My Favorites for Hassle-Free Web Hosting

my favorite web hostingAs a blogger or online marketer you naturally need to select a web hosting service for storing the files of your WordPress site (presuming that you’re using WordPress). How did you go about making your choice?

If you’re like many people you followed an ad which influenced your choice. How’d that choice work out for you?

Ads alone are often not the best indicator for selecting a stable and secure web host company. GoDaddy is one of the lower priced services spending considerable coin on catchy advertising. They commonly offer discount coupons but they have limited disc space and a reputation of providing slow service

There are three sites that I have used, Host Gator, 1&1, and my over-all favorite iPage. They are similar in that they each offer unlimited bandwidth and disk space. I probably won’t ever use up the disk spaced offered but who knows, I once though a gigabyte of data storage was massive.

What they have in common –

  • Linux-based Hosting
  • User Control Panel
  • File Manager
  • Unlimited Mailboxes and FTP Accounts

Why I chose them –

  • Host Gator
    I needed compatibility with WPTwin for cloning my site. My original site was hosted by iPage but they did not support the PHP files I needed to operate the software – Host Gator did, so I opened and account and switched.
    I created a clone of my original blog site, moved all the files to this domain and started fresh without losing anything from the original site. You can read about that process starting with this post if you like.
  • 1&1
    Price – yep strictly price, they had a promo price of $3.99 so I grabbed it for a domain I’ve not used much. It looks like a great place for newbies on a limited budget to start with their very low priced but limited starter package.
  • iPage
    Most of my sites are hosted by iPage because of their easy to use interface, super customer service, and the ability to have unlimited domains. Plus they send out a newsletter that I opted for that has provided useful information for learning.

I’m also fond of the method in which I can access my FTP site. I simply log in to my FTP account and view through the page through Windows just like any other folder and file on my computer, PC that is.

What I wish they would change –

  • Host Gator
    There down time. If you’re also with Host Gator you’ve regrettably had to deal with the frustration of down time. This is the non-hassle-free part. It appears they’ve worked through their database move issues but history makes me uncomfortable.
    If you’re building an online business then you know it’s a simple equation –

No site access = No visitors = No sales = No money

  • 1&1
    To be honest I haven’t used them enough to offer any thoughts on what they could change.
  • iPage
    Lower the pricing for new domains. Their standard rate for registering new domains is $14.99, which may seem reasonable to some but too high to me since I can get a domain anywhere from $1.99 to $9.99 through other registrars.

Who’s you favorite web host and how did you go about choosing them?

 

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Kindly,
Marilyn T

 

 

 

Comments

  1. I’ve done the rounds of webhosting firms – I’m with A2Hosting now – didn’t like what was happening with Hostgator and after reading different opinions opted for A2 – seamless transfer, thank goodness!
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    • Hi tamsin,

      I’d not heard of A2Hosting so I just took a look. They look very promising, I’ll keep a note to check them out the next time I look into new web hosts.

      Thanks!

  2. I chose my web host from a recommendation, Netfirms and was told they had really great customer service and support. They also had very competitive pricing.
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  3. It’s probably not a good idea to buy your domain name from your host – if you fall out with your hosting company (which can happen through no fault of your own – for instance if there’s an unfounded complaint against you that they decide to believe) you can’t easily transfer your site to another hosting company. It’s a very quick process otherwise as long as you have backups. I had a domain name registrar go out of business on me once and namecheap rescued my domains from that so I have stayed loyal to them for years.
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    • Ana,

      That’s a very good point. When I was starting out I did just that but have since learned to better my ways. Glad Namecheap came to your rescue!

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