I get asked a lot which web host company to go with and if I have any recommendations for Linux hosting. I can only recommend what I have personally used over the years. As of today I am affiliated with these companies and got offered to be rewarded for spreading the word out.
First of all, since this is a Linux blog, I do have a dedicated Linux server on ServerPronto. I have used them for many years now and original reason I went with them was the price. I have found them to be the cheapest for a starter server and signed up to play with my new lower-end dedicated Linux box. They do offer cheap VPS hosting as well, but I just wanted my own. There are plenty of bad reviews about support, however, I have never had issues. I had my box rebooted a number of times over the years and had a network card replaced once without any issues. I, personally, have nothing to complain about. Cheap and works for me.
As for this site, it is a pretty small wordpress blog. There is no need to have it on a dedicated box and I host it on cheap shared host Bluehost along with a dozen other small and mid-size sites. They were the first host I signed up with 6-7 years ago and I now have a few accounts with them. I did have an issue with having a site that grew in traffic once and they asked me to move it, which is when I had to get a dedicated server as my site got way too much traffic, enough to get to top 15,000 in alexa and stay there for quite a bit. Other than that, had no issues with their customer service. They even helped me troubleshoot php code on one of the sites back when I was a script newbie and had an issue.
I did a lot of php contract work and quite a few clients used HostGator. They are a cheaper option if you only plan to host one site. Their customer service is great as well and they seem to be one of the most popular services around, at least from my experience.
The last server I have purchased is at GoDaddy. It is pretty cheap as well since I am only hosting one site on that account. I have bought the website and was too lazy to transfer to another host, so I transferred complete sellers account to mine. I am not a big fan of the user interface, however, I believe they now offer other commonly used user interface options. They do have dedicated servers, as linked above, which I also looked into. If you do decide to go with them, I do recommend to chat with sales first. Back when I was looking into it, they dropped the price quite a bit, its just that ServerPronto had a special that was priced lower. I do use GoDaddy as a domain registrar and quite happy with their service.
Anyways, these are the reviews of the hosting companies I have had a pleasure dealing with in the past few years.
P.S. I have purchased Web Hosting Deals site several years ago, just couldn’t get to it yet. Still in it’s original form. I am planning to redo the whole site at some point, sign up with more hosting companies and do complete feature reviews. It is, by the way, hosted on the same Bluehost account as this site.
Please feel free to comment and let us know which Linux hosts you use and why.