Looking for host that comes with free-for-life domain.
Yeah, so I'm looking for a new host that comes with those free-for-life domains. I already know that they're only free-for-life as long as you're with that specific company.
I run a small site with forums, but I'd like to have some room to grow. Maybe around 2-4 gigs of space and around 10-15 gigs of bandwidth. Budget is around 7-10 dollars a month, and I can only pay by credit card. I realize that I will most probably have to go with an overselling host, but I'm willing to take my chances.
Also, a question: sometimes I have around 7-10 members online at the same time, and I think it's causing the slowdown on the site recently. Is that really enough to slow down a shared account?
Given all of the information (and especially the first requirement!), here are some of the hosts I'm looking at, sorted by price per year.
During the last few years I've tried them all, except for SiteGround and for dynamic content I found hostgator have the best performance - but that also depends on the load of the server so it's hard to give a fair compare since I didn't use any of them for a very long period (max. a year).
As said above, there's nothing wrong with having the host register the domain as long as it is registered in your name. Even better if they offer you DNS management via their panel.
Contact a few hosts and ask them how they're registered. If they register them under their name, stay clear.
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Hosts nowadays "oversell" in most cases since they want to stay in business. The customers are impressed by large numbers, so they usually go with the host that seems to offer the most bang for the buck.
This works OK if done sensibly, however and I wouldn't worry about it. The host will shut down any account that hogs too much CPU resources. (Note that hosts NEVER promise you X amount of CPU usage!)
Your host suggestions seem pretty OK to me although there may be even better hosts out there.
All of the hosts that you listed are quality except for dreamhost IMO. Btw Hostmonster and bluehost are the same company and they have excellent support.
Some have bad experiences and some have good experiences with Dreamhost, like me. I'm a happy customer of Dreamhost for almost 2 years now.
They provide alot of features and possibilities, support is good and they aren't complete dictators when it comes to overusage (not that I've experienced it myself though).
Anyhow, like what was mentioned before, registering a domain separate from your host is always the best option. I've lots of domains registered at a separate registrar but I also have a domain registered at Dreamhost (dedicational.net) but I'm sure I can transfer it out when I stop hosting at Dreamhost.
You face two problems. First, when you sign up for an overselling host, you are asking for downtime and other technical issues. Seeing that you are willing to take that chance, I hope you don't come to WHT to complain when you have a bad experience with an overselling host. Second, I would recommend registering a domain with a company like Go Daddy, because they are reputable in this area. If you buy a domain and hosting from a company (free-for-life), chances are that if you break their terms of service, your domain will be locked until some demand is met.
Dan's entirely right, technical issues can happen to big, small, good, and bad hosts. Technical issues don't discriminate, but some hosts do handle them better. Personally though, don't get a domain through the host. Not all hosts are bad, and most will release them without a problem, but there's a chance that they'll hold it hostage. Alternatively, if the host goes out of business and disappeares with your domain, you still might not get it back. I know of a pretty large, decently known host which went down, and people lost most of their domains. Although it will cost more to buy your own domain and keep it renewed, that's what I would do. Of course, I'm a control freak, and I like having everything within my control.
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True though, for a reason I still don't fully comprehend (given the existence of server abuse clauses), very cheap hosts are apparently more likely to keep their servers too busy.
I suppose you are right. Technical issues happen with every company. However, if you choose an overselling host that does not take the time to monitor its servers and clients, you are more likely to see downtime than someone who pays for normal webhosting (non-oversold).
Don't get me wrong, I've saw a HostGator account with 250GB of files on it. Some companies do take care of things.