Web Hosting Options
There are many types of hosting available. We’re covering just the basic question here of VALUE. If you need something more robust, like hybrid hosting, HIPAA or PCI compliant hosting, I would recommend LogicWorks. For less demanding solutions, which is what most of us need as business owners, keep reading.
Godaddy is cheap. If ‘cheap’ is your main concern, I like Godaddy. Better than 1&1 and several others. We use Godaddy and their Bulk Domain Program to manage our domains. I’ve never had any complaints about their domain services.
There are probably a thousand companies trying to compete with Godaddy. Millions of people use these companies, but take a minute to consider what would happen if your website went down. What about your email – how much would it cost you, both financially and emotionally?
Network Solutions MIGHT be a step up from Godaddy in terms of quality. They have been around forever and some people equate that with quality – I do not. Personally, I would never use Network Solutions for anything. They are one of the worst registrars I have dealt with, and they aren’t even cheap.
Then there are companies like RackSpace and Media Temple. They are better quality and much more expensive. Too expensive, if you ask me. With a little knowledge, you can get services equivalent, and better, than RackSpace and Media Temple for less money.
Our Favorite Web Host
Personally, I love LiquidWeb and, perhaps more importantly, my developers love it. Here’s what I like about it…
First, they offer Managed Hosting, which is great – they have a focus and don’t try to offer everything under the sun. I’ve found that companies with a strong focus tend to have great products and LiquidWeb has been no exception.
LiquidWeb calls their support “Heroic” and so far, I agree with them. It’s the best I’ve encountered in 13 years of dealing with hosting companies. Since they offer managed hosting, many things are taken care of for you – without additional charge. Depending on your current host, his includes migrating sites to their servers, which is amazing to me.
When one of our sites encounters a server error, issues are often fixed before we even pick up the phone, which is pretty quick considering we get instant text messages anytime a site is not reachable – and everyone there seems to be an expert, not so with companies like Godaddy where you often get a newbie.
LiquidWeb is not cheap, but they are a good value. Starting around $60/month, you can have really top-notch hosting – for as many sites as you want, with 8 dedicated IP addresses. If your bandwidth needs are larger, they are fully scalable and have Storm on Demand servers to protect against traffic surges and other potential issues.
In our experience, the uptime at LiquidWeb has been great. Speed is very good as well and they offer their own CDN, although it’s much more expensive if you want to enable that feature.
One-click installations of all the popular shopping carts and CMS’s (WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, etc) plus most of the features you would find at any other host.
Is that enough? I could probably go on, but the point is that I think LiquidWeb is the best value available in website hosting.
Remember — a good quality service that is still affordable is probably not spending tons of money on marketing and advertising, so don’t be afraid if haven’t heard of them. I’ve turned developers on to LiquidWeb who have been working with websites for years and have never heard of them.