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By Richard Rost   Richard Rost on Twitter Richard Rost on LinkedIn Email Richard Rost   10 years ago

I recommend GoDaddy.com for your web hosting needs. They are priced very reasonable, and so far have provided me with decent service (both web service and customer service).

I used to recommend 1&1 web hosting, but they jerked me around, so now I not only DON'T recommend them anymore, I actively tell people NOT to use them.

I had to move several of my domains and hosting to GoDaddy a while back because of problems with 1&1 and everything was very smooth. I haven't had ANY problems with them so far (knock on wood) and my sites have been up and quick.

I host my videos and downloads on an Amazon S3 server since GoDaddy has limitations on the types of content you can put on their sites. So the site itself runs on GoDaddy, but the videos load from Amazon.

If you're taking my ASP or Frontpage classes, make sure to sign up for MICROSOFT hosting. You will need Frontpage Server Extensions (which they will set up for you). You do NOT want the Linux server with PHP.

(As of right now, Feb 2011, they have a basic Windows hosting package for just $4.99 a month which is perfectly fine for MOST sites).

Any questions, post them here.

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Steven B 
9 years ago
Hi Richard,
I'm very pleased with your Access courses so far...great instruction. I am planning to build a database that will enable a member on my site to look for a participating service provider (I'm connecting potential consumers to providers). As I do this, I am looking to find some basic setup guidance. I plan to have Go Daddy host (already bought the domains with them, but not subscribed to hosting yet) and as I look at setting up my Access database, I noticed there is an option to build a "Blank Database" or a "Blank Web database". If I plan to use my DB on the web with Go Daddy hosting, do I need to use the 2nd (Web)DB option? My concern is that I can only build in datasheet mode with the "Web" DB option in MS Access 2010.
Thanks for all the help!


Reply from Richard Rost:

I do highly recommend GoDaddy for your hosting. I've tried several other providers and none of them come close to the level of service, quality, and up-time that I've experienced with GoDaddy.

Make sure you get MICROSOFT HOSTING and not LINUX HOSTING. You want to be able to use the Frontpage extensions to manage your site with FP or Expression Web. You can just copy an Access database to your web and read/write to/from the database using ASP and the techniques I cover in my Web Database Seminar and/or Access Web Sync Seminar. It requires a little bit of programming, but it's the best, most secure way.

With that said, if you want to build an actual WEB DATABASE using Access 2010 then you need SHAREPOINT hosting. Now I just spent about 15 minutes doing a search on GoDaddy's site and I cannot find any Sharepoint hosting plans! Talk about bad web design. So I sent an email to their customer support asking them what plan you need to host a Sharepoint database. I'll let you know when I get a reply.

In the mean time, I know there are a dozen other companies out there that offer Sharepoint hosting. If you just Google "sharepoint access hosting" you'll see what I mean. I would hold off though and wait until I get a reply from GoDaddy. They're my first choice for anything hosting related (which is funny because my MAIN web site is hosted at a different, local facility, and I register my domain names through a different company... haha).
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