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Yet another... need help picking a host

Here are my specific needs (aside from 99% uptime and good customer support):

1. be able to host a true mailing list (a + if it already has some software - one where users can subscribe and send emails to a centralized email which then gets distributed to the entire list.

2. The control panel should be somewhat user friendly and should be fast.

3. Be able to host a small bb

I have a community organization that has a basic web page and uses email to distribute information. We want to add a bb.

I'm currently using 1and1 (inherited it from the previous webmaster) and really don't like it. It's very, very slow, particularly when doing anything with the control panel. the e-list feature doesn't allow me to resend a confimation email or manually add any users. So I have users on sbcglobal.net that can't join becuase the confirmation email has a strange email address (from germany).

I was using goDaddy for a while for my personal webpages, but I didn't have any features on it. I checked into it and goDaddy doesn't allow mailing lists (which took about 10 emails to support to explain what a distribution mailing list is).

Of course, I'd like it to be in the ~$6/month range for long term setup (or less).

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one of the hosts

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I have tried many hosting companies ...

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I began, back in 1997 with olm.net ... they were great then, but really took a dive over the past few years. It got so bad I "HAD" to leave them.

I went with GoDaddy for a while ... didn't really like that at all. A lot of hassle.

I had tried many other hosts with a site or two, but generally ran dedicated servers.

Then I stumbled into Host Gator (find the link here ... http://www.htmlguide.us). They are great, offer just about anything you could want. Their support is either by email or instant message, perhaps telephone too ... I'm not sure about that.

I have used both email and IM support and both are great. It's nice to be able to open an IM window with support and within a few minutes have an answer.

I highly recommend them.

--rdkelsey

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