Well, if a small company has 10 people and each needs their own email box and the company itself needs several email boxes (and assume that aliases won’t work well for them) you are talking a couple of hundred USD a year. We do what we posted above… we run some Linode servers and push email to an inexpensive hosting plan at a good ISP. The web is on Linode, the mail on the ISP, it works well. And if you want to break it apart further, you can use smtp2go.com for outgoing mail. It is rather inexpensive.
It shouldn't come as any surprise that, like other hosting providers, A2 Hosting's unlimited plans aren't actually unlimited. They expect you to use their service like "similarly situated customers." This is like being on a highway. If everyone is going a few miles above the speed limit, you're probably okay, but if you're barreling down the fast lane past everyone else, you're probably going to be asked to slow down.
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.
You can also host your website on WordPress.com, but that's different from the kind of hosting mentioned above. WordPress.com uses the same code from WordPress.org, but it hides the server code and handles the hosting for you. In that sense, it resembles entries in our online site builder roundup. It's a simpler but less flexible and customizable way to approach WordPress hosting. It's definitely easier, but if you want to tinker and adjust and optimize every aspect of your site, it might not be for you.
Along these years being a freelance web designer & developer, I’m also fed up with becoming a de facto IT guy for fixing email problems. I’m totally sold with the idea of separating hosting for email and web. When I look at my support tasks in the previous years, I see that 99% of the support requests I receive are about problems related with email.
The web hosting provider got bonus points for its policy of performing regular daily backups, even on the lowest-priced shared hosting accounts. Be aware, though, that the promotional price on the low-cost shared hosting does go up after the promotional period. That said, Bluehost offers 24/7 phone support, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and SSH access for certain plan options.
Allows clients to become web hosts themselves. Resellers could function, for individual domains, under any combination of these listed types of hosting, depending on who they are affiliated with as a reseller. Resellers' accounts may vary tremendously in size: they may have their own virtual dedicated server to a colocated server. Many resellers provide a nearly identical service to their provider's shared hosting plan and provide the technical support themselves.
What about something like Google Apps or Office 365 that is easily client-managed, but that is HIPAA compliant? Anyone know of any solutions for this? Dealing w/ this right now (after cleaning up a nightmare DNS situation for a client who had their multiple email and website domains and hosting all in one place administrated through cPanel.) I managed to get the sites and domains offloaded, but now I need to tackle the email situation.
In my current VPS setup our server has 6 unshared IP addresses, and it’s running its own mail server. I figured life was good. Until my email started bouncing. It turns out that someone on my network is a spammer, and I got tarred by the same brush because someone on the network was a spammer. As an aside, the server is on a class A subnet, so there are 16 million unique IP addresses in play. The chances are high that someone will be a spammer and will get me blacklisted.
Moving to another website consists of transferring the website’s files and databases, configuring your site with the new host, and directing your domain’s DNS to the new host. Once you pick a new site host, they can usually help you out with this process. The cost will depend on the host you’re switching to, but it can range anywhere from $150-$400.