As longtime website owners and hosting nerds, we’ve been asked often: “Which web host is your personal favorite?” We recently decided to take this question seriously — exhaustively testing accounts with all the top hosts to analyze their uptime, features, pricing, support, and more. So who do we believe offers the best web hosting? See below for our top reviews of 2018, conveniently broken out by category:
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First, the disappointing news. Of the 22 companies we emailed, only six responded. (Five others sent us automatic emails that promised to address our questions “soon.” We’re still waiting.) We give kudos to 3Essentials Hosting, FastComet, GlowHost, HostPapa, MDD Hosting, and TMD Hosting for bucking the trend. All six responded within 16 hours, although usually with bare-bones, one-line answers. GlowHost and HostPapa took it to the next level, writing thorough responses to each of our questions. Our GlowHost rep took the time to explain, for example, why we might not need a dedicated IP address, or how private registration works.
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As longtime website owners and hosting nerds, we’ve been asked often: “Which web host is your personal favorite?” We recently decided to take this question seriously — exhaustively testing accounts with all the top hosts to… (read more)
InMotion offer managed VPS / dedicated servers and have two data centers (east coast / west coast), so I’m not sure this would suffice for having different IP addresses. I have a feeling WP Engine has the same issue. Amazon AWS have about 15 data centers I believe, but AWS has a notoriously difficult learning curve.
You may also find other hosting services more appropriate depending on your needs. Hosting services such as cloud hosting, e-commerce hosting, reseller hosting and WordPress hosting are providing customers with a lot of flexibility.
Shared customers are often first-time site owners as well, so assistance in getting a site launched and promoted is extremely useful. This is why iPage excels in shared hosting — offering a free domain; unlimited emails, storage, and site traffic; and $200 in free advertising to kick off your new site.
At this stage, we narrowed our list down to top 10 web hosting companies based on all of the criteria above. Because not all web hosting companies are suitable for everyone, we split our top 10 into two lists:
WordPress hosting is for people who want to build their sites on the back of the popular WordPress content management system (CMS). Many WordPress hosts automatically handle backend stuff, so you don’t have to worry about updating the apps and CMS, and enabling automatic backups.
Testing speed and performance of servers in remote locations introduces some fun and interesting challenges. When I first set out to run these tests, I thought I’d run benchmarks for an hour or two and then be done and would be totally ready to crown the fastest performing WordPress host.
Top Ten Reviews has reviewed web hosting services going on 12 years. We’ve evaluated 45 services, hundreds of plans and spent 300 hours testing and evaluating providers. This year was no exception: We pored over services, analyzed the best plans, created our own websites, and evaluated and ranked these services to help individuals and small business owners find the very best web hosting service that won’t bust the budget.
If you’re ready to select a great web hosting service, check out the chart above to see PCMag’s top picks in the space. When you’re done with that, click the links below to read our in-depth, tested reviews the biggest and best names in web hosting.
Once you purchase a Web hosting plan, GoDaddy stores your site on one of our servers and assigns it a unique DNS. The DNS serves as the address that allows people around the world to find and view your website. This unique address is required in order for people to view your site.
Server-based web hosting continues to dominate the small business market, and shared hosting remains the most cost-effective option for small businesses. However, like many other business services, web hosting is moving to the cloud, and the best web hosting companies offer cloud hosting alongside their shared, VPS and dedicated hosting services. Some advantages of cloud hosting include enhanced reliability, security and capacity for high traffic. However, cloud hosting is more expensive than shared hosting services.
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.
Clustered hosting: having multiple servers hosting the same content for better resource utilization. Clustered servers are a perfect solution for high-availability dedicated hosting, or creating a scalable web hosting solution. A cluster may separate web serving from database hosting capability. (Usually web hosts use clustered hosting for their shared hosting plans, as there are multiple benefits to the mass managing of clients).
VPS, or virtual private server, hosting is best known as the bridge between shared and dedicated servers. As such, it’s ideal for sites that are experiencing growth and whose owners want help in continuing to scale that traffic down the road.
We hope that this guide helped you choose the best WordPress hosting for your website. If you have a WordPress hosting question that we didn’t cover, then please send us a message using our contact form. One of our team members will respond back within 24 hours.
Yet, my website started to get traffic and I would get some server errors, so I believe I need to start using a paid plan, upgrading is the easiest way to go, still just wanted to double-check with an expert, maybe you’ve tried their services and have some insights to share? Thank you in advance.
During our years of evaluating web hosting providers, we’ve noticed that several offer an alluring, affordable plan, only to triple the monthly price and charge nearly $20 for domain registration when renewal comes around. Our comparison displays the regular monthly rates for both one-year personal and business plans after the promotional price has expired. We’ve included this price so you know exactly what you can expect to spend after the first year.
If you own a business, you need to answer this important question: Does your company have a website? If it doesn’t, it ought to. Naturally, online businesses require websites for marketing and selling products or services by definition, but in the internet age even local brick-and-mortar business need to be discoverable via the web. Word of mouth only gets you so far in this internet-centric age. These days, people discover new businesses—even local business—via Bing, Google, and Yahoo, search engines that make it incredibly simple to find companies’ products, operational hours, and prices. If your business doesn’t appear in the search results, especially on the first page, it’ll be difficult for potential clients and customers to find you. In other words, no website, no money. You do not want that. Of course, web hosting isn’t just for businesses. You may want to host a personal website for many reasons. Either way, the services listed here have you covered.
For the most part, our web hosts did well. We took a few points away from the ones that we quickly identified as robots — they might be helpful for common, preset questions, like the differences between packages, but they won’t be able to answer questions that are overly specific, or help you diagnose why your website might be running slowly. A few companies had the option to choose which department (technical support, sales, or billing) you wanted to speak to, but this wasn’t always as impressive as it sounded. Scala Hosting offered this feature, but we only ever saw Technical Support online; the other two departments were constantly dark — not a problem until you need to ask a question about your billing cycle, or upgrading your plan.