I got my name domain yesterday and am going to give this another shot. The hosting by GoDaddy is OK but too generic looking for my tastes. What is the best place to host your website in terms of ease of use and ability to drive traffic?
I want to set this up right from the beginning. I plan on doing alot of writing, adding Adsense, Amazon and lots of photos.
Thanks for advice!
(Lissie, are you around?)
Hostgator has competitive prices and they offer the Cpanel interface, which is super easy to use. Never use free hosts; they put their own ads on your website.
The hosting company you choose has little on your traffic, unless you choose a really unreliable host that has a lot of server down time, in which case your traffic will dive. It's up to you to create backlinks and use on-page SEO to attract search engine hits.
I will go with Host gator, they are the best and easiest out there. here is where you can get a coupon so you can get a cheaper prices.
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If you want to pay, HostGater is probably one of the best due to the fact their uptimes and customer service are good compared with other host companies. They have an excellent forum where you can get help from other members.
If you want free, try 000webhost for very much the same reasons. Currently, I use Joomla on 000webhost and have had no problems whatsoever.
I use webhostingpad I have used HostGator in the past but had some issues with them not allowing me to administer my own server. Their service is OK but too slow and unreliable with their current administration. I like webhostingpad better because they allow me to administer my own server which has given me much better results.
I'm another Hostgator user and their help desk is good - I got totally confused transferring my sites from another host, sent in a help ticket and not only did they sort out my mess, they re-did the entire thing for me!
But I'm concerned you've got a misconception in there somewhere.
Hosting doesn't "look" anything - what, specifically, looks "generic"? And your choice of host has nothing to do with your ability to drive traffic. When you choose hosting, all you're doing is choosing the machine your website is going to sit on.
If you're looking at "build your own website" options offered by hosts, don't. Use Wordpress.
FWIW, I've had my websites hosted on ICDSoft since 2003 and have been very happy.
Their 24/7 online tech support is really good at walking you through things you don't know, like, "Er... how do I set up a wordpress blog?"
+1 for hostgator.
Hostgator's control panel will install Wordpress for you if you want, and it makes everything fairly easy. Godaddy was a nightmare for me.
Another vote for Hostgator from me. Bought domain name from GoDaddy and used Hostgator's "baby" plan. No problems so far, all seems to be working well.
+3 for Hostgator. I don't think it is a good idea to have your domain and hosting with the same company. If the company powers down for any reason so does your website. I know its a slim chance especially with names like Godaddy and Hostgator, but why take the chance? By the way, Hostgator is not the cheapest host but I have not had a problem with them in 4 years, except for my article directory database got too big for the plan I was on.
Do Hostgator offer an upfront fee? I hate monthly payments
I also use Hostgator, but only because everyone says I should, so not giving them preference over any other host you may have in mind.
They all say their help section is great. I wouldn't know, never had to use it, even though I still don't fully understand all its functions.
I guess I need to read up a bit more.
Anyway, everything is working apparently as it should
Big is not always best look at webhostingtalk.com a forum with real people and experiences as well as the usual suspects (hosting co's)
Thanks everyone for your help and advice. I've been off the net for a week but did sign up with HostGator before I went AWOL. Now the fun begins!!
For now, I use Weebly because of the drag and drop HTML. But almost everyone I have spoken to or even read reviews, always gives thumbs up to host gator. it has C panel and has all you need for word press right there for you. You are stuck with their templates if you do not choose the wordpress option.
If you you mean "stuck with their templates" as in your using their website builder, then yes you basically are.
But like almost every host, you can code your website from scratch and upload the files to make any kind of website you like. A more popular option would be using software or program to build your website such as Wordpress, XSitePro, Joomla, etc. As long as you don't use their website builder, you can create any kind of site you want.
I just thought I would clarify that so people don't interpret it as you MUST use their templates if you host with them.
I have been using GoDaddy for 10 years. I tried Ready Hosting and they totally messed up my website. 1and1 has a terrible interface and their billing department is not great. Stick with GoDaddy.
You're lucky! There are people who like GoDaddy and have never had a problem, but there's also a lot of people who are unhappy. There was even a site called "NoDaddy" for a long time, which collected horror stories.
Here's a good example - this review site has several 5-star ratings for GoDaddy, but it has a frightening number of 1 and 2 star ratings too!
If you are just hosting some small sites on GoDaddy and never need to make any changes, you may be happy. The trouble starts when you try to do something out of the ordinary, have bigger sites, or want to transfer your domain.
Personally, I don't know what their service is like, but you get bombarded with advertising and "upselling" attempts when you buy a domain name from them - I don't know what it would be like if you're a regular customer.
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