I GIVE UP! No more free hosting / domains!

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I have given up with my free hosting and domain website. It's simply CRAP. I can't do hardly anything with it. I have decided to buy paid hosting and my own domain. Does anybody have any recommendations of what paid hosting I should use? I have heard that HostGator is rather popular...

Thanks to all of you who helped changed my mindset and see the truth: I need a real domain, with paid hosting and my own website(s) to succeed online.

I don't have the money in PayPal right now to start off right now; I will be starting in two weeks. I plan to monetize with Amazon Associates and other affiliate programs. I will write content for these two weeks, and upload them after the purchase.

So, recommendations, anyone?
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  • Profile picture of the author IzzuDino
    Personally, I use GoDaddy to buy domain names. I have hosting at both GoDaddy and Hostgator.

    Couldn't tell the difference between GoDaddy and Hostgator web hosting though...
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    • Profile picture of the author Bish
      Originally Posted by IzzuDino View Post

      Personally, I use GoDaddy to buy domain names. I have hosting at both GoDaddy and Hostgator.

      Couldn't tell the difference between GoDaddy and Hostgator web hosting though...
      Last time I looked Godaddy hosting didn't come with cpanel.
      Whichever host you choose I would make sure they have cPanel; it makes life so much easier (just my MO)
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      • Profile picture of the author DoubleOhDave
        Originally Posted by Bish View Post

        Last time I looked Godaddy hosting didn't come with cpanel.
        Whichever host you choose I would make sure they have cPanel; it makes life so much easier (just my MO)
        I always read this from people but I am baffled.. I have never used cPanel - what's the attraction?
        I find I can do everything I need through GoDaddy's self hosted FTP panel on my account page or else the actual hosting panel..

        What am I missing out on?
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        • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
          Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

          I always read this from people but I am baffled.. I have never used cPanel - what's the attraction?
          I find I can do everything I need through GoDaddy's self hosted FTP panel on my account page or else the actual hosting panel..

          What am I missing out on?
          What I've been able to gather is that cPanel offers a lot of different functionalities to make building and maintaining a website easier.
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        • Profile picture of the author Ivone
          Originally Posted by DoubleOhDave View Post

          I always read this from people but I am baffled.. I have never used cPanel - what's the attraction?
          I find I can do everything I need through GoDaddy's self hosted FTP panel on my account page or else the actual hosting panel..

          What am I missing out on?
          Cpanel is a must if you need to setup various email accounts, if you like to check your stats, if you like to setup WP (the easy way), and what about setup dbase, MySQL etc., etc., etc. I can't imagine to be with out it.
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  • Profile picture of the author Joe Crosbie
    A Small Orange is my personal favourite for hosting, sure they are slightly more costly but they do provide better quality hosting in my opinion.

    As for domain names, you can't do much better than Namecheap.
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    • Profile picture of the author AlisonM
      Three big names have already been mentioned here and I've bought from all three with no problems.

      I currently host with Hostgator - which has C Panel and masses of features - and they've been great at talking me through setting up the webnames I've bought elsewhere at Godaddy and Namecheap.

      A little tip - get yourself onto the mailing lists of all three now, and you might find they try to tempt you with discount offers by the time you're ready to buy.

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  • Profile picture of the author carolyn0
    Good luck with your new website.I look forward to having a look at it.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
      Originally Posted by IzzuDino View Post

      Personally, I use GoDaddy to buy domain names. I have hosting at both GoDaddy and Hostgator.

      Couldn't tell the difference between GoDaddy and Hostgator web hosting though...
      Yeah, I've heard that both of them are pretty similar.

      Originally Posted by Joe Crosbie View Post

      A Small Orange is my personal favourite for hosting, sure they are slightly more costly but they do provide better quality hosting in my opinion.

      As for domain names, you can't do much better than Namecheap.
      Never heard of A Small Orange. Since they are a little more expensive like you mentioned, I don't think I'll consider them. Thanks for the input! I'll check out NameCheap.

      Originally Posted by Bish View Post

      Last time I looked Godaddy hosting didn't come with cpanel.
      Whichever host you choose I would make sure they have cPanel; it makes life so much easier (just my MO)
      Thanks for the tip! I'll look out for that.

      Originally Posted by AlisonM View Post

      Three big names have already been mentioned here and I've bought from all three with no problems.

      I currently host with Hostgator - which has C Panel and masses of features - and they've been great at talking me through setting up the webnames I've bought elsewhere at Godaddy and Namecheap.

      A little tip - get yourself onto the mailing lists of all three now, and you might find they try to tempt you with discount offers by the time you're ready to buy.

      Regards
      Wow, love the tip . I hope they do try to tempt me, and I have a coupon code to use with HostGator.

      Originally Posted by carolyn0 View Post

      Good luck with your new website.I look forward to having a look at it.
      Thanks! I'll be glad to get any feedback once it's live!



      Thanks for the input anyone! I've researched and heard a lot of good stuff about JustHost ; they have a free mailing list, and I don't want to spend money on Aweber just yet.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rebeccha Haase
    Couldn't tell the difference between GoDaddy and Hostgator web hosting though...
    Most of the people insists that Godaddy's hosting service's customer service is not very good and you will see tons of bad reviews about Godaddy hosting.

    I did not use Godaddy hosting personally, so those are not my comments. I was talking about reviews.
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    • Profile picture of the author neojits
      Originally Posted by jrjohn View Post

      I have given up with my free hosting and domain website. It's simply CRAP. I can't do hardly anything with it. I have decided to buy paid hosting and my own domain. Does anybody have any recommendations of what paid hosting I should use? I have heard that HostGator is rather popular...

      Thanks to all of you who helped changed my mindset and see the truth: I need a real domain, with paid hosting and my own website(s) to succeed online.

      I don't have the money in PayPal right now to start off right now; I will be starting in two weeks. I plan to monetize with Amazon Associates and other affiliate programs. I will write content for these two weeks, and upload them after the purchase.

      So, recommendations, anyone?

      Use godaddy for domain hosting. Now i'm personally using ipage, it has only 2$/m for the first 6 months i think. You can also use Hostgator 1.99 first-time promo codes too. Most of free hosting can't be a good suit for amazon associates.
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  • Profile picture of the author desley
    Hi, Interesting question and responses.
    I use GoDaddy - however in saying this due to not using CPanel it can be rather a pain (due to not being a tech person) to update stuff etc. - even for my website designer. Another thing with GoDaddy is email accounts and add ons - be careful - do all your sums first - because one ends up paying extra with GoDaddy (because they claim x number of magabites (or whatever it's called) and expect you to split this over 10 email addresses - which can mean you can't receive all your emails if you reach the 1/10th limit for one of your email addresses. I had to purchase annually basically unlimited as such in order to be able to send and receive emails for my 2 main business email addresses). I will say GoDaddy support staff are pretty good in the main and as they now have an Aussie presence I can ring an Aussie number to access their tech support if required.

    What I learnt the hard way was if I have more than one popular site, have a separate hosting package for each individual website that gets heaps of traffic (you can still have a number of websites under 1 hosting package - however if you start finding 2 or more of your websites really starts generating a large amounts of traffic split them off into their own webhosting package is my suggestion)

    I've used Just Host .com.au in the past however beware if you have a number of websites on the one hosting account, and 1 of those sites gets a fair amount of traffic i.e. 500 visitors a day would do it - they'll immediately close your account (and not bother to inform you because the email accounts is combined with the hosting account and because they've shut down your account, you actually can't receive the email advising you of what they have done!!!) which means you can lose your websites until you find another provider..

    I did use a dedicated server hosting package after the Just Host experience, however found not only was this becoming way too expensive, it kept wanting to shut down individual sites or such like if I recall; so I ended up with GoDaddy and having separate hosting packages for my main websites to beat being shut down as I experienced with Just Host.

    I've checked Hostagator and they tend to look okay, however I decided for myself not to use.

    Another webhosting provider is hostzilla .com and from what I understand from other IM marketers over the years is able to handle heaps of traffic to your website. Have been thinking of shifting all my websites to Hostzilla - but as yet to do this. My research a wee while ago now seemed to ascertain that the hosting fees was quite affordable however had to pay at least 6 months in advance rather than have a monthly fee option. Hence I haven't transferred or my websites just quite yet.

    There are many other webhosting providers. It's a matter of doing your research; determining your budget based on your needs both current and potentially in the future and then selecting the webhosting provider based on services provided and fee structure and the support they provide etc. and other aspects that you feel is required and have researched then making an informed decision.

    Hope this assists.
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  • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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    Originally Posted by jrjohn View Post

    Does anybody have any recommendations of what paid hosting I should use? I have heard that HostGator is rather popular...
    Everyone's advice on this question is subjective and formed on the basis of their own experiences and what they've read in the Warrior Forum, and/or elsewhere. It's nearly all opinion.

    Here's my opinion ...

    1. Never register a domain-name and host its site in the same place. Keep these two functions separate. It can help to avoid disasters. This explains why: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7628717

    2. Never use GoDaddy or 1and1 (your own research, if you do enough of it here and/or in other forums, will demonstrate why, but here's a thread to start on): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...e-godaddy.html . In my opinion, without writing a book about it, GoDaddy is a company with a pretty nasty reputation here (and elsewhere), and has caused many Warriors a wide range of often unpredictable problems (some of them very serious).

    3. Hostgator is well and widely and happily used by huge numbers of Warriors (including myself). Don't be put off hosting there just by posts from members who are advertising "Hostgator alternatives" and/or "Hostgator problems" in their signature-files in order to promote their own hosting services - it seems to me that that does happen, in every "hosting" thread here which lasts long enough.

    4. I recommend Namecheap as a registrar. I've used many (including GoDaddy!). I've now moved all my domain-registrations to Namecheap and I don't buy elsewhere.

    5. If I wanted a professional, reliable, cheap host for one site, I would try Hostica: they charge $1 per month for one site and have a good reputation overall. If I wanted a professional, reliable, well-established free one, I would probably use Byethost.

    6. For myself, I would always use a very long-established, mainstream, orthodox, hosting company owned by a big well-known company, never a smaller, newer one.

    7. I advise you not to make a quick decision to host anywhere on the basis of a discount, or coupon, but to think it through carefully and make a well-informed decision.

    It's all opinion - everybody has one!
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  • I came across from another forum on a promo code for Dreamhost at 70% discount. The promo code is BHW2013. Hope it can help you to save money.
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  • Profile picture of the author devonm
    I have Fatcow and like it. It has cPanel. I like Fatcow. try them.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    Arvixe provides hosting and free domain for life for as low as $4 per month. I like them.

    I have never used cPanel - what's the attraction?
    If you had used Cpanel before GD "nightmare hosting" you'd know.
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  • Profile picture of the author himanuzo
    If you don't have a Paypal, how about credit card?

    A web hosting with $10 per month + domain name $10 per year are cheap for starting an online business... This is highly recommended!
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    • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
      Originally Posted by neojits View Post


      Hope this assists.
      Did it ever! It helped me tremendously; many thanks for your input.

      Originally Posted by Alexa Smith View Post

      Everyone's advice on this question is subjective and formed on the basis of their own experiences and what they've read in the Warrior Forum, and/or elsewhere. It's nearly all opinion.

      Here's my opinion ...

      1. Never register a domain-name and host its site in the same place. Keep these two functions separate. It can help to avoid disasters. This explains why: http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...ml#post7628717

      2. Never use GoDaddy or 1and1 (your own research, if you do enough of it here and/or in other forums, will demonstrate why, but here's a thread to start on): http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...e-godaddy.html . In my opinion, without writing a book about it, GoDaddy is a company with a pretty nasty reputation here (and elsewhere), and has caused many Warriors a wide range of often unpredictable problems (some of them very serious).

      3. Hostgator is well and widely and happily used by huge numbers of Warriors (including myself). Don't be put off hosting there just by posts from members who are advertising "Hostgator alternatives" and/or "Hostgator problems" in their signature-files in order to promote their own hosting services - it seems to me that that does happen, in every "hosting" thread here which lasts long enough.

      4. I recommend Namecheap as a registrar. I've used many (including GoDaddy!). I've now moved all my domain-registrations to Namecheap and I don't buy elsewhere.

      5. If I wanted a professional, reliable, cheap host for one site, I would try Hostica: they charge $1 per month for one site and have a good reputation overall. If I wanted a professional, reliable, well-established free one, I would probably use Byethost.

      6. For myself, I would always use a very long-established, mainstream, orthodox, hosting company owned by a big well-known company, never a smaller, newer one.

      7. I advise you not to make a quick decision to host anywhere on the basis of a discount, or coupon, but to think it through carefully and make a well-informed decision.

      It's all opinion - everybody has one!
      I'm not looking for free hosting; thanks for all the tips. I am leading towards either JustHost or HG.

      Originally Posted by MakingMoneyMachine View Post

      I came across from another forum on a promo code for Dreamhost at 70% discount. The promo code is BHW2013. Hope it can help you to save money.
      THANKS! But I don't think I will be using DreamHost.

      Originally Posted by devonm View Post

      I have Fatcow and like it. It has cPanel. I like Fatcow. try them.
      I've heard of Fatcow before, but it seems rather obscure.

      Originally Posted by RogueOne View Post

      Arvixe provides hosting and free domain for life for as low as $4 per month. I like them.



      If you had used Cpanel before GD "nightmare hosting" you'd know.
      Thanks. I've never heard of them. I'll look into it.

      Originally Posted by himanuzo View Post

      If you don't have a Paypal, how about credit card?

      A web hosting with $10 per month + domain name $10 per year are cheap for starting an online business... This is highly recommended!
      I have a PayPal account with $60 in it, but I need to wait a week to cash out some more money into it.
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  • Profile picture of the author williams5678
    Hostgator for Hosting and Namecheap for domain
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    • Profile picture of the author Chris Kua
      Originally Posted by williams5678 View Post

      Hostgator for Hosting and Namecheap for domain

      Simple and best answer!
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  • Profile picture of the author andrej
    You are definitely making a good move. To register your domain I recommend you NameCheap. For $10.69 per year for a .com domain you also get a free whois cover, which is not free with GoDaddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author FA8891
    You don't have the money in Paypal, I suggest buying a domain name with Payza account, it's like Paypal. So go to Namesilo and find your domain name.
    For hosting, you need credit card, I suggest Hostgator for their great service.
    Good Luck
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  • Profile picture of the author vinness
    as a virtual assistant, most of my clients use hostgator. but i had my site hosted by godaddy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Fazal Mayar
    You did the right decision, use godaddy and hostgator and you will be on ther igth track
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    • Profile picture of the author cooler1
      Originally Posted by Fazal Mayar View Post

      You did the right decision, use godaddy and hostgator and you will be on ther igth track
      You do realise that HostGator have downgraded customers to the Provo datacenter from the Softlayer data centre in Houston. Yet they tell customers that they are being "upgraded".
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  • Profile picture of the author Leigh Burke
    All my domains are registered through GoDaddy, and hosting is a combination of GoDaddy, Hostgator and Bluehost.

    You probably need to be asking yourself what you're trying to achieve, as just having one domain name and hosting with a few affiliate ads and some content isn't really going to earn you a lot of money.

    You really want to be looking at A) either providing a service, or B) creating your own product in a niche you are an expert in or at least familiar with. You can do the research, interview people, collate information and create an ebook or video series and sell it for a small profit to start getting customers, creating relationships, getting cash flowing and start to build your list.

    Cheers,

    Leigh.
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  • Profile picture of the author DeanJames
    Cheap Shared Hosting - Hostgator
    Domain Registration - NameCheap.

    Job done. Not a fan of GoDaddy AT ALL (if you love being bombarded with upsells for every simple transaction you want to make it's for you - otherwise go with the more elegant solution above).
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    • Profile picture of the author drem
      Originally Posted by DeanJames View Post

      Cheap Shared Hosting - Hostgator
      Domain Registration - NameCheap.

      Job done. Not a fan of GoDaddy AT ALL (if you love being bombarded with upsells for every simple transaction you want to make it's for you - otherwise go with the more elegant solution above).
      I was about to say the exact same thing. I despise using GoDaddy because of their upsells. In fact, my brother went through them and ordered all of these "extras" that every other host includes. I do not like their business model at all.

      However, Hostgator has done well for me.

      Stay clear of iPage. I have had many clients use them with the same problem - their sites were slow. I do not mean slightly slow, I mean 45 seconds before text loads on the screen and almost 2 minutes before everything else was loaded. Contacting support is horrible as well. In fact, support simply raises more questions than they provide answers.
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      • Profile picture of the author Michel_Snook
        I have two Justhost accounts, one HostGator account, and Netfirms. I dropped both GoDaddy and Dreamhost from that list that I have used in the past for various issues. The host with the most and who gives the biggest bang for the buck is JustHost. With that said, I am not thrilled with any of them. Each one has there own quirks. But if I had a really limited budget, I would use JustHost over the rest. They offer just about everything HostGator offers with a lot less cost.


        Also I agree with using a separate domain provider. I've used 3-4 different ones, but have settled with NameCheap because they are consistent and I like whois guard. I hope this helps.
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  • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
    Lots of terrible advice in this thread. :rolleyes: (as usual)

    Don't use
    - Godaddy
    - Yahoo
    - 1&1
    - Dreamhost
    - the 50+ EIG brands, including Hostgator, Bluehost, Justhost, iPage, Fatcow, and a crapload others.
    - kiddie hosts with hidden WHOIS

    There's several great hosts to choose from. I'd suggest Arvixe for this specific request.

    Always use Namecheap or DirectNIC to register domains.
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    • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
      Originally Posted by andrej View Post

      You are definitely making a good move. To register your domain I recommend you NameCheap. For $10.69 per year for a .com domain you also get a free whois cover, which is not free with GoDaddy.
      Originally Posted by williams5678 View Post

      Hostgator for Hosting and Namecheap for domain
      Will do! Namecheap is what I will use.

      Originally Posted by FA8891 View Post

      You don't have the money in Paypal, I suggest buying a domain name with Payza account, it's like Paypal. So go to Namesilo and find your domain name.
      For hosting, you need credit card, I suggest Hostgator for their great service.
      Good Luck
      I have more money in PayPal than Payza, and you can buy hosting with Paypal...

      Originally Posted by vinness View Post

      as a virtual assistant, most of my clients use hostgator. but i had my site hosted by godaddy.
      Originally Posted by Fazal Mayar View Post

      You did the right decision, use godaddy and hostgator and you will be on ther igth track
      Originally Posted by cooler1 View Post

      You do realise that HostGator have downgraded customers to the Provo datacenter from the Softlayer data centre in Houston. Yet they tell customers that they are being "upgraded".
      I don't think I will be using GoDaddy. Lots of negative reports.

      Originally Posted by Leigh Burke View Post

      All my domains are registered through GoDaddy, and hosting is a combination of GoDaddy, Hostgator and Bluehost.

      You probably need to be asking yourself what you're trying to achieve, as just having one domain name and hosting with a few affiliate ads and some content isn't really going to earn you a lot of money.

      You really want to be looking at A) either providing a service, or B) creating your own product in a niche you are an expert in or at least familiar with. You can do the research, interview people, collate information and create an ebook or video series and sell it for a small profit to start getting customers, creating relationships, getting cash flowing and start to build your list.

      Cheers,

      Leigh.
      Thanks for all the advice. I am currently planning to buy the Baby Plan from HG 1 year in advance. I will be buying a domain from NameCheap. I will consider monetizing with Adsense. Also, after a few weeks, I will be creating another niche website....and another....and another. I look to create a new niche website every month, so that by the end of the year I will probably be earning at least $50 per day from all of them (I have lots of time to spend on each one).

      Cheers.

      Originally Posted by DeanJames View Post

      Cheap Shared Hosting - Hostgator
      Domain Registration - NameCheap.

      Job done. Not a fan of GoDaddy AT ALL (if you love being bombarded with upsells for every simple transaction you want to make it's for you - otherwise go with the more elegant solution above).
      Originally Posted by drem View Post

      I was about to say the exact same thing. I despise using GoDaddy because of their upsells. In fact, my brother went through them and ordered all of these "extras" that every other host includes. I do not like their business model at all.

      However, Hostgator has done well for me.

      Stay clear of iPage. I have had many clients use them with the same problem - their sites were slow. I do not mean slightly slow, I mean 45 seconds before text loads on the screen and almost 2 minutes before everything else was loaded. Contacting support is horrible as well. In fact, support simply raises more questions than they provide answers.
      Thanks. I'll use HG.

      Originally Posted by Michel_Snook View Post

      I have two Justhost accounts, one HostGator account, and Netfirms. I dropped both GoDaddy and Dreamhost from that list that I have used in the past for various issues. The host with the most and who gives the biggest bang for the buck is JustHost. With that said, I am not thrilled with any of them. Each one has there own quirks. But if I had a really limited budget, I would use JustHost over the rest. They offer just about everything HostGator offers with a lot less cost.


      Also I agree with using a separate domain provider. I've used 3-4 different ones, but have settled with NameCheap because they are consistent and I like whois guard. I hope this helps.
      Thanks for the input; I really wanted personal experience rather than facts .

      Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post

      Lots of terrible advice in this thread. :rolleyes: (as usual)

      Don't use
      - Godaddy
      - Yahoo
      - 1&1
      - Dreamhost
      - the 50+ EIG brands, including Hostgator, Bluehost, Justhost, iPage, Fatcow, and a crapload others.
      - kiddie hosts with hidden WHOIS

      There's several great hosts to choose from. I'd suggest Arvixe for this specific request.

      Always use Namecheap or DirectNIC to register domains.
      I don't hthink I will take your advice sorry . I'll probably use either HG, Bluehost or Justhost.
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      • Profile picture of the author cooler1
        Originally Posted by jrjohn View Post

        I don't hthink I will take your advice sorry . I'll probably use either HG, Bluehost or Justhost.
        Before you dismiss the advice, I recommend you visit the Web Hosting Talk forums and search under topics relating to HG to see what people have experienced since the server migration to Provo.
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      • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
        Originally Posted by jrjohn View Post

        I don't hthink I will take your advice sorry . I'll probably use either HG, Bluehost or Justhost.
        Those are all the same company -- EIG. :rolleyes:

        JustHost = Bluehost = HostGator. :rolleyes:

        Give good sound advice, and some people still refuse to listen. Well, good luck to you. See you in a few months, when you ask for a better host, because of ___ problems. It's not much better than free hosting.

        Indeed, visit WHT and open your eyes to the real world of hosting, not the fake "top 10" lists from Google.

        You don't even need to visit WHT to see that HG is terrible. WF has many topics like:
        - http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-my-sites.html
        - http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...s-traffic.html
        - http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-all-down.html

        And again, HG = Bluehost = Justhost = 50+ other "brands" that EIG hides behind.
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        • Profile picture of the author Zen Warrior
          Originally Posted by kpmedia View Post

          Those are all the same company -- EIG. :rolleyes:

          JustHost = Bluehost = HostGator. :rolleyes:

          Give good sound advice, and some people still refuse to listen. Well, good luck to you. See you in a few months, when you ask for a better host, because of ___ problems. It's not much better than free hosting.

          Indeed, visit WHT and open your eyes to the real world of hosting, not the fake "top 10" lists from Google.

          You don't even need to visit WHT to see that HG is terrible. WF has many topics like:
          - http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-my-sites.html
          - http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...s-traffic.html
          - http://www.warriorforum.com/main-int...-all-down.html

          And again, HG = Bluehost = Justhost = 50+ other "brands" that EIG hides behind.
          Ha ha ha...just look at the link in his sig....

          He's not exactly unbiased, and just like so many on here do, dissing a product to make his offering look better.

          And, like it was said, don't worry about saving a couple bucks a month.....HG has been good for me, the server move may have caused some problems (not for me) but I've used them for 7+ years, and I get some traffic, and their support has been great, performance very good....
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          • Profile picture of the author kpmedia
            Originally Posted by Zen Warrior View Post

            dissing a product to make his offering look better.
            Good job reading. :rolleyes:

            But I'm not "offering" anything but knowledge. If you want to use EIG, it's your (business') funeral. If you want to ignore the facts, go ahead.

            HG hasn't been HG since June 2012. It's EIG. Their hardware, employees (DC engineers at minimum), etc. The only thing left is a cutesy alligator mascot. So claiming you've used "them" for 7+ years isn't accurate. As of the EIG takeover, your old experience means nothing. That's not who controls the service now.

            Thousands ... THOUSANDS ... of customers have been complaining since this began back in May 2013. And those of us with in-depth industry knowledge knew it was going to happen.

            I'm extremely unbiased. If not, I would be shouting "yay Hostgator is the bestest evar!" and trying to sucker somebody so I could get a $100 vig. That's what the crap "top 10" splogs do. But no, I'm recommending good hosts that often pay NOTHING to a modest $25 or so. I care more about good people finding good hosts, and less about taking advantage of people (for $100 commission on $hit). Believe it or not, some of us still have ethics!
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    • Profile picture of the author kitara
      I alway use Dreamhost and Stablehost for all of my site. Stablehost use CP11 and Dreamhost use manual panel. You can use either Stablehost or Dreamhost. I recommended it.
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    I use dynadot for my domain names. Never had any problems with them
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    Also Hostgator for my hosting. Great customer service
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    • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
      Originally Posted by jscoulou View Post

      Also Hostgator for my hosting. Great customer service
      Seriously? You must be talking about different HG customer service then I've had the misfortune of having to try and deal with.:confused:
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  • Profile picture of the author Ali Chowdhry
    I have used Namecheap for some time and their customer service has been brilliant -
    I even acquired a dedicated server from them and never had any issues.

    Everyone will have their own preference, its just a case of you doing your research and making a decision.
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  • Profile picture of the author Krstwo
    I haven't tried any others but I'm very pleased with 1and1 I have been with them for over 6 years
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  • Profile picture of the author spmz
    My favorites are: NameCheap for Domain and bigrock for hosting. I hate HostGator and GoDaddy for various issues. I am really satisfied with the prompt responses and after-sales-services from NameCheap and bigrock.
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  • Profile picture of the author KevinChapman
    I'm glad you've seen the light! Free hosting and domains just aren't worth it. I use GoDaddy for my domain and hosting and I've never had any problems.
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  • Profile picture of the author brettb
    GoDaddy is great for domain name registration. As for hosting, well Wordpress on their Windows hosting plans was a nightmare. But hats off to them for some very fast ASP.NET hosting (great if you're into custom building sites).
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  • Profile picture of the author technician27
    My 20 days experience and so far so happy
    Domain with Godaddy and shared hosting with hostgator (great support and always up running).
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  • Profile picture of the author sirtiman
    If you have tight budget I recommend you use hawkhost. They have small package to choose. The price may be about $3-$4 per month.
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  • Profile picture of the author DanielGossage
    There is nothing better than paying for your hosting as this will give you more options but, do not forget that some free blogs such as blogger are a great way of being found quickly by the search engines. Esepecially Google. You can use these to point to your site. Add a few posts in such a way that each post warms your visitor into your way of thinking and then after a few posts offer your carefully crafted link. A few more posts and again add a link. Rinse and repeat quickly and regularly with clear concise and actionable quality content.
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  • Profile picture of the author ronrule
    I still use GoDaddy for domains and SSL, but that's it - wasn't impressed with their hosting service at all.

    I actually use Microsoft Azure for just about everything now. Even basic Wordpress sites. They're higher priced than most of the other solutions out there, but I find the scalability to be worth it. The available resources are limitless, and you can also set up geo-redundancy and scale as you need to.

    Obama should have hosted healthcare.gov there.

    So that's just my 2 cents... that, and maybe Amazon EC2, are the only hosts I can safely say I will never outgrow.
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  • Profile picture of the author Moneymaker2012
    I always prefer godaddy for domains, good prices.
    and hostgator for hosting, real and cheap packages.
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    • Profile picture of the author SaraHendren
      Originally Posted by Moneymaker2012 View Post

      I always prefer godaddy for domains, good prices.
      and hostgator for hosting, real and cheap packages.
      godaddy works perfectly for me too!
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  • Profile picture of the author brutecky
    GoDaddy does not have cPanel or even Plesk. They have some in house system that I find clunky. HostGator was having some rough times after they where sold, but they are getting better and I find that they are once again becoming a viable brand.
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  • Profile picture of the author seobro
    I got the I page promo. Well, it is only $1 per month now. Look for similar specials in your area. Host gator is expensive. Currently, I am paying $300 per year. This is for their aluminum plan, and I need to upgrade to bronze soon. Sadly, HG got bought up. They are having some server issues. I do not rec.
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  • Profile picture of the author preets
    I am using Namecheap for both hosting and domain and very happy with that. Excellent support , very reasonable and 100% reliable. Go for it .
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  • Profile picture of the author muffty
    I use Namecheap for Domain Names - very user friendly.

    Hostgator for Hosting - great video tutorials and really good support team + instant help at the chat room.

    Pick up Free Report below for a 1cent Coupon from Hostgator.
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  • Profile picture of the author Rainmanxxx
    Banned
    hostgator is decent.
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  • Profile picture of the author Lokahi
    Three things that I look for when testing out a host are C-Panel; Windows hosting and script installer. That way I can install Wordpress blogs with the click of a button rather than uploading the files for installation.
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    • Profile picture of the author alexing
      internetbs.net - best regsitrar ever, and very cheap.

      Dreamhost has everything you could need at very reasonable prices too.
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  • Profile picture of the author Winlin
    Good for you!
    The time that can be lost trying to navigate or adapt free hosting services to meet your needs, is hardly worth saving the cost of paying a host provider... provided you have a few dollars a month to invest in a reliable host.

    Is Cost Really a Consideration?
    Many of the hosting options listed by others in this thread are $10 a month or less (no need to pay any more than that). I'm not trying to disparage anyone who has to budget, to within $5 per month, but given that the cost of entry is so low, would you really want to gamble the future of your blogs or websites to a decision you made to save $4 or $5 a month?

    What I'm saying is; I chuckle when I read of people chasing down coupons and offers from new host sites, or making the decision to sign up with a host that has known issues, simply because they will "overall" save $3 or $4 or $5 per month.

    My advice: Ignoring the price, or any discount codes you may have been enticed with, simply do your homework and choose a Host and a Registrar that comes with good references and reviews. Use known and reputable companies and pay the extra $3 or $4 per month, you won't be sorry. If you chase a coupon code to an unknown, or unreliable host, you just might be.

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    I use Hostgator and NameCheap... My hostgator plan is just under $10 per month. My domains which are registered through Namecheap, are paid annually(as are all). I believe each .com is currently around $12 a year to register.

    My first Host and Registrar was godaddy. I didn't realize how much they were abusing me until after I moved everything to the Hostgator/Namecheap combination; A decision that was made three years ago because of information I learned here at the Warrior Forum.

    Registering a domain and finding a reliable host is such an inexpensive endeavor relative to many other online expenses. As an example: A subscription to A-Weber (the e-mail marketing software company) is 19.95 every month. That's $240 a year, FYI ... you can register and host 10 domains using the Hostgator/NameCheap for an entire year with that small budget.
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  • Profile picture of the author bertyounger
    I use Hostgator, Fatcow for hosting and use GoDaddy and NameCheap as my registrars. You can survive all four. Look for coupons and deep discounts!
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  • Profile picture of the author greenowl123
    I buy domains from NameCheap and host with HawkHost

    I used to host with HostGator until they shut down my blogs without warning.

    If creating free sites, I recommend either Weebly, Webs(dot)com, LiveJournal or Typepad
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  • Profile picture of the author carlamae
    Hostgator is the only way to go. I host loads of sites for myself and clients with them. Their up time is almost 100% and I know what you mean, I've tried others (even paid hosts) and have run into nothing but frustration. Nothing like being in the middle of a huge post and when you hit the update button you get the service not available at this time caption! No more, I say! No more!
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  • Profile picture of the author Andrew Mak
    I tried dozen of hosting company, i mean dedicated server and vps, i am sorry to tell that many paid hosting provider are still crap.

    but once you use hostgator then you will never look back.

    see real ppl comment about hosting service:
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  • Profile picture of the author Adie
    lovingdomains.com and lovinghosting.com have been friendly to me in the last 5 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author Dbm811
    I can only recomend gogohomepage as a hosting provider, they use a control panel called hepsia which i find to be the best and most easy to use, they also have live chat support so in case i need help it will only take min to solve the problem.
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  • Profile picture of the author twinkenterprises
    I use hosting 24. so far it's been pretty good. they answer questions quickly and have a lot of resources. plus it's a little bit cheaper then other hosting sites.
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  • Profile picture of the author sportslocker
    i personally use webs.com, its free and quite easy to learn to use, hope this helps
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  • Profile picture of the author greatwriter
    I have used Bluehost and it has worked pretty well
    for me. I bought the domain and hosting together. What
    I liked about Bluehost is that I could use their One-click
    feature to set up my own wordpress or joomla website,
    and customize it, so no need to hire a website designer.
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  • Profile picture of the author Michael Rosmer
    When you're first starting out a ton of hosting companies seem fine, over about the last 7 years of going through hosts I've found you learn by trial and error what you need to watch out for, here are the factors that I found by not having them on various hosting providers:

    1. 24/7 telephone support - anyone who doesn't have this immediately fails for me, I don't care if they have some live messaging help agent or 24/7 email support, when I'm working late at night or traveling and have a problem I want to be able to pick up a phone and get an answer or get something solved and do it now, not have to try to go back and forth in emails explaining what I want and getting a solution that's way too frustrating to me (Hostgator was a pain in the ass in this respect to me not being able to do everything over the phone)

    2. Supports multiple domains - places like Yahoo support 1 domain per hosting account, later you won't want this

    3. Speed - you want a fast host

    4. Reliability - you want a reliable host

    5. Cronjobs - not something you'll consider early on but a lot of hosts don't support Cronjobs on their shared hosting but for certain functionality you need it, just make sure they have it in advance in case you do need it


    Frankly, if they've got those things the rest pretty much take care of themselves, pricing is fairly comparable for all of them, don't worry about saving $2/mo. that's not your biggest concern, just a few hours of website downtime blew your whole 10 years of savings.

    Based on all the above I always recommend InMotion Hosting to people, having tried and compared most of the major ones: Godaddy, Hostgator, Webhostingpad, Green Geeks, 1to1, Bluehost, Dreamhost, Domain.com, Yahoo, Host Papa, and a handful of others. Don't buy domains through Inmotion, it's a rip off, but for people getting started hosting you can't go wrong.
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  • Profile picture of the author spa3212
    yes I trust godaddy for domains and HostGator though hostgator costs around 10 buck a month for baby plan but its good if you have many sites, but there is another good hosting cirtex that I believe have good support and good responsive uptime.
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  • Profile picture of the author Mogaz
    Godaddy it is
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  • Profile picture of the author AlbertBarkley
    Originally Posted by jrjohn View Post

    I have given up with my free hosting and domain website. It's simply CRAP. I can't do hardly anything with it. I have decided to buy paid hosting and my own domain. Does anybody have any recommendations of what paid hosting I should use? I have heard that HostGator is rather popular...

    Thanks to all of you who helped changed my mindset and see the truth: I need a real domain, with paid hosting and my own website(s) to succeed online.

    I don't have the money in PayPal right now to start off right now; I will be starting in two weeks. I plan to monetize with Amazon Associates and other affiliate programs. I will write content for these two weeks, and upload them after the purchase.

    So, recommendations, anyone?
    Arvixe is providing good hosting services and also godaddy
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  • Profile picture of the author mindwire
    Well, you do not have to blame free domains at all. I, for example, register a free subdomain at freedns.afraid.org
    There you can choose between thousands of subdomains. There is basically a domain for every niche you have. If the project goes all well, you can still change to a Topleveldomain.

    For hosting I would suggest any shared hosting program allowing to add unlimited or a high amount of Add-on domains (arvixe, hostwinds, hostgator).

    Sincerely,
    mindwire
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Lee
    I'm a huge advocate of hostmonster. I host all my websites there. Support is 24-7, US Based (super cool, and not the norm) they offer chat support as well, so my VA can contact them on behalf of me.

    One of my clients who hosts with them and a short while after they transferred someone hacked their website (unrelated issue). Support literally sat on the phone with me and repaired the website files for me. They go above and beyond.
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  • Profile picture of the author GeorgR.
    Although there are literally zillions of hosting companies, it will always come down to maybe two or three which are tried and proven by many, like for shared hosting where many recommend Hostgator or Hostmonster etc. The same is true when at some point people may want to switch to a VPS or dedi, there is also only a handful of good, reliable companies (Wiredtree, Futurehost, Knownhost etc.) within a sea of hosting companies.

    BUT...there are other criteria because what worjs for some person may not be optimal for you. I am stunned that no-one really mentioned this.

    For me, the hosting location is very important. If I were to make a site for the market in the UK I'd rather choose a UK based hosting company. If I do a lot of maintenance work on websites (installing Wordpress etc.) I would not necessarily choose a hosting company on the West coast but on the East coast since I am located in Europe so it's a little faster with uploads and maintenance.
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  • Profile picture of the author GaryCarlyle
    Godaddy or Namecheap for buying domains.

    Hostgator for hosting the website files for the domains.
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  • Profile picture of the author taxpayment1
    I would recommend purely hosting. They are a great company with great benefits to offer as a affiliate. They offer up to $110 per commission, there customer service Is great also I really enjoy dealing with them.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matthew Shelton
    My experience with 1&1has been so abysmalthat I wouldn't consider doing business with them ever again - it has just been with domains but it has been so bad that I certainly wouldn't trust them with hosting either

    - how about never getting the billing right for domain renewal even after sending them a registered letter to their CEO?
    How about them holding the domains hostage, even though I gave up and let them expire? (and some of these I guarantee you are of no commercial value and so no reason to keep them hostage - 1&1 keeps renewing them themselves). If I login they want a $200 fee permission line with paypal before doing anything else - I could go on -what a nightmare they are.
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    Hostgator has improved after some rough patches
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  • Profile picture of the author RandyChen
    Namecheap is good for buying domains, they give you 1 year free whoisguard. Hostgator is decent, there was 1 time when all of my blogs were down for a few hours which caused me to lose out on some sales.
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  • Profile picture of the author brenda221
    It's been a sad reality for a long time that free hosting sites are no longer a viable option. You have to be careful how much you pay though since many paid services are expensive and provide features you don't really need for a simple website - like readymade social site scripts when you just want to put up a few informational pages about your service. So i think the answer depends on the type of website you want to set up. Personally, I had a good experience with both reseller and VPS plans in the past, but I'm currently looking for cheaper options.
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  • Profile picture of the author NellyColby
    As far as I know, free hosting is not reliable. Paid hosting instead seems more serious. If you can take the risk of losing you sites, you can go on with free hosting, but I think it is not worthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author asaolo
    I always go with namecheap.
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  • Profile picture of the author RogueOne
    Believe it or not, some of us still have ethics!
    True.

    People who are basically dishonest, assume everyone else is too.
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  • Profile picture of the author duplication
    hostgator weebly ixwebhosting many more
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  • Profile picture of the author JRJWrites
    Thanks for the replies, but I've already got my domains and my hosting!

    For those interested, I used Namecheap to buy the domain name, HostGator to host it, WordPress to build it, and Genesis as the paint job. If you would like a detailed list about the plugins, etc, that I use, just PM me and I'm happy to tell you.
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  • Profile picture of the author kennytan
    I can give you a free cpanel hosting on my VPS and for domain, you can either get it from namecheap.com , godaddy.com or 1and1
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  • Hi, bluehost and hostgator are both good but if you compared them deeper, you will find a cheaper hosting with the same services- justhost. it is the same as bluehost , even the staff are the same.
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  • Profile picture of the author domainarama
    If you buy expired domains (what? you don't! really?) you're almost locked into Godaddy. The same has to be said for selling domains. Most buyers (except at the super premium end) expect Godaddy transfer. Learn to live with their upsells. It's the price you have to pay.

    If you want free hosting let me know. You will eventually come to me for psychotherapy.

    Google/Blogger free hosting is good for certain websites. If your website falls into that class, don't hesitate. Don't give me that stuff that Blogger eats your sites without a trace. If you have a legit site that doesn't try to stretch the rules, you're safe.
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  • Profile picture of the author masterqif
    I recommend you Bluehost and Fatcow
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