shopping for web hosting

Thinking out loud here about web hosting. I’m pretty happy about the web hosting for djchuang.com at TotalChoiceHosting, but their basic service doesn’t offer multiple domain name hosting. So I’m starting to shop around for a new web host, and there are thousands of them out there. It looks like a very crowded playing field, and it’s hard to tell from the comparison websites whether those are just promotional deals or legitimate comparisons with objective ratings. My hunch is that people go with a web host that they first hear of, or get referred to. It’s difficult to make an easy apples-to-apples comparison b/c every web host lists their best features and conveniently hides the features that competitors do better at delivering. But here’s what I’m looking for at a price point of $7 per month with no more than 1-year pre-pay and no setup fee: WordPress hosting (PHP, mySQL), 12 domain names, sufficient web space and bandwidth (the going rate seems to be 10GB disk space and 20GB monthly bandwidth), domain POP email and webmail, FTP access, web-based admin, phpMyAdmin, weblog statistics, responsive tech support, reliable uptime.

I do prefer web hosts that are more transparent about their people and operations, such as having a support forum with open message board, CEO’s who blog, disclosure of data center and office locations.

Here are web hosts that have caught my attention, but don’t quite have all my wished-for ingredients:

Am I being too demanding? It’s just a numbers game, in some respect, and I think my numbers are do-able.

This article about Overselling hosting is eye-opening; the whole website WHreviews.com has good stuff. Have to read more.. WebhostingTalk.com is an active discussion forum / message board that has more threads than I can read. HostingTech.com allegedly is a website for those in the web hosting industry.

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  1. rob says:

    A good friend of mine has $5/mth Word Press hosting. Check it out to see if it’s what you’re looking for. His name is Paul.

  2. i12know says:

    Unless you do dedicated hosting, speed indicators will not be helpful because it all depends on how many other customers your web host provider can jam you in with… If you got all newbies, then no speed hit there – but if you get slashdotted often, then you are toasted.

    I and my next door cube neighbor split a dedicated host at 1 and 1 hosting for $25 a month and I hosted 13 sites of my churches and my other projects on it. But of course, I would pay more for something like the FlashBack feature you talked about there.

  3. I don’t know if you can get 10 domains hosted for $7. But I have a brilliant idea for web stats. Try http://www.statcounter.com.

    Cheers

  4. Talon says:

    Highly recommend dreamhost. Not only unlimited domains, but also a ridiculously high quota and bandwidth (increases weekly), offer. True, they have had some hiccups in the past (like the one you linked to), but they’ve been quite responsive in adding new features and fixing issues.

  5. Dave says:

    DJ, dreamhost has this crazy $97 off coupon for the first year. So you end up paying $22 or something for an entire year.

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