You may have noticed that in addition to the Linux Hosting offered on this page, that we also offer Windows Shared Hosting. Which operating system should you choose? Please note that it doesn't matter if you have a Mac, Linux or Windows based computer. You can choose either of our Windows or Linux Hosting regardless of your computer's operating system. What you should probably pay more attention to is the type of software you want to host instead. Do you require server support for solutions like Apache, PHP or MySQL? Your best choice would likely be choosing our Linux Shared Hosting. If on the other hand you need server support for software like ASP, MSSQL and .NET, you'll want to choose our Windows Shared Hosting.
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.
GreenGeeks doesn’t let its planet-friendly slant get in the way of its services. This host ticks every box in our evaluation checklist. In addition to boasting an independently verified 99.98 percent server uptime, GreenGeeks sites are hosted on high-speed solid-state drives, have access to multiple one-click install interfaces via the standard cPanel backend, and enjoy free nightly backups. Free hosting plans start at $3.95 per month, and come with unlimited bandwidth and storage.
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.
SiteGround is said to be one of the fastest low-cost web host services out there. No matter which plan you choose, you have access to stable server hardware that is SSD based, which basically means that all your input and output operations should run smoother than some of the competition. On top of that, the company offers a free JetPack plug-in from the developers behind Wordpress. The JetPack plug-in can help the images on your webpage load faster for your viewers. 

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.
Every new page owner will be impressed by the grand web hosting for a personal website provider, SiteGround. Ideal for sites for creatives and even small businesses. SiteGround offers three shared hosting plans, StartUp, GrowBig and GoGeek. These are not the cheapest on the market, however, they aim to offer you premium features even when it comes to the entry level package.

We took these four companies and took an even deeper look into their services. We interacted with each company's sales team via live chat and email. This gave us a deeper look into their service offering and allowed us to test the company's customer service offering. These four companies withstood each round of our research and stood out as the best companies we reviewed. They all had impeccable customer service, and a web hosting offering that's ideal for small businesses looking for services in the defined use case.


It's important to understand that at some point, the company is going to raise your prices. Ask the sales team when this will occur – it could be after the first month, year or the next time you try and renew your contract. If you're happy with your services, it may be worth it to pay the higher rates. If you're not satisfied, however, it's a good idea to have an exit plan as well.
Sadly, there is a bit of a "gotcha" to the free automatic backup service. If you're paying $3.95 a month (for the first year of hosting, then $9.95 a month), you don't get restores for free. Each restore, no matter how small or large, will cost you $19.95. I'm not sure how I feel about that. On the one hand, the company has to pay salaries to tech support reps who can handle panicking customers. On the other hand, it seems kind of mean-spirited to hit someone when they're down with an added fee. That said, getting your data back – at any price – is priceless.

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.


One thing we learned in reviewing the services listed here (and many more) is that even though the packages are very similar, they are not identical. Some are more security-focused than others, offering anti-spam and anti-malware tools. Others offer a variety of email marketing tools. While most of the hosts we've reviewed have built-in e-commerce, you may want to consider using a more-robust third-party online shopping cart application like Shopify instead.
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