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3rd party WebHosting Sites
updated: May 30, 2014, 4:00 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

I've just reserved an Domain Name and hope to get a small business started by the end of the year. Now I'm trying to decide which 3rd party hosting service is going to be right for me.

· I don't need to have an online store.

· I will want multiple email addresses available for my domain (less than 15)

· I will probably only want 3-6 web pages in the beginning.

· I'll likely design my own site and would like to use the Host's utilities.

· If there are other site building options I should consider, I'd like to hear them.

What else should I be considering. What have EdHatters found useful, frustrating, surprising, or regretful?

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 COMMENT 523839 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:13 PM

I'm quite pleased with Bluehost vs others. Cheap, good responsiveness on hosted sites, excellent support, good free tools. I'd stay far away from the mass market places like GoDaddy and 1&1.


 COMMENT 523850 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:21 PM

All host FTP utilities are generally horrible. Download Filezilla (free) to upload and download all your web files. And if you plan on using PHP or other server-side scripting, download WampServer (also free).

What you are looking for website-wise is tiny. So if cost is an issue, choose the cheapest company out there. They will all be able to satisfy your minimal need.

Stay away from Yahoo, they are ridiculously expensive. Also stay away from any service that says that you can build a website for "free". There is no such thing.

GoDaddy is fine.


 COMMENT 523852 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:21 PM

Very happy with blue host too. Very cheap and lots of options with Word Press.


 COMMENT 523863P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 05:46 PM

I've used freeservers.com for over 10 years with no problems. 'No ads' hosting for under $10 p/mo. Lots of tools but I use the free Netscape Composer to design simple pages.


 COMMENT 523885P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 07:28 PM

Bluehost. Good service. Many options.


 COMMENT 523886P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 07:34 PM

Also, avoid Wordpress.COM (.org is the real Wordpress site). Wordpress.com is a rip-off and has very limited options.


 MACSCIDOR agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 08:20 PM

I needed an Email-only domain a couple of years ago. My Brother recommended Namecheap.com. They host websites, too. I have been very satisfied with their service. Namecheap might be a company to put on your list to research -- to see if they would be a good fit for your site.


 COMMENT 523915P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-30 10:38 PM

I've found totalchoicehosting.com to be reliable and inexpensive --- they also have a large "family" forum section where many questions are asked and answered.

Wordpress.com is not a "rip-off" --- it's free and perfectly useful for limited or single-issue sites. Why do you call it a "rip-off"?


 COMMENT 523970P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 08:41 AM

Friends using Evite to put together a memorial service. "It" is not picking up and remembering replies, dropping messages from invitees, etc. The family has had to resort to phoning guests.


 COMMENT 524006 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 10:25 AM

I recently switched from a local provider to Webhostinghub. So far I'm satisfied with the service. Their entry level plan at $5/mo seems to suit your needs.

Included with the plan you get a license for what they call the Premium Web Builder, which is really Parallels Plesk Sitebuilder. It may fit your needs.

For more sophisticated websites they support basically anything that runs on PHP and MySQL, meaning Wordpress, Joomla, Drupal, etc., and these are easy to install through their site.


 COMMENT 524011 agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 10:32 AM

Used Bluehost for years, with 14 domain names on one account. They keep improving


 COMMENT 524023P agree helpful negative off topic

2014-05-31 11:17 AM

wordpress.com advertises as hosting for free, and as someone else noted, nothing is free.

To do anything substantial, one had to buy a package, and plugin use was limited.

It was far cheaper to go with BlueHost, where plugin use is not limited, and options are much better and do not have to be purchased with a special package.

Hence having used a number of hosts, I found it to be a rip-off for what was needed to be done. Also, one could never delete one's account. It was there forever.


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