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Web hosting company recommendations?

What are the best web hosting options for the first 1 or 2 years of a start up? Specifically, if we expect to have an email server and OTP verification services then I think the free AWS micro-instances may not work as we would higher RAM. Companies like Digital Ocean seem to charge $10 per month for 1GB of RAM. Are there better companies out there from a performance to cost ratio standpoint?
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Good question that alot of people have had. Here's one that is similar:http://members.founderdating.com/discuss/1797/What-is-a-good-web-hosting-service-for-web-startups.
Always good to do a search before posting something new. Hope that helps.
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You could try Softlayer. Rackspace, Media Temple etc
Stan Podolski
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Stan Podolski Entrepreneur • Advisor
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DO - best we have tried
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We have used 1&1 for many years. It has international data centers, offers a lot of different server configurations and is one of the cheapest services around.
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If You want a large website with a lot of adaptability, I would recommend Yola.com How ever if you want something more specialised, with a login front page,and to be able to create private groups etc, then Moonfruit.com is better.
Pradeep Subbarayan
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Pradeep Subbarayan Entrepreneur • Advisor
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Thanks everyone. Still hard decision to make as I am not fully clear.
Hasan Diwan
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heroku or Openshift are the two go-to PAAS offerings.

If you need more flexibility, you can use AWS, Rackspace, or Azure.
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I've used alot of these services. My opinions are as follows:

512MB of RAM is barely enough to do anything useful other than static hosting.

For pure static hosting, use Github pages and RawGit (which has MaxCDN support). This is free. This has been fantastic... better than S3 in my opinion.

Amazon EC2 is overpriced. Same with Rackspace. Comparable performance between them.

DigitalOcean is OK, but Linode provides better performance per dollar. Vultr is a little cheaper, but you'll pay for it in maintenance/support.

I feel Softlayer has the best physical performance for the cost. My startup is in the IBM Global Entrepreneurship program, and we get a $1K/mo credit to split between SoftLayer and BlueMix (1yr). These machines are solid.

Azure is somewhere in between. It's alright, but overpriced. We're also in their BizSpark program, which gives you a $150/mo credit for 3yrs. The same kind of "hardware" can be acquired from DigitalOcean/Linode for about 40% less. But it could be enough for your needs. The Azure portal is kind of confusing though.

I use OpenShift for some lightweight stuff, but it is memory constrained and I've experienced alot of downtime over the last two years. I used to use Heroku, which is definitely more expensive for the same computing capacity.

I also used to run a small data center before the days of everything being on the cloud. When it boils down to it, you pay for the hardware and bandwidth. It's a commodity these days, but it's still a cost. The closer to the bare metal you get, the less you share the infrastructure... meaning higher costs.

Hope that helps.
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Thanks Corey. Helpful.
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Unless you have very specific performance or setup requirements, I would use Heroku + some of their addons.

It might get expensive as you go along, but it's very easy to set up (compared to aws etc) and quite reliable.
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