Best Hosting Providers in 2020

It is not an easy task to choose the right Web Hosting provider for your website or business on your first attempt. With so many options to choose from in an oversaturated hosting market, it can be quite the hassle to find one that will fit your needs. Without proper guidelines, you will not be effective when separating quantity, quality, and price and you will most likely endure frustration, spending too much on features you do not really need.

I compiled a list of the features that are considered to be important when choosing a web host, and those influenced my top 5 decision.


Important Features Are as Follows:

Uptime and Speed – Most likely the most important of all. No use to have a website that is down most of the time, so these are always the key factors when choosing a hosting company. To sum it up, uptime will indicate the quality of your site’s performance, bad performance equals bad traffic, bounce rate, and revenue. Keep note; I will rather recommend a host with great uptime even if customer support is not 100%.

User Interface and Control panel - Not everyone is a technical genius, nor do they have time to figure out a complicated program. I prefer companies, with an easy to use interface that enables everyone to use their services.

Features offered – The Focus is not on the features that will not be needed in most cases, but on those that are used the most. This includes PHP, control panel, Perl, email, domain and WordPress integration, to only name a few.

Customer support – Not easy to evaluate because the quality of support can vary from one technical assistant to the next. Some might be skilled and helpful while others might still be trainees. A rating is based on overall customer support after multiple attempts to contact support.

Feedback from other users – Also not easy to evaluate because fake feedback to boost the competition is a reality nowadays. Feedback only slightly influenced when choosing the best rated programs.

Awards and Reputation – A company that has received awards for outstanding services delivered are a good indication that the majority of its users had a pleasant experience. Rewards must be earned and thus a good indication of a company that strives to do better.

Affordability VS Quality - I love the saying “you get what you pay for”. Cheap will not always be the best so the recommendations will be based on performance and not price.

The following articles can help you decide what you want before choosing a hosting company. You do not want to choose a company because you like the way it looks and then regrets it later on.

Factors to Consider Before Choosing a Web Host

Different Types of Hosting Explained

Not one Hosting company is perfect as some focus on certain aspects instead and lack in others as mentioned. Companies with a 4-star rating are in my top recommended list. (5 would be perfect, and there is no such thing in this world)

 

1. Hostinger

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Hostinger is one of the leading Hosting providers out there today, being around since 2004. They offer reliable hosting solutions, domains, an affiliate program and so much more. They have data centers all around the world as well as offices. They provide 8+ different kinds of hosting, including Shared, Dedicated, and even Minecraft Hosting. They have their own website builder but work with WordPress as well. They are unfortunately not a green company, and at the moment are not looking to become one. Hostinger provides exceptional support for all their clients, no matter the plan they chose, and they provide basic free SSL with all plans. They furthermore have amazing features that come with the plans, the most important ones being as follows:

  • 24/7 Support
  • Money-back guarantee
  • SSL Certificates
  • WordPress
  • WordPress acceleration (LSCWP)
  • Allocated Resources
  • Backups
  • Uptime Guarantee (99.9%)
  • Cloudflare Protected Nameservers
  • MySQL Databases
  • SSH Access
  • Github Integration
  • DNS Management
  • SSD Storage
  • Dedicated IP Addresses
  • LiteSpeed Cache
  • Website Builder
  • cPanel
  • Managed and Unmanaged Servers
  • Woocommerce
  • A Bunch of Hosting and Website building tools

Services Provided

  • Web Hosting
  • Minecraft Server Hosting
  • VPS Hosting
  • WordPress Hosting
  • Cloud Hosting
  • Email Hosting
  • Windows VPS
  • CMS Hosting
  • E-commerce Hosting
  • Website Builder
  • WHOIS Database
  • Domain Checker
  • Domain names
  • Domain Transfer
  • SSL Certificate
  • Affiliate Program
  • YouTube Creators




2. SiteGround

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SiteGround is one of the main competitors when it comes to taking the spot of #1 best hosting provider, and with good reason. First founded in 2004, and having upgraded so many times since then, SiteGround has become quite a reliable hosting provider. They are also the leading Green host company out there; with a 100% green guarantee that comes with every plan they have to offer. With 8+ types of hosting services and a bunch of other tools and features to go with it, SiteGround is becoming the top provider really fast.

Features included are as follows:

  • SSL Certificates
  • Backups
  • Managed WordPress
  • Free CDN and Email
  • White label clients
  • Money-back guarantee
  • 100% renewable energy match
  • 24/7 Support
  • Staging + Git
  • Unmetered Traffic
  • WP Installation and migration
  • WP Auto updates
  • WP-CLI and SSH
  • SSD Storage

Services Provided

  • Web Hosting
  • Cloud Hosting
  • WordPress Hosting
  • Woocommerce Hosting
  • Reseller Hosting
  • Enterprise Hosting
  • Student Hosting
  • Domain names
  • Affiliate Program
  • Joomla Hosting
  • Drupal Hosting
  • Magento Hosting
  • PrestaShop Hosting
  • SSL




3. A2 Hosting

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A2 Hosting takes a spot in the top five, because not only have they been around since 2001, but with their 20x faster guarantee on some of their hosting plans such as Shared Hosting, VPS, WordPress, and even Reseller hosting, they are quickly becoming the best out there. They furthermore strive to provide hosting that does not include downtime, and features to make the whole process much easier. They furthermore, provide unmanaged VPS and Dedicated servers, something that little to no other companies do. They also provide one with the option of having root access when it comes to dedicated servers and VPS. They, unfortunately, are not a green company and have no plans of becoming one in the near future. They do have cloud VPS hosting, but unfortunately, do not have cloud hosting or Windows Hosting either.

Features include are:

  • SSD and/or NVMe Storage
  • Backups
  • Site Migration
  • Money-back guarantee
  • Turbo (20x Faster)
  • More resources
  • 24/7 Support
  • cPanel
  • Cloudflare CDN
  • SSL Certificate
  • Data Staging
  • Website Builder
  • Email accounts and databases
  • Improved conversion rates
  • Faster AMD EPYC CPU Performance
  • Higher SEO Rankings
  • Lower Bounce Rate
  • The choice for Root Access
  • Managed or unmanaged servers
  • Smart System Notification System

Services Provided

  • Shared Hosting
  • WordPress Hosting
  • Managed WordPress Hosting
  • Managed VPS Hosting with Root Access
  • Managed VPS Hosting without Root access
  • Unmanaged VPS Hosting
  • Managed Dedicated Servers with Root Access
  • Managed Dedicated Servers without Root Access
  • Unmanaged Dedicated Servers
  • Domain Names
  • Reseller Hosting
  • Cloud VPS Hosting
  • Email Hosting
  • SSL Certificates
  • Blog Hosting
  • CRM Hosting
  • Forum Hosting
  • CMS Hosting
  • Linux Hosting
  • Wiki Hosting
  • Affiliate Program
  • Refer a Friend




4. DreamHost

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The company was founded in 1996 and is relied on to power more than 1.5 million websites. They have been a hosting company for almost 24 years, giving them a lot of experience. DreamHost will help you to create the website that you have always dreamed of. They have a community and support to help you to create your website faster and easier. They have even received the PCMag’s ‘Best Web Hosting Service’ award, not once, but two times in a row.

It takes a lot of electricity to run servers, never mind being a web host. That is why it is great to know that DreamHost has been a carbon-neutral company ever since 2007 after they started purchasing carbon offsets. They have neutralized tons of greenhouse gasses since then.

Features included are:

  • Pre-Installed WordPress
  • WordPress migrations
  • WP Website Builder
  • SSL Certificate
  • SSD Storage
  • Email and domain name
  • DreamHost Control Panel
  • SSI
  • MySQL Data Bases
  • CGI Scripts with full access
  • Full Unix Shell
  • SSH Access
  • SVN
  • Support for PHP 7.1, 7.2 and 7.3
  • Support
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Updates for WordPress

Services Provided

  • Shared Hosting
  • VPS
  • Domain Names
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Website Builder
  • Website Design Services
  • Affiliate Program
  • WHOIS Lookup
  • Cloud Hosting
  • G Suite
  • Email Hosting

WordPress Hosting Features:

  • Basic WordPress
  • Managed WordPress Hosting
  • DreamPress
  • VPS for WP
  • Woocommerce Hosting
  • Dedicated servers for WP

5. IONOS by 1&1

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IONOS is currently one of the leading global internet service providers, with more than 13 million customers and hosting over 19 million domain names. Their data centers are among the most efficient and safest there is, which is easy to believe seeing as they have over 70 thousand high-end servers, running parallel in operation. Every month IONOS transfers, roughly 9 000TB of data and over 5 billion emails, with an external network connectivity speed of around 300GB per second.

1&1 was founded in 1988 and IONOS by 1&1 was released in 2019. It is still the same company, but it was thought that after major upgrades, it would be best to found and a new company, by renaming it IONOS by 1&1. 1&1 has since founded and released multiple other online companies, from hosting to website builders and more, but IONOS is the focus here as it is a leading hosting provider.

Features included are as follows:

  • CDN
  • SiteScan malware protection
  • Email accounts
  • Domain names
  • SSD/HDD Storage
  • MySQL Databases
  • SSL Certificate
  • Windows/Linux Hosting

Services Provided

  • Web Hosting
  • VPS Hosting
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Dedicated Hosting
  • Domain Names
  • Domain Transfers
  • Domain Guard
  • SSL Certificates
  • SSL Checker
  • Ecommerce website builder
  • Website builder
  • Custom made websites
  • Website Checker
  • ASP.NET Hosting (Windows)
  • SEO Tool
  • SEO Check
  • Email Marketing Service
  • Professional Email Address
  • Email Archiving
  • G Suite by Google Cloud
  • Google adds Management Service
  • Local Business Listing
  • Hosted Microsoft Exchange
  • Microsoft 365+ Office 365
  • Cloud Servers
  • Cloud Backups
  • Enterprise Cloud
  • HiDrive Cloud Storage
  • Cloud Apps
  • IONOS Apps
  • S3 Object Storage
  • Logo Creator
  • Referral Program
  • IONOS Partner Program/Network
  • Managed Kubernetes
  • Favicon Generator

WordPress

  • WordPress Hosting
  • WordPress Pro


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Final Word...


Like always, I recommend caution when you start with a company you have not used in the past. Start with one website, and test the service yourself before you go big scale. If all fails, it is easier to move one site than it is to move 10.


Do you use one of the Hosting Companies mentioned, or used it in the past?

Please be so kind as to leave a comment and tell us about your experience. Always nice if an opinion is not one-sided and shared by many, it will help others to make the right decision and save time and money.


Thanks!

1 comment:

Joshua said...

Dear Christene.

I have been working in the online world for about 15 years now, and have been following your website for the last 8 years. I always enjoyed reading your reviews and articles as they were always honest and never biased, something that is rare these days.

It perturbed me when a few years ago, the updates and so forth stopped. I honestly thought that you stopped reviewing online programs and companies, such as WA, WP, GVO, Dreamhost, and so forth. Never the less, I am glad to see you back in the game, and I look forward to your next post.

I must say your writing style has changed, and it is definitely for the better. I wish you luck in the future.

Kind Regards
Joshua.