The most important thing to keep in mind when shopping around for web hosting is that every company is not built the same. Some will offer you a very limited plan, while others provide unlimited web hosting. Understanding what is included in your plan is the best way to tell if you are getting cheap web hosting that offers great value, or if you will wind up paying more than you ever imagined.
First, let's define web hosts in general. A web host is a company with servers that you use to store and deliver the files that make up your website. Large businesses can spend hundreds of dollars each year on dedicated web hosting or virtual private server (VPS) hosting, but there are plenty of web hosts designed specifically for very small businesses, too.
It's important to note, however, that not all shared hosting is created equal. Different companies use different servers, each configured with different amounts of resources, and with different features. Furthermore, some companies host more websites on a single server than its peers. As such, that $10 per month shared hosting plan probably has many benefits over one costing $0.99 per month.
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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.
Web hosting is a very legitimate need for most individuals and businesses. Unfortunately it is also an urgent need for hackers and spammers of many kinds. These people will always try to sign up for cheap hosting accounts, especially if there is an x months for free promo. Worse: they will also sign up for more expensive hosting accounts using stolen credit card info!
JustHost is committed to simplify the web hosting experience for users, whether you’re looking to use their cloud hosting, VPS hosting, or dedicated web hosting. For example, its VPS hosting features multi-account management, thus removing the hassle of manually logging in and out of multiple accounts. It also features an enhanced cPanel to make administrative tasks much easier. While no uptime guarantee was given, the provider has a money-back guarantee.
If you cancel within 30 days and your plan includes a free domain, Bluehost will deduct a non-refundable domain fee of 15.99 from your refund. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. You may transfer it to another registrar or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. Please note newly registered domains cannot be transferred to another registrar during the first 60 days of the registration period. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you renew it.
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.
First of all, what do you actually need? Do you know your way around website design or are you planning on hiring someone to develop a website for you? In which case, you don't need to worry about web hosting packages that include a website builder. Alternatively, if you're doing it all yourself and you're a novice, a web hosting site that offers quick Wordpress installations along with extensive customer support is important for you.
InMotion Hosting not only has a great service offering, it was also one of the most transparent companies we reviewed. It's been providing hosting services for 15 years. It offers shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, WordPress hosting, reseller hosting and managed hosting. Its wide-range of service offerings and plans mean there's an option for any small business, regardless of the type. It's shared hosting plans also come with a solid security offering. For these reasons, InMotion earned our best pick for best web hosting service for small business in 2018.
One of the most significant problems with Wix is, once you pick a template for your site, you kinda have to stick with it. Otherwise, you have to start an entirely new website to change it. There's a free plan you can start with, but the premium plans range from $5 to $25 per month. In the most basic premium plan called the Connect Domain, you get 1 GB of bandwidth and 500 MB of storage, and in the most premium VIP plan, you get 20 GB of storage and $300 in ad vouchers.
BlueHost has multiple 24/7 customer service platforms, including phone, email, and live chat. Bluehost’s help services are split into three departments — Sales, Tech Support, and Account Management — which are each further broken down into more specialized subdivisions. And if you want to avoid phone trees, you can easily call directly into the relevant divisions: It provides not one, but seven different contact numbers. New customer questions? There’s an extension for that. Questions about a plan? There’s an extension for that, too. And that’s in addition to BlueHost’s live chat and ticketed support system.
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.