A Review of Today’s Web Hosting Options

WHAT IS WEB HOSTING?

DEFINE YOUR WEBSITE

TYPES OF HOSTING

  • This is the most common, least expensive, and least powerful option. Several web hosting customers share the same computer. All websites are stored in the same drive, processed by the same CPU, and delivered by the same web server.
  • You’ll have direct and complete control over an entire server. This allows you to install any kind of software, make changes to the OS, and tweak configuration settings. It’s a more expensive option but increases your speed and performance.
  • VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. It’s in between Shared and Dedicated hosting, meaning you have your own dedicated server, but it’s on a virtual machine. With this option, there are generally fewer security issues.
  • Scalable cloud-based VPS hosting means that a large number of computers are clustered together and any applications running on them can make use of their combined computing resources. With this option, you usually only pay for what you use.
  • If you’re lacking the technical skills but need the bandwidth and power of a VPS or Dedicated server, get a Managed plan. The hosting company provides a level of technical support, while you have the flexibility to do what you want or need to do.

IMPORTANT FACTORS TO CONSIDER

  • Details of server setups and hardware stats
  • Solid State Drives (SSD), which are faster than traditional disk drives
  • Content Delivery Network (CDN), which offloads images and other resources to faster servers
  • Firewall on the server
  • Security monitoring across all servers
  • Customer security upgrades for DDoS, malware, and spam

WEB HOST PROVIDERS

GODADDY — THE BEST FOR ADD-ONS

  • Solutions for Windows and Linux users, assigning a unique DNS that allows users to find you online
  • Handling of all technical aspects of your site, including software updates, setups and security patches
  • Multisite management console
  • SSD storage
  • Protection from DDoS attacks
  • Free domain name registration
  • 9% uptime guarantee
  • Email, chat and phone support

BLUEHOST — THE BEST OVERALL

  • 99% uptime
  • Free SSD
  • Free SSL
  • CDN
  • Free domain name
  • 1-click WordPress install
  • FTP
  • 24/7 support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee

HOSTGATOR — THE BEST AFFORDABLE OPTION

  • Unlimited pages, storage, email and bandwidth
  • Free email address
  • Free site migration
  • Free SSL
  • Faster than average speed
  • Drag and drop functionality
  • 24/7 live chat, email, and phone support

SITEGROUND — THE BEST CLIENT SATISFACTION

  • 98% client satisfaction rate in 2018
  • 99% uptime in 2018
  • Extremely responsive 24/7 customer support
  • Built on Linux containers that are very stable
  • Strong page load times (under 750ms)
  • High-performance WordPress
  • Free site migration

INMOTION — THE CHEAPEST WORDPRESS OPTION

  • Free backups
  • SSH access
  • WordPress support with integrated WP-CLI
  • All-SSD infrastructure
  • 24/7 phone support, in addition to ticket/email/chat support
  • Basic site migration
  • Free SSL
  • Free malware detection
  • 90-day money-back guarantee

DREAMHOST — THE BEST UPTIME GUARANTEE

  • A free shared website to nonprofits
  • Operates its own control panel
  • Phone support is not 24/7
  • All-SSD infrastructure
  • Free SSL certificate
  • WordPress firewall
  • SSH access
  • Transparent pricing
  • Carbon neutral
  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • 97-day money-back guarantee

A2 HOSTING — THE FASTEST OPTION

  • Linux and Windows-based servers
  • SSD
  • SSL
  • Caching
  • CDN
  • One-click install
  • Malware scanning
  • Automatic patching and updates
  • Free site migration
  • 24/7/365 support team that manages the network, hardware, software, and security
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Uptime monitoring
  • Regular backups

GREENGEEKS — THE GREENEST OPTION

  • All-SSD infrastructure
  • 95% uptime
  • Environmentally friendly
  • 24/7 phone support
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Free site migration
  • Malware detection

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