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Old 10-23-2011, 01:10 PM #1
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Best websites for Domain/Hosting?

What are some of the best domain/hosting sites you guys have used?
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:10 PM #2
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:39 PM #3
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GoDaddy or Dreamhost.

I used GoDaddy for years, their customer service is top notch, but I've heard great things about Dreamhost from many people.
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Old 10-23-2011, 02:42 PM #4
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Old 10-23-2011, 06:06 PM #6
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If it's just a small site (i.e. not a whole lot of traffic or need for 99.9999% uptime), you could also install Apache on a machine at home and host it there.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:52 AM #7
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If it's just a small site (i.e. not a whole lot of traffic or need for 99.9999% uptime), you could also install Apache on a machine at home and host it there.
Most ISPs that filter inbound traffic on port 80 for their "non-business" accounts to discourage things like this. For personal use just running it on a different port is usually will usually bypass that filtering, though.

Otherwise, it really depends on what you need. If you provide more information on exactly what kind of site you're hosting people may be able to provide better recommendations.

In my personal experience I've come to prefer Nearly Free Speech for buying domains-- they give you the option for "hiding" your whois information just like GoDaddy, they won't try to steal your domain names, they don't try to upsell you with 10 pages of **** you don't want and their prices are quite fair. I host an OpenBSD VPS on ARP Networks and so far have had great service with them. Their page and web management is a little sparse, but the service and OOB management are great and all I really require. If you prefer to run Linux, Linode is pretty much the standard. I ran a VPS with them for about 3 years and it was incredibly stable- the few times my VPS went down was due to my own tinkering. I don't recall ever having a network problem with them. They also have an awesome site which allows you to configure damn near everything regarding your box and a solid API for interacting with their management stuff. Their customer service is also known to be top notch.

I don't really have much recent first hand experience with shared hosting within the last 3 or 4 years, but I have friends who really like Dreamhost and haven't had problems with them and the pricing is pretty damn good there as well. I have a hard time believing DH will allow you to actually push "unlimited" amounts of data through your site as bandwidth is not cheap, but... whatever. I actually had a year with them 5 or 6 years ago I believe it was and besides slow dynamic page generation (to be expected on a shared host, honestly), I couldn't complain for something like $30 for the year. I actually just checked one of my friends sites that's hosted there and it's not currently loading... Strange. Maybe late-night maintenance or something.
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Old 10-26-2011, 03:04 AM #8
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:02 AM #9
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In spite of the stupid and sexist ads, godaddy.
Godaddy has a terrible web panel. Anything with cPanel is good. I use Just host for the time being. Been with them going on 3 years. Cancelled my godaddy account within 24hrs after seeing how ridiculous their layout was.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:14 AM #10
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Godaddy has a terrible web panel. Anything with cPanel is good. I use Just host for the time being. Been with them going on 3 years. Cancelled my godaddy account within 24hrs after seeing how ridiculous their layout was.
Go into web panel to setup FTP users and SQL/other databases. Then don't touch it ever again. Problem solved.
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Still doesn't change the fact that it's horrible.
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Old 10-26-2011, 11:59 AM #12
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It's not worth it to deal with a ****ty control panel for 5 minutes when it results in great service and support for as long as you choose to use the company?
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:29 PM #13
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Still doesn't change the fact that it's horrible.
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It's not worth it to deal with a ****ty control panel for 5 minutes when it results in great service and support for as long as you choose to use the company?
Have you actually used the support? The only things I seem to find online about it is that its horrible and that their service is severely oversold.. maybe chalk it up to just the vocal minority 'cause they're upset but.. idk. I got over supporting them after their obnoxious attempts to upsell me and needlessly complex management tools. I contend there are better options out there.


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Oh, forgot about HG. I used these guys before I went on my stint with Dreamhost and.. well I don't really remember much except I didn't have anything to complain about. I switched from them to DH 'cause DH offered SVN repo support at the time and some other neat features. IDK if they're still doing it, but they used to offer really cheap domains (something like $5) to customers. Not a bad deal.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:49 PM #14
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Just host has decent support. I haven't used it much but I had to get my password reset for my ftp and it was fairly quick. But lets be honest here, unless you are running dedicated servers, service and support will probably be the same around the board. It's what layout you like better and what makes life easier. Godaddy has neither of those.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:40 PM #15
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Have you actually used the support? The only things I seem to find online about it is that its horrible and that their service is severely oversold.. maybe chalk it up to just the vocal minority 'cause they're upset but.. idk. I got over supporting them after their obnoxious attempts to upsell me and needlessly complex management tools. I contend there are better options out there.
I have. And I had great luck with them. I had the plan that was $6.99/month for hosting, and had a domain name through them as well. No one ever tried to sell me anything but were quite friendly when I needed help with ****.

Maybe I just kept getting the few people who love their job. Who knows.
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Old 11-05-2011, 07:00 AM #16
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The upsells I was referring to was when you try to register a domain then you have to play "where's waldo" to find the link to decline the offers to host your email.. and your website.. or a bucket of fish heads on your doorstep the next morning
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I've been with Hostgator for 3 years now and so far, I have no complaints. They also have a good market place for buy and sell of domains on a good price as well.
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Old 03-26-2015, 04:03 PM #18
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Carls Junior also tastes good.
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Any of the usual shared hosts will do fine.. avoid the majors such as GoDaddy, or 1and1. Look for something with cpanel.
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I concur to godaddy suckage. I've had pretty good luck with hostgator.com they're local-ish and have good support.
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