This site is hosted by the great folk at AussieHQ, who are a Canberra based hosting company.
From a technical standpoint, the service has been excellent. The performance of the server has been great and the speed of the network is exceptional. Since I use the same ISP at home, as AussieHQ use as a primary bandwidth provider, the path I take from home to my site never leaves my ISPs network; needless to say it flies. For the geeks that are wondering, it looks something like this:
51 ms 23 ms 16 ms lns1.bne1.internode.on.net [220.127.116.11]
34 ms 32 ms 33 ms gi2-3.cor2.bne1.internode.on.net [18.104.22.168]
33 ms 32 ms 32 ms pos4-2.bdr1.syd6.internode.on.net [22.214.171.124]
111 ms 33 ms 34 ms pos1-2-0.cor3.cbr1.internode.on.net [126.96.36.199]
80 ms 31 ms 31 ms gi1-3.cor1.cbr1.internode.on.net [188.8.131.52]
125 ms 32 ms 32 ms gi0-3.bdr1.cbr1.aussiehq.net.au [184.108.40.206]
32 ms 35 ms 31 ms mango.cbr.hosting-server.com.au [220.127.116.11]
and a set of 20 ping messages looks like:
Ping statistics for 18.104.22.168:
Packets: Sent = 20, Received = 20, Lost = 0 (0% loss),
Approximate round trip times in milli-seconds:
Minimum = 30ms, Maximum = 46ms, Average = 31ms
When signing up, I was walked through the signup process ‘live’, with a support person talking to me through a web based chat interface. This was a great idea as it allowed me to query them on the spot about various things. Since signing up, I’ve contacted AussieHQ a couple of times regarding a few smaller things; all of which have been responded to in a timely manner and a great attitude.
I’ve had such a great ride with AussieHQ since May 2005, that I would find it hard not to recommend them. If you’re looking for a reasonably priced Australian owned, powered and hosted company – check out AussieHQ.
When I purchased this domain in 2003, I had my hosting with a Melbourne company named HostCentral and the service they provided was excellent. Roughly two years later, as our wedding approached – I moved to AussieHQ to save some money. You can read about that in more details when I said farewell to HostCentral and moved to McGooHQ AussieHQ.