Can you recommend a hosting provider?

I'm currently with GoDaddy but my domains are set to expire.  They want me to pay them $370 for two years of hosting on a single domain name and 4 domain name renewals (plus domain by proxy). Seems like a bit much since all I use my site for is basically one email account.
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Dave BaldwinConnect With a Mentor Fixer of ProblemsCommented:
I will tell you that 1and1 is bad hosting.  Right now Godaddy Ultimate hosting is on sale for $7.99 a month if you pay for two years which comes to $191.76.  Call them up and tell them that's what you want to pay.  Add two domain name renewals for about $25 (skip the domains by proxy) and you're at $216.76.
Wow -- so much for the GoDaddy $5 special. So that's about $15/month.

Web hosting solutions are really dependent on the type of site you have. Is it a static HTML web site, or is it running on WordPress/Drupal/other CMS or some other platform?

You can go with something cheap like 1and1 for the web hosting (I think it's about $3 month after their trial period), and then hook your email up with Rackspace email ($1-$2 per month per mailbox).

If you're running something more powerful like the CMSs above then you'll probably need something a lot more powerful.

I don't generally like making recommendations, but some of my clients use 1and1 for their simple sites and I haven't heard anything bad about them. And they're one of the cheapest well-known ones around.


Jerry MillerConnect With a Mentor Commented:
I use GoDaddy for several sites and have not had any issues with them. I would follow Dave Baldwin's advice and see if they will cut you deal with one of the specials.

I also use HostGator for a couple of sites and they have been good to deal with too.
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epichero22Author Commented:
To answer the questions:

My site uses Wordpress.

I don't get too many visits to my site, so I don't need anything spectacular.  Right now it's just serving as a platform to show that I do have a web presence.  Maybe in the future I will get into web marketing.
My email is set up for Google Apps, so the MX settings no longer go to GoDaddy.

So I'm thinking that 1and1 might be a good deal if it's very basic, unless you still don't think I should go with them.

By the way, why should I skip domain by proxy?
Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't think anyone should ever go with 1and1.  

'domain by proxy' is just a way to charge you extra for 'privacy'.  If you really wanted 'privacy', you shouldn't have a web site.

Moving a Wordpress site gets kind of involved.  The domain name and page names are recorded in the database along with all of the posts and other data.  There is a 'config' file that contains the database credentials which will be different on new hosting.
Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
+1 for using google apps for your email.  

I agree with Dave as well about 1and1, I have had my own clients complain.  I have used either or   If you are the kind of person that likes support from people that can answer your questions, these are good choices.  They are not going to be the cheapest.   For $5/month but I think you will need to know what you are doing.

For wordpress hosting, there are specialized services but more expensive
kadadi_vIT AdminCommented:
If you are using single website & for email account then you can easily switch to Bluehost , Hostgator shared hosting services.

Bluehost :

Hostgator :

And check how many domains do you have with website applications configured...?
You can renew those domains which are required & you can switch it the hosting.

Vijay Kadadi
epichero22Author Commented:
Going with GoDaddy seems to be the most viable option.  They're only slightly more expensive than the other providers listed and I don't think it'll justify having to update all my code to save less than a dollar a month.

Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't think it'll justify having to update all my code to save less than a dollar a month.
I definitely agree with that.  You're welcome and glad to help.
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