A Forum Admin's Guide to Web Hosting

By cheat_master30 · Oct 5, 2014 ·
  1. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

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  2. Sherrie

    Sherrie Fan

    I just had to visit webkings website after reading your article, he offers web design too!
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  3. Nogitsune

    Nogitsune Unleash The Beast....

    lol AT Webking!

    this is a good tutorial(learned some stuff myself) though the hosting recommendations I am a bit meh about since you're speaking more what you read for a lot of companies vs direct experience with them(And the media temple recommendation was a bit ehh)

    overall it was a good tutorial :)
  4. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    I genuinely pity the guy's clients. Oh god what a rude awakening they'll get when they compare their sites to those of their competitors...

    On another note... yeah, his examples of website design are as bad as they sound. And most of them went broke too, most of the sites linked in his portfolio don't even exist any more...

    Yeah, hosting recommendations are not my strong point, because I've picked mostly good hosts over the last few years and have had only one bad experience.

    But hey, it's better than lying that crappy EIG companies are 'good' in order to get a paycheck, right?
  5. LloydM

    LloydM Adherent

    Nice tutorial, got good information. Thanks for the heads up ;)
  6. Shawn Gossman

    Shawn Gossman Tazmanian Master

    Very nice article :) CM!
  7. Phillip

    Phillip The Priest

    I like this article very much, it will end up helping me the near future. :)
  8. HostXNow

    HostXNow Aspirant


    I setup FreeWebHostingDir for the reasons mentioned at http://www.freewebhostingdir.com/page/about-us

    The aim was not to say which site is #1 but just to list as many popular providers as possible and offer them a business listing page. You may think the site is a scam but I assure you it it is not. We do not use any affiliates links on the site. Listings are simply sorted by reviews + number of hits. All 48 reviews for HostXNow are genuine which were left from real customers who originally left feedback on HostXNow forums. If other companies have more reviews + hits than we do then the other companies listings will appear above ours. As we have the most reviews + hits at the moment ours is bound to be listed at the top, but only for the services we offer if you notice! We are not listed at the top for service that we do not offer. I have no reason to mess with the stats. Those who know me know I would not do that.

    Personally, I do not like sites like WebHostingStuff as its all about revenue like you say! The best way to get reliable web hosting services is to get recommendations from friends and family, but if you do not have much luck with that you can use reputable forums like WebHostingChat, HostingDiscussion, WebHostingTalk and TheAdminZone to name a few. There is much less chance of reviews being biased with those type of forums.

    But now you have bought this up I may just remove the reviews section from FreeWebHostingDir. I created it to just list all popular web hosting companies and offer them a business listing page, again, for the reasons mentioned at http://www.freewebhostingdir.com/page/about-us

    If you have any feedback to help improve FreeWebHostingDir please let me know either in this thread or via PM.

    Thank you!


    Kind regards,
  9. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    It's a nice enough directory (and hey, true to your word, there don't seem to be any affiliate links there).

    But to be honest, for a site like that to be worthwhile, it needs some sort of reviews or ratings. Ideally ones by trusted individuals without a financial tie to the company they're reviewing.

    On another note, have you seen this?


    It's apparently another attempt at a more neutral review site. They automatically get the reviews and stuff from sites like Twitter, and use actual people's opinions to rate them.
  10. HostXNow

    HostXNow Aspirant

    Users can leave reviews and ratings for their web hosting provider when logged in Example: http://www.freewebhostingdir.com/listing/vultr-2053 though the reviews and ratings are not from twitter, which sure would be better if I could get the same working at FreeWebHostingDir. Unfortunately I do not have the time to integrate stuff like that at the moment. I agree that HostingReviews.io does look really good! Cool idea. But then twitter users could be asked to leave fake reviews too... but sure, it works better than standard review/voting system like used at FreeWebHostingDir.

    I was going to add different stats so users could sort web hosting providers by reviews, ratings, views, pagerank, domain age, latest coupon codes, etc, but just have not got round to adding them yet. Be better if I could get someone else to run the site who has more time to improve the site, etc but such is life and all that. ;)

    Btw for those interested in reliable providers I recommend the following (other than ourselves of course), in no particular order:-

    - IntoVPS
    - Vultr
    - Linode
    - ReliableSite
    - RapidSwitch
    - PCSmartHosting

    Plenty of top quality providers around, you just have to do your due diligence first.

    Good luck to those looking for a reliable web hosting provider. This web hosting guide should sure help put you on the right track. :)
  11. dojo

    dojo Passionate admin

    Personal experiences:
    - QualityHostOnline (don't know if they still exist). Took them for a good price, horrible support, slow sites etc.
    - ResellerZoom - Ok for 2 years, bad afterwards. Constant downtimes that would take 2-3 days to solve.
    - HostGator - still using them (reseller account). Not stellar, but OK. Have been on their servers for 8 years now, it's a love-hate relationship, but 99.99% of the time things are good.

    - RackSpace - few days, till we decided to ditch them. Support was stellar, I hated the managed idea. Come on, I can install a database. No, I cannot do it via command line :D I need cpanel.
    - LiquidWeb - client still uses them. VERY good. Pricey, but good.
    - Godaddy - by god what a mess. I actually convinced my client to go to LiquidWeb, since any work on his sites meant more time wasted (waiting for databases to be created, working on the hosting panel which clearly wasn't too well thought (or at least not for me).
    - Yahoo - had a client for a one time project. The changes I had to make took 5 minutes, uploading and dealing with the FTP settings took close to an hour.

    So ... HostGator still is my choice, even if, as mentioned, am not always thrilled with them. I'd pay for LiquidWeb dedicated hosting, but I need a way bigger budget :D
  12. Finn

    Finn Participant

    Awesome tut. Thanks for sharing it. It's quite true these days that people will lie and say something is better than it is, or recommend crappy posts as long as they're benefiting from it.
  13. Tiernan

    Tiernan Enthusiast

    I have had a good experience with BlueHost so far. Speedy and quick to set up.
  14. Jacob

    Jacob Aspirant

    Wish I would have read this before I took on my battle with the hosting compainies. Phew.
  15. obazavil

    obazavil Aspirant

    My recomendations based on what I have used:



    I have been using hivelocity for the last 5-7 years and their uptime is nice. Good prices around $100 usd for a xeon server with cpanel. Is self-managed tough.
  16. Ascareus Kratos

    Ascareus Kratos Participant

    using hawkhost for shared hosting
    what a nice host.
  17. Sapett

    Sapett Aspirant

    Great guide! Thanks for sharing!
  18. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    Who the heck would disagree with this guide?
  19. radu81

    radu81 Fan

    Web King Las Vegas :D
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  20. cheat_master30

    cheat_master30 Moderator

    Okay, that made me laugh. Guess it could be him.
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