I have read many shared web hosting reviews and in fact asked a question a few days agon on Yahoo answers however I believe I closed the question by mistake.
I am looking for reliablity, EXPECIALLY good customer support, and advanced features. As I am IT pro, I am looking for a reliable business hosting for a client. Customer support must be great. Tons of features should be available. PHP based. What I’m looking at here is not cheap but a value for money option. Cheap of course would be better but don’t want to compromise.
Some people recommended HostMonster.com, Slicehost.com (not interested in VPS plan),inmotionhosting.com, bluehost.com.
So my top 3 in the list are:
However ratings at http://www.besthostratings.com at not a wow….
Any personal experience to share please?
Anyone been with MediaEnd (www.mediaend.com) or Steadfast (Steadfast.com)
Could anyone please point out own experience? Any recommendations?.Please don’t recommend by just sending review links – been through that already.
I thought I will give some hosts a some stress tests myself . For anyone looking for a host like me, here’s some feedback
- Inmotion support never replied my email, Live chat took 4 mins for initial response. After my 2nd question I’ve received
a reply after another 5 mins and stopped replying after my 3nd question without any notice.
- Powweb – Support facility is quite basic.
- Fatcow good support response and helful however no demo cpanel site, and lack features such as fantastico.
- HostMonster good support for round 1. However on round 2, the other operator was not so friendly. As for backups, the tech guy that backups MAY be taken on a weekly basis…MAYBE lol…(guess all depends on the sys admin mood)
- Weblaunchingpad lousy techical support.
- HostGator very good support however prices are more expensive than competitors
-JustHost VERY good support for round 1. However on round 2, the other operator was not so friendly.
Also another hosting asked me to confirm my identity by specifing the cpanel admin password!! (yes your password) or paypal
Anyone else can share own experience with HostGator or Justhost.com?
Ok, I use http://www.hostmonsterplus.com
I used to use Blue Host, but it appears their IP has some issues with the Chinese firewall.
Host Monster and Blue Host and actually the same company, or 2 sub divisions of 1 mother company. The only difference is that http://www.hostmonsterplus.com is cheaper, handles a few more databases per account and has no problems with the Chinese firewall.
As for inmotion, when I was reading reviews, I wasn’t overly impressed by the amount of complaints I’ve read around, and I’ve never had a reason to leave Host Monster. So I can’t give a real review on them.
But out of Host Monster and Blue Host, go for Host Monster.
Also, if you do choose Blue Host and can’t get onto it while in China, use the Host Monster support and tell them you’re from Blue Host and your problem, it’s the same support people so you can still contact them there, but it’s best to avoid the problem all together in all honesty.
Good luck, and I hope you enjoy your choice. If you have any issues you can PM me.
by: Web Dev
on: 16th February 09