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Comparison of Low-Cost Web Hosting Services

If you want to build a website, you'll need somewhere to host it. Check the fine print; there are often limitations that you don't discover until you go to implement the functionality you need and discover you can't do what you need to.

My requirements are:

  • Linux based hosting. (Well, anything other than Windows, really).
  • Support multiple domains for no extra cost.
  • Handle WordPress and Joomla!
  • Performance: a “good” landing page assessment from Google Adwords.
  • Reliable: no downtime from pingomatic in a month.
  • I don't require shell access, as long as there's a control panel to configure everything.

Here are the hosting services I've used, and the gotchas I came across:

HostGator

I currently use HostGator to host all my new sites, and recommend it. Here are the pros and cons:

  • CPanel.
  • Great 24/7 online support.
  • Strict mail policy: 500 emails/hour limit. You must use throttling, and even then
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