I will make it nice and quick. I am not one for advertising or make under the table deals for money, but I think it is fair to comment on the service that I have received from the StableHost.com guys.
After scouring the internet for “Top 10 web hosting” sites and reading up everything you can possibly read on Web Hosting Talk (you have to take those guys with a pinch of salt though) and making up my own judgement I decided to settle with StableHost.
The advantages in my opinion:
- Customer service – every time I contacted these guys they have replied straight away or within a short period of time and they were polite, helpful and resolved my issues. Really impressed and how a service should be offered, with grade A customer service.
- Resonable price – if it’s cheap and you get loads of space, bandwidth, databases etc. it is bound to suck. As the saying goes, if it is too good to be true, it probably is. Providers oversell so that they can make as much money as possible
- EU servers – as most of intended audience from Europe I thought that having a EU server was a good idea, and to be honest, these days you cannot tell the difference anyway. If you are one of those that says “1 ms is important for my important site” and you are using a shared hosting plan – then you are doing it wrong
- cPanel – I know it probably doesn’t mean much as I am if only twice a year actually logged on it, but it is good to know that you get all the goodies that come with cPanel than the others out there. Personal preference really I guess.
- SSH – honestly, I haven’t used it, but I know that before WordPress had the auto update feature built in, the easiest way of updating to the latest version was through SSH (svn I think it’s called)
The disadvantages – nothing is perfect:
- Offers – there have been some crazy offers for US hosting packages with discounts such as 60% off for life! Unfortunately having the European package you miss out on those things as apparently the hosting is a bit more expensive here, so no deals! :'(
- Generous features – I know I mentioned earlier that you get what you pay for but I just wished there might have been some more storage space in case you wanted to have a gallery or owncloud running privately
To summarise it – read some of the posts on Web Hosting Talk with a pinch of salt, read as many various threads as you possibly can to get an idea of common problems people are experiencing (and I can pretty much guarantee you that the majority of them are user errors) before making your mind up.