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I recently started a WordPress blog on MyDomain (which offers WordPress auto-installation). Being a newbie to hosted blogging, I prefer using a host service that will have WordPress auto-installation.

I'm very disappointed with MyDomain because of two key issues they failed me on:

  1. I have no access to .htaccess files so I can't use "nice" permalinks.
  2. The WordPress application can't access WordPress.com or akismet, so I'm very limited in the plugins I can use.

I'm considering switching a hosting service to get better WordPress service. Is there any service that "plays nicely" with auto-installed WordPress out of the box?

On WordPress.org they mention BlueHost, DreamHost and some others, however these are (I assume) paid featured hosts, so although I would like to support WordPress.org, I don't trust these commercials.

What's the best option for me?

Thanks

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Are you only going to use WordPress on your host? Why not just get sign up at WordPress.com? –  squillman Aug 20 '09 at 21:07
    
@squillman: I want more flexibility –  Roee Adler Aug 20 '09 at 21:09

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Eventually I chose JustHost that were quite cheap and recommended by WordPress.org. Meanwhile everything is okay, thanks for all the answers.

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If you just want wordpress hosting go with wordpress.com

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it you go with auto-hosting a blog, i'd say typepad.com is good also. –  djangofan Aug 21 '09 at 17:04

I use Hostmonster.com . It has the newest version of cPanel Pro and it has the latest version of many of the most popular web softwares, including WordPress. They charge $5.95 a month for UNLIMITED space and bandwidth. Also, they have Live Chat with support on their site so you can easily ask questions about the service. http://www.hostmonster.com/

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Is that really unlimited, or "unlimited" bandwidth? –  Bill Weiss Aug 20 '09 at 23:45
    
they have a few hundred "shared servers" and so you get all the bandwidth you need. they dont charge you for going over any limit. –  djangofan Aug 21 '09 at 15:41

I have hosting in a few different hosting companies, one of which is DreamHost. There are some horror stories about them, but I've never had an issue with them. And their WordPress auto-installation is very smooth.

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Regarding their WordPress hosting - do you know if they provide access to .htaccess files and allow for outbound connections? Thanks –  Roee Adler Aug 20 '09 at 21:09
    
Yes, yes they do. –  Chris_K Aug 21 '09 at 3:13
    
I didn't choose them because of the minimal required payment. I thought it to bee too much (50$ to be able to pay monthly or pre-pay 1 year in advance) –  Roee Adler Aug 23 '09 at 15:26

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