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Shine Marketing
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Does anyone know any reasonably cheap hosting packages that can run Magento ‘out of the box’ while we evaluate it?

I’ll be looking for a more robust solution further down the line, but just need something quick & dirty for now.

Thanks

 
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Byron Miler
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If you have your own domain name for testing purposes i would be happy to host it for free.  I’ve got a cpanel server with all appropriate modules installed.  The only thing i would have to charge for is if you want an IP to do SSL with..

send me a PM for my contact details

 
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RoyRubin
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You can start here - there are very affordable plans:

http://www.magentocommerce.com/wiki/general/magento-web-hosting

 
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Shine Marketing
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Byron - very generous of you , PM sent

Roy, thanks for that list

I’m also talking to one of my current hosting providers about them configuring a VPS package for Magento.
I think they’ll have something set up pretty quickly when the first stable release is available, I’ll pass the link on to them.

 
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Shine Marketing
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Hi guys, thanks for the help. I’ve gone with the free account with Helping Hand Hosting while I have a play around.
They’ve very helpfully set everything up for me at http://sweatbandcycling.co.uk

I’ll be having a poke around over the next few days to create a demo store for some potential clients.

I’ve been trying to get the bike shop over the road from our office as a client for ages now as their own site makes me wince every time I look at it ,hopefully this will impress them enough to make the change grin

 
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Calimeross
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I’ve gotting it to work on a modified Uniform Server installation, which essentially means you can run it from a USB stick if you wanted to.

 
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mogbroke
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www.hostgator.com is what i use. They have awesome support and a great support site. I use magento on it with zero issues.

 
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Steve Yan
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If you haven’t already selected a hosting site, check out SimpleHelix.com.  They offer a Magento development/testing environment for just $5 (see http://www.simplehelix.com/hosting/announcements.php).. It’s not $5/month, but $5 period.  You get a flawless Magento installation, MySQL database, e-mail service, FTP, SSL, good amounts of storage and 1GB bandwidth.  On top of that, their systems and php environment are super fast - fastest I have ever come across.  Magento pages load in a matter of a second or two.  The catch, if you can call it that, is that your site cannot become a Production site.  You have to sign up for a service plans to do that.

 
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brock
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I tried many different hosting companies and had to use the 30-day Guarantee to cancel them all except for Simple Helix. They have the fastest and most consumer-friendly hosting I’ve experienced yet. My site, www.btiffny.com, is hosted by them...you can check it out and see.

Hope this helps!

Brock
www.btiffny.com

 
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There4you
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Also www.hostingladder.com

 
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jmlee
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Hi Brock,
your jewelry site looks wonderful and it runs fast and smooth.  Can you please tell me which plan (standard or max) you are using with simplehelix?  i am in the process selecting a host, but want any feedback i can get.

thanks,
Jerry

 
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grooves1200
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Steve Yan - 05 March 2008 08:45 PM

If you haven’t already selected a hosting site, check out SimpleHelix.com.  They offer a Magento development/testing environment for just $5 (see http://www.simplehelix.com/hosting/announcements.php).. It’s not $5/month, but $5 period.  You get a flawless Magento installation, MySQL database, e-mail service, FTP, SSL, good amounts of storage and 1GB bandwidth.  On top of that, their systems and php environment are super fast - fastest I have ever come across.  Magento pages load in a matter of a second or two.  The catch, if you can call it that, is that your site cannot become a Production site.  You have to sign up for a service plans to do that.

is this still available? i don’t see it mentioned on their site at all.

 
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grooves1200
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FYI, they no longer offer that $5 testing environment. they do have $9.95 shared hosting solutions, though, that they don’t really advertise on the site at all:

https://www.simplehelix.com/hosting/cart.php

FWIW, they responded to my inquiry about the testing environment quickly.

 
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Kerry Hatcher
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We use bluehost.com as our devel server. We will be moving over to a dedicated account when we go live but bluehost serves it’s purpose.

 
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port23user
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I use HostGator right now but I’m looking to move to SliceHost.  Has anybody had any experience with them?  Care to tell?

 
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port23user - 03 September 2008 02:37 PM

I use HostGator right now but I’m looking to move to SliceHost.  Has anybody had any experience with them?  Care to tell?

I will suggest you to search for their legitimate reviews at places like HostJury, WebHostingTalk, RatePoint, etc. This will give you a better outlook on how their clients thinks about the company.

 
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