As you can see I run a wordpress powered site which is hosted on ZNET INDIA servers. I made quite a research before choosing ZNET INDIA as my hosting service provider.
Let me explain why an indian web hosting company and that too ZNET.
- ZNET is one of only service provider in india which supports fantastico script (all that i need to run my site).
- Provides latest PHP an My SQL database (Both 5.0+) for every hosting plan in linux.
- Very quick in providing wordpress updates. Recently when wordpress 2.7 was released i saw an update link my cpanel just a day later.
- Being an Indian webhosting company i can call them whenever i run into any trouble which i cant afford if it were a US based server.
- Good effective business model and good management. Recently ZNET has gone green to provide services more efficiently.
When I started my research on webhost’s i first started with Indian companies.I shortlisted Net4, Znet and Indialinks.
I also had a look at manashoting but later dropped it from my list (you too better avoid them).
The problem with indialinks was that there was no onsite hosting packages rate and I had to contact their support. And when i did contact, it was a shocker; 2500 Rs for 50MB of webspace (way too high).
Net4 did not have any issues with it. It could have been either way in choosing between net4 and znet.
I wanted a web space of 1 GB for which the price tag at net4 was a touch higher. (Remember, I’m not looking for that ‘cheap’ hosting which you’ll find with other webhosts in india)
Therefore I had no hesitation in choosing znet as my webhost. I purchased a domain and also a hosting package from them and believe me my site went live in just under 12 hrs which is exceptional.
You may find some words of mouth against net4 and znet on the web but common net4 is the leader in indian webhosting market and znet has a class of its own.
But before I made my final decision for znet i even had a sneak at US hosts. Most of them offer hosting packages at 5.95$/month but that’s for a contract of 3 yrs minimum. So you got to to pay 5.95$ * 12months*3 yrs at a single time.
But they give much more than just a hosting space like adwords credits, yahoo credits, unlimited web space, unlimited domain hosting, unlimited subdomains. But the point is, do you need them?
I made use of this website (link removed; site no longer exists) as my tool in my research and you too may find it useful.
Coming back to ZNET, their support is good, prices reasonable both for basic and premium plans. Their downtime may not be 99.99% as they say but its right up there with the best. I log onto my site atleast 15 times in the day time and never did I find my site down.
I’ll be very strict against this on ZNET and update this post should i face any problem in this regard.
Update: I have mentioned in the comments below that I have moved on to Hostgator. I really don’t remember any major issues with them while I was using their shared plans but as you can read below, there are people who are disappointed with their services.