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I’m Asking You – Web Hosting Recommendation?

I’ve been using the same hosting company for years. But it might be time to move.

The current plan

We’re running two separate sites with our host, and it costs $4/month for each one. Plus we pay about $20/year for each .com domain – that includes a $9 fee for private whois info. Adding another site adds $4/month. I can host unlimited sites for $24/month, but that just seems steep to me.

For one year of hosting and domain registration, we’re paying about $136. Now that I’m thinking about adding a site or two, there must be a better option.

My requirements

Here’s what I’m looking for in a host:

  • WordPress
  • PHP & MySQL (kind-of a given, if WordPress is supported)
  • Multiple domains on one account (at least 5, but preferably unlimited)
  • Cheap rates (less than $8/month, if possible)
  • No longer than 12-month prepayment (our current hosting is monthly payment with no setup fee, but that seems pretty rare)
  • Kick-butt customer service
  • Impressive uptime
  • Decent bandwidth and storage space

What do you suggest?

I’ve done a bit of browsing around the net, but the options are just mind-boggling. I figured this would be a good time to tap your brains.

What host do you use, and why? What host(s) did you wrong? Let’s talk in the comments!

If you have an affiliate link, please include it in your comment. If I go with your host, I’ll be sure to use that link. If multiple people post links to the same host, I’ll likely use the link from the most helpful commenter.

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20 Responses to “I’m Asking You – Web Hosting Recommendation?”

  1. bwb
    May 19th, 2007

    Might try our site to find reviews and so on, http://www.webhostingunleashed.com

  2. Molly
    May 19th, 2007

    I use Textdrive. They started up a few years ago. You can host 5 domains for $99 a year. The support community really feels like a community.. that’s a cool thing about them. Service has been solid, and they have everything you need to run WordPress.

    The thing I have been most impressed with has been the reduction in the amount of spam I get. They have some kick-ass server magic in place that keeps a lot of it out.

  3. Andrew Flusche
    May 19th, 2007


    Thanks for the link. I’ll definitely check out your site.


  4. Andrew Flusche
    May 19th, 2007

    Hi Molly,

    Thanks for the recommendation. I’ll look into Textdrive. It could be a good solution for me. :)

    Thanks for commenting,

  5. chris
    May 19th, 2007

    I’ve used Site5 and RailsPlayground and would recommend either for hosting, although RailsPlayground is a little more geared towards development.

  6. Jake
    May 19th, 2007

    I personally have had good luck with 1&1.

  7. Ponn Sabra
    May 19th, 2007

    Hey Andrew!

    I’ve been using Thirdsphere for 3 years now and while I looked at comparable webhosts in the past couple of months with my move to WP in March, I’m still stuck on Thirdsphere!

    Here are 2 reviews I did on my blog:
    full review. Talk about killer CS, Miguel the CEO responded to my review :-)

    a review just on their automatic responder system.

    T answer your questions here in the comments:
    Yes, to all your above concerns.
    Massive space!

    As for cheap prices: I’ve found no comparable option to Thirdsphere being the ultimate e-commerce package:
    - webhost, unlimited domain/subdomains and email accounts
    - ultimate autoresponder system with unlimited campaigns
    - full-blown affiliate and affiliate marketing software
    - incredible testing & tracking software
    - and much, much more!

    All this for an affordable $24.95/month.

    As you know, I have a *huge* site, and Thirdsphere is prepared to help it get 10-times bigger.

    When a webhost owner asked me to highly consider her hosting service, she took a look at my acount, and she couldn’t even assure she could move everything, becuase I have so much. We ultimately agreed that Thirdsphere serves me *extremely* well as an internet marketer. Blogging is only one-aspect of my online business. Information products, affiliate marketing and managing, ezines, eCourses, etc. is much more. And comparable autoresponder programs costs as high as $119/month!

    Good luck on your decision.

    Feel free to ask me anything :-)

  8. Andrew Flusche
    May 19th, 2007

    You guys are great! Thanks for all the recommendations. The awesome thing is that I didn’t know about any of these options, until you suggested them. That means I definitely have lots more research and reading to do. But information is a great thing!

    Thanks again,

  9. ben
    May 20th, 2007

    You might consider looking at Dreamhost. They meet most of your criteria, although they suffer somewhat on the customer service aspect of it. However, what I love about them is that it’s cheap, generally reliable, and that I can host unlimited domains on one account for less than $10/month. Bandwidth and disk limits are huge, so no worries there either.

  10. Andrew Flusche
    May 20th, 2007


    Thanks a ton for the recommendation. I’ve definitely looked into Dreamhost a bit. I’ll check into it some more, now that you mention it.

    Take care,

  11. Marina
    May 21st, 2007

    I’ve been with NetFronts for going on six years now. They have a really convenient “Webmaster” pricing plan that allows you to host multiple sites via one administrative interface for a lower price than to host each site under its own account. (Over the years I’ve grown from their basic Linux single account to their Linux Webmaster 20). They don’t require prepayment and don’t have a setup fee, but you get a discount for paying either three or twelve months in advance.

    Their phone/email customer support is truly fantastic and in six years I can’t recall experiencing an outage–I’m sure they go down from time to time, as all hosts do, but I know they’re prepared to fix any problems the second they come up.


  12. Andrew Flusche
    May 21st, 2007

    Hi Marina,

    Thanks for providing the information about NetFronts. I just checked into them. Unfortunately, I think $17.95/month for the webmaster plan is a bit high for my budget. Perhaps I’m being a tight-wad. :)

    Thanks for commenting,

  13. investorblogger
    May 24th, 2007

    Andrew, I run InvestorBlogger on InvestorBlogger’s Referral Link @ Dreamhost. I actually like them.

    Large bandwidth, large space (much bigger than other hosts, so great for photographs, etc). unlimited domains, too. I only pay $7.95 a month as prepaid for 2 years. Suits me well. Been with them nearly 3 years.

    If you’re interested, I could provide a coupon to get a first year discount of that, though there are plenty of dreamhost coupons on the net.

  14. Andrew Flusche
    May 25th, 2007

    Hi Kenneth,

    I’ve definitely looked into Dreamhost. My only beef is that the best rate requires 2-years prepaid. I’m curious what kind-of coupon you might have, though. I’m just reluctant to invest that much money in a company that I have no personal experience with.


  15. investorblogger
    May 25th, 2007

    Actually, Andrew, I understand your hesitation!

    I didn’t sign up for a 2 year account at first. I signed up for a 1 year and upgraded my pricing later on, when I better understood what I was dealing with. Actually, I chose the 3rd plan, when I upgraded, but I had to start cutting costs last summer for other reasons.

    Coupons… Well, you can find coupons that reduce your costs to very little.
    for example: if you pay for a year rate: about $120, then a promo of max discount would get you 97 off, leaving about $23 left for 12 months hosting. Not too shabby, eh?

    There are websites that market such deals! My own discount would not be so generous, but then I’d be happy to provide after sales care as much as I can.

    Best Wishes

  16. Andrew Flusche
    May 25th, 2007

    Hi Kenneth,

    I really appreciate the further information. I see that there’s also a 97-day money back guarantee. That gives me a little more assurance that I can get out if things don’t work for me.

    I think I’ll contact you off-blog, to see what discount you could offer.


  17. Adas
    January 8th, 2008

    godaddy.com has some good domain & hosting rates. Reviews anybody?

  18. WordPress Made Easy
    July 10th, 2008

    I may be a little late for this, but I’ve used and reviewed a bunch of different webhosts. Here’s a link to my reviews.


    I’m constantly adding more as I test them. Any hosts you want me to test? Leave me a comment and I’ll add it to my queue.

    Adas, my blog is currently running on Godaddy’s server and so far I’d have to say it’s good. Not much to complain about yet. 3 more months for the godaddy test. I’ll post an update when the time comes.

  19. Toto web hosting
    July 11th, 2008

    you may want to try with totonet at http://www.totoidc.com/en/

  20. Jesse
    June 12th, 2009

    for amazing support, uptime, cheap prices, I can only recommend Chime Host. So far i haven’t seen any other host offer such a low price.

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