What would you consider to be the best web hosting company 2014?
We have been in search for the top web hosting company and wanted to know what others experience has been with certain companies even non familiar companies.
This is one of those "what's the best car" questions; varies widely based on what you need. Also, in my experience, the webhosting company that best fits your needs today may not be the best in a year.
That said, I would not recommend Hostgator, BlueHost or 1and1 for anything except a static (non-database driven) website.
I have been very happy with Storm on Demand SSD hosting, which I use to host client sites.
There are a few key things that you should consider with any web hosting provider:
1. Reliability and speed. This is very important! What is the track record (show me the data!)?
2. Technical Support - are they 24/7/365. Now days this is the expected.
3. SSL Support - if you are planning on selling products, SSL is a requirement
4. FTP access - if you're beyond the beginner stage, you'll want to load your own pages.
5. File size restrictions - along with file type restrictions should be looked at to ensure they meet your needs.
There are many others but these are basic "must-haves". Put together your requirements first and then compare vendors to select the one that most closely meets your needs. Good luck.
It depends on you intend to build with the hosting. If its an mobile app or a website that uses Ruby on Rails, Python Django, NodeJS your best bet would be Amazon, Azure, Rackspace or DigitalOcean. If its just a simple website or online store then hostmonster or hostgator is enough. If you want to host static website then all you need is Amazon S3.
I know you are from the USA, so my answer would not really help you, but I figured since you did not specify which country you want to host in, that you'd consider hosting in Europe. I have been with my host for 11 years, and they are a Germany based company, with a strong presence in South Africa. They are called Hetzner (http://www.hetzner.de). Cheap and reliable, with excellent service. At least, that is what I get from the South African side of things. I have no reason to believe that the German side would be any less qualified, competent and service oriented.
Very good support, super capable, excellent platform, good pricing.
It would depend on your needs e.g. how much traffic you expect, how heavy your website is, your budget etc...
Hostgator is good, however I would say their customer service has deteriorated over time...it used to be really good - not so much any more. However their hosting is once of the best for a SMB level.
Another option, though a bit more costly is MediaTemple.
The "Best" is somewhat subjective in this case as there are different criteria in which one consider something to be the best. For instance, if you need 24/7 phone support or you need a VPS at a certain price point, then that could make a difference in what is best. Personally, we use Site5 for our needs. They've been very good with support and proactive when a client's WP site got hacked without the client even noticing. They ended up resolving the issue at no charge.
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Take a look at HostGator. I have been using them for a number of years and they get my vote. The pricing and support are very good too.
We rely on Linode to serve millions of pageviews for our clients. Their rock-solid infrastructure and immediate support means I don't have to worry about hosting.
That is a very general and opinionated questions.
I like my hosting but I picked it since I am a ColdFusion programmer and they are doing a great job for me.
We were looking in to this company called Voonami out in Utah has anybody heard of them?
The Key Parameters Are
1- Web Space
2- Monthly Bandwidth
3- Up time
There are the key parameters for the Hosting service quality. For more ,you can PM me.
Ray is completely correct. There might be a hosting company that provides best service for our need and do not be the best in general. I prefer iPower. I have experience of using at least 10 hosting companies and I can say Hostgator is the worst one, specially on support. Also, your target is very important. Sites of some hosts are not available in some countries or can hardly be accessed from some specific countries.
Definitely hostgator. I see a lot of people saying Rackspace, but Rackspace is only good if you need the amount of bandwidth they offer. You'd need Rackspace if you're getting a large number of traffic (ex. 1 million per month and I don't think that's even enough).
Also depends on what you're hosting. If you're holding credit card information or sensitive information, stay away from shared hosting.
Hosting is an interesting topic. For basic websites most hosting companies can handle (Hosting.com, BlueHost, GoDaddy, Etc....). If you need scalability for both data and users you will want to look to Rack Space, Amazon and the like. Depending on your location there are most likely local solutions that provide great services as well. In North Carolina, Windstream (Hosted Solutions), Peak 10, and Data Chambers provide good services.
We've used FatCow for the past 11 years and have been very happy with them. However, we've found that many of our clients are either with GoDaddy or Hostgator, with all others a very distant third.
The quality of service, reliability and pricing seems to be the similar across all 3 of those hosting providers and therefore I would recommend any of them. We've stuck with FatCow mostly because we've found their control panel to be the easiest to navigate compared to the others.
If you don't need a customized site, Square Space offers an online platform to put up your own site. They have modern templates and are user friendly if you want to put up and host your own website. I use this all the time to build and mange sites for various clients and for my own sites. It also also for some customizing if you know code.