Since launching my first website in 2006 I’ve been with 1and1.com (affiliate link). I’ve loved their customer service (not that I’ve needed it much) and have just never had any major issues with them.
But lately I’ve been referring my clients to Bluehost (affiliate link) even though I’m still with 1and1. If you’re jumping into your first website I’ll try to lay out a few things you should be aware of when signing up for a hosting service.
First of all, it’s very helpful to purchase your domains directly through whichever service hosts your site for you. As of this writing, the purchase price for domains is about $10 at Bluehost and GoDaddy while they’re a couple bucks cheaper at 1and1.
The important part here though is usability. I’ve loved 1and1 for years as I’ve mentioned. But a few years in the online world is like dog years. Your teenager is really a senior citizen because technology grows and evolves at a rapid rate. So my advice today is different than what I did years ago.
The Best Web Hosting
The Lukas Coaching website is custom designed and I manage it through a software program called Dreamweaver. Years ago that was a great option, especially for someone familiar with website design and layout. Today, Wordpress is the best fit for most of the clients I work with, from the beginning solo-preneur, all the way up to the blog for a multi-million dollar company.
Wordpress makes it easy to design and manage your website, even if it’s new to you. The 5-minute installation is what they’ve become famous for.
1and1 however, does not make it easy. Almost everything, including software updates, should be be easy with one-click. But to make that work I had to add this line of code to my .htaccessfile:
AddType x-mapp-php5 .php
That’s not something you’re likely to discover on your own unless you’re familiar with HTML and PHP code. It was fairly difficult for me to make it work.
Bluehost Makes it Easy
With Bluehost, it’s one click across the board. You don’t have to add any code to make it work…it just does. If it wasn’t so much work to port over eight individual websites, I’d probably join you there.
Learn from me though. If you’re just starting out, Bluehost is a great place to be.
Do you have any suggestions or lessons we can learn from?