Like many web-companies, when we started, we tried to "be all things to all men." Over the years, it has become clear that for certain web-services, if a company wants to pursue that service and do it very well, it has to be the only thing they do. One good example is mass email.
When a company has servers that are going to be sending out a lot of mail, they have to work daily to ensure the servers are not sending any spam. Unless they maintain this effort, their servers will be marked as spam sources and none of their legitimate email would get through. Any service can send out 1000s of emails, but it takes a company like Constant Contact, that devotes its entire energy to having spam-free servers, to do it well.
We selected eNom for domain registration because their entire marketing strategy as a company is to support web-development companies like us. They do so by providing us the entire toolset we need to offer you the best support. Their API (application programming interface) allows us to give you direct access to your domain. If there's every an issue, we can call them and speak to a human being. They also don't have questionable advertising tactics. We decided long ago that we would not be a registrar for domains names, but we partner with eNom, one of the largest domain sellers in the world, to offer you the best.
Authorize.net is all about credit card processing. We've been working with them for years and they do a great job. We've never had a problem with them and their rates are reasonable. The reason that Authorize.net is one of the world's leading processors is because they are focused exclusively on providing processing for websites. They have one of the most encompassing APIs in the industry. If an open-source programming project is going to offer credit card integration, Authorize.net will likely be the first processor that project will integrate with. They are easy to work with. If you select a smaller processor, we may have to write a lot of new code to work with them. Doing so may nullify any savings in fees you might incurr (sort of like buying a Prius;).
"Back in the day" we had a little datacenter in our office. We did everything - big HVAC system, Cummins diesel generator power backup, dual redundant internet connections. When we did the math, we realized that by leveraging a partnership with an already existant data-center, we could offer more value and lower costs to our clients. We've reviewed and worked with a lot of dedicated hosting providers, but we've never been happier than with Serverbeach. You can read about their awesome data-centers here. Their low cost, high level of rapid support and hardware replacement guarnatee means we've reviewed everyone out there and found the best for you.
We're always saying "we love sermon network," and there is a reason for that. They are focused on offering solid infrastructure that lets church's stream their Bible-based content live onto the Internet for the world to use. We love that. They are totaly focused and dedicated on that one thing. They offer free solutions, podcasting, and paid live video streaming.