Joined: 09 Jul 06
02 Mar 14 8:20 pm
Mark probably has his own private hosting or VPS. He used to use Hostgator shared until he tried to send massive traffic to a video, and they didn't like that. (But we're talking Mark Ling sized massive traffic.)
To be brutally honest, this isn't the biggest decision you have to make. It may seem like it, but there are a great many other decisions that will have a bigger impact on your business. For the most part, a host is a host is a host.
The problem with asking the internet is that people are usually only galvanized to offer an opinion or a review when they've had a negative experience. Nobody starts a thread on a forum to say "I'm having an acceptable experience with Hostgator!"
But for the most part... that's what will happen. You will have an acceptable experience. Nothing to write home about. Nothing to complain about either.
If you DO have a terrible experience with any host you choose, it's not such a big deal to shift to a new host
. If you're worried that might happen... sign up for month-to-month hosting. I'm still on month-to-month hosting, like I was when I said "hey, let's see if this affiliate marketing thing works".
When you're just starting out, you're unlikely to have many problems. You won't be getting THAT much traffic (like millions of visitors). You won't have THAT many demands to tax the knowledge of the tech support staff. It's useful to find a host that offers reasonable support (online chat) so if you do have issues with a Wordpress installation or something, they can help you out. But that's pretty low-level stuff for their support team, I'd expect.
I'd say just pick one and get on with business. This is the kind of "analysis paralysis" roadblock you need to kill quickly. Pick one and go! And like I said before... it's honestly not the biggest decision you have to make.
If that's not helpful, here's a thread from an Affilorama member who set up an affiliate site comparing hosting providers. website-building/best-hosting-company-t25026.html
... he might be able to offer you some advice.