So, with all that, you’d think they wouldn’t pay much attention to the lower-end entry-level plans. But you’d be wrong. One of the things that sets Multacom apart is that the company offers shared Windows hosting starting at $7.95. If you want to run Windows (or, more likely, IIS and various .ASP capabilities), this is a great way to get a start, or set up a testing or staging server for development.
Inmotion puts limitations in place for SQL and the number of domains on one account. That means a less crowded server and better performance. If you have only one website in mind, you should definitely go with Inmotion. If you need more, you can choose bigger plans too.
Once you decide you price range, you need to consider how long you’ll need web hosting. If it’s a short-term project—say, than a month or two—you can typically receive a refund should you cancel your hosting within 60 days. Some companies offer 30-day money-back guarantees, others offer 90-day money-back guarantees. Once again, it’s beneficial to do your homework.
The company’s entry-point pricing is extremely low, and while this will buy you up to three years of very low-cost hosting, do be aware that its post-promotion price will increase substantially, putting its subsequent year pricing more in line with the rest of its competitors. That said, we liked its 24-7 phone support, SSD support on some plans, and 30-day money-back guarantee.
Shopping for server hosting providers is difficult at best and confusing at the least. It’s even more of a challenge when you don’t know what questions to ask. Certain features are nice to have, while others can impact the credibility of your website, and ultimately, your business.
After you choose the best domain name to represent your website, it’s time to choose the right web hosting provider. You want website hosting that is reliable, with storage space that can grow as your website’s traffic grows. You also want hosting services that come with exceptional customer service.
Website Builder offers a strong selection of business-oriented services, including a free suite of SEO tools. These tools are designed to help you tune your site so it can rank well in web searches. The higher your site ranks, the more traffic you’ll get.
PHP is an open source scripting language that borrows from the likes of C, Java, and Perl, and can be HTML-embedded. Using a PHP hosting provider rather than any old generic host save you loads of trouble, including not having to parse and compile your files or install and learn any additional web publishing tools.
The reason Viewen doesn’t sell any products, or shows any ads, is because we don’t believe that’s the right approach to monetizing a company. We believe that if a client is successful and you help them achieve their goals, by providing a valuable path, only then can you present with tools that will help them move their online presence forward, but to get to this point, for most companies it’s going to take a very long time, so you can’t be pushing someone to purchase a product or tools that they don’t know how to use, or have no need for them.
GlowHost’s website design is clunky, with a strict “late 90s” vibe. But we found the site as easy to navigate as FastComet — we had no trouble navigating their knowledge base or interacting on their forum — though FastComet is undoubtedly easier on the eyes.
If you’re not sure of the type of hosting your business needs, you might want to start small, with shared Web hosting. You can always graduate to a more robust, feature-rich package of, say, VPS hosting or even dedicated hosting in the future. Unfortunately, some hosts don’t offer all hosting types. Consider how much you expect to grow your website, and how soon, before you commit to anything longer than a one-year plan. It’s worth spending the time up front to make sure that the host you select with is able to provide the growth you envision for your site, as switching web hosting providers midstream is not a trivial undertaking.
Take our little joke about Amazon above. If Amazon decided to host its website using HostGator’s unmetered Hatchling Plan for a couple of dollars per month, Amazon would crash the server it was running on. But more important to Amazon, crashing the server means that its website becomes unavailable, costing them millions of dollars.
FastComet immediately impressed with its beautifully designed website, giving us all the information we needed about packages and service tiers within a few mouse clicks. Beyond its excellent presentation, FastComet offers a host of tools that let you optimize its services. Its knowledge base is comprehensive yet approachable, with both written and video guides aimed at every skill level. FastComet also clocks in at 99.99 percent uptime — the highest rating attainable through a third party verification system. It’s highly unlikely that your readers will ever see an error page when they visit your website.
All of our web hosts offer FTP access, but we went one step further and required SSH access. It’s a more secure file transfer protocol that is particularly useful for advanced technicians (if you’re a beginner and see this option, we advise leaving it alone, or asking for advice from your web host on how to use it). Of our top picks, only HostPapa doesn’t give SSH access to its customers.
Web hosts not only host your website, they give you tools to access, create, update, and maintain it. Seven of our nine finalists used versions of a software called cPanel to do this — it’s one of the most common and universal interfaces for web hosting. If you ever want to change between web hosts, it’s good have a common interface between your old host and your new one, since this can make the transition easier.
I have found that InMotion was painfully slow for my “still-under-construction” website that contained 1 page saying “WEBSITE COMING SOON” and 2 rows of text and one graphic, which was less than 100 KB.
Based strictly on the performance data from each webhost, there were three hosts that really stood out in the group. Each of the following hosts had an average page load time of below one second throughout the entire course of the test, all the way to 50 concurrent users. Stay tuned for the next update where we re-evaluate all of these options and add many more.
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This is easily the most popular (and cheapest) method of web hosting. However, if your site has high traffic, you might not want to go with shared hosting. Sometimes, resources aren’t shared equally when it comes to this hosting method.