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What are the best hosting services?

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    How do you define best? – Virtuosi Media Aug 24 '10 at 23:28
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    Could you define what area you are looking for best in? Some sites are great at hosting ruby or linux (slice host) and others are better at hosting .net but it depends on what you are you want. – Ben Hoffman Aug 25 '10 at 0:08
  • This is really not a useful question. "Best" is entirely subjective, and there is not enough detail on specific requirements to provide you with an answer. Closing. – JasonBirch Aug 25 '10 at 20:48
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That's kind of a vague question.

When I had to change web hosts because of issues, I always went to http://www.webhostingtalk.com and looked for various comments about the web hosting companies. Expect to spend a few hours reading in there.

You can start by searching webhostingtalk for the services that Thorn007 has highlighted in his post, and go from there. Personally I've been using Addaction.net (shared hosting) for nearly six years. That's after going through something like four web hosts in the first five years I had my web site. Great support (only once did I have to wait for an answer) and uptime.

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Well as a shared server: hostmonster.com - cheap and unlimited for basically everything, they also pass PCI scans when you purchase a dedicated IP address, which I found that not many hosts can provide for that price.

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I like amazon s3 for basic requirements, it allows you to start and grow in terms of size, rather than tossing down hundreds a month for a massive box that you might not even get any use from if things flop.

Dreamhost is great to migrate your site to eventually if things work well, Slicehost is another option, which have far better tech support than dream host.

You could always run your own server depending on your needs.

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I have a dedicated server (day job) and reseller account (personal stuff) through Hostgator. They have never been anything less then awesome and the pricing is outstanding.

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For shared I recommend Webfaction especially for Django based sites.

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