One of the tools that wasn't listed above in the cPanel features was Softaculous. Use Softaculous to install the web's most popular software to your account with 1-click. That means you don't have to fumble around with downloading and uploading install files or hire a developer to help you get the software you want. All you have to do is log into cPanel and click the Softaculous icon. From there you'll see categories of solutions ranging from blogs, content management systems, forums, wikis and so much more. You can also use the Softaculous search feature to find the software you want to us. This includes some of the web's most used solutions including WordPress, Drupal and Joomla.
The Support Suite includes eHost's top-level customer service. They answer most support calls in under 2 minutes. They are available 24/7 via phone, email, and web chat. They also include online tutorials to help you learn how to use the hosting platform if you aren't familiar already. These are a lot of extras that you don't always find with a shared hosting service.
Honorable mentions this week include Rackspace, which handles both personal and enterprise hosting and platform services (backed by “fanatical support!”) and Nearly Free Speech, a contender in our last look at personal web hosts, who offers exceptional hosting plans for as low as $0.25 and promises to only make you pay for what you use. Finally, we should at least mention InMotion Hosting, which mobilized quite the effort to get their customers to vote for them.
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.
Cloud hosting is relatively new and has the potential to be the best option for everyone because, in theory, your website will never go offline. It’s not tied to anyone particular server, so if one fails, your site will bop over to one on a different cloud. And you pay for only the server space you use: you’ll pay less when you have slower traffic and more when you have a traffic spike. The downside is that it’s new enough technology that security is a concern — no one is quite sure how safe information in a cloud can be.
The only real issue here is that tech support is a little limited, depending on how you like to communicate your issues. Support via ticket or live chat is available 24/7 but if you want to call and speak to someone, the hours are limited to typical business hours within the US. That's not always convenient, but if a helping hand isn't an essential for you, it's fine.
JustHost has three Linux-based shared hosting plans, each priced quite reasonably. The Basic plan starts at $3.95/month and lets you set up a single site. You get 50GB of disk space, unmetered bandwidth, and one domain name included. That also comes with the ability to park five separate domains and 25 sub-domains. The basic plan gives you five email accounts and a total of 100MB of email storage.
Shared hosting is a perfect platform if you have modest website needs. In particular, this means if you are just starting a website, have a small business website or just run a website as a hobby with minimal resource needs. Shared web hosting is also a popular option if you run a simple blog or forum. In short, shared Hosting is ideal if you have small websites or are just getting started because it is a good learning environment to get your “ feet wet” with a minimal investment.
Static cache takes a copy of your static content and puts it on the hosting server’s RAM memory – dramatically reducing the load times. Memcached does something very rare for shared hosting servers – it saves user requests as well, adding a layer of speed to the static cache. Finally, dynamic cache goes a step further and caches the entire website, converting it to HTML and saving even more time. With all of the layers combined, SiteGround Supercacher offers all of the latest web technologies for your website.
You can also host your website on WordPress.com, but that's different from the kind of hosting mentioned above. WordPress.com uses the same code from WordPress.org, but it hides the server code and handles the hosting for you. In that sense, it resembles entries in our online site builder roundup. It's a simpler but less flexible and customizable way to approach WordPress hosting. It's definitely easier, but if you want to tinker and adjust and optimize every aspect of your site, it might not be for you.