I google it but get some quite differently result, some web will list ipage, some is hostmonster, and others, I want to buy from Fatcow, anyone knows fatcow, or you think other provider is better in price and service. thanks.
Fatcow has the friendliest support I ever came across, and I’ve tested over a dozen over the years.
iPage, Fatcow, and Powweb are essentially the same thing. For some time, Fatcow was the cheapest and the only downside was that you got a few less Facebook/Google credits. However, they’ve changed their pricing earlier this year, and they are now MORE expensive than iPage, while offering less bonus features. iPage offers 0 in bonus features, Fatcow 5 while being 3c more per day.
What you should ask yourself is what kind of hosting you really need…and then go for the cheapest option.
If you get less than 20k visitors per month, and don’t run too many hardcore scripts…shared hosting will be fine. Most providers offer the same “unlimited bandwidth/emails/space, sitebuilder, bonus credits” but there’s still many variations in price. The cheapest reliable one I found (some are crap) was Greenville for only 9c/day. I was alway happy with their support and server uptime. If you absolutely want a few more Facebook/Google credits as a bonus, you can go with iPage and get 0 in credits. All come with a free domain, and Justhost even gives you 3. The thing to note is that I would never pay more than .5/mo if they only give you 1 free domain!
If you want to upgrade because you’re expecting a ton of visitors or want to run extensive databases, I’d go with VPS. The speed increase will be significant and you’ll get your own IP which helps with ranking on Google. If you are on shared hosting, you might be on the same server as a site that’s blacklisted by Google…and suffer consequently. VPS hosting is faster, and helps with ranking a bit. I checked out at least 8 providers over the years, including Inmotion, myHosting, Liquidweb, and Hostgator. I won’t mention the bad ones. Hostgator was fine, but I was a bit disappointed by their support. Liquidweb was slightly more expensive than the rest, but their support and sever infrastructure is EXCELLENT…so you’re willing to pay a small premium to get imo the best VPS (and dedicated) host, go for Liquidweb. They’ll also migrate your site to their servers for free if you sign up with the right coupon. It sounds as if you’re not sure how to do it, and although it’s not that difficult, having someone do it for you would probably help…especially if their general support is also excellent, and Liquidweb’s support most certainly is. Inmotion and myHosting are pretty even, but myHosting had a cool “3 months free” offer when I was looking for a new host, so I went with them…especially considering I now only pay 52c/day for super fast/reliable VPS hosting
As for dedicated hosting, at that point, you either want something really cheap, or the best host because your business depends on it. The best dedicated host hands down is Liquidweb imo. I’ve tested a few others, but no other host was so helpful as they were when I ran into trouble. They also offer to migrate your website FOR FREE! And unlike some others, they will actually do it and not give you some hogwash reason as to why they can’t do it. If you want someone to move your site, Liquidweb is your best bet. If you want the cheapest dedicated host out there, you should go with HostRocket’s /mo deal. Great uptime and servers…but their support is not as good as Liquidweb’s support.
Anyway, whenever I’m looking for a new host, I check out coupons. Found out a lot of them are outdated on websites. The most up to date coupons I found were on a Twitter stream of a guy called “WebhostingD”, he seems to update the coupons daily and has all major hosts. I’ve been using his stream for my past 5 hosts and was always happy with the deal I got. I’ll post the link bellow. Make sure to check out his/her Twitter stream once you know which host you want to go for. I think the 3 months free offer from MyHosting is still going by the way, not sure for how long though.
If you want shared hosting, I’d go with Greenville. Their servers are great, the support is very knowledgeable, and they offer some sweet features like 1-click WordPress installation and a site builder. Check out WebhostingD’s stream, I think he/she should have some current coupons…I’m only paying 9c/mo for my hosting with Greenville, and have been happy for months now. Even after moving to VPS, I kept my Greenville hosting and use it while working on new sites before moving them (if necessary).
Whatever you do, don’t sign up to “1st month only 1c” offers as they are bad compared with other coupons. And NEVER pay more than .5/mo for hosting, Bluehost is overpriced imo.
on: 1st March 11