Looking for the best web hosting

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by echo44, Jan 28, 2012.

  1. echo44 macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    So far I have narrowed it down to
    In motion
    blue host
    any advice if cost is not an option?
    Seems like it is very hard to find any reviews on the
    web that aren't on the take?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
  3. echo44 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 21, 2008
    I looked at their site they don't seem to
    have great tools for a rookie to build a web site?
    Anyone try Yahoo?
  4. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 7, 2007
    Cleveland, OH
    I have been extremely happy with my hosting @ dreamhost.
  5. zepfhyr macrumors member


    Dec 13, 2009
    Dreamhost FTW

    Agreed. I have been using them for the last several years and love them. As far as I know, they're still giving new sign-ups unlimited bandwidth and unlimited storage plans for $8.95/mo (I believe that requires a two- or three-year commitment, though. I pay $120/year).

    You can currently get a 2-week free trial here.


    Oh, and if cost is not an option, then Dreamhost has a number of excellent features that other hosts don't have. Primarily, a number one-click installs of some of the most popular software and free configuration with Google Apps.
  6. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    I wouldn't consider myself advanced, nor a rookie, but I use AngryHosting. They have some scripts you can run for auto installing joomla, wordpress, other CMSs, etc.

    If your site is just a personal site with limited viewers or anything of that sort, hosting is super cheap. Starts at $1/month for 'simplistic hosting', no commitment. 1GB storage, 10GB transfer, and hosts 1 domain.

    I personally go with 'basic hosting', only because I need an SQL database. It's $2.50/month and comes with 2.5GB storage, 25GB transfer, hosts 2 domains, etc. A lot more than I need, but yeah... needed the SQL database.

    So if you want to test the waters for a month, $1 isn't a bad deal. I've heard good things about Dreamhost though. I used to use Hostgator, but that was too expensive for my needs (definitely a lot of features though)
  7. btdpi007 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2009
    North Carolina
    +1 for Dreamhost. I've really enjoyed my experiences with them. I don't know if whether other host do this as well, but I really, really like how Dreamhost is really forthcoming regarding any issues (you can subscribe to rss, twitter, look at their site).

    I've set-up a site and maintained through SFTP and through Wordpress and every easy. Also, the integration with Google Apps was seamless. Thumbs up from me.
  8. rockden macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2012
    i have four year experience hostgator hosting company and my 100 website hosted in this company i am not doing marketing these company but i really llike these plain and prove the best deal i think yahoo hosting company much batter and i make a plain to creat a new website an taking yahoo hosting company
  9. theia macrumors newbie

    Feb 16, 2012
    I haven't tried or known anyone who host their site in Yahoo. Majority of my colleagues host their site in Blue Host and Host Gator.
  10. henrydoown macrumors newbie


    Feb 9, 2012
    Laguna Hills, CA 92653
    Now most business or developer to very important part of web hosting. Web hosting is very competitive industry. You can find very cheap hosting rate as low price available in market.
  11. MacOverWin macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    You will have to factor in many things in finding a "the best web hosting" company.

    First off, is your website dependent on uptime? That is, is this a personal or business website?

    That will help you in making a more in tuned decision. If it is a business website serving transactions etc, I would focus on a host that has a good history on what they advertise (99.9% uptime).

    Then, as always, support and customer service must be paramount.

    Another option, if you are technical enough, is hosting your own website. I currently host a few sites on mac minis and use a provider to host it in their Data Center.
  12. Jazwire macrumors 6502a


    Jun 20, 2009
    I've had hosting since 1996', had several hosts over the years.
    RackSpace is by far the best. Not even close, but you pay for it.
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  14. MacOverWin, Mar 2, 2012
    Last edited: Mar 2, 2012

    MacOverWin macrumors newbie

    Nov 24, 2009
    I have been using Clarity Web Hosting for years.

    All comes down to what you need it for. I cannot afford to be down, otherwise it will be bread and water for dinner :)
  15. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    I host my own sites with my home server, but prior to that I used GoDaddy. I am a huge fan of Bob Parsons though, so I will have to admit I am bias.
  16. 3xSolution macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2012

    Is anyone having trouble with Safari and web hosting. Intuit told me I needed to switch to Firefox or Internet Explorer. Can Mac users even use IE? What web host works with safari? What are wordpress?
  17. gwelmarten macrumors 6502

    Jan 17, 2011
    Avoid blue host at all costs.
  18. Astroboy907 macrumors 65816


    May 6, 2012
    Spaceball One
    I just went through this a few months ago. Look ate sitepoint forums, as well as http://www.webhostingtalk.com/

    I personally went with WebHostingBuzz, my second was Site5 hosting. No problems so far (1 month)

    Edit: If price is not a factor, I have heard nothing but good about MediaTemple http://mediatemple.net/
  19. Sammi :) macrumors member

    Dec 31, 2011
    Sheffield, UK
    It depends on what you need it for. Whether you're hosting a small site of your own or if you're hosting lots of sites for other people or large ones.

    I'm a web designer and I like to host my website and some websites I've made for friends or small sites for clients on Webfaction. They've been nothing but brilliant and I've been with them for a year now. Previously I used In Motion which weren't bad but being in the UK, sometimes my websites were slow because the data centres were in the US on the East Coast.
  20. PodPacker, May 15, 2012
    Last edited: May 15, 2012

    PodPacker macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006

    I love these guys! Reliable! Reliable! Reliable! (I could be on stage dancing and clapping out of breath like a certain CEO).

    24-hours-a-day-7-days-a-week customer service without waiting hours to speak with a human being.

    Dirt cheap also.
  21. oldmanwalking macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2012
    I don't know Bob Parsons. From what I've read, I don't have any interest in that changing. But. godaddy.com provides by far the best hosting service I've used. GD enables nearly effortless addition of CMS software - Joomla, Drupal, WordPress, etc. Their tech service is worth waiting for. Friendly, informed, and effective. There are so many possibilities, that it makes it worth a visit to check the site.

    There could be a smoother user interface, but it continues to improve almost weekly.
  22. Wingscofounder macrumors member

    Jul 30, 2005
    I use Squarespace.com as a platform to build and to host. Came highly recommended by a variety of podcasters, including Leo Laporte. The prices are very reasonable. Go check out their tutorials. You can even try them out for free.
    FYI, we pay them, so no kickbacks for us :D
  23. ericrwalker macrumors 68030


    Oct 8, 2008
    Albany, NY
    Yeah I hosted with them before. They are very good, and there are always coupon code available. The only thing I don't like about them is they call a lot to try to get you to set things up (hosting, email, etc...) You have to go into your account and request they don't call you.

  24. PodPacker macrumors regular


    Oct 23, 2006

    GoDaddy is the BP of web hosting.

    No one remembers what BP did to the ocean and everyone seems to have forgotten that GoDaddy was ready to roll over on everyone who used their hosting services when SOPA and PIPA threatened our cyber liberties. You don't think they will do it again? Dumb!
  25. oldmanwalking macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2012
    The question was about hosting, not about politics, ethics, or morality. GoDaddy is a great site for hosting. There were no questions about oil spills. Want the environment clean? Walk; don't ride. Or you could call those who disagree with you, "dumb".

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