I wasn't sure where to put this, but it's web, so networking... maybe?
Feel free to move it if my choice was wrong.
Anyway, I'm going full time on freelance consulting again, and I am looking for a web site hoster to run a local site and email system for me.
What I need is small, but with a few critical features. The website as it is now is under 10Mb. What I need is somebody who provides the domain (URL), as a root domain (e.g. mysite.com NOT mysite.hoster.com), provides an actual email POP3 or IMAP system (not a forwarder), and is reasonably reliable. Price is an issue, too.
I tried Squarespace, and while it is VERY VERY nice on the design side, it is really lacking for what they charge you.
I use Bluehost. Very reasonable pricing, really good service and and has everything you are listing there. I've had them hosting my sites over the past 7 years i have had no issues at all with them. Costs about 6 bucks per month which is dirt cheap and worth every dime. You will have to register your own domain name, but I think they will cover the cost with your hosting.
For a small personal site with all the emails you could possibly want, this is a really good choice.
If you are looking for something to test out J2EE, Java & ASP applications though, you might want something a little more commerce-oriented.
I ended up using GoDaddy. The editing software (and restrictions) are stupid, but for $4 a month including domain, it'll do the job.
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