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Looking for a new WebHost

April 21, 2010 1 comment

After all the issues with the Datacenter, since the server crash, my Web Host has decided he will stop offering hosting. He tells me that once the server is back up he will keep things going for about a month, and then he is going to close shop. This whole experience has just kind of “soured” him to it all.

So, this brings me to the topic at hand: Looking for a new host. I have looked at several host over the years, and I have just never really found one that seemed to fit, as much as my current host does. Since I no longer have a choice but to find someone else, here goes the search.


BlueHost.com was suggested by a good friend of mine. He has been using them for the last few years and has been very happy with their service.

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$6.95 per month is a pretty good price, but I think I would want to upgrade to their Pro Package, which runs about $14.95 per month. Also, BlueHost.com requires payment in 12 month chunks.
The Pro Package adds, 1 Dedicated IP, 1 PositiveSSL Certificate, 3 Domain Name Registrations, and 10 Postini Email Filtering accounts. I am looking at this package because of the SSL Cert and the Postini Filtering.

The other main host I am looking at currently is GoDaddy.
I currently use GoDaddy for all of my domains, so I am already pretty familiar with their support and options.

  • 24×7 FTP access
  • World-Class Data Centers
  • Daily Backups
  • Best-of-Breed Routers, Firewalls and Servers
  • Web site statistics
  • FREE Email Addresses
  • Google® Webmaster Tools
  • Ad Credits from MySpace®, Google® and Facebook®
  • Key Technical Features

A more complete listing of features can be found here.
I already get free hosting with GoDaddy, if I want to use their Economy Plan, but I am looking more at the Unlimited Plan. This plan runs $14.99 per month, but they have discounts for paying 12, 24 or 36 months at a time.

I guess I just really need to weigh the options and the costs. Due to GoDaddy offering a discount when paying for several months, they come out to be less expensive in the long run ($12 vs $15 per month). However, if I don’t need the Pro Package with BlueHost.com, then they are considerably less expensive ($7 vs $12 per month).

Decisions decisions…

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