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.
Unless otherwise indicated, we focused primarily on shared hosting plans in our reviews. The shared hosting plans are the most common for small and medium-sized businesses looking for quick, cheap hosting services. Some companies specialize only in WordPress hosting, so we reviewed their WordPress hosting plans. We also found that cloud hosting is a viable avenue for medium-sized businesses, so we analyzed a few cloud offerings and offered a best pick under that use case as well.
The network infrastructure that powers our web hosting servers delivers 99.9% uptime for every calendar month, excluding scheduled maintenance. We use redundant bandwidth providers, routers and switches to provide full redundancy at all levels within our network. As a result, our network uptime is among the best around, and we’re proud of the rockin’ performance it delivers.
When looking for a hosting company, there are some important aspects to consider when signing up. Most of the companies we reviewed are transparent with their service offering, but there may be some fees or other aspects to their services that are hidden around corners. As we researched, we found that it's important to ask questions about fees, future pricing, and the level of storage and bandwidth provided.
I have used several hosting services, I started with Justhost which at the time offered something like a 3-4 year package for a reasonable cost but what a stinger when it came to renewal. I was impressed by the usability, tools and response and uptime was great initially. The I tried reg123, what a crock absolutely appalling service, One was ok till renewal. I wouldn’t even go near Godaddy the amount of bad reviews I have come across, I am currently using Hostmetro and 1&1 and both are up for renewal towards the end of this year or early next year.
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.
With more than 2 million websites using BH, you know you are safe with the service. They offer you all there is you need, plus a whole bunch of other features. And whenever your website takes off and grows beyond expectation, you can instantly upgrade to a larger plan and keep your site running continuously. FYI, before you even begin, you would need a domain name. If you still do not have one, Bluehost offers you one for free. I told you these guys take care of your project in its entirety.
The most basic shared hosting plan starts at $2.75 per month with that price giving you unlimited storage, bandwidth, and email addresses. Things steadily ramp up depending on your needs with cloud hosting of a similar quality starting at $4.95, and a WordPress optimized solution at $5.95 per month. All those prices are dependent on you tying yourself into a three-year plan though, so be aware if you only have short term aims.
Many web hosts do include a website builder of some kind — whether a simple “fill out this form” tool that publishes a single page, or a more in-depth program with dozens of templates and customizations — but it’s not the focus of their business. An actual website builder, like SquareSpace or Weebly, will have the most robust set of tools to help you customize your website.
But that is not all. User experience isn’t defined by the user panel and how frustrating it is. Sometimes, it’s the little things which make you love the hosting provider for what it is. Take FastComet for example – after you place a purchase, a live agent calls you, manually charges the account and asks, if any help is needed. Should you, for example, decide that you want some software to be installed – that can be easily done as well!
VPS plans are similar to shared plans in that both feature multiple websites hosted on a single server. However, VPS plans maintain a strict separation between clients and websites when it comes to resource allocations. Your site gets its share, and no one else may use your resources (conversely, you may not cannibalize the resources allocated to others' websites either).
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.
VPS hosting is one step up. It uses a single server, but makes virtual copies of it — even though lots websites live on the same server (just like with shared hosting) each one gets its own personal copy. You get your own IP address, root access to your individual space, increased security, and stabilized site performance. VPS hosts are still designed to handle low-to-moderate traffic levels, but if you don’t want your site’s performance to be impacted by anyone else’s, it’s worth it.
Similarly, keep an eye on pricing. Many sites offer attractive introductory offers for the first year, but the price can ramp up significantly in later years. You can move your website over to a different web hosting company but this can be awkward to do if you're not overly experienced with website development. Sometimes, it's easier to stick with what you know so you want a balanced price - one that doesn't have any sneaky loopholes or caveats.
Things to note: - Who owns the domain? I've run into a lot of people who get duped by their website company because they website company actually purchased the domain "on their behalf" - Do you have important emails you need saved? All your emails will more than likely be lost when the domain transfers to the new servers. You will still have the ability to have your same email address, but you will basically be starting new. This goes for your contacts too unless you use Microsoft Outlook...
They offer plenty resources for marketing your site and selling whatever you've got. There are numerous online marketing guides for you to view. IdeaHost even includes ad credits for Google, Yahoo, and Bing in the amount of $100 each. You can set up shopping carts right on your site. You can also integrate PayPal payments for easy customer shopping experiences.
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.
If you need the power of a server but you don’t need the additional flexibility of a server, Business Hosting may be right for you. If you need the flexibility of a VPS or Dedicated Server, but you are not able to manage the server on your own, make sure that you select the Fully-Managed option when you purchase your server. A Fully-managed server lets our experienced professionals act as your personal server administrators.
The user gets his or her own Web server but is not allowed full control over it (user is denied root access for Linux/administrator access for Windows); however, they are allowed to manage their data via FTP or other remote management tools. The user is disallowed full control so that the provider can guarantee quality of service by not allowing the user to modify the server or potentially create configuration problems. The user typically does not own the server. The server is leased to the client.
The standard plan, Nitro, starts at $5.99/month. That opens up the ability to set up an unlimited number of websites. You also get access to an unlimited number of databases. The ad credits increase, to $175. You also get unlimited parked and sub-domains. This plan also gives you the ability to choose which data center you want to host your site(s).
We regularly examine customer bandwidth and disk space utilization data in a series of statistical analyses and use the results to define "normal". Although these tests vary from month to month, one thing remains constant: 99.95% of our customers fall into "normal" range. If your account's bandwidth or disk space utilization causes any concern, you will receive an email asking you to reduce usage. We strive to provide at least 48 hours notice to allow customers to make adjustments before we take any corrective action.
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.