HostGator gained points for uptime monitoring and regular backups, along with free cPanel or Plesk. We liked that SSH is available for the more technically inclined site operators and that dedicated IP addresses could be purchased. We did take points off because it's sometimes difficult to tell what the price is once promotional plans run their course. That said, with a generous 45-day money back guarantee, there's a hosting solution for almost everyone at HostGator.


Boy, I wish I had read this article a few years ago. I stupidly used my domain’s email address for another website’s login and 4 years down the road (domain is long gone) I now need to access that email to log into this other site and delete it. I am tempted to re-purchase the domain again and see if I can create the same email address and perhaps be able to log back into the other site? Does anyone know if this would work?
Most companies will prefer a third-party solution since not only will these be more capable, they'll also be supported more effectively by related back-end apps, such as mobile device management (MDM) platforms and mobile-oriented endpoint protection solutions. You'll also have an easier time pushing a third-party platform out to registered client devices, though some hosted email providers can help with this step.
Years ago I owned a bakery. In the early days we had a survey of customers to see what they’d like us to do. One note made me smile. The person said the price we were charging for bread was outrageous! He’d baked bread, he knew how much it cost. We shouldn’t charge more than 25 cents a loaf! Of course, he wasn’t considering the cost of his time, the cost of staff time (he had none at home), the cost of utilities, the cost of ingredients, and the cost of rent.
If you’re on a quest for high quality email hosting, you’ve probably got one of two motives: Either you’re a business owner in need of a professional means to communicate with clients and company contacts, or you’re an individual establishing your personal brand. In either case, you want a reliable email service, unlimited resources, and, ideally, a free domain at which to host your email accounts.

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!
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.
There are a few things that need to be cleared in terms of terminology: * Hits - this simply refers to the number of 'elements' loaded on your site. If one page has five images in it, viewing that page once adds 6 hits (one page + five images). * Impressions - the number of times all the pages on your site are seen (also simply called pageviews). Impressions are sometimes referred to as 'hits' which can cause confusion * Uniques - the number of people that visited your site
A quality web host should hit on the three hallmarks of reliability: plenty of server space, reputable uptime rates, and competent customer service on-call should anything go wrong. Whether you’re on the hunt for email, domain, WordPress, or cloud services, our recommendations point to hosts that consistently hit these support factors out of the park. Our current favorites for quality, reliable web hosting are reviewed below:
You could think of the sites that share your server as your roommates; there's really not that much separating you from them. Sure, you can close the bedroom door, but they can still cause nightmares for you in the kitchen and the bathroom. In web hosting terms, all the sites share a single server's resources, so huge traffic spike on Site A may impact the neighboring sites' performances. It's even possible that another site could take down the shared server altogether, if it crashed hard enough.

For those unlucky enough to choose an email host that doesn't have built-in spam detection, it can often be an ordeal to route email correctly through a third-party filtering service. Some businesses actually prefer engaging with a third-party spam filterer, mostly for compliance or customization reasons. But, for the majority of SMBs, this is headache they would be best off trying to avoid.
Another answer is to have a dedicated server or virtual private server with a dedicated IP address or two. But even there, be careful. The last time I went that route the IP address the vendor assigned us had been used by a spammer and I had a few days of jumping through hoops to get us de-blacklisted. You may want to look up the IP address at mxtoolbox before you go live!
GlowHost earned our kudos for their 91-day money-back guarantee. They were six days short of DreamHost's 97-day guarantee, but with these numbers, who's quibbling over a few days? The company also offers 24/7/365 phone support option and free cPanel offering for most plans. The company operates 18 datacenters worldwide. Finally, the company garnered extra kudos by driving all its hosting services with wind power.
All of this infrastructure has been built out to support the a wide range of hosting services. The family-owned company gains points for understanding the importance of transaction security by offering free AutoSSL and Let's Encrypt SSL encryption for its plans. While the company offers sophisticated services for technically strong clients, it also has a Weebly web builder option to get you up and running quickly. 

Most businesses rely on their website as an integral part of marketing strategy. Choosing the right website host can impact your website’s performance in the eyes of your customers. Do your homework when making this important decision. Thoroughly vet your hosting provider options to determine if their service and pricing fits your goals. After all, how well your site performs is dependent, in part, on the hosting provider you choose. You wouldn’t put your hardest working salesman into a crummy motel, so don’t put your 24-hour hard-working website on a low-end web host.
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.
Your next major concern will be compatibility. It's not a shock that most businesses run on Microsoft Windows and use some form of Microsoft Office. Being able to use common third-party clients such as Microsoft Outlook can often be a concern, and even today, compatibility with Microsoft Outlook isn't necessarily guaranteed. This is especially true when sending and receiving meeting invites. It only takes one garbled meeting invite to realize how frustrating this can be in the real world. Even if using Microsoft Outlook isn't a concern, portability is. If the service is entirely web-based, then is there a means for me to take my email offline and send email when I connect?
I manage my own domain names with six mailboxes with servermx.com. At the beginning I was reluctant but now after two years I can say they are excellent. Email, Calendar/Task with both my phone and desktop are working very well. I had one problem with Thunderbird an they helped me to fix my config. For my website I use godaddy but maybe I am going to move it, do you have any suggestion?
You gain the most web-building functionality if you create a self-hosted site. This typically involves transfering the free WordPress CMS to server or signing up for a web host's optimized WordPress plan. With an optimized plan, the host automatically handles backend stuff, so you don't have to worry about updating the plug-ins and CMS, and enabling automatic backups. In these instances, the WordPress environment typically comes pre-installed on the server.
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