Since I didn’t get any real benefit from the VPS and since I never really liked the VPS version of CPanel, I moved my web hosting back to JaguarPC. I recommend both JaguarPC and ServerHub highly, just not for email services. (If you’re looking for a budget hosting service, look at http://lowendbox.com/, they track hosting deals, and rate them as well. They also have better deals for ServerHub than ServerHub offers direct to the public.)
One thing we learned in reviewing the services listed here (and many more) is that even though the packages are very similar, they are not identical. Some are more security-focused than others, offering anti-spam and anti-malware tools. Others offer a variety of email marketing tools. While most of the hosts we've reviewed have built-in e-commerce, you may want to consider using a more-robust third-party online shopping cart application like Shopify instead.
The web hosting provider offers solid plans with a good selection of features. The one area we're concerned about is how they present their offers. Like many hosting providers, their published pricing is a bit misleading. You're not getting hosting for $2.96/mo unless you pay $71 for two years of service. Renewals are generally at a higher rate, although a salesperson we spoke to advised you ask for a "loyalty discount."
There are a few different reasons. Our award-winning support is always high on the list of why people move their presence to GoDaddy. Of course, our prices — including a free 1-year extension on many domain transfers — is another popular reason. And if you already have one or more of our products, transferring your domain, website or hosting to us lets you consolidate your web presence with one provider so it’s easier to manage.
Many web hosting companies include backups in their package, but read the fine print. A good web host will back up the database and file system on a regular basis. So ask: What is the provider’s policy on backups? Is a robust backup plan available? Is this considered a “premium” backup package? Just as important as the backup, what is their policy on restoring your site from that backup? Free backups with no ability to restore your website after it’s hacked is not a good deal. A hosting provider that treats this as an add-on is one that is more interested in their bottom line than yours.
An example here is the rapidly growing trend of "inbox zero." It's actually known by a variety of names, but it refers to the practice of keeping your email inbox count at zero stored emails. Essentially, it's dealing with every email as it comes in and then deleting or archiving each one so that your inbox is always empty. This boils down to a fundamental shift in how users are utilizing their email inboxes.
I was using a shared hosting account for email and web services through JaguarPC (http://www.jaguarpc.com). For $4.95 a month, I was getting email, hosting 6 mailing lists and hosting 5 web sites. 1 on WordPress, 1 legacy site on Doomla!, 3 straight HTML sites. Among other things, I sell cookbooks which I deliver via email. (I’m told I’d save myself a lot of trouble by using the Easy Digital Downloads plugin. I’m told it’s good, comments from users are invited.) But the bottom line is, I need email incoming and outgoing to be able to do business.
Web hosting is a service that allows organizations and individuals to post a website or web page onto the Internet. A web host, or web hosting service provider, is a business that provides the technologies and services needed for the website or webpage to be viewed in the Internet. Websites are hosted, or stored, on special computers called servers. When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
Here are some of the reasons the company gets a top rating. They offer an all-SSD infrastructure. They have 24/7 telephone customer support in addition to the ticket, email and live chat support options. They offer a basic site migration, in that they'll unpack a site saved from another cPanel instance. They offer free SSL and free malware detection.
I asked ServerHub if I should just throw in the towel and use a dedicated email provider. Their tech guy gave me the name of two services, which I took as a hint. Instead, I went with Hover. They’ve handles my registration and DNS services very well. Their email is $2 a month per account, $5 a year for a forwarder and they have very good anti-spam agents. So, I signed up with Hover and got to edit my DNS records yet again.
More to the point, I think most people are better off hiring the job out and using the saved time to grow your own business. What gives you more bang per buck? Designing a web page or figuring out where your emails went? Doing some market analysis to get more clients? Or learning about Exim, qmail or Sendmail? Learning more about WordPress or deciding whether to use Exim, qmail or Sendmail?
If you're not sure of the type of hosting your business needs, you might want to start small, with shared Web hosting. You can always graduate to a more robust, feature-rich package of, say, VPS hosting or even dedicated hosting in the future. Unfortunately, some hosts don't offer all hosting types. Consider how much you expect to grow your website, and how soon, before you commit to anything longer than a one-year plan. It's worth spending the time up front to make sure that the host you select with is able to provide the growth you envision for your site, as switching web hosting providers midstream is not a trivial undertaking.
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