When I first started hosting and building my own websites, I really didn’t know what I was doing. I tried a few different hosting services and had bad experiences with pretty much all of them. My first site was hosted with a company that consistently messed up my billing and kept closing down my site because of their errors. I soon moved to a different web hosting provider, where I developed two websites. Unfortunately I began to have a lot of trouble with site downtime. I also had trouble with database corruption. Not cool when you need your site up and running at all times.
I even tried GoDaddy and got an affiliate relationship with them because they gave the impression that they were really good. Ok, I’ll admit it – I just liked their ads so I gave them a shot. Once I started using them, my opinion changed fairly quickly. I found their site & control panel to be confusing and hard to use. Not very user friendly at all. I had database corruption errors and never did get straight answers from customer service. I thought it was something I did on that site until I started having problems with other sites. When exactly the same issue happens on multiple sites on the same hosting server but not with my sites on other servers, I begin to smell a rat.
Plus, they were constantly trying to sell me stuff I didn’t need and the basic packages (although cheap) lacked a lot of features. I still use GoDaddy for some domain purchases, but probably not for long. I will be switching all sites I have with them over to Bluehost as soon as their hosting period ends, and I will probably transfer the domains too. Bluehost just makes it easy to manage it all in one site.
So I defected to Bluehost. Bluehost is by far the best hosting provider I’ve used so far. Their control panel is user-friendly, their monthly hosting fees are very inexpensive, and they have unlimited sites, domains, storage, and data transfer. Plus they have a special where you get a free domain with $6.95 hosting package [affiliate link].
You do need to be careful with hosting podcasts on Bluehost (as with any other web hosting service). While they say you get unlimited data transfer, they’re not set up for huge numbers of downloads of huge files. So if your podcast gets wildly popular, you’ll need to host the files somewhere else like Libsyn. But you can still host your site(s) at Bluehost.
So why did I switch? I like having less downtime on my websites. I like having options. I like things that work for a very low cost. I like not being pushed to buy stuff I don’t need. I like not having storage limits for my sites. I like having unlimited data transfer. I can host as many websites as I want all on one hosting account.
I don’t like operating with limits or uncertainty. So, I switched to Bluehost.