Top Web Hosting Companies for Internet Marketing
New internet marketers are confused about where to go for the top web hosting for their niche blogs and squeeze pages. In fact, this is one of the questions I get asked most often concerning internet marketing best practices.
I will tell you my own preference and how I came to this conclusion. And while some people may disagree, I can say with honesty (after reading TONS of web hosting reviews) that MOST internet marketers will agree on my choice for best hosting. The following are my own experiences and opinions.
I have used three web hosting companies in my time. They are (in this order) Yahoo web hosting, Godaddy, and Hostgator. My choice – hands down – is Hostgator (see their price list here). There are several reasons I prefer them to the competition:
This is cheap web hosing at its finest. The price is unbelievably low I find myself wondering how they stay in business. Entry level is a $3.96 Hatchling Package.
Every package offers UNLIMITED space and bandwidth. I’m sorry, but those web hosting companies that only allow you a certain amount just can’t compete.
99.9% uptime on your website. ‘Nuff said.
Screaming fast changes through c-panel. When I used Yahoo and Godaddy, it took sooooo long to make the simplest adjustments. For instance, it would take an hour or more to install WordPress and a database through their control panel. With Host Gator, everything is instantaneous. You won’t know how much this is worth until you’re trying to run an internet business, but much of your time is wasted waiting for stupid changes to take effect! And wondering if they even went through!
The back end control panel is user friendly. C-panel Rocks! Try figuring out what you’re doing in the back end of Godaddy. It’s a nightmare. What takes you 3 clicks on Host Gator can take about 10 clicks on Godaddy.
MUCH easier email management system.
Hostgator does not try to upsell you something all the time like the other two. They respect their customers and know that they don’t want to be bombarded with upsells all the time.
The instant website packages from Godaddy and Yahoo (with Godaddy, it’s called “Website Tonight”) truly suck! I hate to be crude, but I don’t want you to forget this important point. Instant website builders = SUCK. They hinder more than help, and you can spot them a mile away. They look cheap. And Yahoo charges a fortune for their e-commerce sites (simple shopping carts), and they limit your number of products. I’m going to post soon about how to do all this stuff, but in the meantime, if you want some advice, email me on my contact page. I’d love to help!
Lastly, there’s a free 800 number with the Host Gator business package. I’m sorry, but that’s just plain COOL!Compare Host Gator packages
The ONLY thing I don’t prefer about Hostgator over Godaddy is that you can buy domains AND hosting through Godaddy. With Hostgator, you should purchase your domain name(s) at Namecheap, which is also better than Godaddy for domain name purchases. Hostgator and Namecheap are known unofficially as the one-two punch for web hosting services.
And for the record, I would not mess with any free web hosting sites. They are pretty much useless because of restrictions and ads. Besides, ultra cheap hosting is so abundant these days, there’s really no excuse for it. If you are trying to break into internet marketing using a free site, you’re not ready yet to make the leap from employee to entrepreneur.