Web Hosting for Designers?

8 years ago from , Mobile Product Designer at Credit Karma

I'm looking for a new web host for a couple personal projects, blogs, and sites I have.

I've mostly used resellers to give each one of my domains their own CPanel, but recently moved into a manages VPS. The problem is, I don't know anything about Linux/command line to use the VPS. I'd love to downgrade and wanted to know if there are any hosts out there that are geared towards Designers.

Looking for something low maintenance and uses CPanel/WHM to set up accounts. Anyone have suggestions?


  • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, 8 years ago

    A Small Orange is good if you have low storage & bandwidth needs like I do. They also have a very logical UI and cPanel baked in.

    I've also used DreamHost in the past. Their interface wasn't very pretty but it wasn't really hard to find things either. Plus they have a wiki that has articles on how to do just about everything they offer.

    3 points
    • Brennan Smith, 8 years ago

      Not to mention the fact that ASO has great support and customer service.

      1 point
    • Ed AdamsEd Adams, 8 years ago

      For my small and low-traffic client sites, the $900/year for A Small Orange is far too much. DreamHost's $9/month (aka ~$120/year) is much more suitable for my needs.

      0 points
      • Alec LomasAlec Lomas, 8 years ago

        Right, which is why I said it's good for low-storage/bandwith (shared plans, basically). I only pay $35/year for my portfolio, and even if I suddenly get way more popular that would like only need to go up to $60.

        0 points
  • Ix TechauIx Techau, 8 years ago

    Media Temple is basically no-coding-needed, just click-and-play for everything.

    2 points
  • Alaik FAlaik F, 8 years ago

    DigitalOcean + ServerPilot.io

    2 points
    • , 8 years ago

      Do I need to know any command line or code in order to use DigitalOcean?

      0 points
      • Cihad TurhanCihad Turhan, 8 years ago

        I'm using digitalOcean, it gives you an option to choose operating system and web server. I choose Ubuntu + LAMP. Let me answer your question. Basically you need to know how to start/stop server and simple file operations. Here is what you need for multiple websites in one vps.

        • Copy your files to a directory (e.g. /var/www/siteA)
        • Create a virtual host (duplicate /etc/apache2/sites-available/000-default.conf with correct directory and website name)
        • Restart server
        • ...
        • Profit

        Repeat these steps for every website you have. I think you can handle. It's not a rocket science :)

        2 points
      • Michal CMichal C, 8 years ago

        I switched to DigitalOcean + ServerPilot + CloudFlare few months back and could not be happier and I knew very little about terminal, ssh and all that stuff.

        The answer to your question is yes and no.

        You can just install a prebuilt setup on DO and be done with it.

        But surely once you have your own machine, you'd like to have some auto-updates and security. You'll need to use the command line but DO, SP and CF make it super easy even for a noob like I was few month ago.

        Go and google a $10 DO voucher, that'll give you the smallest machine for free to experiment for 2 months...

        0 points
  • Quintin Carlson, 8 years ago

    I'm a big fan of Flywheel for Wordpress based sites. I've also found that MediaTemple's GS is pretty decently fast for basic PHP sites... now that they use SSDs. Also, if you have a bunch of static sites, I would go with Forge.

    2 points
    • Jerome Arfouche, 8 years ago

      Those are some pretty expensive options imo

      0 points
      • Quintin Carlson, 8 years ago

        I mean, it all depends on what you're trying to accomplish. There's almost always a premium for a well-designed, managed hosting solution... To spend an extra $3-10/mo to not have to manage upgrades, updates, security, etc... it's totally worth it.

        1 point
  • Jitendra Raulo, over 5 years ago

    Go for Abhada, Best Web Hosting Company in India – Providing Shared Hosting, Cloud Hosting, Reseller Hosting with Unlimited Hosting Space, Bandwidth & Emails. and specially 24x7 Support for your hosting, Their team is supportive and is helpful, you can visit their website here https://www.abhada.in/

    1 point
  • Adam Hayman, 8 years ago

    I've been using Bluehost for my hosting needs, but I've heard good things about A Small Orange as well.

    1 point
    • BAKA .kidBAKA .kid, 8 years ago

      i use bluehost for smaller projects too, as they are cheeeeeaaaapp. but some things won't work like other hosts...

      recently, i found trying to set up Grav almost impossible due to the way their shared hosting works. I think their VPS plans and up are probably better suited.

      0 points
  • samuel lord, 5 months ago

    As a designer, finding the right web hosting provider can be challenging, especially if you're not familiar with technical aspects such as server performance, uptime, and security. However, choosing the right provider is crucial for ensuring your website is fast, reliable, and secure. Some of the best web hosting providers for designers offer user-friendly interfaces, excellent customer support, and fast load times. Bluehost, SiteGround, and InMotion Hosting are all popular options that offer a great balance between performance and affordability. It's important to consider your specific needs, such as the type of website you're designing and the level of traffic you expect, when selecting a web hosting provider. Doing research and reading reviews from other designers can also help you make an informed decision and find the best provider for your needs.

    0 points
  • Anaya Sharma, over 5 years ago

    VPS hosting solutions that gives designers complete access to customize and upgrade with the growing website. It offers the features of a dedicated server with superior functions of a control panel, Mail Servers, Managed backup and Firewall. VPS hosting serves customers with a feature combination of shared hosting and dedicated server. You can go through here for more in details-https://www.webwerks.in/vps-hosting-in-india

    0 points
  • Muhammad Saad Khan, over 5 years ago

    I would highly recommend Cloudways. Its a managed hosting platform that helps designers and agencies to setup hosting for their own websites and their client websites with ease.

    Usually designers don't have sys-admin skills to manage the whole website. Like installing services such as Apache, Ngnix, Varnish, Redis etc. Cloudways platform helps deploy all these services automatically with an option to customize your orchestration according to the needs.

    By using Cloudways, designers can easily deploy a server on DigitalOcean, Vultr, Amazon AWS, Google Cloud and Kyup in not more than 5 minutes.

    0 points
  • Paul A, over 6 years ago

    I would suggest to opt for https://www.milesweb.com. MilesWeb offers you best web hosting services, which are most suitable for any web designer. The hosting packages starts from shared hosting account to complex dedicated servers. MilesWeb offers you 24/7/365 days support, Live chat option and telephonic-service.

    0 points
  • Sharath Zh, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    For your requirement you can try: www.zynohost.in which uses Cpanel/WHM and also hosting costs less.

    0 points
  • Adham DannawayAdham Dannaway, 8 years ago

    I've been using media temple for over 5 years now and it does the job for most of my client sites and it's very easy to use - http://www.adhamdannaway.com/blog/web-hosting/whats-the-best-web-hosting-for-designers

    I use Digital Ocean VPS for larger projects. They've got a great community and good tutorials and documentation too. Hope that helps :-)

    0 points
    • , 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

      I've heard that MT was acquired by GoDaddy, do you think it's changed somewhat over the past couple years? Have you had to change servers or anything?

      0 points
  • Ed AdamsEd Adams, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    I use 123-Reg, but that's probably because I'm U.K.-based unlike most others here. :)

    0 points
  • Michael WhithamMichael Whitham, 8 years ago


    They use cPanel and they have excellent customer service. I'm not sure how they compare on pricing with the others but it's worth it for the level of service they offer.

    0 points
  • Peter DeltondoPeter Deltondo, 8 years ago (edited 8 years ago )

    MediaTemple for sure. I run 2 VPS there. I've used Site5, Dreamhost (I still host sites that I don't care about uptime there, since it's terrible and cheap).

    I host all my sites, various projects, and later manage and host most of my clients on MT.

    0 points
  • Doug OrchardDoug Orchard, 8 years ago

    If you know how to use .git ( only a basic level is really only required ) I'd recommend giving OpenShift https://www.openshift.com/ ago. There's a free account . Gives you ability to have 3 websites for free. To deploy a website you only need to push ( 'git push' command ). There's enough options to choose from when choosing a platform you want to use eg. PHP, NodeJS, etc etc.

    There's a few drawback to a PaaS as a host, me personally think it's the way to go. I've upgraded to the bronze account to squash the idle issue.

    0 points
  • Roman HorokhovatskyyRoman Horokhovatskyy, 8 years ago

    https://www.webfaction.com/ is awesome!

    0 points