Hosting Differences

These are some notes on the hosts that I’ve tried.  As you can see, Bluehost offers the best combination of allowing port 2159 to be opened, allowing at least 128MB PHP memory, and having 64-bit servers.  I’ll be adding more here as I encounter the differences.

GoDaddy – http://godaddy.com

  • PHP can have an unlimited (at least 128 MB) memory
  • Servers are 32-bit  (as seen with this issue http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=53662)
  • Port 2159 outbound can NOT be opened on a shared hosting account even with a purchase of a dedicated IP.
  • Support on Godaddy is not the greatest.  They do respond but are not able to supply any coding or scripting assistance.
  • Prices start at $6.99 / month for the unlimited plan

 

BlueHost http://bluehost.com

  • PHP version: 5.2.17 (as of 5/2011)
  • PHP can have an unlimited (at least 128 MB) memory
  • Servers are 64-bit (as seen with this issue http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=53662)
  • Port 2159 outbound can be opened with purchase of dedicated IP.
  • Bluehost support is great.  Knowing it was some server configuration, I once asked them why a file download using PHP was not showing the file size.  They responded with some code and other suggestions I could try.
  • Pricing starts at $6.95 / month

HostGator http://hostgator.com

  • PHP version: 5.2.x OR 5.3.6 (as of 5/2011)
  • PHP can only have limited memory of 64 MB max.
  • Servers are 32-bit (as seen with this issue http://bugs.php.net/bug.php?id=53662)
  • Port 2159 outbound can be opened with purchase of dedicated IP.
  • Support on HostGator is decent.  All I can say is that they are pretty fast to respond.  I haven’t asked them any questions regarding coding or scripting yet though.
  • Pricing starts at about $3.71 / month with the code MYMONKEYDO

 

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