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Best Web Hosting Sites for Your Blog

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There are a ton of providers out there offering services to host your blog or website. You can quickly come up with easily 20 names that could probably do the job just fine, particularly for the novice just trying to get started. We chistled our list down to five companies offering blog hosting services. Actually, we mention nine, but really dug a bit deeper into our top five web hosts we’d recommend to someone starting out.

The assumption here is that if you’re an experienced webmaster or programmer, you already know what you need to deliver a certain performance level to the website you’re working with.

First of all, since this article is geared toward the beginner, it is very possible you don’t need a web host anyhow as your blog is hosted by the company you have your blog with. Take Google’s Blogger. You sign up for a blog and boom, you have one, and it’s ready to go. Of course, what you have is a blog as a subdomain of Blogger and not your own personal top-level domain, such as yourname.com. But, you’re up and running very quickly.

That’s going to be the case on most blogging platforms, whether that is WordPress or Silvrback. Hosted sites provide the servers for your blog while self-hosted blogging options require you to dig up your own. In fact, many, if not most, hosted blogging platforms support you going out and getting your own domain and connecting it to your blog.

Next, since we’re assuming a beginner here, we’re going to avoid much of the jargon that one would want to know about a web host’s offerings as you become more experienced, thus sophisticated, in your understanding of your wants and needs in a web host.

Approach to the Review

The approach used to arrive at the web host vendors you see here is a bit different. We searched for web hosting reviews, collected the top dozen review sites found in our search, and counted their top recommended providers to determine our top five and honorable mentions. In essence, this is a review of the top ranked reviews.

Note: The views/opinions of these reviewers have not been verified and are solely the views of the original reviewers. Blogplatformsreview is not responsible for any errors or misinformation provided here as a result of these reviews. You need to do your due diligence before selecting a vendor, and that is solely on you.

Priorities When Looking for the Best Web Hosting Service Providers

The number of factors that could be considered in determining a suitable web hosting service for any one person is extensive. We’re not going to pretend to incorporate all of them. We think most beginners should consider the following:

  1. Uptime. How reliable is the provider’s services as far as downtime due maintenance or service failure. All of the vendors discussed operate in the 99+% up time and thus meets what we think is a minimum here.
  2. Speed. How fast your site loads for your visitors is important for you in terms of long-term success of your blog. Visitors are increasingly impatient with slow-loading pages and will leave a site quickly if they aren’t responsive. All providers do the expected minimums here, actually more than minimums.
  3. Support. While some of the sites here are faster than others when it comes to customer support, all have active support mechanisms in place to help you when you need it. Most of the time you don’t need them, but when you do, well, you really do.
  4. Price. We place this last as it is important but not as much as the above items. The other fact is that price is more than the initial offering. This is important.

Nearly all, if not all, of the vendors in this industry offer smoking introductory offers. It is a highly competitive game they’re in. While you want to take advantage of these when you can, it is the long-term costs that are more important. Pay attention to their post-promotional fees and other costs.

Five Best Web Hosting Services

Let’s get started by listing our top five web hosting services, ranked top to bottom:*

  1. Hostgator
  2. Siteground
  3. Inmotion (tied)
  4. Bluehost (tied)
  5. 1&1 IONOS
  6. A2 Hosting

 

  1. Hostgator

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Hostgator regularly ends up at the top of the list as a web hosting provider, making it one of the most popular hosting sites available today. A combination of reliable service, broad service offerings and some of the most competitive pricing in the industry makes this a longstanding favorite.

Pros:

  • Very well-featured basic plan
  • Unlimited bandwidth, disk space and more
  • 45-day money-back guarantee
  • Custom website builder
  • Free email marketing services
  • Free site migration
  • Free SSL included
  • Best all-rounder in our hosting ranking
  • Free backups

Cons:

  • Support could be faster
  • If you opt for a shorter billing cycle, the fees grow
  • Servers struggle with large traffic
  • Administration interfaces could do with modernization
  • No free domain offering
  • Higher renewal cost
  • No Windows-based VPS hosting.

Check out Hostgator now!

 

  1. Siteground

Siteground is known for a better user experience but at a bit higher price. Expect better customer service response times and quality interactions when you need it.

Pros:

  • Integrated daily backups and CDN
  • Beginner-friendly
  • Fast and knowledgeable support
  • High-Performance WordPress Hosting
  • Free site transfer or new site setup with 1-click install
  • Automated daily backups, CDN, email, and SSL
  • 24/7 expert support with no wait time on phone or chat
  • Recommended by WordPress
  • Excellent knowledge base pages
  • Premium customer experience.

Cons:

  • All plans have limited disk space
  • If you opt for a monthly billing cycle, a setup fee is applicable
  • Not the cheapest web host around

Check out Siteground now!

 

  1. Inmotion (tie)

Around some 15 years now, Inmotion is a reliable vendor of competitive hosting package options for about any user.

Pros:

  • Great support staff
  • Easy scalability
  • Eco-friendly green servers
  • Best for short contract terms
  • Free SSL certificate and unlimited bandwidth
  • Premium themes and plugin subscriptions
  • 90-day money back guarantee, extensive options, robust security
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Over 400 free apps

Cons:

  • Starting fees are not the cheapest out there
  • Cap of 50,000 files on all shared plans
  • No Windows servers
  • Rather average customer service
  • No international servers

Check out Inmotion now! 

 

  1. Bluehost (tie)

Another perennial contender, Bluehost offers a wide selection of services, competitively priced and reliably delivered.

Pros:

  • User-friendly yet powerful
  • Basic website builder included
  • Easy to use and signup
  • Fast support (Phone & chat)
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Best for cheap domestic (US) hosting
  • Free domain and SSL certificate
  • Unlimited site traffic
  • Dependable server uptime
  • Proponent of open source
  • Fast servers

Cons:

  • Higher renewal fees
  • Smaller amount of storage on basic plan compared to competitors
  • Potential CPU throttling (basically slowing down a website) makes Bluehost’s shared servers a less than ideal choice for websites suddenly experiencing high traffic
  • Mediocre customer service
  • No free site migrations

Check out Bluehost now!

 

  1. 1&1 IONOS

 

1&1 boasts being the largest web hosting service in Europe and through a merger in 2018 broadened its appeal as a cloud-based service provider.

Pros:

  • Dependable uptime in testing.
  • Linux- or Windows-based servers.
  • Easy-to-use website creation tools.
  • SSL certificate, free domain
  • One of the cheapest non-shared hosting providers on the market
  • Every customer receives a dedicated customer support assistant

Cons:

  • Dated and unintuitive backend control panel
  • Not very beginner friendly
  • Lacks reseller hosting plans
  • Relatively weak storage options

 

  1. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is not a name most are familiar with, but it scored fifth among the ten or so services that were rated in the top five for this review. It seems to provide an all-around solid group of offerings that has received approval from many reviewers.

Pros:

  • Quick and efficient support
  • Free site migration
  • Environment-friendly
  • Host unlimited websites
  • Free HackScan with restore options
  • Anytime money-back guarantee
  • Free backups

Cons:

  • Smallest plan quite limited
  • Somewhat slow control panel
  • Priced higher than larger companies like Bluehost and HostGator
  • Automated coupon code discounts are confusing
  • Restrictions on cheapest plan

Check out A2 Hosting now!

 

Some Honorable Mentions

I have to include some honorable mentions here as they are either well-recognized brands and/or came in close in the scoring. These include Godaddy, Dreamhost and iPage. When you check their offerings, you’ll find they offer a wide range of options to fit most any need.

I’ve used Godaddy for housing my domain names and some quick and easy hosting. They have a website builder as well and usually have acceptable pricing.

One last one I’ll throw in here is GreenGeeks, not simply as another “also-ran” provider, but one that emphasizes an eco-friendly focus while providing solid service options. Basically, all web hosting providers are huge consumers of energy (it’s what keeps those servers running) and thus are a part of the heavy demand for carbon-based sources. Again, if this interests you as an additional plus in your selection process, check them out here.

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*Virtually all web hosting services offer incentives for recommending or highlighting their services. This is the case with most of the providers noted here. While it doesn’t change your costs as a user of these services, any monies received from you doing so helps pay for this site. Thank you.


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