Frequent visitors to OSLiving will know that the site is run on a non-profit and volunteer basis. The minimal revenue the site receives through google ads goes towards hosting costs, as do any donations we’re fortunate to receive. Given that we run this site on a shoestring, we have no choice but to opt for cheap web hosting.
If you’ve had any experience with hosting your own site, you’ll know that budget hosting problems generally boil down to two things: down time and inadequate support. The problem is not a lack of cheap hosting options on the Web, the problem is a lack of reliable cheap hosting; and I say this as someone who’s been hosting sites since 2000. That’s where Crucial Webhosting comes in.
So why do we use Crucial Webhosting? Well there are 2 key reasons. First, it’s the web host that OSLiving has been with for the past 8 years, we’ve stuck with them because they’ve served us well (more on that in a minute). Second, because they support Open Source Software, particularly WordPress for blogging and Magento for ecommerce.
The mains reasons I feel comfortable vouching for Crucial are as follows:
1. Customer service. The support staff are reachable by phone, email and live chat 24/7 and all the queries I’ve put to them have been answered in a matter of minutes. For me, support is the number one priority when it comes to web hosting.
2. Reliability. I monitor OSLiving traffic on a frequent basis using Google Analytics and over the past 8 years there have been just three outages and each one was explained in an email. Now for a lot of people that may sound unacceptable, but you have to bear in mind that with some of the competitor hosts I’ve been with, it’s been 3 times per month.
3. Price and specs. At $10/month for split shared hosting you get unlimited bandwidth, 10GB disk space and unlimited MYSQL databases. So all in all, I recommend their service with confidence.
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