First, thanks to several of you for responding to my original thread regarding searching for the right server to help host my TV show. Much appreciated, and very helpful.
I have looked into several of the bigger companies and there are some nice deals. However, I'm considering something different. Please tell me if this is a good idea or a bad one......
I have written for a website for several years. The company that hosts the site is small and local. But they come highly recommended by the owners of the site, as well as the owners of another site I have done some work for.
The hosting company has offered me 2GB of space for $25 per month, but is willing to increase the space if we realize I need it (for no extra charge.....within reason of how much extra I need). 2GB SHOULD be enough for what I plan.
Yes, I undertand this is a little more expensive than most prices. However, here's the thing. I have directly spoken with the person who runs the hosting company. He is very easy to get ahold of, is familiar with my previous work, and has major positive references for his customer service from the other people I know.
In a nutshell, I'd be paying a bit extra, but have very good, reliable customer service from someone I trust and who is familiar with my work and issues I may run into.
I'd rather not give the name of the company just to avoid any opinions that may have been swayed either way by others who have had experience with them.
Should I go with them, or choose a bigger company who will give me more size and cheaper rates?
I would go for it - there's no reason to take a risk with another company if you've found a company that you're very confident about already. When going for cheaper service, you usually end up paying for it in the end.
I would say go for it, since you have personally talked to the person and convinced about his ability in handling your website hosting needs, the extra few dollars you are paying is for the personal attention you are getting from this small hosting firm, which is likely not that easily found in larger web host where the help desk are dealing with thousands of customers daily.
Smaller companies often provide better support, faster response times, easier contact with management and owners, friendlier staff, and more reasonable staff. They also usually do not have restrictions on servers as mentioned above that many hosting companies put on their plans. And since it is someone you have worked with in the past, have proper contact with, and trust, i would by far choose that company over a large less expensive company. It is not worth the difference, and you can always change in the future if you have problems with this company.
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In a(nother) nutshell I think you have already made up your mind. If it's any help I would have made the same choice.
Well to be frank , i ain't no psychologist but the whole point of making such a thread points to the tiny bit of doubts the OP is having. Its human nature , doubts lead to confusions and if not taken care of properly, to disasters and wrong choices.
/me go on with the thread now folks. Dr. Bunny has spoken.