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I took a personal interest in reviewing the best web hosting companies out there because there are so many offers right now it is hard for any one, especially beginners to decide which host to go with for their personal blogs or small online businesses.
What makes a good web host? Which one should you choose?
Below are the 5 best web hosting companies that I recommend.
|Features||HostGator||BlueHost||Web Hosting Hub||iPage||FatCow|
|Sign Up Price*||$7.96/mth||$6.95/mth||$6.95/mth||$3.95/mth||$3.67/mth|
|Minimum Billing Cycle||Monthly||Yearly||Yearly||Yearly||Yearly|
|24/7 Technical Support||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Google Adwords Credits||$100||$100||$75||$100||$100|
|Facebook Ad Credits||–||–||–||$50||$50|
|Full MoneyBack Guarantee||45 days||30 days||90 days||30 days||30 days|
|Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site||Visit Site|
*Price reflected in the table are based on the minimum billing cycle. If you choose a 24-month or 36-month one-time payment, the price will be lower. See reviews below.
^Includes a 99.9% Uptime Guarantee
Unlimited Domains, Disk Space, Bandwidth….
Each of the best web hosting companies recommended here offers unlimited domains, disk space, bandwidth, email accounts, FTP accounts and MySQL databases.
That’s what made them the best five.
Sounds too good to be true? 😉
Let me explain the sense behind these….
The real truth why web host companies can offer this today is because they have over 10 years of statistical data to prove that they don’t need to set any limits to these features and can still remain profitable.
99.5% of the people simply fall within the bell curve and would not exceed the web host’s profitable threshold even when there is no limits placed.
Now, The 5 Best Web Hosting Companies Reviews…
HostGator has been around since 2002.
I’ve personally used their web hosting services and have not experienced any problems so far.
The thing I liked about HostGator is the option to be billed monthly instead of yearly payment.
Although a monthly billing cycle is more expensive, it is good for webmasters who are building their websites for the first time and are unsure if they want to pursue the Internet marketing path for the long term. A monthly payment option helps to keep to initial start up investment minimal.
HostGator offers 3 plans.
The plan featured in the table above is the Baby plan. There’s a cheaper plan called the Hatchling Plan that allows 1 domain to be setup only. If you are paying by the month, it doesn’t hurt to pay an extra $1/mth to upgrade to the Baby Plan and get unlimited domains.
The premium plan – Business Plan adds private SSL and IP features to the web hosting services. If you are not sure what these are, then it’s most likely you don’t need this plan.
The Baby plan is suffice for most small business websites. You can opt for Yearly, 2-yearly or 3-yearly billing cycle which gives you up to 36% off.
After the first term, the regular price will kick in on renewals. The renewal prices for Baby plan goes at $9.95/mth for monthly as well as yearly payment, works out to be $8.95/mth for a 24-monthly payment and $7.95/mth for a 36-monthly payment.
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Read my in-depth HostGator reviews here.
BlueHost started back in 1996.
They are ranked 6th place for market share worldwide, after HostGator. This is a sure indication of Bluehost and HostGator’s popularity around the world.
Starting at $6.95/mth for a 12-month payment or $4.95/mth for a 36-month payment and the lack of a monthly billing cycle, the sign-up price certainly looks less attractive when placed side by side with its competitors.
And after the first term, the renewal pricing goes at $8.99/mth for a 12-month renewal, $7.99/mth for a 24-month renewal and $6.99/mth for a 36-month renewal.
What comes most striking is their “Anytime Moneyback Guarantee” offered on their site. This guarantee offers full moneyback on the first 30-days if you are dissatisfied with their services. After 30 days, the refund will be pro-rated.
I have chosen to put down 30 days in the table above to reflect only the full moneyback period. Make sure you read their terms and conditions about moneyback guarantee carefully to understand it better.
Read my in-depth BlueHost review here.
Established in 2002, Web Hosting Hub, a sister company of In Motion Hosting, offers the best moneyback guarantee for its web hosting services with an amazing achievement of 100% uptime (monitored since 22 Jun 2010 by a third-party uptime monitoring site).
The web host uses 100% Dell servers – considered to be one of the most reliable servers worldwide. (That may explain the 100% uptime… :P)
The signup price is less attractive than iPage and FatCow at $6.95/mth for a 12-month contract. However, the prices comes down substantially when you opt to pay for 24 months at once at $5.95/mth and 36 months at $4.95/mth.
After the first term, the renewal price plan becomes a yearly payment of $214.20 which works out to be $8.95/mth.
But with 280+ free applications that comes with every account, 90 day full moneyback guarantee and 100% uptime, this web host is still worth checking out.
Read my in-depth Web Hosting Hub review here.
The company is set up in 1998 and offers an attractive sign-up plan at $3.95/mth.
At the time of writing, the site is holding a promotion offering $1.99/mth for the first 3 months and $2.95/mth for the subsequent 21 months. This promotion definitely beat FatCow in terms of pricing.
iPage also offers a $50 Facebook Ad credits which is not offered by the first 3 web hosts.
The site boast an Anytime Moneyback Guarantee. Again, the full moneyback refund is for the first 30 days, after which, the refund is pro-rated.
Since low price tends to depreciate service quality due to overselling, I was at first skeptical about the service quality for iPage, given that it is offering their web hosting service at such a low price.
However, I went ahead and signed up for their services, just to test it on my own to see if iPage is able to deliver what it promises. And they have not disappointed me so far!
As with other web host renewals, the price increases back to the regular pricing after the first term.
Regular price for the hosting cost $8.99/mth for a 12-month renewal, $7.99/mth for a 24-month renewal and $6.99/mth for a 36-month renewal.
Read the in-depth iPage review here.
Upon entering the site, their homepage gave me a very moo-ey feel.
FatCow was founded in 1998 and has been focusing to provide quality service to small business sites. They owned 2 data centres, each with 2400 sq feet of floor space.
Their web host service is priced at $3.67/mth for a 12-months one-time payment. There are further discounts if you choose to pay for 24 or 36 months, in which the price works out to be $3.15/mth.
They’ll offer you another special discount if you try to navigate away from their order form, where they’ll lower the price to $2.50/mth for 12 months.
Like iPage, FatCow also offer a $50 Facebook Ad credits.
I’ve found that the customer feedback for this company have been mostly positive but personally I have not used FatCow myself.
As with the rest of the webhost, you will have to pay the regular pricing after the first term and the prices are the same as iPage.
If price is all that matters to you, definitely go for iPage with the sign-up promotion still ongoing or FatCow since both offers the lowest sign-up plans.
However, if you want to minimize your upfront investment, because you are unsure if Internet Marketing is something you want to pursue long term, HostGator is the answer.