I just transferred my site from hostcherry.com to Hawk Host. The former hosting is rally cheap, US$0.95 per month with 1G space and 20G bandwidth. However, it is blocked in China. What disappointed me and made me leave was their service. I contacted them asking what I could do to make my site accessible from China. Below are their replies.
Contact the China government about censoring everything not under their control.
Web Hosting Services
What do you want us to do?
Your issue is caused by China and can only be resolved by China.
- If you want people located in a communist country that sensors everything not within their control to be able to see your site, you should cancel your account with us and find a host based in China to increase your chances of your site being seen by the citizens of China.*
I was planing to buy their dedicated IP service if they had. It seems they do not want make money from me at all! Then I started looking for hosting. It is really not easy to find a cheap but good one.
I was looking for big company like Godaddy , finding they are a little expensive. Also some people are saying big companies have more hosted websites, then higher chance being blocked! Later, I found hawkhost, which mainly aims at personal to middle-size business, and is said to have good service.
I did not make my decision that easy. I used some tools to ping hawk host from China to see if it is accessible and how the speed is. I even looked through all the hosted websites to see if anyone is likely to be blocked. I read some reviews by Chinese bloggers…
Last but not least, I found a 50% discount coupon of hawkhost, and I am willing to share it to all of you.
Also you can go to http://www.hawkhost.com/Specials to check for more promotions.
Finally I found a new home for my site at hawkhost. Besides, my former hosting, http://184.108.40.206/~huqiangt, has 10 more months-availability. If you want to use it, for school projects, please contact me.