Earlier this week GoDaddy saw a huge outage that took every website it hosts offline for almost half of the day. The issue was due to corrupted router data tables and internal network errors. In response to the outage, on its part, the company is giving some customers 1 month of service for free, if they log in and accept it via email before the offer expires. The outage was just one among a myriad of other reasons I’ve found to get away from GoDaddy. Here’s five other domain and web hosts that might treat you better.
Over the past few years Bluehost has been gaining a reputation for solid reliability. Its prices are low enough to make it worth consideration for both domain and web hosting.
Keeping it simple, Hover just does domain registration. It has an interface that’s dead simple to use and it supports all of the features a webmaster needs. While a bit pricey, it offers a better deal for customers who transfer domains in.
Domain hosting is name.com’s specialty, but it also provides web hosting. Efficient in every area, it provides a friendly and competent service.
I recently visited Florida, and while I didn’t see many real alligators, HostGator caught my eye. If you want cheap and reliable hosting, it will be hard to find a better deal.
From domain names to dedicated hosting, DreamHost does a little bit of everything. Although it has had stability issues in the past, in recent months, service has seemed to improve. On certain holidays Dreamhost will offer crazy deals like 1 year of web hosting for $8.
I’ve never had a good experience with GoDaddy. All it wants is to get every penny it can out of you, and it sacrifices performance, features, and overall experience to do it.
I personally use Dreamhost for all my hosting and domain registrations. They do have stability issues from time to time however out of all the hosting companies I’ve tried, they are actually the best. With dream host, I usually have one outage every six months that lasts for a few hours. Not bad.
I’m a big fan of Hover for domain registration, it’s simple and straight
forward with no hidden costs. They don’t try to nickle and dime you
with needless other features either.
I’ve honestly never heard of Hover.com before. Looking at the details they look pretty good. Free WHOIS privacy and DNS management. Not bad.
I normally use Dreamohst for domain registration because I get most of the same things however it’s $9.95 a domain to register and you also get the WHOIS privacy which for me is a big plus.
The main thing is find someone you really like and stick with them so you don’t accidently let a domain lapse…. Wish I could say that never happened to me before. ;)