Best Real Estate Website Hosting and Domain Services – Irene’s Top Picks
Yesterday I had to call ValueWeb to help out a client who needed his domain name pointed to a different server. During my over half an hour on hold (starting out as caller number 44 – the horror!) I was reminded of how important it is to choose a reliable company for domain names and hosting. Here are the companies I use:
Buying Domain Names
Godaddy is where I buy all my domain names. It’s easy to search for them, and at around $10 per year per domain name it’s a good deal. More importantly, they make it easy for you to manage your own domains.
(Yesterday I was calling ValueWeb because we were not able to change the domain settings ourselves, and the request we submitted 4 days previously had not been carried out. This cost me an additional 45 minutes on the phone.) If the domain name had been held by GoDaddy I could have done it myself in about 2 minutes.
Tip: You can often find discount codes for GoDaddy by simply Googling ‘GoDaddy coupon codes’, or if you just click on the graphic above you should get a domain name for $7.49.
Real Estate Website Hosting
I’ve tried a number of different companies, and I really like Hostgator. They’re big, reliable, they have good pricing, and their technical support has always been able to help me without being snarky.
One of the main reasons I choose them? They have phone support! Many hosting companies these days only allow you to submit support tickets by email or online chat. If you’re shopping around for website hosting as a real estate agent, I HIGHLY recommend you go with a service that allows you to also call in, like Hostgator. Unless you’re in the top 5% to 7% of techie agents, you’ll end up wanting this option.
(For the record, I have one website hosted with GoDaddy and have never had a problem with them either.)
Tip: When you’re setting up hosting you’re usually asked if you want Windows or Linux hosting. Linux is usually a good default choice unless you know for sure your site runs on ASP.
And… Hostgator often runs a special via a coupon code shown on their home page.