Thought I'd start this topic but if any of the mods think it inappropriate, feel free to delete it? I know that 'free' webhosting is preferred by many, I wanted to explain why I prefer paid webhosting.. especially now, with Godaddy.
I just switched to them in May, after having Yahoo webhosting ever since Yahoo started geocities (which then got ported over into another host, all paid). The switchover was due to Yahoo insisting I use my FREE yahoo email every two weeks or I'd be locked out. That, was even with paid webhosting. So then I started looking around.
Godaddy has a lot of bad reviews, so I was a bit skeptical, but gave it a shot. FOR ONE BIG REASON: all I need is their phone number. With Yahoo and most all the freebies, you don't get to just pick up the phone and call any hour, always getting someone professional, not some bypass 'help' center in some other country where they talk from scripts.
The cons are simple: worst website navigation I've ever seen. They know that. The guys at godaddy all hate it, too.
So again, the Pro reason of reasons: all the webhosting I need to know is 480.505.8877. They walked me through the whole process. I signed up for their 'unlimited' plan, forget what it costs, but it's not much. Domain name, all the webhosting tools, and I can even hire them to run it all for me (instead of just the innards), if I want.
Have had a number of issues since, mostly because I'm a noob at Linux and webhosting. So.. who ya gonna call? That saves time. Sure, I write my own HTML, but could use any of their add-ins, like Wordpress or a ton of other things. Sure, they are all Linux, and I don't know Linux, but I got .. their phone number.
Which brings me to the impetus for making this topic: today, I got an email saying someone tried to break into my account. So it was locked. At first, I didn't know if it was a phishing email, so .. I just called them on the phone. 2 minute wait, got a guy whose name I can give you in PM (to protect his privacy), and he got me back up and running in five minutes. Plus, gave me a lot of useful information about how my site was structured, why it was better not to use Wordpress, etc.
You can't pay enough for that kind of helpful caring, competence, attitude, just like the folks here in bleepingcomputer.com. It's priceless!
So you get more than you pay for, that's my contention. There, and here in bleepingcomputer.
Shutting up now, thank you for putting up with me. And if you know some other webhoster you want to praise.. do!
Edited by brainout, 22 July 2015 - 12:18 PM.