It's important to pair a well designed website with a great web host that will ensure the most reliable service. Ten Ten Studios has years of experience matching a website project with the correct level of hosting based on a variety of factors: content management system (we recommend and develop in Drupal), expected volume of traffic, whether or not the site will need e-commerce features, etc.
Contact us and we will be happy to discuss your hosting needs for your specific project or read on for more information.
For lower-volume Drupal-based websites we have worked with two large shared hosting companies, AN Hosting and Arvixe. While such a solution worked for us for many years, in the past 36 months we have seen shared hosting solutions from both providers become extremely unstable, to the point where we cannot recommend either provider. More to the point, we simply cannot recommend low-cost shared hosting at all anymore. As such, we have developed our own VPS server (see below) that we use for our current and future clients. While this is still technically shared hosting in that the server's resources are shared among our clients, the performance is much better as the resources are not shared among thousands of sites, including those that are poorly coded or malicious in intent as is the case with typical shared hosting.
Our VPS is hosted by Linode, a company founded in 2003 as a platform for developers to use when building their websites and web applications. They dove head first into server virtualization when most other web hosts were still deploying individual servers for their clients. Over time they have steadily increased the performance of their servers to the point where they are now on the cutting edge of technology, using solid state drives (SSD) for their storage to provide the highest degree of stability and speed. Rates for this level of reliable shared hosting are currently $20 per month.
Sites that expect higher traffic, increased database connections, or require additional layers of security (for example, e-commerce PCI compliance) are wise to look at dedicated or virtual private servers (VPS.) These options are a step up from shared hosting because your website does not have to share (hence the term) the resources of the server with hundreds and perhaps even thousands of other websites. Furthermore, there is less risk of downtime due to another website's poor code causing server slowdowns or other service interruptions.
A VPS is similar to a dedicated server in that the site owner has full control over all facets of the server -- however, there may be several other virtualized instances running on the same physical machine. While this may sound a lot like shared hosting, the key difference is that each virtualized instance can not impact another. So if your neighbor crashes their virtual server, yours is not impacted. Plus, there are far fewer virtual servers on the same physical machine than would be on a shared hosting package.
Dedicated servers offer the highest level of control, privacy, performance, and resources. Your website will be the only one on the server and you will have full control over the server as if it were physically sitting in front of you.
Ten Ten Studios has partnered with Liquid Web for our VPS and dedicated server needs. We chose Liquid Web primarily because of their excellent service record. Prior to launching our first VPS website we spoke with other clients of theirs and received glowing reviews on Liquid Web's uptime and their support system. Pricing varies depending on server specifications, but a solid, basic VPS costs approximately $100 per month.