Here’s a good rule of thumb for you, when deciding on a hosting company or domain name registrar. Do they have ads on their site? Don’t go with them.
Places like GoDaddy, Network Solutions, Register.com… they’re all filled with ads and promotions. That’s a bad sign. That is a guarantee that they’re willing to put their income before treating their customers well. Companies that don’t pollute their website with ads, places like A Small Orange or Site5 or TextDrive even Dreamhost are good examples, and good choices for hosting.
This may seem like an odd thing to consider, a bit of “judging a book by its cover.” Yet we have a lot of experience with different web hosting companies and domain name registrars, and you’d be surprised how often this rule holds true.