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  1. marianiello
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I made the mistake of signing up with Netfirms and now, having been bit once by marketing ploys, I would like some of the members here to recommend a good hosting solution. I run a WP blog but I need the ability to host another domain for my wife, possibly a thrid. Something reliable and compatable and not outrageeously priced (like Networksolutions and such). I don't need a truck-load of bandwidth either, all my sites are small and only get 3-400 hits a day.

    I've looked into all the hosts listed on the Hosting page, they seem okay. And I've checked out asmallorange.com, which was highly recommended by others, but they are not accepting any new signups, which makes me think that they aren't in it for the long haul. I would like a good host that has been around for a while with a good reputation. it seems that this is a hard thing to find. If my ISP would let me host my own, I would, but c'est la vie.

    Thanks in advance. I will look at all recommendations, so please voice your opinions, suggestions, experiences.

  2. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "but they are not accepting any new signups, which makes me think that they aren't in it for the long haul."

    I have no affliation with ASO (not even as a customer) but in my view, that sounds like sensible hosting; if anything, it suggests that they're playing for the long game instead of short-term cash. I've only heard good things about them.

    Personally, I use Dreamhost for my blog and I've been happy with them. Very reasonably priced, straightforward to configure and well matched for my needs; your mileage may vary, of course.

  3. ThePawSpa
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use and recommend Real Web Hosting:

    http://www.realwebhost.net/

    Always someone around for support. You can email them or IM them via AOL/AIM. Good prices and various offers

  4. deko
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I have not yet signed up, but I've been looking at InMotion Hosting - http://www.inmotionhosting.com/

  5. niceric
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I would recommend siteground.
    Their support are really fast, I got most of my problem solved within 5 minutes, minor problems though.

    [Edit by mod: Please refrain from using referral links]

  6. resiny
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    er...don't know how the mods will feel about using a referral link

    hosts I've seen recommended in many places:

    MediaTemple.net
    1and1.com
    dreamhost
    hostgator.com
    site5.com

  7. ifelse
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    "er...don't know how the mods will feel about using a referral link"

    As mentioned in my comment above, please do not include any referral/affiliate links; it's bad form, intellectually dishonest and will be moderated away upon sight.

  8. aliferste
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I use hxxp://www.i-websolutions.co.uk/

    They are pretty good, at least I have never had any problems. Any problems that have been caused by me they are always pleasent and fix it for me :) There are discounts given to members of hxxp://www.cableforum.co.uk/board/

    They are as cheap as chips

  9. Cypher
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Honestly, rather than asking for which webhost is good, I think you should ask which hosts to avoid instead.

    There are a large number of hosts which would satisfy you, but not others and vice versa.

    So far I've been 1&1, WebAxxs, Bluehost, Dreamhost, and now WebHostingBuzz.

    Of my previous hosts, I felt Dreamhost did the best job, the others weren't up to par.

    But then Dreamhost began having a crazy number of outages during the latter part of my stay and I decided not to renew my account and moved house instead.

    WebHostingBuzz so far has been good enough.

    Regards

  10. davidchait
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    site5 has been pretty darn reliable since I signed up earlier this year and moved over to them. I've tried 1and1 and dreamhost, both also decent, but 1and1 is a huge company (like godaddy) that from a hosting standpoint is just trying to maximize their brand and servers, and dreamhost while having extensive features didn't have the 'ease of use' that I found site5 building. Price for value brought me to them. You can find better for more money, I'm sure -- but I've seen cheaper, and more expensive, offerings that didn't hold up.

    -d

  11. resiny
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I first found out about site5 over at sitepoint, at it seems to be a hosting company geared towards web professionals, so you'll probably be pretty good hosting with them

  12. Mark (podz)
    Support Maven
    Posted 8 years ago #

    asmallorange. For what you want - ASO every time.

    Site5 ..... I daren't say what I think about them - I'd need to moderate the comment out of existence.

    (Of the hosts on the Hosting page now, I don't recall any complaints here about Bluehost or Laughing Squid. They have both been there since the page was published first. AN Hosting is relatively new to that page)

  13. resiny
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    yeah. bluehost gets good reviews.

    stay the heck away from yahoo hosting. they have the worst conrol panel in the history of mankind and it's nearly impossible to get things working without problems

  14. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I'll back Podz on ASO. :D I've been pretty happy with them since he turned me on to them. Very friendly and helpful customer serice. Very afordable. I really don't have any complaints.

  15. marianiello
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Many thanks everyone. I think I've narrowed it down to ASO or Dreamhost (many people on a mailing list i'm on highly recommend the latter) but... gosh, I just don't know. ( I should mention that MT is a close third, but a pricey one.)

    ASO is such a new company, only two years in operation... that worries me a bit. Their services and pricing sound greet, but i can go to Dreamhost, get even more and (w/coupon) get it for only $22 (for the first) year and a free domain. I know Dreamhost is overselling, but boy is that hard to pass up. Dreamhost has been around since 1996, as I understand it, and many people who recommended them have been with them for 5+ years.

    It seems to always be the same story: everyone likes their hosting until something bad happens, then they hate it. It's just a matter of time. And, as far as the time test goes, Dreamhost wins hands down.

    Okay, great advice here....still thinking... still reading.

  16. resiny
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    You don't need what dreamhost offers you. I know of a network with over 100 sites, some of them running mega traffic, and it uses about 300 GB of bandwidth a month. It's unlikely you'll ever hit 5, unless you're a really great blogger.

    You'll also probably never need even 1 GB of disk space. You'll also notice that while dreamhost is 50/50 on their reviews, it's nearly impossible to find a bad review of ASO...

    I'd recomment them

  17. nmallory
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Another thing to keep in mind, if a company is overselling, it probably means that their customer service and their customers are going to suffer if not now then soon. That's what happened to me at Lunarpages and why I left them. They oversold and then over-resricted my use. Then they tried to bully me into paying more for services I really didn't need to make up for the fact that they had tried to put too many customers on too few servers. I had been with them for ages and had been more than pleased with them from the beginning but it was clear in the last 6 months or so that they had gotten too big for their own good. They were stretched too thin in customer support and they were cranky about it and it showed.

    So they were losing customers, including me.

    Just something to keep in mind. Just because a company has been around, doesn't mean that they are secure or will stay that way.

  18. AdventureDad
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    I can really recommend Hostgator. I've been using them for almost a year with two sites and everything has been great. I've occasionally had questions about support for various WP plugins and I've then simply used the chat function on their page. Always got quick and correct respsonses. Install with WP is very easy and their plans offer more than most people will ever need. They are affordable but there are cheaper competitors. Personally I rather pay a few bucks extra a month and have a solution that works.

    Best of luck with whatever you choose

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  19. hostbreak
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    Try http://www.hostbreak.com -- offers both shared hosting & reseller hosting starting from $1.99 a month with ample disk and bandwidth.

  20. technomatters
    Member
    Posted 8 years ago #

    We are hosting with http://www.exaltinfo.com since past 1 year on various blog sites and database driven directory sites. ok its working so fine without trouble and downtime. Check with them.

  21. aaron1728
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I have used both BlueHost and AN Hosting. AN Hosting does not provide keyword statistics in their Webalyzer or their raw logs. If you need any kind of metric to find out how people are reaching pages on your site, AN Hosting may be the worst host I've seen in the last 5 years.

  22. etechsupport
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I would suggest its always good to check the real review of particular hosting company and their overall stability and reputation before you make a final decision.

    I have seen many people recommending these hosting companies;

    http://hostgator.com
    http://micfo.com
    http://eukhost.com
    http://webhosting.uk.com

  23. ColourDreamer
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I just started reselling DreamHost hosting for WordPress blogs only. We're brand new, but we (and I personally) guarantee that we won't shut down and leave you (even if the business fails). I'm with my hosting forever and I'll keep customers on as long as they pay.

    Anyway, you get some space, we have good packages with good prices, and you get a lot of what one gets from DreamHost with a lower cost.

    http://theyyouweblog.com/

    Thanks for reading.

  24. ColourDreamer
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    [Moderated: There's nothing wrong with making money, but the forums are no ones personal billboard. The single reply above with your info was enough.]

  25. hostingcomments
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    Get reviews for web hosts before choosing them . Also consider support and Uptime as main factor after cost . [moderated, see previous comment]

  26. lifteri
    Member
    Posted 7 years ago #

    I would recommend HostGator. They have plans starting from $6.95/month (50GB disk space, 200GB bandwidth). I moved to them a few months ago because my previous hosts' server response times became unbearably slow and till now I'm very satisfied.

    There support is very responsive. I have mailed them several times asking different stuff and every time they responded in a couple of minutes.

    They will even assist you in transferring your account if it's currently hosted on a different provider.

    [mod: affiliate link removed; read the Rules!]

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