Nick Galov November 19th, 2019

Cast your doubts aside!

We subscribed, tested and evaluated 15 web hosting providers!

We tracked 33 website hosting services to date. To be exact, we subscribed, tested, and evaluated:

  • 14 shared hosting companies
  • 8 managed WordPress hosts
  • 11 VPS
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What’s more, we’ll add more as we test them. Watch our video to see how we do it.

Our Evaluation Methodology :

  1. First, we sign up for the most popular shared hosting plan offered
  2. We set up a basic WordPress site
  3. Then, we start monitoring uptime & speed in real-time
  4. We also submit support tickets to test customer service
  5. Finally, we rank hosts based on our experience, real-time data, and user reviews

If you wish to learn more about the methodology, here are the details. If you are
interested in the results of the evaluation, here is a
spreadsheet with the metrics.

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Top 14 Web Hosting Providers
November 2019

1. Hostinger

"BEST VALUE WEB HOSTING"
Things we liked / disliked
  • SSD servers with free backups
  • Free domain & migrations
  • Extremely affordable hosting
  • Support could be better
  • Lacks advanced features
Uptime: 
99.91%
Loading speed: 
0.68s
Support: 
Could be better
Cost: 
$0.80/mo

Hostinger is a very affordable host that displays excellent frontend speed and decently working backend.

It is a seriously fast, with frontend speed nothing short of spectacular. After months of measurement, the server takes about 0.19 seconds to respond with the first byte of data. Then, it needs only 0.68 seconds to render the page fully.

With proprietary control panel and regular backups, it is a very solid choice for small to medium sites that don’t need overly advanced features.

Hostinger also listens to feedback, as evident by the way the company updated its hosting plan descriptions for greater clarity.

Its prices are second to none without compromising the quality of the service in the slightest.

If you are looking for an affordable hosting solution that doesn’t work as a cheap host, that’s probably the best option.

Read full review >
For more information visit Hostinger

2. Bluehost

"The resurgent behemoth"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Official WordPress host
  • SSD cPanel hosting
  • Free SSL & domain
  • Paid inbound site migrations
  • Higher renewal fees
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
0.96s
Support:  
Good support, good knowledge base
Cost:  
$3.95/mo

The hosting giant is back on the way to hosting excellence. Upgraded infrastructure and tempting prices promise a lot.

Great uptime and very low loading times blend nicely with a well-rounded hosting package offered at a reasonable price.

My Bluehost site consistently clocks in TTFB of 0.38 seconds and needs only 0.95 seconds to render a page fully. Add to the mix that Bluehost is an official WordPress host that provides a free domain registration, $200 worth of ad credits, and things get even better.

The technical support could be better, but it seems to be improving constantly, which adds value to an already excellent service service.

Bluehost is one of the more affordable web hosts that is on an upward trajectory of late. The value for money is undeniable.

Read full review >
For more information visit Bluehost

3. GreenGeeks

"Website Hosting Company"
Things we liked / disliked
  • 300% green energy
  • Free SSL & domain
  • Fast & scalable
  • Steep renewal fees
  • Backend behaves questionably

Excellent uptime, reasonable speed, a decent array of features, and quality support make GreenGeeks a solid choice for small and medium sites.

This is a company that lives up to its name, replacing 3 times the amount of energy used by your site.

By the looks of it, it is geeky too because the hosting environment is blazing fast – the server needs merely 0.26 seconds to send a response and only 0.86 seconds to render everything.

The uptime of 99.99% is there to match this speed.

Strong account isolation, SSD servers, nightly backups, proprietary real-time security scanner, and a bunch of other sweet features make GreenGeeks a top choice.

The pricing might grow rather steeply upon renewal, but the company exudes likeable things aplenty and earn customers’ loyalty with a relative ease.

Read full review >
For more information visit GreenGeeks

4. HostGator

"Simple and reliable hosting"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Free migration
  • Free SSL
  • Free backups
  • Support could be faster
  • Servers struggle with large traffic
  • If you opt for a shorter billing cycle, the fees grow
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
1.28s
Support:  
Good support, good knowledge base
Cost:  
$5.95/mo

HostGator is an extremely reliable host, with a good knowledge base, great user interface, and a broad selection of hosting solutions.

In terms of speed, HostGator Cloud could be faster but still qualifies comfortably in the top 10. The TTFT is slightly above average, at 0.78 seconds, but then the rendering doesn’t take much longer. It completes in 1.28 seconds.

Thanks to its unique architecture, HostGator Cloud offers true cloud flexibility and on-the-go resource management – a unique feature among shared hosts.

Other than that, you get decent introductory prices and a 30-day migration period during which the HostGator migration specialists can transfer over any cPanel account of yours for free.

The company support team is knowledgeable, albeit somewhat slow when the demand grows.

Affordable and feature-rich, this is a host that is trying once again to reach the potential it showed early on in its existence.

Read full review >
For more information visit HostGator

5. SiteGround

"Best value web hosting"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Official WordPress host
  • Free SSL
  • Free migrations & backups
  • All plans have limited disk space
  • If you opt for a monthly billing cycle, a setup fee is applicable
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
0.97s
Support:  
The best support available
Cost:  
$3.95/mo

Arguably the best support team in the industry, powerful backend, and a bunch of features make SiteGround a top choice for shared hosting that is optimized for WordPress and Joomla.

Proprietary WordPress caching plugin, unique server architecture, and detailed knowledge base make it ideal for newbies and advanced users alike.

You get some impressive frontend speeds – over years of testing, you get 0.62 seconds for the first byte and 0.96 seconds to see your page fully loaded – but SiteGround shows its mettle in the backend. It performs faster and more reliably than some VPSs.

This speed is matched by the almost impeccable uptime of 99.99%, unbreachable account isolation, proactive server monitoring, and automated daily backups to create a robust hosting solutuon.

The sublime support is another mighty strong point in SiteGround’s favor – knowledgeable, fast, courteous, the support agents often are ready to go beyond the line of duty in their troubleshooting efforts.

Throw in the mix dedicated server resources and you get yourself a premium service at a tempting price.

Read full review >
For more information visit SiteGround

6. FastComet

"Hosting for designers and newbies"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Stellar security & advanced features for devs
  • Free SSL & domain transfer
  • 45-day money back guarantee
  • Misleading marketing
  • Proprietary CDN doesn’t work very well
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
1.27s
Support:  
Excellent support, excellent knowledge base
Cost:  
$2.95/mo

Relatively quick and very stable servers, nicely scaling plans, and excellent support can see your site grow like a mushroom with FastComet.

The FastComet uptime is impressive, indeed, at the maximum attainable 99.99%. It lacks some speed as TTFB is respectable 0.57 seconds but the time it takes to load fully is 1.27 seconds.

The backend is solid, though, with response times barely crossing the 1 second barrier when put to the limit.

The shared hosting plans of the company are packed with features for the tech-minded, making them an excellent option for advanced users.

Dedicated resources, JS bundling, aggressive GZIP, automatic minification, mod_expires, and asynchronous loading are but a few of the out-of-the-box goodies that await webmasters who are ready to hop on the Fast Comet.

The rich knowledge base, friendly support, and very affordable hosting solutions will undoubtedly attract inexperienced users as well.

FastComet has some of the best technical support agents, who are quick, honest, knowledgeable, and friendly. That alone adds great quality to the already impressive hosting package of the company.

Read full review >
For more information visit FastComet

7. GoDaddy

"Strong marketing, mediocre service"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Free domain
  • Website builder
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Support is slow
  • No automatic backups
  • No migration service
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
1.30s
Support: 
Could be better, reasonable knowledge base
Cost:  
$2.49/mo

Strong uptime and speed create a decent impression of the biggest web hosting provider there is.

Based on nearly 2 years worth of data, TTFB sits at 0.68 seconds, while the time for a site to load fully is 1.32 seconds – not horrible on the grand scale of things, even though it pales in comparison with the best hosting providers we tested.

GoDaddy may be the largest hosting company out there, but it is some distance away from the best web hosts, mostly because it emphasizes profit over service too much as evident by the massive amount of upsells.

Still, its shared hosting is adequate – it has everything a standard cPanel hosting offers, nothing more, nothing else, which makes it a good choice for inexperienced users with small sites and demands.

The introductory prices are among the most tempting in the industry, but they don’t buy quality support or any advanced features. All the same, you can get years of hosting for cheap.

What GoDaddy is good for is domain hosting where it has better technical expertise and pretty sweet deals.

Read full review >
For more information visit GoDaddy

8. A2 Hosting

"Fast and scalable hosting"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Optimized for WordPress
  • Pro-rated refunds anytime
  • Free SSL & offline backups
  • Smallest plan quite limited
  • Somewhat slow control panel
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
1.15s
Support: 
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
Cost: 
$3.92/mo

Solid performance, superb support, and feature-rich plans make this geeky company a prime hosting provider for novice and experienced users alike.

The A2 servers need only 0.57 seconds to respond to a query and 1.15 seconds to render a web page completely. The backend is equally sturdy, handling numerous requests for only 0.76 seconds on average.

A2 Hosting offers the perfect environment to start and grow your online presence. It provides dedicated resources, many 1-click installers, free domain name, SSD RAID-10 SERVERS, and a good knowledge base to help you get going.

The plans scale up nicely and evenly, allowing you to plan future expansions and budget restrictions way in advance.

The support team is nothing short of excellent, which is always a great asset to have by your side.

A2 Hosting is a relatively small company that caters after each customer, providing to everyone the attention they need and deserve. In many regards, it is a real breath of fresh  air in the highly profit-oriented, fast-paced hosting world.

Read full review >
For more information visit A2 Hosting

9. HostPapa

"The best small business web hosting provider"
Things we liked / disliked
  • +400 business-oriented apps
  • Drag & drop site builder
  • Free SSL & domain
  • Backups not included in all plans
  • Unclear ToS
Uptime: 
99.9%
Speed: 
0.55s
Support: 
Knowledgeable, fast, and friendly
Cost: 
$3.36/mo

Ideally suited for small businesses, HostPapa supports a bunch of known and unknown applications through well-optimized servers and well-trained support staff.

Now, the HostPapa time-to-first-byte is stunningly fast: it takes merely 0.20 seconds for the server to start rendering the page. And the job is done in less than a second: 0.90 seconds is all it takes.

The backend also rock with the impressive 0.19 seconds of response time regardless of the number of requests thrown at it.

Crazy, eh?

The uptime stands firmly at 99.91% too.

HostPapa supports a wide number of applications for businesses of all kinds: ecommerce, portfolios, restaurants, and whatnot can be brought online through the 400+ 1-click apps available.

If you have any uncertainties, the quick, helpful, and knowledgeable support can address mostly all questions.

Affordable, scalable, and versatile, HostPapa can help your business grow from zero to hero through amazing speed and impressive uptime.

One of the best independent hosts, especially for sites crafted for North American audience.

Read full review >
For more information visit HostPapa

10. DreamHost

"Innovative and reliable hosting"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Official WordPress host
  • Free SSL & backups
  • 97-day money back guarantee
  • No free migration service
  • Few 1-click installs
Uptime:  
99.99%
Loading speed:  
0.76s
Support: 
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
Cost:  
$3.92/mo

Excellent value that combines price, performance, and support bundled together into a stellar package suitable for users of any calibre.

The response time is firmly in the top 3 with the DreamHost server needing meager 0.24 seconds to send the first byte back.

DreamHost impresses in the fully-loaded department, too – 0.76 seconds and your site is fully rendered. 0.35 seconds is all it takes for the backend to handle a request even when swarmed with requests.

DreamHost can be tested risk-free for the unprecedented 97 days, which are plenty of time to test its blazing speed, proprietary control panel, functional site builder, and numerous technologies.

DreamHost is a superb hosting provider that has it all: from quality shared platform, through managed WordPress hosting, to decent VPS options and beyond.

The company’s products are aimed at slightly more technical users, but they are designed to help newbies learn and grow.

Read full review >
For more information visit DreamHost

11. InMotion

"Excellent support and numerous features"
Things we liked / disliked
  • +400 apps & advanced hosting features
  • Free SSL & domain
  • 90-day money back guarantee
  • Starting fees not that low
  • Cap of 50,000 files on all shared plans
Uptime:  
99.95%
Loading speed:  
1.33s
Support:  
Stellar support, the best knowledge base
Cost: 
$6.39/mo

The best knowledge center and great support promise a lot, but sites hosted over at InMotion need optimization to perform really well.

The speeds without any optimization whatsoever are not that bad, but don’t stand a chance when compared to the best entries on our list of the best website hosts.

Browsers must wait 0.74 seconds on average to receive a response from the web server and it takes 1.33 seconds for the page to be fully displayed.

Speed optimization with InMotion Hosting is easily attainable because the support is superb – they are firmly in the top 3 in this regard – but the base speed of the InMotion Hosting servers remains suspect.

Another caveat is the comparatively high price from the get-go, but InMotion Hosting offsets this with a feature-rich offering.

Over 400 applications can be installed with the click of a button and you have the impressive 90 days to test the ins and outs of the service.

Read full review >
For more information visit InMotion

12. InterServer

"Very fast under moderate loads"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Price lock forever
  • Superb security & guaranteed email delivery
  • Free SSL & migrations
  • Backend struggles with more than 30 concurrent users
  • A single shared plan available
Uptime:  
99.96%
Loading speed: 
0.74s
Support:  
Could be better
Cost:  
$2.95/mo, $0,01/first month by promocode: HOSTINGTRIBUNAL

InterServer is the best choice for sites with moderate traffic, as its servers are blazing fast but struggle when many concurrent users swarm them.

0.19 seconds TTFB, you say? Yes, that’s right!

0.74 seconds to load a page fully? Absolutely!

InterServer would have been much higher in the ranking were it not for the somewhat weak backend, which struggles with multiple simultaneous connection.

InterServer offers a single – feature rich and technically sound – plan at the price of $5 per month. It may seem like a lot at first but the price is locked for good.

That’s right – you will be paying the same amount for as long as you are with the company.

The price lock feature is a fine, unique touch, as it guarantees that your hosting fee will remain forever unchanged.

Small and performance-oriented, this is a host that caters after its customers. It takes feedback into account and tries its best to resolve any issues in a timely manner.

Read full review >
For more information visit InterServer

13. Namecheap

"Great domain deals, reasonable hosting"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Very affordable
  • Free SSL
  • Free migrations & backups
  • Questionable support
  • Unimpressive speed
Uptime:  
99.86%
Loading speed:  
1.00s
Support:  
Excellent support and decent knowledge base
Cost:  
$1.28/mo

Extremely affordable and with decent support, Namecheap is an OK option that must boost its uptime.

The server response time is superb – 0.34 seconds is lightning fast. The time necessary for a WordPress page to load is also splendid; 1 second on average is up there with the best.

Under load the Namecheap shared servers also hold their own, handling incoming requests for 1.19 seconds or less. Not terrible by any stretch of the imagination.

For all its speed, Namecheap is not the most stable host, displaying only 99.83% availability. It may not seem like a big drop from the industry standard 99.9%, but if your business depends on it each second would seem fatal.

Namecheap certainly excels in one regard and that’s pricing, (Besides being an absolutely fabulous domain name host, that is.)

The company has created a very user-friendly customer area and offers good deals on domain names, but a shared plan paid in advance can cost less than $1.30 per month, making it ideal for first-time webmasters and users who wish to experiment.

Read full review >
For more information visit Namecheap

14. iPage

"Great speed but limited plans and support"
Things we liked / disliked
  • Website builder
  • Free domain
  • Free SSL
  • Unreliable support
  • Hefty charge for backup
  • vDeck Control Panel
Uptime:  
99.98%
Loading speed: 
0.93s
Support:  
Responsive but doesn’t go beyond the line of service
Cost:  
$1.99/mo

iPage impresses with speed but repulses equally much with the insane amount of upsells and needless offers.

Its TTFB is second to none. It takes the imperceptible 0.17 seconds for the server to shake hands with the browser and only 0.93 seconds to assemble the requested page.

Mouthwatering.

Especially when you consider the excellent uptime of 99.99% and the fastest reaction under load, iPage looks like the best web host money can buy.

Only that the other part of its offer is not nearly as attractive.

The vDeck control panel, while easy to use, can hardly compete with cPanel in terms of functionality and control. Many features taken for granted across the board simply are missing from iPage.

But what really ruins the excellent impression left by the benchmark tests are the very poor support. It leaves a much sourer taste than the lack of advanced features because the latter might not matter much for inexperienced users, but the former is definitely a mighty blow for anyone.

Read full review >
For more information visit iPage
The main factors for each and every web hosting service – shared, VPS, managed dedicated – are three:
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UPTIME

When your site is offline, even
the best hosting package
accounts for nothing

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SPEED

Loading time has a direct
impact on user experience and
Google ranking

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SUPPORT

All things technical break
occasionally, such is their
nature; having a support team

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These three factors are the cornerstones for any meaningful web hosting
comparison. It cannot be any other way because a site that loads fast and is
always online trumps everything else. At the end of the day, the reason to
purchase a web hosting service is to have your page easily accessible at all times.

The technical support factors in heavily because a well-trained and responsive
team does not only resolve issues quickly but also prevents them from happening.

Of course, we consider the financial aspect of hosting and take into account the
initial and renewal fees of the hosting packages.
Very often, the two are quite
different things. Tied to the price are the features offered. The best hosting
companies offer a stunning variety of tools for new and experienced users alike.

We also consider the scalability, whether upgrading to a bigger plan is justified and
whether the bigger packages are truly suitable for sites with greater demands for
space, bandwidth and programming tools.

Here is how we go about checking the best website hosting services:

RankWeb hostingWhy it’s BestVisit
1HostingerVery quick and extremely affordable host with excellent supportVisit Site
2BluehostThe friendly behemothVisit Site
3HostPapaQuick and optimized for small businessVisit Site
4SiteGroundBest value web hostingVisit Site
5DreamHostInnovative and reliable hostingVisit Site
6A2 HostingFast and scalable hostingVisit Site
7FastCometHosting for designers and newbiesVisit Site
8HostGator CloudSimple and reliable hosting yVisit Site
9InMotion HostingExcellent support and numerous featuresVisit Site
10GoDaddyReasonable service, unreasonable support, and many upsellsVisit Site

Hostinger

Logo
icon Uptime:
99.91%
icon Loading speed:
0.68s
icon Support:
Could be better
icon Cost:
$0.80/mo

Hostinger is a very affordable host that displays excellent frontend speed and decently working backend. With proprietary control panel and regular backups, it is a very solid choice for small to medium sites that don’t need overly advanced features. Its prices are second to none without compromising the quality of the service in the slightest.

Pros

Strong uptime

Very fast servers

Optimized for WordPress

Extremely affordable

Cons

Support could be better

Lacks advanced features

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SiteGround

Best value web hosting
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.97s
icon Support:
The best support available
icon Cost:
$3.95/mo

Arguably the best support team in the industry, powerful backend, and a bunch of features make SiteGround a top choice for shared hosting that is optimized for WordPress and Joomla. Proprietary WordPress caching plugin, unique server architecture, and detailed knowledge base make it ideal for newbies and advanced users alike. Throw in the mix dedicated server resources and you get yourself a premium service at a tempting price.

Pros

Good speed

Handles traffic perfectly

Feature-rich plans

Top support

Optimized for WordPress and Joomla

Cons

All plans have limited disk space

If you opt for a monthly billing cycle, a setup fee is applicable

Click Here For In-depth SiteGround Review READ MORE

Bluehost

The resurgent behemoth
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.96s
icon Support:
Good support, good knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.95/mo

The hosting giant is back on the way to hosting excellence. Upgraded infrastructure and tempting prices promise a lot. The technical support could be better, but it seems to be improving constantly, which adds value to an already excellent service service. Great uptime and very low loading times blend nicely with a well-rounded hosting package offered at a reasonable price.

Pros

Strong uptime

Fast servers

Solid support

Optimized for WordPress

Proponent of open source

Cons

Paid inbound site migrations

Higher renewal fees

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DreamHost

Innovative and reliable hosting
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
0.76s
icon Support:
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.92/mo

Excellent value that combines price, performance, and support bundled together into a stellar package suitable for users of any calibre. DreamHost is a superb hosting provider that has it all: from quality shared platform, through managed WordPress hosting, to decent VPS options and beyond. The company’s products are aimed at slightly more technical users, but they are designed to help newbies learn and grow.

Pros

Excellent uptime (99.99%)

Great speed, quick response times

Superb support

WordPress optimized

97-day money back guarantee

Cons

No free migration service

Few 1-click installs

Click Here For In-depth DreamHost Review READ MORE

FastComet

Hosting for designers and newbies
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.27s
icon Support:
Excellent support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$2.95/mo

Relatively quick and very stable servers, nicely scaling plans, and excellent support can see your site grow like a mushroom with FastComet. The shared hosting plans of

Pros

Strong uptime

Fast servers

Solid support

Very strong security

Free domain registration

Cons

Misleading marketing

Proprietary CDN doesn’t work very well

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HostPapa

Great speed, multitude of webn apps, ideal for small business
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.9%
icon Speed:
0.55s
icon Support:
Knowledgeable, fast, and friendly
icon Cost:
$3.36/mo

Ideally suited for small businesses, HostPapa supports a bunch of known and unknown applications through well-optimized servers and well-trained support staff. Affordable, scalable, and versatile, HostPapa can help your business grow from zero to hero through amazing speed and impressive uptime. One of the best independent hosts, especially for sites crafted for North American audience.

Pros

Excellent uptime (99.9%)

Superb speed

Over 400 one-click installations

Great support

Cons

Backups not included in all plans

Unclear ToS

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InterServer

Very fast under moderate loads
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.96%
icon Loading speed:
0.74s
icon Support:
Could be better
icon Cost:
$2.95/mo, $0,01/first month by promocode: HOSTINGTRIBUNAL

InterServer is the best choice for sites with moderate traffic, as its servers are blazing fast but struggle when many concurrent users swarm them. The price lock feature is a fine, unique touch, as it guarantees that your hosting fee will remain forever unchanged. Small and performance-oriented, this is a host that caters after its customers. It takes feedback into account and tries its best to resolve any issues in a timely manner.

Pros

Very good uptime

Lightning fast servers

Excellent security

Top-notch infrastructure

Price lock

Cons

Backend struggles with more than 30 concurrent users

A single shared plan available

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A2 Hosting

Fast and scalable hosting
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.15s
icon Support:
Stellar support, excellent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$3.92/mo

Solid performance, superb support, and feature-rich plans make this geeky company a prime hosting provider. Dedicated resources, many 1-click installers, and a good knowledge base create an excellent place to start and grow your online presence. A2 Hosting is a relatively small company that caters after each customer, providing to everyone the attention they need and deserve.

Pros

Excellent uptime (99.99%)

Superb support

Excellent knowledge base

Free backups

Optimized for WordPress

Cons

Smallest plan quite limited

Somewhat slow control panel

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HostGator

Simple and reliable hosting
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.28s
icon Support:
Good support, good knowledge base
icon Cost:
$5.95/mo

HostGator is an extremely reliable host, with a good knowledge base, great user interface, and a broad selection of hosting solutions. The support team is knowledgeable, albeit somewhat slow on occasion. In terms of speed, HostGator Cloud could be faster but still qualifies in the top 10 as long as the traffic is not excessive. Affordable and feature-rich, this is a host that is trying once again to reach the potential it showed early on in its existence.

Pros

Excellent uptime (99.99%)

Excellent customer portal

Free backups

Affordable

Cons

Support could be faster

Servers struggle with large traffic

If you opt for a shorter billing cycle, the fees grow

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InMotion

Excellent support and numerous features
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.95%
icon Loading speed:
1.33s
icon Support:
Stellar support, the best knowledge base
icon Cost:
$6.39/mo

The best knowledge center and great support promise a lot, but sites hosted over at InMotion need a hefty amount of optimization to perform really well. The latter can be achieved easily because the support is superb, but the base speed of the InMotion Hosting servers is not the greatest. Another caveat is the comparatively high price from the get-go, but InMotion Hosting offsets this with a feature-rich offering.

Pros

Excellent support

Spectacular knowledge base

Secure hosting

Advanced hosting features

Over 400 free apps

Cons

Starting fees not that low

Cap of 50,000 files on all shared plans

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Namecheap

Great domain deals, reasonable hosting
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.86%
icon Loading speed:
1.00s
icon Support:
Excellent support and decent knowledge base
icon Cost:
$1.28/mo

Extremely affordable and with decent support, Namecheap is an OK option that must boost its uptime. The company has created a very user-friendly customer area and offers good deals on domain names, but the hosting solution is not particularly advanced. What it excels at is pricing, as a plan paid in advance can cost less than $1.30, making it ideal for first-time webmasters and users who wish to experiment.

Pros

Excellent value for money

Free backups

Free migrations

Intuitive user area interface

Cons

Questionable support

Unimpressive speed

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iPage

Great speed but limited plans and support
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.98%
icon Loading speed:
0.93s
icon Support:
Responsive but doesn’t go beyond the line of service
icon Cost:
$1.99/mo

iPage impresses with speed but repulses equally much with the insane amount of upsells and needless offers. The vDeck control panel, while easy to use, can hardly compete with cPanel in terms of functionality and control. What really ruins the excellent impression left by the benchmark tests are the very poor support and the lack of advanced features. The latter might not matter much for inexperienced users, but the former is definitely a mighty blow for anyone.

Pros

Good speed

Very good speed under load

Extremely low introductory price

Free domain name for the first year

Cons

Unreliable support

Hefty charge for backup

vDeck Control Panel

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GoDaddy

Strong marketing, mediocre service
Logo
icon Uptime:
99.99%
icon Loading speed:
1.30s
icon Support:
Could be better, reasonable knowledge base
icon Cost:
$2.49/mo

Strong uptime and speed make a good impression, which is ruined by the poor support team and the massive amount of upsells. Introductory prices grow several times upon renewal. There are no advanced hosting features either; what you get is a basic cPanel hosting. GoDaddy is the largest hosting company out there, but it is some distance away from the best web hosts. The reasons for that are many but can be summed up rather well by a seemingly generic assessment: company culture. The latter is aimed at profit above all things.

Pros

Excellent uptime (99.99%)

Excellent under load

Scalable plans

Good speed

High renewal fees

Cons

Support is slow

No automatic backups

No migration service

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Common Types of Web Hosting: Shared v Cloud Hosting Solutions

Shared and cloud hosting are the two most widely known web hosting
services, even though cloud hosting is a very broad term.

Shared hosting has been around for many years now, and it is the “entry” level hosting, so to speak. It is the best web hosting for small business owners or for starting bloggers, as it requires no technical knowledge, very limited maintenance and costs a few dollars per month. The smallest shared hosting plans range between $3 and $5, typically, while the most expensive ones rarely exceed $20 per month.

These low fees are not a marketing trick but a reality because the end user pays only for a portion of the web server and its resources. The cost for running a Linux server 24/7/365 is distributed among all users – often several hundred per server – who pay for chunks of the server space. That’s why the solution is called “shared hosting”; all users share the resources of a single machine.

Neat arrangement, eh?

The main tradeoff is the somewhat limited control. Since the server is used by many people, no single user has root (administrator) access with the possibility to alter the server configuration.

Another intrinsic downside, which the reliable web hosting providers mitigate well, is the presence of other users. Sometimes it takes a single poorly coded site to hog a lot of server resources and slow down the performance of all websites hosted on the same machine.

Additionally, poor maintenance and bad security practices can lead to security hazards. Website owners forget to update their CMSs on time, get their insecure passwords stolen, use a bad plugin or have a poorly coded page. All these can lead to a relatively easy security breach, be that a malware injection or something else.

If not contained on time, the hackers could gain access to other sites hosted on the same server.

These limitations and potential threats go unnoticed in 99% of the cases, though. A well-configured server with proper account segmentation and defenses is largely immune to the risks. The top hosting companies are well aware of these risks and take serious measures to prevent them from ever happening.

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In some cases, it is not much more than a glorified shared environment, with technical characteristics well-aligned with standard shared solutions. Very often, cloud plans also include limited access and inability to tweak the server configuration. Typically, the main advantages are:

  • Possibility to allocate more resources easily – Allocating additional disk space or processing power should be easier
  • Distributed load – In case the performance of the hosting server deteriorates, your site can be moved automatically to another server to avoid disturbance of service.
  • Better defense against DDoS (potentially) – Theoretically, well-built cloud infrastructure can handle DDoS attacks better, but that depends on many, many factors

Keep in mind that these are very general characteristics, as cloud solutions differ from one company to the next. Inevitably, they are developed in-house and have certain specifications that make them unique. To illustrate the differences, with Dreamhost DreamCompute, the service is akin to a virtual private server (VPS), whereas in the case of HostGator Cloud we have a better (and pricier) version of the basic hosting plans.

A catchy marketing phrase at its finest.

What is hidden behind it varies a lot.

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To put it simply, WordPress, Joomla and Drupal are general-purpose content management systems (CMS). They are easy to install on virtually any kind of Linux web hosting server and relatively easy to use. They provide a website building environment that can be utilized by people with practically no coding knowledge, even though Drupal is far from simple.

Once the site is built, it can be updated, modified, tweaked and maintained through the administrative interface of the respective CMS.

Magento isn’t in the same group as the other three because it is an e-commerce hosting solution. It shares similar characteristics – website building interface, content management – and is an extremely potent tool.

Among these four applications, WordPress is by far the most popular. It is best suited for blogging but thanks to myriad extensions (plugins, as they are known) it can create any type of website.

Joomla is slightly more complex than WordPress but also offers impressive functionality. It is a very solid choice for ecommerce activities. B

Drupal is probably the most powerful of all thanks to its unique architecture. It is a flexible framework rather than a classic CMS and boasts excellent security and functionality, but using it requires certain technical acumen.

These are the four most popular tools for website creation at the moment. Together, they power nearly 40% of all websites in existence.

Their immense popularity – especially that of WordPress, which powers over 34% of the internet – is something many web hosting companies embrace giddily.

Today, you can find many hosting products tailored specifically to suit one CMS. Some of them, like the offerings of SiteGround, are very affordable while others, like the Bluehost, managed WordPress hosting, lean toward the expensive solutions. CMS platforms are so popular that certain companies like WP Buffs specialize in their optimization and nothing more.

Joomla also enjoys the special attention of quite a few quality web hosts, who provide optimized environment for the CMS to show its full potential.

Keep in mind that even the simplest Linus hosting can make any of these site building and management tools work.

However, the smallest hosting packages might not be powerful enough to deliver smooth performance to Drupal or Magento, as these systems need resources to unleash their full potential, but most big plans should do the trick. All the same, Magento in particular sees a handful of specialized hosting solutions that provide the much-needed resources and technical expertise for the immense ecommerce platform.

The main selling point of shared plans is its low entry level. It is ideal for most, as it is cheap hosting with very easy to set up.

However, people and organizations with large sites that need a lot of backend customization and drive loads of traffic would be much better off on a separate server, with firmly allocated resources and a great degree of control over the server configuration.

A virtual server is a virtual image of a server installed on an actual physical server. Typically, one real server has several virtual instances sitting on top of it, using its resources.

Unlike shared hosting environment, each virtual machine has a dedicated amount of computing power – CPU, RAM, hard disk – and provides a much greater degree of control to the end user, who can tweak the very configuration of the VPS. The VPS hosts worth their salt know how to optimize the virtual machines for maximum performance and security.

When a VPS is not enough – online casinos, gaming servers, huge websites – an entire physical server must be rented. This is known as dedicated hosting, and it comes in two variations: managed and unmanaged. Managed means that the support team (normally, the system administrators and not the first line of support) of the web hosting provider help with the initial configuration, consecutive updates and even regular maintenance.

Unmanaged dedicated server means that the end user receives the hardware and can do with it whatever she or he pleases. Dedicated servers can be quite affordable and powerful, but high-end machines require a significant investment.

Now, low-end VPS might have slightly less computing power than the largest shared plans, but, in general, both virtual and real servers come with some serious resources.

The thing is that with great power comes great geekiness, as both solutions require sysadmin knowledge. And being a system administrator is anything but easy.

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Reseller Hosting

Many web hosting companies offer special packages for people who wish to start
their own hosting business but lack the necessary infrastructure

There are many ways to make money online. Reselling the services of a top web
hosting company is one of them.

You can get a white-labeled hosting package with a remarkable degree of control
to tailor your own hosting plans and sell them as if you are the one running the data
center and the servers.

Not bad, right?

It can be quite profitable if you have a knack for business and some technical
orientation.

Most Frequently Asked Questions

What is Web hosting?

Hosting companies are home for web-based projects and make them accessible on the internet. This includes setting up the hardware, ensuring a stable environment, storing client data, and many more complimentary services.

Depending on their server and network setup, web hosts can provide:

– Shared hosting

– VPS servers

– Cloud hosting

– Dedicated servers

– Colocation services

– Reseller hosting

Some hosts also offer domain names, but that is just another hosting service. There are licensed domain registrars that normally handle domain registrations. 

While some hosting providers are inclined to assist with basic development and design tips, the actual website building is left in the hands of the client. As long as they don’t breach the terms of service, webmasters can manage their sites any way they please.

American hosting providers like to say:

“We are the service provider but not the service manager.”

What are different types of hosting?

There are a few distinct hosting niches, depending of the size and needs of your online project. 

Shared hosting is for entry-level users and small-to-mid-sized businesses. Many customers share a single server.

VPS hosting has a similar setup to shared, but there are significantly fewer accounts on one machine.

Dedicated server hosting entails renting an entire server by one user. It is suitable for enterprise-level sites or other resource-demanding projects like online gaming pages, casinos, streaming services, marketplaces, etc.

Cloud hosting is a relatively new technology and includes spreading your website across multiple interconnected servers to ensure better performance and security.

Opting for Reseller hosting means you can get services from a web host and sell them as your own to end-users.

What's the cheapest hosting for small business?

Prices for hosting services can vary greatly. Entering the industry is extremely easy so you can find all kinds of low or even free offers. But startups and small businesses have specific needs that can’t be met by just any provider. Namely:

– Fast servers

– User-friendly environment

– Ecommerce features

– Room for growth

– Helpful support

– Affordable price

The best choice for novice entrepreneurs is to find a premium provider that best balances these essential factors. New hosting clients often get lucrative discounts, so you can expect anything between $2.95 and $9.95 per month. 

It’s good to also keep an eye for the renewal rates so you’re not taken by surprise once the initial deal expires. 

What are different types of hosting?

There are a few distinct hosting niches, depending of the size and needs of your online project. 

Shared hosting is for entry-level and mid-sized businesses. Many customers share a single server.

VPS hosting has a similar setup to shared, but there are significantly fewer accounts on one machine.

Dedicated server hosting includes renting an entire server by one user. It is suitable for enterprise-level and resource-demanding projects.

Cloud hosting is a relatively new technology and includes spreading your website across multiple interconnected servers to ensure better performance and security.

Opting for Reseller hosting means you can get services from a web host and sell them as your own to end-users.

How does a web server work?

The web server is your connection to the World Wide Web. It relies on the HyperText Transfer Protocol (HTTP) to pass the user requests from the web browser to the server itself and to sand back the requested resources (web pages composed of HTML, PHP, and JS or a video stream, for example). 

A server can typically store one or multiple websites and all their data, components, and applications. This makes it an essential, or rather, the most essential part of web hosting services.

Computer servers need solid hardware to function. On top of it, the web server setup typically includes operating systems, network connectivity suites, firewalls, security and performance tools. 

Hosting providers can split a web server so multiple clients can utilize its resources (shared hosting), or they can rent an entire server to a single user (dedicated services).

What are the main differences between shared hosting and VPS?

Shared and VPS hosting have one thing in common – one server is divided into portions and split between multiple users. The key difference is that the residents of the virtual private server are much fewer compared to the clients on a shared machine. This carries a few obvious benefits. 

Fewer clients grant more resources for each individual user which helps achieve better speeds and overall performance.

VPS users are isolated in a way that neighboring accounts can’t harm other projects.

Virtual servers are more scalable and offer greater control and customization options.

Still, the shared environment is often much cheaper and the majority of hosting clients use this type of service.

What kind of hosting do I need?

Choosing the right hosting package is no easy task and should not be taken lightly. Instead of rushing into a decision, you’d better figure out a few answers by yourself:

Do you need a Linux or Windows environment?

How big is your website (going to be)?

How much do you know about hosting, i.e. how much extra support you might need?

Do you need any particular add-ons or software to run your project smoothly?

How much is your monthly hosting budget?

If you have the answers to all those questions you can safely contact potential hosts and check which one best meets your website requirements. 

What’s hosting bandwidth?

Bandwidth is one of the key elements of web hosting. It represents the maximum data transfer rate of a network connection. The more bandwidth your host allows – the more traffic your website can handle.

While some companies put caps on this resource, many of the best web hosting providers prefer to offer unlimited or unmetered bandwidth. This might seem perfect, but in reality such hosts often limit other assets so you will run into a wall long before you exhaust your allocated traffic. 

Here is a simple way to approximately determine your bandwidth needs:

 

Bandwidth = Average daily visitors x Average pageviews x Average page size x Days in a month x Redundant factor*

 

*Average redundant factor is between 1.3 and 1.8.