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Get a Hosting Service

Ask your peers to find out what are the best options and order your hosting account.

In this task you're going to seek the advice of your peers about which hosting company they do business with and why. It should take about 20 minutes. You're going to use that information as the basis for your own decision on who you're going to do business with.

Each of your peers who've completed this challenge should have a blog post called "Hosting & DNS" that they created as part of this challenge. Read through as many of these blog posts as you need to in order to begin to form your own opinions and ideas about which hosting company you're going to use. Where possible use the comments section on their blog to ask questions if anything is unclear.
Typically you'd want to make sure that whoever you choose has a support level that you're happy with (you may need to get in touch with them if something doesn't work) and that the price is within your budget. Many hosting companies offer a money back guarantee incase you're not happy so this may be worth bearing in mind.
When you've got a good idea of which hosting company you want to use then spend a few minutes searching the web to see if you can find any additional information (good or bad) that influences your decision.
When you're satisfied that you're going to be looked after by the company you've decided to do business with, go ahead and order your hosting account. 

Task Discussion

  • Some Guy in Baltimore said:

    After I started to read many of my peers blog posts and comments. I realized that not many people did much research beyond go daddy. Upon initial research I learned that godaddy was participating in some nasty behavior when people wanted to transfer their domain names away from godaddy because of their support for SOPA. So with that said. I decided a long time ago that go-daddy wasn't the company I thought they were. Lately I've been really happy with, they use cpanel and it's wonderful. I also like and Just remember having your dns registered with the same company that provides hosting could possibly cause problems in the future should you want to leave.

    on Aug. 7, 2014, 1:31 p.m.
  • Dscherer21 said:

    I decided to go with GoDaddy.

    on June 27, 2014, 11:22 p.m.
  • Johnny van der Laan said:

    My client offers me freespace and a free domain so no complains here.

    on May 12, 2014, 12:26 p.m.
  • GENTLE JACK said:

    I have read many blogs and I think I have settle for godaddy

    on April 27, 2014, 8:50 a.m.
  • Stormytori said:

    I dig digital ocean.

    It's affordable, easy to navigate, allows for faster development and its interface is clean and simple.

    on March 2, 2014, 6:32 p.m.
  • Sergio Romero said:

    I have to admit, godaddy has been my choice once again. The customer service is outstanding, professional, super helpful and I wont lie, Being able to undestand what the bleep they speak about now that I am taking this course is quite an ego booster. Amazing Hosting. I bought the Easy make your own website as well for $1 a month which is nothing. I will make sites just as awesome as the templates Godaddy has. 

    on Feb. 3, 2014, 7:17 p.m.
  • Attapit said:

    I asked for advice on Twitter and got some nice tips. I also compared hosting services on came forward in both instances. Cheap and good reviews :-)

    on Nov. 22, 2013, 6:08 a.m.
  • Ryan Guy said:

    It is interesting to see so many people singing the praises of GoDaddy.  I used them a while back and had a horrible experience.  I've been with dreamhost for a bit now and have been super happy.  I am going to use this course as a chance to re-evaluate some of the other options...that said I am really interested to hear if GoDaddy has gotten better in recent years.

    on Nov. 18, 2013, 2:03 a.m.
  • ericaeducator said:

    Once again I'm going to agree with the posters below me who suggested GoDaddy.  As I said with the previous challenge, I have done a lot of research on hosting, domain name pricing, etc.  I have created websites with Wix and, which offer their own domain name services (again, I have to caution that Network Solutions, the company Wix uses to provide domain and hosting support, costs a heck of a lot more than it should once the discounted upgrade package Wix offers for a year of service -- just Google them -- you'll be able to find a promo code in no time).  Basically, if you want the most simple way to get this done, I would say use the upgrade package deal with Wix or if you're using those -- it's costly to some extent, but it saves the hassle of dealing with the DNS stuff -- basically, both Wix and walk you through the process with terrific tutorials.  I've also used for this service, and they too have terrific step-by-step directions via short videos.  You can't really go wrong with any of them, but GoDaddy is gonna be the cheapest option out there for ya!

    erica :)

    on July 28, 2013, 12:19 a.m.
  • Joby John KJ said:

    I choose as my hosting provider i had chosen the same for domain name registration.

    on July 26, 2013, 6:21 p.m.
  • Nicolem said:

    I have gone with godaddy for a domain name and freehostia for free hosting at this stage while I am learning, everything is working great so far :-)

    on July 14, 2013, 2:15 a.m.
  • itskeeton said:

    I went with a company called which has free and paid domains and hosting. That's right, if you don't care about getting a .com you can get hosting and a domain for free! the "Personal Plan" that is the first paid plan is only $9.99 for a .com and a year of hosting! They have great reviews and I'm very plased so far. click the link below if you're intersted.


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    on June 1, 2013, 2:07 a.m.
  • KimFernandez said:

    Go Daddy is $1/mo. Went with Seems free so far, which is good because I have no idea what I am doing here. I feel is you have more than novice knowledge than sure pay for hosting.

    on May 31, 2013, 7:01 p.m.
  • Forsure Yunome said:

    Godaddy  broken heart

    on May 30, 2013, 12:34 p.m.
  • Steve said:

    Finding the right hosting provider is not easy. At the beginning I focused on free hosters but finds herself stuck on some functionality and inadequate performance. I found a hosting provider that is fully consistent with my expectations while being shared and not too expensive :

    on March 21, 2013, 6:59 a.m.
  • Adri said:

    I'm currently hosted by a good friend of mine at Little Dancer Hosting. I've come from several web hosts for over 10 years now starting with the now-defunct free Geocities. I started off with huge web hosting companies such as Dreamhost, but because of my current financial situation (I'm currently unemployed and desperately looking for a new job), I started to shop around for cheaper, more affordable hosting that has superb customer service. I recently joined various web designing/development communities and met my friend there, who is currently running a very small-scale web hosting company.

    Little Dancer Hosting mostly hosts personal sites but they also accept commercial sites. They have various packages from free to paid hosting, depending on your needs. You get personal service from my friend herself as well as her other friends who have been experts in this business for nearly 10 years now. Of course, we've get some troubling downtimes, that's normal with any web hosting, but being hosted by someone you know personally really does give you a peace of mind, assuring that all the problems will eventually be fixed and have your website up and running again.

    on March 21, 2013, 2:37 a.m.
  • n3on3ko said:

    I`ve used a variety of hosts in the past so here is my thoughts on the matter:

    Cat =^.^=

    on March 10, 2013, 3:22 p.m.
  • iambeniwal said:

    Earlier when i started Web Developing, I used to have free web hosts like & but later on when i turned to some serious developing career so i switched to paid hosts.
    I am having a VPS right now powered by

    on Jan. 19, 2013, 2:12 p.m.