I believe I have found exactly what you are looking for, along with a
few others that may interest you. I have compiled possible web hosts
into a convenient list format. If you are not satisfied, or want even
more choices, feel free to ask for clarification. Just as a side note,
probably the most difficult part of your question was finding the 24/7
phone support due to the amount of resources a company must devote to
maintaining such a system.
Plan: E-100 (http://olm.net/whmag/hosting_e_specials.html)
Space: 100 MB
Transfer/Month: 2 GB
Features: Perl, PHP, Python, SSI, SSL, Frontpage, unlimited emails and more
Do not be fooled by the simple webpage, this is a powerful webhost
with hundreds of thosands of customers. I myself have used their
hosting services for almost 2 years now and have never experienced any
trouble. They have received glowing reviews and testimonies, some of
which can be seen at http://www.webhostsonline.com/Reviews/O/olm4227/,
However, their domain name registration is slighly more expensive.
Thus, I recommend that you go to http://www.dynonames.com/ to register
your domain, then transfer it to OLM.
Plan: 333 Personal (http://www.icdsoft.com/hosting.php)
Space: 333 MB
Transfer/Month: 5 GB
Features: Perl, PHP, SSI, Python, Ruby, TCL, MySQL database, unlimited
email accounts and more
If you are willing to forgo 24/7 phone support and are willing to
settle for within the hour, generally within 15-30 minute support,
then ICDSoft is definitely for you. It is also a well established
companies with hundreds of users with positive things to say about it
provide both more space and bandwidth the OLM.net.
I most recommend either OLM.net or ICDSoft if you can live without
24/7 phone support. Others you might want to consider are:
Amray Web Hosting (http://www.amrayhosting.com)
Plan: Sparkling Geyser (https://www.amrayhosting.com/sparklinggeyser.html)
Space: 500 MB
Transfer/Month: 30 GB
Features: Perl, SSL, 5 POP3/IMAP and FTP accounts and more
In terms of sheer bandwidth, nothing beats Amray with 30GB/month.
There is a setup fee of $20, but that can be waived. They also offer
within the hours support, and from user testimonies, it seems that on
average, they are much faster than that. Once again, I suggest finding
an alternative company to purchase a domain name from. Excellent
reviews of this host can be found at
IX Webhosting (http://www.ixwebhosting.com/)
Plan: Economy (http://www.ixwebhosting.com/pg.info.dspProductEconomyPlan)
Space: 500 MB
Transfer/Month: 5 GB
Features: Perl, PHP, SSI, Frontpage, 1000 POP3/IMAP and FTP accounts and more
If you need even more space, IX Webhosting provides 500MB for an even
cheaper monthly fee. However, they require a $20 setup fee which can
be waived if you sign on for a 2 year plan. They feature 24/7 Live
Chat, and support is guaranteed within the hour. They also offer to
credit your account if for any reason they fail to provide support
within the hour. (http://www.ixwebhosting.com/pg.info.dspPriceFreeze1HrSupport).
TheHostingChart.com even rated it #1, with a score of 97%
CX Webhosting (http://cxwebhosting.com/)
Plan: Gold (http://cxwebhosting.com/plan1.html)
Space: 1000 MB
Transfer/Month: 20 GB
Features: Perl, PHP, SSI, Frontpage, 1000 POP3/IMAP, FTP account, SSH,
MIVA and more
For sheer volume of storage, nothing beats CX Webhosting with 1 GB.
Another excellent site
You may have seen http://www.bigbluehost.com/, http://slacktech.com/
and http://www.dot5hosting.com/ when you searched the net yourself.
These companies are not reliable, as many users have reported.
I hope these help.
Request for Answer Clarification by
15 Jun 2004 09:14 PDT
Well, I agree that OLM seems like a reputable provider with a pretty
good deal. However some of the other sites you listed offer deals
that would be too good to refuse, if there weren't hidden strings
attached... I have found it very difficult to find information on the
reputability of hosting companies. There are lots of sites out there
that claim to be impartial reviewers of hosting companies, such as the
ones you cited: thehostingchart.com and hostchart.com
I have always hesitated to trust these kinds of sites because they
never have real "about us" information and they never explain how they
can afford to run their "independant" site without any adds. So I did
a WHO IS search on the two sites above to see who owns the domains:
thehostingchart.com is registered to someone named Proxied Site Domain
Services (email@example.com) and hostchart.com is registered to
someone whose email address is @hostbuzz.com which turns out to be a
promotions site for webhosting companies.
The reason I really want a company that promises 24/7 support is that,
just as you said, they have to be able to devote considerable
resources to that service, and thus, it shows that they do actually
have "considerable resources" and aren't just a fly-by-night company.
However, if there is indeed a company that is very reputable and
offers an excellent deal but does not have 24/7 support, I would be
willing to consider them.
Before I rate your answer, I wanted to give you a chance to get me
some believeable info on the reputability (or disreputability as the
case may be) of some of these companies that offer great plans for
And one other qustion, have you ever called OLM's support number? and
if so, about how long was the wait?