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May 2015 Edition

Our Best Web Hosting Picks of 2015

Last Update: May 25, 2015

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*9.6 of 10
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iPage offers industry-leading features at unbelievably low prices. Their services include Integrated Google Tools, an easy to use Site Builder, and reliable SiteLock Security all backed by a "30-day Money Back Guarantee"!
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$8.99 $1.99
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Unlimited
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FREE
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Unlimited
#2
*9.6 of 10
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We love that BlueHost utilizes custom designed in-house servers and software to ensure optimal performance for every type of customer, big or small.
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$3.49
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Unlimited
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FREE
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Unlimited
#3
*9.2 of 10
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HostGator's "Unlimited" hosting approach offers unlimited disk space, bandwidth & email while still guaranteeing 99.9% up-time. Bonus: Powered by 130% wind energy!
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$3.47
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Unlimited
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FREE
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Unlimited
#4
*9.2 of 10
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JustHost lives up to its name by providing everything you need to get up & running: site builder tools, 24/7 support, and $200 in free advertising credits!
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Monthly Starting Price
$2.50
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Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE
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Unlimited
#5
*9.1 of 10
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Yahoo Small Business Hosting seamlessly integrates Yahoo's many online merchant solutions. They even have a Live Web Insights mobile app to help you monitor site performance from anywhere!
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$2.99
Disk Space
100 GB
Domain Name
FREE
Traffic
1000 GB
#6
*8.9 of 10
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Arvixe knows hosting; specializing in VPS, Reseller, and Dedicated services. Even their "Personal Class Hosting" enjoys a 99.9% uptime and a 60 day money back guarantee!
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Monthly Starting Price
$3.20
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Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE
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Unlimited
#7
*8.8 of 10
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Founded in 1999, IX Web Hosting is a home-grown service based in Ohio, that provides full-featured and reliable hosting in their own local data center.
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$2.95
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Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE
Traffic
Unlimited
#8
*8.4 of 10
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GoDaddy's massive infrastructure from its domain registration business allows them to offer incredibly scalable services with simple, one-click web hosting app installs.
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$3.49
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Unlimited
Domain Name
FREE
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Unlimited
#9
*7.9 of 10
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FatCow offers simplistic web hosting powered by 100% wind energy. Each hosting plan includes a free mobile site builder.
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Monthly Starting Price
$3.67
Disk Space
Unlimited
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FREE
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Unlimited
#10
*7.9 of 10
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Network Solutions is a web hosting provider whose stated goal is "Helping you start, grow and manage your business online."
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$2.99
Disk Space
Unlimited
Domain Name
$9.99
Traffic
Unlimited

Who Didn’t Make the Cut

Web.com

Price:
$0.50 for First Month Only

Why We Didn’t Pick Them:
Price increases to $14.95/mo after the first month.

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iPage makes setting up your website a breeze. You'll be guided with step-by-step instructions on how to get started and they also offer 24/7 customer support so you'll never be left in the dark. Read More

Bluehost offers guides, video tutorials, and 24/7 customer support to help you get started. They design and maintain their servers in-house to provide secure web hosting. Read More

HostGator is a relatively new web hosting provider that offers web hosting with a simplicity that can't be matched by most other web hosts. HostGator offers the services you'll need in their basic web hosting packages so you won't pay extra for standard services. Read More

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Tips for Choosing a Web Hosting Service

The most important thing to keep in mind when choosing a web host is your needs: just like it wouldn't make sense to use a smaller web host if you're building a huge website that requires multiple servers, it wouldn't make sense to pay for a lot of storage and features you're not going to use if you're launching a small blog. If you are planning on starting with a small site that will become very large, your best bet is to choose a basic package with unlimited disk space, which will give you enough space for all of the pages you'd like to have and make you to accessible through search engines. When your website expands, you'll always have the option of switching to a large host later to accommodate your traffic.

The more you know about the different features and publishing tools that are available, the more you can make your website an inviting environment for visitors. Also, try to grasp the more complex technological specs of each web host. Even if it sounds like jargon to you now, it will begin to make more and more sense as start understanding the different features each host offers.

Once you feel grounded in these technological aspects, make sure your website has features in place to find the customers that you're trying to reach. Almost all web hosts provide means of reaching consumers through free advertisement credits. Shopping carts and multiple email addresses can have a big impact on how professional you look to interested consumers. Checking security features would also be a good idea if you're trying to set up a small shopping website, as well as CMS availability and integration for each web host. Remember, the more you know, the better website you'll ultimately have.

Web Hosting Prices

Many web hosting services let you choose from several types of packages, each with a different price and slightly different range of offerings. The prices can range from $4.25/month to over $40/month. These price differentials can be attributed to the different features included within each plan and to the eagerness of some newer hosting companies, such as iPage, to grow their brand by offering extremely low rates. In order to help you stay within your budget, we've compared the prices of the best web hosting services of 2012 across all the plans they offer.

Bandwidth and Disk Space

Even if you're planning a small site, you should look for a minimum of 5 GB of disk space and 250 GB of bandwidth from your web hosting plan. While this may be enough for most websites, it's important to note that many web hosts such as FatCow are offering an unlimited amount of both at a price that's comparable to more limited plans. Our side-by-side comparison shows what each host offers to help you decide which plan will best suit your needs.

Ease of Use

Choosing an easy-to-use web host is particularly important if you are new to web hosting. We set up accounts with several web hosting services and used each control panel for a variety of tasks in order to evaluate the ease of use. Since only StartLogic lets you test out their control panel with a free demo, we've recorded our findings to help you determine which control panel will be easiest for you to use.

Customer Support

Both web professionals and novice webmasters will likely need assistance from their web host's customer support staff at some point. Since nearly every hosting company promises impeccable support, we put them to the test to show you how helpful and friendly each support team truly was. We tested the hold times, relevance of the response and politeness of both phone and chat representatives. We also tested the email responses of each web host. Finally, we surveyed the self-help services offered by each web host, in case you prefer to find answers independently.

Standard Web Hosting Features

One thing that tends to complicate the decision of choosing a web host is the large (and often unnecessary) features list that each service provides. Although price, bandwidth and disk space are often the biggest determining factors, it's also important to evaluate what other features and add-ons each host offers. Our comprehensive features comparison will help you determine which host offers the features you want. Or, if you're not sure exactly which features your website will need, take a look at our comparison to determine which ones sound helpful and which ones may not be worth the added expense.

Uptime and Page Load Time

Of primary importance to the success of your website is whether or not your visitors will be able to load your site's pages quickly and to see at a glance what your site is all about. While we found iPage to live up to it's 100% uptime guarantee, we were surprised to see that HostGator fell short of it's 99% guarantee. We tested the uptime and page load time of the best hosting services to help you determine which ones are more reliable.

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