Recently I switched to Arvixe web hosting on a suggestion from a random stranger and I have to say that so far the decision has been very rewarding. With this post I’m going to go into detail the advantages that Arvixe web hosting has provided me and why if you are looking for a new web host for ASP.NET 4.0 or WordPress hosting you should consider Arvixe.
I initially found Arvixe because I was in search of a web host that could not only support ASP.NET 4.0 but provide me with the flexibility and freedom to use whatever mail server that I wanted in order to send emails from my applications. My selected web host also needed to be able to support multiple websites under one account and the ability to have WordPress websites hosted along side my .NET websites.
When Arvixe was suggested to me the first thing I did was check them out, I looked at the offerings and tried to find as much on the company and their hosting capabilities as I could. Then like any good consumer I went in search of reviews of their services and while they did in fact have some negative reviews they were primarily positive. The few negative ones had been responded to directly by employees of Arvixe in order to try and resolve the issues.
My final stop before making a decision was to get on their website and talk with their customer service. I was sure to have plenty of questions ready when I was able to talk to someone. It ended up taking less than a minute before I was able to talk to an actual human being and they were actually able to answer some of my more challenging questions.
Pleased with what I heard I decided to sign up for one month of hosting service and start by switching over one website that was currently non-functional on my current hosting. Working with their hosting was very easy to set up and get up and running. They use a control panel called Website Panel and it’s very easy to work with and navigate.
One thing I found that I liked a great deal, that wasn’t even on my list of wants, was that all websites are hosted parallel of each other. With my Go Daddy hosting I could have multiple websites hosted under one hosting account, but they would all have to be squished into the same folder, there was little organization and what it meant is if you knew the sub folder all my websites would be accessible under one domain. With Arvixe it’s different, all of the websites have their own core folders and then beneath them is a log and wwwroot folder. This adds a great deal of separation between websites and it made me very happy once I noticed it.
This next part may sound odd, but I also love that the SQL Server for my website is hosted on the same server as my website, I know there is some possible performance loss there, but it makes it a lot easier to go from local development to deployed code. There is less configuration to change or worry about screwing up connection strings because I can set up my local development environment identical to that of what it will be in production.
So there you have it, those are the two main reasons, that I have found, that make me feel that Arvixe web hosting is superior to the other hosting options out there currently. Now there are some draw backs, for instance their application installer doesn’t seem to work well and also seems to have outdated versions of applications. Which is not a big deal if you able able to figure out installing applications on your own. Also, another minor one is that their DNS entry editor doesn’t have the ability to do more than one domain at once and isn’t quite as organized as GoDaddy’s but it is also much faster for simple edits. Hopefully this information will be useful if you are looking for a new web hosting company and look for similar features as me.