Over the past 20 years, I’ve used hundreds of web hosting companies and choosing the wrong one can cost you a LOT of money.
Here’s the ones I put my trust in to run my business:
Reputable site for buying expiring, deleted and aftermarket domains
GoDaddy Auctions is one of the most comprehensive and reputable sites for searching for and buying expiring, deleted and aftermarket domains.
Their backordering service is also one of the most reliable with a track record of registering expiring domains before anyone else can grab them.
Offers great domain prices, services and support
If you are registering or managing multiple domains in your portfolio, GoDaddy gives you great price breaks. Plus they have a whole suite of services for registering, managing, and selling domains.
Their interface is not the most intuitive but their overall support is great. Heck, I even had one friend accidently register the wrong domain and they actually refunded his money.
At the top of my list in both price and service
I personally use Liquid Web to host all of my personal websites, and all of our members' websites; I've used many web hosting companies in my time, and Liquid Web are at the top of my list in both price and service.
Reliable service with simple management tools and fair prices
There are tons of great web hosts out there and I have used many of them, but I always find myself coming back to HostGator. Over the years I have found their service to be very reliable, their management tools simple and their prices fair.
I currently have a dedicated server, two reseller accounts and multiple smaller hosting accounts running with them so it is fair to say I have tested them at all levels.
The only time I would not recommend HostGator is if you do not want to host your website in the USA. It should also be noted that although I have multiple hosting accounts with HostGator, I use the Amazon S3 cloud to host and stream all of my larger video files which I would encourage you to do as well.
Auction site selling new and established websites and premium domain names
Flippa is an auction site for selling established websites, new websites and premium domain names. So if you are thinking of jumping into a new niche I would always recommend checking Flippa.com to see if there are any websites for sale that are already established that you can pick up for a good price.
The largest broker of premium domain names
BuyDomains is the largest broker of premium domain names, claiming to have over 4,000,000 domain names for sales in their database and I believe it. I have purchased numerous domain names from them over the years ranging from $200 to $10,000+ and they have always been very professional to deal with.
One piece of advice... never pay their “asking price”. With a little negotiation you can typically get them down to 50-75% of their asking price.