I am looking to migrate, in your opinion which hosting provider is the best? Been thinking on moving to godaddy.
I've had a lot of good luck with A Small Orange - https://asmallorange.com/
I heard a lot of good things about A Small Orange too, but I've got a client using their business cloud and it's been plagued by bad uptime in the last year.
I've heard the same about ASO
Although you don't specify, I'm assuming you're looking for shared hosting where you can do general php/mysql hosting. I recently moved all my sites to MediaTemple Grid hosting. I strongly dislike CPanel, so my search was slightly narrowed because I wanted to find a host that used a custom (yet powerful) control panel. I had sites with 1and1 shared hosting for a long time (slow, bad support, but at least they had good uptime and were cheap). I switched to ApisNetworks for a while - great control panel and pretty fast servers, but the uptime was a problem and their storage was a little too limiting. I tried a few other hosts like Site5 and Bluehost, but found MediaTemple Grid and have been happy so far. Note, I tried MediaTemple shared hosting about 8 years ago and wasn't impressed, but they've improved a lot over the years.
+1 for Grid. Can't say enough good things about them!
Just to hijack this a little, I am also looking for a host and I was interested in media temple, but I gather they don't do ruby on rails support? This seemed odd to me.
As creatives, we most likely have static sites. gh-pages are free and very simple to setup. If you are looking for a no hassle, easy to use, free, reliable host. Look no further.
If you are coding incompetent, that is another matter. I would go with Hostmonster. Cheap and unlimited bandwidth, just in case you get famous.
DO NOT USE GODADDY
I used Github pages with very little knowledge of code, using their Mac App. I'd recommend them as well.
Linode or Digital Ocean
I'm also a fan of Digital Ocean, however, if you're not interested (or comfortable) in learning how to set up a unix environment, then these services are not for you. Even if you want to learn, do note that these services are not there to provide you support if you mess up some configuration. If it's mission critical, and you don't understand unix server management, look elsewhere.
A year ago I would have agreed with you, but with the addition of preinstalled application bundles on DigitalOcean I think the learning curve has been significantly lowered.
You can deploy a droplet with LAMP or even with WordPress preinstalled.
And if you find yourself wanting to explore and do more on the server, DigitalOcean has a massive collection of installation/setup tutorials.
I can't really speak to Linode, but DigitalOcean is a lot more friendly towards non-developers than they were in previous years. Plus their pricing is nearly unbeatable.
I totally agree that it is extremely easy to deploy almost anything to DO. However, if you are inexperienced with managing servers, you'll be in a world of hurt if you happen to misconfigure something or your server is compromised. The reason DO is priced so low is because it is an unmanaged hosting solution. They're not obligated to help you when the problem isn't on their end.
That's why I would setup ServerPilot with DO - no need to tackle server admin then :)
Check out webhostingtalk.com -- it's a great resource for web hosting. Personally, I use HawkHost, but I've also used HostGator, InnoHosting, Eleven2 and about a hundred more. Any reputable company will be fine.
I would NOT recommend GoDaddy.
I am currently on hawkhost but since it's only the second hosting provider I've used, it makes me feel like im missing something more.
I worked there for two years, so I'm partial to them. But the reality is that most providers offer many of the same resources and features. The difference you'll see is in uptime and customer service.
It depends on what you're hosting.
For a static site (Jekyll/etc., basically just HTML & CSS & JS files), I use Surge.sh which is an alternative to GitHub Pages but it's faster and you don't need to have your code open (which makes it great for client sites). If you have Gulp or Grunt there's plugins for it so you can just run
surgeand it'll deploy your present working directory. Just like with GH Pages, you can use a domain for free. You only have to pay if you want a SSL certificate, and even that's only $12/month.
For something where PHP and/or a database is required, I currently host most of my clients with 123-Reg because they're cheap and pretty reliable. I'd also like to try Gandi, and a PAYG setup like Nearly Free Speech, but haven't used either yet.
Gandi would be conterintuitive because where I live (MX) 1 euro is like 21 units of my currency.
Just to correct on that part, a Github Pages site doesn't need to have its code open.
You can publish a
.github.iowebsite from private repositories too. Of course, this means you need a paying account on Github (7+$/month last I checked).
Yes, but with Surge you can deploy a site without the code needing to be public for free. IMO, it's hard to argue with free.
I would highly recommend https://www.rosehosting.com/ They are fully managed VPS provider with an excellent customer service.
This doesn't exactly answer your question, ut I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you use something that's a "Managed Host". That is, they will handle (or manage) all of the tech things that most designers do not want to deal with will be handled in plain English via a support ticket.
With all of that being said, I've had a lot of luck with Knownhost (http://www.knownhost.com) with many clients and I actually ended up switching back to them as I didn't like my other host.
I didn't see it posted yet but Arvixe is pretty good http://www.arvixe.com/
Their plans and hosting are pretty straight forward and I found them to be the less annoying in terms of getting support, general emails, and usability. If I remember I asked a designer friend who they were using because I was frustrated with what I had and he went with them because they were recommended quite a bit on Reddit by other devs and designers.
... a creative what?
I've been with Media Temple grid hosting for a while now and it's been great for hosting multiple domains - http://www.adhamdannaway.com/blog/web-hosting/whats-the-best-web-hosting-for-designers
I recently started using a Digital Ocean VPS for another project for a bit more power but managing your own server can get pretty tricky.
Hope that helps :-)
Digital Ocean FTW! I'll help you set it up if you need it.
Throwing my hat in the ring. So I've been working at Pantheon for the past year designing developer and agency tools for fast/reliable hosting for Drupal and Wordpress.
For one site it might be a bit overkill, but if you have multiple sites you're managing and/or client work, we might be a great solution for you. The hosting is containerized (without too many buzzwords, not shared VMs and fast fast scaling) and the dashboard has a GUI/workflow so you can set up Dev/Test/Live environments for deploying code automatically. If you're doing client work you can set up invoices so you don't have to front any of the money and you can collaborate on the codebase with the your client (even set permissions so they only work on the Dev environments).
On the side note, I've used ASmallOrange for my own personal site when I was experimenting with static site generators. I used Cactus + AWS which ended up being about $.50 month and about $12/year for a namespace. A pretty ok way to go although I've been having some issues with Cactus deploys on a recent portfolio redesign.
I've been using MediaTemple's Grid for about 7 years, and couldn't imagine leaving it.
I love webfaction, it's as powerful and flexible as you need it to be. Their support is very good.
Also, I'd recommend staying clear of GoDaddy, they are rather painful to work with.
If you are delivering WordPress sites, than Flywheel is pretty great. They have a nice referral system and an excellent billing feature where you can manage the site, but your clients get the bills. Definitely designed with creatives in mind.
For other projects, I've had great success with Digital Ocean but Wired Tree looks interesting, I'm going to check it out.
Siteground is okay too.
Flywheel's invoice management sounds great! I wish I knew about that before I migrated 4 WordPress client sites to some other host.
Had a good experience with Gandi, would recommend them. I dig their 'No Bullshit' tagline.
Surpass Hosting. Very cheap, I've used them for years. Multiple options based on your needs/tech used.
I think namecheap has some very cheap hosting plans for the first year and they are pretty reliable.
Been using namecheap for my domains for a couple of years, didn't even know they offered hosting heh.
Depends what you're after from a host.
I have few suggestions if your running a nodejs site. PHP, not so much. One though that does pop up in my mind is Google App Engine. Amazon has something also, but since they love to name their services weird name, I just cannot remember what it's called.
Overall, I'd recommend more local/smaller companies than the big ones eg. GoDaddy, 1&1 etc etc. Better service and that feeling when you help your local business out.
I'm looking for a place to host files/static homepage/email.
host files / static homepage > dropbox
email > $5 month gmail business plan
zero effort. Get yourself back to creating and keep ur hands clean from all that messy none creating stuff.
Is there really a way to host my domain through dropbox? Could you tell me more about this?
Surge absolutely rocks for static pages. ✌️
I was blown away by the amount of stuff they do for free. I bought a Surge Plus just to support them, I'm that happy with their service.
I did some research and taught myself to host via AWS with static files. It's ~$1 a month.
I use google apps to power the domain email (and that's free bc it's a grandfathered account)
Depends on your technical knowledge. The more you have, the better options you'll get to choose from.
Care to share some? I've deployed some servers from D.O. for clients, but right now I'm just looking to host my static page and manage emails.
I just moved every site I manage to http://wiredtree.com. I have been very impressed, from importing sites tovery fast support to going the extra mile to keep the customer happy.
So it's basically digitalocean but managed, right?