Nice name ..all the best for your sale.
I personally prefer a managed hosting solution, its always good to handle management and server at one location.I have seen issue resolving is...
Yes Webhosting UK is one good choice for fast and affordable web hosting in UK one more vote for them.
you can also try Enom , Namecheap
Thats really careless of them.. Lucky you that you could get your domain back.
try to google coupon code for hostwinds might get many of them.
For US try Rshosting
Both offer US based SSD web hosting.
Pretty odd to such regular down times.. I am with Webhost UK , For more than 5 years now and a never had such long 24 hours downtime without support.
Which host did you move to ?
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