What is the best Web Hosting to use?

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Hi everyone,

I am new to the form and I have a question I am hoping I can get answered from people who know from experience

I am looking to set up my website, I have my domain name registered with Namecheap for the past year or so and I am finally taking action.

My question is "what is the best web hosting that I should be using"? I am very new at everything so I am hoping someone can direct me to one that I can use that is great for beginners as well as being compatible down the road as I grow and advance more with my business.

Thanking everyone in advance for your help.

Mary
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  • Profile picture of the author superwebscripts
    Depends on your skill level and needs at this point. I personally like digital ocean because the price is so cheap, but they lack instant 24/7 online type support. Companies like hostwinds offer really cheap shared hosting and have 24/7 support. Might even be able to spin up a server with a 1 click wordpress type installer.
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  • Profile picture of the author IGotMine
    Name any hosting service and there will be people who say it's the worst and others who say it's the best.

    If you use the forum search you will find numerous threads with this same question and you will also find that my above statement is true.

    If forced to recommend I would say Hostgator, for a newbie.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jason Kanigan
      Originally Posted by IGotMine View Post

      Name any hosting service and there will be people who say it's the worst and others who say it's the best.

      If you use the forum search you will find numerous threads with this same question and you will also find that my above statement is true.
      Agreed.

      I used Bluehost for 6 years despite people complaining that EIG companies had bad service. I got good service and they had backups for me and solved hacker problems every time. The SSL issue became the dealbreaker, though, after Google mandated the change...and that's Komodo's fault, really.

      I moved to Siteground and have been happy there so far. Much lower rates, customer service about the same level. SSL certificates have been easy to deal with, except for a limit on 20 per week which caused a hiccup at domain transfer time but shouldn't be a problem going forward. And again, that's not the host's fault, really, but their partner.

      I have business level hosting and that's an important consideration, ie. not entry level.
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    • Profile picture of the author TwistedSisters
      I use TMG Hosting. They are amazing
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    Originally Posted by mmthorne View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the form and I have a question I am hoping I can get answered from people who know from experience

    I am looking to set up my website, I have my domain name registered with Namecheap for the past year or so and I am finally taking action.

    My question is "what is the best web hosting that I should be using"? I am very new at everything so I am hoping someone can direct me to one that I can use that is great for beginners as well as being compatible down the road as I grow and advance more with my business.

    Thanking everyone in advance for your help.

    Mary
    What are you planning on using it for? How much traffic are you expecting?
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    • Profile picture of the author mmthorne
      As of right now I am planning to have at least 2 or 3 websites which all can be directed back to my main website.

      I am just starting out so my traffic will be low in the beginning. In the beginning I am thinking 50 visitors first month, 100 visitors 2nd month, 300 on the 3rd month, 500 on 4th month, 5th month 1000 about hopefully 3000 visitors monthly 6 months from now.
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  • Profile picture of the author Daragh
    Blacknight is excellent. Reliable, affordable and great support.
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  • Profile picture of the author TwistedSisters
    I use TMD Hosting and love the support i get
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  • Profile picture of the author extrememan
    I used to use hostgator but now I use an in house hosting provider.
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  • Profile picture of the author YourGoToWriter
    I've tried Hostgator and Godaddy. I'm recommending Hostgator, but not Godaddy. Godaddy is quite inconsistent. -Micah
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  • Profile picture of the author g g
    I would recommend friendhosting
    I use more than 2 years.
    its stable and cheap
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  • Profile picture of the author DURABLEOILCOM
    The best website hosting to use are Host Gator, 1and1, Blue host, Godaddy, and Host Monster.
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  • Profile picture of the author arjunaju
    I suggest you to go with bluehost, digital ocean and hostgator. If you've more traffic, they will be suspend the hosting plans. I had some experience with bluehost. But they warned and transferred my hosting to Emailpapa. This is best and good support. I'm using their servers for past 3 years without any issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author Khemosabi
    Originally Posted by mmthorne View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the form and I have a question I am hoping I can get answered from people who know from experience

    I am looking to set up my website, I have my domain name registered with Namecheap for the past year or so and I am finally taking action.

    My question is "what is the best web hosting that I should be using"? I am very new at everything so I am hoping someone can direct me to one that I can use that is great for beginners as well as being compatible down the road as I grow and advance more with my business.

    Thanking everyone in advance for your help.

    Mary
    It depends on your budget and how much time you really want to spend fixing things.

    I used Hostgator (shared) for years and lately I have been dealing with nothing but problems. My sites and my client's sites have been under brute attacks and one of my client's sites got hacked three times! I fixed it, but what a pain!

    I just switched to a fully managed hosting company. It's not much more than I was paying, but worth a bazillion dollars to me, not having to deal with the headaches.

    Do a little research on the different kinds of hosting you require (think future plans), and then decide how much a headache is worth.

    Fully managed is great, especially if you're going to go with Wordpress, too. The company I use does the WP install (not 'quick install') and they will debug any problems, like say a plugin makes your site go all wonky. Their turn around time is awesome!

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  • Profile picture of the author Salman Ravoof
    Go with FastComet. It's a very reliable webhost.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimothyTorrents
    I built all my first websites with Host Gator... but I wasn't impressed with the speed. So I tried out Site Ground and the speed was much better. Personally, I think you should go with Site Ground. They're one of the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author ehlee
    Hey Mary,

    Google cloud platform offers $300 credit for hosting. It's a bit of learning curve but you learn a great deal about servers. You can deploy your site with bitnami wordpress once you sign up. All you need is a gmail account. And there are tutorials that help you get a free SSL cert. Also, google app engine and firebase is free if you ever want to launch a static site that is not Wordpress. Google has global servers so it's super fast.

    Good luck!

    Ethan
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  • Profile picture of the author frankl
    If you are familiar with server management,then I recommend DigitalOcean.
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  • Profile picture of the author snehil kamal
    Start with Bluehost shared hosting as it is cheapest and reliable, however make sure that the servers are located near your primary target audience country. Once you are able to generate enough traffic for your website, switch to VPS.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeMar
    I've used GoDaddy for years. I've stayed with them because they have a hosting package that fits any business and their support is absolutely fantastic. In the years I've been with them I've never been disappointed or had any problem getting fast, accurate service when needed.
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  • Profile picture of the author TommyHara
    @mmthorne

    Have you heard of Knownhost? I am using this hosting plan and it is quality and cheap, just from $3.47/mo

    I would recommend you have a look on their offer

    https://forumweb.hosting/17741-knownhost-shared-cloud-hosting-limited-time-50-off!-ssd-cloud-litespeed-free-ssl-and-more!.html


    Hope that helped!
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyHara
      Whoops, I left Godaddy and Hostgator hosting because they are not really good and had many problems in the past.

      I would advise to browse web hosting offers on warriorforum for better choices.
      http://www.warriorforum.com/web-hosting-offers
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      • Profile picture of the author mmthorne
        I didn't realize there was a forum for web hosting, I tried to look on the forums but I am new and couldn't find anything lol

        Thanks again.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dave d
    I personally find Go Daddy the most user unfriendly platform around. Hostgator is great for newbies as you can get up and running quickly and cheaply.

    One thing not mentioned here is a lot of companies are now starting to charge for a year up front with no monthly payment option.

    As mentioned for almost any company mentioned there will be good and bad reviews, if you not technical make your host has cpanel.

    Another thing to consider is the type of sites, if you are auto blogging with 1000's of pages some hosts cant handle that and all your other non autoblog sites will crumble, I found out the hard way.
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  • We prefer HostGator as it is reliable and compatible.

    And if you are using Wordpress, you can go with SiteGround.
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  • Profile picture of the author ryanbiddulph
    Hi Mary,

    I would not think of a company per se, but getting a VPS or some premium form of hosting.

    If you are a newbie you likely have little blog traffic but the process usually goes like this:

    1 - Buy cheap hosting; since you have no traffic, no probs as it appears to be good.

    2 - Your traffic increases and you start seeing down time, slow load times, rarely.

    3 - Hosting company overloads server and your traffic increases, causing all types of issues.

    4 - You choose a relatively unknown but reliable hosting company, pay $10 to $15 a month versus $3, and get awesome hosting.

    It's more about going with a smaller but reliable company as a newbie, again though.....going with a VPS as your traffic increases seems to be the way to go, to avoid host hopping.

    Even with little traffic, avoid $3 a month deals. Always, and I mean always, leads to problems as you grow your blog.

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  • Profile picture of the author Ashar Ahmad Khan
    Namecheap is the best and I'm also using it for my sites.
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyHara
      I have never used Namecheap hosting for my websites. Why you consider it is the best?
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  • Profile picture of the author Prateek Rastogi
    i hv heard gd thingsabt namecheap
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  • Profile picture of the author Prateek Rastogi
    also bluehost u cn try
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  • Profile picture of the author b3achlife
    for full service liquidweb is great, been using them for years.

    I've tried a bunch and I think they are the most responsive and have the best service.
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  • Profile picture of the author DripRevenue
    Try Vultr. It's cloud hosting, which is faster than dedicated hosting. It is also the same prince as dedicated hosting and they give you more IP's.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnVianny
    The most flexible yet powerful solution for beginners is greengeeks

    Affordable price and they are very responsive in the support

    If you plan to host adult sites you have to go to TMD
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  • Profile picture of the author muxlimxaidi7214
    In my experience, HostGator & InMotion hosting providers are best.
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  • Profile picture of the author mmthorne
    I wanted to thank everyone for taking the time to reply to my question.
    I deeply appreciate all your responses, I have decided to go with Hostgator.

    Thanks again everyone
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  • Profile picture of the author shim333
    I am on 4 hosting companies, and I love bluehost - for me its best for shared hosting
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  • Profile picture of the author starcreatives
    GoDaddy and hostgator are the best.
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  • Profile picture of the author davidricherd
    We recommend Bluehost to host your website online which have good support service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Tony Marriott
    The OPs question has been asked and answered already and he made his choice.

    Good to see a positive results from questions asked. Often, even if resolved, the OPs don't give feedback on their results or decisions so you never know what actually happened good or bad.


    So well done OP for some great thread etiquette.


    Also just wanted to add my 2c worth.


    I appreciate that everyone has different experiences and generally if you are happy with your hosting you would say that is a good choice. So any answer is subjective. As is this one I guess


    However from a purely newbie or new starters point of view I would recommend Hostgator.


    Is it the best hosting? not really. Is it the worst? not at all. But it has a couple of things going for it that makes it great to get started with


    1. Monthly fee. Unlike Bluehost that has annual fee. So if you decide you don't like it your stuck for 12 months.
    2. It's simple and it works out of the box. Most set-ups are already in place and things just work. Godaddy and others can sometimes need more setting up and configuring. New starters don't need the extra hassle.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chas22
    Godaddy hosting is poor, I definitely do not recommend them.

    Hostgator site keeps getting hacked so I need to move.

    Thanks for the feed back.
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    • Profile picture of the author TommyHara
      I agree with you and seem you used these providers thus you have experience with them. Honestly I have same experience like you because I used their services and left after I got problems with Godaddy hosting and Hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author tommen
    Originally Posted by mmthorne View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the form and I have a question I am hoping I can get answered from people who know from experience

    I am looking to set up my website, I have my domain name registered with Namecheap for the past year or so and I am finally taking action.

    My question is "what is the best web hosting that I should be using"? I am very new at everything so I am hoping someone can direct me to one that I can use that is great for beginners as well as being compatible down the road as I grow and advance more with my business.

    Thanking everyone in advance for your help.

    Mary
    Hi Mary! My blogs have been hosted by Hostgator.com for over 10 years, I can highly recommend this company. The cost is $14.97 per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author baronet
    Originally Posted by mmthorne View Post

    Hi everyone,

    I am new to the form and I have a question I am hoping I can get answered from people who know from experience

    I am looking to set up my website, I have my domain name registered with Namecheap for the past year or so and I am finally taking action.

    My question is "what is the best web hosting that I should be using"? I am very new at everything so I am hoping someone can direct me to one that I can use that is great for beginners as well as being compatible down the road as I grow and advance more with my business.

    Thanking everyone in advance for your help.

    Mary
    Why not use Namecheap hosting - I do and have had excellent customer support!
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    • Profile picture of the author Frank Donovan
      Originally Posted by baronet View Post

      Why not use Namecheap hosting - I do and have had excellent customer support!
      Not really good practice to have your domain registered and your site hosted by the same company.

      If there's ever an issue with the hosting company they might decide to also freeze your domain. But if it's registered elsewhere, you could simply re-direct it to another host and carry on your business.
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      • Profile picture of the author baronet
        Originally Posted by Frank Donovan View Post

        Not really good practice to have your domain registered and your site hosted by the same company.

        If there's ever an issue with the hosting company they might decide to also freeze your domain. But if it's registered elsewhere, you could simply re-direct it to another host and carry on your business.
        Thanks for your reply, never considered that.
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  • Profile picture of the author azizddf
    Finding the right blog hosting solution is crucial for the success of your blog. Anyone can get props for creating and setting up a basic website, however, the perfect blog host can take your basic blog and turn it into a profitable business.

    Whether you are just starting out on your blogging journey or have more than a thousand followers, the perfect blog host can help you reach out to your target audience and expand your followers.

    Personally I can recommend Bluehost , Siteground or WP engine , you may check my full article here
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  • Profile picture of the author Grazina
    The best hosting services are available from hostwinds.com and hostsailor.com.
    Prices are competitive and network is fully-redundant.
    Support is second to none.
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  • Profile picture of the author iamludwing
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    it depends about how much traffic you are expecting to get... you only need to know that, but i recommend hostgator for a good start..
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  • Profile picture of the author jduck1979
    Depends what you want to do.... I exclusively use 1&1 UK now, works well for the majority of things (HTML pages, wordpress, etc), but some people seem to find certain scripts can be a bit funny to set-up on if you have to do it manually 'cos it's not in the auto-installer or requires actions a bit more complicated than setting paths and using the install.php files to set it off.
    Already been using them since 2002, so recently they gave me an upgrade to their top-spec package with a 17% permanent discount.

    Recently drop-kicked Arvixe after using them as a back-up host for things that were until a couple of years ago not do-able on 1&1... Arvixe were absolutely doing me head in with easily over-loaded servers, nagging e-mails + bugging me to pay for renewing the last of the domains with them I'd cancelled anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author radu
    Depending on your budget I'd recommend to educate yourself first..read some review sites about different hosting plans and providers. I personally use A2hosting, it's not the cheapest but it's reliable and has plenty of features..I'd never recommend to choose the cheapest one..choosing a quality hosting provider as it's gonna save a lot of head aches later..
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  • Profile picture of the author zcrafts
    Best will vary from everyones individual experience like one host which is best for you might not be the case with other one due to so or other reason. Like for my personal issues I have faced lots of issue with hostgator, poor support uptime issue. After lots of reasearch presently I have been with 2 host both are pretty good in terms of support and uptime.
    1) Webhost UK
    2) Rshosting
    It my personal experience you can try them if you want.
    I have even heard good things about Web hosting UK
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  • The best web hosting is Godaddy
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  • Profile picture of the author aamirawans
    You can easily go with any best-shared hosting provider but one of the biggest problems with this is that when you start getting some traffic, you will face a lot of issues like downtime, server problems etc. So that's why I always recommend going with cheap Cloud hosting like digital ocean or Linode. As they will provide you cheap unmanaged hosting, so if you don't have any knowledge about managing server then I recommend you to go with cloudways or any other source that help you to manage your account with them. One of the biggest advantages of this is that you can easily upgrade your hosting package anytime with a just single click, in case your start receiving more traffic.
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  • Profile picture of the author Ahmed Haytham
    I've been using BlueHost for quite some time and didn't face any problem (yet).
    I suggest you do more research and decide yourself. Also, message me if you need any help
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  • Profile picture of the author riyarao
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    HostGator Cloud: Best Host Overall ($2.99/mo)
    SiteGround: Best WordPress Host ($3.95/mo)
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    Bluehost: Best for Bloggers ($2.95/mo)
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  • Profile picture of the author echelon
    The best hosting for me after trying several companies is Stablehost. It is also pretty cheap. They have also been responsive to my support requests. You may look for coupon in webmaster forums.
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  • Profile picture of the author romanepo
    I'm considering two things for choosing hosting company.
    1.Service
    2.Support
    Those are publishes the quality of the products.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rosaline145
    Godaddy,you might check that out.
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  • Profile picture of the author BGOcloud
    You have plenty of options to choose from. If you have any specific requirements you may narrow the list of the hosts that will be good for your project. For instance, think whether you want the plan that you'll use to include SSD storage, CDN, 24/7 support, etc. Some people also have specific preferences on the location of the servers.
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  • Profile picture of the author Neil John
    Hey,

    If you have basic ideas on servers, VPS. Go for VPS as its fast, full control and saves a lot of money.
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  • Profile picture of the author AndrewJT
    I recommend sites.unet.com if you're looking for a hosting for landing pages. They allow to add any number of sites and domain names but do not support php, so can be used as LP hosting only.

    https://demo.unet.net/?a=SITES - demo
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  • Profile picture of the author Redlook
    I would suggest Webhostwala as they offer cheap and reliable web hosting plans. I'm using their servers from past 1.5 year without any issues. Amazing service and technical support.
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  • Profile picture of the author kritika25
    I would suggest Bluehost. I am using from last 3 years and I did not get any issues.
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  • Profile picture of the author SmartMovesLife
    Siteground have fast, useful support and good uptime although I'm not 100% sold on the speed of their servers
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  • Profile picture of the author talking
    It seems to me hostingsource.com and kvchosting.net services are able to satisfy the demands of any discriminating webmaster. Prices are low and support is fast and efficient.
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  • Profile picture of the author Charlie Days
    Hosting - Siteground
    Domain registrar - Namecheap

    Cheers!
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  • Profile picture of the author kazimuhith
    I suggest you use bluehost or hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author unisecureus
    There are lot of options are available in the market, but in Unisecure Data Centers is best and affordable web hosting service providers in USA.
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    • Profile picture of the author OptedIn
      Originally Posted by unisecureus View Post

      Unisecure Data Centers is best and affordable web hosting service providers in USA.
      Is that a fact? They're the absolute best? Wow! Thanks.

      Another question that doesn't have an answer, just dozens of opinions, posing as such.
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