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A good webhost...recommendations please!

Updated on January 22, 2012

The question is, what is more important to you?

Are you interested in cost effectiveness, with flexibility, or are you more interested in uptime and the quality of the host and their bandwidth.

Server rack at a large webhost
Server rack at a large webhost

Types of Web Hosting

There are several types of web hosting available for websites on the internet. Depending on what type of business or website that you have will determine the type of web hosting that you will need. Web hosting choices come as follows:

Free Hosting

There are many different websites that offer free web pages or sites for individuals. They generally offer a page or two with an ability to post photographs. Some are free or close to free. They are also very user friendly. You do not have to be a computer genius to use one of these servers. Think about a website like MySpace. You can get a website there that is totally free. You can add photographs, blogs, messages, videos and even music. The stipulation is that this is for social purposes only, or is supposed to be. This is a good example of a free website. In the meantime, MySpace uses your webpage to post their own ads. You are limited to space and what type of content you can post. The website does not belong to you, but MySpace.

Shared Hosting

Now suppose you want to sell products online. You can use a cheap shared server that offers you an opportunity to set up your website for free. They may even provide templates. You will have to get a domain name, such as You will register the domain name and then be able to upload your website on the shared server. In the case of a free shared server, you will be sharing your website with other websites. You will be limited to space as well as bandwidth. You cannot have thousands of people visit your site in an hour as it will take up too much bandwidth. This can be ideal for small business that sells very little products online. In the meantime, your website will probably have a number of ads that are placed on there by the provider to earn the revenue needed to maintain your site. Shared Server A shared server is just like a free server only you have to pay a little bit each month to maintain your website. You have a bit more freedom when it comes to ads and can even generate revenue by signing up for Google Ads to be put on your site. You will still have to come up with a domain name.

Dedicated Server

A dedicated server hosts only your website and no others. You have all the space you need to make your website as large as you want. You have enough bandwidth to accommodate all the traffic you can get. You have total control over the ads that you place on your website. You can even have several little affiliate websites to make up for the difference in price. A dedicated server is the ultimate in web hosting. You are actually hosting your own website. You have space, bandwidth and freedom to what you want. A dedicated server, while costing more money to use, may actually end up saving you money, or adding to your revenue, if used correctly.

For Personal Service

In my opinion, one of the best web hosts is Webair.. When you call for tech support, email or chat support,  you are talking to a knowlegable staff. No outsourced tech support, or a new guy who barely knows a server from a microwave.

Webair is run by a fellow who has been in the webhosting business for years. When you have an issue, he or one of his experienced staff will spend the time necessary to make sure that you are up and running.

Their servers are actual server platforms located in one of 4 secure datacenters with good quality bandwidth.

They offer plans that are modest, they don't promise you unlimited bandwidth, and then pull the plug on you when your website starts to get some traffic.

If you don't see a plan that fits your needs, contact them and tell Mike or Gerard what you need and they will do the best to fix you up.

Good Hosting Options

There are several high quality providers of hosting, but I like Amerinoc Hosting or Certified Hosting. They use the best bandwidth providers for fast, highly reliable connections.

Certified features CPanel hosting, and they have a variety of account sizes from one domain only up to unlimited domains.

They also have a feature that few webhosts offer, if any. They have insurance on your account, that promises they will never suspend your account for abusing the unlimited features of your account.

Amerinoc offers hosting for small hosting up to multiple dedicated servers depending on your needs.

Why not Dreamhost?

It used to be that I recommended Dreamhost to many folks. Maybe they are fine if you host a single website that gets little or no traffic.

I went with Dreamhost and I believed the unlimited promises of the company. Until a day when my sites would not load. When I opened my email, I found an email from one of their techs who stated that my sites was causing the server to run up to a 10% load.

They offered to work with me to resolve the issue. Part of that resolution was moving me to another private server where they then charged me 79.00 per month, plus a fee for memory used. What about their promises of unlimited websites and bandwidth. Well, they then trot out their terms of service that pretty much states that if they determine your sites are using too many resources, they can do what they did to me.

Ok, so we move to the new server, but the guy doing the move messed it up, and my sites didn't work for close to a week. Their support people acted totally unconcerned about my plight.

The person who moved my site was taking some time off, and they made me wait till he returned from his holiday to have things looked at and fixed.

If you are serious about your websites, and if they make you money, please don't use Dreamhost.


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      22 months ago

      I think that should be added to your list! It's a great webhosting provider and they have possibly one of the most flexible infrastructures among Canadian webhosting providers.


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