Bottom Line: Hostwinds is a robust web hosting service that has the tools you need for building highly functional and user-friendly websites. It’s a top choice overall, and it’s particularly strong for d…
A shared hosting plan is the most popular type for hosting a website. It’s very practical and affordable, which makes it a perfect choice for small business owners & individuals. We don’t want to get too technical, but a shared hosting account is basically hosted on a server that shares its resources (CPU, RAM, etc) among many different clients. Learn more
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.
Spec-wise, GlowHost and FastComet are pretty neck-and-neck. But in exchange for almost twice as much downtime as FastComet (about 105 minutes over a year as opposed to 52 minutes), GlowHost does provide a few additional server locations in Australia and the US. Theoretically, this means GlowHost is more flexible in how quickly it can serve websites up to customers across the globe, but this benefit is primarily for its higher service tiers: If you’re signing up for shared hosting, our rep told us that you’ll most likely be assigned a server based in Salt Lake City or Phoenix.
There are no contracts and you are free to cancel at any time. Cancellation of a dedicated server within the first monthly cycle will result in a $25 set up fee being retained from any eligible pro rated refunds.
On the other hand, we loved talking to Media Temple, GlowHost, WestHost, and WebHostingHub. In particular, both GlowHost and Media Temple answered all of our questions thoroughly, taking time to ask follow-up questions, and patiently walk us through details when we inquired about upgrades. Instead of upselling us on private domain registration and dedicated IPs, James and Tristan explained who might want each service — a level of guidance perfect for people new to web hosting. Even though we spent close to 12 minutes talking to each rep, the time went quickly simply because of how friendly they were.
Whatever your needs, we probably have a guide and FAQs to help you through the jargon and choose a suitable host. Whether you are looking for something that supports specific developer features like the Ruby on Rails framework, or need a host that accepts PayPal or Bitcoin — we’ve got you covered.
Thanks Andy, glad you found the guide useful. Agree – there’s a lot to consider and it’s easy to get stung with a poor hosting company. Fortunately, a lot of the hosts are getting better and picking up their game, but not quite enough!
Some hosts offer a free migration service; such as SiteGround and HostPapa. Others will assess your site and provide a quote for the move. Check with a host’s sales rep before signing up if you require assistance moving your website from the old host to new.
“Yahoo Small Business has been an important part of the development of our company. It’s easy to use, robust, sophisticated, and keeps up with our needs. It’s also reliable, scalable—an invaluable resource.”
In 2008, Amazon announced that for every 100ms that they speed up their web hosting servers, they make an extra $1 million per day. Loading time is important – and nothing impacts page speed more than the web hosting company you choose.
The company has a wide range of offerings, but by far, the stand-out feature MochaHost provides is a 180-day money-back guarantee. That’s the best we’ve seen so far, and it removed just about all of the risk from any hosting experience.
Auto-Optimization with Mirage – Quickly produces a usable page for all devices by displaying a full page to start interacting with, then fills in the rest of the page without disrupting your visitor’s experience.
With each service, we built a landing page for a business using images and content. A number of reviewers at Top Ten Reviews tested each cPanel and downloaded apps, like WordPress, to test compatibility. While there are similarities between each service’s cPanel, the best web hosts provide several features, simplifying the creation process. We arrived at the usability score by testing the hosting interface and scoring the cPanel and proprietary website builder.
Here are some of the reasons the company gets a full 5 rating. They offer an all-SSD infrastructure. They have 24-7 telephone support in addition to the ticket/email/chat support options. They offer a basic site migration, in that they’ll unpack a site saved from another cPanel instance. They offer free SSL and free malware detection.
If you’re a web pro, you’ll like LiquidWeb. LiquidWeb specializes in offering beefy servers to users who know what they need. If you’re just getting started, and want to create a website with just a few pages, LiquidWeb isn’t your best choice. But if you want to set up systems exactly the way you want, either with a VPS, a dedicated server cloud hosting, LiquidWeb may be your go-to choice.
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).