Akbuk Rob

Amsterdam server + Form Tools

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Having fully checked out the Hawkhost website and read through some of this forum I am satisfied Hawkhost should meet my needs and intend to sign up for shared hosting on or around 1st of June.

My current provider is Arvixe who were of course bought out by AIG over 2 years ago and since then the service has deteriorated to a point where I am actually prepared to pay a little more for what will hopefully be a better service.

So here's my position:
I have 2 main websites and a small handful of subdomains, the whole lot is under half a Gb. At the moment one of my main sites is on a subdomain of AkbukTurke.com which is the domain name I have owned for many years, but I intend to register a new name for site 2 because it has "come of age". My audience for both sites predominantly live in UK & Europe so ideally I would like my site to be hosted there. Now is this still possible because I took the liberty of going through the purchasing system weeks ago and the Amsterdam option said FULL although it still seemed to accept my input. Of course I did not actually purchase hosting. If Amsterdam is not available Washington servers tested pretty good to my local also.

Second & last is Formtools.
Whilst I accept that Hawkhost can easily transfer my files & databases etc. I am wondering if having 2 installations of that software on different servers for up to a month whilst I am migrating will effect my form submissions because I have no experience of that. I am assuming that deactivating forms on site A will still allow submissions on site B if the whole thing is cloned.

My needs are relatively small and I don't overburden servers or require Wordpress or other such resource gobbling addons because I can design & build my own websites and am always mindful of size & speed. I have a combined monthly page load of under 10,000 all of which are lightweight although do use shtml where needed and restrict page caching to some extent. I hardly use domain name emails as I prefer Googles service. 

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Our Amsterdam location was unavailable for a short period of time but right now we have plenty of capacity and can easily now add capacity as necessary.  You should see an option to order hosting in that location.

For the actual migration it's typically best you disable features that there is user input as information will get out of sync.  What users typically do is order hosting and then disable their forums, forms etc. and ask for our team to migrate the site.  Once our team has migrated the site the user enables the features again on our systems.  Then any new data is only added to our systems.  Along with that if your host uses cPanel we can migrate accounts in just a few hours typically (unless the host is slow or blocks backups).  So you don't even need to worry about domain changes if you don't want to.

Your sites sound fine in a shared environment so you shouldn't need to worry about that aspect.  They'll be very fast on our servers, I have no doubt about that.

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