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Ok, I know this is like asking "what's the best car?" But, I am looking for suggestions for a great webhost at a good value for .asp pages and MS SQL server. I'm not using ASP.net yet, but it probably won't be long.

Our current webhost really stinks of late, so anyone have any suggestions on who's the "best"?

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Define "Best".

Best bargain? Best support? Best uptime?

Unless this is for a mission-critical site (e.g., an online store that *MUST* be under your complete control 24 hours a day), and unless you are planning on running TONS of content through it, I personally find GODADDY to be a more than adequate host.

For $5 or so a month, you get all you asked for. For $7 or so a month, you get all that and much more.

I'm actually running 11 different web sites all on one $7-per-month GoDaddy.com web site. Granted, some of those sites get maybe 20 hits a month. But others get maybe 100 a day. "Toy" sites, you might say. But they all work. I'm also webmaster on a site that gets about 20,000 page hits a month, also on one of those $7 accounts. It is cohosting 3 sites. So...

*YOU* have to define what "BEST" means to you. I don't think we can do it for you.

Forgot to say...

The 11 sites include 6 HTML-only, 3 ASP, and 2 ASP.NET. And one of the ASP.NET sites uses SQL Server DB (though all could share it, if I wanted to).
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Best for Classic ASP and SQL Server? Without a doubt WebHost4Life. http://www.webhost4life.com/hosting.asp

I wouldnt go with Godaddy. I've been there and its not programmer-friendly. Its great for wordpress / blog sites... I've got one there for that purpose. But for real development at great rates, WebHost4Life. Hands down.

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 Ok, I know this is like asking "what's the best car?"  But, I am looking for suggestions for a great webhost at a good value for .asp pages and MS SQL server.  I'm not using ASP.net yet, but it probably won't be long.

Our current webhost really stinks of late, so anyone have any suggestions on who's the "best"?

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Yes, I agree about WebHost4Life. That's the company I was with before GoDaddy.

The main reason I moved to GoDaddy was the ability to host multiple websites on the same account for no extra charge. At the time I was with WebHost4Life, they wanted $15 per year per add-on site. For me, that would have tripled the cost!

And it's true that GoDaddy's control panel stuff can be a little daunting, at first. If you are just starting up you would need to spend some time understanding it all.

I really don't think that, for inexpensive hosting, you could go wrong with either one.

One thing to note: (1) If you go with GoDadday and (2) if you intend to allow multiple people to upload to your site using FTP, then be sure to sign up for IIS7 hosting (IIS6 is the default, and there you only get one FTP account).
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Sounds like Godaddy has changed some things. And I am glad to hear you've found success with them! In the end, that is what is very important - that it works.

When I was hosting there (Windows Hosting), I couldnt get my site's global.asa file to initialize and really had no control over the global variables or session variables. This was for one of the most simplistic classic ASP sites.

Customer service didnt have a clue as to what a global.asa was or what session/global variables were. I've still got the emails from Fall 2007 where I went a week via email and phone and then just gave up and asked them to refund my money. The answer, at that time, eventually was that they disabled the feature.

But, times change and it seems GD has matured its product offering now.


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 Yes, I agree about WebHost4Life.  That's the company I was with before GoDaddy.

The main reason I moved to GoDaddy was the ability to host multiple websites on the same account for no extra charge.  At the time I was with WebHost4Life, they wanted $15 per year per add-on site.  For me, that would have tripled the cost!

And it's true that GoDaddy's control panel stuff can be a little daunting, at first.  If you are just starting up you would need to spend some time understanding it all.

I really don't think that, for inexpensive hosting, you could go wrong with either one.

One thing to note: (1) If you go with GoDadday and (2) if you intend to allow multiple people to upload to your site using FTP, then be sure to sign up for IIS7 hosting (IIS6 is the default, and there you only get one FTP account).

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Actually, I should have said that yes, this is a mission critical site. We get about 2000 hits per day. We are running ecommerce as well. Godaddy hasn't worked well for us, because it's so darned difficult to connect to a MS SQL server through them.

We're with Webhost4Life right now, and I'm not bashing them, but their technical support has been totally useless for the last year or so. Our site has been totally down for the last couple of days, which in the business world means big money.

Has anyone had any experience with 3essentials.com? I came across them during a web search. Any suggestions are appreciated.
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You should have mentioned "Mission Critical" before. No, I wouldn't go with either GoDaddy or WebHost4Life for an ecommerce site.

The best ecommerce provider I ever worked with was a little two-person setup in Texas. But what do you expect when you are one of maybe 30 to 50 customers?
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Has anyone tried DiscountASP.net? I see adverts for them but I havent tried them, nor has anyone else I've known. If you're saying "mission critical" and "e-commerce" in the same request - then I would be looking into a RackSpace or Peak10 type of hosting service.

I wouldnt want downtime if its e-commerce and the extra money I pay for the uptime and redundancy and support is worth every second of my customer not being able to purchase my products. Thats my opinion.

For testing and development, you cant beat WebHost4Life. Someone mentioned SQL Server and Godaddy being difficult and I can attest to that too. I might give DiscountASP a try for development if WH4L goes downhill.
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Just wanted to let you all know that after much research we found LFC Hosting. They seem to be very stable...a little more pricey than WebHost4life and GoDaddy. But...their tech support people seem to know what they're doing and answered all my questions...even the silly ones.

http://www.lfchosting.com/
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