FastComet’s customer service was good, but uneven. It’s one of only six companies who responded to our email inquiry, responding to all of our questions within an hour, and we had a pleasant time using the live chat. But when we called, FastComet’s phone rep struggled to communicate, took a long time to respond to our questions and, at one point, inexplicably began listing off different types of domain names (there are many and we hadn’t asked). Although the rep was friendly and eager to help, we ended up cutting the call short and turning to the site’s email support, live chat, and knowledge base instead, all of which are superb. If phone-based customer service is your top priority, we’d suggest GlowHost.

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. 


If you don't care about having your own domain and don't want to do a lot of behind-the-scenes tweaking, you should really consider one of these online website builders, as they let you create surprisingly attractive yet functional sites hosted under their domains. Furthermore, these services can be incredibly cheap: Some offer free plans, though that generally means you'll have branding on your site for the website builder's company. You can often pay to get your own domain, and that generally removes the branding as well. But if you need some control over your domain and need a little bit more functionality, web hosting is the way to go.
What is fantastic about Cloudways is that their services are very flexible and scalable. You pick the desired infrastructure, like Amazon, Google or DigitalOcean, and start from there. Depending on which you decide to go with, the location of the servers may vary. There are more than 25 global data centers, what ensures Cloudways to have servers the closest to your audience. Without giving it a second thought, these guys give you a full solution for your website and their cloud-based hosting is a great alternative to a VPS.
We required all of our web hosts to offer at least three types of hosting: shared, dedicated, and VPS or cloud hosting. Shared is most likely your first step if you’re just starting to build your website. Dedicated and cloud hosting are upper service tiers that can help your website flourish as it grows, and an upgrade option will save you the future trouble of migrating to another company as you expand.
A good web host will grow with your website over time: that means it’s best to go for tiered service options that allow you to toggle your price and features as your site develops. Even if you start off on the cheapest plan, it’s good to have the convenience of levelling up with the same host rather than needing to start from scratch with a new company and contract when your website takes off.
When it comes to choosing a web host most of us don’t even know where to start. There are hundreds of companies out there each promising 99% uptime, unlimited everything, and knowledgeable support. While it’s tempting to just sign up for a free host, there are a lot of factors to keep in mind, and you’ll often find that a paid host is much more beneficial in the long run.
It's easy to be overwhelmed by security needs but SiteGround goes some way to simply giving you everything you need without having to think about it. Much of that is thanks to its integration with CloudFlare, a content delivery network that provides better performance and security. It's something you could do elsewhere but this way, you don't have to think about it. It keeps your site and data safe while boosting the performance of your site.
With that in mind, all of our following tips are going to be aimed at shared hosting accounts. However, that doesn’t mean some of these aspects can’t be the frameworks for your more serious hosting search later in life. In other words, stick to our tips for a traditional budget account, but internalize their deeper meaning for a more professional search as your site expands. Now that word of warning is out of the way, let’s get cracking!
You can also host your website on WordPress.com, but that's different from the kind of hosting mentioned above. WordPress.com uses the same code from WordPress.org, but it hides the server code and handles the hosting for you. In that sense, it resembles entries in our online site builder roundup. It's a simpler but less flexible and customizable way to approach WordPress hosting. It's definitely easier, but if you want to tinker and adjust and optimize every aspect of your site, it might not be for you.
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