When Internet users want to view your website, all they need to do is type your website address or domain into their browser. Their computer will then connect to your server and your webpages will be delivered to them through the browser.
The most popular way to build a website is by using WordPress. All free web host users can install this amazing CMS with just a few mouse clicks. WordPress has advanced so much during the past few years that you can use it for almost any project. From simple blogs or portfolios to e-commerce stores and coupon websites – WordPress can do it all!
They need servers in the United States. How quickly your website serves up to your customers depends, in part, on how close to the web host server your customers are. We focused on US-based servers in this review, requiring companies to have at least one datacenter in North America. We preferred web hosts with additional datacenters — if you live in Texas but your readers are all in the UK, it’s useful to have a web host with servers in London — but we didn’t require it.
Migration or transfer services are often free or offered at a reasonable fee. These services help move your existing site to the new hosting provider. They can save a huge amount of hassle. Just remember that the migration process is often automated, and may fit in with the host’s processes and needs rather than yours. Not everything may migrate, and you may find the organization of the newly migrated site makes for harder maintenance in the long run.
MediaTemple Grid Server is a bit pricier at $20 per month than the other hosts featured in this post, but technically it’s still considered a shared host which is why we included it. While not boasting the fastest load times, aside from a strange hiccup at the very beginning of the test, MediaTemple was rock solid all the way to scale. Variances were 2-300 milliseconds but load times generally stayed at almost exactly 1 second, regardless of the number of users.
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WebHostingStuff.com uses a computer program to automatically check each web hosting company’s main page on a regular basis. If they get a response, they know the webpage is up. If not, they continue pinging it until they get a response. It’s a massive undertaking for the — no joke — thousands of web hosts out there.
Many services offer so-called unlimited or unmetered service for whatever amount of bandwidth, disk storage and sites you use. It’s important to understand that most terms service actually do limit the definition of “unlimited” to what’s considered reasonable use. The bottom line is simple: if you’re building a pretty basic web site, unlimited means you don’t need to worry. But if you’re trying to do something excessive (or illegal, immoral or fattening), the fine print in the terms of service will trigger, and you’ll either be asked to spend more or go elsewhere.
If you want a website builder, you’ll be better off with FastComet (or a dedicated website builder). GlowHost only includes a “Site Publisher” tool. It’s enough to get a single information page, or a temporary status page up and running, but it won’t be much help if you want a fancier layout (read: multiple pages, buttons, or pictures).
You also want a web host with 24/7 customer support—if not by phone, then at least by chat. Forums, knowledge bases, and help tickets are all well and good, but sometimes you just need to communicate with another human to get things ironed out as quickly as possible. That said, not all 24/7 customer support teams are equal. Companies like GoDaddy and Liquid Web boast incredibly knowledgeable and helpful customer support squads—a fact that we confirmed in our in-depth reviews of those web hosting services.
As of now FreeHosting offers free cPanel hosting with many features and addons. The only “catch” is that one must have his/her own domain to sign up and use their free site hosting service, as they do not provide free subdomains.
Bluehost’s performance was lackluster. As traffic increased so did response time, almost following the same steep climb. Even at lower user counts the response time jumped around quite a bit, ranging anywhere from 1 to 3.5 seconds with only 10 active users. As Bluehost approached the 20 user mark load times skyrocketed to over 10 seconds. They did come back down, but performance was still highly inconsistent with huge variances from one second to the next.
TMDHosting is the cheapest of our four finalists. Compared to FastComet, GlowHost, and InMotion, its service plans are less expensive at almost every tier. The cost savings aren’t huge — at most, $36 per year — but if you don’t feel you need the specific features offered by our top picks, there’s no reason to avoid TMD. The company was one of only six web hosts to actually answer our email. Their response was short and professional, and while we had to rephrase our questions a few times on the phone and in live chat to get the answer we were looking for, we eventually got what we needed. Of note for beginners: while the company provides a basic Site Publisher tool, if you’re looking for a more robust website builder, you’ll want to look elsewhere.