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Old Apr 9, 2014, 12:13 PM   #26
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Old Jun 24, 2014, 08:35 AM   #27
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Wait, wait, wait.

The first thing you have to learn is that everything can change everyday. That's why you don't base your choice on old suggestions, like the first on this thread.

A Small Orange, Dreamhost, FatCow, HostGator, BlueHost and others were bought by EIG, Endurance International Group. If you do some research on internet you'll find that EIG hosts don't have a good reputation. After they were bought by EIG, a lot of customers complain about a significant reduction of the quality of service, support, uptime, speed.
Probably two or more years ago they were good, but today you can find too complaints to say that they are the best providers you can go with.

Do your homework, make your research (reading recent reviews) and take your conclusions.

If I can chose, I'll stay away from EIG hosts today.

Fortunately there are a reliable EIG hosting alternatives, but it depends on your needs.

What are your requirements?
  • Disk space
  • Bandwidth
  • Databases
  • Email accounts
  • 1-click CMS installer (for WordPress and others)
  • Backup
  • Domains, subdomains and addon domains
  • Shared, VPS, Dedicated hosting
  • Budget

Then search on hosting forum like webhostingtalk.com the most reliable hosting.

Now check hosting that fits your needs and remove the others.

Read recent reviews of that providers on hosting forums and then compare them.

Finally, make your choice and ask pre-sales questions to have a first contact with your future hosting provider.

Simple? No, and it is also time consuming. But it is important to do, it is about your business future, so invest your time on it.

Some tips.
  • Search reviews on hosting forums, you can find honest reviews and also experts that can answer to your questions
  • Avoid blog posts or "top 10 site" because usually they are made only to earn money
  • Search for a money back guarantee, at least 30+ days
  • Don't take the free domain (if host offer it to you), buy it from another provider (domain registrar, such as GoDaddy or NameCheap)
  • Pay monthly, at least at the beginning. It should be simpler to change hosting in case of problems

There are a lot of other tips, I suggest you to read an online free web hosting guide to read them and to avoid the most common mistakes in web hosting purchasing, saving money and time.
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Old Jun 25, 2014, 01:29 AM   #28
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After a long string of different shared hosting sites, ending with Bluehost, I'm now on a VPS (Linode). I just prefer to have a legitimately dedicated server (albeit virtual) with a truly sandboxed environment.

Not to mention it's my server, so I can update the OS and the applications how I please, as well as secure it tighter than shared hosting can be.
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Old Jul 1, 2014, 01:03 AM   #29
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I've gone through a fair few hosts over the years (1&1, Hosting24, 000 etc). I'm now using Bluehost (a VPS) and MediaTemple for my sites. Both highly recommended.

There's a tool here that my team put together which 'calculates' the best hosting company based on your specs, which might help?
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Old Jul 3, 2014, 10:54 PM   #30
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There's a tool here that my team put together which 'calculates' the best hosting company based on your specs, which might help?
I'm highly sceptical of any tool that doesn't know the difference between bandwidth and transfer. What that site calls bandwidth is actually transfer.

Bandwidth is the total amount of data you can push at the same time. Think the inner circumference of a water pipe.

Transfer is the amount of data that has been pushed in a given time period (usually a month). Think about the amount of water that passes through a water pipe in a month.

Oh and the security section is rubbish as well. Of course it is possible to upload malicious content to a website on a dedicated server and just relying on a firewall misses the point of most security breaches.

The vast majority of attacks are things like SQL injection attacks or cross site scripting attacks. All of which rely on the application running on server and affect shared, VPS and dedicated servers in equal measure. So make sure that applications you are running are secure as well as the server itself. This is down to the user.

Keeping installed server software up to date and not exposing unneeded services to the internet goes a long way to improve security.
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