What Is Your Favorite Hosting Company?

If you are looking for VPS or dedicated servers just sign up with Servint. You cannot lose. I have been with them for years. To say their customer service is excellent simply does not do them justice. Any time day or night for years they have solved my most difficult technical problems quickly and with total competence and professionalism.

Even when I have had problems which really were not within the parameters of web hosting support they dived in and helped me. And they are good. Really good technically. The tech support staff that you first contact are their top line people. Some web hosting companies put their less experienced people on the first line of calls and then if the problem is too difficult they kick it up to the more experienced techs. I have never come up with one issue that their first line tech support could not handle. If you are looking at dedicated servers or VPS servers then a couple of dollars difference in prices is not what you should be looking at. Your web business is too valuable to be down even for a few hours. You need the peace of mind knowing you have professionals managing your web presence. I have been online for over 10 years and I have tried many web hosting companies. I give Servint an A++ rating. Fantastic company.

Another company which is superb for VPS and dedicated servers is Liquid Web. I rarely use their tech support because everything just works all the time. You order the server and it works immediately. This is actually quite rare. Many times the servers are not set up right, the DNS set up is not complete, and you have to go through a whole dance to get your server up and going. You are almost shocked when you log in for the first time and everything just works! The first time. Liquid Web is also a good business web host. They understand the needs of busy sites and want to do everything they can to see you succeed online. The few times you need tech support they respond quickly and competently. For managed dedicated servers and VPS servers I highly recommend Liquid Web. I have personally used both Servint and Liquid Web for years.

If you are looking for shared hosting you might check out Host Gator. I do not personally use them because I do not use shared hosting. My needs have grown. They have very competitive packages and are one of the largest companies out there for shared hosting. HostGator is one of the world’s top 10 largest web hosting companies with more than 2,500,000 hosted domains. You can get web hosting starting at $4.95 per month for UNLIMITED Disk Space and UNLIMITED Bandwidth. This is good is you are just getting started with your own website and domain which I highly recommend.

So my recommendations for dedicated and VPS servers are:
1. Servint
2. Liquid Web

You may wonder why I do not list more companies. I have tried many dedicated server hosting companies and most of my experiences have been negative. It is amazing. Problems with hacking, not understanding how busy sites work, lack of basic technical competence, poor overall support and on and on. I wish I had a bigger list great companies but the companies above have been tested by fire. They are first rate.

My recommendation for shared hosting is Host Gator. I do not use them for my sites but they have very competitive packages for beginners. What are your favorite hosting companies? Please tell me the reasons behind your choice. This is an important topic and we can all benefit from each others experiences.

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About Matthew Meyer

I run this blog as well as www.thefreeadforum.com and www.quickregister.net. I am a full time internet markter who is still learning everyday.
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109 Responses to What Is Your Favorite Hosting Company?

  1. Alex says:

    My favourite host is bluehost, all my sites are hosted there, never had a problem with them and the server uptime is almost 100%.

  2. Yuan.Yu says:

    I have used hostgator more than 4 years, best share hosting as I used?

  3. craig says:

    Hi i use chris farrells hosting which comes free with the membership

  4. firentire says:

    My favorite hosting is PedalHost.
    Good and quick customer service, 99.9 % uptime guarantee.

    Now they have a summer special for only $1.95/month which includes Fantastico, Website Builder, Free Setup.

    Activation in no time.

    Never had problems with them.
    Very good prices.

    http://www.pedalhost.com

  5. Sorry, Host Gator has not been good to me or for me.

    Right now my focus is on blogging and Google Blogger or Blogspot is really working well. Comparing this with other blogging companies, well, ease of use is best with Blogspot.

    My main company http://BeBiz.com and the blog included that goes to my blogs is really great.

    Barrymor http://howtogardengardener.com

  6. Sorry, hostgator is not my favorite. Right now I have moved on to blogging and find Google Blogger or Blogspot working very well. It is so simple and is liked by Google search and other Google supports. I am open to other blogging hosts. My Google profile is getting around.

    Barrymor

  7. I use Stores Online Pro. Very comprehensive offering. Not cheap.

  8. amit kumar says:

    Hi Every one,

    I must say these are the best options…

    http://www.hostjester.com

    http://www.godaddy.com

  9. Leo S. says:

    About Freewebs… Well, as most of the time, you get what you (not) pay for…

    For the very simple starters: try http://www.yola.com. Complete FREE to start with – and yet good help with many explaining video’s! Buy a domeinname? Hosting remains free! Upgrade as you please!

    http://www.yola.com

  10. Don Kibby says:

    By far the most comprehensive online marketing platform is GVO.
    You get unlimited hosting,eresponder, video producer, domain name,loads of online marketing training through GVO Academy, global coverage, income stream by promoting the business which will pay for your 44.95/month cost. It’s a no brainer! Try it for 14days@$1.00
    http://dkibby/go.gvo.com

  11. Bruno says:

    I’ve had dozends of hosts in my time as a developer and the best hosting I’m getting is from http://www.makosolutions.com/. I’ve been there for over a year and service is outstanding.

  12. I have my own company called TRI FORCE affiliate marketing and I use Crazy Domains and yahoo and have had no trouble except yahoo bouncing emails from my sights

  13. Lynn Brown says:

    My favorite hosting company was through Yahoo that included my sitebuilder and shopping cart. Always were able to help me any time of day or night! Support always friendly, helpful and knowledegable. Used them for over 6 years.

    Also have used GoDaddy, WordPress and now I use WebStarts ProVersion.

  14. I have been using http://byethost.com/ for the last couple of years and very pleased with what they have to offer. At 2.99 a month they offer alot more then higher priced shared hosting.

  15. My favourites are 123-reg and supanames.

    Both very good.

    Rgds Vince

  16. Kelly says:

    I’m using Dreamhost and as far as I’m concerned they’re the best hosting provider I’ve ever found… and I’ve been doing this for a very long time.

  17. wpsJack says:

    Hi Matt,
    I have been with StartLogic for a number of years and along with 100,000 other customers I find their service and support to be top notch. I have never had an unanswered issue.

  18. Alex says:

    Hi Matt,
    I host 2 sites on vodahost.com & their customer service is just excellent – any issues (by the way, I have had only little problems with this provider for the last 2 years :-)) resolved in minutes. If you’re looking for “cheap” webhosting solution (not a dedicated server) – they are in the “top 10″.

  19. Before you buy tips. There is something you should do…
    Phone up their Technical Support and ask so difficult questions.

    See how the respond… next time this may be for real.

    Hosting Question you should ask

  20. Summer Lewis says:

    some webhosting companies give free domains upon signing up with one of their plans ;*’

  21. Gladys says:

    I use GDI

  22. trishack says:

    I also use prosense on a blog i started a week ago, and i hope it does good.

  23. Here is a recent Transcript using Live support from 3IX.
    Thats why I use Hostgator.

    Live-Help: Welcome to 24×7 Live Chat, my name is Jill, please hold for a moment, I am reviewing your question.
    Colin Jones: ok
    Live-Help: How may I help you today?
    Live-Help: You find details on the plans provided by us on the following link: *Link removed*
    Live-Help: All our hosting plans include the easy to use cPanel, POP3 & IMAP email accounts, Awstat Statistics, Sub-domains, PHP & MySQL, Mailing Lists, free scripts and many other features.
    Colin Jones: were you able to read the question?
    Live-Help: Our uptime is consistently in the high 99% (99.7-99.9%) we have technicians monitoring the servers 24×7, in the event of an outage or loading they will take action immediately.
    Live-Help: What is your problem ?
    Live-Help: I don’t found your account here.
    Colin Jones: I am a previous customer of yours
    Live-Help: and then ?
    Live-Help: What do you want to do now ?
    Colin Jones: Are you just rude or dont you understand my question I want to buy some hosting
    Live-Help: yes
    Live-Help: and then ?
    Live-Help: What do you want to do now ?
    Colin Jones: sell me hosting
    Live-Help: you rude first
    Live-Help: You find details on the plans provided by us on the following link:
    **Link Removed**
    Colin Jones: I will email this back to your boss obviously 3ix hasnt improved
    Live-Help: go ahead
    info: Your chat transcript will be sent to colin4272@gmail.com at the end of your chat.
    Live-Help: Thank you for using our 24×7 Live Chat Service, if you would like a copy of this chat, please click the ‘Close’ button and enter your email address.
    Live-Help: You will also be able to rate our service and make any comments you think would help us to improve, your opinion is important to us.
    Live-Help: Thank you for chatting. Good-bye.
    3IX their staff are as tidy as their web site. No thanks
    Back to Hostgator…….

  24. Colin, that is brutal man! The web hosting business is a business where service has to be fantastic. I am in the process of looking for a new VPS provider, I think I found one VPSLatch. However, I checked a few reviews on others I was considering and nixed them because of bad reviews. People seem to like Hostgator but for VPS Servint and Liquidweb have been great for me. The only reason I was looking for another one is because I do not want to put all my eggs in one basket.

  25. kmm says:

    For me HostBig have been brilliant. Incredible prices from just $1 pcm, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited web space and excellent support. Every time I’ve needed help their live chat support sorted it out. Not often I rave about anything but HostBig so far have been spot on!

  26. Randy says:

    I have been using 000Webhost and I really love them. Great service..very reliable. The great thing about 000Webhost is that you can build as many FREE websites as you want. And their upgrade package is very inexpensive.

  27. John says:

    For hosting I like a local Long Island ISP Hosting company called Vastnet. They have been in business 11+ years and their support is very professional and courteous, if ever needed. Vastnet’s owner is always available and goes the extra mile when and if needed.

    Vastnet.net is best used for VPS and dedicated servers and their prices , though a bit expensive for hosting ( in my opinion )are well worth it considering the service provided.

  28. Janny says:

    Hostgator has been fantastic for me. They always resolve my woes. Now hang on….. now I will search to find what shared hosting is.

    Janny

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  48. Roger Viles says:

    For shared hosting in the UK I recommend Vidahost http://www.vidahost.com who provide an excellent service, with Rsoft back-up and real telephone support if needed.

    They also now offer cloud solutions.

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