Web Hosting Friday, Aug 10 2007
If you were sent to this page, you might have asked me to recommend a web host. Here are a few that I either currently deal with or have dealt with in the past. I think the best general advice I can give you is to stick with hosts that are legit companies that have been around a long time–at least 5 – 10 years. Unfortunately, the hosting business is flooded with garbage, so there’s no good reason to stray away from the companies that have proven themselves over time.
HetrixByte has amazed me with the level of service they offer the for the price. They’ve been around since 2008 and they’ve proven that you don’t have to pay a lot for great service. They have very fast support response times and have a variety of plans to suit your needs.
Dreamhost is where this site is currently hosted. Get the maximum discount offered by Dreamhost when you enter MIKESEILER as the promo code. What makes Dreamhost stand out is that they’ve been around forever, have a very nice control panel that they designed, SSH access and a lot of control over things.
HostGator is a popular host that offers a variety of shared, reseller, VPS and dedicated server plans. I’ve had a few plans with them and never really had any problems, but I liked them better before they were bought out by EIG like many other hosts.
Liquid Web is a top-notch web host that owns and operates their own data centers. I’ve had both shared hosting and VPS accounts with Liquid Web and they’re also the way to go if you’re shopping for a dedicated server. They’ve got a great network with impressive uptime and they’re well known for their quality support. If stability and reliability is your main concern, Liquidweb is hard to beat.
BlastPort is the cheapest one on this list at $.99/month and optional dedicated IPs for only $1/month. They’ve only been around for about 3 years, but I figured I’d include at least one option for under $1/month.
Steadfast Networks is another reliable host that owns their own data centers, but they recently sold off their shared hosting and currently only offer dedicated servers and cloud VPS hosting. I was a happy shared hosting customer of their for years, right up until they sold it, so I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again if needed.
IX Webhosting is another host I used in the past. My favorite things about them is that they use the H-Sphere control panel and you get an IP for each domain, which makes them a great choice for failover DNS or if you want several sites to use SSL, since many hosts charge too much for adding dedicated IPs. In my experience though, they do not match the stability, reliability or level of support that hosts like Hostgator or Liquidweb do. That was a few years ago, so I’m not sure if they got better or worse; however, if I had a bunch of non-critical sites that needed SSL, I’d sign right back up with them.
I’m sure I missed a few, so I’ll add more as I think of them.
Disclosure: Some of these are affiliate links, but unlike your typical host rating site, these are sincere recommendations based on actual experience. No kiddie hosts… all established businesses that have been around a long time. These companies aren’t going away and there’s no reason for you to be a guinea pig for the thousands of garbage hosts that come and go every day.
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