In this directory, we’ll look at a few of the best web hosting providers like BluehostA2HostingHostingerDreamHostHostGatorInMotion Hosting and more. In this evaluation of the best web hosting providers, we’re featuring commercial web hosting companies that offer WordPress, VPS, shared hosting and many more web hosting services, along with a variety of annual and monthly plans.

Let’s look at each of the web hosting companies below in a little more depth to help you find the best web hosting provider to meet your needs.


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DreamHost 

  • Shared hosting starting at  $2.59/mo.
  • WordPress hosting starting at  $2.59/mo.
  • VPS hosting starting at $10/mo.
  • Dedicated servers starting at $149/mo.
  • Cloud hosting starting at $4.50/mo.

Web hosting is, no doubt, as much a cutthroat business as any other. But that’s why the fact that DreamHost‘s ongoing offer to provide a free shared website to 501(c)(3) nonprofits is so notable. (Full disclosure: A nonprofit I was affiliated with once took advantage of this offer.)

Beyond that, DreamHost is a top website hosting company for many reasons. It operates its own control panel, which is convenient and easy to understand. While phone customer support isn’t available 24/7, it is responsive to live chat and tickets. The company uses superfast SSDs for all its storage, has a free SSL certificate (for more secured web browsing) and provides SSH access for those plans that are intended for more technical users.

Other things we like about Dreamhost: First, the company’s pricing is pretty transparent. There are no hidden gotchas in the rates. Plus, DreamHost provides a 97-day money-back guarantee. There’s quite literally zero risks in giving them a try.


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Bluehost 

When you sign up to Bluehost, you’ll get a free domain name for the first year, along with a free SSL certificate (allowing you to operate a secure website for your personal use or business).

If you’re a WordPress user, Bluehost is definitely a web hosting provider to consider. While its managed WordPress hosting is a little more pricey than basic shared hosting, the company has both specific WordPress and WooCommerce hosting plans available (along with management support). It also offers a site migration service for an additional fee.

The web hosting provider got bonus points for its policy of performing regular daily backups, even on the lowest-priced shared hosting accounts. Be aware, though, that the promotional price on the low-cost shared hosting does go up after the promotional period. That said, Bluehost offers 24/7 phone support, a 30-day money-back guarantee and SSH access for certain plan options.


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A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting does a lot of things right. It offers Linux and Windows-based servers, SSD, caching, CDN and SSL for all plans. While some plans offer uptime monitoring and regular backups, all plans offer malware scanning and automatic patching and updates.

The hosting provider offers a managed hosting service called HostGuard. Subscribers of this service have access to a 24/7/365 “Guru Crew” support team that manages networks, hardware, software, and security. Managed hosting for WordPress customers begins at $9.78/mo and for VPS customers at $25/mo.

The web hosting provider offers solid plans with a good selection of features. The one area we’re concerned about is how it presents its offers. Like many hosting providers, its published pricing is a bit misleading. You’re not getting hosting for $2.96/mo unless you pay $71 for two years of service. Renewals are generally at a higher rate, although a salesperson we spoke to advised you ask for a “loyalty discount.”

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that, like other web host providers, A2 Hosting’s unlimited plans aren’t actually unlimited. It expects you to use its service like “similarly situated customers.” This is like being on a highway. If everyone is going a few miles above the speed limit, you’re probably okay, but if you’re barreling down the fast lane past everyone else, you’re probably going to be asked to slow down.

The company offers a solid 30-day money-back guarantee it calls an “Anytime” money-back guarantee. Yeah…kind of. You can ask for your money back at any time, but after your first 30 days, how much you get back will depend on a painfully complex pro-rating system.

But, again, operationally it’s quite strong. 24/7/365 customer support is available not only by live chat and email but by phone. It offers free site migrations with some dedicated attention paid to making a transfer as smooth as possible. And, if you’re willing to go for one of the higher-end plans, the company has put some serious attention into performance and caching.


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Hostinger

Note: On Aug. 25, Hostinger revealed that up to 14 million users might have been impacted by a security breach. The company reset passwords for all impacted accounts. The original post follows.

Hostinger, a hosting provider based out of Lithuania, boasts it signs up a new client every five seconds. With 29 million users in 178 countries and subsidiaries in the US, Indonesia, and Brazil, the company has been in operation since 2004.

Hostinger has a nice selection of plans, all of which can be optimized for WordPress. We particularly liked that even the least expensive plans offered some level of SSH access for those who need it. The company gained points for its offering of SSD performance, dedicated IP, and regular backups for some plans.

What sets the company apart is its first-year hosting price of less than a buck a month. The company’s least expensive plan is a startlingly low 80 cents a month. This is the least expensive hosting program we’ve seen, although the price does go up after that first year. In fact, most of the company’s plans increase after its promotional price expires.

Hostinger offers a 30-day money-back guarantee with the wording we wish more providers would use: “If for any reason you decide not to continue with Hostinger, we will offer a full refund on your purchase, no questions asked.” If you have any questions, the company has customer support with live chat lines available 24/7.


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HostGator 

HostGator is a full-service hosting company, with plans for almost any need. Whether you’re starting out and need a very basic shared site, or need to be able to operate your own machine dedicated solely to your company, HostGator has a service that can help.

We like how HostGator not only allows more sophisticated site builders to customize their dedicated or virtual server but also to choose Linux or Windows hosting. While HostGator doesn’t support SSDs on all plans, many of its servers can be equipped with the faster drives.

HostGator gained points for uptime monitoring and regular backups, along with free cPanel or Plesk. We liked that SSH is available for the more technically inclined site operators and that dedicated IP addresses could be purchased. We did take points off because it’s sometimes difficult to tell what the price is once promotional plans run their course. That said, with a generous 45-day money-back guarantee, there’s a hosting solution for almost everyone at HostGator.


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iPage

Probably the first thing most folks will notice about iPage is the low price for shared hosting service. At less than two bucks a month for the 36-month plan, you can buy three full years of hosting for under $75, a jaw-dropping deal no matter how you look at it.

That two-buck price will go to $7.99 up after your 36 months are over. The company does not claim to offer unlimited bandwidth, but low-end hosting plans generally don’t require a tremendous amount of traffic capacity. If you do sustain a big surge, contact the company and it’ll work with you.

The company now includes a bunch of freebies, even in its lowest-priced plans. It offers $100 in ad credits both for Google and Bing, along with free SiteLock web security.

We like how iPage offers 24/7 telephone customer support and live chat and a 30-day guarantee on top of its low price.


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InMotion Hosting 

We particularly like that the company offers free backups and SSH access, even on its lower-end plans. WordPress support with integrated WP-CLI is also available.

Here are some of the reasons the company gets a top rating. It offers an all-SSD infrastructure. It has 24/7 telephone customer support in addition to the ticket, email and live chat support options. It offers a basic site migration, in that it’ll unpack a site saved from another cPanel instance. It offers free SSL and free malware detection.

Rounding out the wins, InMotion offers a full 90-day money-back guarantee. On top of that, here’s a special money-saving hint. In a chat session confirming pricing and offerings, the operator offered me some special prices and deals that reduced the published price by a few bucks. I was also told that while promotional pricing does go up at the end of the offer period if you contact customer service, InMotion has a “loyal customer discount” that may bring the price back down.

Stay tuned for our second part review!

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