Web hosting is pretty classic. Over 70 of the most popular web hosts are controlled by one company that are basically private-labeled and repackaged to make them look different. They're not all bad, but you want to avoid most of them.
We like SiteGround because you're getting premium support for budget cost.
If you're a new blogger, you'll want shared hosting. For your premium users (people who already have traffic), you'll want to opt for a VPS or cloud solution.
Web hosting is pretty classic. Over 70 of the most popular web hosts are controlled by one company that are basically private-labeled and repackaged to make them look different.
They're not all bad, but you want to avoid most of them. Now, I've used 50+ different web hosting companies in my day.
All kinds, too. From the cheapest (for low-level blogs) to the premiums (for blogs and sites that get over 150,000 visitors a month).
If you want a website on the Internet, you need a host.
Depending on your needs and ambitions for the site, the host you choose is incredibly important and can vary wildly. We've gone over 17 different hosts in detail. If you don't have time for all that, we've got our top three picked out just for you.
Our search for the best wasn't done haphazardly, we took our time and looked right at the qualities that matter most when it comes to putting your blog or business site online.
Everything under the hood of a hosting company boils down to four key categories:
After we took a good look at how well each host fared, we gave them a ranking (1.0-10.0) in terms of their overall value and quality.
So, what's a good host look like?
This area is going to be made up of the equipment that they use to keep your files (a fancy way of saying your website) and the services the host offers to make their company worthwhile.
We made sure to look for updated equipment and server locations to ensure they know what they're doing and are keeping up with the times. Security was also a major item on our checklist.
The Internet is now full of people who want to steal your data and take your site down for no reason. Having security measures in place doesn't guarantee anything, but it's way better than leaving your site unprotected and hoping it doesn't get hacked.
If you don't ever want to talk with a support rep, then don't start a website.
Sounds like a joke, but there are so many things that go into putting something on the web—even experts have problems from time to time.
A good support system includes phone, email, and chat support with at least one of those methods available 24/7/365.
Other things we considered here were response time, knowledge of the staff, and the range of things they help with. Some hosts only provide support for their products and others will help you with things like issues with uploads, updates, etc.
The speed of your site is one of the most important factors in getting people to and keeping them on it. It affects ranking in search engines (like Google) and your bounce rate (how often people start to come to your site and then, bounce).
If it takes longer than 3 seconds for your page to load, over half of the people (that wanted to be there) will leave.
A host that offers good speed has up-to-date equipment at least (even good budget hosts have this). Premium hosts will also offer other things. Primarily a content delivery network (CDN) and configurations that bump up your site's performance.
A CDN is a program that allows for your files to load from the server that is closest to the person who wants to look at them.
For instance, if you have a site based in America with a lot of readers in the U.K.; your host may have hardware in both the states and Europe. Your readers will get the site pulled off the servers closest to them—making it show up on their screen faster.
Speed was a major indicator in our search (especially for the best budget host).
Last on our list was uptime—when your site is fully available it's "UP".
It's why you need a host in the first place. Some companies keep your files up better than others and some offer a "guarantee" without specifically laying out the terms or ways to keep them on their toes. We took all of that into account.
This category is ranked on a few indicators:
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