I have been asked by a friend if I could recommend an alternative Internet host because of connection / email reliability with his existing one. He is saying they lose email connectivity maybe once every couple of months and for varying periods).
We are just talking a static web page plus maybe 20 email accounts, mostly POP/SMTP to workstations plus IMAP access on phones. Again, in case it affects anything they run Outlook 2013 and although they wanted some group / shared calendaring, I'm not sure they have it and just send email notifications or something.
FWIW the existing Co seemed to have their own email system but now you get an Outlook / Office 365 type interface so I wonder if they are outsourcing their mail to MS?
I have just tried to login to their control panel and it still seems to be down (from 8 or so this morning).
So, does anyone have any practical experience of a Co who could host his website and provide reliable email services and that is likely to still be around next year?
I guess I'm asking more of those he should avoid, rather than those he could go to as the expectation would that they would all be reasonably reliable and offer the same quality of service (but we know that isn't the case).
FWIW I think daughter uses 1&1 and has found them ok so far but then isn't pushing quite a few emails though them every day. Similarly I've had no real issues with my VM or Spaced accounts and said mate hasn't had any real issues with his private Yahoo mail.
So, if his current provider is actually hosting his emails on MS servers, could he simply cut out the middle man and go to MS directly (for web hosting and emails)?
Therefore, the question was really to get a feel of what is to be expected (reliability wise) out there and if anyone could personally recommend any particular host and why please?
Cheers, T i m