The intent here is to invite those who have experience with various web hosting firms to provide data on their experience so as to provide an easy comparison among web hosting firms. For an explanation of what we mean by "web host" for the purposes of inclusion here, please see footnote 1 below.
Because of the complexity of wiki tables, if you would like, please feel free to log in to Moodle Docs and click on the + tab via Talk:Web_Hosts and add your narrative comments keeping in mind the the categories outlined in the matrix and someone will try to transfer your comments to the matrix.
For similar reasons we are also exploring using Google Docs to present data. See, e.g. http://spreadsheets.google.com/pub?key=pGlMhVRQ_zU-3m-jSjeQCGQ
Additional materials regarding pointers for selecting a web host are being developed here.
Please feel free to add data or extend the matrix (but please respect the integrity of the material). In order to add comments and note the source you can footnote any table element as in this example (clicking on the black square takes you to the bottom of this page)
Feature Key appears below the matrix - please suggest additional features
A. Customizable php.ini or .htaccess
B. Access to custom build of php
C. PHP version 5.x provided
D. MySQL version 5 provided
E. Shell access
F. SSH supported
G. Bulk Mail use restriction
H. SPAM restrictions in excess of security provided via Moodle
I. Language (1- only English, 2- English and Spanish, etc)?
J. Custom panel
M. Limited TLDs available
N. Domains available
O. Under US$100/yr
P. No chat scripts are allowed
fn1. A host is service where a Moodle site is located and can be accessed. A web host refers to a service that allows a Moodle site to be reached via the internet. This page will focus upon commercial web hosting services. However larger organizations, such as a university or college can also be a web host. A Localhost (see Complete install packages) is a service run on a computer that can not be reached by anyone on the internet.
fn2. A comment regarding the example matrix above, which I can also sign to indicate who made the entry. Marc Grober 20:35, 6 November 2008 (CST)
fn3. †This feature is only available on the host's paid service, not on their free service. --Robert Frittmann 14:16, 28 November 2009 (UTC)