Originally Posted by HostMantis
Not all established hosts are good though, so you need to make sure you do some research before dropping yearly fees on a host that you'll be stuck with for a year (or longer).
too true. before i got my own servers i was with a host 8 years, from shared to reseller and then M reseller and then in a space of 2 weeks they had a HDD failure that resulted in all accounts moved to another server and new IPs issued, so OK this happens, so got the new IPs and got everything running again after 3 days downtime, then a few days later got an urgent message to backup everything immediately, then 24 hours later another message saying panic over they spotted a possible DDOS attack which they managed to avert. a few days later i woke up to a mountain of emails from angry clients to day all sites down, which i confirned and contect the host immediately but no reply, 2 days later gort a reply to say they had a HDD failure and would be back up within 24 hours, well this passed and no contact, they never replied to any of my emails, but this time i had lost many clients, so this is when i decided to get myself a VPS, but i had no time to research, so i found a host that gave me a mreseller so i could get what clients i had left back up until i researched a VPS.