How to Choose the Best Hosting Company

When deciding which hosting company to choose, it is important to consider several companies, not just one.

Like any good shopper, you need to look around, compare quality of companies, and perhaps most importantly, consider the price to quality ratio of the kind of site you will be starting.

For example, if you are running a small site (i.e a restaurant, bar, small business, etc) that won’t be seeing more than 10,000 hits per month on average, you should be fine going with a company like Bluehost, Hostgator, or iPage.  These companies are very affordable and great at servicing the small to medium sized website.  They can get you started at less than $5 per month. Check out our popular iPage vs Bluehost Review or our Bluehost vs Hostgator review if you are interested to find out more.

On the other hand, if you are running a site that will be running complex applications, and receiving a large amount of traffic, you’ll want to think about choosing a cloud based company like Rackspace which charges a little more–well, a lot more at $0.04 per hour–but which gives its customers additional features such as 99.999% uptime, and the ability to run complex applications with no additional load time for those viewing the site.

Even though we are talking about load time differences of seconds and in some cases fractions of seconds, these seconds are absolutely critical when a new user is viewing your site.  In a day and age when our attention spans are lower than ever before, .05 seconds can be the difference in a user viewing your site or clicking the ‘x’ in the upper left corner.

Qualities to look for when choosing a hosting company

So then, what are the qualities that you should look for when choosing a hosting company, you ask?

Price

Unsurprisingly, price is one of the top qualities to take into consideration when deciding on a hosting company. Along with the fact that they should include an any-time money back guarantee for you. This makes sense.  Why pay more for something when you can pay less?

Customer Service

When the stuff hits the fan and something goes wrong with your site, you want to know that you’ll have reliable customer service from your company that can get you back on track.

User Interface

What is the Ease of use once you are inside your hosting company’s control panel?  Will you be using wordpress, or will you want to be able to take advantage of another site building platform?

Reputation

Does the company have a reputation for screwing over its customers? Does the company make it difficult for you to get your money back?

Performance

How fast does your site load?  Obviously if you go with a premium service like Rackspace this will be very, very fast. But what is the difference between sites like iPage, Hostgator, Bluehost, etc.?

Are you trying to choose a hosting company?  Check out our Site Index which gives you a comprehensive list of all the reviews we have compiled on Hosting and Server Pros.

Why Non-profits Should Use Dreamhosts for Hosting

Do you run or own a non-profit? If you have a website, you should be using Dreamhost to host it.

And if you are a nonprofit, you should definitely use them to host your website.

As your hosting will be free as long as you can demonstrate non-profit status.

Happy hosting!

Hosting and Server Pros’ New Charitable Giving Pledge

Here at Hosting and Server Pros we are proud to introduce the Charity Pledge that we are making after almost a year of putting out hosting reviews. Even as a small reviews site, we believe in making the world a better place through charitable donations to those in need.

As of February 24, 2014, When you sign up with a hosting company through Hosting Company Reviews HQ™, we will donate 5% of all proceeds from all affiliate commissions to selected charities.

Our selected charities thus far are:

Questions? Email our charitable donations consultant, returned Peace Corps Volunteer Michael Dooley at michael (dot) dooley1 [at] gmail.com.

We hope to formalize this agreement shortly.  Feel free to leave a comment here or check out our new Page.

Once again, Happy Hosting from the Hosting and Server Pros!

8 Reasons You Should Start a Blog

Today’s guest article comes from blogger Michael Dooley over at Mike’s Hosting Reviews. 

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When I was in the Peace Corps, I decided that having a blog would be a sort of public diary that I could use to keep in touch with friends and family and update them all at once about my whereabouts and the specifics of what I was doing.

This is going to sound a little corny, but what I found out is that a blog is so much more! (I warned you about the corniness!)

A blog is wonderful tool, and it serves a purpose much higher than simply permitting you to share stories with friends and family when you are away in the Peace Corps.

In fact, I advocate starting and maintaining a blog for everyone, as mundane as you think your life is.

Yea, yea, yea, you’re probably thinking…get to the point, Mike. Why should I start a blog if I’m not doing something out of the ordinary like the Peace Corps? What good will it do me? And why will people be interested in my story?

Your story is your story, and it doesn’t matter if lots of people are interested in it or not. The people who are interested in it will read it. These are the people who are willing invest the time to keep up a relationship with you. A blog is perhaps one of the most underrated tools for intellectual development out there in modern day. If done right, it is the intellectual advancement club of the 21st century.

In the 1920s, legendary authors Hemingway, F. Scott Fitzgerald and their cronies sat around together in Paris bouncing ideas off of each other (and yes, probably also enjoying some adult beverages). In the 21st century, we have the privelage of being able to network with like minded people from all over the globe, while just sitting at our desk. A blog:

1) Helps you develop better writing skills

2) Helps you expand and advance seedlings of your ideas

3) Gives you the opportunity to network with other people (virtually, and in real life)

4) Helps you become more competent with technology

5) Gives you intelligent and unique points of view to bring up in real life conversations

6) Can be a great hard source to point to on your resumé

7) Is a great tool for chronicling general self-development

8) Can inspire others

If you notice, I’ve left off this list one reason that some people start a blog: to make money. Yes, you can make money from a blog eventually, but if this is your only motivation for starting a blog, you will most likely be disappointed. Most blogs that do make a decent amount of money make nothing for 1-2 years while they crank out content.

That being said, if you have an idea for a blog where you believe you are an expert who can talk intelligently about a topic, a blog may be the perfect medium for you to carry out your plan. A few awesome blogs that I have stumbled across:

http://theredpilljournal.com/ – A young man’s self development journey.

http://unemployedkat.com/ – This typical postgrad blogs about everything from boyfriends to puppies.

http://whichguayagain.wordpress.com/ – This young, handsome man’s blog chronicles 27 months in Paraguay as a Peace Corps Vol…Oh wait that’s myyy old blog ☺.

So there you have it, 8 solid reasons why you should start a blog or website. So what are you waiting for? Start your site today and write that first post!

Until Next Time,

Your Man who was 6’2″ tall in 8th grade then didn’t grow another inch,

Mike Dooley

I called 6 Hosting Companies to Talk to Customer Service. This is what I found

Years ago when I was starting my first website, I knew nothing about hosting. What is it?  All I knew was that different companies have different mascots and different prices. Now I know a lot about hosting, which is one of the reasons I decided to start this site–as a resource for people just getting started.

There is a lot you can learn about a hosting company just by calling them. So I did. And this is what I found:

 

Greengeeks

GreenGeeks 

The first company I called was GreenGeeks. They are a smaller company. When I called I got immediately through to support. No waiting time whatsoever. Very friendly, eager to help.

Reseller hosting is Linux based, which is the industry standard. For $3.96/month, you get an unlimited number of domains.

GreenGeeks headquarters is located in California north of Los Angeles.

They make it super easy to set up your site.

Why are they called ‘green?’ Every month they calculate the energy they use up from the grid, then buy 3x that amount in wind farm credits.

Want to Greenify your hosting? I definitely reccomend GreenGeeks. Customer Reviews are steller as well:


 

Bluehost

Bluehost Hosting Icon 

Bluehost is one of the highest ranked web hosting companies in the world. Customer Support, pricing, servers, it’s all quite top notch.

When I called Bluehost, I got through right away as well. Bluehost is also what I host this website on. Great speed, solid pricing plans. For $5 per month they give you a lot.

Bluehost is recommended by WordPress, the biggest blogging platform in the world. Bluehost’s technology syncs very well with WordPress, so you can rest assured that your Blog will be as awesome as it possibly can be.

Wordpress Recommends Bluehost 

I highly recommend using Bluehost and I say that 100% from experience since it’s what I’ve used for years. Customer service is great, features are great, and you can’t really go wrong.  Bluehost has the power of a big company with the customer service of a small one–the best of both worlds.

 

iPage

iPage 

When I called iPage to talk to technical support, I was put on hold due to high call volume. I waited for 20 minutes before finally talking to someone. Not fun.

That being said, iPage is one of the most affordable hosting companies out there. You can’t beat their introductory offer of $1.68 per month. You can start your website right now and pay less then $50.

They do have 24 hour, U.S. based call support. iPage’s Main headquarters in Burlington, Massachusetts but the call center is based in Phoenix.

According to the rep I talked to, iPage uses Apache and Netcann servers. “Unlimited” data storage applies, but only up to 25 gigs. I mean, that’s a ton of space, but still. Seemed more like ‘limited’ data storage.

If it’s a bargain you are going for, iPage is a good option. iPage gives you full WordPress capability and the other minimum features. But if it’s service you are looking for and you are willing to pay a couple extra bucks, I would go with GreenGeeks or Bluehost.

 

WebHostingHub

WebHostingHub

I’ve been seeing these guys around a lot lately so I thought I would call to see what the fuss is about.

I called and was put through immediately to tech support. A good sign. Then I found out some interesting info.

WebHostingHub is employee owned and operated with a 90 day money back return policy. They are rated A+ by the better business bureau.

Interestingly, you have to pay for the full year up front. There are no monthly plans. But then you still have that money back guarantee.

The WebHostingHub Headquarters is in Los Angeles, with a base in Virginia. Their datacenters are located in both places.

WebHostingHub is a solid hosting company and they hire very polite customer service people. I give WebHostingHub a thumbs up seven up! I like the fact that it is smaller and company owned.

 

Hostgator

Hostgator 

When I called Hostgator I waited for 5 minutes before getting through to a rep who was very polite and helpful.

I like Hostgator. I’ve heard good things from people who use it.

They are open 24/7/365 for direct U.S. support. Unlimited diskspace and bandwidth.

Based in Austin and in Houston Texas. Servers are in Houston and in Utah.

Probably the coolest thing about Hostgator is the fact that their plans are month-to-month. Also, you can get started for just 1 cent for the first month, a pretty cool introductory offer. Hostgator gets a thumbs up from me.

 

GoDaddy


The harsh reality of owning a business just got 30% less harsh. Save 30% with GoDaddy!

We’ve all seen the infamous line of Superbowl commercial that put GoDaddy on the map:

Regardless of questionable moral terpitude, it’s a genius campaign—associate sex with something everyone needs: websites. Even if it is a roundabout association.

But I digress. GoDaddy is one of the largest hosting companies around. According to site tests, it will make your site run faster then most of the competition. Many internet wizards theorize speed is good for SEO. I know that I rank fine for lots of keywords with my Bluehost hosting. But if I were signing up for hosting now, I would definitely consider giving them a try.

Godaddy Speed

According the rep I talked to, GoDaddy gives tons of support for your WordPress site, which is the industry standard these days. He was super polite and helpful.

 

Por Conclure

There are many companies out there these days who will allow you to get your website up and running. I use Bluehost and they are fantastic. If I were signing up today though, I might think about going with GreenGeeks to be environmentally friendly, or try GoDaddy to see if their faster load times really do impact SEO.

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The Ten Coolest New Domain Extensions

For as long as the internet has been around, the available domain extensions have been the standard .com, .org, .edu, .net, etc.

But this year, the internet is finally getting a makeover.

Recently, a host of new extensions were released.  Instead of just the standard, boring old domains, we got fun, new domains.  Allow me to introduce the best of the best, all of which shall be offered within the next year:

1) .Guru

Who in their right mind doesn’t want to be a guru at something?  I can see a whole host of awesome sites being started with the .guru tail.  Are you a beer guru?  A workout guru?  A guru of anything?  Register the .guru domain and Voila! you’ll have instant credibility.

2) .Ninja

Who in their right mind does not want to be a ninja?  Now, with the .ninja extension, you can do just that!  Do you want to be the ninja of soccer?  Music?  Money?  Just register your extension and you are good to go as a qualified ninja!

3) .Sexy

I can’t stop thinking of all the things that could be placed before the .sexy extension and intantly turn, well, sexy.  Thongs.sexy. Beercans.sexy.  Grandmas.sexy.  The possibilities are infinite.

4) .Best

Want to be the best at something but you’re not sure how to show it?  Do you have the best idea ever?  Just register the .best extension, and you’ll be money

5) .Futbol

One of the few non-English words on the domain extension list, I think .futbol will be blowing up.  I don’t know about you, but I’m preregistering all the domain names I can that have to do with .futbol.  (Especially on the heels of this awesome World cup of 2014 what what!)

6) .中文网

Even google translate couldn’t help me with this one.  Which leads me to believe that it is really sweet.  Who wouldn’t want an extenstion ending in .中文网?  I, for one, am all about .中文网.

7) .Xyz

As one of the few nonsensical domain extensions added to the list, .xyz stands out.  Does your website idea not really fit in to any one of the 100′s of new extensions?  Well, problem solved.  XYZ!

8) .Expert

Have you ever wanted to be an expert at something, but just don’t have the time to put in the work?  Just kidding, you would never do that…  I meant, are you an expert at something but you aren’t sure how to show it?  With a .expert domain tail, your problem is solved!

9) .Coffee

Why does coffee have a specific domain extension, you might be thinking.  Well has someone who has worked a brunch shift at a busy restaurant, let me tell you, people drink coffee like the world’s supply is ending.  As awesome as this extension is, I’m not sure how many people would actually use it.  Farmers?  Barista blogs?  Still.  The randomness of this extension is what makes it #9.

10) .Kiwi

I’m not sure if ICANN (the organization deciding domain extensions) just really loves this particular fruit, or if this domain is supposed to be an homage those nice folks living down under.  The sky is really the limit for what you want to do with a fruit as your domain extension!

There may even been some sweeter domains coming into play, like .moto, .vodka., .beer, and those will all be pretty awesome too.  If you are interested in investing in internet real estate, now is a great time to do so!  Check out my iPage vs Bluehost or Bluehost vs Hostgator reviews if you are thinking about registering for a hosting company and want to register some of those sweet new tails for yourself!

GreenGeeks Vs BlueHost: Which is Better?

If you’re interesting in building a website and having it hosted, then it’s important to know which host provider to go with. When it comes to WordPress, the two big names in the hosting business are GreenGeeks and BlueHost. GreenGeeks is known for being a reputable green web hosting provider while BlueHost has had more than eighteen years in the industry of web hosting. So in an argument of GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost, which web hosting provider is going to prevail?

GreenGeeks Vs BlueHost: Pricing

GreenGeeks is capable providing web hosting services to any customer for the price of $7.95 per month, while BlueHost offers services for $6.99 per month. However, both providers are always offering discounts throughout the year for new customers to save big on their initial costs. With the costs being so similar and the plethora of freebies that are provided, such as a free site builder, free themes and plugins, and one free domain name, it can be difficult to determine the winner in GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost. One key selling point, however, is that GreenGeeks has a 30-day money back guarantee, while BlueHost promises your money back at any time.

GreenGeeks Vs BlueHost: Features

Both web hosting providers offer an all-in-one WordPress hosting which provides their customers with all of the features that they need to build an effective website. With the offers of unlimited disk storage, sub domains, email accounts, and the use of coding languages such as Perl and PHP, the possibilities are endless in what you can do to build your WordPress website. GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost still seems to stand on equal ground to each other, with neither pulling ahead of the other. The video below shows just how easy it is to install WordPress with GreenGeeks:

GreenGeeks Vs BlueHost: Technical Support

Technical support will make or break a web hosting provider’s business. Many of the people who build their websites are not technically minded, so having a technical support that can help them with their problems at any time of the day is a big bonus. Both providers are available 24/7, with trained and helpful staff that is always eager to help. They both also provide online Help Centers so customers can find their questions already answered if they don’t want to submit a question to the staff.

GreenGeeks Vs BlueHost: Conclusion

When it comes to GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost, it can be difficult to tell which web hosting provider would come out on top. They offer excellent quality services, are eager to provide assistance to their customers, and provide all of the key features and tools that customers need to beef up their websites. GreenGeeks has been slated to be a more eco-friendly service provider, while BlueHost is much more cost effective, but there is really no other difference between the two. In a battle of GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost, if you’re interested in saving the environment, GreenGeeks is for you, but if you want to save a little extra cash, BlueHost can provide you with the same quality service.

What ever you choose, happy hosting!

Hostgator vs iPage

Hostgator vs iPage in 2014

If you are caught up in the Hostgator vs iPage dilemma, this concise and in-depth review will help you make the final decision between the two popular hosting companies!

Hostgator serves over 5 millions customers, and iPage is also in the millions. In terms of reputation, Hostgator comes out slightly ahead of Hostgator.

iPage and Hostgator differ is the number of domains that you can host. With Hostgator’s Baby Plan for $3.95, you can only have 1 domain, whereas with iPage you may host unlimited domains for just $1.99 per month. In order to host unlimited domains with Hostgator, you must upgrade to the hatchling plan which costs $6.96 per month.

A little known fact is that Hostgator and iPage are actually owned by the same company, Endurance International Group. The brands utilize different facilities, however: Hostgator’s servers are located in Utah, and iPage’s servers are located in Boston.

All in all, we have found that iPage’s low price may indeed be deceiving, as it seems to be just as high quality of a web hosting company as Hostgator when it comes down to it. Why pay more for something that is just is good? Sometimes, as much as we think that the more costly product will be higher quality, that does not have to be the case.

Our editors’ pick: iPage.

Hostgator vs Dreamhost

Some people get confused choosing between hostgator vs dreamhost, most of them for small business entrepreneur or personal blogging.Both have very good brand value and customer response.

Hope our review will help you to choose which one fits according to your needs.

Who’s been longer:

Dreamhost established at 1998 that means they’re in the market for 16 years and Hostgator started their business in 2002 that means dreamhost is in the market for longer than hostgator.

Dreamhost is in the market for 16 years and hostgator from 12 years.

Features:

Here is the summarised feature comparison between hostgator and Dreamhost.

Hostgator Dreamhost
High reputation in providing high quality web hosting. High quality web hosting
cPanel is adopted to simplify the management of website statistics, files, databases, emails and domains no mention
Free 24×7 responsive technical support is accessible via toll-free telephone, live chat and email. Impressive customer care support
Upgradable options meet the growing demands as small business websites expand. Upgradable according to demand
The web hosting service is as low as $3.71/mo The web hosting service is as low as $8.95/mo

 

Pricing:

Hostgator got a full bag of mindblowing including Cpanel with load of customization at only 3.71/month and Dreamhost offering hosting service at $8.95/mo

Customer service:

Dreamhost provides free support via email only, on the other hand, hostgator provides instant online free chat with customer care associates.

Customer care chat is very responsive and effective.

Performance:

Performance is almost same both is fast and smooth.Didn’t faced any problems and obstacles.

I would prefer to go with hostgator between hostgator vs dreamhost because they have responsive customer care service, better price and long business history.

Have a nice day!

Dreamhost vs GoDaddy

are you thinking of choosing between dreamhost vs godaddy for your website and looking for a rich review and comparison then you’ve reached the right place.

There are thousands of articles are out there but I think this will help you to choose that which one suits you and which one fulfills all of your purposes.

 

Who has been around longer?

Godaddy and dramhost are both pretty much popular in the market, but Dreamhost was founded in 1996, and godaddy started their business in 1997.

So the thing is clear Dreamhost is in the market for 17 years and godaddy for 16 years.

Features:

feature comparison between dreamhost an godaddy

Features Dreamhost Godaddy
Free Domain 1 for life No
Disk Space unlimited 100gb
Sub-Domains Unlimited 25
MysQl Databases Unlimited 10
Email accounts unlimited 100

 

Dreamhost vs Godaddy in 2014; an escape from the worst (Godaddy)

Pricing:

Godaddy has a cheap starter pric of 8.95$/moth where Dreamhost got a little higher price as 5.19$/month but if you look at the serices they are providing you’ll be convinced.Just watchout the in depth comparison between and Godaddy

Customer service:

Both are pretty much appreceated for great customer care service.Both has a huge team of customer care specialists.Anytime you need any help they’re always there to help you 24/7.

 

Performance

Godaddy is popular for its fast wordpress installing performance, and dreamhost is popular for its vast easy to use features, in some catagories they perform almost same, we can consider as a tie between dreamhost and godaddy.

At the end of the day if you look at the whole comparison you’ll find that dreamhost wins between dreamhost vs godaddy .I htink dreamhost will keep discovering their new service for new users and keep their devotion alive for past customers.