Best Web Hosting Providers

 

The Top 10 Best Web Hosting Providers

  • Bluehost – Best Web Host for Beginners
  • Dreamhost – Best Cost for Upgrading to VPS or Cloud Hosting
  • Hostinger – Best Cheap Hosting Plans
  • HostGator – Best for Lean/Minimal Needs
  • A2 Hosting – Fast & Reliable Shared Hosting
  • GreenGeeks – Best Eco-Friendly Hosting
  • WP Engine – Best Managed WordPress Hosting
  • Inmotion – Best VPS Hosting
  • SiteGround – Best Customer Service
  • Nexcess – Best for scaling and growth

 

Which Type of Hosting Is Right for You?

Now, let’s look at the best hosting for different situations (see definitions of hosting types at the bottom of this post).

The Best Shared Web Hosting

For most, shared web hosting is the way to go.

Shared web hosting means that your website is on the same server as other websites. Most sites are small enough that they don’t need an entire server to themselves so web hosts bundle a bunch of sites together and put them all on the same server.

This is how web hosts get the price of hosting down.

In most cases, it’s a great deal.

There are downsides. If one site on the server gets taken down, yours could get taken down too. If several sites are on the same server and one of those sites gets a huge traffic spike that takes the server down, all the sites go down. So it’s possible for your site to go down at no fault of your own.

In practice, this rarely happens. Especially for smaller sites that can handle a little downtime every once in awhile, having shared hosting is a great trade-off in order to get the hosting bill lowered.

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Think of shared hosting as the ideal “entry-level” package for your site.

So which hosting companies are the best for shared hosting?

These are the 5 best shared hosting companies:

  • Bluehost
  • HostGator
  • Dreamhost
  • Hostinger
  • A2 Hosting

The Best WordPress Hosting

I’ve managed multiple sites with hundreds of thousands or millions of visitors per month. My favorite (and one of the easiest) ways to draw in traffic is through a good blog.

When it comes to blogs, WordPress is by far the best option for running the blog.

These days, I always get managed WordPress hosting for my high traffic blogs. Managed WordPress hosting is a specialized hosting package that’s optimized for WordPress.

There’s a few major advantages to getting specialized WordPress hosting:

  • Everything is streamlined around WordPress
  • Security is extra tight
  • WordPress updates and server maintenance happen automatically
  • Backups happen automatically
  • The support team has advanced knowledge of WordPress
  • The site can handle much higher traffic volume since everything is built around WordPress

There is one major downside though: the cost.

Managed WordPress hosting tends to be more expensive. If you’re building a site with the goal to generate tons of traffic (50,000+ visitors/month), it’s absolutely worth it.

I go this route even if I don’t have the traffic volume yet. As long as I’ve set a goal to build that traffic over time, I’ll choose a managed WordPress host from the beginning.

If you’re a smaller site and intend to keep it that way, skip managed WordPress hosting. The premium features won’t provide enough value to justify the extra cost. Just about every host out there allows you to install WordPress easily and quickly.

Our 3 favorite WordPress hosts:

  • Bluehost
  • WP Engine
  • SiteGround

The Best Small Business Hosting

Small business owners have a lot to juggle. From marketing to employees, their resources are often stretched thin—and limited.

The best web hosts for small business are super reliable, have world-class support when the odd issue does come up, and have a reasonable price. This minimizes the extra tasks for the owner while also keeping expenses low. And when things do go wrong, a solid support team makes the fix as painless as possible.

You’re looking for that sweet spot between price, reliability, and an amazing support team.

These are the 2 best small business web hosts that excel at all three:

  • Bluehost
  • SiteGround

The Best Cheap Hosting

There are plenty of ways to save on web hosting. And since they recur every month, getting them as low as possible does add up over time.

I want to give you a quick warning though.

Cheap definitely isn’t always great when it comes to web hosts. There is a point where reducing the costs any further seriously impacts the quality of your hosting. Your site will be down on a regular basis, you’ll never be able to get a competent support rep to help you, and every task you try to complete will have a horrendous user experience.

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