New to web hosting. I've been reading articles explaining the different types and what I should be looking for. The problem remains that every single site I look at or get a recommendation for also has loud negative reviews virtually screaming "avoid at all costs!". My needs: very small business, low traffic, low space requirements. The most basic of basic packages, bascially. :). Just wanna upload my html, css and image files and be left alone. Maybe with such modest needs I really don't need to be this worried and I can just go with any old web host?
I'm in the UK, all my customers (if I get any) will be in the UK... does it matter that the web host is a UK company? I see some sites saying the distance from the server doesn't matter anymore, others saying never ever host a uk site in the us, for example.
I'm tempted to go with the 'biggest' companies rather than the best, since I just can't figure out who to trust. So far I'm gathering that godaddy and bluehost are two of the bigger web hosts.
How do I tell whether a host is reliable or not, when there's so many extreme conflicting reviews? Is there a reliable, trusted comparison site?
My only experience with a web host so far is "vistaprint", which has the most horrible, overpriced, limiting WYSIWYG atrocity-of-a-control panel I've ever conceived of. Thankfully I'm not in the market for simple-wysiwyg editors and templates anymore. Time for a proper web host.