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    Question Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Hi

    I’m looking to host a gallery focused, non-profit website and was hoping to get some opinions on good hosts in New Zealand.

    My requirements are fairly minimal, the most noteworthy being:

    • 5GB – 10GB storage
    • A decent amount of monthly Traffic (bandwidth), suitable for a site with a small-medium user base
    • MySQL
    • PHP
    • At least 2 email addresses
    • Backup service (either included or as an addon) would be a bonus
    • Good customer service

    So far I have been looking at:

    Umbrellar
    Freeparking

    Any help with this would be appreciated.

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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Openhost.
    NZ owned.

    However no-one will keep your site backed up forever, usually it's 2 weeks.

    ALWAYS keep an offline copy - and on at least 2 separate devices.
    It's YOUR responsibilty to ensure all YOUR stuff is kept backed up and safe.
    wipe your paws.

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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Quote Originally Posted by Epsilon View Post
    [*]Backup service (either included or as an addon) would be a bonus
    Most hosts, if not all, will provide at least incremental backups, usually performed daily. However this shouldn't be an issue as you'll obviously have created the site on your own computer which of course will be your backup.
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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Hoopla are fantastic.

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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Backups shouldn't be too much of a problem as I will make regular copies to my local machine and also to another location (probably to a cloud storage service). Just having that extra protection from the host's backups would be nice for peace of mind.

    Lot's of great suggestions so far, keep 'em coming.

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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    I've been using https://myhost.nz/ since June 2015, affordable plans, excellent support when issues arise. Local NZ based servers. Very happy with MyHost.
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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Quote Originally Posted by SonicNZ2 View Post
    I've been using https://myhost.nz/ since June 2015, affordable plans, excellent support when issues arise. Local NZ based servers. Very happy with MyHost.
    Could you tell me more about the support you received from myhost? How many issues have you had that required you to contact their support and what was their response times like?

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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Any specific reason the host has to be in NZ? There's plenty of good options if you're willing to consider overseas based hosts too, and while the speed may be slightly slower for NZ visitors if you use a non-NZ host, it should only be minimal and I am assuming for a non-profit site speed is not critical anyway

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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Quote Originally Posted by pcuser42 View Post
    Hoopla are fantastic.
    +1 for Hoopla. PJ
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    Default Re: Help Choosing A Host For A New Website

    Quote Originally Posted by Chikara View Post
    Any specific reason the host has to be in NZ? There's plenty of good options if you're willing to consider overseas based hosts too, and while the speed may be slightly slower for NZ visitors if you use a non-NZ host, it should only be minimal and I am assuming for a non-profit site speed is not critical anyway
    I did some looking for overseas hosts and found some good ones, I was particularly impressed with SiteGround's support when I contacted them. They also have a data center closer to NZ than most of the other hosts I looked at which is a bonus.

    The main audience for this site will be New Zealander's as the site will host a large number of historical New Zealand images. I'm mainly trying to find good local hosts to see what is available.

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