Web Hosting is an essential part for any Website which is today one of the important factors that helps your Business grow. Web Hosting in simple language refers to the place where you Host your Website files so that they can be viewed or accessed by the Visitor who visits your Website. Now there are increasing number of Web Hosting companies that are available to offer you their services, you could get Web space for as low as $1 per month or as high as $100′s per month but the important factor is choosing that one company that gives you the Best Web Hosting experience forever with minimal cost. Another most important factor that needs to be considered before choosing a Web Hosting company is the Support. You wouldn’t want to buy web hosting from a company that can’t resolve your issues or is unable to get your Website back online in time when you urgently require. There are web host’s that would typically be very quick in responding and excellent in support before you pay them and hence once the Payment is made you would face a very pathetic support with your Support Tickets being up there for days before they are responded back.
Web Hosting is typically divided into Service categories that you can choose as per your Needs and Size of Traffic:
a. Shared Hosting: Generally for Small Business sites with minimal traffic.
b. Reseller Hosting: If you plan to sell Shared Hosting services to a small Market or Create different accounts for your own Website than this is or you.
c. Virtual Servers (Also known as VPS): If you have a high traffic site then this is the Service you would want to take, you could also create reseller hosting using this service.
d. Dedicated Hosting: If you want to maintain your own server then you can rent it from any of these companies and either maintain it yourself or let the web hosting companies maintain it for you.
You can also take services like Cloud Hosting, Application Hosting (To upload any of your Tool or Application on the Server and use it), SSL Certificated, Email Hosting, etc.
Now there are several factors that help rank a Web Hosting company and we have taken in consideration the following factors to make our List: Reliability, Uptime Record, Range of Services, Support, Pricing, Datacenters, Reviews, Clientele, Web Hosting Exprience, Initial Setup Time and other Miscellaneous things.
We will be listing the top 10 hosting providers below and would be describing their services and pricing, so here goes the List of the Best 10 Web Hosting Companies in the World.
Fatcow is a Premium Shared Hosting company that with it’s One Premium Shared Hosting plan that offers “Oodles” (We don’t understand this term too) of Web space and bandwidth and costs $3.15/month. But this basically refers that if your site is getting moderate traffic like less than a 1000 Unique visitors a day then this could turn out to be a pretty decent option for you. The Hosting provider boosts 99.9% uptime which is again at par with leading hosting providers. They also offer a lot of applications and giveaways with the hosting plan like Free .com Domain, Click to Install applications via Cpanel, Preinstalled Web Master tools, Couple of Advertising coupons like Adwords $100, Yahoo Bing, FB, VP, etc. You also get unlimited Email accounts, FTP Accounts, Domain Addons.
The company claims that they are powered by 100% Wind Energy which although won’t matter to a lot of customers but it actually helps in keeping the Environment Green. FatCow has been in business from nearly 1997 which makes them one of the oldest Web Hosting Provider out. They also offer Marketing and SEO services which could come in handy for few of you.
The claim to provide 24/7 support, however during our check through chat window it kept us on wait and could not connect it even after waiting for like 15 mins and kept displaying message that the operators are currently assisting others. So clearly not the Best in terms of Support.
iPower Web is another company that focuses one One Plan Shared Web Hosting Plan. The plan costs $5.99 per month for first month and renewal at $8.99 per month (which makes them one of the costliest hosting provider in our list)and offers Unlimited Bandwidth and Web space with ofcourse terms and conditions applied. They allow upto 2500 Email accounts under one plan and gives ability to add unlimited Domains. MYSQL Databases. iPower also offers upto 30 days Money back guarantee so just in case you don’t fit fine with their Services you can always cancel and ask for refund which instills a sense of confidence with Customer too. You get a lot of extra’s with the web hosting plan like .com Domain, Nextiva Toll Free Number, Yahoo + Bing and Google Ad’s coupon and pre inbuilt Google Web Master tools.
The panel comes integrated with CPanel, thus it’s inbuilt features like Fantastico, one click installers and Website Builders would be included as well.
IPower also offers 24/7 Chat support to it’s customers and when we tried to get in touch with the support their Live Chat operator was up almost instantly which shows that you would experience much better support experience with them.
iPage Hosting has been another Pioneer in Web Hosting services from almost last 10 years. Similar to a lot of others they also offer One Package Shared Hosting services which focuses on Small Business sites. They offer Unlimited Web Hosting, Unlimited Bandwidth (Remember the terms), Unlimited Domains, Unlimited MYSQL Databases, and then a lot of features which are standard in CPanel and you would find with every hosting provider. They charge $1.99 for first month followed by $2.95 per month. iPage also offers Marketing Suite, Security Suite, Premium Support Suite and Design Suits, all of these services cost extra.
The plan includes Free domain name and a lot of Marketing coupons like Google adwords coupon, FB Coupon, YellowPages, shop site, etc.
They have stated 24/7 support on the website and we were able to connect with them quite quickly.
7. InMotion Hosting
Finally a company that offer variety of Web Hosting services and not just a single unlimited hosting plan. InMotion Hosting’s basic Shared Hosting unlimited plan costs $5.95 / month which comes with CPanel (hence it’s standard features), you also get all the Advertising Credits and Coupons. Apart from this inMotion Hosting also offers VPS Hosting, Dedicated Servers, WordPress Hosting and Custom Web Design Service. InMotion has typically got good reviews from it’s customers which clearly shows it’s authority.
InMotion Hosting also offers 99.9% uptime guarantee. They have mentioned the support as 24/7 and when we tried to get in touch with them through their Web Chat app we got the message that they didn’t have any Live Chat agent available then.
6. Just Host
Just Host also promotes single Web Hosting plan with Unlimited Webspace and Unlimited Bandwidth. The Plan also includes Unlimited Domains Hosting, Unlimited E-Mail accounts, MYSQL Databases, Free Site Builder, .com Domain and Importantly Anytime Money Back Guarantee. It comes preloaded with CPanel and you also get Advertisements and Marketing coupons. The pricing starts at $3.75 per month.
Just Host offers 24/7 Live Chat support but we waited for nearly 30 mins and still got the same message “to wait for live chat agent to connect with you shortly” so we decided to move on.
Godaddy is the World’s largest Domain Registrar and Hosting company. Although they have been more known for their Domain Registration services but clearly they have also emerged as one of the Largest Web Hosting company in recent time. Godaddy clearly knows how to promote their services, be it through Internet (Godaddy Girls) or Media. Godaddy offers wide variety of Hosting services with their Shared Hosting plan starts at less than $2 per month (for 10gb webspace) and goes upto $7 per month (for unlimited webspace). You also get a custom built Godaddy Control panel unlike the standard CPanel. A lot of Marketing and Advertising Credits are included with each plan and you would also get features like Unlimited Bandwidth, Email Accounts, One Click software installs, etc. You can also opt for Windows Hosting rather than Linux hosting.
Godaddy also offers Email Solutions, SSL Certificated, VPS Servers and Dedicated Servers. Godaddy also accepts a lot of local payment options from customers which makes it easier to subscribe to their services. Godaddy also offers 24/7 Support and is very quick in resolving customer issues.
4. Host Monster
Host Monster is another Web Hosting provider that has a Single Shared Hosting Plan and their Website resembles to us a lot like like iPage Hosting. They don’t really offer anything much unique and have an Unlimited Hosting and Bandwidth plan only. Host Monster costs $4.95 for first month and then charge $6.95 for renewal. The hosting comes with standard CPanel account and only offer a Google Adwords $100 coupon. The good thing about the company is their good support and huge experience in what they do.
The live chat is available 24/7 and we were able to get in touch with them very quickly when we clicked it. Host Monster also offers Any Time Money Back Guarantee.
3. Dream Host
Dream Host offers full range Web Hosting services, they have range of shared hosting plans, vps plans, dedicated and cloud plans. Thus setting up your services with them would be a breeze specially if you wish to upgrade later on as your site traffic increases or decreases. The shared hosting plan costs $8.9 per month which is on a costlier front but they do give a lot of facilities that are superior to any other hosting company. The 8.95$ shared hosting plan includes Unlimited Web Space, with ability to back up upto 50 GB data, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Domains, Unlimited Email accounts, Unlimited MYSQL’s etc. Although you won’t get any Advertising Promotion coupons it still makes up to to a very decent Web Host specially because of it’s Long History and superior Support.
HostGator is undoubtedly the most renowned Web Hosting company in the World, they have been the first to enter the market and since then have slowly built the clientele to over 9,000,000 Domains. You can find all sought of Web Hosting services with them ranging from Shared Hosting, Dedicated Hosting, Virtual Private Servers, Reseller Hosting, etc.. Their shared hosting plans start from $3.96 per month which is relatively economical. HostGator offers standard CPanel managed hosting services which is easy to maintain. Their basic plan includes Unlimited Hosting, Unlimited Bandwidth, Unlimited Addon Domains, Unlimited MYSQL Databases, 99.9% Uptime and also 100$ Advertising Credit.
Their live chat isn’t however that responsive but they generally get back to your support ticket within an hr. Also one thing that has made Hostgator on top is their huge incentives to affilliates.
1. Scala Hosting
Scala Hosting is a relatively not much known but they are one of the Best Web Hosting companies and we can say that because we have been using their services from a lot of time and they have been very quick to resolve and sought of issues (hardly if we face any). Scala Hosting also offers a range of Web Hosting services which includes Shared Hosting, Reseller Hosting, VPS Server, Dedicated Server, Security Certificated, Backup Space and Colocation Services. Their services have always been very economical with basic shared plan starting from $2.95 per month which comes with CPanel license so it’s fairly easy to use. The basic plan has 10 GB Webspace and 100 GB Bandwidth which should work out well for small businesses. They also offer Unlimited Domains and 30 days backup facility. Although they miss out on giving Advertising coupons but they do well to compensate with their Awesome support.
They have mentioned on the website that they are available 24/7 and during a lot of instances in past couple of years we have always seeing them up for support at any point of time.