Web Hosting Companies

I believe if you are serious about your career, band, art business or small business, you should have a website.

” No one uses the Yellow Pages anymore. You need to be on the web and you need to have a website.”

Not a blogger.com blog or wordpress blog, you need your own web site on your own domain.

For this you need to have your own domain name which costs roughly $10 dollars a year and you will need web hosting, which can cost as little as $60 a year. Surely you can invest that amount in your own business?

Here are the companies I recommend for web hosting.

There are many many to choose from, but these companies are my favourites.

Hostgator

We are happy to say we have started using Hostgator as a web site hosting company and are delighted with the servers and with service. With packages starting at $5.95 USD per month, Hostgator is a sweet deal. It is also the host of choice for many pro Internet Marketers who use the Reseller Package to host all their web sites. It boasts CPanel and WHM control panels, which are very popular control panels for your hosting admin area.

Click here to check out the Hostgator web site or to sign up for an account.

Dreamhost

Is probably the most popular one-click install company, most-likely because of their very popular affiliate program. There are as many Dreamhost evangelists as there are detractors, but the one thing you can be sure of is that Dreamhost’s popularity hasn’t waned, and they are still one of the top hosting companies out there. Their newsletter will make you laugh too, as it boasts some of the wittiest corporate writing out there.

A big plus – the company is very honest about what’s going on with their service and have a blog and wiki set up so that you can stay up-to-date with what is going on with your server’s status.

Dreamhost’s Crazy Domain Insane! package costs $7.95 a month if you sign up and pay for 2 years up front. This will get you 150 GB of web host space, which increases weekly by 1 GB. Yes, this incentive is quite unique, but it seems to be working.

You get a lot of web space and transfer with Dreamhost – the allowed bandwidth or transfer amount increases weekly too, starting at 1.5 TB and increasing weekly by 16 GB.

With Dreamhost, you can host as many domain names as you like on this package and have unlimited MySql databases running – enough to set up a blogging empire. You also get 1 year of free domain name registration.

I am currently hosting this site and a few other blogs with Dreamhost and I have had very little problems with them and found their support service quite speedy.

The Dreamhost control panel also allows for other Dreamhost one-click installs include Gallery, ZenCart, PhpGedView, Pligg, dotProject, Moodle, Joomla, phpBB, MediaWiki, WebCalendar, Advanced Poll, and Trac

This way to review the Dreamhost package in more detail.

Midphase

Is growing quite a strong fan base and while is used to be one of the more expensive companies to host with, they have now become very competitive. Their basic starter package is only  $2.95 and will get you unlimited space and bandwidth, and a domain name. Unlimited domains will cost you $5.95 a month.

As usual, do your research to choose the right company for you. A quick Google search of any company name above and you will find tons of fan mail, heated debates, as well as a few horror stories. But I think you will be safe with any of the companies above unless you plan on getting millions of hits a day, which in that case you should be able to afford a dedicated server (one that you do not share with anyone else.) And that is a good problem to have ;)

Get blogging now!

The easiest way to set up a WordPress blog is with one click installs. You might not have the prettiest blog and you will need to add plugins and change your settings so that you won’t be inundated with spam, or so your site will be found, but you will have a blog. And that is good.