Web Hosting

Planning to set up a website? The first thing you'll need is a quality web host. We've reviewed the top options, assessing their performance, pricing, features, support and usability to help you pick the right host for your site. In addition to selecting a top all-around host, we've also singled out great hosts for beginners, advanced users, those who plan to set up online stores, and those in search of a great bargain. Whether you need tons of features, great support, a super-low price or unbeatable performance, we can help you pick out the right host for your site. Check out our detailed reviews below to find out which company is right for you or use our easy web host chooser to see which companies meet all your top criteria.

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Updated 03-03-2014

Web Hosting Reviews & Ratings


Services: Our Ratings: Bottom Line:
Hostmonster Rating:stars
Great balance of price, features and support: includes exclusive 50% discount
HostGator Rating:stars
Reliable web host with a 25% exclusive discount (code: NEXTADVISOR), particularly strong for advanced users
Yahoo! Small Business Rating:stars
Best choice for beginners serious about web hosting; great interface and support; 25% off first 12 mo
FatCow Rating:stars
Low cost plan with good reliability; easy shopping cart creator; green host; 60% exclusive discount
Network Solutions Rating:stars
Good price and great performance, but a few quirks keep it from being a gold standard; offers Windows hosting
GreenGeeks Rating:stars
Green host with solid reliability, free domain privacy, but clunky beginner tools; better for intermediate and advanced users
BlueHost Rating:stars
Nice service and features, exclusive discount, but it's a pricier version of Hostmonster
1&1 Web Hosting Rating:stars
A good bargain with strong tools and Windows hosting, but the outsourced support is only average
Lunarpages Rating:stars
Easy online site builder for beginners but tricky control panel; strong performance, offers Windows hosting
iPage Rating:stars
Inexpensive one-year plan and fast server response time; uptime not the best; exclusive discount
Myhosting.com Rating:stars
Very basic web host at a reasonable price, but questionable uptime, lacks features and options for intermediate and advanced users.
Just Host Rating:stars
A mid-priced option with solid performance but poor customer support and policies
Dreamhost Rating:stars
For intermediate to advanced users; fast data transfer and free domain privacy but very limited support
HostPapa Rating:stars
Green hosting and domain privacy are pluses, though interface was challenging and support uneven
InMotion Web Hosting Rating:stars
Adequate web hosting but needs upgrades; limited MySQL databases, advanced features.
Register.com Rating:stars
Discounted first year; frustrating limitations for advanced users, counterintuitive for beginners
GoDaddy Rating:stars
Easy for beginners but very limited; a lack of a shopping cart is disappointing

NextAdvisor Web Hosting Blog Headlines

Which Is the Best Site for Advanced Web Hosting Users?
Mar 20, 2014 - If you know your way around the web and want to work beyond the sometimes stifling boundaries provided by web hosts and site builders that cater to newbies, you might be wondering which hosting sites will provide the best value for your money? We took a look at our top-rated web hosts to pinpoint...

Web Hosting: Why Is Domain Privacy Important?
Mar 11, 2014 - If you've read through any of our web hosting reviews here on NextAdvisor, you've probably seen us recommend paying for domain privacy when you register your domain. Before you can make a decision on whether to spring for this service, it's important to understand what domain privacy is and why y...

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Dedicated vs. Shared Hosting: What's the difference?
Feb 6, 2014 - If you're just getting started on putting together a website for your business, you probably have a lot of questions. Web hosting can get complicated and involves a slew of potentially unfamiliar terms and concepts that are intimidating even to those with some web savvy. One of the primary questi...

GoDaddy, Microsoft to Offer Office 365 to Small Businesses
Jan 16, 2014 - Web hosting company GoDaddy and Microsoft announced on Sunday that they will be partnering to bring tools from the Office 365 program to more small businesses. Office 365 is Microsoft's new subscription model for its longstanding Office software that uses cloud storage to keep users' apps and fil...

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Finding the Right Web Host

We have rigorously tested each of these web hosts. To measure uptime and server response time, we put up identical web sites at each hosting service we review, and have monitored all of them every five minutes continuously for more than three years. 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. You can see reliability data for the web hosts in the performance section of our compare chart. If you have specific criteria you need your web host to satisfy, check out our web host chooser, which will help you figure out which web hosts are right for you.

Website Domain Registration

All of our top 5 web hosts provide free or low cost domain registration. These web hosts bundle the domain registration with the actual hosting of the web files, creating a cohesive all-in-one package. Registering a domain gives you exclusive rights to the domain as long as you—or your web host—is paying for the domain.

How to Create a Website

After you've set up your web hosting account, you can decide how you want to build a website. Most web hosts offer you a way to build a site right in your web browser. There are also site-building programs from companies like Adobe, Apple, and Microsoft (as well as free options) that provide greater flexibility. If you want an easier start, try creating a blog. Most web hosts allow you to do this in just a few clicks, and you can incorporate it into a more full-featured site later, when you're ready.

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