Best Web Hosting (2020) – Compare Performance & Different Use Cases

September 2, 2020


Article by Jerry Low . .
Updated: Jul 23, 2020

Because different websites have different needs – What’s best for me might not be right for you. An introductory page of 5 – 20 best web hosting providers may be useful for those who are compiling a shopping list; serious shoppers who need to buy a web host ASAP will need more details.

From the long list of our hosting reviews, I have selected 10 best web hosting companies:

  1. InMotion Hosting
  2. Interserver
  3. SiteGround
  4. GreenGeeks
  5. Hostinger
  1. A2 Hosting
  2. TMD Hosting
  3. Kinsta
  4. WP Web Host
  5. LiquidWeb

We will review them individually and compare their different use-cases in this page.

10 Best Web Hosting Companies: Pros-vs-Cons & Verdict

1. InMotion Hosting

L.A.-based hosting company established in 2001. Also own and manage Web Hosting Hub.

  • Lite: $2.49/mo
  • Launch: $4.99/mo
  • Power: $7.99/mo
  • Pro: $12.99/mo
  • Key features: Free domain, unlimited storage, email hosting, Auto-SSL, drag-and-drop site builder, 90-day money back guarantee.

InMotion Hosting

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • 24×7 live chat and telephone support.
  • Free site migration for new customers.
  • 50% discount (exclusive) when you order via our promo link.

Cons

  • Hosting prices increase after the first term.
  • No instant account activation – phone verification.

 

Visit InMotion

Company Profile

InMotion Hosting was founded by Sunil Saxena and Todd Robinson in 2001. The company currently holds three offices in Los Angeles, CA, Virginia Beach, VA and Denver CO, with data centers in both Los Angeles, CA, and Ashburn, VA.

They also own and manage Web Hosting Hub and currently employs over 300 employees in their company.

Review Summary

InMotion Hosting is a web host that I can personally vouch for – My new project HostScore is hosted at InMotion VPS and I am very happy with their performance.

InMotion Hosting has been in the hosting game for almost 20 years – their long business track record proved that they are one of the best hosting providers in market.

A few things that make InMotion Hosting stand out is their stable servers (which always gets >99.98% uptime) and their excellent customer support. If you have any troubles or inquiries, their customer support is always quick to respond.

The company offers three shared hosting plans that are great for small-to-medium size websites; as well as VPS and dedicated hosting for larger sites.

Read my full InMotion Hosting review here

Suitable for

InMotion Lite (starts at $2.49/mo) is great for newbies, individual bloggers and freelancers who are looking for an affordable hosting solution.

For eCommerce and websites with larger traffic – we recommend InMotion’s VPS-1000HA-S (starts at $22.99/mo).

2. InterServer

Secaucus, N.J.-based hosting company, founded by Michael Lavrik and John Quaglieri in 1999.

  • Shared hosting: $4/mo
  • VPS plans: Start at $6/mo
  • Dedicated plans: Start at $70/mo
  • Key features: Unlimited storage, signup price locked for life, 100% in-house support, flexible VPS hosting plans.

Interserver

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • Price lock guarantee for shared and VPS hosting.
  • Free site migration for first-time users.
  • 100% in-house customer support.
  • In-house developed virus and malware scanner.
  • Try out for just $0.01 first month (coupon code: WHSRPENNY)

Cons

  • Server location in United States only.

 

Visit InterServer

Company profile

Michael Lavrik and John Quaglieri founded InterServer back in 1999 when they were both high-school students. Their vision for the company was to provide data services at affordable prices while still maintaining a level of service and support.

The web hosting provider currently owns two data centers that are located in Secaucus, NJ and Los Angeles, CA; and offers a wide range of hosting services such as shared hosting, cloud hosting, and dedicated servers, among others.

Review summary

While not necessarily a mainstream name in the hosting industry, InterServer manages to grab our attention once I got to know the company better.

Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they offer a solid hosting service at a great bargain and the flexibility to upgrade your plan to VPS and dedicated hosting once your site starts to grow.

What’s truly unique about InterServer is their promise to provide an affordable hosting plan to its customers. Their shared plan is the only one in this list that offers a locked price once you sign up, which currently stands at $4/month, FOREVER, if you signup for 3 years.

Read my In-depth InterServer review here

Suitable for

Interserver shared hosting is great for individual bloggers and small businesses. For larger enterprises and websites with heavy traffic – their VPS and N.J.-based collocation servers offer a very flexible solution.

3. SiteGround

Founded in 2004 by a group of university friends. Offices in Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States.

  • Startup: $6.99/mo
  • GrowBig: $9.99/mo
  • GoGeek: $14.99/mo
  • Key features: Built-in CMS caching, email hosting, HTTP/2 Enabled, Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL.

SiteGround

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • Built-in Let’s Encrypt Standard & Wildcard SSL.
  • Free site migration for new customers.
  • Helpful live chat customer service (see my study)
  • Choice of server locations in three continents.
  • HTTP/2, built-in cacher, NGINX.

Cons

  • Hosting prices increase after the first term.

 

Visit SiteGround

Company profile

SiteGround was founded in 2004 by a group of university friends in Sofia, Bulgaria. Today, the company is headed by Tenko Nikolov, Reneta Tsankova, and Nikolay Todorov.

The company has since grown to employ over 400 people with offices located in Bulgaria, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, and United States. They currently own 6 major data centers located in the United States, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and in Singapore.

Review summary

Another solid hosting company, SiteGround is one of the few companies that strives for providing reliable hosting service with innovative features.

One such feature is the Super Cacher, which is a built-in caching tool that can make websites load faster. Another feature is the ability to install Let’s Encrypt SSL with just a few clicks, making it extremely convenient for users to secure their website.

While their pricing for renewals might be considered a little steep, it’s definitely worth it for the quality of hosting you get in return. I think SiteGround is suitable for business owners and professional bloggers who want a worry-free hosting solution.

Full SiteGround review here

Suitable for

Newbies, individual bloggers, small-to-medium businesses, freelancers, non-profit organizations, website developers, advanced WordPress users, eCommerce, online store, and large website forums.

4. GreenGeeks

Headquartered at Agoura Hills, California; established in 2006.

  • Starter: $2.95/mo
  • Pro: $5.95/mo
  • Premium: $11.95/mo
  • Key features: 300% green hosting (industry’s top), choice of four server locations, excellent speed features, Let’s Encrypt Wildcard SSL.

greengeeks

Company profile

Pros

  • Solid server performance – rated A in all tests.
  • Environmental friendly – 300% green hosting (industry’s top).
  • Free Genesis Framework and StudioPress themes.
  • Automated SSL installation and renewal.
  • Free sites migration + easy-to-use site builder.

Cons

  • Setup fees ($15) is non-refundable.
  • Price increase during renewal.

 

Visit GreenGeeks

Founded in 2006 by Trey Gardner, the company has benefited from his extensive experience in several large hosting companies. Today, Trey and his experienced core team of professionals have built GreenGeeks into a healthy, stable and competitive company.

The company’s roots lie in North America and has served over 35,000 customers with more than 300,000 websites. As an eco-friendly company, it has dedicated itself to leaving a positive energy footprint and replaces used energy with triple the energy credits that are used.

Review summary

GreekGeeks is a little of a mixed bag of tricks to us.

On one hand, as a technology geek who still hopes to have Earth (and the life on it) around for quite some time more, I appreciate the eco-friendliness. On the other hand, I remain a little leery of their one-plan-fits-all tactic.

There seems to be a mismatch in balance here and I am sure that I have not caught everything. However, also keep in mind the excellent speed performance that GreenGeeks servers have shown in our tests.

On a personal level, I feel that this is a host which would do admirably with anything from a blog all the way even to a small business. In fact, I think it’s an ideal place for a beginner to host their site, given the facilities, pricing and resources available.

Learn more in Timothy’s GreenGeeks review

Suitable for

Any users looking for an eco-friendly hosting solution, newbies, individual bloggers, small-to-medium businesses, budget users, freelancers, and non-profit organizations.

5. Hostinger

Established 2004, Hostinger is a budget hosting company running on multiple data centers worldwide.

  • Single Shared: $0.99/mo
  • Premium Shared: $2.89/mo
  • Business Shared: $3.99/mo
  • Key Features: Free domain, newbies-friendly site builder, cheap .xyz domain, cheapest shared hosting plan.

Hostinger

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • Curl, Cron Jobs, MariaDB and InnoDB, SSH Access for Budget Plans.
  • Free site migration service for new customers.
  • Zyro (advanced site builder) included in all shared plans.
  • Automated SSL installation and renewal.
  • Choice of server locations in eight locations.

Cons

  • Hosting prices increase after the first term.
  • Partial support in one-click installation for Single Shared Plan.

 

Visit Hostinger

Company profile

Currently headed by CEO Arnas Stuopelis, Hostinger was first established in 2004 as a bootstrapped “Hosting media” company in Kaunas, Lithuania. A few years later, they also launched 000Webhost, a free web hosting services with no advertising.

Review summary

Despite being a budget hosting company, Hostinger has 8 data centers located across the globe with Singapore being their latest addition. They are also localized in 39 countries and is a fully ICANN certified registrar.

Since their inception, Hostinger has grown into a well-known hosting company that boasts 29 million users with an average of 20,000 new user signups daily worldwide in 2017.

The key to their success? Offering a ton of premium hosting features at a competitively low price (one of the cheapest in the market, see table) for its users.

Hostinger is worth a check if you want as many hosting features as possible without needing to blow out your budget.

Learn more in my in-depth Hostinger review

Suitable for

Newbies, individual bloggers, small-to-medium businesses, budget users, freelancers, and non-profit organizations.

6. A2 Hosting

Headquartered at Ann Arbor, Michigan; established in 2001.

  • Lite: $2.96/mo
  • Swift: $3.70/mo
  • Turbo: $7.03/mo
  • Key features: Built-in CMS cacher, free SSL, anytime money back guarantee.

A2 Hosting

Company profile

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • Well-optimized for best server performance.
  • Anytime money back guarantee.
  • Choice of server locations in four locations.

Cons

  • Only the Turbo plan supports HTTP/2.
  • Live chat support isn’t always available.

 

Visit A2 Hosting

Led by CEO Bryan Muthig, A2 Hosting was established back in 2001 in Ann Arbor, Michigan and was known as Iniquinet back then.

Since then, the Independently owned web hosting provider changed their name and went on to host thousands of prominent sites through their shared, reseller, VPS, and dedicated plans.

Review summary

A2 Hosting has been around a long time, and they’ve managed to stay around this long by focusing on what they do best: being the fastest web host.

With a built-in caching tool called the A2 Optimized Tool, sites that are hosted on A2 Hosting loads much faster than most web hosts. Plus, you don’t have any technical knowledge or do any host configuration to enable it. With features and technology such as SSD storage, Railgun Optimizer, and pre-configured caching to its shared hosting customers, they continue to raise the standard for shared hosting speed.

If speed is important to you, then A2 Hosting is definitely worth checking out.

Read full A2 Hosting review

Suitable for

Newbies, individual bloggers, small-to-medium businesses, budget users, freelancers, non-profit organizations, website developers, advanced WordPress users, eCommerce, online store, and large website forums.

7. TMD Hosting

Founded in 2007, TMD Hosting covers all range hosting solutions: Shared, Reseller, VPS Cloud, WordPress Managed, and Dedicated.

  • Starter Plan: $2.95/mo
  • Business Plan: $4.95/mo
  • Enterprise PLan: $7.95/mo
  • Key features: Free domain, Weebly ready, 60-day free trial, NGINX, Let’s Encrypt WildCard SSL, special discount code “WHSR7”.

TMD Hosting

Pros

  • Solid server performance.
  • Clear guidelines on server limitation.
  • 60 day money back guarantee
  • Big discount for new signups
  • Free site migration service for new users.

Cons

  • Expensive renewal price.

 

Visit TMD Hosting

Company profiles

TMD Hosting has been around for over 10 years and has been considered as a reliable choice for those in need of a quality web hosting provider.

With four data centers spread across the United States and an overseas data center in Amsterdam, TMD Hosting is awarded with the PC Editor’s Choice.

TMD Hosting offers different hosting plans, including shared, reseller, VPS, cloud, WordPress managed, and dedicated hosting services.

Summary review

TMDHosting is not perfect but I do recommend TMD Hosting for bloggers or small-to-mid size business in need of a reliable web hosting solution. Not only do they offer stable server performances and tons of useful features, but they also have some of the best customer support team in the industry.

If you’re considering the Shared Hosting plan, I’d recommend you go for the Business Plan tier as the long term costs is more or less the same ($8.95/mo vs $9.95/mo) but you’ll have much better server performance and capacity.

Learn more in my TMD Hosting review

Suitable for

Newbies, individual bloggers, small-to-medium businesses, freelancers, non-profit organizations, website developers, and large website forums.

8. Kinsta

L.A.-based managed WordPress hosting, established in 2013. .

  • Starter: $30/mo
  • Pro: $60/mo
  • Business: $100/mo
  • Key features: Free SSL certificate, auto daily backup, white-labeled cache plugin, multi-user environment, multisite support.

Kinsta

Company profile

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • Choice of 15 server locations across the globe.
  • Free host migration for first-time users.
  • Good reputation – raving fans and positive reviews everywhere.
  • Comprehensive support knowledgebase.
  • Developer-friendly staging area with auto daily backups.

Cons

  • Expensive for users with multiple low traffic sites.
  • Does not support email hosting.

 

Visit Kinsta

Mark Gavalda, CEO and founder of Kinsta, established the company back in 2013 in Los Angeles, CA. While still relatively new, they have since grown rapidly with offices located in both London and Budapest.

Comprising of veteran WordPress developers, Kinsta is focused on providing a premium managed WordPress hosting services for all types of users, be it big companies or small-to-medium businesses.

Review summary

One of the top names in managed WordPress hosting, Kinsta has gained tremendous success and recognition ever since the company began their journey in 2013.

What really sets Kinsta apart from other similar players in the managed WordPress hosting market is their ability to provide a super fast, super innovative, and slick user control panel. That, along with their innovative server technology (NGINX, PHP7, HHVM) and solid server performance makes them a great choice for both businesses and individuals.

They have since gone on to host a number of global-recognized brands such as Ricoh, Ubisoft, General Electric, and ASOS.

Read full Kinsta review here

Suitable for

WordPress developers, web development and marketing agencies, and advanced WordPress users.

9. WP Web Host

Established in 2007, wholly owned by Southeast Asia hosting company Exabytes.

  • WP Blogger: $3/mo
  • WP Lite: $7/mo
  • WP Essential: $17/mo
  • WP Plus: $27/mo
  • WP Geek: $77/mo
  • Key features: Free .blog domain, HTTP/s & NGINX proxy, free SSL certificate, 100+ free WP themes, Jetpack Personal / Professional included.

WP Web Host

Company profile

Pros

  • Solid performance.
  • Top class managed WP hosting at affordable prices.
  • Managed WordPress host with email hosting.
  • Newbies-friendly user interface.
  • HTTP/s, built-in cacher, NGINX server.

Cons

  • Mixed results in Jason’s server speed test.
  • Expensive renewal price (40% price jump).
  • No 24×7 live chat or phone support.

 

Visit WPWebHost

Wholly owned by Southeast Asia hosting company Exabytes, WPWebHost began their journey in 2007 and aims to provide users with the essential communication tools and information technology solutions for WordPress websites.

They currently own two data centers located in Denver, Co, and in Singapore to provide fast loading speed in both the U.S. and the Asia Pacific.

Summary review

WPWebHost is one of the leading web hosting companies in Southeast Asia and while they’ve been in business since 2007, they continue to provide affordable and competitive pricing for their managed WordPress hosting.

The super affordable pricing makes WPWebHost a worthy consideration for newbies who want a cheap managed WordPress hosting but have a smaller budget.

However, their mixed server response speed and lacklustre customer service are major drawbacks that you might want to consider before signing up.

Read full review on WP Web Host

Suitable for

Small-to-mid WordPress sites, small businesses, and beginners.

 

10. LiquidWeb

Headquartered at Lansing, Michigan US; established in 1997.

  • VPS #1: $29/mo
  • VPS #2: $49/mo
  • VPS #3: $69/mo
  • Key features: Basic DDoS protection included, enhanced security, expand to enterprise hosting if needed, excellent customer service.

Liquidweb

Pros

  • Solid server performance.
  • Firewall + DDoS protection with all plans.
  • HIPAA-compliant and gaming server hosting.
  • A Huge knowledge base for DIY help.
  • Hardware replacement guarantee.

Cons

  • Costly for users with multiple low traffic websites.
  • Lack of server choices in Asia.
  • Some crucial features (e.g. GeoTarget, Multisite) are not included and expensive to add.
  • Ticket and phone support not available for Startup Plan.

 

Visit LiquidWeb

Company profile

Founded in 1997 by Matthew Hill, the Lansing, Michigan-based company provides web hosting services that empower web professionals around the world.

The company wholly owns and manages five data centers. With more than 32,000 customers in approximately 130 countries, LiquidWeb has to ensure it has the power to provide the many solutions that have turned it into a $90 million company with over 600 employees.

LiquidWeb received INC.5000 Fastest Growing Companies Award for 9 consecutive years (2007- 2015).

LiquidWeb is sold to investment firm Madison Dearborn Partners in 2015.

Review summary

LiquidWeb is excellent in many aspects but they might not be for everyone, especially given the relatively high entry price of their managed WordPress plans.

They are the hosting company for many well-known international brands, including Ducati, Hitachi, Red Bull, MTV, FedEx, Home Depot, as well as Chevy Volt.

The web host has reasonable priced enterprise-level hosting service, strong business track record, and excellent hosting performance – which make them a good choice of cooperates and enterprise hosting users.

Read full LiquidWeb review by Timthothy Shim

Suitable for

Web development and marketing agencies, enterprise hosting users, large business websites, online game producers, ecommerce, online store.

Use Cases of My Best Hosting Selection

Next, let’s compare different use cases of these top-rated hosting companies.

1. Best for Different Hosting Range

Best Hosting with Different Range: Interserver, SiteGround, TMD Hosting

Not all web hosting companies cater to the same market. Some web hosts focus on specific areas, while others may carry an entire range of products. Choosing the right one will depend on not just your current needs, but consideration for long-term scalability as well.

Best Web Host Shared VPS Cloud Dedicated Reseller Managed WP
InMotion Hosting
InterServer
SiteGround
GreenGeeks
Hostinger
A2 Hosting
TMD Hosting
Kinsta
WP Web Host
LiquidWeb

Tip: How web hosting range affect your choice?

Example - InMotion, one of my top rated web hosts, offers full range hosting service Example – Different web hosting ranges at InMotion Hosting

GreenGeeks, InterServer, and TMD Hosting are the only three that welcome resellers – compare their pros and cons here.

A2 Hosting, InMotion Hosting, InterServer, and TMD Hosting are great choices for those who want to start small (below $5/mo) and upgrade later.

Kinsta is a special case of a host that specializes in Managed WordPress Cloud only. This means that despite it’s limited application type, it is also able to scale with needs. WP Engine is another popular names in the same niche (but didn’t make it to my list), you can compare the two side-by-side using this tool.

2. Best for Multiple Websites Owners

Best for Hosting Multiple Websites: A2 Hosting, InterServer, Hostinger 

In the case of shared web hosting, you are usually limited in the number of websites you can host per account depending on plan. VPS hosting accounts don’t have domain limitations but are segregated by the amount of resources that each plan has.

Shared Web Host

Company Host 1 Website Host 2-10 Websites Unlimited Websites
InMotion Hosting $3.99/mo $5.99/mo $13.99/mo
InterServer $4.00/mo $4.00/mo $4.00/mo
SiteGround $6.99/mo $9.99/mo $14.99/mo
GreenGeeks $2.95/mo $5.95/mo $11.95/mo
Hostinger $0.90/mo $2.89/mo $3.99/mo
A2 Hosting $3.92/mo $4.90/mo $9.31/mo
TMD Hosting $2.95/mo $4.95/mo $7.95/mo
Kinsta
WP Web Host $3.00/mo $17.00/mo $77.00/mo
LiquidWeb

Note – Kinsta and LiquidWeb does not offer shared hosting services.

VPS / Cloud Hosting

Company Entry Level Mid Level Advanced
InMotion Hosting $17.99/mo $29.99/mo $49.99/mo
InterServer $18.00/mo $30.00/mo $54.00/mo
SiteGround $80.00/mo $120.00/mo $160.00/mo
GreenGeeks $20.00/mo $40.00/mo $80.00/mo
Hostinger $12.95/mo $29.95/mo
A2 Hosting $25.00/mo $35.00/mo $50.00/mo
TMD Hosting $29.97/mo $52.97/mo $62.97/mo
Kinsta $400.00/mo $900.00/mo $1,500.00/mo
WP Web Host
LiquidWeb $29.00/mo $49.00/mo $69.00/mo

Note – VPS hosting plans (approximately) specifications: Entry level – 4 GB RAM, 75 GB storage; Mid level – 6 GB RAM, 150 GB storage; Advanced – 8 GB RAM, 250 GB storage. InterServer has the most flexible server setup as they own / manage their data center and offer collocation hosting solution. 

3. Fastest Web Hosting / Best Speed Performance

Best Web Hosting Performance: InMotion Hosting, InterServer, Kinsta

There are various features that web hosts can offer to help your website’s performance. Many things affect the overall performance of your site and knowing the availability of these features can help you make a better choice.

At the end of the day, do stay focused on server response speed, as that it the one factor you have limited control over.

Average aggregate response speed for Interserver in January 2020 is 114.62ms (source). They were rated as top web host by our HostScore scoring model that particular month.Kinsta hosting speedKinsta hosting response time is checked at HostScore.net (source) every four hours from ten locations. At this time of writing, response time (except for Bangalore) stays below 250ms (which is excellent) for the past 30 days.

Compare “speed” features

Company Full SSD HTTP/2 NGINX Server Locations Server Speed (Our Tests)
InMotion Hosting All plans All plans VPS or higher US only ~ 350 ms
InterServer All plans Only inVPS plans or higher VPS or higher US only ~ 250 ms
SiteGround All plans All plans Only in GrowBig or higher Global ~ 600 ms
GreenGeeks All plans All plans Global ~ 400 ms
Hostinger All plans All plans All plans Global ~ 500 ms
A2 Hosting All plans Turbo (shared hosting) or higher Global ~ 500 ms
TMD Hosting All plans All plans Global ~ 500 ms
Kinsta All plans All plans All plans Global ~ 200 ms
WP Web Host All plans All plans All plans US & Asia ~ 700 ms
LiquidWeb All plans Only in Managed WP hosting Yes but need manual configuration US & EU ~ 450 ms

4. Best Web Hosting for Developers

Best Web Hosting for Developers: A2 Hosting, InterServer, SiteGround

If you’re a developer and need specific development environments to deploy and test scripts of applications, then you’ll need to focus closely. Here’s how you can host Django, Node.js, Python, or Windows (ASP.net) websites with the 10 hosting providers I picked.

Company Django Node.js Python ASP.net
InMotion Hosting VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher
InterServer All plans All plans All plans All plans
SiteGround VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher
GreenGeeks VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher
Hostinger VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher
A2 Hosting Swift (shared) or higher Swift (shared) or higher All plans All plans
TMD Hosting VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher
Kinsta
WP Web Host
LiquidWeb VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher VPS or higher

Tip: Want special development environment on shared hosting?

A2 Hosting - cheapest and best node.js hosting - best for developers Node.js hosting starts at just $3.70/mo at A2 Hosting.

Most web hosts don’t offer much in the way of developer tools for shared hosting account. A2 Hosting and Interserver are the rare exceptions that do. For those looking towards VPS hosting, most environments are configurable.

Click here to visit A2 Hosting / Click here to visit Interserver.

5. Best for Small-to-Medium Business

Best Web Hosting for Small Business: A2 HostingInMotion Hosting, SiteGround

Websites that are business oriented or conduct business online will have special needs as well. This includes enhanced security requirements and the applications to support the business. Popular eCommerce web applications include Magento, PrestaShop, and WooCommerce.

Most good web hosts will also offer some form of free SSL (AutoSSL for cPanel, Let’s Encrypt for Plesk) but do not that in special cases, some may offer more a powerful option – the Let’s Encrypt Wildcard certificate.

For more details, read our small business hosting guide.

Company Easy SSL Integration Dedicated IP Host Email Magento PrestaShop WooCommerce
InMotion Hosting AutoSSL $48/year
InterServer AutoSSL $36/year
SiteGround Let’s Encrypt Wildcard $54/year
GreenGeeks Let’s Encrypt Wildcard $48/year
Hostinger Let’s Encrypt *
A2 Hosting Let’s Encrypt $48/year
TMD Hosting Let’s Encrypt $48/year
Kinsta Let’s Encrypt Wildcard
WP Web Host Let’s Encrypt
LiquidWeb Let’s Encrypt **

Note * Hostinger offers one free dedicated IP address for all VPS hosting users. Dedicated IP address not supported in shared hosting services.

Note ** LiquidWeb offers first dedicated IP address for free for. Subsequent dedicated IP address costs $84/year.

6. Best for Advanced WordPress Users

Best WordPress Hosting for Advanced Users: Kinsta, SiteGround

There are many levels of WordPress users, from the first-time amateurs to those so expert they can code their own WordPress functions. Knowing this, web hosts also offer varying types of plans and WordPress-specific features such as optimizer plugins. Managed WordPress plans are a good choice for those seeking a guided hand. There are some hosts that also have WordPress experts as support staff.

Company Managed WordPress WP Expert Support Special WordPress Features
InMotion Hosting BoldGrid – WordPress site builder
InterServer
SiteGround Staging, WP-CLI, SG Optimizer – special plugin for best performance
GreenGeeks WP-CLI, PowerCacher – special plugin for best performance
Hostinger
A2 Hosting Staging, WP-CLI, A2 Optimized – special plugin for best performance
TMD Hosting
Kinsta Staging, WP-CLI, special dashboard, comprehensive WP resources
WP Web Host Jetpack Personal / Professional plan
LiquidWeb Staging, WP-CLI, iThemes Sync

Tip: Do you actually need a managed WordPress hosting?

During your search, you might came across numerous managed WordPress (WP) hosting plans and found that in some cases, prices of these WP hosting is quite higher (some goes up to 30x pricier) than the average shared hosting.

Such big price difference is mainly due to a number of WP-focused features, including specialised caching mechanism, WP developer-friendly platform, and WP expert supports. These features may be a necessity for users operating high-traffic WP sites, development / marketing agencies, or mid-size businesses. Starters and new bloggers, however, are unlikely to need many of the features offered yet.

Learn more about managed WordPress hosting in this article.

7. Best Web Hosting For Writers / Authors

Best Web Hosting for Writers: GreenGeeks, Hostinger, TMD Hosting

Hostinger - best cheap hosting Example – Hostinger shared hosting starts at just $0.80/mo – Perfect for freelancers who need a simple website.

For writers, choosing a web host that saves time is top priority. An easy-to-use site builder (to put up and maintain a site quickly), webmail (to communicate with clients and publishers), and affordable pricing (your core business is writing) are your three most important requirements.

Company Cost ^ Simple Site Builder Webmail
InMotion Hosting $3.99/mo
InterServer $4.00/mo
SiteGround $6.99/mo
GreenGeeks $2.95/mo
Hostinger $0.80/mo
A2 Hosting $3.92/mo
TMD Hosting $2.95/mo
Kinsta $29.00/mo
WP Web Host $3.00/mo
LiquidWeb $25.00/mo


^ Note – Signup cost for hosting single website.  

8. Beginners-Friendly Hosting Services

Best Web Hosting for Writers: GreenGeeks, InMotion Hosting

GreenGeeks dashboard - User-friendly and easy to reach out for support. GreenGeeks dashboard – User-friendly and easy to reach out for support.

For beginners, choosing a web host is affordable and easy to start with is most critical. Instant account activation, an easy-to-use control panel, and good support that’s always ready to help are three important requirements.

For beginners who are just starting out – InMotion Hosting and GreenGeeks come with an easy-to-use control panel (cPanel) and good support at very affordable price.

GreenGeeks’ new custom-built user dashboard makes thing right for beginners in many ways. Installing a free SSL, for example, is super easy on their platform. On the other hand, “Money Back Guarantee” trial period goes up to 90 days at InMotion – which makes them a risk-free choice for newbies.

Company Cost ^ Trial  Control
InMotion Hosting $3.99/mo 90 days cPanel
InterServer $4.00/mo 30 days cPanel
SiteGround $6.99/mo 30 days In-House
GreenGeeks $2.95/mo 30 days cPanel
Hostinger $0.80/mo 30 days In-House
A2 Hosting $3.92/mo 30 days cPanel
TMD Hosting $2.95/mo 60 days cPanel
Kinsta $29.00/mo 30 days In-House
WP Web Host $3.00/mo 100 days Plesk
LiquidWeb $25.00/mo 30 days Plesk


^ Note – Signup cost for hosting single website in shared environment.  

9. Long Term, Cost-Effective Solutions

Best for Long-term: A2 Hosting, InterServer

Interserver pricing policy - best for long term users Example – InterServer do not jack up their prices during renewal.

Website owners know that the initial investment is only part of their overall cost. This is due to varying factors such as the cost of hosting. Most web hosting providers offer steep sign-on discounts which are hard to resist. However, prices go up significantly when it’s time to renew your plan. When counting the potential cost of a web host, do keep this in mind as part of your planning.

Company Signup^ Renewal Guarantee
InMotion Hosting $3.99/mo $9.99/mo 90 days free trial
InterServer $4.00/mo $4.00/mo 30 days free trial
SiteGround $6.99/mo $14.99/mo 30 days free trial
GreenGeeks $5.95/mo $14.95/mo 30 days free trial
Hostinger $2.15/mo $11.95/mo 30 days free trial
A2 Hosting $3.92/mo $7.99/mo Anytime money back
TMD Hosting $4.95/mo $7.95/mo 30 days free trial
Kinsta $60.00/mo $60.00/mo 30 days free trial
WP Web Host $27.00/mo $27.00/mo 100 days free trial
LiquidWeb $29.00/mo $29.00/mo 30 days free trial

^ Note – Prices based on 2-year subscription period.

Tip: What is the right price to pay?

There are many types of hosting services, all at different price points and offering different features and options. You need to find not only the best rated and price, but also choose one that fits your website needs.

My team looked at 400 hosting deals and published this hosting pricing guide recently. Generally speaking, expect to pay $3 – $10 per month for a reliable shared hosting, $30 – $55 per month for a mid-range VPS hosting.

10. Best for Personal Websites

Best Personal Website Hosting: GreenGeeks, Hostinger, TMD Hosting

Like hosting for writers, a personal website hosting should be affordable and easy-to-use. Regardless of whether it’s to publish your CV or promote your “personal brand” – An easy-to-use site builder, built-in webmail features, and affordable pricing are most vital in a personal website host.

For those who are hosting just one personal website, Hostinger offers the cheapest solution ($0.80/mo on signup). TMD Hosting and GreenGeeks offer something pricier but they host unlimited websites and provide good customer support.

Company Cost ^ Site Builder Webmail
InMotion Hosting $3.99/mo
InterServer $4.00/mo
SiteGround $6.99/mo
GreenGeeks $2.95/mo
Hostinger $0.80/mo
A2 Hosting $3.92/mo
TMD Hosting $2.95/mo
Kinsta $29.00/mo
WP Web Host $3.00/mo
LiquidWeb $25.00/mo

11. Best for UK Websites

Best hosting for U.K. Users: Kinsta, SiteGround

To understand what makes a web host best for a specific location, we need to discuss about latency.

What is latency?

Latency is the time span of a server receiving and processing a user-made request.

Consider it like a flight – When an English users access a website hosted in the Australia, his requests fly from England – Middle East – Asia – Australia – Asia – Middle East – England to return a result. The flight time is the latency of that website.

If that particular website is hosted in England, the requests would have flown inside England only, minimizing the travel time.

To see how latency happens in real life, here’s an example.

Years ago this site you are reading was hosted at a data center in United States. Below is the site speed tested from 10 locations using Bitcatcha.

Latency test to choose the best web hostWebsite speed test results (2018) from 10 locations.

From the screenshot, you can see that the server response time differed from location to location. The site loaded quickly (8ms) for test node in United States and loaded slower for test nodes in Japan and Australia (367ms and 414 ms).

The closer your audience location is to your server, the lower latency it is.

Why latency matters?

Latency is a certain part of your website loading time. By improving the latency (choosing to host closer to your audience), your website loading time will improve significantly.

In other words, if majority of your audience is located in the same country or region, it’s best to host your website closer to them.

This explains why latency is an important factor when you are choosing a web host.

So which web host is best for U.K. websites?

My team member did a latency analysis on some hosting companies with data centers located in UK and rank them based on price, features, and latency. Base on his test results, SiteGround – with a London-based server location, was among the hosts with top speed. Kinsta, on the other hand, is running on servers powered by Google Cloud at London(which the speed quality has been well-proven).

Web Host Server Location Response Time
(from UK)
    Bitcatcha W.P.Test
SiteGround London 34 ms 101 ms
PickAWeb Enfield 35 ms 104 ms
Heart Internet Leeds 37 ms 126 ms
HostingUK London, Maidenhead, Nottingham 41 ms 272 ms
Fast Host Gloucester 59 ms 109 ms
tsoHost Maidenhead 68 ms 582 ms
eUK Host Wakefield, Maidenhead, Nottingham 34 ms 634 ms

12. Best for Malaysian & Singaporean Websites

Best hosting for Malaysian & Singaporean Users: Hostinger, SiteGround , TMD Hosting

To understand what makes these hosting services great for Malaysian and Singaporean websites, please read my explanation on latency.

Speed tests conducted by my team member Abrar Mohi Shfee.

Web Host Server Location Speed Test
(from Singapore)
Price
(roughly)
    Bitcatcha W.P.Test  
Hostinger Malaysia 8 ms 191 ms S$1.00/mo
TMD Hosting Singapore 8 ms 237 ms S$4.05/mo
SiteGround Singapore 9 ms 585 ms S$5.36/mo
A2 Hosting Singapore 12 ms 1795 ms S$5.34/mo
Exabytes Malaysia, Singapore 19 ms 174 ms S$5.99/mo
Vodien Singapore 7 ms 107 ms S$10.00/mo
Shinjiru Malaysia 24 ms 119 ms S$5.00/mo

Frequent Asked Questions on Hosting Services

I explained the basics of hosting a website in this article but in case you were looking for some quick answers…

What is web hosting?

Web hosting is the service of providing resources such as storage space and network infrastructure for users to operate a website.

More about how web hosting works here.

What is a domain name?

A domain name is the human-friendly address of a website. It is typed into an Internet browser address bar by visitors to access a site.

More about how domain nameg works here.

What are the types of web hosting services?

The core types of web hosting include shared, VPS/Cloud and dedicated servers. The main differences are normally in performance, security, and reliability.

See the different types of web hosting here.

What is the difference between web hosting and domain name?

A domain name gives you a location for a website, whereas web hosting is the service which handles how the site is delivered to visitors.

Can I buy and own my own web host?

Yes. Many larger companies buy, host, and maintain their own server(s) at a data center for their exclusive use.

More about hosting your website locally here.

Many larger web hosting companies will offer what?

Larger web hosting companies will typically offer a full range of web-related services. This includes web hosting plans, sale of domain names, and reseller plans.

What is a web hosting reseller?

Some people will buy web hosting in bulk and sub-divide the resources to rent out. This is called reseller hosting.

What does a server look like?

There are two types of servers – consumer and commercial grade. Consumer grade servers look like normal desktop PC boxes while commercial servers look like large boxes with racks in them.

What do I need to host my own website?

To host a website, you need a domain name and web hosting. The domain name is the address which points to where your website files are stored.

What is a website?

Websites are collections of web pages offering a combination text, video, and images to visitors. Each website usually will have multiple pages housed under a single domain name.

Further Reading

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P/P/S: It takes great effort to gather, compile, and update these data (last checked January 2020). Please let me know if you find any errors or outdated info in the following tables.

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