You’re finally going to do it. You’re creating your own website. Good for you! One of the first choices you’ll need to make is the provider you’ll use to host your site. Unless you are truly techie (or a super-bright high school kid) you’re probably already a little overwhelmed with the available choices. So perhaps together we can cut through some of the clutter and give you some recommendations to consider.
First of all, there are plenty of web hosts available that say they are free – but not really. And considering the old adage, “You get what you pay for,” we will only be considering paid hosting providers in this article. And don’t panic. For the most part, they are not expensive, and they are worth it for the expertise they provide.
So what are some of the key components you should look for?
- Speed. Your web host should be both fast and reliable. It should guarantee a minimum uptime of 99%. In fact, 99% may actually be too low — it really should be 99.5% or better. And if it’s not consistently that high, you should be entitled to some sort of refund or discount if it falls below that figure. Although refunds may be a little hard to collect, publishing these numbers gives your host a little incentive to ensure that its servers are running all the time.
- Bandwidth. This means the amount of bytes transferred from your site to visitors when they browse your site. Any commercial web host that advertises “unlimited bandwidth” is probably exaggerating. The host has to pay for the bandwidth, and if you consume a lot of it, they will likely pass the cost on to you. Always look for details on how much traffic your particular package allows.
- Tech support. It’s got to be 24/7/365. This includes day and night, weekends, and all holidays. Because when things malfunction, it’s usually on a weekend, or the night before Christmas! And of course they should be competent, not just someone sitting in an offshore phone bank. Try before you buy. That’s the only way you’ll know if they can meet your needs.
- Ease of use. You need to be able to post your material easily and quickly, without jumping through a bunch of technical hoops. All three hosts we recommend (see below) support WordPress, the #1 website platform on the Internet.
So now that you know what you’re looking for, let’s do a little comparison shopping. There are three hosts we recommend, and we’ve put together a quick summary of what each has to offer.
BlueHost — GetBlueHost
- 1-click WordPress installation
- Free domain name registration
- 24/7 real human support
- Also live chat
- Lowest fee now reduced to $3.95 per month
- Cloud hosting starts at $6.95
- Share hosting as low as $2.75 per month
SiteGround – GetSiteGround
- Supports WordPress and Joomla
- Cloud hosting $80/month minimum (contrast with BH?)
- Shared server is $3.95 per month
- Offers both phone support and online chat
- 9% uptime
- Will migrate your existing site for free
WPEngine – GetWPEngine
- Supports WordPress
- Offers plugin for free automated site migration
- Starts at $29 per month for 25k visitors
- Award winner for service and security
We’ve done a ton of research on web hosting, and trial and error too. These are our recommended providers, and there are certainly dozens more you could consider. The best way to find out what works for you is to jump in and try the one you think is best. If for some reason you’re not happy, it’s a decision you can always change. We’re here to help. If you have a specific question, please leave a comment and we’ll answer promptly.
James David says
This is a great guide, you have summed up quite valid points here. I love Bluehost and I think they are much solid than their counterparts. I have been using Bluehost for many years on my blogs and never had any issue with the uptime.
Their customer support is extremely helpful and readily available. I am very much satisfied with the services and will recommend it to anyone, starting a website
Sometimes the slow loading problem is faced but analyzing your plugins and images show that the hosting shouldn’t be blamed for this.
This is a great review and will help many people in choosing the best hosting services for their websites.
Richard M. says
Thanks Paul – We get an opportunity to work with many different hosting companies based on our install services, especially with our express site set-up service, we believe that the ones noted in this article are some of the best…In fact, we are currently using one of them as our host.
John Web says
In our experience it can be hard to beat siteground.
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Jitendra Raulo says
This post is a great help in choosing the best web hosting provider. A must read for all!
Couldn’t agree with you more Paul. Choosing right web hosting is extremely crucial to ensure smooth customer experience. Any second of delay and your customers won’t feel for you. Security, Uptime, Scalability, etc are some of the factors that must be analyzed before settling with any web hosting company.
Fahd's Ur Rehman Khan says
Great article, i would surely implement these things on my newer website. Let’s see how it goes.