10 Best Hosting Companies for 2016
By Tim Brown
If you’re in search of a place to house your website but having trouble finding the perfect hosting agency, look no further. We know how frustrating that quest can be. So, we’ve compiled a list of what we consider to be the top hosting companies for 2016.
You’ll learn a little bit about the features and benefits and what makes each one so great.
Offering a great set of features for a great price, eHost is an impressive option for customers who know what they need and don’t want to make a lot of choices. The simplified account creation and website building process makes getting your site online a snap. The drag-and-drop editor and top-notch customer support add to the ease of use, too. Plus, you get a 45-day money-back guarantee and a free domain and email for life. Visit eHost >>
If you need a ton of tools for just a little bit of cash, look no further than iPage. The company’s introductory rate is less than $2.00 a month. For about the cost of a gallon of gas, you get free domain registration, security software, web-builder tools, ecommerce capabilities, and advertising credits. Add to that 100s of templates to make your site pop, 1GB of free cloud storage, 24-hour support, and an expansive online knowledgebase loaded with video tutorials and online help. Visit iPage >>
A combination web builder and hosting provider in one, Web.com makes it simple to get started. The built-in setup wizard will have your website ready for the world in no time at all. Web.com’s hosting plans come with impressive amounts of bandwidth, storage space, and email accounts. The design tools included with the website builder will help you easily construct an impressive site. With industry-specific themes and custom color schemes, your webpage can stand out from the rest. Visit Web.com >>
If you are planning on building your website on the WordPress content management system, Bluehost certainly deserves a look. It is the world’s top-recommended WordPress.org hosting service. In addition to that, the company offers hosting packages with unlimited disk space and bandwidth; has a 30-day money-back guarantee; and provides one-click installations of scripts, widgets, and add-ons. The easy-to-navigate control panel makes easy work of the administrative duties and affordably priced plans are easy on your budget, too. Visit Bluehost >>
Unlimited is the word of the day at JustHost. The company’s basic web hosting plan includes unlimited disk storage space, data transfer, POP3 secure email accounts, domain hosting, IMAP secure email support, and add-on, sub-, and parked domains. Plus, you get free domain name registration, instant setup, drag-and drop site builder, and access to a library full of scripts and widgets. Its LAMP stack configuration is run on dual-quad processor performance servers with round-the-clock network monitoring. Visit JustHost >>
HostPapa checks off a number of “must have” boxes for a lot of potential hosting customers. The company has data centers and administrative offices in two countries; is a leader in the environmentally friendly, green-hosting movement; provides customer service in three languages; and gives users SEO tools like marketing credits and site analytics software. Plus, HostPapa offers an unheard of free one-on-one session with a tech expert should you ever run into any difficulties. Thanks to an easy-to-use site builder and the intuitive cPanel, you might not have to make that call, though. Visit HostPapa >>
For websites requiring the most up-to-date technology, InMotion hosting is as good as it gets. With multiple plans available for shared, VPS, dedicated server, and reseller hosting, there is sure to be a package perfect for your online project. The company even offers WordPress and managed hosting options, too. All of its servers utilize high-performance, solid-state drives, which are up to 20 times faster than the spinning drives the competition uses. Plus, it has award-winning customer service and tech support to back all the technology up. Visit InMotion Hosting >>
Liquid Web prides itself on being able to offer expert web hosting across a variety of different configurations. The company has Windows and Linux operating system plans for shared, VPS, dedicated server, cloud, and managed WordPress hosting. Liquid Web hosting is backed up by an arsenal of services, including storage and backup, database hosting, monitoring, network management, software uploads, security plans, and mail help. And, it gives you a 20 percent discount just for checking its services out. Visit Liquid Web >>
In an industry where there are more similarities than differences between web hosting providers, HostGator certainly does a few things right to stand out from the crowd. Offering unmetered disk space and bandwidth on a shared hosting plan that costs less than $5 a month is a rarity. On top of that, HostGator throws in free site building tools and 4,500 templates and themes to make your online project one of a kind. If, for some reason, you’re not happy, you can take advantage of the 45-day money-back guarantee. Visit HostGator >>
Boasting full-service solutions for nearly every online project, GoDaddy is easily one of the largest web hosting companies in the market. Even the company’s basic shared hosting plan (sometimes available for $1 a month with special discounts) comes with a free domain, cPanel controls, unlimited bandwidth, and 100GB of storage. Should your website need it, GoDaddy also offers domain brokerage services, website builders, website design assistance, malware removal, marketing credits, SEO tools, and reseller programs. Plus, in addition to shared hosting, the company has cloud, VPS, and dedicated server plans, too. Visit GoDaddy >>
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