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Welcome to WebsiteMaven, providing articles about the internet including independent web hosting reviews, domain and web site tools, internet applications, and tutorials. In-depth guides help businesses, churches, and non-profits to build a professional web site and promote it on search engines and pay-per-click networks. The site allows expertise from all corners of the web industry to submit articles on every aspect of web hosting, web site building, web promotion, and all manner of computing technologies.

WebsiteMaven Recommends

Shared Hosting ICANNWholesale – Retain full DNS control. Does not oversell.
VPS or Dedicated Hosting ICANNWholesale: VPS Plans, Dedicated Plans.
Domain Name Registration ICANNWholesale – fully featured domain control at a great price without sacrificing reliability or secuity.
HTML Editor Dreamweaver
FTP Client CuteFTP Pro
Content Management System (Church site) WordPress – There are some really nice plugins that make setting up a nice Church site very simple and easy to maintain. The Podpress plugin is an incredible tool for managing your Podcasts and publishing to the web and iTunes. Great community support.
Content Management System (Advanced) Joomla! – This is an extremely powerful CMS that is more feature rich than WordPress but is not for the faint of heart. Very large Churches may consider utilizing this for the more advanced features as Joomla! is a true content management system while WordPress is a blogging platform that has sort of morphed into one.

The WebsiteMaven Top 5 Web Hosts

Host Price Storage Bandwidth Add-On
Domains
Free
Domain?
Free
Setup?
ICANNWholesale $2.26 10 GB Unlimited - Yes!
Lunar Pages $4.95 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Yes! Yes!
midPhase $2.95 Unlimited Unlimited 1 Yes! Yes!
ix Web Hosting $3.95 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Yes! Yes!
Host Excellence $3.95 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Yes! Yes!

The web hosting ratings list, web hosting reviews, guides, and application advice are purposefully narrow in scope. I aim my site at those trying to pull together different resources for a small business or Church. I used to attempt to include more hosts and more details in my reviews. I pared the information back purposefully because it didn’t serve the goal of the site to offer too many irrelevant hosts. Too much information is not as useful as focused information to help you make a web hosting, domain, or application selection. Frankly, I’ve found a number of hosts provide the utility needed for the task at hand. Hosts are a tool and not an end to themselves. I’ve been more or less frustrated by the support and service of some hosts but was able to get my work done with the most frustrating and ended up switching to hosts I’ve found provide the best support.

The bottom line is that you may not always find a host on my list that you’ll find in others that simply focus on hosting because I’m more interested in the organization and how the applications and the technology will enhance that organization. If I spend all my time focusing on a single aspect of hosting then I cannot provide information that is more relevant to process improvement, document sharing, or integrating free technologies to enhance your business of Church web site.

Hence, though I am very comfortable with the web hosts and services I recommend and use them or have used them myself, don’t expect me to keep the information completely up to date. I also have some articles that may become dated. If you think some of my information could stand to be updated then please contact me and I’ll try to accommodate your request. If you believe I really ought to feature a web host or product or service that others would benefit from then please let me know so I can add that to my “To Do” list.