Recommend me a web host

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I currently use hostgator - which i found to be excellent, but need to move as they restrict certain niches in their TOS.

Anyone recommend a good host, with cpanel, fairly cheap too?
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  • I have used Godaddy, Yahoo, and hostgator.

    I can tell you that i LOVE hostgator. Especially after using the other two.

    I am on the $9.99 plan, and have about 6 sites hosted. Much better than the $19.95 plan for one site at Yahoo, or all the add ons godaddy tries to sell you - that come free with hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author Chris Reeves
    I would say something like hostmonster...but if hostgator bans the niche you want to market I have a feeling that most other similar shared hosting companies would ban that niche also...just a thought.

    So it might be down to finding what hosting actually allows the niche content you need hosting for...

    Good luck with your search!

    Chris
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  • Profile picture of the author queenbuzzy
    I actually love godaddy...they're cheap, ($6/month-ish?) have everything I need, and live 24/7 support where you talk to a real person within 2 or so minutes. Plus, they have an affiliate program!

    Things I don't like about them: kinda misogynistic pigs, (check out some of their commercials: ug) it takes forever to go through their shopping cart because they keep recommending things, and their ftp program is horrible. (I use mine through dreamweaver so it's no problem for me)

    Things I like about them: email is easy to use and with pretty decent spam filters, cheap, good customer service, no downtime, I have an online file folder, (data back-up) that I can access easily, I can have a ton of domains and just use their alias feature to create separate sites with one hosting package, (not stealth forwarding, actual separate domains) 25 databases...and, probably more, but can't think of it right now.

    In the past I've also had midphase, which I left due to HORRIBLE customer service, (I have been on hold for 30-60 minutes waiting to talk to somebody) and spam-ridden emails...as well as yahoo hosting, which had a great webbuilder program, but was pretty expensive comparatively.

    I think most hosts have some form of a cpanel, so that shouldn't be an issue.

    I'm sure you're going to get a lot of responses over which is better, but I recommend figuring out what you really want and need...and if it's something like customer service, (which is what I really appreciate) then take the time to call the folks and just see how long it takes to get through and if they're even remotely nice to you.

    Good luck in choosing a company, there are a TON out there!
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    What's the niche?
    Hostmonster and Bluehost (same owner) are pretty strict.
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    • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
      Jenna,

      Verio. I recommend a dedicated server.

      Been with them 11 years, and only one problem, which was quickly fixed. Their managed private servers are killer.


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  • Profile picture of the author wassim
    Godaddy is cheap... isn't the best hosting ever, but it's good for medium businesses or if you run a few personal sites... check it out:

    http://www.godaddy.com
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  • Profile picture of the author GarrieWilson
    If we knew the niche(s) it might be easier. Many, even dedicated, will not allow certain types of content.

    It took me forever to find a host for my Lactating Granny Cheerleaders site.
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  • Profile picture of the author ss61288
    I'm loving hostgator!
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  • Profile picture of the author Lloyd Buchinski
    One of my concerns with hosting is their traffic spike policy. Most
    hosts will shut the site off if it hits the digg front page on a cheap
    plan. The best policy I've ever found that way has been uberhost.net.
    (Note the .net. The .com version is a hosting affiliate site that is
    enough to baffle a person permanently.)

    I nearly went with them 2 years ago and it looks like I will be moving
    over there quite soon. They have a choice of cPanel or DirectAdmin
    control panels. If you do have a traffic spike you have about 4
    options, including just paying a one time fee for the extra traffic at
    a very reasonable rate, 50 cents a GB, without upgrading to a more
    expensive plan, although that is one of the other options. I personally
    prefer the DA panel, which I've only seen mentioned once by anyone
    else on this forum.

    They also have live chat during LA business hours and are really good
    at communicating, another strong plus for me.

    Another quirky but extremely interesting host is nearlyfreespeech.net.
    They have a massive amount of interesting information about hosting
    on their site, including active and interesting forums. (I did my
    research quite awhile ago so this might possibly have changed.) They
    don't offer cPanel, just their own control panel, but they will host
    just about anything that is permitted under free speech. I don't need
    to ask you just what specifically is your weird little niche anyway.
    (I'm not serious.)

    The only thing they charge for is traffic, and you can actually open
    an account with them for just a couple of dollars. 25 cents of traffic
    will last a low traffic site quite a long time, months or years. A "major
    slashdotting" will cost about $10 as far as their traffic spike policy
    goes and they mention that the sites they host get it about once a
    week.

    Besides no cPanel, the other most like turnoffs for them are: no email,
    but you can set up forwarding, and not at all newbie friendly. The no
    email accounts was a turnoff for me but then with my next host I
    found it best to go with just forwarding it all to gmail anyway.

    If you are interested in them they will offer you a free account with
    25 cents of free traffic to have a look at their control panel and check
    out the whole set up.

    So, that was a lot of typing. I'm going to run back into the office,
    slam the door, and pour a double brandy.

    best wishes, lloyd
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  • Profile picture of the author lavaleekathy
    I've used Godaddy most recently, and Yahoo, and hostgator, and I think that hostgator is the pick of the bunch after using the other two!
    For just under $10 you can have just under 7 sites hosted, and at Yahoo they offer you a plan for one site at under $20. Godaddy has loads of extra addons that are sold seperately but hostgator has all of them for free anyway. Hope this helps you!
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  • Profile picture of the author Allen Graves
    HostMonster.com - domain and hosting
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  • Profile picture of the author aekaplan
    Anyone use BlueHost? I'm pretty close to signing up with them. Also, in regards to niches, what kind of stuff gets banned? Am I okay making, for example, an online dating review site?
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    • Profile picture of the author Ruth Hendrickson
      I've used BlueHost for several years and have had only minor problems which were fixed immediately. They have 24/7 customer service which comes in handy sometimes.
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  • Profile picture of the author Trieu
    hostgator is the the best, although I'm using tmzhosting at he moment that only cost $2 a month
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  • Profile picture of the author doctorjay
    I love hostmonster. I get great service from them. I'm hosting about 60 addon domains. I'm on their two year plan and am an affiliate but not giving that link.

    I just think they are great and helped me even when I have done dumb things.

    Oh yes domains are $10 but you get free private registration.
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  • Profile picture of the author TimRobinson
    I love Dreamhost, super easy to use and set everything up , been with em for 3 years now with only 2 downtimes, both for a very short amount of time.

    Everything is fine on them so long as it complies with the law AFAIK (ie. gambling, drugs, hate websites not allowed)

    Can use the code SPECIAL1 to get $50 off too.
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  • Profile picture of the author robertstr
    Not sure if this will help, we keep a few of our sites at Mad Dog Domains and cattle company...kid you not! No issues on any type of site...Had zero issues in 4 yrs...very cheap..mad dog domains.com
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  • Profile picture of the author Martha Richardson
    Jenna, no one can make any kind of intelligent recommendation to you without knowing the niche or niches you are talking about. If HostGator restricts them, other hosts are likely to also, so without knowing, recommendations are pointless.
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    • Profile picture of the author IMChick
      Originally Posted by Barry Richardson View Post

      Jenna, no one can make any kind of intelligent recommendation to you without knowing the niche or niches you are talking about. If HostGator restricts them, other hosts are likely to also, so without knowing, recommendations are pointless.

      I agree with Barry to a certain extent, because it's more likely than not that most hosting companies restrict the same niche types.

      If you have a dedicated server, doesn't this eliminate the content question on those niches? Probably more than $6.99 a month, though.

      Another thought, find your competitor's websites and then find out who they host with. Provided that they're not pulling a fast one and flying under the radar with the TOS there, that should be your new host.
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  • Profile picture of the author Martha Richardson
    IMChick, no a dedicated server doesn't automatically eliminate the content question. I operate 3 dedicated servers but I am still restricted by my server provider's terms on content that I or my customers can have on the server. And yeah, dedicated servers are a LOT more than $6.99 per month. I pay $592 per month total for the 3 of mine.
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  • Profile picture of the author twannahiga
    What Barry has said is true, you need a bit more knowledge of the niche to make a specific recommendation, but generally speaking I would say hostmonster a great reliable service...but if hostgator tries to ban the niche you've invested your time in I think that generally speaking most other shared hosting companies would do the same. So probably boils down to down to finding what hosting company allows your niche content for hosting. Good luck, hope it goes well!
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  • Profile picture of the author aekaplan
    What kind of niches typically get banned?
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  • Profile picture of the author shainemorris
    Originally Posted by Jenna Paulson View Post

    I currently use hostgator - which i found to be excellent, but need to move as they restrict certain niches in their TOS.

    Anyone recommend a good host, with cpanel, fairly cheap too?
    You can try them: 3ix dot com This is not a promotion or something, but this is by far the cheapest I have encountered.
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  • Profile picture of the author Jassim
    Hey Jenna,

    You can check out webhostingpad.com. They are very cheap with unlimited features. And the support is superb. You can instantly connect and chat with support guys anytime.

    By the way, Normally it's 4.95 / month. if you use coupon code "15off" to join you can save $15 for year, that's $44 / year with free lifetime domain, host unlimited domain, bandwidth, space, sql database, webmail... many options.
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  • Profile picture of the author rondo
    Jenna shared hosting plans aren't suited to image hosting sites due to the high server loads.
    Look into VPS hosting to start with and then eventually upgrading to a dedicated server if you need it. Here's a few good value VPS hosting plans to compare.

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  • Profile picture of the author Saul
    More hosting info on this thread too
    http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-services.html

    ciao,
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  • Profile picture of the author Keith Choy
    Hi Jenna,

    I have used Lunarpages and Bluehost. Am happy with them in terms of support. Not happy with Lunarpages server response at times though (ie. it can slow at times).

    I have client who was on GoDaddy 3 years ago. Personally, I don't like the setup and some of their restrictions. The Helpdesk support at that point was also not very helpful. In the end, I recommended the client to move out. She couldn't be happier. However, this experience with GoDaddy was 3 years ago. It might have improved now already (from what I gather in the post above).

    - Keith
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  • Profile picture of the author Jay Moreno
    if it helps at all ive been doing reseller hosting for about 8 years now and used many different companies, however the company i have been using for the past 5 years is Servint.com i highly recommend them their support is awesome - if your building lots of site i would recommend starting with a basic VPS with whm/cpanel+fantastico

    not sure what your niches are but am sure providing they are not actually breaking any laws you should be good to go!

    currently i have 3 VPS accounts with them and havent need to look anywhere else for alternative since the day i signed up with them
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  • Profile picture of the author askloz
    Are you a relation of Heather Paulson CPA Advertiser who works for PPC Classroom?

    Erm, web host? sparkhosting.com

    Originally Posted by Jenna Paulson View Post

    I currently use hostgator - which i found to be excellent, but need to move as they restrict certain niches in their TOS.

    Anyone recommend a good host, with cpanel, fairly cheap too?
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      Go Daddy service is awesome!
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  • Profile picture of the author Jimi Floyd
    For me it is hostgator (great service) or bluehost.
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  • Profile picture of the author Agung Prabowo
    i have 3 host: hostgator, hostmonster and 1and1 but i prefer to use hostgator
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    I think you would be pushed to do better than Hostgator or GoDaddy, just pick the one with the best deals at the time!
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