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Ranking the best web hosting services of 2018

You’re here to find the best web hosting.

Good. I think I can drop some knowledge.

Jeremy here, and because I am addicted to new internet ventures (and mostly because I’m an idiot) I’ve used well over 50 web hosts in my day. Some of the providers, multiple times.

It’s hilarious how most hosting review sites complicate web hosting. The truth is, most of the popular web hosting companies are run and managed by the same company (1), including Bluehost, Hostgator, iPage, Arvixe, FatCow and A Small Orange.

That doesn’t make them necessarily bad, but its all the same thing. Same support, same management. Pretty much white-labeled.

So, assuming you’re a small business or blogger (which is 90% of you), you’ll want web hosting that is fast, secure and has crazy-good customer support.

(Note: if your site is already getting tons of traffic, you’ll wanna check out our premium (VPS or dedicated) hosting rankings. And if you’re looking to go “bare minimum”, you can go here)


#1: SiteGround

Think: Bluehost, but with better customer service (they will usually take your call in under 60 seconds). Fast servers and super affordable. The #1 option for most.

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SiteGround is the best web host for local businesses or beginning to intermediate bloggers.

Their OMG-worthy, USA-based customer service team makes it a no-brainer.

You’ll be able to easily integrate with WordPress, Joomla, or Magento just like most shared hosting accounts, but with faster load page times.

The SSD servers are spread across the globe in the U.S.A., Europe, and Asia to help users access your files fast.  As one of the most highly-rated hosts online, most of their customers have only good things to say about them. All of these factors add together to make them our overall best hosting platform available.

Unique features: Free SSL certificate (that makes your site https – very important!), 99.99% uptime, CMS friendly, Linux SSD servers, free daily backup

Pricing: Starting at $3.95

#2: Bluehost

Bluehost is the perfect platform for bloggers, internet marketers and WordPress fans due to their affordable and powerful shared plans.

Visit Bluehost.com

Bluehost has become one of the best options for small businesses, bloggers, and niche site webmasters.

Their plans give an all-inclusive solution for anyone looking for one place for their hosting. Their 100% U.S. based customer phone support team can help you any time of day and night if you have any problems. If you use WordPress for your sites, you’ll be happy to know that Bluehost was the first hosting company recommended by WordPress.

Due to their early adoption of the WP platform, Bluehost has been adopted by many affiliate marketers and has a very well known an easy to use affiliate program.

Unique features: Free domain, USA-based support, easy-to-upgrade

Pricing: Starting at $3.49

#3: HostGator

HostGator is a top-3 favorite for bloggers and small business owners due to the upfront options and clear pricing structure. Super simple.

Visit Hostgator.com

HostGator is one of the best entry level hosts on the market.

A great option for beginners who’re starting a blog. Their plans are robust, easy to understand and affordable. E-commerce stores and entrepreneurs can benefit from the free 1-800 number that is given to all “business” plan customers.

HostGator also offers one of the most generous affiliate programs with an increasing payment system that tops off at $125/sale. The environmentally conscious will enjoy that the company has no carbon footprint because they purchase renewable energy credits equal to 130% of their emissions.

With a significant portion of the entire internet’s traffic running through their servers, this host is one of the most popular online.

Unique Features: 99.9% uptime guarantee, WordPress Friendly, affordable, 24/7 phone support

Pricing: Starting at $5.56

Best of the rest…

#4: iPage

One of the most affordable options online, iPage offers versatile and reliable shared hosting for low prices.

iPage really is Bluehost or Hostgator. Owned by the same company (2). If you need shared hosting on a budget, its not a bad way to go.

Unique features: Free domain, daily backups, 30-day money-back guarantee

Pricing: Starting at $3.25

#5: Arvixe

Arvixe is a great all-around provider that has a ton of versatile hosting options for just about anyone who needs a website.

If you outgrow the plan you start with, Arvixe makes it incredibly easy to move up to the next plan, or even the next hosting type.

Unique features: Free domain, 99.9% uptime, free site transfer

Pricing: Starting at $3.27

#6: Web Hosting Hub

Web Hosting Hub specializes in providing shared hosting to small businesses with top notch service.

Web Hosting Hub understands that you’re busy running your company, so many of their options help you get started quickly with minimal legwork on your part. Some of these features include an open community, tutorials, and a premium website builder that makes creating your new site a breeze.

Unique Features: 90-day money-back guarantee

Pricing: Starting at $3.99

#7: InMotion

InMotion is all about speed and service, and their customers are some of the most satisfied on the internet.

Best known for good customer services, but they’re not on Siteground’s level. They also care a lot about speed,  with SSD hardware, advanced routing, and premium bandwidth a priority for all shared accounts.

Unique features: Free data backups, SSD hard drives, 90-day money back

Pricing: Starting at $4.89

#8: DreamHost

DreamHost has become one of the most reliable hosting providers trusted mostly by startups.

Uptime is more important for startups and e-commerce sites that need constant traffic for exposure and sales. Dreamhost has a “100% uptime” guarantee. While it’s not the cheapest hosting, it is a reasonable price for all of the features offered. Probably better for someone looking for VPS (which they offer starting at $15/mo)

Unique features: 100% uptime guarantee, free daily backups, 97 day money-back guarantee

Pricing: Starting at $5.95

#9: FatCow

Another generic brand from the Endurance International conglomerate.

FatCow seeks to help those who don’t know much about having a website. Their original FatCow plan is their only shared hosting option that they claim is “simply smart web hosting”. It’s the only plan that individuals and business owners will need to get a site up and going. This won’t be a host for developers or anyone who wants a host with a lot of options.

Unique features: Runs on green energy, free domain

Pricing: Starting at $4.08/mo

#10: A Small Orange

A Small Orange is an upfront host that is clear about what you get with each of their plans.

There are so many hosting companies that offer “unlimited” bandwidth and disk space, but when your site reaches a certain traffic level or your files take up so much space you often hit what hosts call a “soft cap”. A Small Orange doesn’t have any unlimited plans and clearly labels all the resources that you get. You’ll know your limits and have a site that will never run poorly due to invisible limits.

Unique features: 99.9% uptime, free data backups

Pricing: Starting at $2.92 (this is the bare minimum, people)

#11: A2

A2 is an incredibly advanced and versatile hosting platform that provides developers and programmers a place to build powerful applications and websites.

This is for the gamers. Not the “beginners”. A2 is a host that was started by developers to create a place for other coders and developers to build awesome sites. You’ll find almost every web programming language available, including the latest version of PHP. There is also a unique feature to switch between different versions of a few of the languages they offer to make it easier to create robust programs.

Unique features: 99.9% uptime, free backup tool, resources for developers

Pricing: Starting at $3.92

#12: GoDaddy

GoDaddy is one of the better-known registrar brands.

Mainly a domain registrar and manages over 53 million domains on their servers. Their site also has a domain marketplace where anyone can buy and sell their domains in an auction style, although its not recommended. Hit or miss on the customer support.

Unique features: DDOS protection, 99.9% uptime

Pricing: Starting at $2.99


It’s hilarious how most people complicate the web hosting process.

You want the fastest host with the best customer service? Get Siteground. It’s basically what Bluehost, Hostgator and iPage offer, but better customer service.

Like I said before, I’ve used over 50 web hosts, and I have skin in the game.

Waited 45 minutes for support? Been there (don’t ever use GoDaddy for hosting). Emergency website backups? Yep. (Good job, Bluehost.) Used dedicated servers? (Yes, and Servint was meh). Premium WordPress hosting? (Yep, and WP Engine is baller but spendy, and LiquidWeb is recommended, too)

But like I said, 90% of you will probably want the most affordable host with the fastest servers and best customer service. Which should make your choice easy.

About the author: “JP Smooth” is a tech entrepreneur and owner of too many websites lol. He created HostAuthority with 3 other entrepreneurs to prove that web hosting doesn’t have to be complicated.

2 comments… add one
  • Steven Dailly

    Hi JP,

    Really great reviews on the current hosting options available. If you were to pick one hosting company for a new Ecommerce startup, what would you recommend?

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