I wonder wether there is already a list of Hosting providers with good service and “compatible” with Kirby? If not, maybe we could set up one sorted by country. I’ll start one here by what I found in the forum already (which is not that much).
Actually I’m looking for a provider in the UK for a client at the moment (and later maybe in Italy too …). I know I could use a provider from anywhere since it’s the Internet, but it is easier for paying and local TLDs.
I have converted this thread to a wiki thread so anyone can now edit the first post in this thread to add new providers.
A detailed description and your experience with the hoster in a new post below would be awesome. You can also discuss in this thread, but please keep the list in the first post tidy.
If you have some experience with setting up and maintaining servers (and also time and resources to do so!), VPS providers like DigitalOcean can be a great choice. They allow you to setup everything like you want, including deployments, custom code etc.
Uberspace is also a great shared hosting provider from Germany. They allow you to do nearly as much as with a VPS (full shell access, but no root access) while maintaining the server for you. Unfortunately they are, well, from Germany and only have German documentation. But if you speak German, I can highly recommend them. The service and team are both very awesome.
I worked with some shared hosters on the list: The more “boring” is usually the better.
In Germany, Uberspace is a good example for no-bullshit communication (not tested on projects though) and All-Inkl/Domainfactory are known for nerdy but robust services + support.
SSH shouldn’t be hidden in some pro account.
Depending on your client, regional hosters are a plus; you should make sure though, they are nothing but a hosting shop, doing regular updates on standard machines. We had several problems with breaches on small, agency-hosted sites.
I’ve used A Small Orange (though not for Kirby) and it was great. Right now I have a small Kirby install hosted on Nearly Free Speech and it’s working fine, no issues. I do updates by SFTP rather than Git though, as the Git method adds a lot of extra MB to your install.
I use Site5 and I’m a big fan of their custom back end for multiple domain management and their custom cpanel for each domain. Their support has largely been unneeded, but was responsive when I did ask a question.
My understanding of the company, and what led me to them, was that it was founded by the previous owner/creator of HostGator, who I started having random email related, and other, issues couple years or so after they sold it, and their support seemed on the decline as well.