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Anyone Know a Good, Reasonably Cheap Webhost That ISN’T GoDaddy?
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Koralatov
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Nov 22, 2009, 06:24 PM
 
I’ve had it with GoDaddy. They’re cheap, but they’re also providers of extremely crap service — confusing control panels, sleazy domain-parking, and their hosting is disgracefully slow. I’m looking to move somewhere when my contract comes up for renewal in a couple months, and I need some suggestions. I’m still looking for something that won’t bust the bank, and I need a couple of MySQL databases for a few Wordpresses and PHP for the same, and that’s about it.

Any suggestions?
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 06:28 PM
 
I use 1 and 1. Not too expensive at all, and I have yet to have a problem with either their business or their service over about 2 years of hosting. I got my domains through them too, which may involve a modest discount for me.

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Nov 22, 2009, 07:05 PM
 
That would also rule out Dreamhost if you don't want slow and cheap. Bluehost is highly rated, but I found their service slow too.

I'd go for a service that doesn't seem to build their business model around extremely high volumes for Walmart type prices. Maybe a company like MediaTemple, or even your own VPS with Linode/Slicehost ir you don't mind setting up your own server?
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 07:06 PM
 
I've used Hostignition. They were pretty cheap and had several PHP app choices.
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 08:13 PM
 
The short answer is: NO.

It's either cheap, or fast and reliable.

It's seems especially hard to find a good compromise.

-t
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 09:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by turtle777 View Post
The short answer is: NO.

It's either cheap, or fast and reliable.

-t
Pick any 2?
     
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Nov 22, 2009, 11:07 PM
 
Originally Posted by downinflames68 View Post
Pick any 2?
That's generally how it works. "Cheap" isn't an issue for me, though "affordable" is. I have not had any speed problems with 1 and 1, but I don't really challenge it much; my domain is not much more than a placeholder at the moment.

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Nov 22, 2009, 11:58 PM
 
Originally Posted by downinflames68 View Post
Pick any 2?
Just like women: sexy, single, sane.
     
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Wow. I've never heard of that. True though.
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 02:40 AM
 
DynDNS and your PC at home?
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 02:48 AM
 
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Originally Posted by The Godfather View Post
DynDNS and your PC at home?
If you don't need fast upload speeds, sure...
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 04:23 AM
 
I have been using Lunarpages for the last couple years. Works well enough.
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Nov 23, 2009, 08:02 AM
 
How about a VPS? You'll learn a little, it's cheap, and you have way more control over what you're allowed to do. My Linode is only $20 a month and is practically maintenance-free since all I run is a Wordpress site and some file shares on it.
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 08:15 AM
 
Affordable Web Hosting at Lunarpages

been very happy with them for over, over 6 years now i think. might be closer to 8. i've hosted many personal and business sites with them. never a problem.
     
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Nov 23, 2009, 09:36 AM
 
I use ASmallOrange for my site. $25/yr for a small site.
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Nov 23, 2009, 01:00 PM
 
Our club uses X7 Hosting and pays $120 a year for 60GB of space. We're low bandwidth, though.

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Nov 23, 2009, 02:52 PM
 
I can't even name a good Web host that is GoDaddy.
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Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
How about a VPS? You'll learn a little, it's cheap, and you have way more control over what you're allowed to do. My Linode is only $20 a month and is practically maintenance-free since all I run is a Wordpress site and some file shares on it.

Examples of features you can enable that may be difficult or impossible with other hosts:

- phpMyAdmin relational database features
- PHP APC cache
- mod_php vs. PHP as a CGI
- PHP config (in the case of mod_php hosts)
- SSH
- Netatalk (AFP for non-Mac machines)
- A VPN (useful for using your machine as a proxy, establishing VLANs, or using Samba)
- PostgreSQL

etc.

Lots of good reasons to use a VPS.
     
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Nov 27, 2009, 05:45 PM
 
Originally Posted by The Godfather View Post
DynDNS and your PC at home?
Really not an option, sadly. My broadband connection is so abysmally slow that I couldn’t even contemplate it. Also…

Originally Posted by shifuimam View Post
How about a VPS? You'll learn a little, it's cheap, and you have way more control over what you're allowed to do. My Linode is only $20 a month and is practically maintenance-free since all I run is a Wordpress site and some file shares on it.
…I’m going for simple and easy just now. I don’t really have the time to spend learning a bunch of stuff just now, but it’s something I might seriously consider in the future.

In the end, I think I’m gonna go with Media Temple’s Grid-Service Lite. It meets my cheap criteria, and a couple people I spoke to said they’re pretty good. Thanks for the input everyone.
     
   
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