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Seriously? Need Hosting (Day #216)

Okay, so I'm looking at changing my hosting service. It might be time to retire my domain name as well, and it looks like a lot of hosting services are actually offering a free domain for as long as you have their service. I've been using fourbucks.net for a long time now, and while they haven't been too bad, I've never liked dealing with their customer service, the back end of their site is awful, and they haven't really kept up with the speed of things. Their offered services are not on par with what everyone else has anymore.

So. Thoughts? Recommendations?
The few I've looked at so far: http://greengeeks.com, http://justhost.com, http://fatcow.com & http://hostpapa.com

I'd really like one that could migrate my current site over, since I'm hosting several other people's crap on top of my own stuff. But if anyone has thoughts, I'd like to hear them.


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Mar. 10th, 2010 08:07 pm (UTC)
I use Dreamhost for webhosting, and have had no problem with them. For domain name registering, I use gandi.net, which is based in France. I may pay a bit more, but gandi acknowledges that YOU hold the domain name, so it can't be disputed and taken from you without your consent.
Mar. 10th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Just host is mediocre. They have a bunch of different programs you can use, but they don't all install properly. RVsitebuilder is about the only one that does, so if you use any content managers, it would be a pain in the butt.

Also, they make it REALLY difficult for you to submit your site to search engines. If this is a personal site, that probably doesn't matter, but if anything is business related it would. They want you to pay $50 to have your stuff submitted to the search engines.

They also don't allow hosting of things like talkers/muds, chat rooms, shoutcast, and so on.

That said, the price is good, there is little restriction as far as amount of bandwidth and space used, their uptime is excellent, and I've not had any actual problems working with them at all.

I had debated greengeeks and hostpapa before. Let me know what you choose and how it works out!! :)
Mar. 10th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
Good to know. One of the things I host is a CMS, so they might not be a good idea. I really like the idea of a green webhost, I'm just flailing about trying to read up on if any of them are worth the chance.

It seems most places I've looked at reviews for are split pretty even between people that like them, or don't. That doesn't make it easier to pick.
Mar. 10th, 2010 08:25 pm (UTC)
I've had StartLogic for a while now and I like them. I don't have anything overtly fancy on my site, but they have lots of awesome programs available for install (for free), the overall price is reasonable, and the couple of times I've talked to their customer service they've been very nice and helpful.

Godaddy.com on the other hand has been a nightmare for domains and I'm thinking about moving mine somewhere else. But I have no gripes about my webhost.
Mar. 10th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
Cool. One of the things I'm noticing is that a lot of the cheaper sites are also throwing a domain in for free, which is pretty cool. I hate using enom, and it's expensive, so transferring would be good for me.
Mar. 10th, 2010 11:25 pm (UTC)
I've been using Linksky for about five years now, and they are just awesome. Especially in customer service. (I'll email at 3am, check back an hour later, and there's a reply. Whoa.) I've found them very friendly and reliable, although I don't think they offer free domain names (I wasn't aware places did that!) But I do find that even with basic hosting, I have plenty of webspace and bandwith. (I do a lot of image linking for an episode recap project, and haven't had any issues with that.)

I've also found that they seem to increase the webspace amounts every six-twelve months? For no reason that I can tell. So that's pretty handy, too.

I do a yearly renewal at about $60? I don't know if that's good or not, but I'm kind of a loyalty person. I've been pretty happy with them. ♥
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