This really doesn't have to do with DW but I know alot of web designers are in here.
I have been on a shared hosting with HostGator but I think I want to upgrade. Looking at HG of course but also 1 and 1 and Amazon EC2.
As a web designer, what is the normal cost on EC2. That is something I can't seem to get a grasp on.
Here is my current stats.
I use Inmotion Hosting and really like them. I have also worked with clients using BlueHost and think they're good, as well.
Here are a few things to look for:
Do you get an AWStats page to look at your website statistics?
Do you have unlimited emails in all but the cheapest hosting plans?
Do the websites get served rapidly (do they have a really big pipe to the Internet)?
Are their servers overloaded?
How is their technical support? Do you get through quickly with someone who natively speaks English?
Does technical support handle issues quickly and easily?
Do they offer a complete range of solutions for what you want to do?
Two more questions to add to Mark's thoughtful list.