Honestly I was not real scientific about choosing a Web Host
***This was an early post on this site. Problems with the host chosen have forced me to leave. Sad, but things change. I recommend HostGator now. ***
I felt I had several options.
First, I had one web site at ProHosters.com. I could also go with GoDaddy, a popular Domain registar.iPowerWeb is one that has been around a few years and has been recommended by Chris Carpenter of Google Cash. I also looked at xxxx which has also been around for a while.
ProHosters was a bit on the expensive side.
I might recommend them if you are running the type of buisness that would advertise during the Super Bowl. They offer great service, fantastic bandwidth and back-up but their starting package is 3x more than anyone elses here.
GoDaddy is probably the first choice for domain names.
I have bought several from them and keeping them organized with GoDaddy is very easy. They are not well know for their Web hosting though. While they have very low prices, it looked to me that many sevices free with other hosters would add a bit to the initial cost. No real savings and I have heard poeple who were not happy there. Again, if I were telling my mother how to start her own website, maybe I would recommmend to her.
That left me with iPowerWeb and XXXXXX.
Both of these continually show up in most of the top 10 web host sites (of which there are probably more than there are web hosts). I have actually kind of been keeping an eye on these types of pages on and off for a couple of years. Both iPowerWeb and XXXXX have been on them long enough for me to be familiar with the names. Odd how the first place host on many of the pages never makes it on to some of the others.
Anyway, I was leaning towards iPowerWeb until I looked at the help files for both hosts. Being a little new to blogs and not very experienced setting up a website, I found that Lunar Pages seemed to have more information on doing things than iPowerWeb. XXXXX just seemed like it would give me a few more places to go to find out how to do stuff before I would have to resort to the help desk (I find that embarrasing).
The cost between the two are very close.
The disk space and bandwidth are huge for both. While I went with XXXXXX this time, I plan to give iPowerWeb a try next time I look for a Web host.
So far, I have been happy with XXXXX.
One thing I learned after starting my account was, that many of the applications the host supplies you with will need their own MySql database. When I first opened my account you only got one and had to pay for any additional databases. Within a week they had already changed it to unlimited MySql databases.
Maybe I’m just lucky.