What to do about hosting?

Discussion in 'Digital Marketing' started by Premier GreenScape, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. Premier GreenScape

    Premier GreenScape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    I have my site with Go Daddy. I was looking to had a blog to my website, but not sure I want to further my relationship with Go Daddy.

    I like that Go Daddy was easy for me to use and setup, but after reading here I want to be able to do more to optimize my site.
    Here are my options-
    Pay for Wordpress and extend contract with Go Daddy

    Move to another Hosting service

    Keep the general website builder I got free from Go Daddy and add their blog page.

    Also, please feel free to critique my site.

    Thanks
     
  2. fatz

    fatz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Run from Godaddy. There are tons of good hosts out there that are much better than Godaddy. Pay for WordPress? WordPress is a free open source blog platform, if Godaddy tells you that you have to pay for it, get away from them as fast as you can. Most hosts offer a one-click install of WordPress and it's free!

    Site looks pretty good for a site builder, but you won't be able to take it with you when you move to a new host. My suggestion is find a new host and use their one click install to install WordPress and build your site using WordPress. It's very versatile and can be used as a CMS and a blog with one installation. I built my site with WordPress, granted it's not the best looking site out there as I'm no web designer, but it works for what I need.
     
  3. Premier GreenScape

    Premier GreenScape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    anybody have some references to other hosting services?
     
  4. tonygreek

    tonygreek LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,395

    To varying degrees, I use:

    asmallorange.com (love and recommend as extremely user-friendly for the less technically-inclined)
    mediatemple.com (GS Grid Server and VE Server)
    fluidhosting.com (been with them for a few several years, using a variety of their service levels, after staying with them after they acquired a previous host and have only had a great experience).
    rackspace.com (i don't recommend them until you hit the enterprise level)
     
  5. fatz

    fatz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    Hostgator.com isnt to bad.
    Hawkhost.com
    Dreamhost.com
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  6. Premier GreenScape

    Premier GreenScape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 33

    Well, I have decided to just stick with GoDaddy for a few more months. I figures out that I could add their Blog package for $5 a month for the next two months. Then I can get to the slower part of the year and redo my site with another host.

    Thanks for all the feedback and any more to come.
     
  7. HoustonLandscaper

    HoustonLandscaper LawnSite Member
    Posts: 5

    If you plan to use your website to actually generate business, I would not suggest to stick with one host. Part of ranking a website is about having history. If you get up and move, it may drop ranking if not done properly. Be the questions you are asking, it seems that you may be one of those people. Research for a good local hosting company and then stick with them. I use Hostgator.com and we have been using them since 2005. We have a dedicated server and host our own sites in it. Not for reselling purpose. It took is about three to get real traffic to the sites we own but now we are enjoying sales and leads on a daily basis.
     

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