What’s The Best Hosting for Your Website in Canada?
Choosing the best hosting for your website is a tough and often all too confusing process in general. It’s even tougher considering that most well-known hosting companies are based in the USA. And really, there is no such thing as an absolute “best Canadian hosting company” – there is only the hosting that is right for you considering all the tradeoffs – speed, service, customer support and what currency they accept (among others).
Here’s a quiz that helps you balance all the usual tradeoffs to figure out what is the best hosting for Canada for your website based on your preferences (or skip to the summary of choices).
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Based on my experience working with many hosting providers, there are a few that are a good fit for most people. Here’s a summary of the companies included in the quiz.
Best Hosting Providers for Canada
|Name||Best if you want…||Plans!|
|InMotion||…high-performance & independent w/ great customer support.||See Plans.|
|HostPapa||…Toronto-based w/ good pricing & support.||See Plans.|
|WebHostingHub||…customer support & unmetered features focused on beginners.||See Plans.|
|Bluehost||…a well-known brand with good pricing & clean interface.||See Plans.|
Considerations for Choosing The Best Canadian Hosting
Hosting companies all have different strengths and weaknesses. And since most hosting marketing is focused on the US market, you have to add in a few extra considerations to find the best hosting company if you live in Canada. You will note that unlike guides to UK, Australian or Indian hosting – there is no mention of data center location or location of your audience.
And that is due to the fact that geographically, Canada is basically the same as the US. Toronto is farther south than Seattle. It’s also closer to the East Coast than Seattle is. Most Canadians live within a few miles of the US border. So for web hosting, Canada is mostly the same.
Here are some of the considerations that do matter that are factored into the quiz.
Speed & Performance
Just because a hosting company is located in or near Canada does not mean they will be a fast, high-performing hosting company. Again, geography really doesn’t matter that much with Canada. The “US market” might as well be called the “North American market.” The difference in speed and performance will all be on the company level. That said, if you are running a small site with consistent traffic, speed and performance might not be as important as if you are running a mobile traffic heavy, rapidly growing site.
Type of Company
Do you want an established brand that is part of a large company? Or do you want a smaller, independent company? There is no right answer. Usually large companies have more resources for discounts and more support channels. Independent companies usually have a more personal touch and are focused on investing over cost-cutting.
Do you want to pay in Canadian or US Dollars? Even though the exchange rate is fairly stable – paying in US Dollars could make your hosting bill 10% more expensive or 10% cheaper in a year’s time.
Every one wants good customer service. But providing solid customer support costs money. If you are a DIY type who is comfortable troubleshooting and Googling, you might value pricing and performance more than having several channels of support.
Discounts & Pricing
How important is getting a good deal? Sometimes it’s worth paying more if performance or customer support is a priority, but sometimes pricing beats them both.
Some customers value a clean, well-designed account area. Some customers do not really care what the buttons look like as long as all the features are there. And some customers don’t really care compared to other factors like price or performance.
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