Web Hosting Companies I Use

Which Web Hosting Company Should You Use? Here Are The Best Companies I Recommend Depending On Your Needs
(out of the 33 web hosts I’ve tried over the last 6 years)


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Beginners

  • Build your first website or blog
  • No experience required
  • Domain registration included
  • Step by step tutorials
  • 24/7 phone support

Bluehost ($5/mo)

Bluehost is the best web host for beginner bloggers and website owners. From small business websites, to fashion and food blogs, this is the most affordable way to get started with your new website today. Great phone support, inexpensive, and free domain registration with 12 months or more upon signup. Get 40% of the regular price with this Bluehost coupon code. I also have beginner website and blog tutorials here that show you how to do everything step by step.

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Intermediate

  • Already have a website
  • Need faster hosting
  • Want to support more traffic
  • Want better hardware
  • Only support tickets

Knownhost VPS ($25/mo)

Knownhost is an awesome VPS host, if not the most economical in the industry. I’ve used them for many years when my shared hosting accounts becamse overloaded with traffic after sites got more popular. They offer excellent specs and performance for the money, and you won’t find a cheaper VPs with quality (and punctual) support anywhere in the industry. The only drawback to Knownhost is the lack of phone support… So you need to have a bit of existing experience so you know what to ask for in support tickets. Otherwise they are a rock solid VPS web host!

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Advanced

  • Familiar with hosting management
  • Want reliable failover redundancy
  • Enterprise/business class hardware
  • Tier III Support (with available NOC tech)
  • 24/7 phone support

Liquidweb Dedicated ($200/mo)

Liquidweb is my go to host for dedicated, colocation, and cloud hosting. They own their own datacenters, so there’s no middle men to get in the way of industry leading uptime and customer support. Their Storm platform let’s you deploy a VPS or dedicated server in their virtual environment within minutes, with the added ability to clone, destroy, or load balance a particular environment within the hour. HIPAA compliant data centers and security are a plus if you host medical clients or sensitive data as well. This is what I run CleverLeverage.com on personally, but is overkill for most intermediate bloggers. Highly recommended!

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Intro To Web Hosting Guide

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The Best And Worst Web Hosting Companies I’ve Used & Recommend

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welcome message

the only reason Bluehost is even listed here, is because I had a long term client for more than a couple years now, call me about a month or two ago. He was calling to get some help with his site (I didn’t build it or manage it for him, he’s strictly a lead gen client), and started to explain the problem to me. Turns out it was something I’d heard a thousand times or more, and have helped many many local businesses with this same problem over the years.

“matt, I can’t access my website to make changes, and I can’t get ahold of the web designer who built it. he said

I don’t know what’s going on with my website and I don’t know how to fix it.

I called bluehost for him and was shocked by the phone support. Now I have to give them extra credit here, be cause I’d imagine most of the users that call Bluehost are not experienced. I asked very specific questions and the guy was damn good and didn’t miss a beat. Seriously, I thought I was talking to a liquidweb teir 3 tech, which was weird to me. Very well spoken, uccinct answers, no bullshit.

Turns out this client of mine is on a shared hosting account as an addon domain mixed in with many other

Web hosting – blog setup – building a website

in the words of gary vaynerchuk, there’s a lot of people running around town recommending hosting companies, and blog setup services based on very little experience. The majority of these people have built a very small number of websites or blogs, and only used 2 or 3 web hosting companies, but hand out advice on those subjects like they’re veterans of the sport. We’re talking peeps who’ve setup or built less than 50 websites total, and on one blogging cms at that (typically wordpress). I’m going to run through the good bad and the ugly of most of these companies, and give you a bit more substance on why I recommend what I do, which companies I use for what, which companies I wouldn’t touch with a ten foot pole every again even if they gave it to me free, and real world experiences and future expectations of service, since they DO change from time to time. (you see a 3 year old review of 5 starts, but you don’t know that brand isn’t even managed or owned by the same ocmpany these days. In short, I’ll give you advice from the trenches, and only advise you to use products and service I use myself to this day.

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Hosting Companies I’ve Used

Personally:
Liquidweb
Knownhost
Stablehost
Hawkhost
Wiredtree
Godaddy
NameCheap
1and1
Hostgator
MediaTemple
Servint
Asmallorange
Bluehost
Linode
Digital Ocean
Vultr
Sparknode (Highvelocity)
Unixy
Amerinoc
Blazing Switch

Clients: (normally a migration ensued)

Ipage
Justhost
Dreamhost
Hostmonster

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Why Does Almost Every Hosting Comapny EIG Buys Turn To Shit?

List them

It’s very simple: Because they’re mission changes.

They’re no longer a couple guys who started a hosting company and have to prove themselves.

They switch from trying to provide the best service possible to make a name for themselves, to becoming accountable to shareholders.

What are shareholders?

Their duty is now to make those people happy, and return an a positive ROI on those shares… typically by whatever means nessecary.

You also have the aspect that new management and support is now under control. This gets farmed out to other countries where people are following a script.

Customers get pissed off by canned repsonses, slow support times, and below par perfomance.

The ones that don’t know any better (like tons of small businesses) stay with them for life because that’s who they’ve been using and it’s too much of a barrier to switch

they’re unaware that during certain time periods their websites take over 15-20 seconds to load, and it’s probably costing them money somewhere.

For the slightly more tech savvy, or those who build or at least work on their own websites or blogs, you notice it right away when things start to lag.

This is where the majority of the ocmplaints come from, but the main reason nothing changes is because there is enough of a core customer base that never leaves to keep sustaining these acquisitions. For now anyway.

I don’t really care one way or the other, I just want good service.

The only exception to the rule seems ot be Bluehost. The phone support they have is jam up, and it’s perfect for newbies since they automatically register your domain name and connect the dns to your hosting account… no waiting for shit to propgagte or fooling with dns settings.


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List Of EIG Owned Hosting Companies To Avoid

  • Bluehost – technically they are also owned by EIG, but they are the ONLY host I recommend on the list, no exceptions.
  • 2slick.com
  • Account Support
  • Arvixe
  • A Small Orange
  • Apollo Hosting
  • Berry Information Systems L.L.C.
    BigRock
    BizLand
    BlueBoxInternet
    BlueDomino
    Bluehost
    BuyDomains
    CirtexHosting
    Constant Contact
    Directi
    Dollar2Host
    Domain.com
    DomainHost
    Dot5Hosting
    Dotster
    easyCGI
    eHost
    EmailBrain
    EntryHost
    Escalate Internet
    FastDomain
    FatCow
    FreeYellow
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    Homestead
    HostCentric
    HostClear
    HostGator
    HostNine
    HostMonster
    HostV VPS
    hostwithmenow.com
    HostYourSite.com
    HyperMart
    IMOutdoors
    Intuit Websites
    iPage
    IPOWER/iPowerWeb
    JustHost
    LogicBoxes
    MojoMarketplace.
    MyDomain
    MyResellerHome
    NetFirms
    Networks Web Hosting
    Nexx
    PUBLICDOMAINREGISTRY.COM
    PowWeb
    PureHost
    ReadyHosting.com
    ResellerClub
    Saba-Pro
    SEO Gears
    SEO Hosting
    SEO Web Hosting
    Site5
    Southeast Web
    SpeedHost
    Spertly
    StartLogic
    SuperGreen Hosting
    Typepad
    Unified Layer
    USANetHosting
    vDeck
    Verio
    VirtualAvenue
    VPSLink
    Webzai Ltd.
    WebHost4Life
    webhosting.info
    Webstrike Solutions
    Xeran
    YourWebHosting

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