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.
Over the years, our teams have used over 50 hosts for different blogs and clients. All kinds, too. From the cheapest (for low-level blogs) to premiums (for blogs and sites that get over 150,000 visitors a month).
We like Siteground the most.
Dead-simple setup, fast hosting and quick customer service times.
After compiling our anaytics and reviews, here's how the rankings stack up:
Budget host with the best customer service
Budget host has refreshing "startup" feel to it
99.9% uptime and easy setup for beginners
- Digital Ocean
Cloud-based host for software developers
- Liquid Web
Ideal choice for small business owners who want elite support
Another pretty good budget option
Solid budget host is almost a Bluehost clone
- Media Temple
Top-shelf host for elite bloggers and businesses
Most popular budget host in the world
Extremely inexpensive host catering to business owners
Web Hosting 101
Folks, people make web hosting wayyyyyy more complicated than it needs to be.
Our Top 3 Picks
Best Overall Host: SiteGround
The best service of any budget host. It's even better than a lot of the premium hosts. Always available, knowledgeable, and quick to respond.
Hardware is top-notch. SSD drives and several other types of "gear". Siteground built their company around the concept of making their customers' websites fast.
Plans are priced well in line with other budget hosts and with the level of service and quality of the equipment and hosting, it's the best value of all hosts online.
Propriety security software and fail-safes are constantly crawling to ensure the safety of your files and data. Another premium feature for budget pricing.
The resources allocated for their plans don't allow for many visitors (especially their lower-level options). If you have a site with a decent amount of traffic, look closely.
There are no VPS plans available. There are cloud plans to offset this, but they are a bit more expensive than other budget hosts.
Best Quality Host: DreamHost
DreamHost is a small company with a genuine sense of caring and quality for hosting websites. They have amazing premium-level hosting without the price tag.
Everything this host does, they do it well. Keeping your site online means that it is fast, secure, and always available (100% uptime guarantee).
Support specifically for WordPress users is available. A bonus for those who loved the world's most popular content management system.
The price tag for DreamHost is higher than most other "budget" hosts. While they do offer a premium service for less, it's not as low as others (including Siteground).
This isn't the host for someone who isn't tech-literate or has never hosted a site. This company doesn't specifically cater to the beginner.
Best for Beginners: InMotion
InMotion has developed a platform that draws in and comforts those who have never had a website before. Specifically, they cater to small business owners who want a web presence.
A full-range of features, money-back guarantees, and other benefits set this company apart from others. Many companies are trying to slim down their offerings, but not this host.
The "BoldGrid" site builder is a great way for a business owner to put together a site that actually looks good in their spare time.
If you have a little extra cash, InMotion does offer design services that also cater more to the small business owner.
It's not the cheapest. The quality of hosting can be found for a better price, but not necessarily a place that speaks as well to business owners.
Speed options are not incredible. They aren't as bad as the lower-level hosts, but they definitely don't hold up to SiteGround.