I am, once again, searching for web hosting. I have had great experiance with Yahoo's service, but it is a little expensive for what I need for my personal site. I had decent experiance with tiger direct's service (www.tiger-direct-domains.com), but I have just seen much lower prices. I just recently had an AWFUL experiance with my ISP (cablevision), and am looking for a good option right now.
I am looking for the following things, and more is nice, but not at all necessary:
-500MB+ storage space -15GB+ bandwidth -A few email addresses - support for a standard FTP client (I saw some services that do not support this!) -reliable -good customer service -under $10 per month
Has anyone had good exeperiances with something like this? Otherwise I will have to go back to tiger direct, though that would not be too bad. Please reply/ email me, as I have an advertisement (being distrubted in 5 days!) for my sports photos, and nothing is worse for business than a dead website.
Take a look at GoDaddy.com. I have not had personal experience with the hosting but I do have numerous domains and e-mail with them. I have called customer service a few times and the wait was minimal, and very helpful.
Hosting is probably one of the cheapest around. Here is the link to some of their plans.
Personally, I've been very happy with 1&1 (1and1.com). The hosting plans are very affordable, and the service was good the only time I needed it.
Currently, the 1&1 Home plan includes: 10,000 MB storage 500 GB Monthly transfer 10 FTP accounts FrontPage extensions 1,000 e-mail accounts with 2 GB mailbox storage and a bunch of other stuff that doesn't mean anything to me (novice).
Plus, its only $4.99/month with a 90 day money back guarantee.
Hope you find what you are looking for.
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For Christmas, this Santa asked for a one year subscription to a website for sharing his photos with friends. My son “subscribed” me to 1and1.com . He and I have been getting increasingly frustrated trying to build something nice. You can see what we have at www.ramnaturally.com/. Any assistance/suggestions/directions will be greatly appreciated. Thanks, Dick
I had no access to the internet for a few days, so I called up a friend who got me signed up for blue host (www.bluehost.com). So far they seem great! They even called me up to confirm everything, help me get set up and transfer my domain name. The "icing on the cake" was that they were polite and knowlegable over the phone. For $6.95 a month I get 10 gigs hosting space, 250 GB bandwidth, 2500 emails and 7 bazillion other features I will never understand. I got my site running again and it is much faster now.
I am going to give Bluehost a try. I have spent too many hours researching the best host and feel like I am hitting my head against a brick wall. This will be my first website and after seeing your awesome site I feel like you must know something. Thanks
Sun 08-May-11 03:46 PM | edited Sun 08-May-11 03:50 PM by rectangularimage
>I had no access to the internet for a few days, so I called >up a friend who got me signed up for blue host >(www.bluehost.com). So far they seem great!
Another vote for bluehost.com. I've been with them for more than 3 years without a glitch. Good tech support (usually responds to questions in 24 hrs.), lots of features (Wordpress, PHP, MySQL, Ruby, etc.). I have 5 domains under one account ($10 yr. for each additional domain).
Simply good value and good service. They're usually ranked in the top 10 in most surveys and have been for the last 4 years (maybe longer). Not the absolute cheapest but still a budget service.
“I began hosting my sites through Laughing Squid because of their reputation for supporting community projects, especially in supporting the arts. Since then, I’ve found the hosting to be excellent, and completely satisfying in every way. It is fast, stable, and well supported.
The support people have responded, when needed, in a timely fashion, professionally, with clear and helpful info and results. I recommend them without hesitation for being exactly what you might want in a host.”
>http://laughingsquid.us/ > >“I began hosting my sites through Laughing Squid because of >their reputation for supporting community projects, especially >in supporting the arts. Since then, I’ve found the hosting to >be excellent, and completely satisfying in every way. It is >fast, stable, and well supported. > >The support people have responded, when needed, in a timely >fashion, professionally, with clear and helpful info and >results. I recommend them without hesitation for being exactly >what you might want in a host.” > > >Cheers > >>href="http://www.photographyuncapped.com/adobe-photoshop-cs6-new-features/articles/adobe-photoshop/2009/04/"]One >of my sites: PhotographyUncapped - Adobe Photoshop Free Trials >- CS5.5 CS6 News + Updates Does the site have an actual phone number for phone support?
For reliability you have to go with VPS. The problem with all Shared Hosting services is that they get bugged down with many spam or vulnerable sites which run unsecure scripts that get penetrated by hackers a lot. Sites on shared hosting get constantly compromised, because someone else allowed them access to the server. Once the hacker gets access to the server he can hop around other sites on that server. There is no way of knowing if your site resources are shared with 1000 sites on the server or 500 sites. I used 1and1, hostgator, justhost, bluehost and some other well known ones, and they are all the same in terms of poor reliability and performance -- One day your site magically loads fast. Other days slow as a turtle. There is no consistency in speed with these sites, again, because your resources are shared among other sites.
VPS is much better because the resources that get allocated to you are not shared among other sites giving you faster load time, and better security. You can get VPS for $15/m.
You should also look into cloud hosting, it looks promising.
I am the webmaster for our local barbershop chapter. We have been using 1and1.com for about four years. They have several service plans and offer a fairly extensive smorgasboard of services. Generally, I'd rate their service quality as average. I've experienced a continuing problem of breaking of links on several of our web pages. To date their 1and1 service desk has not come up with an answer. Their webbuilder software is relatively easy to use. You can also html your own pages and upload them to your website. On a scale of 1-10 (1 = lousy), I'd rate them about 7. Here's a link to our website, built and maintained by our group using 1and1 software: http://suncoastchorus.com.
From my experience, godaddy.com is the best with pricing and service. The only thing I find annoying is that when you purchase you have to be careful NOT purchase not needed items as the promos come up before the buttons for next screen. Only thing you need is linux hosting (usually the basic enough space), which comes with email accounts. Hosting should run around $5.00 a month.
We have had Go Daddy for about 8 months and I could not recommend them. All they want to do is sell you something additional. Beware of their "advertised" price, that only cover the bare basic's everything else is an added cost.
>I use daddy and have for fives years no problems and pretty >cheap >Ray I had "godaddy.com" for 2 days,I call them slow daddy.com because uploading my (2 gb)web page took 28 hrs to complete and it only uploaded half of it so I canceled their ridiculously slow and inaccurate service. If I was doing this professionally and having to rely upon this service to be accessed by my customers, I would surely fail and lose customers. Luckily I am not selling my photos at this time or relying upon selling photos for my living or income at this moment in time,but some time I would like to have my own website if I could ever find an efficient website hoster at a good price.
Fri 06-Jul-12 10:37 AM | edited Fri 06-Jul-12 10:39 AM by Ferguson
I used GoDaddy for domains and for a simple non-photo web site for years, and it was just OK. As mentioned, they have so many specials and freebies and ways to up-sell you have to be careful, but they are cheap.
What they are not is service oriented. If you have a problem, as I did with my Exchange mail hosted there, they respond quickly but with utter nonesense. Typical call center ####. Their email (at least exchange) is heavily filtered with zero control to the end user; mail just disappears that you should receive, no warnings, not way to turn down spam filtering to reduce false alarms.
I have used GoDaddy for both personal and corporate domains, though have switched corporate to NetworkSolutions - I think a bit more reliable if you have a problem, but I keep my personal at GoDaddy (cheap).
I've been on Smugmug for years for photos, I like them, but they are different from a GoDaddy - they are specifically set up for photos and not general web hosting. But very good, and good support. Some things are limited, like customization, because their underlying framework still has to function. But it can be heavily customized, if you are willing to dig (or pay someone).
You might consider doing email separate from hosting if for photos, as many photo sites aren't general purpose ISP's.
I could recommended a web hosting service here in Finland... but I won't because the most important thing might not be the host but what you upload to the site instead.
If you write the HTML or scripts (or do more sophisticated programming) yourself, you should mainly worry about how to move your site from one web hotel to another, in case you find the service not meeting your expectations. That means there should be the FTP (of course) and support for the scripting language(s) of your choice. Moving to another host (or having a copy ready) would then be a snap if you have a copy of the site in your computer.
Sure, switching the host could be more difficult if you have more advanced needs like building a web store but I assume this is not the case here.
My humble opinion is that the price of storage, bandwidth, uptime and basic features has gone so low already that it cannot go much lower - except via ever lowering costs of the hardware (i.e., more bang for your buck). This is quite obvious if you think how much it would cost to do it yourself (hardware + software). My web host charges about 90 euros ($115) for their largest package - annually! Static HTML and basic scripting languages are included and so are the statistics, email and account management, relational database management and many other tools.
I have been satisfied as the service seems to be up all the time. So far I have contacted them only twice: to buy a domain and move an existing domain to them. The second step slashed my web site costs by 80%.
They cannot manage HD 1080P video if the gallery is password protected, as most client based projects require for reviews and approvals. It forced me to buy into Share File to finish a job and added a couple hundred dollars, on the red side of the budget based upon file size.
The Smug Mug video defaults to SD and they have no timeline, or idea when it can be fixed. It could be months, heard that months ago.
Back in January things were fine but some background issue occurred eliminating the usefulness of h.264 for client approval.
I registered my domain through www.gandi.net. With my domain registration I get a free blog that has 1 GB of storage and 10 GB of data transfer per month. I also get several free email addresses with it but since I wanted an exchange server I ended up getting my email through someone else. They offer hosting plans for as little as $5 per month and if you register the domain through them you can get 50% off some of the plans.
>I registered my domain through www.gandi.net. With my domain >registration I get a free blog that has 1 GB of storage and 10 >GB of data transfer per month. I also get several free email >addresses with it but since I wanted an exchange server I >ended up getting my email through someone else. They offer >hosting plans for as little as $5 per month and if you >register the domain through them you can get 50% off some of >the plans. Thanks for your recommendation,but I don't think i will be using Gandi for web hosting. I went to their website and read and read and read their lengthy and filled with technical jargon instructions and I could not even get to first base with anything. They don't even have a phone number to call to get support on setting up your website and explaining what all the technical jargon is (very confusing). I have an A.S.S. degree in Computer information systems and even did some programing for a company and I can't even get started with their very user unfriendly service. I was up all night and all morning. I emailed them which is all I can do to get any kind of help from anyone and I have not got any help at all. They did not get back with me when I sent the email about 10 hours ago asking for help in setting up my website. It seems to me that they only cater to corporations who pay big money to them for the much more expensive options, that is the only option I saw on their menu that came with an actual telephone number and support by telephone. Also it seems that you need advanced training or college in website development to be able to work with all the technical terminology and concepts that they do a terrible job of "trying" to explain in their lousy instructions. It's good that it's working for you,but I think I will continue to look elsewhere. Thanks anyway.