i'm a newbie to php - planning to rent a server for php hosting and have some general questions about which hosting requirements i should be looking for:
- ability to host several domains on the same webspace (therefore being able to do the dns-admin by myself)
- i need to run more than just one database
- my domains should be able to access global data (databases + folders) - so it must be possible to create virtual directories
- own mailserver (optional)
currently i'm running a windows 2003 server but it's not very reliable - eg. it hangs after reboots and seems very instable and slow. i've installed php+mysql on it for testing purposes, resolving a test-domain with a simple test-page takes several seconds :( so i think using a windows server is a bad idea for php hosting.
one important thing: reliability. the server should be running save and in case of problems the whole thing shouldn't be just down like with the windows system - i'd need at least some kind of backup system which should keep up the hosting.
and yes - i'm looking for a german provider.