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February 26th in Web Hosting by .

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In the past, we have covered plenty of exciting web hosting services. Finding a great web host that can handle your website and its traffic is not always easy. As someone who has worked with a dozen of web hosts in the past 9 years or so, I can tell you that there are many companies that offer a lot on paper but do not deliver at all in practice. We first started our company using DreamHost’s servers. DreamHost was extremely good for us. It does have major limitations though. Besides, their good service turned into a nightmare as soon as they got us to upgrade. They do belong in the hall of shame for their lousy service and horrible customer support team. [click to continue…]

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April 30th in Web Hosting by .

Choosing a web host for your WordPress website is not a decision you can take lightly. When you are getting started with your first WordPress site, you probably only afford to go with one of those cheap hosting plans (though I would not recommend it). Once you start getting more traffic, you are going to need a web host that can handle traffic spikes and heavy loads to keep your website up almost all the time (not too many web hosts offer 100% up-time). Nobody is going to be impressed by seeing your crashed website. If you intend to look credible to your visitors and leads as a business, you’ll have to invest in a decent hosting plan.

Finding the right WordPress web host

Many new publishers tend to go with web hosts that offer fancy promotions and cheap plans. You do get what you pay for though. A cheap hosting plan may save you money in the short term but it could slow down your site’s growth and cost you a ton of money in the long run. Having to deal with too many outages would be painful. Besides, cheap hosting plans are not flexible and limit you on things you can do to take your website to the next level.

You should never choose a web host without conducting a comprehensive background check. That includes comparing plans from multiple hosts and doing reputation research on Twitter, Facebook, Google, and LinkedIn. Using web hosting forums to ask for advice from people who may be more experienced than you is smart as well.

In the past few years, we have had the chance to work with a number of top web hosts. Our experience has not always been great. There are a number of advanced web hosts around these days. We can’t recommend all of them. But here are five hosting businesses that we, our clients and colleagues have found solid and reliable:

KnownHost: KnownHost offers VPS, Hybrid, and Dedicated hosting. Its customer service has a legendary reputation. These guys are also reputable for having a very high up-time. If you are looking for a web hosting service that works with less headaches, KnownHost is worth a look.

Wiredtree: some of our friends and colleagues in this space have been working with these guys for years. When it comes to customer service, Wiredtree has a superb reputation.  They provide support for the LiteSpeed web server and have affordable managed hosting services. What I like about their plans is the fact that you can customize your server hardware to your heart’s content before ordering. [click to continue…]

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July 19th in Web Hosting by .

As someone who’s been around WordPress for years, I can tell you choosing the right web host can be the difference between succeeding and failing online. Whether you own a hobby blog or WordPress business website, you are going to need a host that is not only reliable but also comes with features that fit your business needs. A lot of WordPress bloggers tend to go with low priced web hosting service just to save money, thinking that there is no big difference between a $3 a month host and a $20 a month host. In some cases that may be true, but the majority of time you end up get what you pay for.

So what can go wrong with a cheap web host? You may have trouble keeping your site responsive if you have a lot of traffic. Worse, you may end up going over your bandwidth, storage, or resources limits, leading to more costs and your website possibly going down for long periods of time. As someone who’s experienced all the above headaches, I can tell you wouldn’t want any part of it. That’s why you should be careful which web hosting service you use to host WordPress.

There are many web hosting services around but not all are created equal. You want to make sure you pay attention to reliability and the restrictions that come with each hosting package. Unlimited bandwidth doesn’t mean anything if there is a limit put on your processing load. Besides, it would help if your web host is WordPress-friendly.

If you are looking for a cool web host for your WordPress website, here are 3 WordPress-friendly hosts you should try:

DreamHost is the hosting service that I have used for years to keep my sites up and running. The regular service is good for starters, but DreamHost PS is even more powerful and definitely worth trying for anyone hoping to build a popular WordPress website. It’s an on demand service that allows you to increase your resources as you need them. If you are getting more traffic for your server to handle, you can always increase your account’s limits to avoid your site from going down.

Justhost Hosting is another reliable hosting service that can help you provide keep your business website up at all times. You do want to go with a bit more expensive plans to give your website the chance to succeed. And you do get 99.9% reliability as promised.

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WP Web Hosting is designed specifically for anyone who’s running a WordPress blog or plans to build a community with WordPress MU. While I don’t use this service for my regular blog, it’s a great way to get started with your MU communities. A lot of regular web hosts have trouble hosting WordPress MU, so it’s refreshing to see a service dedicated to doing just that.

There are many other good hosts out there, but since I have not tried them, I can’t vouch for their reliability. Everyone’s going to claim 99.9% up-time reliability and promise you a whole lot of good things. But you never know until you try them out. So don’t hesitate to use the money-back guarantees provided by some of these web hosts to get your funds back if the service is not up to the promised standards. Choosing a web host for WordPress is an important decision. Don’t take it lightly.

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