• Daniel Hodgson

The Best Web Hosting Options

About to build a website? Great, but don't rush your web hosting choice.


My favourite web host is Bluehost.

They've been around since 2003, they power over 2 million websites and offer 24/7 support. Not to mention your domain is free when you sign up for a new account with a shared hosting package.

Bluehost offers shared hosting, which you should be using if you are a blogger or have only a few websites (in my humble opinion,) but they also offer dedicated and VPS hosting.

The plans under the shared hosting umbrella are the most popular so I will highlight their features:


Basic

  • 1 Website

  • 50 GB SSD Storage

  • Unmetered Bandwidth

  • Free SSL Certificate

  • Standard Performance

  • 1 Included Domain

  • 5 Parked Domains

  • 25 Subdomains

Plus (my recommendation if you have one or a few websites)

  • Unlimited Websites

  • Unlimited SSD Storage

  • Unmetered Bandwidth

  • Free SSL Certificate

  • Standard Performance

  • Unlimited Domains

  • Unlimited Parked Domains

  • Unlimited Subdomains

  • Spam Experts

  • 1 Microsoft 365 Mailbox - Free 30 Days

Choice Plus (Bluehost's recommendation)

  • Unlimited Websites

  • Unlimited SSD Storage

  • Unmetered Bandwidth

  • Free SSL Certificate

  • Standard Performance

  • Unlimited Domains

  • Unlimited Parked Domains

  • Unlimited Subdomains

  • Spam Experts

  • Domain Privacy + Protection

  • Site Backup - Free 1 yr

  • 1 Microsoft 365 Mailbox - Free 30 Days

Pro

  • Unlimited Websites

  • Unlimited SSD Storage

  • Unmetered Bandwidth

  • Free SSL Certificate

  • High Performance

  • Unlimited Domains

  • Unlimited Parked Domains

  • Unlimited Subdomains

  • 2 Spam Experts

  • Domain Privacy + Protection

  • Site Backup - Free for hosting term

  • Dedicated IP

  • 1 Microsoft 365 Mailbox - Free 30 Days



Wix

Wix is a bit different in that they handle the hosting while offering you several different plans based on your needs.

Build a free subdomain with Wix or upgrade to a premium plan.

Please keep in mind that when you build a website with Wix you are locked in with them for the long haul as they don't allow any other hosting companies to host their sites. That being said, I myself have 2 websites with Wix and have had nothing but a good experience with them.

Here are the plans that Wix offers:


VIP

First Priority Support

  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth

  • 20GB Storage

  • Connect Your Domain

  • 2 Video Hours

  • Remove Wix Ads

  • Free Domain for 1 Year

  • $300 Ad Vouchers

  • Site Booster App - $60 Value

  • Form Builder App - $48 Value

  • Professional Logo - $50 Value

  • Social Media Logo files

  • Priority Response

  • VIP Support

MOST POPULAR

Unlimited

Entrepreneurs & Freelancers

  • UNLIMITED Bandwidth

  • 10GB Storage

  • Connect Your Domain

  • 1 Video Hour

  • Remove Wix Ads

  • Free Domain for 1 Year

  • $300 Ad Vouchers

  • Site Booster App - $60 Value

  • Form Builder App - $48 Value

Combo

For Personal Use

  • 2GB Bandwidth

  • 3GB Storage

  • Connect Your Domain

  • 30 Video Minutes

  • Remove Wix Ads

  • Free Domain for 1 Year

Connect Domain

Most Basic


This Plan displays Wix brand ads

  • 1GB Bandwidth

  • 500MB Storage

  • Connect Your Domain

Wix also offers Business and eCommerce plans to choose from.




NameCheap

Namecheap is an underrated service as they have a lot going on and are good at managing it all.

In regards to hosting, there are several options but I would like to guide you to the shared option as it is a great choice for a single website.

Stellar

  • 20 GB SSD

  • 3 Websites

  • Domain Name

Stellar Plus (most popular)

  • Unmetered SSD

  • Unlimited Websites

  • AutoBackup

  • Domain Name

(On cloud)

Stellar Business

  • 50 GB SSD

  • Unlimited Websites

  • AutoBackup & Cloud Storage

  • Domain Name

All plans also include these benefits:

  • Unmetered bandwidth

  • Free website builder

  • Domain name and privacy protection

  • Free automatic SSL installation

  • 30-day money-back guarantee




Webhostingpad


Web Hosting Pad is one of those companies that doesn't mind doing it all and I like that.

They also have an interesting choice powering their website builder in Weebly, which I used and enjoyed when I first got into web design.

Here are Web Hosting Pad's hosting plans:


Power Plan

All‑Inclusive Hosting

  • – Free Domain Name

  • – Free SSL Encryption

  • – Free Website Builder & WordPress

  • – Unlimited Email Accounts

  • – Host Unlimited Websites & Domains

Power Plan Plus

Optimized for WordPress

  • – Free Domain Name

  • – Free Trusted SSL Encryption

  • – Free 1-Click WordPress

  • – Optimized High-Power Servers

  • – Automated & Anytime Site Backups



Domain.com


Domain.com didn't just get the best domain name, they also have a well-received reputation.

Here are Domain's most popular hosting options:


Basic

The perfect plan for a simple website and one domain name

  • 1 website

  • Unlimited storage

  • Scalable bandwidth

  • Free SSL by Let's Encrypt

  • 10 databases

  • 5 FTP logins

Deluxe

Manage multiple websites and still have the scalability for growth

  • Unlimited websites

  • Unlimited storage

  • Scalable bandwidth

  • Free SSL by Let's Encrypt

  • 25 databases

  • 25 FTP logins

Ultra

A robust hosting plan for the web pro or heavy traffic websites

  • Unlimited websites

  • Unlimited storage

  • Scalable bandwidth

  • Free SSL by Let's Encrypt

  • Unlimited databases

  • Unlimited FTP logins

Get a FREE domain name for one year with every hosting plan



Cloudways


Cloudways offers its customers quite a bit and it's nice to be catered to.

Cloudways offers anytime help and support and pride themselves on their transparent pricing and billing for all services.

Cloudways has too many plans to compare so I will list the most popular option as it also seems to be the best pick for someone getting started. I do however highly recommend clicking the link to see all pricing options.


All Plans Come With:

  • 24/7/365 Support

  • Free SSL

  • CDN Add-on

  • Free Migration

  • Unlimited Application Installation

  • Team Management

  • Dedicated Firewalls

  • 24/7 Real-time Monitoring

  • Automated Backups

  • Staging Environment

  • Optimized With Advanced Caches

  • Auto Healing

  • Regular Security Patching

  • HTTP/2 Enabled Servers

  • SSH and SFTP Access



Host Monster


Priding themselves on their customer tech support as well as their years in the game, Host Monster rounds out the choices nicely.

Another easy to get in touch with hosting company, Host Monster offers a versatile amount of features and seems to be a reliable choice.



Three key takeaways:
  • Know which platform you are going to build your website with in advance of picking a hosting company.

  • If you build a website on Wix you must use Wix as your host. (They are truly great to work with)

  • Bluehost is my top choice.

Thank you for reading and please consider using my affiliate links to sign up for web hosting.

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