Where Do You Host Your Site, And How Do You Like It?

By Daniel Scocco

Choosing the right web hosting company for your blog/website is quite important, as if you go with a not-so-reliable one you might end up with slow loading times, frequent hacks, software problems and so on.

But how exactly do you evaluate hosting companies? Trusting information you see around the web is tricky, as most people are affiliates for one company or another, and they want you to sign-up so they can earn a commission.

That is why I figured it could be useful to get the opinions directly from the people hosting blogs and websites (i.e., our readers), where no affiliate commissions are involved.

So here’s my question for you: Where do you host your site or blog, and how do you like it? Please answer it with a comment below.

I’ll compile the answers in a list and publish the results over the coming weeks. Thanks in advance for everyone who will participate.



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87 Responses to “Where Do You Host Your Site, And How Do You Like It?”

  • blonok

    Hostgator – Full marks to them for friendly customer support, almost 100% uptime. Highly recommended.

    Dreamhost – Rude customer support. Heavy downtime. Stay away from them.

  • Micheal Pope

    I have hosting with HostGator and GoDaddy.

    I love HostGator

  • Drew

    Have been hosting our church website at BlueHost with no visible down time over the past 4 years. Reasonable update (mysql, php…) cycle. Excellent customer support and forum. SSH is standard along with Cpanel services. Currently migrating the site from CMSMS to WordPress with no issues.

  • Jeff Goins

    Site5 – It’s OK, but I’ve had a few bumps in the road.

  • Exabytes

    I host my website and my blog with Exabytes.SG which is a hosting provider from Singapore.
    i having an e-commerce store and a blog as my primary income with that host.
    Currently i using Linux VPS. What i concern with a hosting provider are:
    1) 99.9 percent uptime
    2) good customer service
    3) nice follow up from customer service
    4) professional technical service
    5) reasonable price

    Usually the hosting provider cause me feel comfortable with every good service and efficient solution provided .
    So i feel that my current hosting provider is reliable enough.

  • kamel

    I used 1and1 for the last 2 years. It was my first web hosting, it went all Great……until they have decided to increase my plan from £10/month to £15/month!!! Of course they added some extra features……useless for me! So i have switched to Hostgator. No regrets up to now! 🙂

  • Mikey Chlanda

    I use hostgator – great service, fast responses to problems, haven’t noticed any significant downtime.

  • Neil Johnson

    I use 2 hosts and one is definitely better than the other for some things but lags behind on others.

    There are multiple domains on Hostgator, which can sometimes be a little slow, but the customer service is superb.

    I have another with TSOhost and I would recommend these if you are only going to have a single domain attached as the space and bandwidth limits can be a little frustrating for the medium package, but it is tremendous value.

  • Lalit

    My site is hosted at zoom webhosts and it is hosted there for lasy 7 months. Although it is quite good and I will rate them as 4/5. Recommend them.

  • Raj @ Social Media Guide

    I am using HostMonster from last 2 years and quite happy with their services, I recommend them to my visitors..

  • Movie Mantra

    i have few sites with various hosts.

    i will give 5/5 to Liquidweb,Known Host,Stable Host.
    4/5 to Hawk Host,Hostgator

  • Stylo

    I have Hostgator Reseller from last over 4 Years.. Working cool for me.. I’m Web Designer All my clients sites are up there.

  • Dionne White

    I use a local provider, Firm Software Solutions. They are located within 15kms of my business. Was trying to sort something out with an Australian national provider but they were hopeless and I kept getting passed around and confused and their customer service in set up was non existant.
    Firm Software Solutions are brilliant, always at the end of the phone and even turned up at my business to help with really tricky stuff when I was just starting out with this online malarky. He is not cheap but is worth every cent I pay.

  • jorge jacobo

    Hi! I wasn’t going to comment but then I thought why not! Have you guys ever heard of 3ix ? Well you can get hosting for one site for just one dollar a month.

    Out of 5 websites, 1 is still with them.

    It works, but the ftp service is terrible. You have to try like 10 times, ha ha.

    Anyways, I use Hostgator , so far I am ok.

  • Adriano Geek

    DreamHost!

  • Ahmad

    I use Hostgator for my personal sites and also have Justhost reseller plan.

  • Tuan

    I’ve been using both JustHost and HostGator and they both provide great service. I am satisfied with both of them and don’t intend to change hosting service at the moment.

  • Vijay Sharma

    I use VPS.net’s Virtual servers with Nginx running as reverse proxy while Apache does the heavy lifting with help of W3TC and Memcache. I am pretty happy with the performance I am getting.
    Cheers,

  • Umesh

    I used to use Godaddy. Sever is really slow and it’s almost impossible for nontech users to navigate through Godaddy control panel. Customer support is bad.

    Then I switched to HostGator. So far so good. Fast server and almost 99% uptime and customer support is excellent.

    +1 HostGator

  • Sabrina

    I use HostGator. I think that they are a great hosting company. They’re inexpensive and they have good customer service.

  • Meraj Khattak

    I have used DreamHost and some others in the past years.

    Now I have been using Netfirms from the last 2.5 years. I am pretty much satisfied with them.

    In a hosting company I look for QoS and Support. I believe after QoS, Support is very crucial. In case I am having some issues, I expect the hosting provider to provide me a quick response / solution.

  • Rohit Sharma

    I have been using Netfirms!

    Though it gets down for maintenances once in a blue which they intimate in advance.

    In the nutshell I am quite happy about the service they provide 🙂

  • James

    I have used a variety of different hosting providers and have switched about every 6 – 12 months. I love where I am hosting now and will continue to do so for some time to come.

    I currently host my sites with Amazon EC2. I love to have complete control over the server software and to design the custom configuration from the ground up. My web site has never been faster loading than it is now, and I think Amazon’s network has played a big part in that. I am in the process of a redesign utilizing Drupal and configuring the server for even better performance.

  • Doug Wojtczak

    I have been using Hostgator since 2006. I have had very little downtime and the two problems that I had, in the last five years, were resolved within 15 minutes of opening a support ticket.

  • Harrison Li

    Hostgator definitely, support is the most important, plus it can be about technical stuff like how to set up a ftp or why wordpress something doesn’t work, they’ll still help you ahaha easy peasy help

  • Anthony

    I am using hostgator for a couple of years now, great customer support. super cheap price for a great service.

    When I started blogging I used lunarpages but that was a nightmare my blog is down 2 to 3 times a week. They say that my site is a resource hog. Resource hog? I only have 2 plugins and has only 20 visits a day. What’s crazy is that I already transferred my site to hostgator and removed my files a couple of days and they still continue to mail me that my site is eating too much resources.

  • Marya | Writing Happiness

    I use dream host and their support is pretty good – something I often need as I am quite technically challenged. Can’t compare to anything else though as these guys are the only ones I have been with.

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