Designed to help you pick a web host with all the features you need, this quick web hosting chooser will show you which of the hosts we've reviewed meet your criteria. As you answer questions, the chooser shows you how many hosts meet your needs. You can click through to your results at any point and answer as many or as few questions as you like. Most beginning users will only need to answer the first five questions, but advanced users may want to answer one or more advanced questions if they have special hosting needs like lots of MySQL databases, support for a particular programming language or hosting on a specific server operating system.

Answer the questions below to find the right service for you

Web Host Chooser

Skill Level: How experienced are you?

1
Beginner
Intermediate
Advanced

Storage: How much space do you need?

2
0-1 GB
1+ GB
5+ GB
100+ GB
300+ GB
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Make sure you factor in space for your site to grow.

Data Transfer: How much bandwidth do you need?

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0-20 GB
21+ GB
101+ GB
150+ GB
1,000+ GB
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20 GB is enough for many sites, but if you get a lot of visits each month, stream videos, or show lots of large pictures, you will need more bandwidth.

Free Domain Name: Do you want free domain registration?

4
No
Yes, at least one year free
Yes, free for life
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Some hosts offer free for a year or more while others charge between $10 and $20 a year for this service.

Number of Domains: How many domains do you need to host?

5
One
2-3
4-50
51+
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If you plan to host more than one site with your account, you will need to be able to host multiple domain names.

Uptime: How high an uptime percentage do you need?

6
99.98%+ (down ≤ 8.8 min/mo)
99.9%+ (down ≤ 43.8 min/mo)
99%+ (down ≤ 7.3 hr/mo)
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Sometimes servers go down for repair or other problems. Uptime is the percentage of time your site is accessible for visitors. We test this continuously and have nearly 3 years of data.

Sitebuilder: Do you plan to use the host's sitebuilder?

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Yes
No
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Beginning users may want to use the free sitebuilders most hosts include.

Ecommerce: Do you need an ecommerce tool?

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No
Yes, a simple one
Yes, an advanced one
Yes, any will do
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Simple eCommerce tools may not be able to handle very large or complicated stores, but complex tools can be more difficult to use

Backup: Do you want great host-based site backups?

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Yes, I want great backup
Doesn't Matter
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Some hosts automatically back up your data for you, while others do not.

eMail Addresses: How many email addresses do you need?

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0-1
2-5
6-10
11-250
251-500
501-1,000
Unlimited
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Tip: Most hosting companies allow you to set up your own customized email addresses at your domain. Some hosts allow more email users than others.

Free Adwords: Do you care about Google Adwords bonuses?

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I want that
I don't care about it
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Some hosts now offer bonuses when you sign up, including free Google Adwords. The hosts we've reviewed offer amounts up to $100.

24 Hour Support: Do you need 24 hour support?

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Yes, I want 24 hour phone support

Yes, I want 24 hour web chat support
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Support can vary pretty widely. Some hosts include 24 hour support by phone or web chat.

Blogging Software: Do you plan to use Wordpress?

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Yes
No
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If you plan to start a blog on your site, you may want easy access to this popular blog software.

Number of Databases: How many MySQL databases do you need?

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0
1
2
Up to 3
Up to 25
26+
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Databases make interactive features of websites work, including blogs, photo galleries, stores and forums. You will probably need one database for each feature.

Language Support: Which coding languages do you plan to use?

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PHP
Perl
Python
CGI
SSI
Ruby/RoR
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Tip: When you use shared hosting, you don't always have control over the server and may not be able to use some programming languages.

Server OS: Which server operating system do you prefer?

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Linux
Windows
No Preference
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Most hosts we review only offer Linux for shared hosting, but some also offer Windows.

Shell Access: Do you need secure shell access (SSH)?

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Yes
No
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Tip: Secure shell access (SSH) allows users to log directly into their web hosting server and use high-level commands to administer tasks.

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