About the Admin
Getting involved with anything online is always risky. You don’t know who is operating a website or whether you can trust them. So I will tell you a little about myself and where I get my hosting resources from.
My name is Graham and I live in the eastern foothills of Perth in Western Australia. I am retired and work from home as a freelance web hosting provider and site developer.
I am an aircraft avionics technician by trade, having spent 20 years in the Australian Air Force. My technical background means I have a good understanding of how computers, websites and the internet in general work.
I started making websites in the late 1990’s using FrontPage, Dreamweaver, GeoCities and then WordPress. I have used other CMS platforms, but WordPress was by far the most versatile and simple to work with. Since Gutenberg was introduced, I switched to ClassicPress, which is virtually WP 4.9 and doesn’t use any block features or code. It still supports page builders, which this site uses.
When cPanel changed the way they charged for their license fee in late 2019, I found my hosting costs skyrocketed. My reseller accounts went from unlimited cPanel accounts to ten. So I looked into ways to find cheaper hosting. I bought server resources from a wholesaler in the USA and could then have as many cPanel accounts as I liked.
Since then, I have found other wholesalers and now have servers in France, Singapore and Canada. By buying in bulk and paying up front, I was able to get very good prices. I then decided to start selling cPanel accounts as retail packages to customers.
It didn’t take long to realise I was in an extremely competitive market. Apart from the big name hosting companies, there were literally thousands of smaller ones. If I was to compete, I needed to offer something they didn’t. That’s when I decided support was what people were most concerned about.
While you can get cheap shared hosting, with unlimited disk space and bandwidth, the quality left a lot to be desired. And if you needed support, I soon found it was very limited and they didn’t want to spend time explaining things. It was all about sales. Sell you a plan and hope you never contact them!
After trying to sell both single cPanel sites and Reseller accounts for nearly 12 months, I wasn’t having much success. So I came up with the idea of this club site. By only offering one plan, that is robust enough to host anything from a blog to a small e-commerce site and offering a much deeper level of support, it makes things much simpler to manage.
While I may be relatively new to the hosting business, the wholesalers I buy from have been around for many years. You don’t have to worry about them disappearing anytime soon and if I have a problem I can’t solve for you, then I can ask them. Through trial and error, I have found high quality servers that offer some of the best shared hosting available.
If you are after VPS or Dedicated server hosting, then this site is not for you. I focus only on shared hosting, which is much cheaper and quite capable of running the sort of websites the average person or small business needs. The plan I offer includes 10 GB of disk space and 40 GB of monthly bandwidth. The average WordPress site uses less than 1 GB of disk space and 5 GB of bandwidth. So it is more than ample.
There is no such thing as unlimited disk space and bandwidth. It is a marketing trick, based on the fact that most people won’t use much at all. It’s a bit like overbooking tickets for an event or trip – they are counting on not everyone turning up! Disk drives can only hold a finite amount of information, they physically can’t be unlimited in size.
So I do not pull any marketing tricks. You actually get what you order and can monitor your usage in cPanel. You are not going to get an email from me saying you have used too much of your “unlimited” resources and you need to upgrade or get suspended. I don’t have large overheads, so you get cheaper prices. All the infrastructure and maintenance is handled by the wholesaler.
I process everything manually, which saves me hundreds of dollars in software license fees. You may have to wait up to 12 hours for your hosting to be setup, but once it is, then you will start to see the benefit of comprehensive support. I monitor my emails and WhatsApp number from 10 am until midnight, 7 days a week, Perth time (GMT+8). So you won’t have to wait all that long, especially if you live in the Asian region. Those hours mean I am online afternoons in Europe and mornings in the Americas. So you can usually catch me live.
Being a club, with a forum for members, also means you can post questions 24/7 and someone should be able to help you with most issues. Together, we can create a friendly and supportive environment, while enjoying low hosting costs. It’s a win-win for everyone.