Web Hosting Reviews: Shared, WordPress & VPS Hosts
If your domain is your digital address - hosting is your digital real estate. Your hosting server is where your website will live online. Good hosting is critical to building a successful project online.
But choosing the right web hosting company is tough. There are dozens if not hundreds of providers. And choosing one to host your website - your digital presence is a big deal. Oh - you also want them to be affordable and convenient.
There is no such thing as an overall "best" option for everyone. There is no "best web hosting" - there is only the best option for you based on your goals, expertise, resources & situation.
Factors in Web Hosting Reviews
I've been able to look at a range of web hosting companies as part of my or my clients' projects. There's a lot of factors that go into my web hosting reviews, but the main factors are:
Price - How competitive is their short-term pricing? What about their long-term pricing? Are they offering real value or just a short-term "bait" type pricing?
Features - What do they offer beyond core hosting features (aka the "3 D's - domains, database and disk space)? Do they package bonus features (such as backups) or charge separately?
Ease of Use - How do they make the sign-up and setup process less daunting? Do they make it worse with upsells?
Support - How much does the company invest in support? Individual experiences can be anecdotal, but it's usually possible to tell if a company views support as an investment rather than a cost.
Performance - How well do their servers perform? Are they going to be a speed bottleneck?
Culture - What does the company value? Are they all about lock-ins and upsells or do they value long-term relationships?
Customer Focus - What's the company's ideal customer? Are they looking for WordPress developers or beginners?
Highlights from Web Hosting Reviews
Here are the companies that are usually a good fit for most based on my experience.
|Name||Best if you want...||Plans!|
|InMotion||…high-performance & independent-owned w/ great support.||See Plans.|
|HostGator||…overall value w/ good pricing, support & unmetered features.||See Plans.|
|SiteGround||...good support & advanced features w/ plans to grow.||See Plans.|
|Bluehost||...name-brand hosting w/ good support, pricing & clean interface.||See Plans.|
I've also reviewed larger brands such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, 1&1 Hosting and DreamHost in addition to up and coming brands such as Web Hosting Hub and HostPapa. I've written guides/quizzes to help sort & choose the best shared, WordPress, email, blog, low-cost, free, and VPS hosting.
Browse my web hosting reviews below (based on how recently they were published). Or -
Take my shared hosting quiz which will generate the best web hosting company for you based on your goals & preferences.