Everyone knows that a good website is built on good content – but is there something more important than content? In my opinion, I think the first priority to address is finding a good hosting service. You can have the best articles on the web, but if you site is down all the time or you can’t access it to post… then you’ve got nothing!
I’m often asked who I use to host my website, but I’ve been hesitant to recommend anyone. I’ve had a website since the mid-nineties and I know that all hosting is not the same. The prices can vary greatly and the service can be all over the place. I was with my last host for several years. They started out great, but the service dropped off from year to year. Pretty soon, they weren’t even answering the phones when you called tech support. Unfortunately, moving hosts can be traumatic, so I held on as long as I could. Finally about a year or so ago, I decided it was time to switch. I scoured the web for recommendations and found a few possibilities – but no clear-cut winner. I finally went with Hostgator. I’ve been thrilled with them so far and figured I would take a minute to give an honest review of my experience so far. If you are looking for a new hosting service, hopefully you will find this helpful…
For starters, I have their Baby package -which costs around $7 a month. I think I was paying around $13 a month before, so that was at least a slight savings. The plan comes with the ability to have unlimited websites and emails – which is nice. I currently have a dozen or so websites hosted on my space and switching between them is very easy to manage. Since it has been over a year, I don’t remember how that $7 rate compares with the competition, but it must be pretty close. In all honesty, the price was not my biggest priority. My main concern was support. I wanted to be able to reach someone via chat or via phone whenever I needed them – without having to wait on hold for 20 minutes. I’m happy to report that I’ve never had to wait more than a couple of minutes to get someone online and they have been very helpful in answering my questions.
About the only way Hostgator could be better for me is if they actually produced the content for my websites – but maybe that is asking too much!
Anyways, just thought I’d pass this info along for those working on new websites – or wanting to change from their current host. If you’d like more info, here is a link.
Any other Hostgator users out there? Has your experience been as positive as mine??