Reason I ask is because I am new to PHP/Web Programing (have a strong background in C#/Java) and I originally got myself an ipage account to host my site. It was only after that that I discovered yii. Unfortunately ipage only have PHP 5.3 and they also have some limits on the number of queries you can hit the DB with (75,000 per hour - it sounds large but it depends on what the model looks like. For example, if I have time series data then I could probably knock out 75,000 queries in an hour without breaking a sweat, in fact I already managed to do it by inserting my data one line at a time because I could not get the LOAD DATA syntax right).
So I am planning to get a new web host because I want to use the latest PHP and not be restricted to 5.3. I have read that some hosts do not let you edit the PHP.ini file, but at my current level of knowledge I do not know whether that is going to turn out to be a problem for me.
In short I would like to know which hosts and plans are people who are writing actual useful live sites using? I think that IPage is not useful for yii at all because it is only PHP 5.3, but are there other things to be aware of when choosing the host besides just the version of PHP?