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Old 09-29-2005, 04:07 PM
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5 multi-domain hosting plans under $10 (summary of last couple month’s research)


First, thank you all who make WHT a fantastic resource. I’ve been an occasional visitor to the board for a year, but not until a couple month’s ago did I finally get serious about choosing a host. The reviews and insights shared here have helped me immensely in that pursuit.

I’ve looked through a good share of hosting packages and a whole lot of reviews, and—for all that frivolous squandering of effort —I’ve drawn up a list summarizing what I’ve found. While certainly not exhaustive, I think it represents good companies and excellent plans. By each hosting company's name I’ve listed the plan in parentheses and the company’s WHT handle in brackets. The plans are ranked in order of my preference, though the difference between them amounts to little. (I haven't chosen a host yet as I’m still struggling to decide among the first two on the list.) OK, so on to list:
  • Dotable (•1) [Aussie Bob]: Aussie Bob has a stellar reputation among the established members of WHT and is one of board’s most frequent contributors; his previous hosting company has an excellent reputation on WHT (point: he knows how to run a good hosting company); good response time when contacting sales
  • A Small Orange (Small) [timdorr]: ASO has received good reviews on WHT; offers several great-value hosting options and some nice services; excellent site design; very fast response when contacting sales
  • WarpFactor (Fives Package) [WarpFactor]: Offers the least expensive plans of the five; Sir WarpFactor’s comments on WHT are excellent and demonstrate a commitment to excellence
  • MegaHosters (Mega Plan 1) [MegaHosters]: Offers toll-free phone support (a rarity among hosts in this price range) and feature-rich plans; H-Sphere control panel comes standard on all plans
  • Potent Products (Small) [Website Rob]: Regular contributor to WHT (second only—among the hosts listed here—to Aussie Bob); his hosting plans look to be an excellent value
Obviously, starting out I had little idea what I wanted and what I should expect. Like a lot of people new to the host hunt, I was looking for “the host with the most”—for as close to nothing a month as possible...for the rest of my life! (OK, so not exactly, but certainly my expectations have tempered significantly.) After several revisions of my search criteria, I’ve settled on the following as a good standard for introductory multi-domain hosting packages:
  • Hosting plans: Feature-rich, with monthly data transfer and disk storage at least average for this price range. Specifically, I looked for the ability to host multiple domains (5 or more) and multiple mySQL databases (5 or more)—with few restrictions (especially the hidden variety) on their number and use. All hosts listed here offer comparably full-featured and transparent plans.
  • Upgrade process: For any website which becomes more resource-intensive than the plan can reasonably handle (which in this price range shouldn't be very much), I would like to upgrade it to a more appropriate hosting package as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. Having multiple upgrade options available (e.g. VPS, dedicated servers) was very important.
  • Positive reviews & company participation on WHT: Feedback for all companies here have been almost exclusively positive, though—granted—somewhat limited. I'm convinced by the comments here and asurf that each company/person has an excellent operation. More influential, however, in my thinking was the company’s involvement on WHT. Participation here, and on the host’s own support forum, was a huge plus.
My selection ultimately came down to plans that would best allow multiple “feeler” sites to grow from inception into more mature hosting packages. From all I’ve been able to gather, each host listed here excels in this category.

So there it is. Any comparative feedback on these companies would be much appreciated, as would any other feedback/gripes with the list and criteria I’ve offered. And for any hosts listed here, I'd love to see your comments.

Thanks,
Dave

One final note: Next to WHT, WHReviews.com is the best resource for newcomers to the host search that I’ve come across. Kudos to Dan [ldcdc] for giving some great advice. I found his explanations of what to look for and what to look out for outstanding.



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Old 09-29-2005, 04:10 PM
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If I had to choose between those, I'd go for Dotable. Bob is VERY clued up. He just has that know-how about running a company that others usually don't have.

Best of luck with your choice.

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Old 09-29-2005, 04:17 PM
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Thanks elix. His previous experience pushed Dotable to the top of the list.

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Old 09-29-2005, 07:25 PM
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Afterman, thank you very much for the nice words. I'm glad you found valuable ideas on my site. I see you've spent a bit of time reading WHT, with a focus on judging the hosting owner's character and knowledgeability. Good idea, and well done!

I hope this thread will give you get the kind of feedback you are searching for!

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Old 09-30-2005, 01:07 AM
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You're most welcome Dan. Certainly you have earned it. And thanks for your comments. It was your website that persuaded me to look past the plan to the people behind it.

It's a difficult business of judging a host by the owner--made more so by the fact that so often very little or no information is provided on the host's website. One thing I constantly wished for as I evaluated plans was information about the person or persons running the show. If it's a "one-man operation", fine. As long as that individual makes good on his/her end of the agreement, it couldn't matter less to me how big the company is. It's just nice to know who that person is.

For you hosts out there, I think it would only help your business to provide detailed information about yourself and your team members, especially info that tells us about why you're hosting in the first place and why you think you can do a pretty darn good job of it. (And please, no empty filler here. We see right through it!) The more information you provide , the greater the confidence you project to the consumer. For this, I believe, you'll be rewarded with their patronage.

"But," you say, "my CV is less than a stellar. No one's going to pay attention to me." My advice: don't worry about it. We're not looking for Nobel laureates. Many times it's enough just to show you're making a sincere effort.

Any thoughts on this?


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Old 09-30-2005, 04:18 AM
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Interesting. I just looked through the Dotable.com site and couldn't figure out how many domain names you could host with each plan. Maybe I was just not looking in the right place, but still, if I couldn't find the exact number, I'm sure there are potential clients of Bob's missing it too. Hopefully Bob will come in here and solve that mystery.

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Old 09-30-2005, 12:15 PM
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You're right Simpli-Erica. Thanks for pointing that out. I had to contact Dotable's sales to find out what it meant, to which inquiry I received a prompt reply from Aussie Bob. He explained that "multiple" means as much/many as the disk space for the particular plan allows. (I hope I'm getting that right.)

I'm sure that's a question he gets asked quite often. I imagine the motivation for not specifying it on the website is to avoid using the term "unlimited" while still preserving its essence in "multiple"--though a tricky conversion indeed to the uninitiated. I hope too that Aussie Bob will solve that mystery on the website, perhaps by making "multiple" a hyperlink that leads to a full description. I'm convinced the richer and clearer the information on the host's website, the better it is for the host.

By the way, I really like your company. The 10 for 10 plan was a major contender to my list, both for the excellent recommendations Simpli Hosting has received and, of course, for your frequent paricipation on WHT. The only reason the 10 for 10 plan isn't here is that it's 10 for 15 when compared against the pricing (monthly) of the companies listed above. Maybe you could solve that mystery for me Seriously, though, I understand it's a marketing strategy. But a month-to-month 10 for 10 would be very enticing!

And humor me if you would Simpli-Erica, but I've got couple questions I hope you might answer:
What is the essential (nutshell sort of thing) difference between the 10 for 10 plan and Dotable's 1 plan? I can see Simpli's 10 offers 25000 MB monthly data transfer to 10000 MB for Dotable's 1. But that's the only significant difference (all other features are essentially equivalent) between the plans as far as I can see--from a very superficial survey! For the added expense (approx $7 more a month), what additional value would I receive?
I'm very willing to be persuaded here. I'm without a host as yet!

Best of luck with your business.

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Old 09-30-2005, 01:04 PM
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I'm very willing to be persuaded here.
That's understandable, but presales issues would be best handled by email. Erica and all other hosts representatives can't be too persuasive here, without risking to be reported for self promoting.

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Old 09-30-2005, 04:05 PM
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That's understandable, but presales issues would be best handled by email. Erica and all other hosts representatives can't be too persuasive here, without risking to be reported for self promoting.
Got it! (Darn, nabbed by one of those "forum rules" things ) I'll be more cautious next time. Thanks.

Simpli-Erica, you could PM a response, if you feel it a more appropriate setting.

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Old 09-30-2005, 06:08 PM
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Interesting round-up. I am sure all these companies are worth recommending.
Regarding customer feedback, I tend to search all over the Web, not only on WHT. Otherwise I guess I use a somewhat similar approach when evaluating hosting companies.

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Old 09-30-2005, 06:18 PM
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Out of all those web hosts you listed, I have only heard of Dotable and As small orange. If you do a search, you will find good reviews on both. Although WHT is not the only place for reviews, you can search at other places.

As Dan mentioned, web hosts are not allowed to self-promote, the best option would be to contact their sales department.

Best of luck, hope you find a reliable hosting company which can accommodate your needs, be sure to post a review on the host's service once you have made your decision (after a few months of course)

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Old 09-30-2005, 06:25 PM
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Interesting. I just looked through the Dotable.com site and couldn't figure out how many domain names you could host with each plan. Maybe I was just not looking in the right place, but still, if I couldn't find the exact number, I'm sure there are potential clients of Bob's missing it too. Hopefully Bob will come in here and solve that mystery.
I believe it's "unlimited", actually. I re-call him having a set limit before, but I think it's changed now.

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Old 09-30-2005, 07:19 PM
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Interesting round-up. I am sure all these companies are worth recommending.
Regarding customer feedback, I tend to search all over the Web, not only on WHT. Otherwise I guess I use a somewhat similar approach when evaluating hosting companies.
Thank you Nadabrahma. The round-up is comprised of "interesting" companies not often seen recommended here on WHT. That distinction goes to the likes of Site5, HostGator, ResellerZoom, etc. But, have no doubt, I've compared the companies on the list to the "big names" and still find they have the edge.

During my research I've consulted your host review website (very good), as I did other resources on the Internet. And while there is a cacophony of "expert" opinions on "the best" web hosts, I believe WHT & WHReviews are head-and-shoulders above the din.

If there's a company with a rightful claim to the list, please let me know. I'd be surprised if I haven't already considered them, but thrilled to find a rock unturned!


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Old 09-30-2005, 07:36 PM
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Best of luck, hope you find a reliable hosting company which can accommodate your needs, be sure to post a review on the host's service once you have made your decision (after a few months of course)
I will WN-Ali. Thanks for your comments. I want to mention that I found 3 of the 5 companies in the sigs of the members of this board. It certainly gave me an excellent standard by which to measure the host. I hope people seeking a new host take advantage of that opportunity.

Good luck with your business.

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I believe it's "unlimited", actually. I re-call him having a set limit before, but I think it's changed now.
Thanks elix. I believe Dotable's "multiple" does, in essence, mean "unlimited".

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Old 10-02-2005, 03:11 AM
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Re: 5 multi-domain hosting plans under $10 (summary of last couple month’s research)

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My selection ultimately came down to plans that would best allow multiple “feeler” sites to grow from inception into more mature hosting packages. From all I’ve been able to gather, each host listed here excels in this category.

i am glad that this topic has been, and is being, explored. i, too, have been carefully sifting through smaller plans, with decent bandwidth, and reasonable upgrade potwntial, which allow multiple domains. and for the very same reason. have been joining several such hosts and popping up, as you have desrcibed them: "feeler" sites.

great stuff.

DX

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