Hi there! We are currently paying $500/month for hosting and basic maintenance on our wordpress site. It has a basic giving page and newsletter form.
This price seem high to me...
Am I right?
Is it possible to transfer the maintenance of the site to another company?
$500/month seems excessively high! I think you're being robbed. I'm curious, what are you getting exactly at this price each month?
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Hosting. Very little maintenance. Also graphic design for print materials, but it's ridiculous to pay a graphic designer monthly.
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I'm checking out DreamHost. That seems perfect.
Are there other companies you recommend?
Dreamhost is a good company and they actually offer a free hosting plan for nonprofits. Hostgator is another company I recommend. They are reliable and their hosting plans are affordable.
How much of this $500/month have you been paying just for web hosting?
I'll check out hostgator
This month we had nothing but hosting. We do a handful of print pieces a year. I just started in June and two of my employees came to complain about it this week.
It looks like you are hosting with liquidweb.com. They are actually a very good company although they are not cheap in general.
I don't think the problem is with liquidweb.com but the person that sold you the hosting, which is either a dedicated server or a very powerful hosting account which you are unlikely to need. A nice virtual server with liquidweb.com should only cost you about $60 a month, but you may not need something that costs even that much.Liquidweb service has been very good for the most part over the past 3 years that I have been working with clients that use them.
However, If you are going to pay less make sure you are not also buying customer service issues down the line. HostGator used to be one of the best, but since the company was sold a few years back i have been unable to recommend it to anyone. DreamHost can also be good, but I have a client that has had issues that they should not have had.
I would do a lot of research and do some Google searches for "[hosting provider name] sucks" to see how many bad results you get. If you only get a few then it may be ok, but if there a mostly bad posts about the company I would avoid them. Good Luck!!!
Another company I'd look at is MightWeb. Although I've never used them, I've been reading many positive reviews about their service and support. They also happen to offer a free hosting plan for nonprofits (see their "Starter" plan).
I have not personally heard of any bad reports from Hostgator or Dreamhost from any of my clients.
The thing to remember is that no company will always have only positive reviews. You'll always read some negative reviews. That's business. You just have to do your research, read what recent customers are saying online, contact the company directly and ask some questions to get a feel for their service/support, then just make a choice. Try them out for 3 months, and make sure you pay month-to-month (not for the full year up front). If the company you selected disappoints you down the road, you can always move to another provider.
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