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5 top-rated low cost web hosting sites (for web programmer e-portfolios)

by Kelly Walsh on October 25, 2009

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The final post in a series that examines tools for students to create and host e-portfolios for little or no cost.

Over the last two weeks, I researched free options for creating and hosting e-portfolios for college students, to help with job search efforts. I settled on Google Sites as a great option for laying out a site to display text, images, video, web links, etc., but it won’t support Java scripting or other functionality that may be required by students who wish to display web programming savvy. With that in mind, this week I am looking into inexpensive web hosting sites.

I combed the Internet for reviews of inexpensive web hosting services, and found a good number of sites that are rated well and offer services for $50 to $60 per year or so, based on multi-year agreements.

The following 5 providers all cost about $5 or $6 per month for annual agreements, and less for longer term deals, and were all rated very good (ratings of 90% or better, or 4.5 out of 5) on the various rating sites where I came across them. All of these sites offer free domain names and unlimited disk space.

Host

Current Monthly (Multi-year) Price

Justhost.com

$3.45

HostClear.com

$3.95

Fatcow.com

$5.25 ($3.67 special at this link)

SuperGreenHosting.com

$3.95

WebHostingPad.com

$1.99

 

To learn more, you can visit these sites and check out their offers, but it can also be useful to read reviews and look at comparative information. Following are a few web sites that provide ratings and compare features and functions for these and other web hosting sites:

This concludes my series on e-portolios for students. As always, I welcome comments and questions. If any readers have experience with e-portfolios for students and wish to provide insights, share ideas, or offer any other feedback, please do so. Thanks!

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For the next couple of weeks, I’ll be learning and posting about “Smartboard” interactive whiteboards. We’re preparing to purchase some of these systems for use in our classrooms, and I want to learn how today’s Smartboards work and what they are capable of. I hope you’ll stop back and learn with me!

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Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer, and an adjunct faculty member, at The College of Westchester in White Plains, NY and is the founder and author of EmergingEdTech.com. As an education technology advocate, he frequently delivers presentations on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. Walsh is also an author, and online educator, periodically running Flipped Class Workshops online. His latest eBook, the Flipped Class Workshop in a Book was published in September, 2013 and is available here. In his spare time Walsh also writes, records, and performs original (and cover) songs (look for "K. Walsh" on iTunes or Amazon.com or check out his original song videos on here on YouTube ).

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Scott S. August 18, 2011 at 1:55 am

The one major warning I would give to anyone looking at web hosting is to take the sales page with a” grain of salt”. Instead, read and reread the TOS. The providers sales page contains the info you want to hear while the TOS contains the info that you need to know.

FatCow Hosting August 9, 2010 at 6:32 am

the users that using services from long times having great packages for different facilities and not for new users…that’s not good..

Joe April 9, 2010 at 1:09 am

We use Seattle Domainer http://seattledomainer.com and really like them.

webhosting October 27, 2009 at 12:50 am

the price you indicated are special prices. they require to subscribe for 2 to 3 years for us to get at that price.

jaga October 26, 2009 at 2:07 am

signing up for years can reduce bill but you have pay at once and stay with services for long if you dont like them.
this is not attractive for me.
I like http://www.shopaserver.com they are offering really good packages at $2.5 a month no years sign ups :)
also their performance in industry is decent.

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