In this tutorial, I want to recommend some specific web hosting companies that might be a good fit for you. The idea is to narrow down your number of choices from a seemingly endless number of web hosting companies to sort through, to just a handful of the best. This will give you a great starting point.
If you checked out my tutorial, The Three Critical Hosting Features Every Website Needs, then you know that all the recommendations I’m making here nail our biggest hosting concerns.
I’ve spent a huge amount of time and money (in the magnitude of years, and thousands of dollars) trying to find the best web hosting companies in the industry. I undertook this massive task of researching and finding the best web hosting companies because I was frustrated with bad customer service, unreliable hosting, and companies who were…let’s say unscrupulous in their business practices. My online businesses and projects were suffering, so I decided to search out and find the best of the best. The good news is, while there’s no shortage of low quality web hosting companies, we have plenty of great ones to choose from.
For your own assurance, know that you really can’t go wrong with with any of the companies I’m recommending here, so long as you purchase the right kind of web hosting from them (more on that in a moment). I’ve rigorously researched every one of these recommendations. In fact, I use several companies I’ve listed below for my various web projects. One of these hosts runs this very website! All of these web hosting companies have great pricing structures, have top customer service, and provide excellent reliability and security.
But, please remember to use my recommendations as a starting point. Investigate a few that you think might work for you, take a closer look for yourself. And when doing your own research, please be careful! Learn about the sorts of things that go in on the web hosting industry. Also, be wary of web host review sites too. Many are riddled with spam reviews and fake customer comments. TechCrunch ran an article about this a number of years ago.
Below, I’ve broken everything down company by company. Some of these companies specialize in offering just one kind of hosting, like shared hosting or managed WordPress hosting, while others offer several kinds of web hosting. If you’re not familiar with the various kinds of web hosting, be sure to check out my tutorial, Understanding The Six Types Of Web Hosting. At the very end of this tutorial, I’ll mention a few additional web hosts that you might want to look into, too.
A quick note on how I’ve ordered the companies below: This is not a best-to-worst list or anything like that. What I’ve done is listed them in a way that make sense for you. I’ve tried to list the companies I think are most likely to fit general hosting needs first, followed by companies that cater to more specialized needs.
By the end of this tutorial, you’ll have a short list of web hosting providers that you can then independently research further, or even get started with.
There’s lots of good stuff to get to, so let’s get started!
Let’s start off with Web Hosting Hub. They’re a great choice if you’re just starting out in web design, or if you have very straightforward needs for your small to medium-sized website. They specializes in providing low-cost, reliable, feature-rich shared hosting. So, if you’re looking to keep your expenses under control, but also have solid hosting with lots of features, then Web Hosting Hub is a perfect fit.
Web Hosting Hub’s plans start at just $4/month, and each plan includes the easy to use cPanel interface, which makes it easy to handle file management, monitor web stats, set up email accounts (which I don’t necessarily recommend you use) and much more. One-click installers for applications like WordPress are also included.
On top of all that, their US-based customer support is excellent. Support is available via chat, email, and telephone 24 hours a day. Additional security features are also available, like daily site backups and SSL certificates.
To ensure they’re a good fit for your needs, they offer a very generous 90-day money back guarantee. Web Hosting Hub is tough to beat, so if you think they might fit your needs, give them a closer look.
Next, let’s take a look at some companies who offer several different kinds of web hosting, depending on your needs…
If you’re looking for a host that offers a few different kinds of hosting, a great place to begin is SiteGround. SiteGround has a solid reputation in web design circles as one of the most popular, reliable web hosting companies in the market. They specialize in offering a wide variety of hosting types, from shared plans starting at just $4/month, to dedicated, cloud, and managed WordPress hosting. All SiteGround plans are backed by their fast, secure infrastructure.
What’s great about going with a web host like SiteGround, who provides more powerful hosting in addition to shared hosting, is that it makes scaling your site easy. So for instance, as you’re learning web design, you could start with SiteGround’s low-cost shared hosting, and then if your site grows and your hosting needs increase, you can easily upgrade your account to more powerful hosting—all with just a few clicks.
Each SiteGround plan comes with free domain registration (which I don’t recommend you use), and the easy to use cPanel interface. CPanel provides one-click installers for popular applications like WordPress, making it fast and easy to get your site online. Plans also come with free regular data backups for extra peace of mind. SiteGround’s customer service is top notch as well. They’re friendly, very knowledgeable, and are available via telephone, chat, and support ticket.
All in all, SiteGround is a great choice to handle your web hosting needs, and they’re also officially endorsed by WordPress—making them a solid solution for personal and small business website owners.
Next up is Media Temple. They’ve been around for a long, long time, with customers in 100 different countries, powering more than 1.5 million websites. They specialize in premium, top-quality web hosting. With a range of hosting plans and options, including shared hosting, dedicated, cloud, VPS, and managed WordPress hosting, Media Temple just might fit the bill for your website. Such a variety of hosting options means that if and when your site grows and your hosting needs change, you can easily scale up to a larger, more powerful plan.
Media Temple’s hosting uses a proprietary Grid hosting infrastructure, which means all plans, even shared plans, are backed with solid infrastructure, reliability, and security—odd traffic spikes are easily handled, ensuring your site will never go down. Media Temple’s 24/7, US-based support is friendly, fast, and very knowledgeable, being reachable via live chat, email, or telephone.
Their premium hosting and service does come at a higher expense than lower-cost options, with shared plans starting at $20/month. But Media Temple’s reliability, security, and excellent customer service, as well as their 30-day money-back guarantee, more than makes up for the extra expense. If you’re looking for extra service with solid reliability and a web host that allows you to scale as your needs change, Media Temple is a great choice.
Next up, we’ll take a look at a couple of hosts that specialize in managed WordPress hosting, one of which hosts this very website!
The first managed WordPress host we’ll look at is WP WP Engine. Their premium hosting relies on robust, secure servers that can handle just about anything, including huge spikes in traffic. Plans start at $30/month with a 60-day risk-free money-back guarantee. Further, each plan includes daily backups and site restoration points, hacker-proof security, and their proprietary auto-caching, which ensures your site will always run fast. No wonder top brands like HTC, Foursquare, and ConstantContact rely on WP Engine’s superior service.
If you’re looking for worry-free web hosting, where the technical side of your WordPress site is handled for you, then WP Engine is a perfect fit.
The second managed WordPress hosting recommendation I’ll make is Flywheel. They specialize in hosting for designers, agencies, and web developers. Flywheel offers a variety of plans and options, starting at $15/month. They’re WordPress experts, so they handle the entire technical side of your WordPress website for you—they’ll not only get your website installed and configured correctly, but they’ll also maintain your site and keep it safe and secure long term. And if you’re moving from another host to Flywheel, they’ll handle the site migration for you completely, at no additional cost to you.
Their service and customer interface is extremely simplified—there’s no cPanel, proprietary control interface, or confusing configuration screens…just a simple account page with easy to understand controls. For developers and designers, Flywheel offers a unique site staging area as well, with the ability to transfer billing to the client upon project completion. Pretty slick stuff!
Here are a few other nice features of Flywheel’s hosting: First, daily automated backups that you can easily revert back to should something go awry. The peace of mind this brings is huge. And, you can pull your own site backups anytime you like. Second, speed. Each Flywheel plan comes with proprietary server-side caching, which means your site will always load and run fast. And if you want to super-charge your site’s speed, you can opt for Flywheel’s CDN add-on.
If you want worry-free, hands-off web hosting that frees you up to focus on your business, then Flywheel’s just for you.
So there are some solid web hosting options for you. So long as you’re selecting the right kind of hosting for your website, you can’t go wrong with any of the hosts recommended above. And if you’d like a few more web hosting options to explore further, then here’s a handful of other great companies…
In addition to solid speed, customer service, and reliability, Squidix also offers a range of hosting types to fit your needs. For example, their shared hosting starts at just $5/month, and includes the cPanel control panel and Softaculous. And, all Squidix shared plans come with the ability to run multiple websites, all from a single account. This means you’re free to run as many websites as you like…all for just $5/month. That’s pretty darn affordable! Squidix also offers dedicated and VPS hosting for larger sites. Plans also come bundled with a variety of additional add-ons, free SSL, and a 30 day money back guarantee.
Liquid Web specializes in providing premium dedicated, VPS, cloud, and managed WordPress hosting for businesses. If you want zero hassles and an incredible support team behind your site, then Liquid Web is your top choice. Signing up with Liquid Web is like having your own personal IT department at your disposal 24/7. If your needs are more involved and you’re running a more technical site, definitely give them a look.
KnownHost is one of the best managed VPS hosting providers available, with plans starting at $25/month (with a 30-day money back guarantee). KnownHost prides themselves on their US-based, world-class customer support, which is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you’re looking for premium VPS hosting, look no further.
Pressable is run by the folks behind WordPress, so right off the bat you know you’re in good hands. Pressable specializes in managed WordPress hosting, starting at $25/month. Each plan includes multiple site installations (so you can run several sites from one hosting plan), a staging area, site caching, daily backups, and a few other goodies. Take a look and see if they might work for you.
Alright, there’s a whole pile of excellent web hosting recommendations. After all my intensive research, these are the companies that stood out as the best. Remember that I tried to list these companies in the order that they’d most likely fit your needs, followed by companies that cater to more specialized needs.
That’s why I started with Web Hosting Hub. Most likely, it’s shared hosting that you’ll be looking for. Then, we talked about SiteGround and Media Temple—two companies who also offer shared hosting, but who also provide a few other kinds of hosting, like dedicated, cloud, and managed WordPress hosting. So if you think your needs might grow beyond shared hosting, give those two hosts a look. After that, we discussed two top managed WordPress hosts, WP Engine and Flywheel. Both are great managed WordPress choices. Finally, I gave you a few additional top hosts to look further into, Liquid Web, KnownHost, and Pressable.
This is more than enough to help you get started. I’ve said this a few times, but you really can’t go wrong with with any of the companies I’m recommending here…so long as you’ve selected the right kind of hosting for your website. And remember to use my recommendations as a starting point, and do your own careful research!
I hope you learned lots here. Happy host hunting!