In this article, we talk about three Web hosting providers who we consider to be the best out there right now.
Before we start, we should mention the fact that selecting providers like this is rather subjective. Web professionals tend to adopt a favoured Web host, learn the intricacies of the control panel, and continue to use it – so a different team of experts could make a completely different set of recommendations!
Still, the three hosts here are hosts that we trust with our own websites, which should be the most important consideration of all.
What IS shared hosting?
Just before we begin, let’s define shared hosting:
Shared hosting refers to a plan where many websites are hosted on the same server, utilising the same server resources – RAM, disk space and bandwidth. For startups, small business websites, and small or medium-sized blogs, a shared hosting plan is usually sufficient to meet disk space and traffic requirements.
Medium to large companies usually opt for VPS or dedicated hosting plans to handle their much more intensive server requirements.
Here are our three best shared hosting providers:
You’ll notice that we mention HostGator quite a lot throughout this website, and that’s because they offer a good combination of reliability, value and functionality.
HostGator is a large and well established firm. Over 9 Million global domains are hosted on their servers.
HostGator offer a guarantee of 99.9% uptime, and based on recent statistics they consistently beat and exceed this target. They also offer a 45-day money-back guarantee if they fail to meet your expectations.
HostGator’s support is consistently good, in our experience, and technicians are available to assist you 24 hours a day.
HostGator use industry-standard meshed Cisco products for their datacenter infrastructure, which is constantly monitored for problems by on-site staff.
We have no hesitation is recommending HostGator for all of your hosting requirements. You will find a detailed review of their shared hosting plans here.
Site5 market their hosting services as “built for designers and developers.” They boast an average 5-star rating on Shopper Approved, which is a great achievement for a hosting company.
You can try out Site5 with no risk whatsoever as they offer a generous 30-day trial supported by a money-back guarantee of up to 45 days.
If you’re concerned with exactly where your site is being hosted, Site5 offer a choice of server locations across 20 countries, including the USA, the UK and Canada. If your site’s audience is likely to be regional in nature, you can choose a server near to your target market to ensure the best possible performance.
Like HostGator, Site5 offer a 99.9% uptime service level agreement to their customers. Their pricing is competitive, and there are plenty of support options. However, it is worth noting that telephone support is only offered Monday to Friday.
Even so, we think Site5 will please the most discerning of customers – and their large collection of positive reviews should provide you with extra reassurance.
SiteGround offer a huge range of different hosting packages, including some customised for specific platforms such as WordPress and Drupal.
SiteGround has plenty in common with the other two hosting platforms we recommend here: There is a 99.9% uptime guarantee and support is available 24/7. Over the past year (at the time of writing), SiteGround have actually exceeded their own target and achieved 99.996% uptime.
We particularly like the way that SiteGround detail the infrastructure they use to support their service. Their main datacenters are in Chicago, Amsterdam and Singapore, and you can even see online pictures of their server rooms, backup power supplies and generators. There’s certainly no question of you not knowing exactly what you are buying into!
SiteGround’s prices are a little higher than Site5 and Hostgator, especially when you take into account that they limit webspace, rather than saying everything is “unlimited” on every plan. However, we rather like this transparent approach.
SiteGround comes across as something of a “boutique” Web hosting company, even though they host tens of thousands of sites. Best of all, they have an average rating of 4.97 out of 5 on their published reviews. We can’t image SiteGround letting you down.
You will find a detailed review of SiteGround’s hosting plans here.
If you have found this article useful, we suggest you also take a look at our guide to what to look for in a Web hosting company.
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