Guest Author - Elizabeth Connick
Having recently touched on a few of the worst web hosting companies out there, I thought it was time to mention some of the best ones. Here are some companies you should check out if you're looking for a solid hosting company.
BlueHost – I have personal experience with this company, as they're hosting a site for me now, and so far they've been great. No downtime (that I'm aware of!) and their control panel is pretty user-friendly; I haven't experienced any issues with the more advanced features either, like setting up databases. Their website template wizard is pretty lame, but if you've been reading my articles for awhile you hopefully don't need it! Quite a few other BlueHost customers have had similarly positive experiences, and I've only seen a few negative reviews (mostly related to billing issues). Overall they seem to be a great choice for a low-cost web hosting company.
HostMonster – Most HostMonster customers rave about their great customer service and solid hosting. A few customers mention issues with brief periods of downtime, so if you need an absolutely rock-solid host with no downtime they are probably not the best choice. Several reviewers mention that HostMonster offers good support for the non-technical webmaster.
AccuWebHosting – Over and over, AccuWebHosting's customers talk about their great technical support. Reviews tend to include phrases like "super-fast response time" and "really helpful tech support." Of course, really high level service usually doesn't come cheap. AccuWebHosting's plans tend to be more expensive than average, but if quality is more important to you than price you might want to take a look.
3Essentials – Another hosting company whose customers sing their praises for responsive, helpful support. The word "reliable" crops up frequently in 3Essential's reviews. Also, they seem to be quick to respond to poor reviews – indicating they're a company that takes its reputation seriously, which is usually a good sign. Their pricing isn't bad, either.
If you've had experiences with these companies, positive or negative, feel free to post about them in the HTML forum!