Hosting recommendations? [Merged]

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by maco55, Aug 16, 2016.

  1. maco55 macrumors member

    Jun 28, 2009
    I bought a domain name and starting my own blog/porfolio, what's a good, reliable hosting should I go with as a starter?
  2. longname macrumors newbie

    Feb 1, 2014
    Hostgator is the best! Cheap and ez, good support.
  3. MonsterUniverse macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2015
    You can try asphostportal. They are stable and reliable. Hope it helps!
  4. nfable macrumors regular


    Apr 9, 2007
    Hostgator and godaddy blow - overcrowded servers and exploits all the time, and you'll be on servers hosting spammy sites which will originate from the same ip as your site whih will work against you. is pretty cool, I use them for web hosting my clients. They're on top of things, just migrated servers to all SSD. Bluehost ain't that bad from my experiences.

    If you've never hosted you own before make sure you security is in check, no matter where you host...

    If thinking WordPress check these security recommendations.

    You could just do a squarspace site and not worry about security / maintaining the nuts n bolts of your web site and focus on the content. With a year hosting, they give you a domain name.
  5. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    My previous employer used to host via Hostgator, every time we had to contact them, their support staff would be half asleep and take hours to resolve a minor detail such as a manual payment by credit card.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Hostgator, like a high number of providers is owned by EIG, which has a awful reputation for hosting. Customer support, is horrid, over promising, under delivering. I would avoid any EIG owned companies.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    You can overpay for hosting but it is a certainty that, with low cost hosting, you don't get what you don't pay for and "you're on your own".
  8. SparkFlash macrumors 6502


    Feb 15, 2013
    I host most recently with Hostgator and MediaTemple. With my media temple account we had went viral on social media over night and quickly had to upgrade. Media temple took care of this quickly and easily over the phone. They earned a lot of my respect quickly. Made me look like a hero for the client involved. Hostgator I consider lower end and it does its job. No real issues with them. So if I had to vote for one, Mediatemple.
  9. iPaintCode macrumors regular


    Jun 24, 2012
    Metro Detroit
    Media Temple is one of the better hosting companies but in today's market they're overpriced. (Unless you take FULL advantage of a shared plan's options) If you're just doing a static site (well you can go get clever and add CMS like features) there's always github pages via My favorite host and has been getting better and better is DigitalOcean, they offer so many configurations for a low price but it's a little more savvy since it does require more configuration, hope you know CLI. DigitalOcean even makes it cake to setup a server that fits your needs, MEAN stack or just Node, RoR, WP (if that's your thing) and a ton of other options.

    Though if you're going static you really can't beat github pages.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I recently signed up to DO and I've been happy, admittedly my needs are very simple but they were very helpful in getting my site off the ground. Even though its unmanaged, there's plenty of KB articles, and if you get stuck, they were there to help.
  11. vbctv macrumors 6502


    Sep 25, 2013
    Cleveland, OH
    I was with Hostgator for many years but recently switched to A2 Hosting, they seem alot better and faster. Almost a year now since the switch.
  12. jonnysods macrumors 603


    Sep 20, 2006
    There & Back Again
    Same. Was with HG since 2009 and switched to A2 in May this year. So thankful I did!
  13. MechaSpanky macrumors 6502


    Sep 11, 2007
    I used Bluehost before and I was very happy with them. The prices were decent (I don't know if they were the cheapest but very reasonable) and the customer service was good. I had a pretty good experience using them.
  14. MonsterUniverse macrumors newbie

    Feb 6, 2015
    If you use blog (wordpress) then you can find hosting provider that support Wordpress. I have good experience with asphostportal. Other option is WPEngine, but they are expensive.
  15. Michael Anthony macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2012
    Hostgator and Bluehost are good but I don't have a lot of experience with them, Godaddy can be a bit confusing and expensive if you want performance, but it's what I've settled with for a lot of sites and once you get used to its' quirks I haven't had any major issues, the one time I did call tech support it was probably the best tech support call I've ever come across, and I've never had any downtime because of issues on their end. I do pay $10/month extra for a dedicated IP address though and more on top of that for extra resources, if you want pure performance and know what you're doing, Hurricane Electric ( does very well and I've combined it with a domain name from Godaddy before. I think I got 6 IP addresses and was paying $150USD/month for a dedicated server
  16. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    #16 is really good.
    Just thought I'd add it to the mix as it had not been mentioned yet.

    I've used GoDaddy ( nearly forked my brain through my eye socket on that account ), Justhost, HostGater, Bluehost ( and they are great (even fantastic) for low bandwidth sites.

    Good luck

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  17. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    Seriously, how many people will read your blog? How many of them will be reading simultaneously? I assume just a handful at best. If you have a good internet connection at home. Buy a $200 Sinology NAS and put the site on that at your home.
  18. dolphin842 macrumors 65816

    Jul 14, 2004
    GitHub or GitLab can host a statically-generated blog/website for free. You can even generate the site server-side if you want (using Jekyll on GitHub or pretty much any static site generator on GitLab).

    If you're looking to use WordPress or a similar server-side setup, then you'd need to go the traditional hosting route. is probably the cheapest way to get started, as you pay only for the storage/bandwidth/resources you actually use. Their pings seem worse than other options (60ms vs. 20ms from my location), and you have to pay for support, but if you know your way around a command prompt or even just basic FTP, you shouldn't need it. They have a lot of documentation for their control panel as well.
  19. Silverjerk macrumors member

    May 7, 2015
    I also recommend DigitalOcean, you really can't go wrong with their platform.
  20. Teon macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2016
    used this hosting - normal service, can recommend
  21. yaboyjay65 macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2016
    A Small Orange. Best people EVER. Awesome customer service, they're always kind and prompt... live chat is great. Also, they're inexpensive and you get a lot of bang for the buck. You can install any platform you want too!
  22. KarmaRocket macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    I'm with Site5 right now, but considering switching to

    Siteground seems to get good reviews and still an independent company, as far as I know. Site5 got bought out by a company that is buying a lot of other hosting companies and that usually bothers me, as service and features seem to go down.
  23. JamieLion macrumors newbie

    Apr 22, 2016

    If you want to be hands on digital ocean is brilliant. I host a couple of client projects there.

    For the more boring stuff where i want to be hands off i use a shared account on as they have very modern hardware in a decent datacenter and the support is very very knowledgable and helpful. They have saved my butt at 2am on a deadline a few times.

    Jamie + Lion
  24. BillyBobBongo macrumors 68020


    Jun 21, 2007
    On The Interweb Thingy!
    ASmallOrange used to be good, I wouldn't recommend them anymore. When I left ASO I tried out two companies, EuroVPS and WebFaction. I'm still with WebFaction.

    As @maflynn says, EIG companies (ASmallOrange belongs to them) should be avoided.
  25. NormaWatts macrumors newbie


    Aug 31, 2018
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