Updated 11-18-2014

Web Hosting Reviews & Prices

Web hosting services give you a presence on the web, by enabling you to build or upload a site on your very own domain. Create a blog, store, photo gallery, personal page, and more. While many things go into making a good web host, we've noticed that our visitors particularly appreciate a good value. That's why we've given our highest ratings to sites that offer not just quality web hosting, but also inexpensive pricing. To measure web hosting quality, we signed up for each service and then went about doing the things a normal user would do. We tested Wordpress installations, shopping cart programs, and site builders. We also contacted technical support at each web host to determine the quality of customer service. Of course, a web host must perform well too. We used Pingdom's website uptime monitoring tools to gauge the reliability and server response time for each web host. You'll find that reliability data in each review and on the performance tab. For more information on how we did our web hosting reviews, check out our web hosting FAQ.

Web Hosting Reviews & Prices


Service Name: Cheapest Price: Storage/Data Transfer: Money-Back Guarantee: Domain: Email Addresses: Support: Bottom Line:
Hostmonster$3.49/moUnlimited30 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, Phone, ChatGreat balance of price, features and support: includes exclusive 40% discount
HostGator$3.71/moUnlimited45 days$12.95/yrUnlimitedEmail, Chat, PhoneReliable web host with a 25% exclusive discount (code: NEXTADVISOR), particularly strong for advanced users
Yahoo! Small Business$1.75/mo for 3 mos, then $3.49/mo100 GB/1000 GB per month30 daysFree for 1 year250Email, PhoneBest choice for beginners serious about web hosting; great interface and support; 25% off first 12 mo
FatCow$3.15/moUnlimited30 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, Phone, ChatLow cost plan with good reliability; easy shopping cart creator; green host; 60% exclusive discount
Network Solutions$3.99/mo with NextAdvisor discount300 GB/Unlimited30 daysFree for up to 10 years1000Email, PhoneGood price and great performance, but a few quirks keep it from being a gold standard; offers Windows hosting
Service Name: Cheapest Price: Storage/Data Transfer: Money-Back Guarantee: Domain: Email Addresses: Support: Bottom Line:
GreenGeeks$3.96/moUnlimited30 daysFree for lifeUnlimitedEmail, Phone, ChatGreen host with solid reliability, free domain privacy, but clunky beginner tools; better for intermediate and advanced users
BlueHost$4.95/moUnlimited30 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, Phone, ChatNice service and features, exclusive discount, but it's a pricier version of Hostmonster
1&1 Web Hosting$5.99/month for 12 mos, then $8.99/moUnlimited 30 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedPhone, EmailA good bargain with strong tools and Windows hosting, but the outsourced support is only average
Lunarpages$6.95/moUnlimited30 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, PhoneEasy online site builder for beginners but tricky control panel; strong performance, offers Windows hosting
iPage$1.89/mo for 2 yearsUnlimited30 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, Phone, ChatInexpensive one-year plan and fast server response time; uptime not the best; exclusive discount
Service Name: Cheapest Price: Storage/Data Transfer: Money-Back Guarantee: Domain: Email Addresses: Support: Bottom Line:
Myhosting.com$3.95/moUnlimited30 daysFree for 1 year10Email, PhoneVery basic web host at a reasonable price, but questionable uptime, lacks features and options for intermediate and advanced users.
Just Host$3.50/moUnlimitedProrated refundFree for 1 yearUnlimitedPhone, Email, ChatA mid-priced option with solid performance but poor customer support and policies
Dreamhost$8.95/moUnlimited97 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, ChatFor intermediate to advanced users; fast data transfer and free domain privacy but very limited support
HostPapa$3.95/moUnlimited30 daysFree for lifeUnlimitedPhone, Chat, EmailGreen hosting and domain privacy are pluses, though interface was challenging and support uneven
InMotion Web Hosting$5.99/moUnlimited90 daysFree for 1 yearUnlimitedEmail, Phone, ChatAdequate web hosting but needs upgrades; limited MySQL databases, advanced features.
Service Name: Cheapest Price: Storage/Data Transfer: Money-Back Guarantee: Domain: Email Addresses: Support: Bottom Line:
Register.com$4.95/mo5 GB storage
20 GB transfer
30 daysFree for 1 year1Email, Phone, ChatDiscounted first year; frustrating limitations for advanced users, counterintuitive for beginners
GoDaddy$4.99/mo10GB disk space
500GB transfer
Prorated refund$9.99/yr5Email, PhoneEasy for beginners but very limited; a lack of a shopping cart is disappointing
Service Name: MySQL Databases: Available OS: Shell Access: Ad Credits: Wordpress: Programming Languages: Host-Based Backup:
HostmonsterUnlimitedLinuxYes$100 Google Adwords, $50 Facebook and Twitter, $25 Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby/Ruby on Rails, CGIYes
HostGatorUnlimitedLinux/WindowsYes$100 Google AdwordsYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, CGI, SSI, SSHYes
Yahoo! Small BusinessUnlimitedLinuxNo$75 Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, PerlYes
FatCowUnlimitedLinuxNo$100 Google Adwords, $50 Facebook, $25 Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, Python, CGIYes
Network Solutions25Linux/WindowsNoNoneYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Zend, CGI, SSIYes
Service Name: MySQL Databases: Available OS: Shell Access: Ad Credits: Wordpress: Programming Languages: Host-Based Backup:
GreenGeeksUnlimitedLinuxYesNoneYesPHP, Perl, Python, CGI, SSIYes
BlueHostUnlimitedLinuxYes$100 Google Adwords, $50 each for Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, CGI, SSIYes
1&1 Web HostingUnlimitedLinux/WindowsYes$50 Facebook, $50 Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, Zend, SSIYes
LunarpagesUnlimitedLinux/WindowsYes ($2/mo)$25 FacebookYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, CGI, SSINo
iPageUnlimitedLinuxNo$100 Google Adwords, $50 Facebook, $25 Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, Perl, Python, CGI, SSI, ASPYes
Service Name: MySQL Databases: Available OS: Shell Access: Ad Credits: Wordpress: Programming Languages: Host-Based Backup:
Myhosting.com3LinuxYes$25 Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, PerlNo
Just HostUnlimitedLinuxYes$100 Google Adwords, $50 Facebook and Yahoo! and BingYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, CGI, SSIYes
DreamhostUnlimitedLinuxYes$100 Google AdwordsYesPHP, Perl, Python, Ruby, CGI, SSIYes
HostPapaUnlimitedLinuxNo$100 Google Adwords, $75 Amazon, $50 Facebook, $25 each Yahoo!/Bing and MivaYesPHP, Perl, CGI, SSIYes
InMotion Web Hosting2LinuxNo$100 Google Adwords, $75 each Amazon and Yahoo!/Bing, $50 TwitterYesPHP, Perl, Python, CGI, SSIYes
Service Name: MySQL Databases: Available OS: Shell Access: Ad Credits: Wordpress: Programming Languages: Host-Based Backup:
Register.com1LinuxNoNoneYesPHP, Ruby on Rails, CGI, SSI, Perl, PythonYes
GoDaddy0N/ANoNoneNoNoneNo
Service Name: User Level: 62-Month Avg. Reliability: 62-Month Avg. Response Time: 77MB Download Test: Number of Domains: SiteBuilder: Ecommerce Components:
HostmonsterBeginner to Advanced99.80%.731s49sUnlimitedIntermediateGood
HostGatorBeginner to Advanced99.98%.395s1m 08s1EasyExcellent
Yahoo! Small BusinessBeginner99.95%.693s1m 04s1EasyExcellent
FatCowBeginner to Advanced99.80%.606s4m 56sUnlimitedIntermediateExcellent
Network SolutionsBeginner to Advanced99.77%.463s2m 18s3n/aGood
Service Name: User Level: 62-Month Avg. Reliability: 62-Month Avg. Response Time: 77MB Download Test: Number of Domains: SiteBuilder: Ecommerce Components:
GreenGeeksIntermediate to Advanced99.82%.656s25MB maximum file sizeUnlimitedIntermediateFair
BlueHostBeginner to Advanced99.84%.767s48sUnlimitedIntermediateGood
1&1 Web HostingBeginner to Intermediate99.77%.519s1m 22sUnlimitedEasyExcellent
LunarpagesBeginner to Advanced99.96%.531s48sUnlimitedIntermediateExcellent
iPageBeginner to Advanced99.65%.518s4m 38sUnlimitedEasy to IntermediateExcellent
Service Name: User Level: 62-Month Avg. Reliability: 62-Month Avg. Response Time: 77MB Download Test: Number of Domains: SiteBuilder: Ecommerce Components:
Myhosting.comBeginner to Advanced99.53%.632sN/A Test PendingUnlimitedIntermediateExcellent
Just HostIntermediate to Advanced99.86%.630s50sUnlimitedIntermediateVery Good
DreamhostIntermediate to Advanced99.87%.537s55sUnlimitedIntermediateNone
HostPapaBeginner to Intermediate99.89%.556s2m 22sUnlimitedIntermediateGood
In Motion Web HostingBeginner99.89%.565s1m 17s8 (w/ 6 parked)n/aGood
Service Name: User Level: 62-Month Avg. Reliability: 62-Month Avg. Response Time: 77MB Download Test: Number of Domains: SiteBuilder: Ecommerce Components:
Register.comBeginner99.80%.447s47s1IntermediateFair
Intuit Web HostingBeginner99.78%1.039s53s1EasyVery Good
GoDaddyBeginner to Intermediate99.97%.370sn/an/aExcellent


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