Note: All of the web hosts listed here have plans starting at just under 10 bucks a month (except for LiquidWeb which has plans starting around $15 a month).
They’re pretty much the default web hosting provider for webmaster newbies and professionals alike. And their name is practically synonymous with cheap, reliable web hosting. Also, they don’t censor or restrict content so long as it’s legal in the U.S. You’d be surprised how many web hosts suspend web sites on a whim. (See Bluehost review below.) But they are not perfect. Like any web host, they get bad reviews–mostly from people who are trying to run high traffic web sites on an $8 a month account, which is unreasonable.
Hostgator offers many server solutions for web sites that attract tens of thousands (and hundreds of thousands) of visitors a month, but their more high-end offerings often receive mixed reviews. Remember, this is a budget web host, and if you have modest demands and an equally modest budget, Hostgator is your best bet.
But if you demand top notch service and are willing to pay for it you would be better off with a more upscale provider like LiquidWeb (See review below).
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If for any reason we fail to meet our SLA commitments, you will receive a credit for 10 times (1,000%) the actual amount of time you were affected.
LiquidWeb charges a premium for premium service and support. Their most basic plan starts at around 15 dollars a month (Hostgator and Dreamhost charge half as much). But they respond to tech support requests within 30 minutes (24 hours a day, seven days a week) and guarantee 100% server uptime, which is very rare among web hosts, hence their premium pricing.
They can be intimidating to anyone who isn’t technology-inclined, but for those who run demanding, high-traffic web sites (like Dooce.com, Hotscripts and Gameplanet) LiquidWeb offers a comprehensive array of enterprise server solutions (including VPS and dedicated servers) to meet almost every conceivable need.
They were once the premier web host in North America, but that was during 90s at the start of the dot-com boom. They no longer receive unanimous praise for their services, but that’s probably because their competitors are now giving them a run for their money.
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Bluehost and HostMonster
They’re based in Utah and owned by Mormons. Seriously. And they have a morality clause in their Terms of Service agreement that allows them to arbitrarily delete websites they find “objectionable”–even having the word “sex” on your web site is considered “adult content.” And they force customers to censor their blogs if readers post any “bad” words.
The company’s bizarre content policies were even the subject of a Newsweek story after they suspended a bunch of political blogs. Otherwise, it was a solid web host.
GoDaddy, iPage, 1&1, FatCow, Netfirms, and DotEasy
Netfirms, Doteasy and GoDaddy didn’t earn their popularity, they bought it. And if you spend a lot of money on advertising and charge much less than everyone else, there’s probably not much money left for offering quality products and services. Don’t be fooled by their popularity. If your Google them, you will quickly find they are some of the worst web hosting providers in the market.
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