Cons: Because it’s so centralized in this trusted cloud, if there’s an issue with the cloud, you’re pretty much left helpless. Again, due to the cloud storage component, you can only have access to your files through the internet. If you can’t connect, you can’t get access. The rubber band-like flexibility it offers can also come with a “rubber-band-flexible” bill each month.

All of our top picks include most add-ons for free, like daily backups and basic SSL encryption. But it’s worth paying the extra $10 a year for private domain registration. This keeps your personal information out of the internet’s required registration database, WHOIS. Instead of listing your phone and address, your server will list a proxy, so you won’t have to contend with spam calls to your real phone number. (One tester from our original review on web hosting, published in 2016, has only just recently stopped receiving daily telemarketing calls — almost two years later.)


Uptime measures a company’s track record for keeping websites online all of the time. In a perfect world, your website would be available to readers 100 percent of the time. But companies typically only guarantee 99.9 percent uptime, since occasional technical difficulties are inevitable. We used a third-party monitoring service to verify uptime claims and spot top performers: companies that kept their websites up at least 99.95 percent of the time. Less than 1% of difference in uptime may seem trivial, but each .01% of downtime equals 52 minutes of a broken website in real time.
If you cancel within 30 days and your plan includes a free domain, Just Host will deduct a non-refundable domain fee of 15.99 from your refund. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. You may transfer it to another registrar or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. Please note newly registered domains cannot be transferred to another registrar during the first 60 days of the registration period. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you choose to not renew the domain.
Shared hosting is a setup in which the hosting company runs multiple websites on a server along with your site. Don't let the "shared" bit worry you, though, since you can't peek into anyone else's files and no one else can touch yours. The benefit? Sharing the server space translates to cheap prices for everyone. The downside? Neighboring sites that consume too many resources may cause your site to run at less than peak performance. They might even crash it from time to time.

Whether you’re a website beginner or an expert, you need the right set of tools to get started. For beginners, we prioritized companies that didn’t charge exorbitant fees for WordPress or daily backups. Wordpress is one of the easiest ways to get a blog up and running without requiring you to design one from scratch. All of our finalists offered a Wordpress installation button, but we preferred hosts who didn’t upcharge for it. Website backups ensure that, if your site does go down, you’ll still be able to recover your data. If you’re running your website solo, the easiest way to ensure you’re backed up is to go through your web host.
Many hosts will help you to transfer your site, but it depends on the individual company's policies. If you're moving from the same control panel that you have at your new host, the move is likely to be easier. cPanel to cPanel moves are arguably the easiest, and many hosts will carry these out for free. But check the fine print before you sign up to your new hosting company.
If you register a domain with Bluehost when signing up for a hosting account, there is a domain fee that is non-refundable. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. Regardless of the status of your hosting service, you'll be free to manage it, transfer it after any required lock periods, or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you elect to extend it.
Unfortunately, this is the industry norm. Many of these companies lose money during the first two or three years they have a customer, so they charge the higher prices later to recoup their losses. A lot of customers don’t realize they are going to pay higher prices and they get sticker shock when they see the auto-charge on their credit card statement.

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).[9]
Anycast DNS - When typing in a domain name, traditional DNS works by translating that domain name into the IP address where that website can be found. The computer is connected with the web host and the web site can be viewed once this IP address is located. Thie DNS record is located on a DNS server found in one location. For example, if you're located in the United Kingdom, but your visitor is located in the United States, it can take some time for that DNS server and your visitor's computer to communicate with each other. This can slow down how fast a web page loads. A2 Hosting uses Anycast DNS because that resolves this issue. Instead of just one DNS location, Anycast DNS copies your DNS record on our network of global servers. This means that your DNS record is much closer to your visitors and Anycast can direct visitors to a DNS server located more closely to them. In short, Anycast DNS is another A2 Hosting solution that can help your site load even faster for your visitors.
InMotion is the only one of our picks without any international servers: this means if you know your site will be getting traffic from around the world, it might be a better idea to go with another provider. InMotion’s servers are based in Los Angeles, CA and Ashburn, VA, so if your intended audience is based in the US, these two servers on each coast should cover your bases.
BigCommerce is a bit different from our other hosting plans in that it's a SaaS (software-as-a-service) provider instead of an IaaS (infrastructure-as-a-service) provider. In other words, rather than renting space on a virtual machine where you setup and configure your own site, BigCommerce provides you with an app you login to that creates and online store. 

100% SSD • Free SSL • Choice of Datacenter (USA / Europe / Asia) • 1 Domain, 5 Sub-Domains, 25 Parked Domains (b2evolution can manage all 25 with a single install) • 25 Email Addresses • Unlimited RAID-10 Storage • 5 Databases • Free site transfer • Easy install & configuration of b2evolution at signup (many other scripts also available) • 24/7/365 US-Based Guru Crew Support • Green


Similar to the dedicated web hosting service, but the user owns the colo server; the hosting company provides physical space that the server takes up and takes care of the server. This is the most powerful and expensive type of web hosting service. In most cases, the colocation provider may provide little to no support directly for their client's machine, providing only the electrical, Internet access, and storage facilities for the server. In most cases for colo, the client would have his own administrator visit the data center on site to do any hardware upgrades or changes. Formerly, many colocation providers would accept any system configuration for hosting, even ones housed in desktop-style minitower cases, but most hosts now require rack mount enclosures and standard system configurations.
If you cancel within 30 days and your plan includes a free domain, Bluehost will deduct a non-refundable domain fee of 15.99 from your refund. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. You may transfer it to another registrar or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. Please note newly registered domains cannot be transferred to another registrar during the first 60 days of the registration period. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you renew it.
Turbo Server Option - If you really want to give your site an advantage of your competitors, you'll definitely want to consider hosting your sites on our Turbo Servers. Why? They feature up to 20X faster page loads compared to competing web hosting services. Now that's really fast! Just a few of the features that make our Turbo Servers perform so well are that they use a speed enhanced, drop-in Apache alternative, have less users on each Turbo server and every Turbo user has more resources allocated to their account. Our Turbo Servers also includes our exclusive A2 Optimized tool that makes caching a breeze. You can read more about this tool below.
For more experienced web designers, we required current software: MySQL version 5.6+ and PHP version 5.6+. We also required FTP access, which most web hosts have, and SSH access. It’s a more secure file transfer protocol that is particularly useful for advanced technicians (if you’re a beginner and see this option, we recommend asking your web host for advice on how to use it).
Sadly, there is a bit of a "gotcha" to the free automatic backup service. If you're paying $3.95 a month (for the first year of hosting, then $9.95 a month), you don't get restores for free. Each restore, no matter how small or large, will cost you $19.95. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, the company has to pay salaries to tech support reps who can handle panicking customers. On the other hand, it seems kind of mean-spirited to hit someone when they're down with an added fee. That said, getting your data back – at any price – is priceless.

All of this infrastructure has been built out to support the a wide range of hosting services. The family-owned company gains points for understanding the importance of transaction security by offering free AutoSSL and Let's Encrypt SSL encryption for its plans. While the company offers sophisticated services for technically strong clients, it also has a Weebly web builder option to get you up and running quickly. 

GoDaddy provides several cloud hosting packages to meet your small business needs. In addition to its domain registration services, GoDaddy offers a complete email marketing software solution. The software has a host of features: a drag-and-drop email composer; automatic removal of bad addresses, duplicates, and unsubscribes; and integration with Facebook, Google Analytics, and Etsy.
With 1&1’s Basic package, you get 100 GB storage, 1 free domain for the first 12 months and an SSL certificate. For scalability, level 1 is included. Meaning, up to 2.5 GB RAM of which half is always guaranteed. You see an instant traffic increase? This allows your website to work uninterrupted. Scalability goes up to level 5 in just one click. Be always prepared.

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 need the specific features offered by our top picks, there’s no reason to avoid TMD. We also liked that for its affordable price, TMDHosting offers a good number of servers (seven altogether), including five international ones — Amsterdam, London, Singapore, Tokyo, Sydney — in addition to Chicago and Phoenix.
Unlimited service offerings: Every company we reviewed claimed to offer unlimited services of some kind, most commonly storage and bandwidth. The web hosting industry is competitive, so companies will use this language to attract new customers. Know that unlimited never means infinite. Instead, each company has a predefined range of storage and bandwidth based on your plan. If you use more than your allotted amount, you may be required to upgrade your plan, or the company might suspend your account until usage decreases and the issues is addressed. Each company handles this differently, so it's important to look at the terms of service agreement before signing up.
If you not yet heard of FastComet – you are in good company. FastComet is one of the fastest growing, yet still less known, web hosting providers, but this is changing now, as word of mouth plays a role. Your site will be super-fast with their SSD-only disk storage, free CDN, and worldwide server locations. They offer perfect configurations and free tools for WordPress sites, in addition to shared hosting, dedicated server, and cloud hosting.
You may have noticed that in addition to the Linux Hosting offered on this page, that we also offer Windows Shared Hosting. Which operating system should you choose? Please note that it doesn't matter if you have a Mac, Linux or Windows based computer. You can choose either of our Windows or Linux Hosting regardless of your computer's operating system. What you should probably pay more attention to is the type of software you want to host instead. Do you require server support for solutions like Apache, PHP or MySQL? Your best choice would likely be choosing our Linux Shared Hosting. If on the other hand you need server support for software like ASP, MSSQL and .NET, you'll want to choose our Windows Shared Hosting.
Shared hosting, also sometimes referred to as virtual hosting, is a web hosting environment where each individual hosting account is stored on a single web server. Think of a web server as a very powerful computer loaded with resources. Each of the accounts on the server share the same system resources whether it is disk space, data transfer or server processing power.

Websites come in all shapes, sizes, and flavors so your web host should be just as flexible? If you agree, then InterServer might be a good option for you. InterServer is the only one on the list that locks your server price down for life. InterServer has the same introductory price as Wix, but when you consider that the company throws in unlimited storage, unlimited email accounts, and you can have your website transferred from another server for free, it's more than worth it. 
A2 Hosting is on par with SiteGround, they also have a variety of blazing fast servers world-wide + have great support. While they don’t have the official WordPress recommendation, their performance with WP sites is amazing. As is their performance with the majority of popular CMSs, their servers are well-optimised and include 1-script installers for most CMSs.
That said, not all web hosts offer email. WP Engine, for example, does not. In such instances, you must email accounts from a company other than your web host. GoDaddy, for instance, sells email packages starting at $3.49 per user, per month. That might sound like a hassle, and just one more thing to keep track of, but there are actually some webmasters who feel that separating your email hosting and web hosting services is smart. That way, one provider going offline won't completely bork your business.
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