We do not contract with clients to provide web hosting ourselves, rather we have partnered with three web hosts to provide a wide range of web hosting services for our clients. Read about services provided by Network Solutions. Read about services provided by Hostway. Read about services provided by Yahoo.
Hostway is a U.S. Chicago based web hosting giant that works globally. We like the ease of use, pricing, and Urchin website statistics that Hostway provides.
Our own website www.McCordWeb.com is hosted with Hostway. We are very familiar with Hostway's product. Although not one of the cheapest in the industry Hostway does provide some features and benefits that keep it as a top choice for our clients. Our typical client will pay about $21.95 per month for hosting and have access to PHP on their server.
Network Solutions is a U.S. based web hosting agent best know for domain registration. In the past several years they have expanded their offerings and now provide a very nice variety of hosting packages at excellent prices. Our typical client will pay about $13.95 per month for hosting and have access to PHP or ASP on their server.
Our spin-off web design website www.McCordWebDesign.com is hosted at Network Solutions. We like the telephone support service that is provided with hosted accounts. I have rarely waited on hold for over five minutes to ask a technical question or get assistance. The support staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I feel that Network Solutions offers a great value for the price. In fact, I like their offerings better than hosting products at GoDaddy or at Yahoo.
Even though I like the web hosting product at Network Solutions, the web hosting control panel is not intuitive to use and even I had difficulties in setting up my email accounts and FTP access. Customer support was very easy to access and able to assist me quickly and efficiently even after hours.
GoDaddy is a U.S. based company that has a great product at a value price. Prices for hosting range from $4.49 a month to $17.99 a month (prices higher if you pay month to month). GoDaddy's real strength is their customer service, which is excellent and very reachable. Personally I find that GoDaddy is the perfect place for a blog when there is no parent website or where you need your blog to be hosted off-site due to technological issues. They have an auto-WordPress installer that does a fine job with set up. Although their control panel is very confusing and not intuitive at all, tech support is available to assist you by calling long distance. Calls to support are not toll-free.
GoDaddy is also my preferred resource for purchasing domain names. Here their domain control panel is simple to use and their prices the best on the Web.
Yahoo is a U.S. based search engine that has gotten into web hosting in the past several years. Our typical client will pay about $11.95 per month for hosting and have access to PHP on their server.
Many of our client's e-commerce stores are hosted on Yahoo. For clients who will be self-managing their store and need a fast e-commerce web presence Yahoo is an excellent choice. There are many custom e-commerce store designers who will set up a Yahoo Store for you.
As Yahoo does not even offer AW Stats, you will want to for sure implement Google Analytics to track your website traffic when using Yahoo as your web host. Yahoo Hosting does have contact form capability, but the information on how to set it up is buried and takes a bit of digging to find and implement.