I currently use three Web hosting companies for a variety of sites I operate, and I’d say my hands down favorite for hosting blogs is LivingDot.
The reason I mention blog hosting in particular is that LivingDot, who refer to themselves as “Blog Hosting Experts,” make it supremely easy to get going with a blog.
At the time you set up an account with them (lowest plan is $10.95 a month and should be good for most blogs), they give the option to have the latest version of Movable Type or WordPress installed on your domain at no extra cost.
This alone was big to me, because I don’t like spending time installing and configuring software if I can help it.
Shortly after I moved this blog over there (thanks to a recommendation from Sam Harrelson – thanks, Sam!), I had some technical issues.
This usual brings dread to me when dealing with a vendor I haven’t used before – I’ve been programmed to expect lousy, slow service based on past experiences.
But LivingDot was fast (I submitted a ticket late on a Saturday and it was resolved early on a Sunday) and very helpful.
This is the sort of service I’ve come to expect from somebody like RackSpace on a dedicated server for exponentially more per month. But a low-cost, shared hosting account – not only was I pleasantly surprised by the quality of their technical support, I was astounded.
And it wasn’t one time thing. I’ve contact them multiple times to request upgrades to WordPress and other things – it’s always the same. Efficient responses and solutions.
Now I’ve got four blogs at LivingDot (Affiliate Tip, Affiliate Summit, Make Video, and WeViews), and if the need arises for another one, I’ll get it going there, too.
Great job, LivingDot!