By Sergey Skudaev
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I have the XAMPP server install on my PC, but sometimes, I do PHP development directly on the website hosting server, especially if I'm working for my own website.
When you develop a website locally on your PC, you may have problem later when you deploy it on the host server. If you develop your website directly on a host server you will not have such problems.
I used sharing hosting in many different hosting companies. The main problem is poor security. Currently, I use fatcow.com. I use it for about 7 years and so far, I didn't have any problem.
I like Bluehost as well. Both hosting companies Fatcow and Bluehost offer many features. You can create a website with PHP and MySQL using your own code or you can use a website builder or Wordpress. You can have several websites on one account and have several email accounts.
Both companies have good 24/7 Support.