to muck with Apache/nginx config, or leave that to a web panel -- or do you want both options?

( I see this as the biggest motivation to move to a VPS, the ability to manage, re-configure, and reboot your server without waiting on support tickets.)

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Please don't answer questions like this, all the information should be in the main hosting question linked to above, if you'd like to add to it you're welcome to do so. –  toomanyairmiles May 12 '12 at 14:31

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