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Founded in 2002 and based in Austin, Texas, Hostgator has become a staple of the web hosting industry. They’ve become well known for affordable pricing along with great uptime and 24 x 7 support available by live chat, email and phone. For these reasons, many customers move to Hostgator and never leave. We like Hostgator for the same reasons. Although the company has recently changed hands, we aren’t aware of any adverse repercussions from this shift. They offer VPS along with shared, reseller and dedicated hosting. They even allow adult content.

The experienced webmaster should find working with Hostgator extremely straightforward. Novice ones will find a 24/7 support team ready to address their every concern. In our many years of doing business with them, we’ve experienced little to no downtime and nothing out of the ordinary. In our opinion, using HostGator is one less thing to worry about when running a business and for all of these reasons, we highly recommend them to you.

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Even though you may have never heard of them, WestHost has been in business since 1998. Originally specializing in VPS hosting, they now offer a full range of hosting services to include shared, cloud and dedicated hosting. Their high tech datacenter and headquarters are located in Providence, Utah.

We used WestHost for several years back when they were young and fresh. For many years, they were both affordable and reliable. Then something changed, we experienced one uptime related issue after another until a week long hiatus finally prompted our decision to change webhosts. This happened about the same time they were bought by another larger company, UK2 hosting of the United Kingdom. We are aware of many other past and present customers with similar experiences. Since we personally have not used their services in a few years, it is possible they have sorted some or all of the issues by now. Unfortunately, the customer reviews say otherwise and for these reasons, we wouldn’t recommend WestHost even though their pricing structure and website are attractive.

DreamHost was started by a group of 4 entrepreneurs in 1997. Since, then it has grown to become one of the most well known and reputable hosting providers in existence. Based in San Diego, California, we found their support to be top notch on the rare occasion they needed to be contacted at all. Millions of happy customers past and present seem to agree.

Some shy away from DreamHost because it does have a bit of a steep price curve. Sometimes however, you get what you pay for and we believe this one of those cases. After all, piece of mind for a few extra dollars can be a very wise investment in the right circumstances.

MyHosting is a Canadian based company that has been in operation since 1997. They specialize in virtual private servers with their datacenter located in Toronto, Canada. Some of their perks include a 30-day money back guarantee and 24/7 expert support.

Some of the lesser known companies can be very “touch and go” and one must choose their webhost very carefully. We all start somewhere however, and we have always found our interactions with myHosting to be both pleasant and professional and they’ve grown to serve millions of websites with no end in sight because of it.