HostMonster ROCKS! Nice feature set, great price, and pretty good support. Avoid iPower like the plague... they were great for a few years, but the last few years they've completely sucked donkey balls.
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http://www.lunarpages.com/index.php is one of the 4 hosting services i use and i like it best. great customer service and that's key when i need it. $4.95/month and a ton of services and features, etc.
i agree that iPower is one to avoid. in fact, the two domains i have on lunarpages both got transferred after bad experiences at iPowerweb.
http://www.bluehost.com/ is nice as well and the CEO has a blog where he keeps users updated on the latest and greatest, etc. However, i wouldn't use this with a site that gets a lot of traffic because it doesn't handle that well. i use it for my blog and as a test server, but not for any online classes i teach.
"First, a bit of backstory. Last December, I wrote an article about how I had done a Google search for my name and uncovered a massive hacking attack against a Web hosting company called iPowerWeb. iPower, a company in Phoenix, Arizona, has trouble securing their Web servers, and Russian organized crime can hack any Web site hosted by iPower completely at will.
That was last December. Today, as I write this, iPower still has not fixed their server security; each day, a whole crop of new Web sites hosted by iPower is hacked, and the hackers plant redirectors on the site that are designed to snare unwary visitors and send them to servers in Eastern Europe that attempt to infect users with computer viruses.
For the past couple of months, I have been emailing iPower every day with new lists of hacked Web sites they're hosting. Each day, I bug them to fix their computer security. Each day, they remove the virus redirectors that I tell them about, but they do not fix their server security; so the next day, more of their Web sites are hacked. Some poor sots who host Web sites with iPower have had their sites hacked over and over again.
In the past 48 hours, the nature of the hacks has changed. Between December and now, the hacks were all the same; the hackers would penetrate an iPower Web site, create a directory on the site named /her, create a directory on the site named /bad, and then create a directory with a one or two digit number as a name. The redirector pages would go in the numered directory. This made spotting hacked iPower Web sites trivially easy.
About two days ago, the hackers began changing the naming scheme of the directory. This led me on a path to discovering an entire network of compomised Web sites, feeding into an elaborate underground network of computers used to distribute computer viruses.
And they're distributing Mac viruses now, too." :::Continued at link above...:::
Oh, and if you go looking for news about iPower Web, be aware that they have been outed for creating, posting, and SEO'ing boatloads of bogus positive reviews about their service in an effort to counter all the bad press they received over the security matter.
Edited by Phosphor (11/16/0806:24 PM)
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HostMonster and Bluehost are the same company, and I believe they also own a few others as well. In any case, I have a fairly high-traffic site, and I've not experienced any downtime.
It really depends on what physical server your site is on, and the traffic to those sites, etc..
i had 25-30 students visit my site on Bluehost to sign up for a phpBB forum and they got an error that the site was using too high a percentage of the server and that we had to wait. even sites like yours that get decent traffic probably don't have 30 people at the same second requesting activity from the server like my class. during a normal week, i'd be surprised if i had more than 3-4 students on the site at any given time, but that first day i have them all sign up. i learned to do it in waves . . . and then switch to Lunarpages.
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