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 All of these companies offer various kinds of strategic partnerships and financial incentives, but I refuse to partner with companies I cannot whole-heartedly support. I have chosen to partner with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]]. Many of the links from this site to [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] are affiliate links, which means if you follow them and ultimately decide to host with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]], The Turning Gate receives a commission. It is one of the ways in which The Turning Gate and my continued work on TTG plugins are supported. I do not make such recommendations lightly. My choice to affiliate myself with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] is based upon my belief that they offer the highest quality and most adequate services to TTG users, and do so at a fair price. All of these companies offer various kinds of strategic partnerships and financial incentives, but I refuse to partner with companies I cannot whole-heartedly support. I have chosen to partner with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]]. Many of the links from this site to [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] are affiliate links, which means if you follow them and ultimately decide to host with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]], The Turning Gate receives a commission. It is one of the ways in which The Turning Gate and my continued work on TTG plugins are supported. I do not make such recommendations lightly. My choice to affiliate myself with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] is based upon my belief that they offer the highest quality and most adequate services to TTG users, and do so at a fair price.
  
-At this point, I don’t even consider other hosting companies. All of my new projects, whether personal or for clients, go to [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]]. The Turning Gate is not on [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]], but that’s because our traffic and bandwidth demand a dedicated virtual server, or some other large and costly solution. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] doesn’t offer this kind of solution, so we host on Media Temple, whom I also hold in high regard. Though if [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturn+At this point, I don’t even consider other hosting companies. All of my new projects, whether personal or for clients, go to [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]]. The Turning Gate is not on [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]], but that’s because our traffic and bandwidth demand a dedicated virtual server, or some other large and costly solution. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] doesn’t offer this kind of solution, so we host on Media Temple, whom I also hold in high regard. Though if [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] did offer such a solution, I would seriously consider using it. 
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 +So here are the reasons you should stop looking at other options and just host your site with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] (or move your site to [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] if it’s already hosted elsewhere): 
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 +1. **TTG Verified**.\\ Naturally, the most important criteria for The Turning Gate is whether the provided hosting is adequate for hosting TTG-created websites. It is! We recommend hosting with a Linux operating system, Apache server and PHP 5.2.6 or higher, and that (and more) is exactly what [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] gives you. 
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 +2. **WordPress-friendly**.\\ A WordPress blog is a great companion to a Lightroom-managed photo site, and helps to improve your sites SEO overall. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] offers one-click WordPress installation. Many hosting companies do not offer this, and others offer a glitchy version that installs an out-of-date version of WordPress or installs it only in certain directories. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]]’s WordPress installation is fast, easy, up-to-date, and glitch-free. 
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 +3. **Reliability**.\\ Most companies offer “no down time” guarantees, but few live up to them. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] has better up time ratios than any other company I have used, including The Turning Gate’s present hosting with Media Temple. 
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 +4. **Service**.\\ Problems on [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] are rare, but when you do have a question or an issue, you can pick up a phone and be talking to a real person in a matter of moments. Not a message or an automated help system, but a knowledgable human being who will stay on the line until your problem is solved, 24 hours a day. Most companies have live chat or support forums, a few offer telephone support and forward you to scripted representatives in India; [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] offers in-house customer support from its Utah offices, where support representatives are intimately familiar with your hosting servers, because they are all there in the same place. 
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 +5. **Ease of Use**.\\ [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] has a great interface for managing your hosting account. Trouble free and easy to get around, the interface doesn’t hide things, offer distractions or try to up-sell you on new hosting plans. It’s user-friendly and effective, which is a lot more than I can say for GoDaddy. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] even offers a handful of SEO tools to get your site listed with popular search engines. 
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 +6) **Unlimited domains, websites and space**.\\ [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] allows multiple websites to be hosted from a single account, and an unlimited number of domains to be added. And of the utmost importance to photographers is space, on which [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] places no limits. This is great news for modern photographers wanting to host large numbers of images or video on their site. 
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 +7. **Popularity**.\\ [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] now hosts over 1,000,000 websites. One reason the company is able to keep its prices down is that it serves so many customers. [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] has the personnel and resources to keep things running smoothly on a large-scale, and that means great hosting for you. The fact that the company has a 78% customer renewal rate speaks volumes to their success. 
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 +8. **Price**.\\ For me, price is probably the least important thing when looking at hosting companies. I am much more concerned about quality, service and ease of use. That said, [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] hosting starts at $6.95/mo for 12-months of hosting, or $5.95/mo for 24 or 36-months of hosting. The level of quality and service that gets you is unprecedented. 
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 +9. **Homegrown**.\\ [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] owns, operates and builds its own servers. It doesn’t act as a reseller for a server farm. Because of it, you can trust that [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] employees know what goes into their hardware, what keeps them running, and how to do the things that need to be done to serve their customers. 
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 +Hosting with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]] should be an easy choice; they’re great. I am happy to be associated with them, and feel completely confident in standing behind their services. That is why I have chosen to partner with them. So if you’re on the look out for hosting, or just haven’t been blown away by your current host, do yourself a favor, save yourself some headache, and host with [[http://www.bluehost.com/track/theturninggate/wiki|Bluehost]]. 
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 +Cheers, 
 +Matt
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