When you’re just getting started, web hosting can get very overwhelming based on the number of choices. So today we’re going to narrow it down.
While we recommend a full-service blog host like BlogPress if you don’t want to do any of the techie stuff (they do all that for you), if you want full control over your design, all the data, and the plugins you install, and you don’t mind rolling your techie sleeves up, then these are the traditional web hosts that we recommend.
The first one is Hostgator. It’s one that we recommend, and they have a sweet deal for our viewers where you can start a blog for a penny. If you get a 3 year package, you can get one as low as $3.96/month. Unlimited disk space, unlimited bandwidth, so you don’t run into shortage issues. They also use wind power which is really cool, green, and environmentally friendly.
They have a phone number for international users as well, and 24/7 phone support and live chat. They are pretty good about solving any minor issues that you have so you don’t have to worry about it. Basically their support is really awesome. You can’t say that about all web hosting.
A big difference for Hostgator is that you can sign up month to month and get a good deal vs other web hosts where you can to have a long term contract to do so.
The next one is BlueHost. Like Hostgator, you get unlimited disk space and bandwidth. If you sign up a 2-3 year deal, you can get for about $3 to $4 / month. They have 24/7 phone support and email support. They also offer a script setup that can be a little easier than Fantastico. While we love Hostgator, this is a good alternative.
Now going down a step and lowering the price is 2MHost. It start at $2.75 / month for a 1 year package. 5 gigs of disk space, so you’re getting some limitations here. Although you get 24/7 tech support, it’s a step down from previous 2 web host companies. If you only sign up for 1 year, then it can be cheaper, but you may get what you pay for…
Ok the next one is 000webhost. This is great if you’re really not sure that you want to be in the web business, and you just want to tip your toe in the water and see if you like it. It’s free, but you only get 5 domains and 5 emails addresses, and a very limited disk space of 1.5 Gig. There’s no support, phone or chat, though there is email. You only get 1 ftp account, but you do receive Fantastico.
For a couple of dollars you get what iPage claims “over $450 of extras” – and this site definitely is worth your time. With this cheap service, you get:
- A free domain name
- Free security suite (SiteLock)
- Free online store
- Free site-building tools
- Unlimited disk space
- Unlimited email
- Unlimited bandwidth
The site also boasts that it is 100% green, being powered by wind energy, and they also have an anytime money-back guarantee. It includes some neat marketing bonuses that will help you get started, like a credit for Google AdWords, for Facebook Advertising, and for Yahoo! and Bing sponsored searches. If you live in the United States, they’ll also hook you up with a free tool-free phone number. Building your website is also a cinch with their drag and drop site builder, and there’s also a blog and photo gallery set up wizard to help your page look as professional as possible.
6. Fat Cow
Apart from having a cute name, Fat Cow is not only cheap, it offers you a whole lot. The longer that you sign on with this hosting company, the greater the discount you receive too.
This is another web hosting that is powered by wind energy, and they also have oodles of extra goodies like a Google AdWords credit, a Yahoo! and Bing credit, a Facebook advertisement credit, and you get a free Yellow Pages listing. Nextiva also offers a free toll free phone number with the service, and it’s a great Word Press publishing platform.
So let’s go over some of the specs:
- Unlimited Disk space
- Unlimited bandwidth and email
- Unlimited domains hosted
- Unlimited MySQL databases
- Free domain name
- Free shopping card
- SSL secure server
- Free script bar (which includes WordPress, Joomla, and more)
They also have some pretty solid partnership programs, including an affiliate program with a $100.00 payout and a referral program that will get you $10 in credits. Customer support can be reached 24 hours a day, every day of the week through phone, email and live chat, so if you ever encounter a problem you know you have back up.
7. Just Host
The final hosting service to make it onto our list is the justhost.com web hosting service. As with the other hosting services they offer the 24/7 customer service and technical support, and they also boast an anytime money back guarantee – so you know that you won’t get stuck in some service that you hate!
This hosting service offers the same sort of features that other cheap hosting services do, like:
- Free shopping carts
- Free domain name
- Free site builder (including templates)
- Google and Yahoo! Ad credits
- Instant setup
- Unlimited domains, including parked domains
- Free script library (through SimpleScripts)
- Free installation of WordPress and Joomla
What made them stand out is that they use cPanel as a control panel (which some other cheap hosting services do not) and their homepage mentions that they will be able to help you do a website transfer. Whether you’re a veteran when it comes to web hosts or if you’re new at it, Just Host makes it rather simple to navigate and manage any number of domains that you may create through their cPanel.
So in summary, we recommend Hostgator, but if you just don’t like it for some reason, then move down the list to others.
It’s kind of funny because many cases the web host support is the real value especially when your blog is down and you need help. Anyway what web host do you use and why?