I am looking for a quality host, with as little downtime as possible, fast speeds, and most importantly good support. I am looking to just start off my web marketing career, and I don't really know much about web hosting. I'm looking for low cost if possible, but I know that quality customer support costs so I can bare that in mind.
Anyway, I don't want to post specification requirements, because I can't really be sure. I'm sure for the first few months I won't even use more than 10 or 15 megs disc space, but I'm sure no plan out there is going to give me a better price for only using that little space. Really, I don't really know what to say, other than that almost any plan will provide me with enough space and bandwidth, so I don't need to worry about it.
Another thing, I don't want to come up with something new, and have to get a new host to do it. I want all the features - unlimited databases (MySQL should be good enough, though no harm with other types as well), support of all the popular scripting languages (PHP, JS, RoR), unlimited domains, sub domains, emailing lists, FTP access accounts (though it's likely only I will use it), etc.
If anyone could just list some hosts, known for their customer service, and speed and reliability of servers, I would appreciate it. It'd be a plus if they're low cost as well.
I've heard of asmallorange.com, and I've heard a couple of mixed things about them. Any others to recommend, or any info on this company?
I don't even know what that is. By web-marketing career, for starting out I was looking at affiliate sites and adsense pages.
I know I should start off small but no one does a package that's 15MB space and maybe 250MB bandwidth (except for maybe a free service).
Before doing any major purchases, I suggest researching the field a little more - this goes for the actual advertising/marketing-bit. Learn what different options there are in terms of both advertising networks (there are more and other models than Google AdSense) but also learn some of the tools used to be more successful in your craft.
Anyway, I'm really looking for a list of companies known for being of good quality (in customer service, and server speed/reliability). Other things I believe I got a handle on for right now.
I have mentioned them before, but I have been (and am) a happy client of Steadfast Networks. They have very good support, network and prices.
It looks like you need a budged hosting plan. Reading your post I wasn't able to understand anything about software applications you want to use and to find more information about your objectives. As others said find some reviews and find web hosting company which will help you on your projects. That would be smaller start-up web host. If you choose a small one, make sure they use reliable network and stable hardware.
If you decide to go with any of the well-known names in hosting business you don't have to worry about uptime and reliability. I don't know however nothing about the way they do support. I however presume you'll be OK with them.
In order to give you the best answer I can I would need more information on what you are wanting to do with your hosting as you have been vague.
I understand when trying to do something new it can be difficult to explain what it is exactly you are wanting to do, I'm sure just about any of us would be willing to help you focus your idea/pick a hosting provider with a bit more information.