Since I started my Internet Marketing journey, I’ve been looking for the perfect web host.
I soon discovered “Perfect” wasn’t something that could easily be found.
This was after my experience of paying about $200 a year for hosting one domain name.
Industry insider told me that I should be paying less than $10 a month for a shared hosting account, and less than $20 for reseller hosting (with the ability to host unlimited domain names).
After much searching, I decided to go with Bluehost, especially since the Bluehost CEO Matt Heaton maintains a personal blog and he adopts an open approach in dealing with customers and the public, even going to the extent of talking about the problems he’s had with the 800 lb gorilla of domain names GoDaddy.
When I first signed up, Bluehost offered domain hosting for 6 domain names, 50 MySQL databases (one database is required for each forum, blog or content management solution you install).
I learned to appreciate Bluehost’s service when my other webhosting account crashed the other day. In the midst of a soft-launch for a new product too.
I guess I’m used to Bluehost proactively sending out emails to affected customers if their accounts are temporarily unavailable due to maintenance or service outages.
With my other webhost, I only found out that the account was down because customers sent me email saying the sales pages was inaccessible.
And yes, the “other” web host doesn’t have procedures to inform you that the system has gone down. You are directed to some cryptic page to check the status of the servers. I guess I realize that I should be refreshing the server status page every couple of hours in the midst of a product launch. Silly me…
Anyway, I don’t plan to renew that hosting plan when it expires in a few months time.
So having a good webhost (not necessarily the cheapest) will ultimately protect you in the pocket.
But back to Bluehost, I was pleasantly surprised that their new plan provides hosting for unlimited domains.
I buzzed Bluehost’s customer service via their live chat (another great feature) and the customer service rep upgraded my account immediately.
Pretty fantastic service and I’ve been recommending Bluehost to the new Internet Marketer’s who’ve asked for my advice.
If you only have one web hosting account now, you might want to consider taking a second one, to be able to easily transfer your pages over if there’s a disruption during your marketing campaign launches.