I don't know if I created a thread like this before, but anyways.
I've been with GoDaddy hosting for about 2 years now, and overall it's not bad. They have hiccups every now and then and I don't think their hardware is top notch, but their price point is great for what they offer.
However, I dislike the company as a whole, and being constantly afraid of a hard drive crash or a network problem is something I want to get rid of.
My current hosting term is coming to an end soon and rather than renew with them I want to find a new host. (the main reason is they offer the same thing for about a hundred bucks cheaper to new customers, while me, a long term one, has to pay more. i called them, and they can't match it, even if I prepay for a year)
So, here is what i get from them:
I get the Economy hosting package + plesk 30 which amounts to about $672 after I use a 30% off coupon. This is for 12 months.
I also have 7 IPs, which is 8 dollars a month for the extra 4, which pushes it up to $768/year or $64/month.
Now I've been around, and one thing I do not want is a fly-by-night company, or a company that will have downtime. GoDaddy satisfies both these requirements as their have very little downtime and are certainly not going anywhere.
I would, however, like less downtime and quicker connectivity. Pages don't load very fast because their network isn't super.
I used to be on softlayer, who I would love to go back to, but I cannot justify twice the price a month because I simply do not need a powerful server.
Godaddy provides 500GB of bandwidth which is sufficient for me.
After reading up on leaseweb I dont think I'm going to go with them. Their support system has numerous reports of taking up to 4-6 days to resolve issues unless you pay exorbant prices for upgraded SLAs while Godaddy answers requests, generally, within a few hours to a day - especially if there is a downtime.
Downgrading service like that is not acceptible. reliablesite.net is also more expensive per month than how much i am currently paying, including a plesk license.
Looking into other ones, more names would be appreciated.
K, so I've found this company called Codero, and I can get a slightly better package for about 200 bucks more a year maybe. (maybe 350 bucks more)
Can you guys shoot some comparisons and personal opinions about Codero and Codero vs GoDaddy dedicated?
@Decius thanks for including us in the dedicated providers you are considering! I don't know of any threads comparing us to GoDaddy but I noticed you mentioned Softlayer and there is a current thread on WHT titled Softlayer vs. Codero??? that you may find helpful. http://www.webhostingtalk.com/showthread.php?p=7510743