I’ve been on the hunt for dedicated web server hosting that is Linux based to replace my Microsoft IIS server and found the perfect home! I’ve done a LOT of research and what you are about to read and my review of Serverbeach is completely honest and from the heart!
AuditMyPC.com was raised on a dedicated server by Verio running IIS and did a fantastic job! Verio worked with me during a time when no one else would and offered great pricing, but that was almost 10 years ago and times have changed.
As I started new sites, I used a shared hosting solution running Apache; Verio couldn’t compete with the shared hosting plans out there, so the shared server was hosted at another company and worked well for small start ups.
It got to a point were all that was left on the Windows Server were large, high traffic sites that needed more than a shared server. Once again, I contacted Verio to see what they could do for me in the way of dedicated web server hosting with Linux rather than Microsoft.
The turnover rate is unbearable and every time I call, I have a different sales rep; anyway – I explained that I’ve been a customer for a long time and would like them to work with me on price. Turns out the only thing loyalty got me was sky high quotes and a lot of disappointment.
Fast forward past a lot of research, to present day and my Serverbeach Review, where I now have those sites hosted on ServerBeach.com. Moving to a new hosting company AND technology can be a very scary process, but fortunately my sales representative Richard Lopez was there for me every step of the way – I can not emphasize enough the importance of having Richard there to answer my questions!
Having used shared hosting, I was familiar with Cpanel and Plesk, but on dedicated web server hosting you get WHM / Cpanel and it was a lot to take in! Server Beach has a saying, “A beach party by geeks for geeks.” and they are not kidding, Richard has his own servers hosted there and was cool enough to walk me through the configuration and share his settings with me. When is the last time your sales rep could walk you through configuration using their own settings?
Here is a video with some of the staff saying goodbye to YouTube (they hosted YouTube until Google bought it).
Let me explain why having a geek for a sales rep is so important…
I had moved a number of sites to the new server and all was running well, until, I made a modification to one of my themes that ended up crashing my server during high traffic.
Panic! All the sites were unresponsive and it was completely my fault, but at the time I had no idea what had happened. Had this been IIS, I could find the problem, implement a fix and be on my way, but with Apache, I was at a loss!
I called Richard and he was there for me. He calmly walked my through everything and I moved from Panic mode to troubleshooting mode. Richard immediately pinned it down to a database issue (MySQL chewing up resources) and conferenced in tech support which confirmed that it was database related but exactly what was causing the problem remained a mystery; it was up to me to figure it out.
Richard could tell I was a bit stressed and offered the use of his personal server. Although I didn’t take him up on the offer, that gesture was way ABOVE and BEYOND the call of duty making the troubleshooting process a LOT less painful – A sales rep that not only understands your problem, but is like a good friend as well – how cool is that! (Cool enough to spend the time on this Serverbeach review).
FYI: The problem with the server turned out to be code I added to my sidebar to randomize posts on a popular WordPress site. During high traffic, the code would chew up all the resources and end up bringing everything down!
Having fixed the problem, my new dedicated server has been running like a charm. I’ve also moved some of the growing sites hosted on shared servers to this new server and the response time is just incredible (I highly recommend a dedicated server over shared, it makes a difference with everything!)
Server Beach dedicated web server hosting has been fantastic. I really do feel like I have a friend in Richard – there is a sense of security knowing that a live person who really cares is there for you when you need him.
If you are looking for a server backed by a bunch of geeks who know what they are doing, then you should definitely check out ServerBeach.com, I’m confident you’ll be as happy as I am!