A few months ago I enrolled with a free hosting service called HostingIsFree.com and then created my first ever website. It's a small site about endangered tree species and it's getting about 20-30 visitors per day. So far I'm very happy with the free hosting, but they're planning to start putting ads on my pages, and I've decided
that I want an ad-free site, and also that I want the site to have a new name. So I want to move to a pay hosting service.
I recently registered a new domain name for the site with GoDaddy, and noticed that they also have hosting services. Their basic plan costs $3.95 per month, and has more than enough space and bandwidth for my needs. Since I'm using them for domain registration, I thought it might be convenient to also use their hosting service, but I want to check on their reputation first.
Has anyone had experience with Godaddy's hosting services? How are their reliability and download speeds? Should I look elsewhere. If so, can someone suggest other hosting companies?
Do a search and you'll find a coulpe of reviews for godaddy's hosting. I know there was on a week or two ago. He had postive reviews about godaddy's hosting. He was leaving godaddy because his space/bandwidth requirements exceeded what godaddy's was providing him. As I recall other than that, he was very satisfied.
You wrote "and has more than enough space and bandwidth for my needs.", so it would be much easier for us to help you if you write what your needs are. For example, do you need a database? or do you need more than 150MB/montly bandwidth?, etc.
I have a simple site hosted by Godaddy using the basic $3.95/month plan. Reliability has been excellent. I have seen posts by others that indicate that with more complicated needs the support from Godaddy does not keep up. If your needs expand to require better support and a higher priced plan, there is a lot of competition. The field providing hosting at the $4/month level is narrower. My previous experience with Registerfly hosting at that price level was disappointing with much down time.
Thanks to eveyone for taking time to reply. This is very helpful. I'm still inclined to go with GoDaddy, but realize that I need to do some more checking before making a final decision.
Someone asked about my specific requirements. It looks like about 10 MB of memory and 100 MB of bandwidth per month should be enough. I wrote everything in simple html, so as far as I know don't need any extras (I don't know how to use most of them anyway.)
Someone also asked for the url of my my site. I tried to include it in this post but got a message that I'm not allowed to put a url link into a post until I've made at least five previous posts, which I haven't. So I'll try to sneak it past the authorities by changing dots to dashes as follows: www-bbw-hostingisfree-com / index-html, and if you really want to go there you can reconstruct it.
I would highly recommend keeping the domain and hosting seperate.
Although as static HTML I don't think you would have much of an issue with godaddy but you can find better for less - with more features for when you later on want to expand with some sql or forums, galleries, etc..
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