I am having a website built. It is an online retail biz with a forum, etc...
Of course every host claims to be the best. ****** sounds good. I think the software being used is PHP4/mySQL
I know I will have a admin panel so I won't need that from a host, right? Webdesigner suggested Hostmysite. But I want a very reliable one and haven't seen that one in any top 10 lists.
If you can shed any light on this for me, I'd be most grateful.
Don't rely on any top 10 list as those lists are usually ranked by the amount of money paid by the hosting company. You can also do a search here to find unbiased reviews about any hosting company you come across.
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You can use the search feature provided by WHT for having the details reviews which are suitable for your needs. You can also look around for some review companies as not all of them are ranking the top money payers.
The search feature provided by WHT is the one you can rely on. Also before deciding upon any host you need to make sure that you are having a complete review about that company.
Php and Mysql are supported by number of hosts today. But you should also take into consideration that number of data base they are offering along with the uptime they have actually achieved (this can be made out of the reviews), Also you can take into consideration what is the support like for there service.
Once you confirm all this, it is only then that you can decide upon who will be the best host for you.
Before you choose your host, talk to them about their uptime levels. Being an online retail business, I assume this is of paramount importance. Ask them is they have an uptime Service Level Agreement, and what happens if this is not met. It is amazing how damaging it can be in online retail when you lose sales due to downtime.
As previously mentioned, most top10 lists are essentially affiliate websites that get paid $50+ if you go from their "top 10" website to the hosts website and sign up. Don't place any faith in these sites.
Not to sure about the views posted so far, to say that companies that spend money to advertise and payout to affiliates won't be serious about hosting is a little strange. It is true that many of these folks buy their way to these lists, which to me sounds like they want your business, and are willing to spend money to get it. Truth is there are so many hosts out there, all with different personalities and business models. It appears by your post you may need a little hand holding at first to get the hang of your control panel (you will more than likely need one). Depending on the host, you may never need know about it (control panel) and get your host to add email addresses and tweak your setup as needed. Do beware of budget hosts that offer the world for a couple bucks a month. Email some prospective hosts and ask their support people some questions you may have, see what kind of responses you get and get a feel for some hosts. If you keep backups and take care of business it is easy enough to leave, so try a couple out. Early on you won't have much to lose, hopefully you find a good host and can grow without any problems. Good luck with your venture.
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I don't think anyone doubts the seriousness of hosting companies that are on the top 10 list. I think what they meant is not limit yourself to only companies that made it on a top 10 list. Most of them made it there not becuase of the level of service provided but becuase of money paid to be on the list.
Top Host Lists are important but you have too many options for the features you want to use. So I can only suggest you to choose no more than 3 to 5 providers to contact them and to choose one. This way you should be bale to check their response time.
Originally posted by concreteman Not to sure about the views posted so far, to say that companies that spend money to advertise and payout to affiliates won't be serious about hosting is a little strange. It is true that many of these folks buy their way to these lists, which to me sounds like they want your business, and are willing to spend money to get it. ...
I certainly wasn't trying to imply that hosts on the top 10 lists are "bad" hosts. In fact, any of the hosts on these lists may be classified as one of the "top 10 hosts"(by any subjective method). My point was simply to state that to imply a host is a top 10 host simply by the amount of affiliate payment they make can be regarded as a misrepresentation, and it is nice to inform the public of this.
As one who puts up a list on my site (in addition to other information) - I can tell you that a "who is the best" question is very hard to answer.
I've had some companies come to me and offer me outrageously high affiliate commissions to put them on top but their features and service did not rate it. Frankly, it's fairly easy for anybody to look at a web hosting list and look at the objective criteria (storage, bandwidth, free domain, ip, uptime) etc. and do a triage of sites that may or may not meet their criteria. There is in the end, no truly objective criteria for finding the best host because honest people differ. Even the WHT forum is not immune from hosting companies or their devotees coming in an planting praise for their services.
So, I say - use the lists because they can save you time finding a short list but don't completely rely upon them until you match the features with your needs. Honestly, any hosting company that is doing well enough to be in a position of relative dominance is not about to crumble and their service has to be at least reliable enough with decent support or they would have folded. Doesn't matter who the host is - you'll always find someone who can say good or bad things about them.
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Honestly, any hosting company that is doing well enough to be in a position of relative dominance is not about to crumble and their service has to be at least reliable enough with decent support or they would have folded.
I agree it is unlikely to crumble, but I'm not so sure about the quality issue. Often times people just stick to a host because they don't know any better. After all, they went for what was the #1 host on so many top hosts lists, so the other hosts can't be anything but worse.
I so appreciate all of your replies!! You are right about one thing. I do need hand holding when it comes to web design, etc. That is not my expertise.
Uptime, customer support (live) are important. It would be nice to have a host that would tweak things for me also. I am definitely not going for the least expensive one, but the best for my business.
It was hard enough deciding on a web designer but I went by gut feeling there. Hope I'm right.
As far as contacting the hosts, I willl do that today. If they are any kind of salesmen/women though, they will sugarcoat everything.
The quest continues and any more replies are appreciated.
I do understand the top 10 list. I might even pay to be on a list like that so I get the drift. Some deserve to be there, some probably don't.
I just need unbiased reviews.
Will keep researching.
Just look for an honest one - not every sales person will sugarcoat it to the hiltz. Some are genuinely interested in your business itself.
Uptime and reliability, coupled with good support could cost a pretty penny - just be sure to research each one thoroughly.
As you're not exactly rushed - check them out over a few different days, rather than sticking to the same story each time ask something new each time - test their support times, their live chat representatives.
Just be sure to give them each a 'run for their money' prior to the sale and I think you'll find the right one in no time.
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