I initially used Yahoo! Web Hosting to host this site. I liked them because:
- They're a big company, and will be in business for a long time
- They have lots of tools and wizards to quickly get a simple site up and running
- There's great integration with other Yahoo! products & services
What made me finally switch was when I tried implementing Tara's version of Sascha's script for adding a PHP-based commenting system to my blogs. I've spent a long time on this already (and still haven't got it to work), but I was primarily held up because Yahoo! doesn't support the chmod command. Yes, you heard me correctly, and I even have the email from their customer service to prove it.
My next job was to find a new hosting provider. What I didn't realize is how many there are out there! They all look the same, sound the same, have the same pricing structure... Fortunately, I found a site called WebHostingTalk that has forums where people discuss providers. It was there that I stumbled across Altera Hosting. Their customers rave about their performance & service on the forums so I thought I'd give them a shot. Hey, at $5/month with no initial service fee, why not? It's too early to give a comprehensive assessment, but so far, they have responded to all my emails within the hour, which is the same amount of time (possibly less) that it took for them to create my account. I'm impressed.