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Hostgator or Godaddy hosting?

kristin
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Hostgator or Godaddy hosting?

Hi everyone,

I've been thinking about Hostgator and GoDaddy hosting, what do you think is the best choice for someone who has never designed a website before, and needs an idiot proof website builder?

Thanks,

Kristin
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I use hostgator and think they're great. It's good being able to host as many domains as you want...

Don't know about the web design thing, try nvu if you don't want to spend any money.
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I use hostgator as well. The reason why I don't advice to use Godaddy for hosting are simple:

1. You don't want to put all your egges (Here, domain + hosting) in the same basket...

2. Hostgator is better.

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Hi Kristin,

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Hi Kristen,

The usual maxim of "you get what you pay for" pretty much sums it up for hosting providers as well. (Although there are plenty of cases of "you don't get what you pay for" when it comes to hosting too. Very rarely do you see "you get more than what you pay for"!) In my books the most important things you should look for in hosting are:

1) That it has reasonable uptime
2) That it allows you to host multiple domains
3) That if you're allowed to host multiple domains, they allow you a ridiculous number of mySQL databases. Each time you want to set up something like a blog, it'll use one of these, so a hosting provider that limits you to two mySQL databases is actually really limiting you, regardless of how many domains they let you host, or how much bandwidth they give you.
4) That you get a reasonable amount of hosting space and bandwidth allocation.

Beyond that, there are things that make it easier for you to do stuff. A lot of hosting providers offer something called cPanel which makes managing your website a lot easier, and others (I think GoDaddy is like this) provide their own tool for this sort of thing. Some offer "fantastico" which gives one-click installation of popular blogs, forums, content management systems etc. I know hostgator offer these things.

Regarding some other comments here, I don't think that searching for a hosting provider purely on their provision of an "easy website builder" tool is the way to go. You're much better off learning how to do things independently of your hosting provider, so that you actually know what's going on. If you decided to move your website to another hosting provider sometime down the track, you might find it difficult if you've used one of their products for building your site. Just be careful.

All the best,
Mark
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rudolf
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I also use Hostgator.

I've considered using GoDaddy, but I just don't feel comfortable with them. They just don't seem as straight-up as Hostgator, who aren't as "salesy" as GoDaddy.

I'm sure GoDaddy is fine as well, but I find their site very confusing, messy and salesy. I like Hostgator, they don't "push" you to buy extra services, and their cpanel is very easy to manage. Also, they have a live support chat which I have found to be very helpful.

In fact, GoDaddy was the first site I tried to join, but I found the sign up form such confusing that I backed out and tried another site, which became Hostgator.
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I use Lunarpages, had no problems with it so far, very reliable, and unlimited domains. You get tonns of special offers through every week for marketing through Best of the web and similar things. You also get a free web designer with the hosting packge which I don't use personally. The designer is coffee cup software which I have heard is pretty good.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks for you input, it will help me with making my final decision :)

Cheers,

Kristin
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Hi Kristin

Until earlier this year, the BIG missing link in my route to getting my site online was how to publish/upload it. Through Mark's videos and the Forum help, this has been possible because of the thorough step by step procedures.

Accordingly, I would suggest using Hostgator (and their CPanel uploading facility), namecheap.com for domain names (then do a DNS change & direct it to your Hostgator account), Dreamweaver for web design, and Aweber autoresponder. Obviousy, as you will know, there's cost involved - as in any business venture.

The result is that I'm now competent and happy in getting my own sites up & running, published and editable. I need to get content "out there" now (hence all my posts seeking advice for UAW, PLRPro etc.) By the way I've PM'd you - again! for a little help...

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