I use two (I have a number of sites aside from my illustration site.) By
using two, if something happens with one, I'm familiar with another host and
can quickly switch the sites at the problem host over to it. There are pros
and cons of large hosts and small hosts. So I have one of each. Currently,
HostGator is the large one that I use. Kionic.com is the small one I use.
With large hosts, whenever you fill out a trouble ticket, you get a
different tech. Most do not read what the tech before said, so it can be a
long thread of your repeating your problem over and over again until it
either gets escalated or someone reads the thread more thoroughly. With
small hosts, there will only be a few techs but your site ends up being more
of the guinea pig when new service packs are installed, code is updated,
etc. (Larger hosts either do more testing or some other user who is more
quickly adversely affected will point out problems to them.)
Most hosts use a user interface of some sort. The one that is the most well
known is called CPanel. The user interface is the biggest part of the
learning curve in the "web host" part of setting up and maintaining a web
site. So if you stick with hosts who use the same interface, you will not
have to relearn that much of it, anyway, no matter what happens with a
particular host. (I stick with CPanel, which both Kionic and HostGator
By the way, very few of the recommendations of hosts that you see on
websites are real recommendations. Most are spam by the hosts themselves.
I register my domains at a registrar that is separate from the host. I use
godaddy and 1and1.com. If you register the domain and host the domain at
the same place, if that registrar goes under, you will have difficulty
moving your site to a new host.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Ruttan, Lore" <[log in to unmask]>
> I haven't been on much in the last year while I reworked some of my
> priorities (in life lol). However, I'm ready to start pushing my
> illustration work and figure the first step is getting a website going.
> been reading reviews and JustHost seems to come up somewhere on most lists
> of good hosts. Does anyone have any feedback about them or about picking a
> host in general? I am a complete newbie to making a website.
> Thanks, Lore Ruttan
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