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This is a discussion on Web Hosting within the Sky Broadband help forums, part of the Sky Broadband help and support category; I'm considering Sky BB , primarily because of the cost savings. However, there are a few things that I am ...
- 07-09-06, 11:19 AM #1
I'm considering Sky BB, primarily because of the cost savings. However, there are a few things that I am not happy with or are missing from the Sky packages, namely
Centrallised anti-spam and anti-virus
Limited (5) number of eMail accounts
So I am considering going for a bespoke solution as follows
Sky Broadband - for internet access
3rd Party Web/Email/Domain Hosting
3rd Party newsgroup service
Okay this eats into my financial saving but is still much cheaper than my current ISP and does give me some extra features such as my own domain.
One concern though. Given that restrictions in the Sky service are beginning to appear (e.g. ISP in Holland causing website access problems, locked-down router) can anyone think of any reason why my plans won't work.
In particular I'm thinking of whether I will be able to use Sky Internet to connect to 3rd party pop and smtp servers.
- 07-09-06, 01:03 PM #2
- 07-09-06, 02:05 PM #3
Sky is a pretty basic package. but then again so is the price. if their email works ok and you can use things like outlook to collect from other accounts and reliable sending with sky then it is pretty good.
integral websites with an adsl package always give problems anyway as - as soon as you leave you loose your site - so it is always better to get your own anyway - plus you can get a better named url. many usa based hosters only charge about £50 per year for hosting anyway.
the only thing i'll miss from this package is newsgroups - i only read a few but accessing and replying using something like google is a complete pain.
- 07-09-06, 03:32 PM #4
Another member has suggested www.news.astraweb.com for news.
Most news servers are quite expensive because they have a monthly charge.
But astraweb are offering a pay upfront for a download amount
£5.40 ($10) for 10GB
£13.40 ($25) for 90GB
Only news bodies count (headers are free) and the allocation never expires.
So if you are like me, a light to moderate user of text only groups (no binaries) you will find that 90GB will last for ages (probably years).
Looks good to me.
- 07-09-06, 03:50 PM #5
- 07-09-06, 05:06 PM #6
- 07-09-06, 06:24 PM #7
I registered a couple of UK based domains with UKReg (http://www.ukreg.com/) a while back, and originally had them forwarding to my old ISP's web space. Each domain registration costs around £6 plus VAT for 2 years.
Their parent company, Fasthosts, also do web hosting. For £4 plus VAT a month you get 750MB web space on either Linux or Windows servers (no contest there then, Linux it is) plus email accounts at your own domain, including POP and SMTP access via the domain name.
I use that for my main email address and it works great. They even offer port 225 for SMTP access if your ISP doesn't allow port 25 for outgoing mail (I'll be checking this when my Sky BB goes live..)