There are literally hundreds of web hosting options out there and it can be very confusing for the average consumer who doesn't know which option to choose. In this article, I will run you through 3 shared web hosting providers that you shouldn't do business with due to one reason or another then I'll suggest 3 alternatives whom are solid, reputable companies.
GoDaddy is one of the most popular web hosting providers mainly due to their massive advertising campaigns. Unfortunately, the service itself has lots of issues and you actually face risks dealing with them. I won't go into huge detail here, but visit these pages to see what I mean: GoDaddyScams & AuthorMedia. For more information as to why GoDaddy is a terrible host visit our previous article: “3 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Use GoDaddy For Your Website Needs”
NetFirms is another popular shared website host that is well-known for causing lots of trouble for their customers. I know first hand that their customer support is absolutely awful and their service quality is under performing for the price. For more information as to why NetFirms is a bad choice for a web host visit these links: Ripoff Report, Web Hosting Talk, & Pissed Consumer.
FatCow advertises themselves as the “leading small business hosting” provider, but this is a load of BS. They have deceptive pricing, terrible customer service, and only allow you to keep domains bought through them if you have an active hosting account. No wonder they are terrible, they are owned by the same company as NetFirms!
Which Hosting Provider Company Should You Do Business With?
There are several great web hosting providers out there, it can just be difficult to find them. I'd recommend reading our article on suggested shared website hosting providers and choosing one of the companies listed in that post. If you're short on time and want to get straight to the point, I'd suggest choose one of the following three hosting providers below:
- InMotion Hosting (solid & affordable)
- HostGator (solid & affordable) Read our review here.
- WPEngine (more expensive, premium WordPress provider) Read our review here. We host with this company!
Goodluck with your website hosting search and feel free to leave any questions or opinions in the comments section below!