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  1. Adem United Kingdom

    Adem Active Member

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    Hi all.

    I currently have a Hostgator Reseller account which costs around £30 a month... it was pretty cheap years ago but has risen over time with increases and as the pound has dropped.

    Anyway...I've been downsizing and I no longer need a reseller account and have around 20 small websites of my own now, so I think they can happily go on the same shared hosting.

    Do you have any recommendations of hosting? Should I switch to a UK host? If it goes down the less than £10 a month then great as every little helps.

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. AlistairM United Kingdom

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    One I've used for ages is webhostinguk.com with no problems.
     
  4. DomainM

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    I'd recommend Clook.net hosting. They've served me well for years.
     
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    Another vote for Clook
     
  6. seemly

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    Having used them for a few years now, I can happily recommend krystal.co.uk

    Their top tier (ruby) cloud hosting suits your requirements of both spec and price:
    https://krystal.co.uk/cloud-hosting#pricing-table

    Their customer service has always been top notch, too.
     
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    Yes Webhosting UK is one good choice for fast and affordable web hosting in UK one more vote for them.
     
  8. DLOE Spain

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    Been with Krystal for around 5 years now, reliable hosting and great customer service.

    If you ever decide to sign up, use discount code ACORN2016 which gives you £5 off your first order and me £5 in credit :)
     
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    Just to give some balance.

    I had a 'Cloud' VPS from Clook and it was very fragile, needed rebooting at least once a week. They also did a software upgrade that took my server down for 16 hours, they did compensate but it was only a percentage of the monthly fee which I took as a bit of insult, especially since they admitted they had screwed up.

    With Krystal I have a cheap 10 site account and they have been the best budget host so far although they did get swamped with DDoS attacks some time ago. They did address this but as a consequence their firewall is very aggressive and they will not whitelist any IP's for you. You have an option of mod-security on or off, that's as far as it goes.

    You don't get top notch or great service from any budget host btw; they don't have the margin and resources this would require. You get acceptable, poor, really poor and total s&&t. Krystal is acceptable.
     
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  10. Adem United Kingdom

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    Cheers for the advice everyone.
     
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    I've issued you a warning for this self promotion / advertising without declaration
     
  12. timter51

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    I recently moved a lot of sites to a new VPS at Smart Hosting (https://www.bestwebhosting.co.uk - personally think they could do with changing their spammy looking URL!) after a recommendation on here. I've been very impressed so far, great setup assistance, great performance so far, competitve prices.
     
  13. atlas Canada

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    Decided to try this out, and they require you to scan your passport and send it to them to set up an account - seems OTT for a less than 3 pound per month purchase. I don't recall any other hosting company requiring this.
     
  14. seemly

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    Based on the fact I have an account with them and that I recommended them, I just contacted their support team about this query and they responded with:

    "If we've asked a potential new customer to provide this information it'll be for order verification processes usually due to inconsistencies in the order, to verify that we are actually receiving a legitimate order from the person named on the order."

    I mentioned that other hosting companies don't require this level of stringency. Their response:

    "For the vast majority of orders we don't either - Obviously I can't discuss specifics of someone else's order but we'd typically ask for a copy of ID if for example we receive an order with UK-based address details supplied but the order and payment are made from abroad, essentially to verify that the customer's card isn't being used fraudulently"

    In my opinion, this is a good thing. You may have other thoughts, though. I hope this helps.
     
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  15. mdrussell

    mdrussell Active Member Full Member

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    Agreed. We the hosting companies pick up the cost of fraud. A little extra vigilance if some things don't match is a good thing.
     
  16. atlas Canada

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    Sure, I agree with all that, but there are much less intrusive ways of dealing with this - phone calls, verified by Visa, Mastercard Securecode, etc.

    A passport is a pretty important document, and can be used for identity theft. One can't just send a scanned copy to a merchant every time one makes a 3 pound purchase online. The merchant would then have my name, address, telephone number, credit card details, and a copy of my passport, which is pretty much all you need to impersonate someone.
     
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  17. ian

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    Agree with Andy, requesting a passport for hosting is too intrusive and would immediately put me off. Not because I have anything to hide, but because your passport is probably the most important document you own, and I'd also question whether these companies have the correct level of security in place to protect the transfer of this information, or the correct authority for those approving such information.

    I take orders for expensive equipment, much more expensive than hosting, and there are plenty of ways of checking out a customer that isn't resorting to this method; in fact, I reckon if I asked for such information, they would immediately cancel questioning why. Fair enough no system will protect you entirely, but there is always risks in business.
     
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  18. mdrussell

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    I think most will take driving license / proof of address etc too
     
  19. ian

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    Driving license, see previous comment (still excessive)
     
  20. seemly

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    so, how do you - in your business - validate against potential fraudulent purchases, to prove the "customer" is who they say they are?
     
  21. ian

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    Based on credit/debit card payments, combination of CV2, Address, PC, 3D, electoral roll, telephone, common sense, association, web checks, IP etc. Plenty of these combine for Fraud Screening with the right systems. Better still, auth codes are a great way of confirming the person using the payment card has rights/access to it beyond holding a card in hand. After that, if something doesn't look right, don't accept. Asking for proof of ID be it Passport or Driving License, except in the duty of law is lunacy!