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Old Feb 13, 2008, 03:11 AM   #1
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A Small Orange vs HostGator/Namecheap vs MyDomain vs GoDaddy

I've narrowed down two webhosts for a basic, personal portfolio site with a few images, pdf resume, etc., and I need help deciding.

If I go with A Small Orange I would get the Tiny plan at $25 and if I go with HostGator I will pay $4.95 per month for the Hatchling plan.

I really like the cost of ASO but I'm not sure if it's enough space and bandwidth. I like all the positive ratings for HostGator and it seems like you get a lot more for your money.

As for domains I'm not sold yet on either Namecheap, MyDomain or GoDaddy. I don't like the $7 WhoIs Privacy fee but a lot of people seem to recommend GoDaddy.

Thanks for any advice you may have!!
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 03:15 AM   #2
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godaddy has been nothing but good to me. I use free hosting http://www.000webhost.com/ I really like them, no problems, enough for my personal needs.

When I set people up I usually use godaddy and they are as I said nothing but great.
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 03:25 AM   #3
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If you're only wanting web hosting, then ASO are highly recommendable. Their email hosting, however, is a lot less satisfactory and was a dealbreaker for me (they're far too fond of aggressive blocklists and were failing to deliver large amounts of legit email).

I've had good experiences with MyDomain, 1&1 and GoDaddy, though.
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 09:50 AM   #4
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i had both hostgator and ASO and i gave up on both - neither were bad exactly, but they were not great either. i now use a no-overselling host called medialayer.com - exceptionally fast, much better uptime and issues are resolved in minutes. having said that, its a lot more expensive than ASO or hostgator. but what i have learned in my travels is that a cheaper host that does not work very well is worthless. i rely on my hosting as a part of my business (graphic design) and the extra money spent is well worth it.

and not to hijack the thread, i have always used godaddy but i am starting to wonder if that was a bad idea, there seems to be a lot of negativity around them... can anyone explain exactly why godaddy is not a good choice for domains?
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Old Feb 13, 2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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after reading lots of threads and recommendations i finally decided on going with a small orange and name cheap

i'm excited! thanks!
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Old Aug 29, 2013, 03:29 PM   #6
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Hostgator for Hosting & GoDaddy for Domain

Why not just buy domain with Hostgator too? I would recommend going with HostGator for hosting and then (if you must) GoDaddy for buying the Domain.

I actually did a comparison of these two companies found here: Go Daddy vs HostGator - HostGator usually comes out on top.
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A lot of hosts will also give a free domain when you sign up for hosting.

And honestly...a host is a host. You might get a better deal some places, and GoDaddy is a massive pain to deal with as far as hosting, but in general there's not much difference from one to the other.
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Old Sep 1, 2013, 06:45 PM   #8
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Why not just buy domain with Hostgator too? I would recommend going with HostGator for hosting and then (if you must) GoDaddy for buying the Domain.

I actually did a comparison of these two companies found here: Go Daddy vs HostGator - HostGator usually comes out on top.
It's usually recommended to buy your domains from a different provider than your hosting. You don't have to, but most people I've talked to recommend it. GoDaddy is garbage though, give NameCheap a try. I transferred my stuff to them from GoDaddy a couple years ago and haven't looked back.

For hosting, you can't beat A Small Orange. I've been with them for a while now and they are awesome.
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Old Sep 2, 2013, 07:50 AM   #9
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I'm using HostGator for web-hosting, I totally vote for them.. They are not cheap but services are very good, servers are very fast, CP easy to use... I also use 1and1 webhost and i can say that they are a little worse then HostGator: their CP is confusing and slow sometimes, and they have been hacked several times..

And for the domain registrar, I'm using Namecheap and they are very good..
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I've been with ASO for nearly a decade. I can only recall one incident that resulted in downtime; the server I was on experienced a hardware failure. It was resolved within a few hours, and they named the replacement server after one of my favorite characters from The Walking Dead.

Also highly recommend NameCheap for a registrar if you don't want to go through ASO. I can't stress enough that you should avoid GoDaddy at all costs.
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I like and have used Hostgator AND Justhost ( to throw a new one in the mix for you ).

I usually just get the free domain name through hostgator or justhost. Never had a problem transferring them to another host.
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