Shopping for server hosting providers is difficult at best and confusing at the least. It’s even more of a challenge when you don’t know what questions to ask. Certain features are nice to have, while others can impact the credibility of your website, and ultimately, your business.
Your hosting plan is set up with WordPress installed and ready to go. We back up your site nightly and help keep it safe by insuring you’re always on the newest version of WordPress with all the security updates applied.
We eliminated all remaining web hosts on our shortlist that had misleading pricing, or that didn’t allow you to get up and running at the price mentioned on their homepage or pricing page. We also believe that a good web host should have a no-hassle refund policy, so we eliminated any web hosts that didn’t offer a money-back guarantee. After doing this, only 16 web hosts remained on our shortlist.
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Many services offer so-called unlimited or unmetered service for whatever amount of bandwidth, disk storage and sites you use. It’s important to understand that most terms of service actually do limit the definition of “unlimited” to what’s considered reasonable use. The bottom line is simple: if you’re building a pretty basic web site, unlimited means you don’t need to worry. But if you’re trying to do something excessive (or illegal, immoral or fattening), the fine print in the terms of service will trigger, and you’ll either be asked to spend more or go elsewhere.
SiteGround is one of the most popular and highest rated hosting provider in the WordPress community. With SiteGround you get the power of managed WordPress hosting, without the restrictions that come with traditional managed hosting providers. You get blazing fast servers, top-notch WordPress security, premium 24/7 expert WordPress support, automatic WordPress updates, free backups, CDN, and amazing developer tools such as one-click staging and version control. also offers multiple data centers in USA, Europe, and Asia. They’re an official ‘WordPress’ recommended hosting provider. On top of all this, they have a special 60% discount for WPBeginners readers.
At A2 Hosting, you get access to our exclusive Server Rewind Backups file recovery program. While Server Rewind is an excellent backup solution, we highly recommend that you also use an off site backup solution. Storing your files in a separate, physical location offers ultimate protection in the case of a catastrophic event. We recommend DropMySite for your offsite backups!
Web hosting services charge a monthly fee for hosting your website and an annual fee to register your domain. Each company offers a variety of plans, and pricing varies greatly, depending on the type of web hosting service you choose. Plan length can also affect price. Although some companies offer month-to-month service, most offer better pricing if you sign a contract.
Our WordPress search engine optimization (SEO) plugin walks through your site and automatically handles your site’s basic SEO needs, so get seen by Google and other major search engines. No tech skills needed.
So, with all that, you’d think they wouldn’t pay much attention to the lower-end entry-level plans. But you’d be wrong. One of the things that sets Multacom apart is that the company offers shared Windows hosting starting at $7.95. If you want to run Windows (or, more likely, IIS and various .ASP capabilities), this is a great way to get a start, or set up a testing or staging server for development.
Yes. The web hosting company you choose does affect how your website ranks in the search engines. While not a direct ranking factor, your web hosting company impacts your website’s page speed and uptime, both of which will influence your website’s ability to rank in the search engines.
HostGator provides free transfers for new accounts within 30 days of sign-up, and to newly upgraded accounts. For upgraded accounts it must be an inter-server upgrade to qualify. Please note that downgraded accounts do not qualify for free transfers.
However, note that such refunds typically cover only web hosting fees. If you received a free domain as part of your purchase, the web host might deduct the cost of registering your domain from your refund. You should also know that things like setup fees, services (such as migration services), and VPS/dedicated servers tend not to be refundable.