Looking for suitable web-hosting service...
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As my blog site got enough content and daily bandwidth is averagely 200mb, I am started thinking about moving this site to a web-hosting service for long-term operation. The other reason for that is also because of that I might changing my job and moving to somewhere else soon. Thus I might need to move all my services (DNS, blog, email service) to some web-hosting services.
Actually it's not very easy to find a professional web-hosting service that provides Windows 2003 server , ASP.NET 1.1 / 2.0 , SQL Server 2000/2005 and others, which a professional Microsoft developer will likely to use and the price is acceptable. For a developer's needs, the hosting company must has strong background on hosting Microsoft technologies and should likely be more welcome that one hosting company is focus on only hosting Microsoft stuffs, comparing to most of hosting companies that usually host Unix/Linux as major and Windows as one of their services.
Most of the needs of a hosting service is likely as follows:
- Simply web pages hosting with server side dynamic content
- Web pages hosting and database support
- Email hosting
- Simple DNS hosting (route every names to root)
- Advanced DNS hosting with self-defined records (A, MX, CNAME, etc)
As in my case, I'll need web pages hosting with database support, email hosting and also advanced dns hosting if I'll move all my services from my home server to a hosting company.
My colleague Chris Ho gave me some links of host search and comparing sites (here and here) that provides comprehensive information on overall hosting service markets (which is what I needed! thanks pal!). through the search of Google also find Frankarr's post about asp.net web-hosting and later found that there is a list of hosting services nominated by Microsoft ASP.NET Hosting Advantage program.
Some of the hosting companies provide low price targeted to user who only needs web pages hosting and provide less support on email and dns hosting. some others are half-half, some others might provide web page hosting functions not as comprehensive as others but they provides excellent support for users to manage domain name records and email accounts. so there will be a matrix of price, disk spaces, database spaces, technologies supported, email functions and dns functions on choosing a suitable hosting service based on one's needs.
I am still taking a deep look of the matrix every Windows hosting company provides in that Hosting Advantage Program and will try some of them in their "30 days money back guarantee" period to come out a result later for my hosting needs.
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