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.
Downsides to HostGator include the lack of a free domain and the cPanel interface looks a little dated. First-time users might find the crowded layout confusing. If you use WordPress, however, you won’t need to access the cPanel. HostGator’s own site administration is not as sleek as Bluehost’s (number two on our list of best small business web hosters).
Used by over two million users around the world, Bluehost offers inexpensive cloud hosting and VPS hosting plans. This provider prides in its in-house built servers for powerful and lightning fast speeds while maintaining optimal uptime, with low tier packages coming included with advanced functionalities. All users benefit from a stellar 24/7 customer support team who were trained in-house to provide everyone a pleasant web hosting experience. While Bluehost has no uptime guarantees, various reports show that Bluehost averages with a 99% uptime, making it on par with the best hosting providers in the industry. It offers a 30-day money-back guarantee, should it fail to suit your needs.
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.