me lisa

Hi 👋 I'm Lisa! I'm a freelance web developer travelling the world and I have been building websites (mostly WordPress powered ones like this one) for small business owners for the last 5 years or so.

Because every website needs web hosting I have come across many web hosting service providers over the years. Some have been good, most have been not so good and a few have been outright terrible.

This here website is a collection of my personal and honest* reviews of web hosts I have worked with the most, and have most experience dealing with.

* honest, unbiased and bull💩-free reviews of web hosting services (in 2018) I have actually used.

"Help me choose the best web hosting" wizard

My aim with this web hosting helper is to guide you to the best type of web hosting service for your website, blog or online store.

For WordPress sites I recommend that you check out these WordPress hosting services:

SiteGround Cloudways A2 Hosting Bluehost GreenGeeks

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

When it comes to the best web hosting for small business I recommend the following companies:

InMotion Hosting SiteGround WP Engine

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

When it comes to web hosting for your blog I suggest the following providers:

Bluehost SiteGround A2 Hosting

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

For web hosting for your online store I suggest getting ecommerce web hosting from:

Cloudways SiteGround InMotion Hosting Shopify (not a web host per say but is the #1 ecommerce software)

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

If you aren't really sure what type of hosting you need but you want cheap web hosting, then I suggest:

Bluehost SiteGround HostGator Hostinger (from $0.80/mo)

Disclosure: I am affiliated with and receive compensation from most of the companies whose services I review.

Best web hosting reviews December 2018


5
Superior
SiteGround
Summary
I have rated SiteGround 5 out of 5. SiteGround should be your #1 choice of web host if you care about things like speed, performance, security and uptime, and you want solid technical features and excellent support at an affordable price.
Pros
Free site migration
Free daily website backups
Officially endorsed by WordPress
Managed WordPress hosting on all plans
Innovative speed technologies (SSD HTTP/2 PHP7 NGINX)
Free SSL certificate & CDN
30-day money-back guarantee
Cons
Limited data storage
Strict over-usage policy

4.9
Impressive
Cloudways
Summary
I have rated Cloudways 4.9 out of 5. They are one of the most reliable and affordable hosting provider on the market today. Because they deliver secure and high performance focused managed WordPress hosting that is user-friendly and affordable for complete peace of mind.
Pros
Free 3-day trial
DigitalOcean Vultr Linode AWS or GCE cloud infrastructure
SSD hosting
Nginx/Apache servers Varnish/Memcached caching PHP7 HTTP/2 Redis
1-click unlimited WordPress installations & staging Pre-installed WP-CLI and Git integration
Free site migration and automated backups
Pay-as-you-go pricing
Cons
No email hosting included
No Cpanel/Plesk controlpanel

4.5
Solid
InMotion Hosting
Summary
I have rated InMotion Hosting 4.5 out of 5. InMotion Hosting is a stellar web hosting provider and an excellent choice to choose to host your site with. InMotion offers a perfect blend of low price and technical innovation, and you can expect excellent uptime, speed, performance and technical features.
Pros
Free website migration
Free daily site backups
SSD drives on all plans
Managed WordPress hosting on all plans
Innovative speed technologies (SSD PHP7 WP-CLI CloudLinux OptimumCache)
90-day money-back guarantee
Cons
No free CDN
Slow account setup due to manual phone verification
Somewhat misleading pricing information

4.5
Amazing
A2 Hosting
Summary
I have rated A2 Hosting 4.5 out of 5. A2 Hosting is independently owned which means they are in complete control of all of their servers, which is a huge plus in the monopoly of hosting providers out there. A2 Hosting plans are affordable, and they also go big on four of the most most important namely hosting features – speed, features, security and first-class support.
Pros
Free website migrations & WordPress comes pre-installed
Turbo Servers - 20x faster loading pages
Innovative speed & security technologies (HTTP/2 PHP7 SSD & Free CloudFlare CDN & HackScan)
Anytime money-back & 99.9% server-uptime guarantee
Cons
Only the Turbo plan comes with 20x faster turbo servers & A2 Site Accelerator
Server migration fee for changing data centers

4.5
Really good
DreamHost
Summary
I have scored DreamHost 4.5 out of 5 stars. This company offers easy to understand hosting plans, and with affordable prices and enough web hosting features to run a decent size website without any hiccups.
Pros
97-day money back guarantee
Free domain name
Unlimited data and transfer
Free SSL and CDN
SSD servers
Cons
No cPanel control panel
No phone support

4.3
Superb
GreenGeeks
Summary
I have rated GreenGeeks 4.3 out of 5. They not only provide stellar web hosting services, but they do it in an environmentally friendly way too. Expect good web hosting for both beginners and more advanced webmasters at great prices without compromising on mportant features – speed, features, security and first-class support.
Pros
Free domain name
Free website migration
Innovative speed & security technologies (HTTP/2 PHP7 SSD & Free CloudFlare CDN)
Free daily backups
Cons
Setup & domain fees are not refundable
Industry standard super-low introductory prices

4
Good
Bluehost
Summary
I have rated Bluehost 4 out of 5. Bluehost is an all-round and good web host for beginners that comes with good features and extras, but there are better web hosts out there for the same price but with more resources and better technical features.
Pros
Free domain for one year
Free SSD on all shared hosting plans
PHP7 HTTP/2 and NGINX+ Caching
Unlimited traffic & disk space
Officialy recommended by WordPress
Easy WordPress installation
Free SSL & CloudFlare CDN
30-day money-back guarantee
Cons
Slow page loading at times
No free site migration
No free daily site backups

4
Solid
FastComet
Summary
I have rated FastComet 4 out of 5. FastComet is a new force to be reckoned with in the hosting industry when it comes to cheap yet fast, secure, reliable and feature rich shared web hosting.
Pros
Free domain for life
SSD hosting
Free site migration and free daily and weekly backups
Free SSL and Cloudflare CDN
NGINX and HTTP/2
1-click WordPress auto-installer with free theme setup
45-day money-back guarantee
Cons
Only the SpeedUp plan comes with the RocketBooster speed and security
$19.95 setup fee if you choose to pay monthly

3.5
Good
HostGator
Summary
I have rated HostGator 3.5 out of 5. HostGator's dirt cheap shared hosting plans are a disappointment HOWEVER their Cloud and Managed WordPress hosting plans are in fact awesome! Super fast servers, solid features and great value for money.
Pros
Unlimited storage & bandwidth
Free SSL Certificate with Let’s Encrypt
24/7/365 Support via Phone Live Chat and Ticket System
Up to 2.5x faster servers Global CDN Daily Backup & Restore and Automatic Malware Removal (HostGator's Managed WordPress Hosting only)
45 day money back promise
Cons
Only the Cloud & Managed WordPress plans come with the Speed Security & Extra features
Expect upsells along the way