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Looking to host a new domain that I purchased. Who do you use/recommend?

I've hosted with GoDaddy in the past and wasn't a huge fan.
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  • Profile picture of the author ksummers
    I'm with hostGator shared, unlimited domain plan and I've never had a problem. My sites don't get a huge amount of traffic though. I had 15 WordPress sites and two Zen Cart installs running at one point without any slowing down.
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    • Profile picture of the author mentat47
      Originally Posted by ksummers View Post

      I'm with hostGator shared, unlimited domain plan and I've never had a problem. My sites don't get a huge amount of traffic though. I had 15 WordPress sites and two Zen Cart installs running at one point without any slowing down.
      HostGator is a pretty good company. They've been around for a long time, and they even have an affiliate program.
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  • Profile picture of the author pietjeplukt
    Hi Noukanshi,

    I am using Hostgator baby plan for many years now, hosting unlimited sites without ever having any problem and it is cheap!

    tried almost every other hosting company out there, and in my opinion they all suck in comparison to Hostgator, but that could be just me

    Good luck!
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  • Profile picture of the author fernelis2009
    I´ve been using hostgattor for years
    and haven´t got any problem with it
    that´s the most recommended host for trusted espert.
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  • Profile picture of the author ChrisBa
    What type of hosting are you looking for? Shared? Vps? Dedicated?
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  • Profile picture of the author deekay
    Hostgator has very good reputation in the market. But, they have been acquired by endurance group, there is lot of buzz in hosting world with pros and cons. So take your time and do more research.

    FYI, I have moved many sites(some are still on hostgator) from hostgator, as transition will take time.
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  • Profile picture of the author dvduval
    Make sure you have a plan for changing hosts. Then if one doesn't work out, you can easily switch. We had 100s of customers that used hostgator. After they were bought by endurance there were more complaints, but seems to have quieted down a bit now. I think these days most hosts with a name are pretty stable and you don't have to be too worried. Don't go for the cheap plan from a company that is brand new, and you'll probably be fine.
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  • Profile picture of the author Milesgeek
    You can check out the online reviews of the web hosting companies that you are considering. Check all the aspects like server locations, support and customer care services offered, uptime guarantee etc.
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  • Profile picture of the author crunchor
    I am using namecheap domain and hostage, it is not bad, online chat support is fast. Around 99% up time.
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  • There is no so called best web hosting. Most of them are of the similar quality. All you have to do is make decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author RobbieT
    In the past I used HostGator however I've just opened a WordPress site and put the hosting with SiteGround as they claim to be WP hosting specialists and their pricing was good.
    They came up well in the sites that compared hosting plans and the setup was painless, however only time will tell as to how good they are.
    Their tech service is good as you can contact them via "livechat" and that happens almost instantly whereas trying to talk to tech support with HostGator was a real pain.
    If you feel like it check them out and consider all the factors mentioned in other posts above and if you do your research you will find a hosting company that suits you.
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  • Profile picture of the author DN85
    I use Hostgator and it does the job well. I've heard Bluehost is good as well, I don't personally use Bluehost but a lot of top internet marketers do highly rate it.

    Also with Blue host you can buy the domain and it's already hosted with them as well so no need to change DNS settings. It's also got one click Wordpress install.
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  • Profile picture of the author dblane4
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    • Profile picture of the author crunchor
      Originally Posted by dblane4 View Post

      For Hosting Provider, BlueHost is Number 1.
      For Domain reregistration Godaddy is Number 1.
      Don't Forget.
      I saw many bad comments about these two as well.
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      • Profile picture of the author dblane4
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        • Profile picture of the author BigFrank
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          Ask 50 people and get 50 different recommendations. Ridiculous!

          Cheers. - Frank
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        • Profile picture of the author crunchor
          Originally Posted by dblane4 View Post

          My friend, I used both godaddy and bluehost. I shared my experiences. Now I am using Hostgator for Hosting services but whenever I need to buy a domain my choice is godaddy.
          From my point of view, you can find many bad comments for every Web Hosting Providers, this is just a marketing strategies by their competitors only a few of them are written by the real customers.
          Very likely the comments saying their experience for xyz hosting is paid comment. Very likely bad comment has higher % being a real comment than a "this xyz hosting is the best" comment.

          So I normally look for bad comment instead of good comment.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joan Altz
    I haven't used a shared hosting provider in several years, so I can't recommend anything for that, but when you're ready to scale up to a VPS, don't settle for a cheap, run-of-the-mill VPS, but rather get a SSD VPS with either Wired Tree or Known Host. Both are excellent, and Known Host gives you full control all the way (a lot say they do, but they really don't) along with managed services when you need it, and you won't have any significant issues. Great support too.
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  • Profile picture of the author frodo77
    For domain registration I use Namecheap.
    For hosting Veerotech.
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  • Profile picture of the author LesterRussell
    I use HostGator and i have been really happy with their service. Their servers have been stable and their customer support team did a good job when i had to write in. 1 extra vote to Team HostGator from me.
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    • Profile picture of the author Jill Carpenter
      Originally Posted by DN85 View Post

      Also with Blue host you can buy the domain and it's already hosted with them as well so no need to change DNS settings. It's also got one click Wordpress install.
      Apparently no one ever told you - this is a big no no.

      Keep your domain purchases separate from your hosting.

      I went through a change this past year. I was with hostmonster (sister to bluehost) and while everything was for the most part wonderful with them, I grew out of what I needed. It was after a rate hike that I decided it was time to start looking around.

      I spent nearly a month researching not just the review sites, but forums that specialize in discussing hosting.

      I made a list of what things were most appealing.

      I even bought into a new host, but waited before moving in - and glad I did cause I wound up going elsewhere in the end.

      It's hard to know what you might need in regards to hosting your business when you have no business in motion yet.That doesn't mean you can't spend some time researching and try to come close to something that will satisfy you for your initial few years.

      I can recommend a couple of things that I found important.

      Cpanel access.
      Ability to add as many domains as I wanted without being charged for each one (this had changed I believe from my old host)
      24/7 live customer service - was more important when I first started, but now I'm pretty sufficient with getting around.
      budget - was the price of my hosting going to go up at any time?

      The host I have now came with bonus ssl, and own IP so it doesn't read like shared hosting.

      Keep it simple and make sure as dvduval said you have a plan for changing hosts. Make sure you find out if you are easily able to export your stuff too. Luckily the new host I found did the whole import directly from my old cpanel for no charge. They did an awesome job and everything that was in tact stayed in tact. Even all the emails.
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  • Profile picture of the author linuspersson
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    I use hosting24, Around $5 every month + a free domain name.

    It's cheaper if you pay yearly. But never had trouble with them and they use cpanel.
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  • Profile picture of the author JohnnyFanta
    After many hosts through the years I now always go with Dreamhost nearly all the time and I always try to put my clients on to dreamhost. Hostgator as a close second.

    I heard good things with Bluehost so tried them recently and everything seemed to be an upsell as well as them quoting all there price at a monthly rate they take a years subscription without warning.
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  • Profile picture of the author extrememan
    I didn't like GoDaddy. I use GVO hosting. Cheap and reliable and excellent customer service.
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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    I'm in love with Yahoo Webhosting, so you should consider them. Another webhost i've tried is Hostgator, and it was fine for the purpose that i used it for. Also i've used freehostia. I don't recommend it for a serious, long-term internet business. But out of all 3 that i mentioned, i would recommend Yahoo Webhosting.
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  • Profile picture of the author Shane Dolby
    Just go to webhostingtalk .com website. Lots of reviews and coupons for lots of hosting offers you will ever need.

    If you plan on growing stay away from hostgator and bluehost. for starting out they are ok but not for any type of site that you will get traffic to or use a database. they will Shut your website down fast
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    • Profile picture of the author crunchor
      Originally Posted by Shane Dolby View Post

      Just go to webhostingtalk .com website. Lots of reviews and coupons for lots of hosting offers you will ever need.

      If you plan on growing stay away from hostgator and bluehost. for starting out they are ok but not for any type of site that you will get traffic to or use a database. they will Shut your website down fast
      They would really shut down your site just because your site starts to get bigger? That is funny but horrible.

      Originally Posted by Randall Magwood View Post

      I'm in love with Yahoo Webhosting, so you should consider them. Another webhost i've tried is Hostgator, and it was fine for the purpose that i used it for. Also i've used freehostia. I don't recommend it for a serious, long-term internet business. But out of all 3 that i mentioned, i would recommend Yahoo Webhosting.
      Yahoo hosting is 1 domain for any plan, that is worse than any company any plan I have seen.
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  • Profile picture of the author Curtis2011
    There are so many web hosts out there it is impossible to compare them all.

    That being said, a general rule of thumb is to avoid the web hosts owned by Endurance International Group if you are going to be using a shared hosting plan. They are a conglomerate that buys up previously good quality web hosts, then guts their infrastructure and customer support in order to increase profits. And shared hosting plans are particularly bad.

    I had a basic shared hosting account with Bluehost and my website had multiple hours of downtime per week, sometimes it would go down multiple times per day.
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  • Profile picture of the author onegoodman
    I would like to warn you from joining HostGator, this company used to be one of the best in the past, and I have been with them for over 3 years, but I am already moving all my website out of them and here is why :

    - HostGator don't send warning messages, they lock your account and email you later if there is an issue,
    - There support is very rude, and useless.
    - You don't mean to them really much anymore ( simply because they are gonna get you ).

    Hostgator was acquired by EIG which a parent company of many other hosting, this company hide under brands and don't promote really who they are. Hostgator, Bluehost, FatCow and many others are owned by the company, they feel comfortable screwing with their customer because at the end there is a good probability you will move to another hosting owned by them.

    You can see a list of companies owned by EIG here :

    Full List of EIG Hosting Brands (+ Non-EIG Hosting Recommendation)

    Less than a week ago Hostgator locked my database without a warning, when i seeked their help they told me that i consumed more of processing time ( Not bandwidth / not storage ) but processing time than they okay with for one of the sites, which is violation to their TOS, i tried to reach to mid solution include upgrading to VPS ( which they claimed where solve problem ) their support said I can do that but they will keep my site down until the migration team complete the migration which may take 2 days.

    I had a reseller with the company with wide portfolio of sites, but the site they shut down was my main, shutting it down for an hour is a nightmare, the support told me i can go wherever I want they simply can't help me with any temporary solutions, he also mentioned that hostgator don't need to send warning, they don't have time to waste with their customer i guess.

    I also should highlight I tried multiple times to reach a solution but every time they were more rude and aggressive that I need to optimize the site or upgrade and wait for few days for the issue to be resolved.

    Any decent company that care about their customer would at least try to help a long term customer with a temporary solution.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jeremy_S
    For combined Hosting and Domain Registration I would recommend Bluehost. They have an excellent interface, especially for newbies and superb customer support.
    For just domain registration GoDaddy are annoying as they have too many unnecessary up sells. Namecheap are a lot better.
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    • Profile picture of the author Devilfish168
      I using site ground.

      I don't know here fellow IM using it too or not.

      For me , is " slightly expensive but I feel is worth it at least their support is good Always there with live chat 365 days 24 hours online "

      For me , Important I feel is support at least give me a peace of mind if I have any problems can straight live chat and know they are always around.
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  • Profile picture of the author sanusense
    Going with hostgator or Bluehost would be a great deal, since they are affordable and provides good service.
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  • Profile picture of the author winnermarketing
    I use WPEngine, very reliable for USA market!
    You also can find on the web coupon with good discount!
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  • Profile picture of the author yougpeter
    I use Hostgator shared hosting for lots of my sites..... Other sites like Fatcow is good ,Blue Host is very expensive for me.
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  • Profile picture of the author MMartin89
    Get Hostgator, just don't get the shared one, get the private one and you wouldn't have complaint for your life
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  • Profile picture of the author SEOlover
    I want to say that A2hosting.com and Qhoster.com are great hosts which are able to satisfy the needs of many webmasters.
    Plans are resourceful and prices are competitive.
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    • Profile picture of the author HarrisAndrea
      I take security very seriously so I have chosen WiredTree VPS for hosting all of my blogs. They are very proactive with regards to security updates etc and they have some very good hosting protection.
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