This is a question that only really you can can answer.
Lets think about what you've already compiled about these two providers. Why did you single out these two providers? What's your budget and do both of these providers meet your budgeting needs? What about your server requirements? Have you tried to contact them, if so what method did you use?
When you are choosing between two different providers who essentially offer the same thing, you have to keep in mind what your preferences are. What are YOU looking for in a provider? What are the deal breakers? What are the must haves? If both providers meet your expectations the next best thing is to contact them personally. Just because the person next to you on your left had a good experience, and the person on your right had a bad experience, doesn't make THAT web host good or bad. It's not different than comparing between your ex companion. Maybe wasn't right for you, but will be right for someone else. I like to compare things realistically, only because most things in life are not as complex as we think they are.
I think it's always a good idea to test your hosting provider prior to purchasing. With so many hosts out these days, everyone is competing but a lot of providers pretend to be bigger than they actually are. Are they an actual registered company? Do they have actual staff members or out-source their support? When contacting their staff, do they know what they are talking about? The famous verbiage I see with outsources providers are "we are checking our requirements", why should any staff member check any requirements? You should already know your company and the product they offer. I know when I joined the company I am with right now. They made it very clear, I had to learn the companies products, the ins and outs, whats possible, whats not. During the training week, we actually got tested on various questions of the companies product. It was a clear statement that they were not just looking for bodies to fill a position but looking for people who actually cared about their mission. I think it's also important (at least for me) is how the provider responds. Do they answer ALL my questions or am I having to constantly repeat the same question because I saw that they over looked it? I think it's a good idea to just simply test your provider in all methods of contact, from phone, live chat and email. At least then you know, if you ever run into a problem. You've got X number of ways to reach them in an emergency. Are they tentative? Or do they just seem like their just trying to make a sale? Is there anything that makes them different from other providers?
I always love when customers want to compare us to other providers and more often than not, I'll get an email or even a private message asking but I always provide them with a real answer. It's never just about a sale, your building a relationship with that company. So your best bet, rather than looking for reviews, just reach out to both companies, ask them a handful of questions and see how each of them respond!
With so many hosts out these days, everyone is competing but a lot of providers pretend to be bigger than they actually are. Are they an actual registered company? Do they have actual staff members or out-source their support?
I think these providers are reliable because they are recommended more times on posts on this forum. [...] I agree with you, selecting a good host these days really hard but if I have experiences from someone used these providers, that will save my time for testing them before purchasing a hosting service
It's neither here nor there, being recommend won't confirm your experiences from that host, so recommendations around the forums it is not THAT important. I'll say that, BUT in most cases if they are recommend by many then you'll likely get similar experiences as those. Just know, that's not always the case. Sometimes people don't even waste there time writing a good and positive review. Because they are content, and happy. Only very few people actually go out of their own way to write something positive or it was requested by the host for xx% discount on their service. I can't tell you how many times I've found fantastic restaurant to eat at from YELP and don't write a positive review. But let me run into a bad restaurant and I'll spend 30 minuets writing my negative experience. Reviews only tell half the story, but will have nothing to do with your individual experience.
I always recommend to try reaching out to them personally and just see how they handle your questions and how they welcome new on board customers. Let them know that you are comparing them to the other and you just really want to see if one is better. If they really want to earn your business, you just might find some additional discounts to your monthly premium! So go ask!
You are right, these are pretty normal specs. But still very good specs and can handle a lot for what most people need. Anything more than that is just extra to be honest but again it all depends on the purpose of your server use. What are you going to be using the server for if you dont mind me asking? Are you sure that a dedicated server is the right solution for you? Are you looking for a managed provider or looking for unmanaged? I don't know anything about either of the companies you mentioned but, having a server that's managed can be helpful or at least if they offer an affordable managed solution is always a nice backup!
Hello @Kaz Wolfe,
- Kimsufi is the low cost brand from OVH, with very cheap prices but most part of servers use classic hard-drives, so it's probably not the best choice for web hosting.
- Soyoustart is also a part of OVH, services and prices are between kimsufi and OVH. It's already a better choice for web hosting as SSD are available on several servers. I still have few Soyoustart servers running and I never faced any issue with them.
- Online.net is also a trusted provider but you may have to check twice the conditions of their special offers because there are sometimes some limitations.