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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by joacoerazo_legacy, Mar 27, 2007.

  1. joacoerazo_legacy

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    Hi to all,

    Please guide me on affordable hosting plans for unity games (Web based and downloables). Hosting sites that offer no problem with the unity files or, at least, sites that has proven no problems using unity content.

    Thank you in advance
     
  2. DaveyJJ

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    Dreamhost.
     
  3. Willem

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    I'll second DreamHost. Great place to work with (www.dreamhost.com) and very reliable.
     
  4. MatthewW

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    Use a coupon if you go with Dreamhost. You can buy a year of hosting for something like $2.50/month.

    And files are files--there isn't really such a thing as compatibility with Unity web files.
     
  5. StarManta

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    I don't know if my experience is different, but GoDaddy breaks my Web players. (My hunch is that it thinks they're HTML and is trying to inject ads into them. AFAICT their paid service doesn't seem to be affected.)
     
  6. joacoerazo_legacy

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    Thank you to all for these quick response!!!

    Dreamhost looks very good. How the coupons work? I saw $7.95/month (two years), where/how do you get the $2.50/month?

    Thank you in advance
     
  7. MatthewW

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  8. joacoerazo_legacy

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    Thank you Matthew!!!!

    thats will be the choice, I think.
     
  9. Lallander

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    You really won't regret going with Dreamhost. I know a S***ton if thats a unit of measurement *shrug of people that use them.
     
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  11. milkytreat

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    dreamhost all the way, ive been with them for 3 years with 8 websites
     
  12. bigkahuna

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    Darn! I sure wish you guys had started this thread about a month ago. I just renewed with 11 and then learned they doubled my monthly fee... argh... :evil:
     
  13. milkytreat

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    well every now and then dreamhost runs a campaign where you get a year of hosting for free, and all you pay for is the domain (which is how i got hooked) so $9.95 for the year :D
    cant go wrong with that!
     
  14. Lallander

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    ^^^^^

    Truth.
     
  15. joacoerazo_legacy

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    Thank you to all, dreamhost is my choice.
     
  16. guategeek_legacy

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    I used web hosting buzz. Wasn't a bad service and they are realy cheap. But I got a dreamhost acount a month or so ago and am working on moving everything over to it. Dreamhost is a dream, you won't regret the choice to go with them :). Jeff
     
  17. Bampf

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    I've been following this discussion with interest, and dreamhost's introductory price is very tempting. The full price isn't bad either. My needs are not extreme, and I won't even be selling anything from my website for the time being, so the occasional website downtime doesn't freak me out.

    Having said that, Dreamhost seems to have had some significant outages lately. Some bad luck, some growing pains certainly, plus a DOS attack. But some of their customers are complaining about lost emails. That to me is cause for alarm.

    Is anyone who posted here about dreamhost having second thoughts this week? Has your email been 99.9% reliable? I was hoping to use them to host my website and handle my domain's email, so that I wouldn't be tied down to my ISP.
     
  18. milkytreat

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    the dns went down the other day for an hour and a half, right when i was expecting an email, but i still received the email's

    I havent lost any data with dreamhost - ever.

    the worst with email is when i turned spamassassin and it caught some of my email in the junk folder, so i didnt see it until i did some fishing.

    if you ever have problems you can always go into #dreamhost on irc.freenode.net and there is always someone who can help you and go fix it for you.

    Infact i had one time where i was complaining, they looked at my irc info, checked their website access logs and found my site and fixed it before i even finished complaining.
     
  19. DaveyJJ

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    I've used Dreamhost exclusively for four years now and have yet to regret a single moment.
     
  20. podperson

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    How's the performance? I use two hosts -- pair.com and godaddy.com (and I'm paid up for a long time in advance on both) but dreamhost sounds good (certainly a good replacement for godaddy, which I think kind of sucks).

    That said, low prices have to come from somewhere.

    godaddy.com is way cheaper than pair.com, but there's no way I'd move my main site to godaddy.com -- it is often slow and occasionally down. I can't remember pair.com going down (I think it has once in five years that I've noticed) and it's always pretty responsive.

    I also get tech support within minutes from pair -- even if it's my own dumb fault (which it usually is).

    Frankly, if your website makes you money (every software sale from my main site is a minimum $150) there's no point in saving a few bucks a month.
     
  21. nickavv

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    I guess I'm on Dreamhost now, although I don't have to deal with any of the administrative stuff other than FTP. It seems to be up all the time, which is nice.
     
  22. DaveyJJ

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    I use Godaddy for domain regsitration, never anything else. Dreamhost has about 20 of my sites, as well as my wife's business stuff and dozens of my high-end programmer co-workers (and we work in a fibre-connected data centre). Highly recommend them.
     
  23. podperson

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    Good enough for me... Oh well, now to wait for my godaddy credit to run out ;-)

    pair.com is awesome ... but it's not cheap.
     
  24. dingosmoov

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    Here is the host that I am going with for my Arcade plans, as they have unlimited bandwidth.

    I used them before for a project and they seemed to do pretty well. Here is the link from CGChannel.

    http://www.sherweb.com/cghosting/
     
  25. guategeek_legacy

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    And 1 GB is realy going to hack it for this Arcade you are planing? Jeff
     
  26. podperson

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    There's no such thing as "unlimited bandwidth".

    In fact it's actually bad for you because if someone on your shared server gets slashdotted/digged/redditted then your site goes down. If they REALLY have unlimited bandwidth, it may never come back up (the main effect of limiting bandwidth is that in cases like that the offending page/site is turned off).

    Oh and the site is targeted at graphic artists, who do things like post 400MB showreels in HD on their page and link them on cgtalk (which also gets them slashdotted...)
     
  27. dingosmoov

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    Do you really want a response or is that sarcasm?

    Why do I deserve your sarcasm for recommending a host?
     
  28. podperson

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    I don't think you deserve sarscasm and -- assuming you work to keep the files small, I'd think 1GB would be *plenty*.

    After all -- big files => more bandwidth => slower load times.

    Unless you're a prodigy, filling up 1GB with games (or user data) is going to be a far bigger problem than running out of space. If and when you have that problem, hosting costs will be irrelevant.
     
  29. hsparra

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    From my dealings with Jeff, I don't think he meant for it to come across to anyone as mean. I always found him helpful and supportive.
     
  30. guategeek_legacy

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    Sorry if that came across wrong. I'm an artist working in the fields of web, and film and now getting into games so in my experiences 1GB of space is incredibly small. It never crossed my mind that asking that question would be rude or seem like sarcasm. I never meant it to come across that way and I'm sorry anyone felt wronged by it.

    As far as space is concerned its always nice to have more. Maybe the arcade won't need a whole gig (but maybe it could). Also with more space you could have backups of all the project folders for each game. Also in my experience the more space they offer the more bandwidth they offer.

    I also never believe that something is unlimited, its more just that they figure you won't get close to the actual limit so they advertise it as unlimited. For example my old web host boasted unlimited email addresses and other things. Anything that was promoted as unlimited really meant 999.
     
  31. dingosmoov

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    After doing some more research on hosting, I think I am finally gonna order my hosting today.

    But I am thinking of using a different host than I previously mentioned.

    Do you guys have any opinions on using Media Temple? I was looking at their grid service hosting($20) a month http://www.mediatemple.net/webhosting/gs/

    All I hear is good things about their hosting, has anyone heard anything bad?

    Thanks for all opinions.
     
  32. Lallander

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    I've never heard anything at all, which in my opinion is worse in some cases then a bad review.
     
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  34. DaveyJJ

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    Dreamhost!!!!
     
  35. Lallander

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    ^^^^ 12thd or whatever it's up to at this point.
     
  36. Foxxis

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    How about Hostgator? A friend recommends them, but I'm not sure. I'd rather not move my hosting and have to do it all over again in a few months...

    Regarding Dreamhost - does anyone have experience with large ammounts of traffic with Dreamhost (or other hosts)? Do the servers handle it? Does it get very expensive?

    TIA! :)
    Dan
     
  37. Aras

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    I host my websites (aras-p.info and nesnausk.org) at Dreamhost. So far no problems at all (it's only been over a month though).

    They total at about 400 MB/day, so I can't really answer the "high amount of traffic" question. However, I'd think servers are more sensitive to load (i.e. server side stuff running) than just pumping out bytes.
     
  38. DaveyJJ

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    Widget Monkeys in various forms moves something between 40 and 70 GB of traffic each month and never a hiccup. Highly recommend Dreamhost. Almost 600,000 widgets downloaded and massive numbers of website visitors ... no problem. Plus all my personal and freelance sites are there too, as are my wife's. I love Dreamhost.
     
  39. Foxxis

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    How about outages? I've heard Dreamhost has had various problems with server/net downtime? I'm planning on moving client sites as well as using the new host for my soon-to-be-finished game, so I am really sensitive regarding uptime...
     
  40. Aras

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    Well, hosting something critical on any shared hosting is possibly a bad idea... you have to get a dedicated server at least.

    My impression with Dreamhost outages is that from time to time a couple of their servers goes down for a couple of hours. Given that they have a huge number of servers, that is just bound to happen. Not sure if their downtime exceeds the "industry average" or not though.
     
  41. Foxxis

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    Which plan are you on if I may ask? Have you had to upgrade due to the traffic/visitor count?
     
  42. Aras

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    The cheapest plan they have gives much more than that amount of bandwidth (IIRC, 2 TB/month).
     
  43. Foxxis

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    Yeah, I know. However, AFAIK a site can hit the wall much earlier than the transfer/storage limits imply. Most sites - especially ecommerce sites - will tend to max out your CPU share on a shared server (long before you hit transfer limits), causing warnings and/or suspensions.
    The 2TB/month (or whatever) is pretty theoretical, or at least that's what I'm told by colleagues who've hosted more popular sites.
     
  44. MatthewW

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    Dreamhost recently had 3 days of outage for many of their servers. Generally speaking they tend to have some nasty gaps in uptimes on random servers. You always get what you pay for...
     
  45. Foxxis

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    Yeah, I browsed their forums and checked the status website. Wasn't that encouraged about what I found.

    I think I'll be going with Hostgator for the new sites and see what happens. The sites won't be that sensitive for a while. The interesting part comes when/if my first marketing wave is successful... :)
     
  46. Foxxis

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    BTW - regarding uptimes, I use http://mon.itor.us/ to keep my eyes on the sites important to my business. A really great way to see if there are performance problems. Recommended!
     
  47. Jessy

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    I signed up with Dreamhost due, in large part, to the glowing reviews I found here. However, the download speeds I am getting from my site/FTP are HORRIBLE. It tops out around 28 KB/sec. That's less than HALF of my already bad (but standard via Roadrunner, which sucks) upload bandwidth.

    So Dreamhost can GET files from me at over 80KBps. I have a download bandwidth of over 1.6 MBps. Who cares how many exabytes of bandwidth I have if it is completely impossible to use them? :x

    Can anyone recommend a reasonably-priced host that provides great transfer speeds?
     
  48. Eric5h5

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    Strange...I've never heard anyone complain about download speeds from my Dreamhost site. Maybe they were having temporary problems or something.

    --Eric
     
  49. bliprob

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    Weird, I get fantastic download speeds from dreamhost. They only have one datacenter and it's in LA, so if you've got lousy routes to one wilshire, that may explain things.

    By the way I do like dreamhost but I'm considering a swtich to Mosso: http://www.mosso.com/
     
  50. DaveyJJ

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    Really weird, I have never had any problem with downloading via ftp.
     
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