Here’s My First Choice For Dedicated Hosting with a rating review covering three areas.
I’m often asked about hosting companies and who I recommend.
Well, I’ve tried several of them, ranging from Hostgator to eUK Host and D9 Hosting to name but 3 of several, but the business I’d recommend above all others for dedicated hosting requirements is 247-host.
They’re Canadian based, but having my sites aimed predominately at the UK market isn’t the ideal place for page loading reasons, but for American customers, they also have data centres in the United States too.
For those who may not know what I mean by page loading speeds, that’s the time it takes for your site to fully appear on screen when visited by a potential customer.
The longer it takes, the more likely people will get sick of waiting and close the link and perhaps move onto a competitor, Google are known to take page loading speeds into consideration when ranking your site, so speed is a very important factor, although not the only area that you need to be careful with.
Ideally, your host should be in the country where you live, or at least fairly close by, the further away you are, the more it can affect your site’s speed.
I preferred a dedicated server for my hosting, I overlooked where their equipment was based and I have used them for a number of years to host my sites with absolutely no regrets.
Certainly, if you’re an American or Canadian with websites aimed at either of those markets, then 247-Host should seriously be considered if you’re thinking of changing hosting companies – plus, you’ll almost certainly save money too as their prices are highly competitive.
That said, I recently moved my sites from a dedicated server with 247 to shared hosting with Amazon, why?
The main reason was Amazon’s servers which are highly regarded in the industry for reliability and ‘uptime’, but other reasons were their higher speed and the fact that the server that I chose is based nearer to the UK than 247-Host’s Montreal infrastructure, namely Dublin, just over 300 miles from the North East of England.
But don’t discount them if you’re in the UK and you’re looking for an excellent DEDICATED host combined with equally excellent service.
Now, before I go any further, I have to say that even the best run companies may occasionally have problems and 247 Host is no exception.
I have seen the odd bad, critical review in connection with 247-Host, as well as many good one's too of course, however, that is true of virtually every other business I can think of (large or small) this review is based on my own personal experiences which means that you should still undertake 'due diligence' and make up your OWN mind as to what you wish to do, I won't paint a pretty picture if none exists, I'll simply tell you what my opinion is, based 100% on my own personal experience.
First of all, 247-Host is probably one of the most reasonably priced dedicated (fully managed) hosting companies around - there may be cheaper businesses - but they don't appear to be 10 a penny.
It's the price (if I'm truthful) and the fact that they offered a fully managed server that attracted me to them because I haven't the time, or the inclination, to mess around with the technical side of the operation, I much prefer to pass that onto specialist engineers.
If you see a lower price for dedicated hosting from another company, check to see if it's for a non managed server or only partially managed, because unless you know exactly what you're doing and you're conversant with the technical side of hosting, my advice is to pass that responsibility onto an engineer, so you can focus on building your business and not getting bogged down in hosting issues.
So for price, I give 247-Host a 5 star rating.
The customer service is professional, efficient and business like, so that warrants 5 stars too.
The one area however where I score 247-Host with 4.5 is their server reliability, but that said, my own sites only ever went down twice in just over 2 years, which is hardly excessive and better than most, which isn't bad at all (and they were fixed by their engineers very quickly) I marked them down to 4.5 simply because their 'uptime' couldn't justify a perfect score.
But all in all, if you're looking for an inexpensive fully managed dedicated server, then 247-Host should at least be considered, because overall they offer a service which is was as close to perfect (at least for me) than you're liable to find.
Why did I leave them? It was purely down to the fact that I wanted a UK hosting company (or somewhere closer to home than Canada where 247-Host's servers were based) in order to speed up my site's loading speeds, if they'd had UK servers - I'd still be with them to this day.
So this is a recommended item.
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