I just switched from GoDaddy (not worthy of a link) to iPage hosting.
So far here’s my rating for iPage Hosting:
Quality of Product:
Why I like iPage Hosting
Shared hosting at a cheap price is what drew me in. $3.50/mo for the first 2 years. I could put all my domains and more on the hosting and have as many applications as I wanted for only $3.50/mo. In two years it’s going to raise to
$6.95 $7.95, but I’m thinking at that rate that’s reasonable enough for a per year price.
UPDATE: It’s almost two years later and the standard price has risen to $7.95. While the discounted price of $2.50 or $3.50 remains a fantastic deal I’ve moved all my sites as there are better values out there for $7.95 a year.
Some other perks of the hosting is that you have 100% green hosting, a free domain while you host with them and the customer service is dedicated to get to you within 5 minutes or so. I’ve tried the customer service live chat 4 times now and they’ve always gotten to me within 2 minutes. They are very helpful and always resolve my problems which were just adjusting to the learning curve.
Why I left GoDaddy
I started out with Godaddy because it was a suggestion of a professor. I didn’t really know any other hosting companies. As I progressed from plain HTML and hand crafted php documents and started using WordPress I found that GoDaddy did an AWFUL job of accessing it’s database servers. Updating a page took a painstaking amount of time. If I ever had to log into my account it took forever to find what I was looking for, then customer service takes hours to get back to you. The cost for one site was OK after using coupon codes, but now that I have many domains to host the cost was terrible for terrible hosting, and that was the end of GoDaddy for me.
One of the things that makes iPage a great company to work with is that they offer an affiliate program. I’ve had their hosting for a year now and finally got a check for $105! It’s not much and certainly not the best way to make money online, but it’s enough to pay what they charge for hosing for 2 years. So full disclosure, I am an affiliate and the first link in this article is an affiliate link, but up till now I support iPage and think they’re a great value at $3.50/mo.