Looking for a host with good storage please

I made the mistake of signing up with Justhost, believing their ‘unlimited’ advertising and not reading the small print.

I only have a few MP3 files I need to have available to clients, but apparently this would be violating their policy, so now I have to move my site or store my files somewhere else.

I found Justhost were absolutely fine for a simple website, but not suitable for ecommerce where you need to store any files, or for any audio or video. The advertising is very misleading and gives them a bad name - upfront honesty would be so much more appealing.

Anyway, I would appreciate some advice as to which would be easier.
a) Transfer the entire website and all the risks that involves
b) store files elsewhere and stay with Justhost

If transferring to another host, then can anybody recommend one? I no longer believe any ‘unlimited’ advertising, but don’t have the time to trawl through all the small print on each host’s package.

thanks!

Hi GayleJ. Welcome to SitePoint. :slight_smile:

store files elsewhere and stay with Justhost

I won’t tell you which option to choose, but it’s quite easy (and arguably preferable) to store large files elsewhere anyhow. You can use a content delivery network (that is, a file hosting service that stores files and serves them quickly and costs less that your normal hosting to do so) such as Amazon Web Services or Rackspace Cloud. So you certainly have the option of staying with your current host.

Though, I have to say, not allowing you to store standard files like that sounds pretty darned weird. (Now that I think of it, I’d be outa there like the proverbial **** out of a bottle.)

If you compress the file into a zip or rar, does that still violate their terms of service? :slight_smile:

Somebody needs to tell them that MP3 files are not just used by kids posting the latest Justin Bieber album for download. If your host would rather put a blanket restriction for all users instead of just taking care of the offenders, I would be gone. There are way too many great hosts out there.

I have used Hawkhost with great success in the past. They offer some great plans.

I have used Hawkhost with great success in the past. They offer some great plans.

Though not as generous as those of Justhost. Hawkhost also operates Froghost. I’d contact them before trying to use that space as a media files storage facility though. :slight_smile:

Anyway, I would appreciate some advice as to which would be easier.
a) Transfer the entire website and all the risks that involves
b) store files elsewhere and stay with Justhost

Solution “a” will probably be the easiest. Most hosts should be able to do that for you, and many will do it for free. The only trouble might be the amount of data you need to transfer.

I use Arvixe for hosting and I have many multimedia files on my site. So if you could I would try Arvixe. However, you could use [URL=“http://aws.amazon.com/s3/”]Amazon Simple Storage Service.

Perhaps this is just my twisted view on the hosting industry - but I don’t consider somebody that offers “unlimited” hosting as generous. I consider them to be overselling space banking on the fact that most people won’t use much space or bandwidth at all, but will sign with them because “more is better”.

I’m pretty sure if I uploaded 12 terabytes of files to their $4 a month hosting plan, they would give a call and tell me that unlimited doesn’t really mean unlimited. :smiley:

Good point. All limits are equal, but some are more equal than others.

but I don’t consider somebody that offers “unlimited” hosting as generous.

Well, I should have said “generous”. :slight_smile: In reality, these accounts are as generous as the host wants them to be. Fact is that when it comes to shared hosting, you’re always as the provider’s mercy. Regardless of the offer, they can always cut off usage of customers they deem to be a liability - they reserve that right in the TOS, using other wording of course. :wink:

For those multimedia files, you can always use a file host such as Rapidshare. Of course you might run into the same TOS issues.

Otherwise, go for a VPS on a host that does not have an issue with you hosting those type of files.

I used to host at Servage and they were good until I hit about 200GB of data and then they started to nit pick at what I could keep on their servers and were asking me to remove what they deemed mistakenly in many instances as copyrighted files. The files were not accessible to anyone but me and was basically a backup… which they then dug up their TOS which stated that backup was not allowed… I am in the proccess of moving to somewhere else… anyone else have any good webhosts that allow storage and do not nit pick… With personal hard drives being so cheap for terabytes of information the only reason why i keep bothering trying to store on the internet is for easy access from any internet connection to my files without setting up my own ftp server hardware… but I appears that I should probably go that route…

No web host is unlimited, no matter what they say; all web hosts will “nit pick” if you try to store 200Gb on their servers!! Even if it’s not in their TOS, they’re still going to find out what you’re doing and kick you off at some point. If you really want to do this safely, buy storage space from a storage provider like SugarSync or DropBox.

If you think about it, 200Gb is a lot if they do backups. And if they don’t do backups, run, that’s scarey. With the various forms of backups we do, I think it comes to approx 14-18 copies of the original data - (3TB in your case!!) - most hosts only store 2-3 copies, if that, but that’s still most of a Terabyte!

lot of host give unlimited storage…read their reviews and choose the best host