<B>Fred Langa</B> explores the pros and cons of outsourcing Web sites and spotlights reader recommendations for finding the perfect Web host.

Fred Langa, Contributor

November 26, 2003

4 Min Read

I've been using OLM.net to host my Web site for a couple of years. I have been very happy with them. Check 'em out! I went to OLM when I left ValueWeb.
-- Mike Joseph

I've been with Hosting Matters for a few years now, and while they aren't cheap I feel confident in saying their technical support is unsurpassed by anything I've ever run across. Support requests are normally addressed within minutes or hours rather than days or weeks, and communication advisories via the regular forum and a special forum for times during outages (such as a recent DoS attack) are outstanding. I have no financial interest in the company. I just wanted to pass along the information in the hope it might help.
-- Jim Foley

A hosting service that I think is very reliable is InfinityServers.com.
-- Tim Flynn

You gotta check 1&1 Internet out for hosting. I am no relation, no link, but it seemed to good to be true... Free hosting for 3 years in a commercial hosting system. No locks, no limits. You may fall foul of the bandwidth limitations, but even with that in mind I wonder if they offer just what you need at the right price?
-- Nick

Try Rackspace as your Web host!
-- Michael

When I had troubles with my previous two hosts, I did a lot of searching and finally settled on LexiConn. I have no association with them whatsoever so you can believe me when I tell you that these guys are absolutely wonderful. I've had virtually no problems with their service in about a year now except when they got hit with a DDOS attack and we slowed down a bit for 4 hours. I guarantee you that you won't easily find another group of professionals so attuned to taking care of you and providing a seamless hosting solution. You owe it to yourself to give them a call and see if they meet your criteria.
-- Paul Holstein

You should definitely check out the site I've been doing my hosting with for the last several years--DreamHost. In addition to being very affordable, it offers a ton of different plans for different-sized users, and most important, the service is extremely reliable and is run by a small group of "tech gurus" that do a great job of communicating with their customers and respond to even the most trivial E-mails pretty quickly. They have a great online "Web panel" that lets you have incredible control over your site, your E-mail accounts, mailing lists, etc. To top it all off, since I have been there, my plan keeps getting better and better. Every so often I'll get more space, more bandwidth, more accounts at no extra charge, as they upgrade equipment, take on new customers, etc., and can afford to "share the wealth" with the users. They definitely are doing all the right things. It's worth checking out.
-- Dan

I wanted to point you to a hosting company, FRS Hosting. They are very receptive to dealing with issues and very helpful. They are constantly upgrading equipment and making things better for their customers. In the last couple months they have more than doubled my capacities on my sites, and my pricing has stayed where it was when I first started hosting sites with them. If you would like to know more, go over to http://www.frshosting.com and take a look.
-- Greg Hicks

I would like to recommend TRK Hosting. I have eight Web sites, all with high-volume traffic, and they have never missed a beat in the year I have been with them.
-- Alan Parris

Check out Jatol.com for inexpensive hosting services from a company that really cares about their clients. They're a very small company, and have only been around for a couple of years now, but I can tell you from my own experience and what I glean from their User Forums, they provide top-notch service and are exceptionally fast in responding to their clients' questions or problems, usually within a couple of hours.
-- Doug Hardwick

Now, please click over to the discussion area and share your own experiences, good and bad. What Web hosts have you tried? What were your experiences? What did the hosts do well, and what wasn't up to par? Join in the discussion!

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