I have been running websites since back in the olden days (the mid 90’s) and have used many different website hosts for my various sites. Some were small local hosting companies, others were large global names who I later grew to disdain. At present I use three different services to host my personal and professional websites: HostGator Namecheap and FatCow. All three of them provide reliable website hosting, have great customer service, are competitively priced and care about the web community.
Why do you need Website Hosting?
If you want a website then you need website hosting. There are some services where you sign up for a blog and free hosting at the same time, but with those services your content really belongs to the host and you’re just borrowing their services. If you truly want your own website you need a website host.
What makes a good website host?
Most websites just need something basic. What you should look for is:
– A fair price (Typically less than $100 / year)
– Reliability (Guaranteed up time of 99.8% or more)
– Unlimited disc space and bandwidth
– 24/7 Technical Support
– Easy to use control panel & tutorials
What are my Choices?
There are literally thousands of website hosting companies and it really does depend on what all you are wanting to accomplish with your website. For a majority of websites you only need a basic service that will fulfill the requirements listed above. In my 15+ years of experience I have settled on three hosts for all of my personal and private websites. At the moment I am favoring NameCheap, however they each have their own good points.
Website Hosting Recommendations:
If you need help with any of them just ask me I’d be happy to help provide basic information.