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.
Bluehost starts its shared hosting plans at $4.95/mo, and for your money you get unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, unlimited file transfer, unlimited email, a free domain registration, and more. Even their basic plans offer unlimited hosted domains, domain parking, e-commerce features, and more, including one-click Wordpress installs, databases, and more. You can check out all of Bluehost’s features here.
Downtime means that people can’t reach your site which can be frustrating to potential visitors while also costing you traffic and revenue. Additionally, if people aren’t able to reach your site the first time, they may not try again. That said, hosting providers provide minimum uptime guarantees which is a guarantee that they’ll have your site up and running that percent of the total hours in a day.

As with Bluehost, GreenGeeks also offers a variety of support options by phone and online. However, its response times aren’t as quick as Bluehost’s. The company's phone lines are only open Monday to Friday 9am – midnight and Saturday to Sunday 9am – 8pm and the expected response time for its emails is 15-20 minutes. Similarly, its live chat claims to be 24/7, but we were told agents were unavailable several times while trying it. Still, if you can tolerate a short wait, GreenGeeks does offer solid customer service once it gets back to you.
Pricing in our list of cheap web hosts is based on the regular monthly prices, with no discounts applied for the starter plans. If the host offers monthly plans, that's the price we use, even though many of them work out to be cheaper on a per-month basis if you pay upfront for the annual plan. If you're buying on price, you might not want to pay the full year up front, even if it means saving a bit on the back end. Some budgets really are that tight, and some projects may not last a year. Our cutoff for inclusion in this table is that a provider must charge $8 per month or less. Yes, that's an arbitrary number. We chose $8 per month because that means you can have web hosting for less than $100 per year.
Hostgator rolls out the red carpet for its new customers with unlimited bandwidth, unlimited disk space, tons of easy to install site templates, and an uptime guarantee, all starting at $3.96/mo for their most affordable plans. Even their low-end plans feature unlimited email, 1-click installs, and a $100 Google Adwords credit for all of your customer-building needs. Choose the plan that works for you, and the longer you sign up for the bigger discount you get on your monthly hosting bill. You can check out all of Hostgator’s plans here.
That's partly because of its wealth of reseller options. If you tie yourself into a 2-year contract, you can start with the beginner package (known as R-1000S) for $13.99 a month. That offers 80 GB of storage, 800 GB of bandwidth, a free dedicated IP, and unlimited cPanels. There are six different reseller packages available so there's plenty of flexibility depending on your ambitions. The ability to switch between packages is certainly a massive help when you’re working your way up within the field. 

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.

Great list! I have always found Hostgator to be a great hosting company and at that $2.99 offer that’s a pretty good deal. Bluehost I’ve had billing issues with and iPAGE is not great on performance like you show in your report.Hostinger I haven’t heard of before but based on your review I might try them out as a cheaper alternative for some of my basic sites.Thanks for the information!


We researched the web hosting industry and found companies that we think provide the best services for small businesses. We prioritized each company's storage, bandwidth and security features, as well as their pricing and customer service. If you're just starting a business, or running a small operation, a shared hosting plan is the best place to start. Larger businesses and developed e-commerce platforms may need more powerful options, like VPS or cloud hosting.

Awardspace: This fully-featured web host almost made it to our final contender list, but lost points for poor customer service. Awardspace’s free tier offers the same 99.9 percent server uptime as its paid plans, packs in a web-based email client, and even includes one-click installation for WordPress and Joomla blogs. However, 1GB storage and 5GB bandwidth limits for free accounts mean you won’t be able to host large files, like videos, or sustain more than a few thousand visits a month. Awardspace will also relentlessly try to upsell you to its paid packages.
Every business needs some form of online presence today. Whether you're running a small restaurant or a full-blown e-commerce store, one of the only ways for your customers to find you is through the internet. Conceptualizing, drafting and creating a great business website is oftentimes only half the battle. You also need to pair with a hosting company that can support the storage, volume and security you require.

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As a band we wanted our website to look simple, stylish, functional and artistic all the while maintaining a strong focus on our music. Not only has Tom achieved all of these, he has taken our vague desires and produced an amazing site that quite frankly took our breath away. Tom's ability to work back and forth with new ideas and changes has made the process of making our site easy and stress free. I would highly recommend Tom to anybody looking to work with a professional in every sense of the word.


Shared Hosting: Is one of the most common and cheapest forms of web hosting. It is more than suitable enough for many small business and personal blogs. You can expect to pay between $4 and $10 per month for this type of web hosting. With shared hosting you are renting disk space on a shared Linux-based server with many other websites, which means you’re also sharing things like RAM, processing power & bandwidth. This can often mean that once a website begins to gain a lot of traffic or start to take up a lot of these shared resources it will be time to consider upgrading to one of the other forms of web hosting mentioned on this page.

I've been using the services of Tom at MangoMatter since early 2013. Tom is an absolute gentleman to work with, friendly and helpful. Whether it be web design, seo, or general technical advice, he knows all the tricks. In fact I called him just last week with an emergency website issue (no fault of his) and he had my website up and running again within minutes, he knew exactly where to pinpoint the problem and fixed it right away. I just don't know where I could find that kind of service anywhere else! With Tom continually researching the latest methods of any web services, his knowledge in this field is always up to date. I highly recommend Tom at MangoMatter and frequently tell my clients and suppliers if you want it done right, hire the services of Tom.
This hosting service provider offers VPS hosting plans that tout robust DDoS security measures up to 50Gbps to protect your website from unwanted digital attacks. Website performance is also unaffected by its strong firewall security. HostSlayer VPS uses SSD storage arrays with RAID-10, which means you have access to a fast and reliable storage for any hosting account chosen.
Alexandra Leslie’s interest in website administration was sparked in her teens, priming her for a fast-paced career in managing, building, and contributing to online brands, including HostingAdvice, Forbes, and the blogs of prominent hosting providers. She brings to the table firsthand experience in reviewing web hosts, perfecting website design, optimizing content, and walking site owners through the steps that add up to a successful online presence. Today, she combines her extensive writing experience with technical understanding to unpack some of the most complex topics that daunt novice website owners, as well as the subjects that excite veteran technologists within the HostingAdvice readership.
Many services offer so-called unlimited or unmetered service for whatever amount of bandwidth, disk storage and sites you use. It's important to understand that most terms of service actually do limit the definition of "unlimited" to what's considered reasonable use. The bottom line is simple: if you're building a pretty basic website, unlimited means you don't need to worry. But if you're trying to do something excessive (or illegal, immoral or fattening), the fine print in the terms of service will trigger, and you'll either be asked to spend more or go elsewhere.
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