I know this is an old topic, but it seems like there is never a definite answer besides "avoid hosting companies owned by Endurance International Group". People used to rave about HostGator and BlueHost, but not anymore. GoDaddy gets bashed too. OK, so if it's not HostGator or BlueHost (both a part of E.I. Group), or GoDaddy, then what other affordable "big players" are out there? I'm looking for a large and reliable hosting company,but also affordable. So what are my choices? I want to start a forum, but starting out I'd probably just get the cheapest plan and then upgrade to VPS when more members sign up? So how about Site5? Does anyone have any experience with them? I can't picture myself just choosing some small company or going with an advertisement from the Web Hosting Offers section.