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Recommend Web Hosting?

Can anyone recommend a good and inexpensive web hosting company?  I am thinking just for a basic web site but it must have the .NET framework so I can upload web apps.

Thanks :)

shiggins
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

webhost4life

Satisfied
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I use CrystalTech.com (please tell them I referred you if you decide to go with them).

If you read through there public forums you'll see how dedicated they are to keeping a quality infrastructure and responding to customers. The owner of the company is constantly posting in there forums.

The only negatives they have are,
-Windows Servers - I know that is a matter of opionion, but with the amount of security holes Win servers have I was nervous. But CrystalTech is dedicated to updating there stuff! (All my previous sites were on Linux/Unix, but i wanted to run my site in Coldfusion MX (they also offer ASP.NET), and CrystalTech is probably the best CFMX host that was in my price range. CrystalTech was recommended to me by a friend.)
-Control Panel and corporate web site are obviously only tested in Internet Explorer (but still work in Mozilla)

-michael.

Michael Sica (michaelsica.com)
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I found this site very helpful in my search;

http://www.webhostingratings.com/

It allows you to do an advanced search on all their referenced sites (they have quite a few), and compare all features such as price, bandwidth, storage, etc.

They also have a wealth of information on domain name registration, and other common tasks.

Nigel
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I second www.webhost4life.com.  $4.95/mo for their cheapest plan - I use their $9.95/mo plan which will get you ASP.Net w/ code-behind DLLs, SQL Server Databases, and darn near anything else you're looking for.

Greg Hurlman
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Great info everyone, thanks:)  Here's another question.  I want to move my blog from Blogger.com to wherever I decide to have my web hosted.  Are there any restrictions on that?

I guess I could google it but I am just to damn lazy today:)

shiggins
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Blogger.com can FTP to any site. The files they send are static, unless you put some scripting in them.

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I've gotten great service from www.gearhost.com.  Excellent uptime, too.

Norrick
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

"Can anyone recommend a good and inexpensive web hosting company?"

Good.
Inexpensive.

You can only choose one.

But serioulsy, I'm still searching for good webhosting at a reasonable price.  I'm still switching hosts every 12-18 months because, so far, they all suck.

Arrogant Prick
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Arrogant P

Maybe you're just one of those people that are never satisfied no matter how good the service.

Mike
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I've used AussieHosts.com for two years, and they've been good. Their level of service is outstanding - support requests are usually responded to within a few minutes.

If you want to put a blog on there, be aware that AussieHosts do not permit MoveableType to be installed (apparently it's a severe resource hog).

burninator
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

Thanks burn.  That's kind of what I was wondering about (MoveableType, .Text, etc).

I decided to go with webhost4life.com.  Thanks to those who recommended it.  It definately has all that I am currently looking for.  If either of you wants to email me your name, I will happily let them know who recommended it to me.  They do ask so maybe you'll get a prize! :P

shiggins
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I suggested webhost4life first but I don't claim the prize :-) They are excellent, the customer service is outstanding.

I'm sure you will recommend their service to anyone once you learnt how good they are.

Satisfied
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I was in the same position of needing .Net/Sql Server hosting for my company Site. Most searches on the Web point towards WebHost4Life, and having taken others advice as such, they really are fantastic. The level of control you have over your Site is second to none. From setting up sub-domains, to administering your databases, its all easy and free.
I have gone for the 20 dollars bees-knees hosting. BTW --> this allows you to register COM components, etc. This has made me wonder about the possibility of hosting FogBugz on a WebHost4Life shared hosting plan. Has anybody else attempted this?

MattOffSoftware
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I also recommend crystaltech highly. We've hosted www.graphpad.com with crystaltech for several years, first on a shared server and now with two solo servers. They are great in every way, with very reasonable prices. Windows only.

Harvey Motulsky
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

I won't recommend a specific host, but here are my recommendations for what to look for when hunting:

1. Check out some sites hosted by that company, and talk to some web masters. 

2. See how responsive their sales staff is to questions by asking a few. Run quickly from any place that sends an automated response instead of answering with a human.

3. Make sure it's possible to get physical access to the site.  A good host will even let prospective clients tour the site.  This is important no so much because you'll need physical access, but because a good web host can go bad in a hurry if the management changes. If they'll have to worry about seeing you in church or at the grocery store, they're a lot less likely to blow you off.

Clay Dowling
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

> Make sure it's possible to get physical access to the site.  A good host will even let prospective clients tour the site.

Is this necessary when his requirements are for an "inexpensive web hosting of a basic web site"?

SC
Tuesday, January 20, 2004

If he also wants reliable service, then my criteria are important.  I've bounced between several hosts, and the only one I've been able to stay with, that didn't give me the shaft, was also one I could reach easily.  It's also dirt cheap to host with the company that I'm with.

Clay Dowling
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

My company uses http://www.dellhost.com/ . They've been very reliable over the past 3 years that we've been with them. Great tech support, nice control panel, good uptime, OK prices.

Chi Lambda
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

I would avoid http://www.Bluehill.com (formerly called "Blueberry Hill Communications").  See, for example:

http://www.snopes.com/inboxer/scams/bhcom.htm

I would also avoid DigiHost.com.

I've had unpleasant experiences with both of these companies.

Web-hosting really seems to attract people who are either incompetent, or con artists, or both.

Been there, done that
Wednesday, January 21, 2004

Take a look at www.dotnetpark.com We use it for 17 months. The best support team and low (the lowest?) price.

Enroth
Sunday, February 08, 2004

I second the suggestion to avoid Digihost. I have used them for a number of years. They were fine until about a year ago. Now they are unreliable and unresponsive.

disgruntled
Friday, April 02, 2004

sharpwebservices.com died on me. oh and it was bad. avoid avoid. but apparently its dead for good, or something. but it was good up until a few months before death. so i guess if your server starts sucking suddenly, keep an eye out for rapid decline and backup frequently.

also disgruntled
Wednesday, June 23, 2004

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