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    Web host recommendations

    I find myself looking for a new Web Host. Just looking for some recommendations.

    I am currently at Go Daddy and must say they are rock solid. But they are to restrictive on a couple of things and I do not like their control panel. Biggest gripe is they limit me to 50 (I think) emails a day. I do some marketing for my business by email and once I month I send about 200 emails. Major pain!

    I have used QualityHostOnline.com for many years and still like them and still recommend them. But they have a weird SSI setup. Well it is set up wrong on the server and they don't seem to care. So I am not going back there because of the way my web site is set up.

    So I find myself looking again. I need SSI and my own personal CGI-bin. And larger limits on sending emails! Good tech support too.

    So what can you recommend that fits these bills?
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    I am by no possible stretch of the imagination an expert on web hosting. What I know about it you can balance on the end of a sharp chisel. Never-the-less, I have lots of opinions (ask my wife). I currently use HostMonster. They seems to have all of the bells and whistles, no restrictions, big memory, etc. (Oh, did I mention cheap?)
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    I have my personal web page on ripplehost. It is a no-frills host, meant for low-volume stuff. Still, is is VERY inexpensive.

    For your situation, you could look at idologic.com and right up front I have to admit that I know the guys who co-own this company. I used to work with one of them. My recommendation is therefore based mostly on knowing the guys, rather than on specs, advertising, or reviews. They are technically competent, and know how to manage things. I did just look at the specs on their cheapest monthly plan ($20) and there is no restriction on # of emails that I can see.

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    Bluehost

    Vaughn may step in and clarify but I think FWW is on Bluehost.

    I also have my sites hosted there. They seem to work well and cost very little. Something like $7/month

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    Family Woodworking runs on Bluehost, and I have my site there too. We have had very few problems, and customer service is good...

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    Doesn't Go Daddy have an upgrade option? Yahoo is getting into hosting big time now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Cook View Post
    Family Woodworking runs on Bluehost, and I have my site there too. We have had very few problems, and customer service is good...
    Jeff, a google search sent me here, maybe greg and fww are on to something?

    http://webhostinggeeks.com/

    and te features included with bluehost.... http://www.bluehost.com/tell_me_more.html
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    I've used godaddy, yahoo, & general hosting. Yahoo was good, did not care for godaddy's control panel, and general hosting I didn't deal with enough to get a good feel for their support. I finally just hosted my site(s) from my own server and setup mail hosting through fusemail.net. Having complete control of the server was a great benefit and no additional cost. I pay about $10 for Fusemail each month. To use my own domains for mail, I just point the MX records to Fusemail's site and then use their control panel to manage as many domains and accounts as I want.
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    Yep, we use BlueHost here, I've been very happy with their support when we have needed it.

    On my personal website, I am using Ace Net Inc (ace-host.net) I've had a lot of trouble with them, nothing catastrophic, but, when the contract is up, I will be moving to BlueHost for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Art Mulder View Post
    I have my personal web page on ripplehost. It is a no-frills host, meant for low-volume stuff. Still, is is VERY inexpensive.

    For your situation, you could look at idologic.com ....... I did just look at the specs on their cheapest monthly plan ($20) and there is no restriction on # of emails that I can see.
    I read some really bad reviews on RippleHost. But I also saw that they sold/were bought out. So that may have been during the transition? Most comments were related to no tech support and no one answering the phones/emails.

    Quote Originally Posted by Frank Fusco View Post
    Doesn't Go Daddy have an upgrade option?
    Probably but I still don't like their way of doing things. Want to nickle and dime you. Now, their service has been excellent! Just several small things I don't like. To controlling.

    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    I finally just hosted my site(s) from my own server and setup mail hosting through fusemail.net. Having complete control of the server was a great benefit and no additional cost.
    Not a option for me. My ISP isn't going to allow a server without paying for it. Much cheaper to let someone else host it for me. And I don't have to maintain it. Rather be woodworking.

    Quote Originally Posted by Stuart Ablett View Post
    Yep, we use BlueHost here, I've been very happy with their support when we have needed it.
    I will give them a look. There is a lot of cheap hosting out there and thats what I really want. I don't need a lot of help, just want them to be there if I do have a problem.

    I really wish Quality Host would fix this one issue. They have been perfect host other than that. I could change to my site to work on their server but I just hate to have to make it work when it should work that way it is. It really takes away the advantage of SSI when it doesn't work correctly.
    God grant me the senility to forget the people I never liked anyway,
    the good fortune to run into the ones I do,
    and the eyesight to tell the difference.


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