When we used Media Temple, I always thought their customer support was quite good. It was a bit annoying having to remember a PIN to call them, and they didn’t have live chat, but problems were generally solved quite swiftly.
Our list is made up of UK providers (those with a UK storefront and a UK phone number) as well as some foreign web hosts that comply with several ground rules like having EU data centers, a right to cancel, a cooling-off period, a full refund policy and/or a free trial period.
We preferred websites like eleven2 (top), which made it easy to compare features, rather than not giving enough detail (IX Hosting, bottom right), or providing nonsensical labels for service tiers (Mocha Hosting, bottom left).
Some hosts claim to offer Solid State Drive Hosting but only host your OS or databases, not your files. We use SSD for everything so you get the biggest speed boost possible That’s why our SSD Hosting loads pages faster than our competition and why even we host our site on SSDs.
In terms of what many vendors call unlimited service, Web Hosting Pad’s terms of service indicate that their definition of unlimited is what they call “incremental.” Basically, as you need more capability, they want to discuss that with you, both to help you get the most out of their services, and to make sure you’re using their systems without abusing them.
In addition to website hosting and domain names, many web hosting companies offer add-ons and bonus features, such as security suites, website builders to help you craft a new site, and so on. The options bundled with a given plan vary, but some of the more common ones include:
GlowHost still offers the best one month contract rate.Both GlowHost and TMDHosting charge $8.95 for a one month contract, but TMDHosting charges an additional $9.95 setup fee if you only sign up for one month.
In most cases, if you use our services consistently with the Terms of Service and these paragraphs, visitors to your website will be able to download and view as much content from your site as they like. However, in certain circumstances, our server processing power, server memory, or abuse controls could limit downloads from your site.
If your existing (or future) website has images, blog posts and video content, you need a service that provides unlimited disk space. Further, if you anticipate a lot of traffic to your site, you should also seek a package with unlimited bandwidth.
Though their service is slightly more expensive than other options, they provide value with highly-secure and optimized WordPress hosting. WP Engine takes care of updates, patches, and they engage in real-time security threat detection.
Most of the web hosts above will give you a special promo price, either via a coupon or automatically if you sign up through this page. Disclaimer: Some of these hosts will pay us a commission in addition to giving you a promotional price. These commissions are reinvested in the development of the b2evolution software.
The problem with the types of hosting above is that the number of visitors your website can comfortably handle is limited by your server’s hardware. In other words, they only scale to a certain point.
For a website to be accessible on the Internet it must be stored on a computer that is connected to the Internet. These computers are often called servers. Web hosting companies allow you to upload and store your website on a server for a fee.
Your article has provided wonderful information about web hosting. Before reading blog, I was only aware of major web hosts such as Bluehost, Inmotion host, iPage that provide fantastic web hosting services. But your article had given me detailed information about other web hosting companies such as Siteground, Digital Ocean, etc. Now, I also know how to choose the right web host because of your blog. Thank you very much Marcus
Support. This is tricky to evaluate. Because the quality of support sometimes varies from one support representative to the next, we kindly ask you to share your experience in the comments section for your host. Unfortunately this also attracts fake comments (sometimes from competitors, sometimes from the hosts themselves). We try to moderate but we reckon this is not 100% failsafe.
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Domain hosting is just the service allowing your domain name, e.g., iheartelephants.com, to live online. You don’t have to actively maintain a website or get a lot of visitors, but you want your domain hosted on the web.
VPS web hosting is an intermediary option between shared and dedicated web hosting. It essentially offers better performance for larger websites that have outgrown a shared hosting account. It also offers better security, root access, and various other benefits since a VPS server is partitioned into several “virtual” servers which is given to each customer. Learn more
Not only that, iPage incorporates some very smart extras like a drag-and-drop page builder, with a basic shared SSL certificate thrown in for good measure. This provider also offers good quality tech support via live chat and email (although other support avenues aren’t as strong).
I am a very upbeat person in general. I don’t like negativity, and I won’t put negative opinions on this website. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t seen a lot of poor service from various web hosts. On the contrary, I saw a lot! You just won’t find those web hosts here.
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 solution for almost everyone at HostGator.
We manually tested all of the web hosts that made it through to our final cut by calling up their customer support and hosting test websites with them to continuously monitor their uptime, page speed, and ease of use.
GlowHost had the best customer service of any web hosting company we tested, endearing itself by responding to our emailed list of questions with detailed and thoughtful answers less than an hour after we sent it. As we sent more questions their way, by email and phone call, GlowHost continued to impress with friendly and courteous conversation (although we’re pretty sure their live chat relies on a bot).