1. Bluehost – Best Overall
+ Best uptime (99.99%)
+ Top 5 speed (405 ms)
+ One-Click-Install for WordPress
+ Easy to use, beginner-friendly
+ Free domain and site builder
+ 24/7 support (chat and phone)
– Discounts for longer plans only
Bluehost web hosting has been around since 2007 and they now host more than 3,000,000 websites. They are the most popular, low-cost hosting option for new websites.
They are our top-rated web hosting company because their last 24-month uptime and speed are very strong – 99.99% and 405 ms, respectively.
Their 3-year introductory price is $2.75/mo (renews $7.95) and that comes with features like free domain name, website builder and one-click install for WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal through cPanel. So for starters (someone without a website), this is probably the best option. Unmetered bandwidth and 50 GB storage are included in the basic plan.
It’s a great fit for WordPress websites since it’s officially recommended by WordPress.org
Bluehost also free email accounts, 24/7 live customer support and SSL (security layer) on all plans. It’s very easy to use and probably the best entry-level web hosting provider that is both reliable and secure. In addition to traditional shared hosting, the company also offers dedicated, VPS and managed WordPress hosting plans for higher traffic websites.
All of their hosting plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee and get instantly activated, so you can start using them right away.
2. HostGator Cloud – Best Cheap Cloud
HostGator Cloud Pros
+ Top 5 uptime (99.99%)
+ Top 5 speed (399 ms)
+ Free website transfer
+ No bandwidth and storage limit
+ Multiple datacenter locations
+ Unlimited email accounts
HostGator Cloud Cons
– Higher renewal cost
HostGator, founded in 2002, is a popular shared and cloud hosting provider that is currently hosting over 2,000,000 websites.
According to our last 24-month data, HostGator Cloud has a strong uptime (99.99%) and above-average speed (399 ms) making it a strong contender to Bluehost.
HostGator offers flexible features, such as unlimited email account, unmetered bandwidth, unmetered disk space and built-in cache on all plans. Furthermore, all of their hosting plans come with a 99.9% uptime guarantee, free SSL certificate, easy WordPress installs, and a free domain for a year (when you sign up for 12, 24 or 36 months).
If you want to build a custom website, you can do so with the Gator Website Builder. It’s a HostGator’s drag and drop website builder designed to be an easy, eCommerce-friendly site builder for beginners.
HostGator’s cheapest plan starts from $2.74/mo (when you choose a 12-month payment plan) and renews $10.95/mo. Other than shared cloud hosting, HostGator offers WordPress, VPS and dedicated hosting plans serving all size organizations from small businesses to enterprise websites.
3. Hostinger – Cheapest Price
+ Top 2 load time (350 ms)
+ Cheap pricing ($0.99/mo)
+ Datacenters in US, Europe & Asia
+ Free SSL certificate
+ 24/7 support chat
– No free domain
– Limited bandwidth on the cheap plan
Our last 24-month data shows that Hostinger has an average uptime of 99.95%, but a very fast average loading time of 350 ms making it the best cheap web hosting you can find.
Hostinger (who also owns Hosting24) offers extremely affordable hosting plans without compromising too much on the quality and performance of the service. While it’s cheap on the price, the features that come with Hostinger’s plans will appeal to many beginner website owners.
The company offers a variety of hosting plans with different features and all plans come with an easy website builder, free SSL certificate, 99.9% uptime guarantee and 24/7/365 support.
Hostinger’s cheapest plan starts from just $0.99/mo (when you choose a 48-month payment plan), renewals start at $2.15/mo. Bandwidth and databases are unlimited unless you choose the “Single Web Hosting” plan. With the latter you’ll be limited to 10GB of disk space, 100GB of bandwidth, one MySQL database, and one email account. Most notably, the cheapest plan doesn’t include a free domain and has limited processing power and memory.
Other services provided by Hostinger include Cloud, Email, WordPress, VPS, Windows VPS hosting.
4. GreenGeeks – Best “Green” Hosting
+ Good load time (445 ms)
+ Stable uptime (99.98%)
+ US, Canada & Netherlands servers
+ Free site transfer
+ Unlimited bandwidth and storage
– Questionable refund policy
– High renewal cost
GreenGeeks has been around 12+ years and hosts over 500,000 websites.
With 99.98% uptimes and load speeds of 445 ms, GreenGeeks offers fast and reliable hosting at an affordable rate of $2.95/month. Add to this their feature-rich bonuses, high-quality 24/7 customer support, and environmentally friendly practices and it’s easy to see how GreenGeeks are quickly carving out a name for themselves in a wildly oversaturated market.
All plans come with a free domain for 1 year, cPanel access, free Wildcard SSL, PowerCacher, unlimited SSD storage, and unlimited data transfer. Customers also get an unlimited number of domain names, unlimited email accounts, and nightly backups.
If your website grows bigger, you can always upgrade to their more flexible VPS hosting. Also, GreenGeeks will migrate your site from your existing web host for free. Unfortunately, the $9.95/month renewal rate may dissuade some webmasters from choosing GreenGeeks over other hosting providers.
5. DreamHost – Pay Monthly, No Higher Renewals
+ Good load time (648 ms)
+ Uptime guarantee
+ Monthly plans available
+ 97-day money back guarantee
+ Unlimited bandwidth and storage
– Average uptime (99.94%)
– No cPanel
Founded in 1996, DreamHost is one of the oldest web hosting providers. The company hosts over 1.5 million websites, blogs, and applications in more than 100 countries.
According to our last 24-month data, DreamHost has an average uptime (99.94%) and adequate speed (648 ms) making it a reliable hosting solution.
What makes DreamHost different from many other web hosting services is that they offer an option to pay monthly instead of yearly.
This means you can sign up for $4.95 and start using your hosting account right away. Alternatively, you can opt-in for a 3-year-plan which starts at $2.59/mo and renews at $4.95/mo. The basic plan includes a free domain, 1 website, unlimited bandwidth, and 50 GB SSD storage. Customers also get to use DreamHost’s drag-and-drop builder and can add an email for a monthly fee of $1.67/mo.
The company offers strong security features (LetsEncrypt SSL), a variety of domain management tools and unlimited data transfer per month. WordPress comes pre-installed and the company also has its own easy-to-use and beginner-friendly website builder. They don’t have cPanel which is well known in the web developers industry, but DreamHost offers their own admin panel which pretty much does the same as cPanel or Plesk.
All plans include 24/7 US live chat support. The company has a generous 97-day refund policy.