I currently am setup as follows:
I have my domain name with Godaddy. It expires in 2013. I have web hosting with them that expires in November. I also have what they call “Unlimited” e-mail with unlimited storage that expires in mid-September.
I’ve grown less impressed with Godaddy over the years. Now even simple PHP scripts on my site are slow to run. Every time I go to do anything on their site I find it junked up with so much garbage that I can’t find what I’m looking for and, god forbid I call them then I have to beg to be let off the call without a major push to upgrade everything.
I have a basic website that simply is a portal for a basic family tree (no DB yet) and my blog (which is through Blogger but off-loaded to the website though I can’t recall now why I did that–I think it was to make sure I never just lost everything if one day Blogger stops working). I also have 3 MySQL DB’s. I use 7 of the e-mail accounts with each of them mainly being family members who connect via Gmail, Thunderbird, Outlook, Yahoo and others.
Trying to figure out the costs and alternatives is like trying to compare car insurance companies.
GoDaddy is currently showing me this:
Unlimited Storage E-mail 10 boxes $85 (and then the cart shows some discount that makes it $72) for THREE YEARS. That seems good to me but might be overkill since I never really store anything on the e-mail as all of us just pull off the server to our various clients.
Linux Web Hosting Economy 1 Plan, 1 Year $60.
I’m looking to replace them with any provider that has a site that’s somewhat intuitive (GoDaddy’s is waaaaay too busy and every single click is in up-sell) and with some minor but decent customer service. Saving money would be great.
I’m currently looking at Dynadot, Fatcow and Bluehost but I’m open to any other suggestions that would fit my needs. I’m an old network admin but I stress “old” (I’m 47 but my admin days are from the 80s though I’m still technical).
What’s a good fit for my needs?