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Yann Toledano, Digital Marketing Strategist
Host, Web Building Forum, TechSoup.org
I use a site called PowWeb[affiliate codes are NOT allowed] for both my personal websites, plus for our non-profit agency. It cost $7.77 a month, but cheaper if you pay by the year (or 2 years) - you get 20Gig of webspace, 400Gig on bandwidth a month, unlimited e-mail addresses, and even a free domain name for the first year if you don't already have one. (AND after the free year, transfer the domain to godaddy to save extra money - keeping the hosting at powweb.) It includes all kinds of good things for a pretty good price. When I first started working at my non-profit, we had an internal e-mail system, and then users had their own yahoo or hotmail accounts to communicate with the outside world. We looked into the cost of getting our own mail server, and hosting the mail server elsewhere - but in the end we ended up using the mail on our PowWeb service - since it includes POP3/IMAP/SMTP & Webmail access - unlimited accounts, spam filters and such. The people in our office have outlook setup to retrieve it right away, while the users in the field can access it through webmail. Of course I'm not getting off the topic of web hosting (but wanted to mention it in case others are looking for a "cheap" solution to e-mail). But the biggest thing I like about Powweb is that they have a VERY active user forum where if you have a question about anything - from help loading software or scripts - you can usually get an answer in a very short amount of time.
ThinkHost (http://www.thinkhost.com/) has worked well for us for 2.5 years now. Their response time on "issues" has been top-notch and personal. They offer several hosting options for non-profits, especially those geared towards environmental and social justice issues. Details on those plans can be had here. www.thinkhost.com/socialchange/progressive-community-hosting.shtml.
I use LIBIHOST.COM as my provider for several non-profit websites I administer. Pricing for non-profits is $4.95 a month or $49.50 a year with free domain for the annual plan. Their website -- www.libihost.com -- only lists their business plans which start at $6.95, but you can email them at firstname.lastname@example.org with your organization info and get the lower non-profit rate -- and they give you whatever business plan size you need for the non-profit rate. Good tech support 24/7, Unix and Windows plans are both available, great website builder software if you don't have a designer handy. I recommend them highly.
I generally recommend, and use, Hostasaurus (www.hostasaurus.com). No doubt, there are thousands of hosting providers out there. I find Hostasaurus an ideal solution for most companies because they staff their support and engineer teams with long-term, knowledgable staff. They are willing to help and provide excellent support to even their lowest dollar accounts. I've seen their facilities and they do things right. They aren't a provider that cuts corners to increase their profits. -Jeff Pochily IT Manager Camelot Community Care, Inc Intervention Services, Inc (501c3 Not for Profit Agencies in Florida)