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Web Hosting Decision

It is that time of the year when I need to reorganise what web hosting I have for my websites and the other stuff I am developing. I need to split them between hosting in Europe and Asia Pacific.

For the last two years I have been using Fastcomet (Singapore datacenter) for everything. I decided to look around and try and find a cheaper deal. Splitting web hosting between London and Singapore. So that's 2 separate web hosting accounts.

In respect of one site I am developing I have to have a specific configuration of the database. I could use a VPS and could configure it myself, but the level of my income dictates that I need to use the vastly cheaper shared hosting.

So, I contacted three well known hosting companies using the 'live chat' facility on their websites. It looks like 2 out of the 3 use outsourced their live chat to centres where the staff of which, were totally useless. I asked about the database configuration I needed and neither of the 2 had a clue as to what I was talking about. After explaining in words of one syllable and getting nowhere I asked that they refer the question to their technical support or let me speak with the techies. CANNOT!

So that was 2 companies binned in the first hour.

The 3rd (InMotion) was excellent and got me the information I needed in a few minutes. Their configurations were not suitable for my needs so I didn't bother with them. But the person on the live chat was fast, knowledgeable and efficient.

So, guess what, I checked up with Fastcomet and found they were offering 70% discount on a 12 month deal. So I let my current deal stop, and took the 70% off deal. As I have already been with them 2 years I had no reservations about staying with them.

So now onto hosting in Europe (London to be precise). As I only need to host a couple of small sites that do not need email, I ended up with AWS Lightsail for 3.5 usd a month. But I don't recommend them for general web hosting unless you are well versed in Linux and can convince them to unblock the port (25) used to send email from if you need email.

So Fastcomet it is.

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