Any Host Will Do, Or Will It?

1 & 1 hosting reviewI recently retained a client who was using a hosting account that was probably the most difficult host that I have ever come across.  I will share that hosting company with you in just a moment.

What You Need to Know Before Choosing a Hosting Account

There must be thousands of hosting companies on the internet. But are they all the same?

There are so many factors that we could go into, but let’s stick with the main functions.

Here are a few questions you should ask yourself before selecting your hosting company, listed in order of importance:

1. Does the hosting company offer CPanel?

Cpanel is a control panel that allows you to easily upload files, edit or delete them, among many other tasks that we perform on our websites.

2. Can I use an external domain?

Even if the answer is yes, more investigation should be done to determine what process is required to do this.

3. Can I set up an email account under my domain name?

Most times, if there is a CPanel, it will allow you to set up a domain email. example:

This is often helpful when you want to show that you are a professional, rather than using a free email address.

4. Does the CPanel offer free script installs, such as WordPress, Joomla, etc.?

WordPress is the most popular content management system on the internet today due to it’s ease of use.

Once you have answered the questions above, you can move forward with registering with a hosting company.

So, What Hosting Company am I advising You to Stay Away From?

Drum roll… 1 & 1 Hosting

I do not like to bash, and in this case, I am not bashing.  I am simply stating a valid review to make life a little easier for my readers and subscribers.

When I logged into my client’s hosting account, I felt like I was in a maze.  There were no clear instructions, and worst of all, NO CPANEL!

I immediately transferred the entire website to a new hosting account. This in itself took less time than I spent just trying to navigate through the dashboard.

Who Is My Host of Choice?

I love Hostgator, and use them anytime I set up a new website for a client.  They are extremely user friendly, have reasonable rates, and excellent customer service.  If you would like to set up your hosting with Hostgator, feel free to use this coupon code at checkout for a 25% discount: akronseoexpert.

If you have any questions about a particular host, please comment below, and if I have experience with them, I can give you my opinion.

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