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Help! What is the best web hosting site for a new website designer?

  1. Connie Smith profile image90
    Connie Smithposted 3 years ago

    I need serious help!  I am taking a web design class and my final project -- due in TWO weeks -- is my website, done through Dreamweaver.  I do NOT want a free site.  I plan to use the site so want a good business site.  I am looking for dependability and a site that is easy for me to figure out how to use and get the website uploaded correctly.  I paid for a year for a Yahoo site, but Yahoo's own website seems extremely slow, making me hesitate over using it.  I don't want a site that is down all the time.  Plus, I haven't figured out how to upload files on Yahoo.  I used to have a working Yahoo site, but it uploaded easily through Sitebuilder and I never had to use FTPS.  I also need some advice on the best (easiest) file transfer provider.  Can anyone help??

    1. Tony Flanigan profile image62
      Tony Flaniganposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      my advice to you is to go with HostGator, seeing as you're in the USA.

      We use several hosting providers, locally (South Africa), and internationally, and quite honestly HostGator is always be my first option for an internationally or USA targetted site.

      Once you're done with your course, toss Dreamweaver and pile into WordPress.

      Using Notepad++, Topstyle4, and Chrome Browser will make your web design adventure an absolute pleasure. I was close to tossing the whole web design idea when I found this combination, and it has opened so many new avenues it's unbelievable.

      I agree with Sapper - you do need to learn to hand-code - WYSIWYG does not teach you good, or even close to best practice. All WYSIWYG editors do introduce a lot of code-bloat, which you need to avoid.

      Anyway, smile, my two cents worth has been tossed in, and my rant(?) is over - best of luck in your venture!

      1. Connie Smith profile image90
        Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Thanks for the advice.  I've heard of the other two, but have never heard of Topstyle.  I will have to research that one.  I did learn some coding with Notepad.  The instructor was useless and just sent out a lot of links for us to learn on our own.  She sent way too many links, overloading with information, it  was a good thing so many were broken. 

        In spite of my class being through the college, I added a 4-week night course through the college's corporate training.  The instructor knew his stuff, but wasn't very good at teaching.  He kept telling us how it "used to be done."  Well, I wanted to know how it is done NOW.  I realize that I am starting in the middle of an upgrade that they are still working on, which makes it difficult. 

        I kept going to the bookstore to buy HTML 5 books and finally found one written with me in mind.  It was called "Head First HTML and CSS."  It gets a bit silly in places, but they explain it to you like you are a kindergartener, which actually I am when it comes to HTML.  I can read and write a bit of it, but would never be able to do anything so complicated as my website without the Dreamweaver at this point.  Next semester in Web Design II, we will be using Photoshop to design our websites.  I'm not sure how that is going to work.

    2. ktrapp profile image90
      ktrappposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Connie -

      I would recommend BlueHost as far as web hosting goes.

      For FTP I use CoreFTP; the free version is more than sufficient. However, you mention that you're using Dreamweaver. In Dreamweaver you can manage your site and set up all your remote information (ftp username, password). Then any time you want to FTP something, you right click and "put" the file up.

      Good luck with your final project. ~ Kristin

    3. MyWebPromotion profile image61
      MyWebPromotionposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I use Powweb.com. Reasonable price and I can host as many websites as I want with one account. Haven't had any problem with down time.

    4. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      It's a pity someone conned you into paying to learn Dreamweaver.   It is a perfectly good program, but these days it's possible to create stunning websites without knowing a single line of HTML - so learning programs like Dreamweaver is a waste of effort.  Wordpress is more versatile, powerful, easier to use, there are lots of inexpensive pre-designed templates (including several for real estate) with built-in functionality right out of the box.  Using Wordpress is like using Microsoft Word - no HTML required for most purposes.

      Here are some examples of real estate themes, pre-built for Wordpress - all you have to do is customise them to suit your preferences and add your properties:

      http://aext.net/2012/06/25-real-estate- … -for-2012/

      I'll give another vote for Hostgator.  Their "live chat" support is excellent.   I was a complete technophobe when I started and made a complete mess of my first attempt to set up my site.  When I asked for help to sort it out, they fixed the whole thing for me!    I've contacted them several times since then, and even though the problem always turned out to be something I'd done rather than a Hostgator issue, they were patient and helpful to the end. 

      Stay away from GoDaddy - cheap to buy a domain name from, but don't host with them.

      1. Connie Smith profile image90
        Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Fortunately, I haven't been conned.  I hate that!  Grr.... Of course, who doesn't?  I am going for an AS in Graphic Arts at my local community college.  The class, Web Design I is part HTML and part Dreamweaver.  Next semester, in Web Design II, we will be making websites using Photoshop.  One of my goals is to be able to write content and do web pages -- probably specializing in real estate, since I am a licensed Florida agent.  My biggest goal is to get up to speed on current technology so I can use it to my advantage both as an agent and as an online writer.

        1. Sapper profile image73
          Sapperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Other than very basic coding, most of which you should already know, you don't need to know much unless you plan on getting a job as a web designer. It's nice to know the basics, even when using WordPress, so you can change little things that you want different.

          I will say no matter how you are going to use it, there is never a reason to pay someone to learn HTML, or any other programing language for that matter. Programing is the type of thing that if you can't look at the code itself already written, or guides online on how to do it, and pick it up, classes really aren't going to help too much.

          Just some friendly advice, if Web Design II isn't required, save your money.

          1. Connie Smith profile image90
            Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

            I didn't know any coding before.  My class didn't help either.  I also took an extra class at the college's corporate training center.  It was the instructor's first time teaching it, he didn't know the material and the material was crappy.  The best thing I did was get a book called "Head First HTML5 and CSS."  It explains it like the reader is a kindergartener.  I needed that.  Even the other "Dummy" books were beyond my comprehension. Just when I was getting the html, they threw CSS and Javascript into the works.  Since the web design class is only offered online, the Dreamweaver course was taught to me by "Dreamweaver Classroom in a Book."  I am not unintelligent enough to know that I could have done that by myself.  I did.  Web Design II is a required class so I have to take it.  I am looking forward to it as I am sure that I will learn a bunch more about Photoshop.  That is also one of my plans -- to be able to make a few bucks doing some Photoshop work.  I have several ideas in mind to make money in addition to the old stand-bys, photo manipulation and restoration.

  2. bBerean profile image61
    bBereanposted 3 years ago

    I can't be of much help with the technical aspects, just having an old informational site, but for what it is worth the company that hosts it has been very dependable.  I use Web.com.

  3. atechwiz profile image81
    atechwizposted 3 years ago

    This may not be much help.  I use the Microsoft Office 365 package that includes a website in the deal.  My business is limited to just me and so my cost is 6 dollars a month.  The site they provide you with is a bit limited.  It is basically a SharePoint site and so that may not meet your needs.  I went with this package for other reasons and it works good for me but to truly design something in depth you may want something more robust.

  4. Connie Smith profile image90
    Connie Smithposted 3 years ago

    Thanks for the responses.  I am going to have a real estate website, so I want a good hosting site.  Most RE sites are only a page or two, as a writer here at Hubpages, I have plans for some real estate articles in different categories in addition to a blog on the site as well.  Obviously, it will be a work in progress, but as a writer (and VERY new web designer) I want mine to be better than the rest in both content and design.  My problem is figuring out the host and with each one I go to, I find out a bit more:  shared or private SSL, shared or private domain.....I don't know any of this stuff.  I'm really too old to learn all this, but I am trying my best to do it anyway.  Any help on any of it, host, FTP, SSL, all that, is greatly appreciated.

  5. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
    mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago

    Hostgator is the most popular and reliable host. Wordpress is probably the easiest way to build a website, and then you can use Hostgator to host the site itself. If you want to buy a domain name use somewhere like 'namecheap' (avoid Go daddy for anything as they are pretty well known for being useless). The FTP is part of what is provided by Hostgator, so when I built my two sites I didn't need any kind of third party for this (although I still needed a lot of help from some good web experts who I am friends with).

    1. Connie Smith profile image90
      Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      I'm feeling rushed as these website hosts say that they are half price today.  Wondering if that is true?  I found Hostgator, Misty, and I really like that they have tutorials.  Having a tutorial that is specific to the site is really important to me as opposed to trying to figure out one site from a generic video on Youtube.  It didn't work before.   

      I am using Dreamweaver for my web design, a program that I am still learning but that I find has been relatively easy so far.  That might change when I am designing my own pages as opposed to working on files that came with the book.

      1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
        mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

        Wordpress is pretty easy when you get into it, and there are many free themes you can use such as SWIFT. Hostgator (as you say) has loads of video tutorials that clearly explain things. Wordpress too has many viedo tutorials for building websites. Don't panic about the deals Hostgator are offering today, there are always various offers popping up. I went for the 'baby croc' package so I could have limitless websites for a fixed price. I seem to recall it cost me the equivalent of about $7 a month based on my signing up for 2 years (payment in full up front).

        Edit: Just took a look at today's deal and it actually is a very good price, but only valid for about another hour and a half so it might be worth going for to be honest.

        1. Sapper profile image73
          Sapperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          I agree, HostGator is one of the best for hosting. GoDaddy isn't horrible, at least not if you can learn to ignore being up-sold for every little thing you buy. Most of my sites are hosted on HostGator though.

          1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
            mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

            Go Daddy has other flaws too though e.g. if you search and find a domain name, but don't buy it there and then, when you go back to buy it at a later date you find they have bumped the price right up because you showed an interest in it. This article (written by one of the best webmasters there is and also a former hubber) also backs up how bad they are:

            http://hubsacademy.com/933/godaddy-fail … ain-theft/

            1. Sapper profile image73
              Sapperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

              Most of that is garbage. They don't jack up prices of domains you search for. I buy each and every single one of my domains from GoDaddy, 12 and counting now, and they haven't done it once.

              A few of my sites are still hosted on GoDaddy, they don't run any slower than the ones on HostGator. Just a question, if GoDaddy is so horrible, why does he have affiliate links to the site?

              1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
                mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                I know people who have experienced the price hikes on GD (try it but remember it only happens if you don't buy immediately). Josh is incredibly well respected as a webmaster and does not make stuff up under any circumstances. He is in business, he has told people what Go Daddy is like and said clearly that if they still want to use them they can by clicking on a link he has provided. Why wouldn't he use an affiliate link under those circumstances? It isn't as if he is misleading people as to what to expect. He isn't the only top webmaster I know that condemns GoDaddy, I actually know a good number of them.

                1. Sapper profile image73
                  Sapperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                  I don't see any direction this conversation could go that won't end with me calling you names or something equally unneeded, so I'll just leave this as GoDaddy is perfectly acceptable for hosting.

                  1. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
                    mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Fine by me, and I am surprised that any conversation or debate could even possibly result in you feeling you might end up 'calling me names'. This seems a rather juvenile attitude to take somehow!

                  2. Marisa Wright profile image93
                    Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

                    Try Googling "NoDaddy" and read the saga of how there were so many disgruntled GoDaddy customers, there was a very lively forum with thousands of members - until GoDaddy managed to get rid of it.

                    I know quite a number of webmasters and every one of them says, buy your domain names from GoDaddy but don't host with them.   GoDaddy is exactly like eBay and Paypal:  if you're a basic customer with simple needs, you'll be happy - but God help you if something goes wrong and you need them to provide real, helpful  customer service.

        2. Connie Smith profile image90
          Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

          Grrr.....I got busy and waited too late!  Now the price has gone up.  It is now 20% off instead of 50% off.  I'm going to think about it until tomorrow, but I'm pretty sure I'm going with Hostgator.  Every question I asked on Google (like do I need a dedicated SSL and IP and what does unlimited domains in a hosting plan mean....) ended up being answered by a Hostgator help article.  I need that kind of help at hand.  Still I appreciate your help and everyone else's!  Thank you all!!!

  6. Cheeky Girl profile image84
    Cheeky Girlposted 3 years ago

    Just thought I would add that Bluehost is another quality host that can help you out with your website creation. It's great to see someone doing things the old fashioned hard way by learning Adobe Dreamweaver instead of opting for a Wordpress theme or blogger theme, free or paid-for. Lots of luck with your endeavors and keep us updated when you have it made. Good luck!

    1. Connie Smith profile image90
      Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Thanks, Cheeky Girl.  Learning Dreamweaver has been just as easy as learning Sitebuilder, but Sitebuilder was easier in getting the files uploaded.  I went back to school at 50 to our community college.  Now ready to move on to USF to continue on for a bachelor's, I decided to turn back and take Graphic Arts.  I am learning Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign and Dreamweaver this semester.  The HTML wasn't so easy, but I am working on that.  I even took a supplemental class and still need help!I think that is going to be a work in progress, like my website is going to be.  My goal ultimately is to design and write content for real estate websites, since I am a Realtor.  Though I've been on the internet about as long as most people here, I've been content to just know enough to get by.  I decided that I want to know more than that.  That is one of the paths that led me to the web design.

      1. Sapper profile image73
        Sapperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        The best way to learn HTML is to use notepad instead of a WYSIWYG to create a website.

        With that being said, I don't recommend anyone teach themselves HTML with notepad. It can get frustrating enough to make the calmest person in the world want to punch their monitor.

        Editors like Dreamweaver and Kompozer will let you know if you've made a mistake, notepad doesn't care. There is nothing worse then writing hundreds, if not thousands of lines of code, to have one little mistake. You do it long enough, you'll swear notepad is laughing at you.

  7. Greekgeek profile image97
    Greekgeekposted 3 years ago

    I will put in a plug for the webhost I've used since 2003: ICDSoft.

    It's dependable, it's never been down, it's never laggy, it's got good defenses against malware and viruses (tested a few years back when some of my friends' blogs on other hosts got hacked), it's got excellent tech support through SureSupport. (To which I am greatly indebted, as they've talked my Mom through everything from setting up a mailing list to setting up a Wordpress blog, saving me from a lot of phonecalls.) Actually, the fact that I recommended it to my Mom and accrued brownie points thereby is the best endorsement I can give.

    I'd recommend ICDSoft's economy site plan ($6/mo + $5/year for domain name registration). If you ever find you need more bandwidth or storage space, you can upgrade to the ginormous business account ($10/mo + $5).

    They haven't raised their prices as long as I've been a customer. However, three(?) times in the last 9 years, they've upped our storage space and bandwidth allowance, easily keeping pace with the amount of stuff I've uploaded so that I've never filled up more than half my space.

    They've got an in-house file manager on the dashboard that works like Yahoo's sitebuilder, and you can get in and edit a file there if you want to. Or you can use any FTP application.

    Accounts include MySql databases, in-house email, customizable hotlinking protection, in-house traffic and keyword stats, and a lot more goodies that I myself don't understand, but they're there for more hardcore webmasters and programmers.

    If you want to install Wordpress on ICDSoft, use their FAQ.* There's one step that differs from Wordpress' default installation instructions. I've got three different Wordpress blogs installed in different subdomains on my site (you can have gobs of subdomains, if you wish.)

    Wordpress is blogging software, but it also allows you to set up static pages: basically old-fashioned webpages. My Mom did that for her website. The nice thing about Wordpress is that there's a gazillion free themes and templates out there, so you can pick one, then customize it with your own header and sections, instead of having to build everything from scratch. I used to build websites by hand, but I've gotten lazy and use Wordpress instead.

  8. georgescifo profile image46
    georgescifoposted 3 years ago

    If you are looking for free webhosting, then you can try either tripod.com, 50megs.com or yolasite.com

  9. mistyhorizon2003 profile image92
    mistyhorizon2003posted 3 years ago

    Another post worth reading for anyone thinking of using GoDaddy:

    Five Reasons you Should Leave GoDaddy and How

    http://www.forbes.com/sites/kellyclay/2 … y-and-how/

  10. Healthy Pursuits profile image89
    Healthy Pursuitsposted 3 years ago

    I created a blog on HostGator and liked them a lot. However, there are two types of WordPress. One is free but doesn't allow monetizing. The other allows monetizing. However, I found it a little more of a problem finding my way around it. 

    When I made another blog on Blogger, I felt that it was easier to use, and I had no trouble finding my way around. I'd welcome other opinions of the comparison.

  11. Wladimir profile image61
    Wladimirposted 3 years ago

    It seems that you don't have much experience with web hosts. This means that you'll need a web host offering fast and very professional support. The technical support team should be able and willing to take "repair work" out of your hands so that they can, for example, correct a broken file for you or a wrong setting, just to mention a few things that might happen. For SEO reasons you should also take the location of the hosts data center into consideration. If you target the US, your host should be located there. If you target the United Kingdom then it would be better to choose a British web host etc. Before making a choice it might be a good idea to read more on web hosting providers first. The page weloveourhost.com could be a good place to start. Good luck!

    1. Connie Smith profile image90
      Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Though I have picked my web host, I was very impressed with this advice.  I had not considered that aspect and appreciate your pointing it out.

      1. Marisa Wright profile image93
        Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        It's probably outdated advice now.  When I first started with my Australian site, I was told it would help to use an Australian host.  These days you just go into your Google Webmaster tools and tell Google which country you're targeting, so it's not so important.

  12. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    I think most will tell you Host Gator.

  13. Tinsky profile image95
    Tinskyposted 3 years ago

    Though I'm located in Australia.  I use CertifiedHosting dot com  (not sure about the rules for URLS so doing the word form).  They are located in California.   I've found their technical staff to be very competent, quick to get back to you with queries (at any time night and day) and they also provide cpanel which is very useful for administrating your sites and setting up a range of content management systems including store fronts.  I have seven websites hosted with them and this is my second year with them. My hosting package is less than $200 a year and the cpanel also provides SEO support. Previously I was with an Australian web host who became too expensive for me.  They have quite a range of products available, support is fast and their ticketing support system easy to follow.  FTP access is available but you also have a web option through Cpanel.  I use CoffeeCup Direct FTP myself and have been using it now for well over seven years.

    As for Content Management Systems (CMS), I am now using word press with added paid for packages at most of my sites.  I find it the easiest to manage, with web based updates and once set up, it allows me to do what I like doing the best, which is writing content.

    I have also used php-nuke and tiki-wiki in the past, but both of these require a large focus on administration whereas you can set up a wordpress site within minutes with a click of the button and a few easy questions about where you want your database to be placed etc.

  14. Connie Smith profile image90
    Connie Smithposted 3 years ago

    Thanks all.  I actually went with HostGator, but not in time to get the 50% off discount or the $1.99 domain....I called up to try to get it anyway even though I was a day later than the sale, but no go.  I just ended up ordering it for a short time than I had planned to.  I think it was around $120 for the year with domain name and private domain registration.

  15. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    You still got a good deal.

  16. Connie Smith profile image90
    Connie Smithposted 3 years ago

    I have another question.  I still have that web hosting package at Yahoo.  I am already happier with HostGator and haven't even gotten started. However, since I own the domain, I would like to transfer it to Host Gator and get my money back for the remaining months at Yahoo.  I ordered a new domain with my new web hosting package which I plan to use.  I get a free transfer of domain and website (I don't have an active website there, so it is just the domain I am worried about).  Since I am new to this and to Host Gator, do you think I should wait until I have gotten my project uploaded before transferring my old domain to Host Gator?  I don't want to have to spend hours figuring out how to upload my files to the right domain.  I just want it to be as simple as possible since I am new at this.  (Hoping the question makes sense!)

    1. Sapper profile image73
      Sapperposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      Transferring the domain is nothing, you can easily do that yourself. The only thing that you would need them for is to transfer a website. Also, I would like to point out, if you do have a website built already on that domain, I wouldn't put a lot of trust in HostGator's "free" transfer. Mine said the same thing, yet when I tried to transfer a website that had nothing more than 7 pages and 3 blog posts with a WordPress install, they said it would be $10. Not a huge amount, but not free either.

    2. ktrapp profile image90
      ktrappposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      If I am understanding you correctly, you have two domain names (one that you set up with HostGator and another that you used on Yahoo). It also sounds like you don't need to transfer a website from one host to another, but you are looking for the easiest way to ftp your new website files to the new host.

      In your first post you mentioned you used Dreamweaver. I have used Dreamweaver for many years, as well as free ftp software that you can download in minutes (CoreFTP). But since you have Dreamweaver you do not really need separate FTP software or to even use any FTP tools HostGator may provide.

      Do the following set up one time in Dreamweaver and then you won't ever need to use anything else to edit your web pages or to FTP them:

      Set up your site in Dreamweaver: Site | New Site | Give it a site name (put whatever you want) | Local Site Folder (using the folder icon, browse to the folder on your computer that contains all your files) | Save

      Now on the left select "Servers" and depending on what version of Dreamweaver you have either click the plus sign at the bottom to get a form or just fill in the form that may already appear. Just enter your server name, FTP address, username and password as given to you by HostGator. Click save.

      Now within Dreamweaver, anytime you want to put a single web page, a folder, or an entire website on your web server, all you have to do is right click on the file or folder and select "put" and it FTPs it to the web server/host. With a file open, you can also do File | Put to or Save and Put to transfer it.

      If I am misunderstanding you, and your website are on the old Yahoo servers, I would just FTP them again from Dreamweaver (it won't take long) instead of using some sort of transfer process from one host to another.

    3. Marisa Wright profile image93
      Marisa Wrightposted 3 years ago in reply to this

      If it's just the domain name, and there's no content, then you don't need to transfer it. 

      It's very common to have your domain name with one provider and your hosting with someone else - in fact, some webmasters do it on purpose, because there are cheap providers for domain names and cheap providers for hosting, and they're usually not the same places!

      All you need do is connect your Yahoo domain name with your site on Hostgator.   The Hostgator live chat team can guide you on how to do that (in fact, they did it for me when I asked about it). 

      There is one snag you may hit.  Sometimes when you sign up for a hosting account with a domain name thrown in, you don't really own the domain name - the hosting company does.  So when you try to transfer it or point it somewhere else, you find you can't.  Or you find you can only point it somewhere else if you keep paying for hosting at the old site.  So in general, it's wise to be cautious when you see a "free domain name with hosting" offer.

      1. Connie Smith profile image90
        Connie Smithposted 3 years ago in reply to this

        That is very good to know.  I think it is registered to me, but I better check.  I would just as soon have my domain registered at the same place as my web host as long as it is not too expensive.  Especially now that I am just trying to learn all this.  Now I wish that I had paid more attention all along instead of just learning enough to get by.  Thanks for your help.

  17. LindaSmith1 profile image60
    LindaSmith1posted 3 years ago

    IMO, and I hope somebody with more knowledge adresses this. If you have no website at Yahoo yet, just transfer the domain name if it is the same. Whether to wait or not is the question. You may lose track of time, and the domain is no longer good at Yahoo. You may not get any money back from them. Personally, I would transfer the domain name and get busy on the Host Gator site.

  18. technician27 profile image61
    technician27posted 3 years ago

    just go with a hosting company but use VPS hosting package. Have a look on 1&1 and  a few others.