Bluehost has been providing hosting services to small businesses for 15 years. Its flexible cloud offering means businesses of all types have solid hosting options. It has competitive pricing options and provides a transparent view of all its plans. For these reasons, it earns our best pick as the best cloud hosting provider for small business in 2018.
You may be new to web hosting, or simply ready to burst into the scene, and you’re brimming to the top with incredible ideas and moneymaking thoughts. However, do you really know what you’re looking for in a web hosting service supplier? Do you have any real idea what your site is going to need to make it out there in the real world? If not don’t feel a sense of panic: because we’re going to be serving up a big plate of knowledge below.
We liked how Web Hosting Hub describes its new customer process. They tell new customers, "We walk you through setting up your account in a personal on-boarding call." The company has a few other wins as well. They offer an all-SSD infrastructure, automatic vulnerability patches and a custom firewall, SSH access for certain plans, free site migration and an excellent 90-day money-back guarantee.
As a TJ Maxxinista and lover of a good BOGO deal, it’s safe to say I’m a fan of cheap — but not cheap quality. The same rules apply for web hosting: I want a fantastic deal of a product for a price that doesn’t make me cringe. Fortunately, I’ve found that many of the top-tier providers in the industry actually offer monthly plans in the $5 to $15 range, but you have to know what to look for.
With a VPS or Dedicated server, you get more resources, but also more control over the server itself. Keep in mind that a VPS can be much more complicated to use than your normal cheap web hosting. Managed VPS takes care of a lot of the important back-end stuff like security and monitoring, but you will still be responsible for the overall administration.
When you’re ready to take your data into your own hands and run your own blog, own your own photos, and host your own apps, it’s time to find a good web host that can put it all on the web for you, give you the tools, bandwidth, and storage you need, and support you when you need help. Thankfully, there are dozens of great companies looking for your business, and this week we’re going to look at five of the best, based on your nominations.
The availability of a website is measured by the percentage of a year in which the website is publicly accessible and reachable via the Internet. This is different from measuring the uptime of a system. Uptime refers to the system itself being online. Uptime does not take into account being able to reach it as in the event of a network outage. A hosting provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) may include a certain amount of scheduled downtime per year in order to perform maintenance on the systems. This scheduled downtime is often excluded from the SLA timeframe, and needs to be subtracted from the Total Time when availability is calculated. Depending on the wording of an SLA, if the availability of a system drops below that in the signed SLA, a hosting provider often will provide a partial refund for time lost. How downtime is determined changes from provider to provider, therefore reading the SLA is imperative. Not all providers release uptime statistics. Most hosting providers will guarantee at least 99.9% uptime which will allow for 43m of downtime per month, or 8h 45m of downtime per year.
Over the past decade I have built, managed and grown hundreds of websites for myself or for my clients. This has meant I have been fortunate enough to try out dozens of different web hosts over the years. During this past 10+ year period I have often been asked by friends, clients and fellow bloggers what my preferred web hosting provider is. So I decided to once and for all put my personal experience and knowledge to good use and test over 20 of the biggest and most well known web hosts.
According to GreenGeeks, each web hosting company is responsible for up to 1,390 pounds of CO2 every year, just for consuming the power it needs to run its servers. With tens of millions of servers worldwide and counting, web hosting’s carbon footprint will only grow. GreenGeek is a 300 percent green company, meaning it buys three times as much green energy as it uses and pumps that clean, wind-farm energy back into the local electrical grid. It’s also a recognized EPA Green Power Partner. How many web hosts can say they’re doing something nice for the planet?
BlueHost not only had terrible, and I mean TERRIBLE server response times, they had multiple unlogged downtimes daily. When I contacted “Technical Support”, I was told these outages were “probably server glitches”. I then asked if these glitches were being looked into and if the server was producing error logs of these glitches. They told me no the servers are not logging these “glitches”, that all servers have these glitches and its not something that can be fixed.
Each one of the plans gives you a plethora of different tools, themes, and templates to help your webpage come alive, starting with a one-click application installer that puts everything literally at your fingertips. The installer is a simple drag-and-drop building experience that's perfect for first-timers. With HostGator, you can create virtually any type of website from a blog, forum, and CMS to wiki, photo gallery, and even your own e-commerce store. The downside: Renewal rates tend to skew on the pricier side.
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.
Right alongside awesome support and blazing fast server speeds, we understand that you're also looking for a web host that you can depend on. At A2 Hosting, we understand that there's nothing more frustrating than server downtime. When your website is down, it means that your visitors can't read your content and most importantly they can't purchase from your site. It's a total loss of opportunity as well as a waste of your time and hard work. We understand! That's why we hand pick our engineers and use the best hardware, networks, data centers, software and techniques to ensure our servers run at optimal performance. At the end of the day we want you to sleep easy knowing you made the right decision choosing A2 Hosting for all of your web hosting needs and that your business is in trusty hands. That's why each of our accounts include our 99.9% Uptime Commitment.
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.
Moving to another website consists of transferring the website’s files and databases, configuring your site with the new host, and directing your domain’s DNS to the new host. Once you pick a new site host, they can usually help you out with this process. The cost will depend on the host you’re switching to, but it will probably be anywhere from $150-$400.