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  • When looking for a Hosting Company.

    What to look for in a hosting company
    Made by Ray of vbulletin.com

    This is to ONLY be used on vbulletin.com or any other website owned by
    Jelsoft

    Below is the Sections that will be included in this post.
    Also, I have put everything into "Sections" So if you need to find an answer fast all you have to do is search for it.


    Index:

    Section: 1

    Images/Live chat

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    Section: 2
    How far their willing to go
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    Section: 3
    If they are supported or support vbulletin -(This is a MUST!)
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    Section: 4
    What kind of cpanel they have easy or advanced
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    Section: 5
    Recommended Hosts for vBulletin
    (Under Construction)
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    Section: 1

    Images


    When looking for a hosting company you don't just want to choose any one. Because you will be staying with them for a while. And some may want to steal your files for their own. So below are some images to look for on their website.





    Hacker Safe.




    When someone has this on their website, It means that they get scanned daily. And this also is one of the major things to look for now. Please note that not all good hosting companys have this and this does NOT mean their not safe just they might have more.






    Also some other images you should look for are their awards. Most likely if they are good big companies will give them an award for doing a great job. And I haven't seen a lot without an award so this is a good thing.






    Credit Card Pictures:




    This is one thing you must look for making sure that your credit card you are going to use or paypal is accepted by the Hosting Company. Because if you don't all its doing is just ruining your time for finding a great company.





    This is another Hacker safe image you should look for.





    Some good solid name Awards you should look for.








    This is a huge company that gives away thousands of awards every year any award giving by C|net is a good one for that year. Or any other years given. Meaning this might be a good place to put the tent up.










    As their are thousands if not millions of awards given out I will just be keeping these ones until. I or some other person has some good ones to add.




    Live Chats





    Live chats are a very important thing when figuring out a host to stay with. Live chats allow users/you to talk to the support,billing,pre sales or anything around their website. This also allows fast help. Most hosting companies have Live chats but some are never up and some are up 24/7 but if some are NOT up this again does not mean that they are a bad hosting company. Just means that


    A) They don't have enough staff working on the clock to handle 24/7



    B) They offer support half e-mail half Live chat 50/50

    C) They have to many people contacting them and can only offer so much.


    Those are some of the main reasons for that live chat. But there are some other things to look for. Live chat greetings! I have noticed that you do pay for most of the hosting companies so you should be treated nicely? Well that's at least what I would do. Some companies just want you to pay but not help. So before EVER joining a hosting company without even asking them questions. Ask them in a Live chat session and hopefully you will find your answers and stay with them. Also most live chat images are either located in the top right corner or the top left corner. Just a little tip for you guys.






    Section: 2




    How far their willing to go





    Most hosting companies don't setup vbulletin or don't know a lot about it. This is not a company I would suggest going to. But a lot of the companies do how ever have free installation help. BUT I WOULD NEVER GIVE OUT ANY INFO TO THESE COMPANIES UNLESS YOU KNOW THAT THEIR SAFE. But I would ask them first if you do run into a problem in the near future for the hosting (Not the vbulletin) Maybe an error or anything like that will they help you out. That is a very good question to ask before just before joining because they might look professional but they might not be so it's always good to ask questions before choosing your hosting company. Also another question to ask is if they get attacked or hacked will you have protection?





    Also many hosting companies do offer vbulletin but make sure they offer what you are looking for. And not just what vbulletin needs.



    If anyone else has any questions that I see I will add it to this section.





    Section: 3


    Are they supported or support vbulletin




    Websites such as siteground.com offer great help and free installation when submitting a ticket to them to set everything up. Now this site is trusted by a lot of users for vbulletin. But some sites may say the same thing so Don't always trust what you see. Because they could bring you into something and then be a whole another thing. Some words/pharagraphs to look for.






    Quoted by: Siteground.com



    "Everything you need for your vBulletin site in one All-Inclusive Web Hosting Package with great features, fast and secure servers, multiple free tools, and high quality customer service!"


    That quote is what you should be looking for, Although some hosts lie about what they will do for you, You should always ask users, (Real Users) who host with them. And ask them about their relationships with them. Also take FULL Advantage of the 60 day money back. Because this means you can do a test run with them, Which is always important to do.





    Also, It's always good to see how many people they host. (Please note that no site knows the exact amount since they have people always joining so this is a rough estimate and is close enough. Also note that some sites do lie about this just to bring you to their services.)






    Section: 4



    What kind of cpanel they have.




    Knowing what kind of cpanel they have is a great thing to find out. I would say this would be one of the very first things to find out within the hosting company. Because this is what you will be looking at while adding new mods, add ons, skins ect.. So it is also good to find this info out. Most of the hosting companies offer cpanel 11 which is one of the easiest cpanels to use a demo is located below.









    This is the only cpanel I will post due to basically everyone using this. Like I said before if it is needed that I find other hosting companies to have different I will post it here.






    Section: 5



    Hosts recommended for vBulletin




    These hosts have been used by fellow vBulletin community members, And have had great success with hosting vBulletin. If you know a host that should be listed here, Please PM me their name & url thanks!





    Shared Hosting Companies








    Short Description: HostGator.com, LLC is a world leading provider of shared, reseller, and dedicated web hosting. Privately held and based in Houston, Texas, the company was founded in 2002.



    My Notes: Hostgator is in facted used by tons of vBulletin users, I have used HostGator myself at one time, This is a host good for shared hosting a long with dedicated + reseller.




    (Working On List)






    VPS Hosting Companies





    (Not Listed in any special way)



    (Working On list)






    End of Sections





    I will be adding more soon. Just thought I would let people see it. Hopefully with your feedback I can add what should be there.
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    Last edited by Ray2khax; Thu 18th Jun '09, 7:34am.
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    If there is anything you think I should add let me know, Thanks



    Added List:

    I have added a poll for everyone to vote on to see if this is helping anyone.


    Adding List:
    More images.
    Couple more sections.


    Got a request? want something added Ask me on my profile under the visitor messages. Thanks!
    Last edited by Ray2khax; Wed 17th Sep '08, 2:05pm.
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    • #3
      Nice checklist! Keep adding more to it.
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      • #4
        Will do looking on adding some more helpful tips and stuff.
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        • #5
          Thank You ,Would you recomend a host that is about $10 or less a month ?

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          • #6
            Like I said if it offers what I have yes. I would just make sure you are getting what you are paying.
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            • #7
              Adding another sections soon Just finishing it up.
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              • #8
                http://www.siteground.com/hosting_features.htm

                Woodcrest 5130 Dual Core

                do you know how many web sites in each server,
                because I see that the server aren't supper
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                • #9
                  What are you talking about sorry just didn't understand it.
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                  • #10
                    When I visit [siteground website]
                    In this URL
                    http://www.siteground.com/hosting_features.htm

                    written that servers type are Woodcrest 5130 [Dual Core]
                    My question:
                    Do you know, how many website dose [sitegroun] hosts in each server?
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                    • #11
                      I personally would not suggest siteground just because I had some issues in the past with them and still haven't got my full refund yet.
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                      • #12
                        Rather I would suggest Purgehosting.com personally they are always up and helpful. And they do a very nice job.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Dbreh View Post
                          When I visit [siteground website]
                          In this URL
                          http://www.siteground.com/hosting_features.htm

                          written that servers type are Woodcrest 5130 [Dual Core]
                          My question:
                          Do you know, how many website dose [sitegroun] hosts in each server?
                          You shouldn't bothe much. An average server with 100 sites is going to be a lot better than a top end server with 1000 sites. It all depends on howmuch they load the server and how well they monitor and keep heavy users out.
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                          • #14
                            Will be adding more soon.
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                            • #15
                              On my company, we do offer vBulletin installations as the tech team know how to do it all.

                              Offers live chat, supports vBulletin

                              We meet it all

                              by the way, good guide!
                              Jut a random internet person.

                              A message to all illegal users!

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