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.
For VPS, users have access to a user-friendly control panel that makes it easy to accomplish various tasks, including rebooting your private servers and quick installs for web scripts. Conducting data backup and restoring files and databases can be done in a few button clicks, with double RAID protection ensuring crucial data are safe in the cloud.
As longtime website owners and hosting nerds, we've been asked often: "Which web host is your personal favorite?" We recently decided to take this question seriously — exhaustively testing accounts with all the top hosts to analyze their uptime, features, pricing, support, and more. So who do we believe offers the best web hosting? See below for our top reviews of 2018, conveniently broken out by category:
On the plus side, SiteGround offers free automatic daily backups, access to the Cloudflare CDN, high-performance SSDs for all plans, unlimited email accounts, and integration of the free LetsEncrypt SSL certificate into sites. The company does limit bandwidth and storage, but even those who claim to offer so-called unlimited bandwidth and storage really have some limits in their terms of service.
The key differences are, the Basic only lets you host one website whereas the other two give you unlimited site hosting. You're also capped at just 50 gigs of web space with the Basic plan, but with all three packages, the web space is unmetered. The amount of traffic you bring in is unlimited with BlueHost, but you get $200 in marketing offers if you sign up for Plus or Prime to spend on Google or Bing services.
The user gets his or her own Web server and gains full control over it (user has root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, the user typically does not own the server. One type of dedicated hosting is self-managed or unmanaged. This is usually the least expensive for dedicated plans. The user has full administrative access to the server, which means the client is responsible for the security and maintenance of his own dedicated server.
We got answers when we posed our questions to BlueHost’s customer service reps, but it wasn’t as easy as with some other companies: our questions in the live chat were answered vaguely (“We have servers around the US”), and we had to prompt the representative to answer our questions more thoroughly after they suggested we check the homepage for more information about pricing. Granted, quality may vary between reps, and BlueHost’s were very responsive, just not the most forthcoming with their advice and expertise.
VPS Hosting: If you now require more capacity than shared hosting can offer you then, virtual private server hosting will provide you with increased performance without the expensive bills of a dedicated server. An interesting option if you’re looking for improved security, and more control over the server, in an environment with fewer users to place demands on server resources.
GlowHost has no setup fee, even for month-long contracts, and offers the best one month contract rate — while other providers tacked sign-up and set-up fees onto their base price, GlowHost’s one-month plans start at just $8.95 with no additional fees. For year-long subscriptions, GlowHost also offers a generous money-back guarantee period of 91 days (in contrast, FastComet’s money-back period is 30 days). This gives you more time to figure out if it’s the right host for you.
In particular, Web Hosting Hub uses BoldGrid as a site builder. BoldGrid is actually an add-on to WordPress, so there's no lock-in. This overcomes the major problem of most site builders: you're locked into that host and that tool, often requiring you to completely rebuild your site if you want to expand. By using a WordPress-based solution, all of the rather considerable power of WordPress is available for future expansion.
The best web hosting companies also offer integrations and plugins with hundreds of applications. Softaculous is an auto-installer with over 400 different applications and plugins. These range from e-commerce applications like Magento to other solutions like Drupal. Many hosting companies provide direct access to Softaculous, so you can install whatever you need for your site. Others will partner directly with companies or offer a comparable number of apps and integrations.
If you require a lot of functionality and versatility from your website, you’ll benefit from programs and applications that can help you build your site. Our Web hosting plans give you access to free, server-side applications that can be used to develop and customize your website, including popular Content Management System (CMS) applications like WordPress® and Joomla!®. You can even add a Dedicated IP if you plan to add an SSL Certificate later.
If one thing is for sure, your website will definitely not be slow. It is all due to the use of solid state driver servers which will boost the productivity of your page and wow visitors no matter which device they use for browsing. Smartphone and tablet users will without question be amazed by the user experience. And yes, it is speed which A2 Hosting puts most of their time and effort to. They follow a straightforward principle, “Our Speed. Your Success.”
SiteGround take security very seriously. All plans include a well-known CloudFlare security package and a free SSL certificate. On top of that, third parties won’t be able to easily log in to your account, as SiteGround’s password reset system required to have access to personal documents, phone number, or email. This is something all of the best web hosting providers should have.
Storage space isn’t necessarily talking about space on your site, but rather, space to store your files on the backend. (Things like HTML files, email, images, and scripts.) Essentially, storage is the filing cabinet for the site. You’ll want to be aware of available storage space before signing up for a hosting service, because once the filing cabinet is full, that’s it.
High traffic websites don't work well on cheap hosting plans. Your site may suffer from slow performance, and your host may force you to upgrade. If you’re planning on hosting files, like video or audio, you will quickly reach your quotas. Remember that 'unlimited' hosting is rarely unlimited; there is always a restriction around what your host believes is reasonable.
Many web hosts offer limited features in their starter packages and then expand the offerings (sometimes tremendously) for higher-tier plans. Read the small print to make sure the plan you are selecting offers what you need. If you need a site builder application to design your website, make sure that the low-cost web host you are picking actually comes with a site builder. Many of them require you to pay for the builder as a separate add-on. Website builders usually don't cost a lot of money, but if you can find a web host that includes one for free, that's money in your pocket. And, if it's integrated with your hosting service, you're more likely to have a smooth, supported experience.