Most of these web hosting companies compete only on cost. What they offer in terms of cost is often offset by poor performance that can actually hurt your business. Shared hosting space on crowded servers is for those who want cheap web hosting instead of performance and stability. Over-shared hosting can affect factors such as uptime, speed, and security. A slow host can affect your SEO, your customers’ first impression, and your reputation as a company.


Many web hosting services offer so-called unlimited or unmetered service for whatever amount of bandwidth, disk storage and sites you use. It's important to understand that most terms of service actually do limit the definition of "unlimited" to what's considered reasonable use. The bottom line is simple: if you're building a pretty basic website, unlimited means you don't need to worry. But if you're trying to do something excessive (or illegal, immoral or fattening), the fine print in the terms of service will trigger, and you'll either be asked to spend more or go elsewhere.


As nice as it would be to never have a problem with your website or the server it’s located on, sometimes things happen. When something goes wrong, is customer service available quickly? How fast can they get you back up and running? Are they even in your time zone? Can you stand in their hallway and ask questions about your site? (Don’t laugh, it happens.) There is a high incentive to keeping your customers happy if you are going to see them at the @SWINChamber meeting on Friday!
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.
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."
Carrie, thank you for this. I am trying to switch away from bluehost(raises prices every year) and created a website on indiemade using them for my webhost. If I change my domain registration to hover and get the email service and make the transfer will my existing emails be transferred when I make the transfer or will I lose them? I am such a novice with a tiny budget! I so appreciate your feedback!
That’s a good solution for when you only need one or two private email boxes, but if you are a small company and need 10 or more, it gets rather expensive. As I posted above, we’ve been running our own mail servers on Linode. But that might be beyond the ability of many people although once you get it installed it seems to run fine with little or no attention needed.
This day and age, I use MFA on any web-based account. Having you identity stolen is not any fun, and I travel a LOT and I HAVE to use whatever wireless service I can find at time (airport, coffee shop, etc) to get business done when I just can’t reply to the email on my phone adequately without fat fingering too many words on my phone and still sound professional. I have MFA on my social media accounts and banking apps as well. If I sign up for a frequent whatever card, I make sure that I sign up on the website and register the account so that someone else can’t.
For more business-oriented customers, they offer a full range of VPS and cloud hosting, along with serious Java Tomcat hosting, including shared and private JVMs, as well as Java VPS offerings. With a company named MochaHost, you'd expect some quality Java support and they have it. So brew yourself a cuppa, open a browser window, and give MochaHost a spin. You have half a year to make up your mind, so if it turns out MochaHost really isn't your cup of tea, they'll understand.
The company also offers higher-end Windows and Linux servers, available with Plesk and cPanel respectively. We were very intrigued to see that the company offers low-end Atom-based dedicated servers as well as the more traditional Xeon-based machines. One great resource for those doing some basic experimentation, or site development, is that they have a free, three-month trial for one of their lightly-equipped Atom servers.

Great article Carrie! Another nice benefit of separating mail hosting from web hosting is that it opens up a lot of web hosting options. Right now my site is on a Digital Ocean droplet. $10/m for my own 1 core, 1 Gb RAM, 30 Gb SSD VPS. It’s actually a lot more horsepower than I need for my site, at shared host pricing. I can manage web server admin stuff, but mail server admin stuff? No way. I gladly pay Google $5/month to manage the mail server side.
Mike makes a good point. You always have to weigh the entities of cost, time, and value. Take the small company that has a need for 28 email boxes for all of their domains and workers and contractors. Assume $15 per month per box… $15/mo x 28 boxes x 12 months = $5,040. To a small company that’s real money! If that company has better than average technical skills… well at least enough to run their own servers, is it worth $5K to run a mail server for the company? Again, it is a judgement call and not everyone will make the same decision.
Nice article. I agree. Always keep email separate. The hover option looks quite expensive. If you want to host unlimited email accounts one cost effective way would be to buy an unlimited shared hosting plan from somewhere like hostgator. Don’t use it for hosting websites but host all your email here. You then have the option to host unlimited email accounts for multiple domains for around $60 a year if you use coupon codes.
Uptime is the percentage of time that a web site is working. For example, if some host has an uptime average of 99.86%, this means that your site will be down for a total about 1 hour each month. We monitor uptime of customer websites of many web hosts and we display this data on the host's details page. Some hosts also offer "uptime guarantees" but this is not as valuable as it might appear
Alexandra Leslie’s interest in website administration was sparked in her teens, priming her for a fast-paced career in managing, building, and contributing to online brands, including HostingAdvice, Forbes, and the blogs of prominent hosting providers. She brings to the table firsthand experience in reviewing web hosts, perfecting website design, optimizing content, and walking site owners through the steps that add up to a successful online presence. Today, she combines her extensive writing experience with technical understanding to unpack some of the most complex topics that daunt novice website owners, as well as the subjects that excite veteran technologists within the HostingAdvice readership.
Alexandra Leslie’s interest in website administration was sparked in her teens, priming her for a fast-paced career in managing, building, and contributing to online brands, including HostingAdvice, Forbes, and the blogs of prominent hosting providers. She brings to the table firsthand experience in reviewing web hosts, perfecting website design, optimizing content, and walking site owners through the steps that add up to a successful online presence. Today, she combines her extensive writing experience with technical understanding to unpack some of the most complex topics that daunt novice website owners, as well as the subjects that excite veteran technologists within the HostingAdvice readership.
No affiliation here other than as a customer – but wanted to say I am very happy with Rackspace ‘cloud’ email so far, for my clients. One master account, as many domains as needed and 25G mailboxes for $2 per month (min $10 monthly fee). DKIM enabled, and they have a nice set of customized instructions for the client which tells them how to set up their outlook, mobile phone, etc. I love not worrying about email now. When I reach a threshold (forgot what it is…) I will qualify for “reseller” status at a discount.
Having worked w small businesses to setup their websites and email since 1996, the transition to emails NOT being part of hosting has been gradual but necessary. I think I’ve experienced every issue you mentioned over the years. The toughest part has been convincing small business owners to invest money to get email regularly instead of dealing w developing issues from “free” hosting based email. Even email has evolved. I am relieved to no longer be viewed as an ad hoc IT person. The complexity of accessing email with mobile devices finally put the nail in coffin.
If you've ever been worried about the tremendous amount of power large data centers consume, you might want to sign up with Green Geeks. The "green" in the company's name reflects the Green Geeks' commitment to the environment. It purchases three times the energy it actually uses in wind energy credits, essentially putting energy back into the economy. The company does this through a form of renewable energy certificates, which, while a bit complicated, means that it's not just energy neutral, i's actually helping fuel the green energy economy.
But your service provider isn't your only worry. If you've opted for any third-party email integration, like combining your email with a third-party customer relationship management (CRM) provider (such as Salesforce), that opens your company's email up to either data-snooping apps deployed by Salesforce or to any data breaches that originate with that service. So the more informed you can be about what's attached to your email service, how that data's being used and accessed and especially by whom, the better off you'll be when it comes time to send confidential email.
Migration or transfer services are often free or offered at a reasonable fee. These services help move your existing site to the new hosting provider. They can save a huge amount of hassle. Just remember that the migration process is often automated, and may fit in with the host's processes and needs rather than yours. Not everything may migrate, and you may find the organization of the newly migrated site makes for harder maintenance in the long run.
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.
For most users, Web Hosting meets their needs with ample storage, bandwidth, email addresses and with no system administration skills required. VPS Hosting is a good option for more advanced users who are tech-savvy and want greater control and flexibility of their hosting environment. Like having your own dedicated server, VPS allows you to install applications and gain direct access to the underlying operating system, but at a fraction of the price of dedicated hosting. Learn More
Many of us own more than one domain, sometimes more than 2 or 3 domains. If you choose hosting provider which allows adding multiple domains then you can accommodate these extra domains. Hence make a domain capacity check before you purchase. Generally, hosting companies allow at least 25 add-on domains* to one account but some web host allows only one domain. So be sure about this before going for purchase.
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The company also offers higher-end Windows and Linux servers, available with Plesk and cPanel respectively. We were very intrigued to see that the company offers low-end Atom-based dedicated servers as well as the more traditional Xeon-based machines. One great resource for those doing some basic experimentation, or site development, is that they have a free, three-month trial for one of their lightly-equipped Atom servers.

If you cancel within 30 days and your plan includes a free domain, Bluehost will deduct a non-refundable domain fee of $15.99 from your refund. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. You may transfer it to another registrar or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. Please note newly registered domains cannot be transferred to another registrar during the first 60 days of the registration period. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you renew it.


Uptime is the percentage of time that a web site is working. For example, if some host has an uptime average of 99.86%, this means that your site will be down for a total about 1 hour each month. We monitor uptime of customer websites of many web hosts and we display this data on the host's details page. Some hosts also offer "uptime guarantees" but this is not as valuable as it might appear
Similarly, the costs of running your own email server aren’t obvious. If you are running your server in your office, you are at the mercy of your ISP and power company and you have the possible opportunity cost of missed deals. We needed to be 7 x 24 and lost connectivity was a very real issue. The people who sell email services have hardened server sites with 5 nines reliable electricity (with battery and generator backup), as well as 5 nines reliable connectivity.
Unlike shared or VPS hosting, dedicated hosting makes your website the lone tenant on a server. To extend the housing metaphor, having a dedicated server is like owning your own home. The means that your website taps the server's full power, and pays for the privilege. If you're looking for a high-powered site—an online mansion for your business—dedicated hosting is the way to go., That said, many dedicated web hosting services task you with handling backend, technical issues, much as homeowners have manage maintenance that renters generally leave to their landlords.
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