All of our web properties (and the few clients we host) are on 6sync hosting.
I have this theory about webhosts. Most of them suck. It’s like a trip to Home Depot… you just wander around looking for what you want and the people working there are hit or miss. I have lots of experience with the big ones. Godaddy, Bluehost, Hostgator, Network Solutions, Dreamhost… they are all 5 shades of the same color. (Of that bunch, I recommend and use Hostgator for blogger clients.)
Why do I like 6sync?
- They specialize in VPS. [virtual private server] I don’t need (yet) a dedicated box. And most hosts really suck at VPS because they specialize in either shared hosting or dedicated hosting. And I’d really love cloud hosting but I really can’t afford that either.
- They have great gear. I don’t know how these guys are financed, but they have great equipment.
- They are personable. I actually like them. You actually get to know them as opposed to live chat operator Steve B. When I’ve had a problem I’ve been able to get my questions answered within minutes. (By comparison, on Thursday night I had an htaccess issue with a client site and didn’t get a response from MediaTemple for 7+ hours!)
- They built their own user interface. The backend of most webhosting packages is typically ridiculously difficult. This one is almost too simple. When I login it gives me just what I want an not a lot else. But if I want to drill deeper, I can.
- They are flexibile. I prefer to use WHM/cPanel for my hosting stuff. That’s not native to them, but I asked and they set it up within a couple hours. Try that at one of the big guys.
- They are beginner-friendly. VPS is new to me. I’ve always either used shared hosting or managed dedicated hosting. Their team helped me with the learning curve whereas most hosts just brush you off with links to their help area.
- They upgrade crazy fast. This past week I needed to level-up my hosting. They were able to recommend what I needed and make the changes without any downtime or waiting. Minutes, not hours. (Or days!)
What types of folks should use 6sync?
- Small business who need more power and security than shared hosting but don’t really need or have the ability to manage dedicated hosting.
- Small sites with ecommerce. (Don’t do that on shared hosting, period.)
- Power bloggers. (When you get past 2-3k uniques per day, shared hosting isn’t going to cut it.)
- Web entrepreneurs who want to expand and contract with the needs of their business.
I’m just getting started. What kind of hosting do you recommend? Go with Hostgator. I recommend the Baby plan. A bunch of my clients are on it and it’s fine for 99% of bloggers out there.
* Note: Links to hosting are affiliate links. I’m no affiliate whore. But if you are going to buy stuff I’m recommending, I’ll take the kickback.