Webhosting Research


Given all the web work I’m doing I thought I might go to a dedicated server. So I contact my host Dreamhost about it and they said they were full right now and wouldn’t be able to get me a server until after the new year when their datacenter has been expanded.

I had listened to the DiggNation podcast this morning and one of their sponsors is GoDaddy. I use GoDaddy for all my domains without problem and thought I’d look at their host. Wow is it cheap.

Now comes the object lesson. I went to Google’s Blog Search and searched for GoDaddy hosting. Comments not so good. A few people liked them, but many had serious problems with them. People had their domains locked. Hosting was considered slow and the config interface bad.

The power of blogs. I trust bloggers opinions better than any other source. GoDaddy got a bad rap from them, so it is out.

So I’m not willing to trust them right now. Especially for a year, which is what I was thinking I’d buy.

If anyone wants to make a suggestion I’m all ears. I love Dreamhost, but if I need it now, I may have to go somewhere else.

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  1. Scott says:

    I use E-Christian Webhosting now, but used to use WebstrikeSolutions. Both are very inexpensive, with great customer service and uptime.



    Webstrike’s only downside is that they are located in Australia (though their servers are actually in Dallas!), so there can be some minor timestamp issues when FTPing files. On the whole, I would heartily recommend either of them.

  2. Jeff says:

    I did some hosting research a few months ago, before I had relly grasped blogging, and read through a couple of forums. Forums are also a great source of real world experiences and opinions. Several people recommended Micfo and a couple of others. I sent enquiries to 3. Micfo came back the quickest with answers, early in the morning US time – they have 24/7 support. When they offered a special deal (email me for deets) I took it.

    Then just the other day, I read about the GoDaddy cheap hosting prices on a blog. My sister had just asked me about hosting, so I punched “godaddy hosting” into http://www.technorati.com and also got mixed results, so we are going with http://www.micfo.com for her site too.

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