I'm currently looking around on WHT for a webhost. So far, I've found a few that look to be decent, but I thought I'd ask here for extra suggestions before I made a final choice. I'm looking for the following:
- No overselling: For obvious reasons.
- Plans: It is important to me that there are many plans with a good amount of granularity, starting from low-cost shared hosting all the way to dedicated servers. It's likely that all of my websites will stay small, but if one ever succeeds, it'd be nice to have the option to upgrade without having to switch webhosts.
- Good customer service: I know it's a little silly to discuss customer service, since many people's supposed experience is really just based off a single incident. Add to that the fact that when a webhost has 99 happy customers and 1 unhappy customer, it's the 1 that will come post and rant about it on WHT. But still, I figured it wouldn't hurt to mention.
- Website/interface: I know these don't mean much to some people, but if a company can't be bothered to make a pleasant website with a user-friendly interface for managing my websites, it really makes me wonder what else is lacking.
- Software: Linux/Apache/cPanel preferred, but not 100% necessary. The option to use PostgreSQL in addition to MySQL is a must.
- Location: I would like the data centers to be located in the US. I figure most of the people visiting my websites will be from here.
- Price: I'm not worried as much about price as I am about the above, but that's not to say I'm willing to pay $100/month for 1GB of space. Initially, I'd probably want something like 3-5GB with a comparable amount of bandwidth, with my budget being ~$20/month, but preferably more like $15. Of course, if necessary at any point in time, I'm very willing to pay more for more resources if the need arises.
On another note, I've decided to follow the advice of many of the posters here and register my domains separately from my webhost. I looked in the domain name forum, but it seems that most of that discussion revolves around resellers with large portfolios of domains. I will probably never have more than 3-5 domains, but I don't want to overpay for them either. Any suggestions on a good registrar targeted at people looking to buy individual domains would be greatly appreciated as well.
Thanks for reading and thanks in advance for any suggestions anyone can give me.
I've never had a problem with Enom, so I would recommend them as well. They might be a bit more expensive then the discount houses, but you do get what you pay for.
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Oh, what I meant is, would you suggest that I pick up a reseller account (the lowest being ~$200 in fees + $11/domain main) just to get a few domain names or do individual website owners usually just go with enomcentral, which is I think more like $30/domain name?
There are a lot of options out there, and everyone has "the next best deal". Honestly, go with the big names. Ignore the one or two bad comments, everyone has them about every service. And, make sure they offer an unconditional money back guarantee.