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Jessica Sant
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Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

We're going to be writing an article for our newsletter evaluating different JSP / Servlet hosts in hopes to make the process of choosing one a bit easier. The hardest thing is to figure out where to start!
So -- here's my nice informal survey to help us get started:
1- Who do you use to host your Web Application? (include their URL please)
2- What do you feel are the most important quatlies of a hosting company?
3- What questions do you ask a hosting company before you decide if you'll use them or not?
4- What do you use your website for? Personal? Business? Academic? Other?
5- How "big" is your website? MB's and hits/month (about)
6- What do you LOVE about your hosting company?
7- What do you HATE about your hosting company?
8- Have you ever changed hosting companies? why?
Thanks!!


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Bear Bibeault
Author and ninkuma
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Joined: Jan 10, 2002
Posts: 60046
    
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1- Who do you use to host your Web Application? (include their URL please)
mmaweb.net
2- What do you feel are the most important quatlies of a hosting company?
Value for price. This includes such intangibles as what kind of support you get over just what features you can get.
3- What questions do you ask a hosting company before you decide if you'll use them or not?
The usual around level of service, feature set, and to what degree I can muck around with the config of my own area.
4- What do you use your website for? Personal? Business? Academic? Other?
Personal and business.
5- How "big" is your website? MB's and hits/month (about)
All my sites are currently small-footprint/low-bandwidth/moderate-DB sites.
6- What do you LOVE about your hosting company?
Responsive support.
7- What do you HATE about your hosting company?
Don't hate anything. But the servers could be faster.
8- Have you ever changed hosting companies? why?
Yes. Either poor support, or inability to obtain a private JVM for a reasonable price.
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David O'Meara
Rancher

Joined: Mar 06, 2001
Posts: 13459

1- Who do you use to host your Web Application? (include their URL please)
Last two client projects have been hosted in-house.
I started filling in the rest of the questions, but they're not very relevent after the first answer
Brian Pipa
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Joined: Sep 29, 2003
Posts: 299
I host them myself on my own machine at home (on my cable internet connection) with the help of http://www.zoneedit.com.
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Jessica Sant
Sheriff

Joined: Oct 17, 2001
Posts: 4313

Here's the answer to my own survey:
1- Who do you use to host your Web Application? (include their URL please)
www.cqhost.com
2- What do you feel are the most important quatlies of a hosting company?
Responsive and knowledgable support, quick and reliable network
3- What questions do you ask a hosting company before you decide if you'll use them or not?
What hours is support available and how? What's the guaranteed response time?
4- What do you use your website for? Personal? Business? Academic? Other?
Business - a small non-profit company
5- How "big" is your website? MB's and hits/month (about)
50 MBs, traffic is seasonal -- but peaks at about 26,000 hits/month
6- What do you LOVE about your hosting company?
Haven't noticed any down time
7- What do you HATE about your hosting company?
I'm getting more and more dissappointed in their support, it take a few repeat emails over a couple days to get a reply. No phone support.
8- Have you ever changed hosting companies? why?
Yup -- I dropped IMhosted.com because their support was TOTALLY unresponsive the 1st time I had a problem. Luckily as soon as I said I wanted to cancel, they replied within an hour.
Balaji Loganathan
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Bartender

Joined: Jul 13, 2001
Posts: 3150

1- Who do you use to host your Web Application? (include their URL please)

Re-invent Techonologies =>http://www.re-invent.com/
2- What do you feel are the most important quatlies of a hosting company?
I can host both ASP.NET and JSP/Servlets
My request/questions were processed in 5mins - 30mins time.
All updates were installed upon avaliablity
Supports all the package that a typical jsp-servlets application needs
Has both MS Sql Server and mySQL
3- What questions do you ask a hosting company before you decide if you'll use them or not?
I checked their FAQ and it covered all my general doubts.
4- What do you use your website for? Personal? Business? Academic? Other?
Information site.
5- How "big" is your website? MB's and hits/month (about)
40MB. 60 unique visitors per week.
6- What do you LOVE about your hosting company?
Good client support.
7- What do you HATE about your hosting company?
Costly but no other techinical complaints
8- Have you ever changed hosting companies? why?
No.
Regards
Balaji


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Amy Green
Greenhorn

Joined: Nov 05, 2003
Posts: 3
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1- Who do you use to host your Web Application? (include their URL please)
http://www.1pro.biz
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2- What do you feel are the most important quatlies of a hosting company?
Features for the price. Friendly & knowledgable support
(real humans on the other side of the wire)
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3- What questions do you ask a hosting company before you decide if you'll use them or not?
Server uptime, what is the turn-around time for
support questions..
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4- What do you use your website for? Personal? Business? Academic? Other?
Private auction site made using jsp... drawings,
paintings, prints, sculpture, crafts, ceramics...
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5- How "big" is your website? MB's and hits/month (about)
600 megs (lots of big .jpg's)... around 10 gigs/month
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6- What do you LOVE about your hosting company?
Friendly, responsive support. My site is fast and no
downtime since being transferred to 1pro
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7- What do you HATE about your hosting company?
There is no support on sundays.... can't send
big files via email.. no phone support.....
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8- Have you ever changed hosting companies? why?
I used [confidential].. up until the point where my
"mysql" database disappeared... omg...
...I got so angry and so frustrated ...
.....I lost 2 weeks of my auctions...
then I decided to change companies.
 
Don't get me started about those stupid light bulbs.
 
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