As Cyber Monday in the United States is almost upon us, this seems like a good time to do a review of Webhosting.

I use three different web hosts and I thought I would do a brief overview of all three below and give an honorable mention to a web host that I don’t use but several people I respect do.

Starter Hosting 1: Hostgator

Probably my first option for people when starting out at buying their own web hosting would be Hostgator. The reason I particularly like them is that you can start off at a simple, inexpensive level and then work your way up to a dedicated server if that is your wont. Having said that once you are running what I call mission critical sites, I would move to somewhere a bit more specialised.

Having said that they are one of the few webhosts who cover the full spectrum of webhosting from simple Shared hosting, through to Reseller Hosting, VPS Hosting and up to Dedicated Server.

The coupon code VashonClient will give you a 25% discount on your webhosting with Hostgator.

4 out of 5 stars.

Bluehost was the first webhost I bought hosting with.

Since I first wrote this blog post Bluehost and Hostgator now belong to the same company, and I suspect there is less to choose between them.  Interestingly the worst webhost I ever had the experience of hosting with also belong  to the same company as well.

There is a lot to be said for sticking with smaller companies, but when you first look for hosting and don’t want to spend a lot of money Bluehost and Hostgator both offer a reasonable service.

3.5 out of 5 stars

Wired Tree

I used wired tree for a long time, and then they were sold to Liquid web. Liquid web ultimately became too expensive for my needs and I have now moved to Green Geeks. I am happy with them.

If you are looking for something more serious, I would not recommend Liquid Web, unless your technical team want to use it. As someone who does the technical side myself it became too unwiedly. To save money I also made the mistake of moving from cpanel to their own system, This was not as easy to use as unwieldy and for some reason they moved away from cpanel to a different admin panel. This was not as easy to use as cpanel and ended up causing me serious problems.

4.5 out of 5 stars

As an honorable mention I thought I would mention Storm On Demand which has been mentioned to me by a few people I respect as being a solid webhost.  Again they are at the higher end of the spectrum, and had I not gone with Rapid VPS this would have been my second option.

Hope you find this useful, would love to hear your experiences of different webhosts.