To make it on a list of top 10 hosting companies, you’ve got to be reliable, feature-rich, and affordable enough to go toe to toe with the giants of the industry. You’ve also got to have excellent server up-time and an experienced customer support team.
While it’s hard to go wrong with any of the hosting options below, the following review should be able to help you determine the perfect match for your own specific needs.
If you need broad scripting support from your hosting provider, BlueHost is the perfect place to turn. Supporting CGI, Ruby on Rails, Perl, PHP, MySQL, SSL, and many others, with Bluehost you don’t have to think twice about your scripting needs. And if you want the coverage of professionally managed hosting without the cost, you’ll appreciate BlueHost’s 24/7 network monitoring. While live chat support has been chided in user reviews for having lengthy wait times, phone support is generally considered to be surprisingly prompt.
While it may sound strange at first, DreamHost’s best feature may be its custom control panel. Apart from being somewhat more permissive to administrators, it’s also highly intuitive and easy to use. And like most of the hosting options on this list, DreamHost has unlimited storage and bandwidth. Offering shared, dedicated, and virtual private server hosting, DreamHost aims to please everyone and does a fair job at doing so.
One reason Hostgator has remained one of the top hosting providers for the past few years is a high reliability low price combination that’s just hard for other providers to beat. With support for one-click script installation, Fantastico, Curl, and cPanel, HostGator’s high-value plans are even available in a month-by-month basis. And with a 99.9% uptime guarantee and money back guarantee, it’s easy to see why HostGator operates over eight million domains across the globe.
Hostinger offers cheap and eco-friendly hosting with more extras than you can shake a stick at. Hostinger is simple enough to use right out of the box with no web building experience, and they certainly have something for every level. You can scale your hosting package as and when you need it, so you can start off with Single hosting plan and gradually upgrade to Business or even VPS plan later.
GreenGeeks offers Shared, Reseller, VPS, and WordPress Hosting that is designed for the fastest, most secure and scalable hosting available with data centers located in Chicago, Phoenix, Toronto, Montreal and Amsterdam. You can rely on their expert 24/7/365 support, 99.9% uptime guarantee and a 30-day money back guarantee.
Designed for small businesses and individuals, FatCow covers all the basics and still manages to give you a little bit extra. While FatCow is more oriented towards less experienced web developers with WYSIWYG templates, application wizards, and automatic integration with Google Webmaster tools, it still has the ecommerce options and powerful domain management tools that make it the choice of many veteran developers. And like iPage, FatCow is powered by wind energy.
Priding itself on offering professional quality hosting for businesses of all sizes, InMotion offers more wiggle-room for plan variety than most of its competitors. For those on a tight budget, it’s worth noting that the cheapest InMotion plan still includes some of the more attractive features of premium plans like business-class hardware, cPanel, and 300+ free applications. While you’ll have to invest in a mode advanced plan to get ecommerce support or to run more than two websites per account, InMotion’s premium account plans are still quite affordable, starting as low as $7.99 per month.
If speed matters for your site, HostPapa is right up your alley. With data centers strategically placed across the nation, from California and Colorado to Chicago and Virginia, HostPapa has full-fledged SSAE 16 compliant servers just about everywhere. Although HostPapa does provide cloud, hosting, and dedicated hosting, and shared hosting, it specializes in enterprise plans,, making it a top choice for medium to large businesses. HostPapa is also a fully scalable service, which allows customers to get the most value out of their hosting dollar without sacrificing any performance for their site.
9. A2 Web Hosting
Although it’s not the most well-known name on this list, A2 Web Hosting is worth a look for anyone who values high quality customer support and simple one-click simplicity above all. While A2 Web Host still has the same unlimited disk space, bandwidth, and MYSQL databases as many of the hosts on this list, it also includes free 24/7 technical support, free domain registration, WordPress support, Zen Cart, Cube Cart, osCommerce, and a 90 day money back guarantee.
Starting as low as $2.95 per month, you might expect JustHost to cut corners to be able to offer such cheap service. But a careful examination of the important bases reveals otherwise. With an anytime money back guarantee, unlimited storage, and free one click installation for both WordPress and osCommerce, JustHost is nothing if not well rounded.