Right now, this blog is hosted on WordPress.com. But I’m hoping to migrate it in late November/early December. For those of you who are hosted, what do you think of your people and how much do you have to pay?

I’ve talked to people who use Dreamhost (a bit expensive for my taste) and Nearly Free Speech (she’s just getting started, though). I saw Hostmonster.com, which looked like it offered a lot for a decent price. Then there’s GoDaddy’s blogger packages, which are so cheap they scare me.

Thoughts? Suggestions?


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Money Blue Book October 15, 2007 at 11:08 pm
Denise October 16, 2007 at 5:20 am

A BlogHer member just left Dreamhost to go back to a hosted blog – she hated their service.

I would not recommend GoDaddy – TW had a lot of trouble trying to use it with her blog a few years ago.

Bluehost has served me (and TW) very, very well. At this point, it’s the only hosting service I can recommend.

Oh wait, I can sort of recommend something called Pages Garden. Michelle (my 17 year old) has had a site there for four years – adding a wordpress blog wasn’t easy, but it wasn’t hard either. They’ve had one significant outage in the four years she’s had her blog there – it lasted three days and she was frustrated, to say the least. Otherwise, we’ve had no complaints.

Fabulously Broke October 16, 2007 at 6:40 am

I dunno about migration from WordPress over, but a good host is HostingInsiders.com

They’re cheap too. $2.95 USD/month….

GoDaddy is AWFUL. STAY FAR FAR AWAY FROM THEM!

mapgirl October 16, 2007 at 8:43 am

Flexo just moved me over to MediaTemple this week. So far so good. Dreamhost was pretty good, but had some issues. I still haven’t figured out why my Page Rank is zero. It used to be a 5 there, but I suspect the ISP did something weird.

Jon October 16, 2007 at 9:12 am

Why do you want to switch? That’s probably the biggest factor in choosing your new host.

Mrs. Micah October 16, 2007 at 9:18 am

I want to switch because if WordPress is actually hosting the blog, you have to pay to be allowed to alter your template and you also can’t run javascript (including ads). At some point I’d like to have ads, and javascript would be good for some of my widgets.

FinanceAndFat October 16, 2007 at 10:06 am

I use Dreamhost, have used them for years, they are great for small sites. Plus, you can easily host multiple sites with them at the same monthly rate (most hosts offer this service, but not always for free or easy to manage).

MediaTemple and TextDrive are great hosts, very popular in the Web development community (as is Dreamhost), but they are a little more expensive.

I’ve seen clients use some of the low cost hosts (like $5 a month or less) and they’ve had lots of headaches. I wouldn’t go there personally.

I have also used CrystalTech for many years. They are solid, not great customer service, but they get the job done at fairly low rates.

CatherineL October 16, 2007 at 2:33 pm

Hi Mrs Micah – I use Bluehost. They have Fantastico plugins, so moving your WordPress blog should be really simple.

I know it was easy when I wanted to set up WordPress.

I have a couple of sites on GoDaddy and they’re ok – but I love Bluehost.

Some of my sites are on startlogic and I’ve found them to be really unhelpful. The support is non-existent.

Joel October 16, 2007 at 8:03 pm

I’ve been using Typepad and it works really well for me. You can import everything from WordPress into Typepad.

mrsmicah October 16, 2007 at 8:18 pm

Hmm…lots of hosting sites out there. So far Bluehost is ahead with two recommends. It’s also a pretty good price. The moving over testimony is also nice.

If I used Dreamhost, I could get money off the first year…using PaidTwice’s (http://paidtwice.com) coupon link. But I don’t know if that would take off the setup fee or not.

Jon October 16, 2007 at 9:25 pm

I used Dreamhost once and if you prepay for a year they waive the setup fee, plus you can use a coupon. Too bad you already paid for financefreelancelife.com, they give you one free domain registration!

Their service is okay, probably about the same as any discount/shared web hosting. I never had any problems, but then I’m comfortable connecting directly to the server and working on the command line. Their web interface is pretty easy to use too.

By the way, if you just google “dreamhost promo” you can get $97 off instead of $77 from paidtwice.com.

Mrs. Micah October 17, 2007 at 9:56 am

Thanks for the savings tip, Jon, I’ll have to run some calculations on the difference, convenience, etc.

I used Bluehost’s live support chat last night to ask a few questions. It worked quite well, and the person was helpful. That got them a few points. 🙂

Patrick October 17, 2007 at 2:34 pm

I have LunarPages and have been happy so far. They are around $6.95 per month and also have a free domain for life (at least the life of your account with them). They have Fantastico software and many other free software budles. There may be coupons for them, but I don’t know. I would take the best recommendations and compare a few packages. You shouldn’t have to pay more than $5-10 for any of them.

macewan October 17, 2007 at 9:05 pm

Godaddy has staying power. There have been several times when someone from Godaddy has called checking on changes we’ve made on sites. The customer service is pretty damn impressive.

chica with issues October 19, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Dreamhost has been having a lot of problems lately. I’ve hosted sites with them for about 4 years and the problems just started in the past few months. It seems like every couple of days everything goes down. Just look at the comments threads on any of the posts on http://www.dreamhoststatus.com and you will see what I mean.

Rae October 24, 2007 at 8:18 pm

You may have already selected a host, but I’d recommend A2 Web Hosting. They host 43 Folders and Merlin always says good things about them. Plus there’s a 20% off for life coupon 😉

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