Just a few days ago I talked to a friend about my different online ventures. He was amazed by the number of domain names I own (roughly 145 at this point). He asked me if I would have a website for each domain name I own. I actually declined and mentioned that I have roughly 60% of my domain names developed with their own website. Thinking about his overall reaction I think it is important to point out how easy it is to bring up your own website. [Read more…]
You need a new web host. You do a Google Search for “Web Hosting” and you feel a little overwhelmed by the 252,000,000 results Google presents in return. Admittedly, choosing the right host can be a overwhelming endeavor – no doubt. Now what? You pick a couple of web hosts and look at their websites, investigate pricing and hosting features. Now more confusion – all these web hosts pretty much look alike. Same pricing (though sometimes prices are $0.50 higher or lower), same features, same bandwidth and disk space and even the website design looks somewhat familiar going from host to host. It almost makes the impression they are running their web hosting business of the same blue print or the same manual.
Now, where do you turn to find a new web host? While you can use one of the many web hosting comparison websites (including my own list of web hosting recommendations), the best way is usually to follow the recommendation of a friend or family member. Personal recommendations are the best way to pick a new web host.
But when these personal recommendations are missing, how can you choose the right web host? Use common sense, spend some time researching and then create a list of 3 possible web hosts you like to try out. Verify that each webhost offers a money back guarantee and then move forward. Using a web host that offers a money back guarantee is important as it allows you to leave quickly without occurring any cost. Important in my opinion is the choice where you register your domain name. I personally do not want to be tied to a certain web host by registering the domain name I use through the web host. I prefer 3rd party domain name registries like NameCheap as an example. I keep control over the domain name. If I would try a new web host and have my domain name registered through the web host, they might either keep the name or charge a higher than normal price or make it really difficult to leave. What good is a money back guarantee if you have to leave your domain name behind?!
So, register the domain name at NameCheap (or if really necessary at Godaddy (be warned of the many upsells Godaddy has)), then work your way through the list of 3 web hosts that you like to try. Keep a good backup of your website so that you can easily move to a new web hosting provider as needed. Some web hosts offer better pricing if you pre-pay for 12 months or more. While this is a good deal, you might want to go month to month first and once you like a web host, contact their billing department and switch your payment option and pre-pay. Or at least pick the lowest pre-payment option and then upgrade later on. Do not let the lowest price force you into a decision you do not feel comfortable with. Every webhost will want you to stay and so it is never a problem to change your hosting plan option later on.
Here are my 3 favorite web hosts at the moment. Feel free to make them your list of web hosts to try out.
Host Monster is often considered a low profile webhost that has gradually (but surely) grown to become one of the greatest market players within the shared hosting universe. In my personal opinion Hostmonster website hosting is one of the greatest cpanel web hosting companies currently available. I personally favor cpanel for all my own website hosting due to the stable web hosting setup it provides and as it allows me to take care of all my web hosting customizations myself. Host Monster uses cPanel since they started offering web hosting and they are one of the largest cPanel hosts in my opinion. Why am I saying this? Well, Host Monster is home to over 750,000 domains that are hosted on their web servers. Not many web hosting providers can boost such a statistic.
Host Monster started as a web host in 1996 and has now completed 14 years in business. How many web hosts you know of can offer the same stability and experience? I know a few, but I can count them on 2 hands and have plenty of room counting. I started my own web hosting career with a website that I was able to host on my ISP’s servers, but I soon realized that my own domain name would be a good thing to have and to pick a good web host. By that time domain names still cost $35/year to register. At that time Host Monster was already around offering cheap web hosting. It’s amazing in my opinion.
Host Monster is different in one way as they still offer SSH access for their shared web hosting accounts. Call me old school, but I like that additional level of control as a web hosting customer. Not that this matters to most web hosting customers, but if you ever get to the next level in web hosting where you rather want to do something via SSH it is good to know that there are still web hosts out there that offer this kind of feature.
In regards to features, disk space, and bandwidth allowance you do not have to compromise with Host Monster. They match what other web hosts offer and even go the extra mile by offering you a free domain name registration INCLUDING domain privacy. Domain Privacy hides your personal information on the domain name registration (WHOIS) so that spammers cannot look up your phone number or your administrative email address. Depending where you would buy this on the open market you usually pay somewhere between $10 – $15 for this addon. Host Monster gives it to your for no extra cost. Free Domain Name Registration and Privacy Protection – this combination is hard to beat and hard to find from all other web hosts.
My Conclusion for today is that Host Monster is a great web host and you should definitely take a look at it before signing up for any other web host. Just because they do not advertise as aggressively as others, they should not be ignored. Their support has a great reputation and so if you love high uptime for your website (who doesn’t!!!), Host Monster might just do the trick. Visit Host Monster Web Hosting and check out their extensive list of web hosting features.
So, I was recently introduced to a new (new for me) web hosting company called JustHost.com. Since web hosting is the mantra of this website, I decided to provide a review about this web hosting provider. Now, keep in mind that I receive a lot of requests and recommendations for new web hosts and that I just do not have the time to look at every web host out there. Before I spent time reviewing a web host I make myself familiar with their website, do some research and then decide if I want to review them or not. JustHost.com passed my initial test and the result is a series of postings about this web host. I also want to point out that this is the first web host, where I created some video web hosting reviews.
Let’s get started reviewing this web host. JustHost.com was founded in 2008 and currently employs roughly 110 highly skilled folks. The company is home to approx. 280,000 domain names at the time of this writing. What I liked was that they are using brand name servers to offer cheap web hosting services. They are using Dell branded servers. I have been working with Dell servers myself for over 11 years now and really like them. So, this already scored some brownie points with me. 😉
Once my account for one of my test sites was setup I logged into the cpanel of my domain. Cpanel is a web control panel for hosting customers. It provides an easy to use interface and allows customers to self-serve many web hosting related functions without the need for customer support to help. I use Cpanel on ALL of my domains no matter where they are hosted. I love it. So, instead of writing down what I saw first inside my JustHost web hosting account, I created a video (see video in the upper right). Please take a look and check it out (it’s a short video – I promise).
Now that you have watched the video, I want to highlight a few points. Most of the items inside the video I liked. Instead of causing confusion for customers before they sign up, JustHost.com went a different route. They actually make it a great approach to a) educate a customer about available upgrades without really being pushy and b) it is very straight forward. The one thing I did not like are the 2 options for the search engine submissions. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) has become very complicated and I think that this type of work should be a more controlled process. But that is the only thing I did not like. The other options are reasonably priced and compare easy to other web hosts. So, if I would be a regular Joe looking for cheap web hosting, this would be a great way to a) buy cheap web hosting and b) still have options available to grow a website.
This posting is part of a series of postings about JustHost.com – for me a top web hosting company.
Please Note: In the video I mentioned that I do not know how long these upgrades are available. The seem to be available at all times. So, if you want to sign up with JustHost, this should not hold you back. Check out the JustHost.com Homepage here.