“your free hosting _design plus web hosting”

1&1 Hosting provides a wide range of hosting services, along with a full e-commerce stack, domain name registration, Office 365 solutions, and online marketing programs. What sets the company apart is their first-year hosting price of less than a buck a month. This is the least expensive hosting program we’ve seen, although the price does go up after that first year.

I usually bring clients to WP Engine for hosting, but now that I have used GoDaddy’s Managed WordPress hosting with its great UI and one-click migration, I’ll be bringing my clients to GoDaddy for a fraction of the annual fee.

In this chart, the blue line indicates number of active virtual users on the website, and the green line shows server load time. The server load remained stable through out the test even at peak traffic.

Traditionally, Windows-based hosting costs more money than Linux hosting as a result of the licensing fees assessed by Microsoft (Linux is open source and therefore free to use). However, this is less true today. Some companies, like 1&1 and GoDaddy offer hosting packages that cost the about same, regardless of which operating system you choose to run.

We also tested live chat during busy business hours and after normal business hours, evaluating how quickly we were connected with a representative as well as the response time between each question. The service with the fastest response time is GreenGeeks.

GlowHost’s website design is clunky, with a strict “late 90s” vibe. But we found the site as easy to navigate as FastComet — we had no trouble navigating their knowledge base or interacting on their forum — though FastComet is undoubtedly easier on the eyes.

Telling someone what I do for a living is always an interesting experience. Either we’re totally in sync, both lost in conversation about WordPress woes or some time-saving program update, or it’s me talking with crickets in response. There’s just something about web hosting. It’s hit-or-miss whether someone is up to speed on the nuances of all that this industry has to offer.

Some hosts claim to offer Solid State Drive Hosting but only host your OS or databases, not your files.  We use SSD for everything so you get the biggest speed boost possible That’s why our SSD Hosting loads pages faster than our competition and why even we host our site on SSDs.

A good solution would be to use a shared host like Bluehost, and then use a service like Cloudflare (free). Cloudflare effectively copies your website files and hosts them on multiple servers around the world to improve page speed and reduce downtime / poor performance when your receive a traffic surge.

At Venture Harbour, we start our websites on Bluehost. When they start to get some traction (30,000 monthly visitors) we migrate them across to WP Engine. I’ve shared our experience with both of these hosts in detail at the bottom of this guide. A lot of people get hung up on choosing a web host, sometimes wasting hours comparing features – hours that could’ve been spent bringing their idea to life. In my opinion, it’s more important to just choose a host and get your website live, and with the list above you’re in safe hands. If you’re still undecided, however, we’ve built an AI chatbot called Winnie and this quick tool that will recommend the best web host for you.

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