Recommendations for registering and hosting?

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by kntgsp, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. kntgsp macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    I'm looking to start up a new website and also a personal blog. What are some recommendations for registering and hosting? I've heard keeping the host separate from the place you register is a good idea. Just to avoid any hijacking that I constantly read about, with them changing your service and then you being at their mercy because they control both the registering and hosting of the site.

    I was thinkint about just registering at and then maybe using a local host.

  2. caveman_uk Guest


    Feb 17, 2003
    Hitchin, Herts, UK
    A lot of people rate A small orange as a good host.

    Personally, I've used Pair networks and have found their service and uptime impeccable. My only comment is that they are a bit more expensive than many and I don't really like the way they see things like PHP as an excuse to charge even more.
  3. jelloshotgun macrumors newbie

    Oct 7, 2005
    I just started a website and I registered with since it was only $2.95 for 2 years, and they had very friendly service. They even had a guy call me to make sure everything had gone through properly.

    I also recently got hosting from which seemed to have the best deal in terms of space/bandwidth/services. I haven't experienced any problems and I like their configuration options and site management, but I also haven't been too taxing on their servers ...yet :)
  4. iGary Guest


    May 26, 2004
    Randy's House
    A Small Orange rocks.

    Run from DreamHost like the plague if you think you might even come close to using your bandwidth or you need technical support.

    One of our intrepid readers here set up a high bandwidth site on one of their "1TB Bandwidth" shared servers and started crashing other peoples sites when the bandwidth got heavy.
  5. kntgsp thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2004
    Good to know. Thanks.
  6. jalagl macrumors 6502a


    Jun 5, 2003
    Costa Rica
    A Small Orange had a lifetime promotion, you may want to check them out, it may still be available.
    I moved to ASO from another hosting company after looking at all the reviews and comments here, and have been very happy with them. :)
  7. ChrisWB macrumors 6502

    Dec 28, 2004
    I just made a thread telling the story of my search for a new host. Check it out here.

    Long story short: I like A Small Orange's cPanel set up, but their technical staff isn't very knowledgable. They are, however, polite and friendly.
  8. jsw Moderator emeritus


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    My experience with DreamHost has been very positive, but my usage of the site is mostly limited to (a) posting stuff here on MR; and (b) sharing files with family. If your bandwidth needs are reasonably small, DreamHost is very inexpensive. I've always gotten good response from their technical staff as well. They are especially attractive if you want a lot of disk space for storing files off-site (I wouldn't use them as your sole backup, but as an additional level of protection, they work fine).

    Of course, ASO is consistently well-loved and well-reviewed around here.
  9. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    I won't get into the webhost part of it, but I would suggest that you register your domain elsewhere, like Yahoo. Not only would it be cheaper, but you are not tying your domain to your host and should avoid any problems.

    Yahoo is currently running a deal for $2.99 a year for up to 5 years.
  10. amacgenius macrumors 68000


    Aug 3, 2005
    Buffalo, NY
    I'd highly recommend GoDaddy for registering your domain and either HostGator or despite what iGary has said Dreamhost for hosting (both of which I use).
  11. emaja macrumors 68000

    May 3, 2005
    Chicago, IL
    Just wondering, is there any difference between Go Daddy and Yahoo for registering a domain? Not trying to be snippy, but why pay Go Daddy $8.95 a year when you can do with Yahoo and get three years for about the same price?

    What is the criteria for a good domain registrar anyway? Should we just look for the best deal and make sure that there are no additional charges for hosting the site elesewhere?

    I am also using Dreamhost. I heard the horror stories and decided that since I could get an entire year for less than $10, if the service sucked, I would not be out much at all. Just use their anniversary coupon code of "777" to get that rate.

    And no, this is no a kickback to me, it is an offer direct from Dreamhost and I receive no money of you use that code.
  12. desenso macrumors 6502a


    May 25, 2005

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