Speed. For our web hosting reviews, we set up private test sites in order to verify the specs beyond the ads. In many instances we also have public hosting test sites (you’ll find them in each review), where you can also check for yourself how responsive the host is while browsing through a typical modern blog/CMS site.
If you’re a beginner, you’ll want a web host that you can bug the heck out of. Even if you’re experienced with web hosting, it pays to have a host with a helpful technical support team that can solve any issues you run into.
Fixing a hacked site is a major headache. We want to make your life easier so we include free HackScan protection to help block hacks before they can do damage your site. HackScan is just one feature of Perpetual Security; our proactive protection against malicious hackers and security threats! Additional Perpetual Security features:
Whether you’re just getting started with shared hosting, ready to scale up to VPS or dedicated, or thinking about blogging with WordPress, our reviews have got you covered for every stage of your site’s life cycle.
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While Media Temple does sell dedicated SSL certificates, for those who want an easy and free (and quite secure) solution, they also enable the installation and management of Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates. We also like that they offer a dedicated security panel in their dashboard, allowing for management of a variety of security scans, including malware, vulnerabilities, and spam. It’s the prevalence of excellent management tools and managed support that truly led to Media Temple’s 5-out-of-5 rating.
WordPress’ origins can be traced back to the beginning of 2001 when the blogging solution B2/cafelog was launched by French programmer Michael Valdrighi. B2/cafelog was an innovative solution at the time because it introduced the ability for pages to be created dynamically with a MySQL database. Valdrighi continued to work on B2/cafelog and released version 1.0 in 2002. Shortly afterward, Valdrighi stopped developing his solution. This was particularly unfortunate because B2/cafelog had actually grown its user-base to a reasonable number. These users were left without a supported solution.
Baby and Business plans allow unlimited domains to be hosted within the account. However, if you are selling hosting to your own clients, you must use a Reseller (or above) account; hosting paying customers on a Baby or Business account is forbidden.
We weren’t impressed with PacificHost, 3Essentials, Scala Hosting, and BigScoots. PacificHost let us select the department we wanted to talk to, and promptly hung up on us. BigScoots and Scala Hosting sent us to voicemail without the chance of speaking to a representative, while we waited 5 minutes with 3Essentials on hold before being shunted to voicemail.
TMDHosting is the cheapest of our four finalists. Compared to FastComet, GlowHost, and InMotion, its service plans are less expensive at almost every tier. The cost savings aren’t huge — at most, $36 per year — but if you don’t feel you need the specific features offered by our top picks, there’s no reason to avoid TMD. The company was one of only six web hosts to actually answer our email. Their response was short and professional, and while we had to rephrase our questions a few times on the phone and in live chat to get the answer we were looking for, we eventually got what we needed. Of note for beginners: while the company provides a basic Site Publisher tool, if you’re looking for a more robust website builder, you’ll want to look availability of a website is measured by the percentage of a year in which the website is publicly accessible and reachable via the Internet. This is different from measuring the uptime of a system. Uptime refers to the system itself being online. Uptime does not take into account being able to reach it as in the event of a network outage. A hosting provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) may include a certain amount of scheduled downtime per year in order to perform maintenance on the systems. This scheduled downtime is often excluded from the SLA timeframe, and needs to be subtracted from the Total Time when availability is calculated. Depending on the wording of an SLA, if the availability of a system drops below that in the signed SLA, a hosting provider often will provide a partial refund for time lost. How downtime is determined changes from provider to provider, therefore reading the SLA is imperative. Not all providers release uptime statistics. Most hosting providers will guarantee at least 99.9% uptime which will allow for 43m of downtime per month, or 8h 45m of downtime per year.
WordPress can be used to create everything from a landing page to a fully functional online members community. Using WordPress, you can manage your website’s content, layout, and functionality – all from one simple dashboard area. The world is your WordPress.
The company does loose some points for its hefty price increase after the first year for most plans, although we do commend 1&1 for making that price increase clear, visible, and easy to understand on their site.
Managed hosting service: the user gets his or her own Web server but is not allowed full control over it (user is denied root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.
A2 Hosting has partnered with Let’s Encrypt to provide you with free and automated SSL Certificates for enhanced website security and protection. Let’s Encrypt gives websites trusted HTTPS for an encrypted connection. Best of all, Let’s Encrypt protection is setup automatically for your domain by default! It’s a no click SSL Certificate configuration!
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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.
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