New Zealand Hosting - its faster for NZ access, and the easiest way to get a .com shown high google.co.nz. SearchMasters recommends Hosting Direct. They have New Zealand shared hosting, reseller, New Zealand VPS hosting, and dedicated.
Note that Freeparking has now acquired Hosting Direct (checked March 2018).
The best part of Hosting Directs’ New Zealand Hosting is their unlimited bandwidth. Yes, its hard to comprehend that they could have unlimited, but that’s what it is. International bandwidth is usually quite a large expense for hosting, especially when you get multiple websites.
As an alternative, consider Web Drive. We host our this SearchMasters site on a virtual private server through Web Drive along with many of our clients accounts.
Why do I recommend HostingDirect, but personally host most of my sites with WebDrive? I have a vps with WebDrive that has many clients sites on it. The effort of moving many websites is quite large, and I have other things to do with my time. However, as my international bandwidth bill continues to climb, I will most likely be moving the sites to HostingDirect. I have my Time2Dine.co.nz website on HostingDirect, and have had no problems with the hosting of the site.
An introduction to Hosting Direct
Nowadays, anybody can afford to order a feature-packed web hosting plan for next to nothing; however, affordable price is not the only criterion which should be considered when purchasing web hosting services. You’re investing your money and effort into finding paying customers and you wouldn’t like to lose them in order to save a few dollars per month on a web hosting service.
When looking for a web hosting company, it doesn’t matter if this is just for the inception of a web or the move of an established site; you need to consider a large selection of criteria to determine which company to go with:
Where are the clients your mainly trying to market, are they local or international?
If you’re an exporter and your main business is with internationals, (i.e. trying to find buyers in countries such as USA, Japan or Europe) then an international hosting provider is probably best for you as the site will load quicker for those users.
If you’re a clothes designer and you’re trying to get your gear into shops locally, then choosing a hosting provider with servers in New Zealand will mean the images and pages will load with much quicker response times meaning more sales.
In both cases if you’re based in New Zealand it’s better to have your email hosted locally in NZ, this means messages sent from clients in NZ don’t get sent to the USA for you to download from the USA, it also means if there is any problems with international circuits (slow or down) your mail will still work with no problems.
There is no host which is safe against different types of technical failures, so make sure that the company runs scheduled backups. The other advice would be always having a backup of your website yourself, as you never know what might happen. Directadmin, has a very comfortable backup-making tool. It allows you to backup files and databases quickly and easily, so backups are no longer a problem.
HostingDirect has a number of backup options depending on the hosting package that you purchase. It has 6 hourly backups both onsite and offsite, and has RAID1 mirroring, meaning your data is safely located on a number of hard drives.
Will you really own your domain name?
When you buy a domain name together with a website hosting package, make sure the host will register the domain name under your name.
For ease of maintenance, a feature called a Control Panel is a necessity; this tool will normally allow for regular maintenance, be it email mailbox additions/deletions, password resets, web additions, web count reports, statistics and so on. If the site is for any sort of business, this is an absolute must. DirectAdmin control panel system allows you to manage your domain through a web interface. The idea is to transfer as much of the control of managing your web site to you; you have the ability to manage all aspects of e-mail, files, backup, FTP, CGI scripts, databases, pre-installed scripts and web site statistics.
Hosting Direct uses DirectAdmin control panel software. SearchMasters recommends that you consider getting CPanel/WHM installed independently.
Other questions you may have:
Q: Can DNS be updated via the control panel A: Yes, see http://www.directadmin.com/features.html for a full list of features.
Q: Do you provide spam scanning. A: HA spam removal system (Fortigates) removes the vast majority of spam emails. This has proved the most effective antispam system.
Q: Do you have a ticket support system A: Yes
Q: What phone access is there to technical support A: There are local phone numbers for Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch that go through to technical support.