Downsides to HostGator include the lack of a free domain and the cPanel interface looks a little dated. First-time users might find the crowded layout confusing. If you use WordPress, however, you won’t need to access the cPanel. HostGator’s own site administration is not as sleek as Bluehost’s (number two on our list of best small business web hosters).
In terms of what many vendors call unlimited service, Web Hosting Pad's terms of service indicate that their definition of unlimited is what they call "incremental." Basically, as you need more capability, they want to discuss that with you, both to help you get the most out of their services, and to make sure you're using their systems without abusing them.
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.
Every business—from sole-proprietorships to enterprises—needs a website. That said, not every business needs an ecommerce presence, and not everyone can afford one, either. Sometimes, you just need a simple page listing your hours and location, with maybe a little blogging functionality to keep things interesting—and sometimes that's all you can afford, too. Cost is a critically important consideration when selecting a web host. But while it's a truism that you get what you pay for, it's also true that every penny counts and that there are some great web hosting deals to be had.
GoDaddy offers one more hosting package than HostGator. The Economy plan is great for people planning on launching a small website. On the other hand, the Deluxe and Ultimate packages are for those looking to start multiple sites with more advanced features and the Business Hosting plan is optimized for high traffic and e-commerce. Each includes advanced features like unmetered bandwidth and Microsoft Office Business emails. You also get 1GB of database storage for free with every package.
Pros: Flexibility to scale is a great benefit that cloud hosting can provide. That means if your business grows rapidly, your server will scale with it. It’s also a product that’s available for you as soon as you need it, since it’s constantly existing in one form or another in the cloud. It’s a reasonable cost and works very well for a low-staffed account.
Whatever the case, it's easily possible to upgrade as you go along, making it ideal for a fast growing business. It's fairly easy to set up too, providing you're used to a minimalist control panel. In all of DreamHost's packages, there's a certain expectation that you know what you're doing. That's reflected in DreamHost's lack of telephone support, although ticket based assistance is typically speedy.
Starting low, you will get a solid hosting solution for your single page with StartUp. With 10 GB of web space and up to 10,000 monthly visits, your freshly crafted website or a small existing page get all the crucial hosting features. Your data is stored on SSD drivers to achieve the fastest loading speeds possible. Free site transfer and setup, free daily backups and even free SSLs, all this is what comes with the StartUp.
HostMetro promises to "take your web hosting to the max." They're certainly speaking the right language when they mention their "price lock guarantee." Their intro rates closely match their regular rates, and they reward their loyal customers. Their plans come with "maximum" disk space and bandwidth. They allow for unlimited domains and email accounts. They also include access to their website builder and script installer for free.
Virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) is a virtualization technology that empowers you to operate desktop operating systems in virtual machines existing on servers in place and being managed in a data center. By managing the desktops centrally, your company obtains control of your data security. This also means fixing is only required in a sole system…
TMDHosting provides very high speed performance due to the use of SSD disk drives, six layers of caching, and multiple data centers around the world. You’ll also get free daily backups, free restores, and a high level of security and spam protection for your site. In addition to all of the previous features, their managed WordPress hosting plans also include free installation of templates, applications, and components.
A dedicated IP address (the number that locates your website within a network) isn’t necessary for domain owners who are just starting out, but it’s worth considering. There’s nothing inherently wrong with sharing an IP address but it can lead to consequences beyond your control. For example, if one of the websites on your shared server sends spam emails or engages in other illicit behavior, that website’s IP address may be blocked from other sites or services. The firewall used to block the IP won’t be able to distinguish between the offending site and yours and you’ll be blacklisted (at least temporarily) from sending emails, too.
In terms of other fees, we found that domain registration is a common addition. Many companies will provide you with a free domain name for the first year, but then it's usually around $15 per year after that. A lot of web hosting companies will also try to advertise add-ons on their checkout page. These are for "enhanced performance" or additional security features. We couldn't gauge the value of these add-ons, so it may be worth it to talk with a company's sales team to understand exactly what's included in these add-ons.
Almost all the services offer some sort of page builder that makes it easy to drag and drop to build your page. These are great for getting started, but they often lock you into the service. Most page builders are proprietary to the service, or don't create HTML that's portable enough to be easily moved to another service if you decide it's necessary.
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.)
Offering the most fabulous website experience will be a breeze with SiteGround. It is the type of a hosting company which focuses on the essentials first. That said, their plans might not be sporting loads of features compared to some of the competition. But that is not necessarily a bad thing. As a matter of fact, with fewer goodies to think about, they can put more focus on the actual performance. It is all about the must-haves when it comes to SiteGround’s web hosting services for your personal pages.
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Once you decide you price range, you need to consider how long you'll need web hosting. If it's a short-term project—say, less than a month or two—you can typically receive a refund should you cancel your hosting within 60 days. Some companies offer 30-day money-back guarantees, others offer 90-day money-back guarantees. Once again, it's beneficial to do your homework.