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The Great Hosting Debate

It’s difficult choosing a hosting company. After much evaluation (1and1, GoDaddy, ValueWeb through Costco, ix, AN, HostGator), I chose 1and1 hosting because of a colleague’s recommendation and they offered the most space and features for the lowest price. Many of my clients use GoDaddy because it’s the best known. Personally, I am not a fan of GoDaddy‘s navigation once you’re logged in. There are a number of ways to get places, but the screen and tabs are so busy I found it confusing to navigate at first. Also, with GoDaddy you actually create a site statistics user, which for me is an additional step and time waster. It’s an additional set-up process and login ID I need to keep track of. With 1and1 you simply click on the Site Statistics icon and choose the format you want.

I have contacted customer service at 1and1 and GoDaddy and had positive experiences with both. I am nearly certain 1and1 runs their call center out of the Philippines, but the staff is polite and helpful. I can’t tell where GoDaddy goes to, but they are also responsive and helpful.

If you are in the process of comparing hosting companies, I recommend that you first consider what is most important to you, then consider features they offer. For example, if you web templates are important to you, have a look through them first (nearly all hosting companies offer them, but the selection varies significantly) to make sure you find a couple that you like. Also, if you will be selling products via your website, you should consider if they offer an SSL certificate and what is the cost. You want to protect your customers’ information by making sure their transactions are secure.

Kind regards,




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