me lisa

Hi 👋 I'm Lisa! I'm a freelance web developer travelling the world and I have been building websites (mostly WordPress powered ones like this one) for small business owners for the last 5 years or so.

Because every website needs web hosting I have come across many web hosting service providers over the years. Some have been good, most have been not so good and a few have been outright terrible.

This here website is a collection of my personal and honest reviews* of a couple of web hosts I have worked with the most, and have most experience dealing with.

* honest, unbiased and bull💩-free reviews of web hosting services (in 2018) I have actually used.

"Help me choose web hosting" wizard

My aim with this web hosting helper is to guide you to the best type of web hosting service for your website, blog or online store.

For WordPress sites I recommend that you check out these WordPress hosting services:

SiteGround (is the web host I use for this WordPress site) A2 Hosting Bluehost

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

When it comes to the best web hosting for small business I recommend the following companies:

InMotion Hosting SiteGround WP Engine

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

When it comes to web hosting for your blog I suggest the following providers:

Bluehost SiteGround A2 Hosting

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

For web hosting for your online store I suggest getting ecommerce web hosting from:

SiteGround InMotion Hosting Shopify (not a web host per say I know but is the #1 ecommerce software)

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

If you aren't really sure what type of hosting you need but you want cheap web hosting, then I suggest:

Bluehost (from $2.95/mo) SiteGround HostGator

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

Best web hosting reviews April 2018


5
Superior
SiteGround Review
Summary
I have rated SiteGround 5 out of 5. SiteGround should be your #1 choice of web host if you care about things like speed, performance, security and uptime, and you want solid technical features and excellent support at an affordable price. (FYI this website is hosted with SiteGround.)
Pros
Free site migration
Free daily website backups
Officially endorsed by WordPress
Managed WordPress hosting on all plans
Innovative speed technologies (SSD HTTP/2 PHP7 NGINX)
Free SSL certificate & CDN
30-day money-back guarantee
Cons
Limited data storage
Strict over-usage policy

4.5
Solid
InMotion Hosting Review
Summary
I have rated InMotion Hosting 4.5 out of 5. InMotion Hosting is a stellar web hosting provider and an excellent choice to choose to host your site with. InMotion offers a perfect blend of low price and technical innovation, and you can expect excellent uptime, speed, performance and technical features.
Pros
Free website migration
Free daily site backups
SSD drives on all plans
Managed WordPress hosting on all plans
Innovative speed technologies (SSD PHP7 WP-CLI CloudLinux OptimumCache)
90-day money-back guarantee
Cons
No free CDN
Slow account setup due to manual phone verification
Somewhat misleading pricing information

4.5
Amazing
A2 Hosting Review
Summary
I have rated A2 Hosting 4.5 out of 5. A2 Hosting is independently owned which means they are in complete control of all of their servers, which is a huge plus in the monopoly of hosting providers out there. A2 Hosting plans are affordable, and they also go big on four of the most most important namely hosting features – speed, features, security and first-class support.
Pros
Free website migrations & WordPress comes pre-installed
Turbo Servers - 20x faster loading pages
Innovative speed & security technologies (HTTP/2 PHP7 SSD & Free CloudFlare CDN & HackScan)
Anytime money-back & 99.9% server-uptime guarantee
Cons
Only the Turbo plan comes with 20x faster turbo servers & A2 Site Accelerator
Server migration fee for changing data centers

4
Good
Bluehost Review
Summary
I have rated Bluehost 4 out of 5. Bluehost is an all-round and good web host for beginners that comes with good features and extras, but there are better web hosts out there for the same price but with more resources and better technical features.
Pros
Free domain for one year
Free SSD on all shared hosting plans
PHP7 HTTP/2 and NGINX+ Caching
Unlimited traffic & disk space
Officialy recommended by WordPress
Easy WordPress installation
Free SSL & CloudFlare CDN
30-day money-back guarantee
Cons
Slow page loading at times
No free site migration
No free daily site backups

4
Solid
FastComet Review
Summary
I have rated FastComet 4 out of 5. FastComet is a new force to be reckoned with in the hosting industry when it comes to cheap yet fast, secure, reliable and feature rich shared web hosting.
Pros
Free domain for life
SSD hosting
Free site migration and free daily and weekly backups
Free SSL and Cloudflare CDN
NGINX and HTTP/2
1-click WordPress auto-installer with free theme setup
45-day money-back guarantee
Cons
Only the SpeedUp plan comes with the RocketBooster speed and security
$19.95 setup fee if you choose to pay monthly

3.5
Good
HostGator Review
Summary
I have rated HostGator 3.5 out of 5. HostGator's dirt cheap shared hosting plans are a disappointment HOWEVER their Cloud and Managed WordPress hosting plans are in fact awesome! Super fast servers, solid features and great value for money.
Pros
Unlimited storage & bandwidth
Free SSL Certificate with Let’s Encrypt
24/7/365 Support via Phone Live Chat and Ticket System
Up to 2.5x faster servers Global CDN Daily Backup & Restore and Automatic Malware Removal (HostGator's Managed WordPress Hosting only)
45 day money back promise
Cons
Only the Cloud & Managed WordPress plans come with the Speed Security & Extra features
Expect upsells along the way

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