Sunday, June 15, 2008

Shared hosting recommendations and advices

Now I am not an experienced webmaster or blogger. I have only been blogging for like 6 months. In my quest to have my own domain and hosting, I have read many reviews, recommendations and advices regarding choice of web hosts and features to look out for. I shall offer my thoughts about shared hosting here.

If you are looking to get your first domain and hosting, I recommend that you buy a shared hosting. The prices of shared hosting may range from a few dollars to over $100 per year. You will want to choose a company with good reputations, I can easily name more than 5 hosting companies which you can trust the fate of your websites to: Hostgator, DreamHost, LunarHosting, HostMonster, IXWebHosting and BlueHost.

There are many things to consider before getting a hosting account, such as:
  • how many domains are allowed (usually 1 main domain, several add-on domains)
  • stability of the host (all hosts I mentioned above have close to 99.9% uptime, I think)
  • bandwidth (different people may have different needs, depends also on type of sites)
  • support (most top hosts now have live chat support, phone support, support ticketing sytem)
So far I only have experience with normal website hosting, I think most hosting companies would offer separate package for other types of hosting such as file hosting, image hosting, proxy hosting, etc. As for normal website hosting, the features that you should expect to have on a shared hosting account are:
  • cPanel (most popular control panel for hosting account)
  • PHP
  • MySQL
  • Fantastico
  • Stats
I have personally purchased a shared hosting account from Hostgator. It is not the most affordable hosts around, but it has received many positive reviews in recent months. I can testify to its promise of 99.9% uptime and good support (there is a live chat support available). I have not tried other hosting companies but I have read enough reviews about them that I am confident to list them as my personal top 10 choice of web hostings.

Finally, if you can afford it, do seriously consider the hostings which I have mentioned above. Paying slightly more to ensure the stability of your sites is a good investment. I will also let you in on a secret, I mentioned those hosting companies not only because their prices are affordable, their hostings are stable and their supports are excellent. I mentioned them because they leave an impression on me, some of them have great sign-up offers to attract customers such as free domain, free advertising credits (Google AdWord and others), free setup and other free gifts. So, shop wisely, take your time to evaluate your options, ask for advices from more experienced folks and select the best shared hosting package for yourself. Good luck buying your own hosting :)
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zbaseball16 said...

If you want the most bang for your buck definetly go with hostmonster. With it you get a free domain registration, $50 Adsense card, $50 yahoo ads, and great tools.

BobbyT said...

The free domain registration is but a small motivation factors. IMHO, the free advertising money is worth much more than free domain for life.

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