HostGator - Very popular. Very Big, but still performance is excellent. Familiar cpanel.
ResellerZoom - Was with them for 4 years and they have great customer care. Never had any problems with carts or payments or anything. Familiar cpanel.
247host.com - With them now. They are about half the price of ResellerZoom, and I was afraid that I'd get half the quality, but to my surprise they are very good, very fast, and very stable.
Dreamhost - They have too much red tape. They don't install common libraries like bcmath, and they clutter the cpanel pages with their own ads
GoDaddy - Their webhost management software is in-house and clunky. Most sites have instant changes while GoDaddy has some ~5min delay on updates. They also require you to use a proxy to connect backend transactions like creditcards and paypal.
There is one drawback in that it does not allow multiple domain hosting in a single package. I would like to use a new host for all my other sites that is opencart friendly and allows multiple domain hosting (not just multiple domain pointing to one site).
Appreciate the suggestions!
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Dreamhost should be called nightmarehost I've had clients hosted with them that took me literally 4 days to download their sites so I could move them to another host. They overcrowd their servers till they run at dialup speeds.
Bluehost can be the same depending on what server you are on. Have had clients on them that had good speeds, and others that I spent a whole day downloading a site to move it.
Lunapages are good too.
stay away from the rest.
The support from hostgator and lunarpages are unmatched.
sometimes you get template answers from hostgator.. but if you ask something out of the "standard" they will still reply you with logical and sensible answers.
Lunarpages is not quite so .. but it gives you a nice feeling of being taken care of .
I seldom receive any replies that says.."sorry, this is beyond me.. I have to ask my next tier of supportr folks"..
if you do not mind not to have the online techical support on live chat.. then go with lunar..
if online chat support help is an absolute must.. then hostgator.
both lunar and hostgator never fail me so far!
UPDATE: June 2010. Since Magmahost got took over by Yomura, their service has deteriorated. Have now gone with catalyst2 who are brilliant.
You already failed. Godaddy is the biggest fail of them alltanicos wrote:i have 6 years of experience with godaddy and my area of expertise is web design/web development...all i can say about them is that they are the best on the market for quality/cost/support and so on.
Qphoria i think you have enough experience when it comes to hosting, development...etc.Qphoria wrote:You already failed. Godaddy is the biggest fail of them alltanicos wrote:i have 6 years of experience with godaddy and my area of expertise is web design/web development...all i can say about them is that they are the best on the market for quality/cost/support and so on.
It all depends what you expect from your host. I found godaddy easy to use for all carts and especially ones (i won't mention their names but their are very popular) that have a lot of system requirements. i'm not a godaddy affiliate of any kind but i found it perfect to host more than 100 templates and over 40 domains. what do you need more right? anyway this is my opinion...i'm not 100% familiar with open cart so far but will be soon.
But my biggest gripes that I've seen with clients that I've helped are:
- It's not cpanel. cpanel is like the google of the website admin world... everyone uses it. It's fast and intuitive. Godaddy is designed for newbies, it also uses too much ajax and it slows it down.
- Actions are not instant. I guess maybe it is for easier manangement, but things like creating databases has this 5 min delay while it is "processing". When I'm doing dev work I don't want to wait.
- I've heard there are issues with certain ports. CanadaPost uses port 30000 which I guess doesn't work on GoDaddy. Also Paypal IPN callbacks have been reported to have issues.
- Godaddy's checkout system is atrocious. It pains me to buy a new domain just because of the gauntlet you must click through to checkout.
- Also rumors that early on they blocked googlebot from crawling their hosted sites, preventing google from listing your site.
These are enough bad marks in my mind to not think to highly of them. I use hosts like hostgator that get me up and running quickly and intuitively with no red tape or BS so I'm just used to sites like that.
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