best web host to use

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by madisun, Dec 12, 2008.

  1. madisun macrumors newbie

    Dec 12, 2008
    I have a small general contracting/custom homebuilding business for which I need to set up a website. I'm completely new at doing this....

    Does anyone have any suggestions for the best web host to use? I will just be using my site to showcase project photos and collect contact/e-mail address information for a newsletter and marketing mailers. I think I'd like to use a web site building program provided by the web host to build my site since I've never done this before. Any thoughts on that?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    The topic of choosing a web host has been discussed here a number of times. Please use the forum search to seek them out. There's a lot of information if you search. You can also look through the stickies in this forum, which are also linked in my signature.

    As far as tools a host provides for building a site, they generally are junk from my experience. Look in the stickies for applications to make a site as well. If you have a Mac and iLife you can use iWeb to make a site. It doesn't require web design experience for the most part.

    If you're wanting to do more intense development, like using a database to store your mailing list information you'll likely need to learn a bit more. There's some stuff already out there that you can install, but you still need to know some things to get it up and working. Google is your friend.
  3. Maximillian macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    #3 is rather cheap, so that's a plus. That's where I send clients with low bandwidth/server needs.
  4. chris200x9 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 3, 2006
    I second that I use it and rather like it :D
  5. SelfMadeCelo macrumors regular


    Sep 9, 2008
    Tulare, CA
    i've been using hostgator recently and it's pretty good. plus their support is quick to answer questions and solve problems
  6. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    #6 - I've used them for years for hosting all my sites/projects/clients. Fast, friendly customer service too.

    Whatever you do stay away from iPowerWeb.

    PS Shouldn't we make hosting a sticky? This is a very common question..
  7. HomeBru Studios macrumors member

    HomeBru Studios

    Jun 4, 2008
    It depends on what other apps you may need easy access to in the future (ie blog, ecommerce, forum, etc). I use MochaHost because they have a rich selection of apps and also support Ruby on Rails.
  8. theappleguy macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2005
    There is a list of recommended ones in a sticky - but for some reason most people don't think to check there.

    In answer to your question, I'd suggest TJR Networks. Given it is a business website, I'd try and stay away from ultra budget hosts, it isn't worth the risk if you can afford better.
  9. BollywooD macrumors 6502


    Apr 27, 2005
    I have used bluehost for the past 3 years with no problems whatsoever.

    I am currently hosting about 10 sites on the 1 plan,
    The support is great, and answered very quickly.
    Its one of the better priced plans around at the moment too.
  10. sunday macrumors member

    May 18, 2008
  11. Maximillian macrumors 6502

    Oct 12, 2008
    MT is a bit pricey for a small/less traffic'd sites.

    I'd only get MT hosting if you know you'll be getting major traffic spikes.
  12. majorp macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2005
    UK !!!
  13. bntz313 macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    #13, I dont know if you can use it for a business but I use it for my portfolio
  14. Melrose Suspended


    Dec 12, 2007
    Generally, I think it's best to stay away from cheap hosts - I know you get bad service at times either way you go. I checked them out a while ago, and several of the sites I found that recommended them highly were actually hosted and owned by them, which I found a bit underhanded.
  15. bntz313 macrumors 6502

    Jul 11, 2007
    I have used it for 4 months now and it's been down once to fix the sever, it's good for what I need and I'm broke.
  16. Slovak macrumors regular

    Jul 26, 2008
    +1 for A Small Orange (Affiliate link)

    Use following coupons to save some $$ on your order:

    Saveme5 for $5 off
    save15off for 15% off
  17. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2005

    Another for ASmallOrange. Incredible customer service.
  18. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    You are selling things that cost how much?? And you can't spend 0.1% to pay a professional? When people like me see your web site, its quality or lack thereof will tell about the quality of lack thereof of your home building. You need an absolute first class and tasteful web site.

    Let me put this another way: Could you well me where is a good place to buy lumber? I figure I'll need it and yes and any tips on how to nail it together so I can build a house. I plan to use this house to show off my design skills to potential clients so it has to look good. I's pretty clear that if I have to ask such basic questions I'm not going to be building anything that would impress anyone.

    OK seriously now. Most businesses would budget marketing as some ratio of earnings. So set a realistic budget. Next, when you select a web designer what you are selecting for is not their technical abilty. It don't take much of that to do what you need. But you should be looking at their graphic design skills. You are hiring a graphic artest who will design the public facing side of your business. If there is anything you want to look good it's that.
  19. eleven2brett macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2008
    Thanks Melrose!

    I would give you my input on the subject, but it's rather biased. I will say that we have a 20% special this month ;).
  20. michaelsviews macrumors 65816

    Sep 25, 2007
    New England
    ASmallOrange, for 3 years now. Support is awesome, Service is # 1

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