[Web4lib] webhosting

Degler, Roy roy.degler at okstate.edu
Tue Sep 28 16:32:37 EDT 2010

First off read host reviews at http://www.webhostingtalk.com.  Then when you have your short list, email each of the companies with questions, see how fast they reply and the quality of the responses.  Get on the host support forum and see what kind of conversation is occurring.

I have used hostgator.com and hostpc.com for most of my sites.  I have helped others that use bluehost and heard good comments.  I had sites at dreamhost for quite a while but the sites got really slow, so that is when I moved to hostgator.  I work with one site on dreamhost for someone else and have not seen the slowness.

All my experience has been with shared hosting accounts not virtual hosting or dedicated servers.  I am happy with both hostgator and hostpc.  But might try bluehost for my next hosting account.

Also consider the control panel offered at the host.  Cpanel is the industry standard (hostgator and blue host use it).  Other choices include DirectAdmin (hostpc), plesk(????), and proprietary (dreamhost).

Roy Degler
Assistant Professor - Digital Library Services
215a Edmon Low Library
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, OK 74078
phone: 405 744-6541
email: roy.degler @ okstate.edu

“Nothing exists except atoms and empty space; everything else is opinion”
Democritus  (Greek philosopher, 460-370bc)

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