Recommended Web Hosts

If you’re starting a new website, one important thing to consider is which host you are going to use. No, GeoCities isn’t a viable option for a serious site. 😀

A quick Google search for “web host” comes up with a boatload of results, but of course, not all hosts are reputable. There are cheap hosts, expensive hosts, free hosts, and fake hosts that steal your money. Obviously you want to avoid the latter, and free hosts generally aren’t the best choice either. Also, you want to get the most bang for your buck…

There are plenty of guides to choosing a web host floating around online, so I’ll cut to the fun part. Here are a few hosts that I, and/or others recommend. They’re safe options for hosting, and their reasonably priced too.

1and1

1&1 offers budget hosting plans that are great for beginning websites. They have shared hosting plans for as low as $3.99 per month, and their feature set is pretty good. Some people have had mixed experiences with their service, though my time with them has been relatively trouble-free. I also register my domain names with 1and1.

Media Temple

If your site has outgrown budget shared hosting, Media Temple is a good place to go. Their distributed server grid is great for high-traffic sites, reducing the effect of having your site hit the front page of Digg, or other issues that occur when your site gets smashed with a sudden influx of visitors. Their services isn’t cheap, costing $20/month for their Grid Service plan, but if you need more than shared hosting accounts can offer, Media Temple is a good option, costing far less than VPS hosting. Michael Martin hosts his site Pro Blog Design on Media Temple.

Doreo

Daniel Scocco of Daily Blog Tips highly recommends Doreo. Their hosting plans start at $6.99/month as of this writing, and though the numbers on their charts look small compared to others, they claim that you’ll get every megabyte, unlike with other hosts that oversell, promising terabytes of storage and not delivering. Their servers are very fast, as a visit to either their site or Daily Blog Tips will prove.

A Small Orange

A Small Orange is another host that claims to not oversell. They have several hosting plans with attractively cheap prices, and they appear to have fairly decent performance.

If you have had pleasant experiences with a web host, and would like to recommend it to others, feel free to leave a comment.

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One Response to “Recommended Web Hosts”

  • One thing I’d add is that Doreo is one of the very few shared hosts who use Litespeed instead of Apache. That is also the reason why I survived a 2000+ digg without any caching plugins on WordPress (I believe Daniel has had something similar).

    Sumesh June 11th, 2008 at 5:46 am