Is web hosting still a thing?

I evidently have my own domain. I bought it an Internet lifetime ago and I had a couple of bad experiences with poor web hosting providers. That was until I came upon DreamHost* and today I’d like to sell you some pamphlets about this.┬áNo but seriously, I started using DreamHost eleven years ago and I have sort of lost touch with the whole hosting business since I became a parent. Is it still a thing, hosting your own website and email and whatnot? Because if it is, you should all be using DreamHost. Honestly.

Their prices are pretty much the same as everyone else’s, or better. These days it seems any and every online service is priced at just below ten dollars per month. So I’m not pushing DreamHost because of incredibly low prices. It’s not about the money. It’s about what you get for your money, and here’s a world of difference.

What DreamHost gets right is something that’s incredibly hard to do: great customer satisfaction! In eleven years, there has never been a thing they didn’t do incredibly well, or a service they didn’t offer, or a support request they couldn’t answer surprisingly quickly. They won’t accept anything less than completely happy customers, and that’s worth way more than ten dollars per month. In fact they have a money back guarantee with no strings attached.

They offer more services than any other hosting provider I’ve ever heard about – besides basic hosting, they also offer domain registrations (even safeguarding your name from third parties), unlimited email, unlimited storage, unlimited traffic, software installations like WordPress (installed with one-click simplicity, and automatically kept up to date), Subversion, unlimited databases, automatic backups of all you sites and databases,… the list goes on.

I don’t think I ever mentioned this before so I thought it’d be worth a post. If you’re in the market for a hosting provider (website or anything else) then check out DreamHost*. You can’t go wrong with them. Or, you know, let me help you.

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My only gripe is not their fault: it’s my geography location. Their data centers are in America and my pings take seventeen hops to get there, so my upload speed could be better. Still, I remain their happy customer because all the serious providers in Europe cost a fortune for a comparable plan, and the more affordable European hosting providers aren’t serious, having ridiculously low limits on domains, traffic, addresses, and storage. And they don’t offer all those services. And their customer service plain sucks. If they even have any.


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