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 11-24-2014

Web Hosting Reviews & Ratings


Host: Cheapest Price: Bottom Line:
Hostmonster
Rating:stars
$3.49/mo Great balance of price, features and support: includes exclusive 40% discount
HostGator
Rating:stars
$3.71/mo Reliable web host with a 25% exclusive discount (code: NEXTADVISOR), particularly strong for advanced users
Yahoo! Small Business
Rating:stars
$1.75/mo for 3 mos, then $3.49/mo Best choice for beginners serious about web hosting; great interface and support; 25% off first 12 mo
FatCow
Rating:stars
$3.15/mo Low cost plan with good reliability; easy shopping cart creator; green host; 60% exclusive discount
Network Solutions
Rating:stars
$3.99/mo with NextAdvisor discount Good price and great performance, but a few quirks keep it from being a gold standard; offers Windows hosting
GreenGeeks
Rating:stars
$3.96/mo Green host with solid reliability, free domain privacy, but clunky beginner tools; better for intermediate and advanced users
BlueHost
Rating:stars
$4.95/mo Nice service and features, exclusive discount, but it's a pricier version of Hostmonster
1&1 Web Hosting
Rating:stars
$5.99/month for 12 mos, then $8.99/mo A good bargain with strong tools and Windows hosting, but the outsourced support is only average
Lunarpages
Rating:stars
$6.95/mo Easy online site builder for beginners but tricky control panel; strong performance, offers Windows hosting
iPage
Rating:stars
$1.89/mo for 2 years Inexpensive one-year plan and fast server response time; uptime not the best; exclusive discount
Myhosting.com
Rating:stars
$3.95/mo Very basic web host at a reasonable price, but questionable uptime, lacks features and options for intermediate and advanced users.
Just Host
Rating:stars
$3.50/mo A mid-priced option with solid performance but poor customer support and policies
Dreamhost
Rating:stars
$8.95/mo For intermediate to advanced users; fast data transfer and free domain privacy but very limited support
HostPapa
Rating:stars
$3.95/mo Green hosting and domain privacy are pluses, though interface was challenging and support uneven
InMotion Web Hosting
Rating:stars
$5.99/mo Adequate web hosting but needs upgrades; limited MySQL databases, advanced features.
Register.com
Rating:stars
$4.95/mo Discounted first year; frustrating limitations for advanced users, counterintuitive for beginners
GoDaddy
Rating:stars
$4.99/mo Easy for beginners but very limited; a lack of a shopping cart is disappointing

NextAdvisor Web Hosting Blog Headlines

What's the Easiest Way to Make a Professional Website?
Oct 30, 2014 - Q: I?d like to start my own professional website for my recreational photography. What?s an easy to use service that would allow me expand my site in the future, such as adding an online store? Thanks for your question. With so many web hosting services out there, it can be difficult to pick one ...

What's The Best Web Hosting Service For Small Businesses?
Aug 20, 2014 - Q: I?m starting a small business and need a website. I?m not familiar with creating a website and I can?t afford to hire someone to make it for me. What should I do? Thanks for your question! Starting a small business takes a considerable amount of work, and sometimes creating a website becomes a...

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a HostGator Discount
May 5, 2014 - Looking for a way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo? Take advantage of today's one-day-only HostGator discount and start building your dream website. For the entire day until 11:59 p.m. C.T., this popular web host will be offering a special discount of 45% off ? 20% more than the usual discount offered ...

How to Move Your Website from One Host to Another
Apr 28, 2014 - Q: I have a website already and want to move it to a new web host. How can I do this? Which host offers assistance in moving the sites currently hosted on another server to its server? Good question. When you change web hosts, the idea of having to move your website with all of [...]

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...

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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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