I would check the (verified) reviews on http://www.webhostingtalk.com for the various shared / VPS / dedicated solutions that exist in the UK and US. I have an older Windows server and run PHP / MySql without any issues. I see no real performance difference compared to my Linux VPS. HTH, Rob -----Original Message----- From: thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org [mailto:thelist-bounces at lists.evolt.org] On Behalf Of Sales @ Lycosa Sent: Tuesday, September 22, 2009 8:32 AM To: thelist at lists.evolt.org Subject: [thelist] Hosting Shangri-La and [LAMP + Flash] vs. Silverlight? I am looking for hosting Shangri-La, but cant quite find it My ideal hosting solution would be: Scalable, redundant, managed server with physical presence in US and UK, 24/7 telephone support with staff who know their onions, off-site backup, and a price tag that my wife would like ;-) Windows or Linux. What hosting companies and server types do people use? What companies do you recommend to use/avoid? I have used Acenet for about 6 years, and their hosting is fine, and their tech support (ticket) is adequate. They are US based, and I need a UK host for the majority of my customers (for better rank in Google UK), and run a smaller US hosting solution. I have a UK server with Tagadab, which is good, quite fast, and a decent price. Telephone support during office hours, but nothing really out of hours. I tried VPS.net, running Centos / cPanel, and found it very slow. I really wanted that to work, so that I could have a server in the UK and the US, and scale them accordingly. I also found that I had to manually add DNS records to their system to take advantage of their storage area network, so adding accounts in cPanel/WHM became more time consuming. Also, they do not allow emailing via scripts (without a quart of blood and your first born), so that screwed up some of the functions in my ecommerce solution. I am also trying a Windows VPS at Tagadab, which looks fine, but seems to carry the same email script limitations. I have looked at Rack Space, who seem to have a good reputation, and solid support (on paper). Rather pricey, though. Are they worth the price, or has anyone got any horror stories? I have built all my applications in PHP/MySQL, but one customer needs a Windows server, and is looking at Silverlight. I am therefore thinking of running all my other websites on a windows server, and maybe looking at Silverlight for development instead of LAMP + Flash (I have an old version of Flash and cant justify the £600+ for an application that I use occaisionally). What exeperiences do people have of running PHP/MySQL applications on Windows servers? Do they place nicely with the other MS tools? Does anyone else use Silverlight? What are your thoughts on this? Phil -- * * Please support the community that supports you. * * http://evolt.org/help_support_evolt/ For unsubscribe and other options, including the Tip Harvester and archives of thelist go to: http://lists.evolt.org Workers of the Web, evolt !