Posted by John on 14th August 2009
There are a lot of options out there when you’re about to choose a web host.
On the low end, where I live (for my personal sites, at least!) nearly all are “oversold”. If they weren’t, you really would not like the pricing. A related example : shop around, check with any internet pipe provider, and ask them what a guaranteed, non-shared pipe the size of your home broadband would cost per month. Be prepared for some sticker shock.
Low cost and good for many users, i.e. casual – this is where I plug my current personal web host.
A step up in price, and potentially performance : Grid model http://mediatemple.net/webhosting/gs/
As soon as I find some good comparison article out there, I’ll no doubt link it. So far in 10 months time, I’ve been pretty happy at Dreamhost, with multiple users and domains all in that same < $10 per month package.
DH does offer free web hosting for non-profit groups, which I think is nice of them. Additionally, GoDaddy offers SSL certs for free to open source projects. They’re who I bought the plain-but-functional SSL cert for this domain through (you’ll notice that you are on a secure site, if you register with this blog; during login, etc. you will be on ‘secure’ pages).
General disclaimer : pretty much any link to any sales site, web hosts included, gives the referrer (your blogger, in this case) some form of payout just for bringing you to their door. A yup, I admitted it.
Random additional “General” blog topic : http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/philg/2009/08/07/cash-for-clunkers/ was pretty interesting. I’m definitely not driving my 13 year old vehicle much these days.