If you’re looking for the very best Website Hosting Companies, look no further.
Based on our extensive experience of the web hosting industry, and as a former web hosting company ourselves, Trade Host has put together a list of what it considers to be the top 10 best hosting providers for you to choose from below. All have a proven track record of providing a great service to their customers, so whichever one you choose, you can be sure of receiving a very good service.
Things to consider when choosing a Web Hosting Company.
When choosing a Web hosting provider you need to know that they will be on hand should you experience any problems. They need to be contactable via telephone and/or email and have a good knowledge base and FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) list for you to check for answers to your problems. The best way to find out just how good a companies support services are is to fire off a quick email to their support email address and make a note of the time it takes them to reply. Send the email out of normal work hours if you can, around midnight is best. For a good response you should expect to receive a reply to your email within 45 minutes. Anything over 60 minutes and I wouldn’t touch them with a barge pole.
2) Up Time
Your Website is important so you need to know that your site is going to be online and available 24/7 365 days of the year, especially if you are running a business. Uptime is the percentage of time that a web site is up and running and available to your visitors over a one month period. For example, if a Web host advertises an uptime average of 99.85%, this means that your site will be down for no more than around 1 hour each month. It is rare to find a company that will guarantee 100% uptime and those that do in my opinion are not being realistic as your website data will be hosted on a web server which can and will have problems from time to time. Web servers can breakdown for a number of reasons including hardware failure and software problems.
Before signing up for a Web hosting package, think about the features you will need for your Website or online business. Do you want to sell your products online? Do you just want to start your own Blog?. Most good web hosts will include all you could require for your website as they will want to cover all basis and attract as many customers as possible. If your website is intended to just inform your visitors and you don’t intend to sell anything directly using your website you will be provided with everything you need to get your website online in a matter of minutes. If on the other hand you intend to sell your products through your website you will need some kind of shopping cart or ecommerce software installed so that your customers can purchase online. All the companies listed on this page will be able to help with that and most shopping cart software is provided free. Be sure to check out the features that come with your chosen package to make sure it has everything you will need. If for any reason you are unsure, give your prospective web host a ring and ask them for advice.
All hosting companies have to make a profit to survive in what is today a cut throat business. Some even offer free hosting accounts, but If you are serious about your website and business you will avoid these companies as you will probably have to display third party advertising on your website which will tempt your user away from your website to visit another, or they will use some other marketing gimmick to generate some revenue from you. You will have worked hard to build your website so the last thing you will want to do is divert the users eyes away from your website or business. As the old saying goes “You get what you pay for” so don’t be a skinflint when it comes to paying for your hosting. Depending on your requirements you should expect to pay between 5 and 10 dollars per month for a good shared hosting account. Some of the companies listed above will let you have the first year at a very low price which enables you to test the waters.
About Unlimited Bandwidth & Webspace
Most web hosting companies today will offer you unlimited webspace and bandwidth as part of your chosen hosting package. Let me tell you right now that there is no such thing as unlimited bandwidth and webspace, if that were the case I’m sure the likes of Google, Yahoo and others would be running their companies from a $4.95 per month hosting account instead of paying millions of dollars each year in server and bandwidth fees. Even so, almost all hosting companies now offer this, why? Because everybody else is offering it and they don’t want their business to be at a disadvantage.
If you check your chosen providers terms and conditions closely you will see that the term “unlimited” is covered by a “fair use policy” usually also contained within the terms and conditions that you will be asked to agree to before signing up. So what do they mean by “fair use”? Well, if you run a normal Website, whether as a personal or business you don’t have to worry about this to much as you will find that you will have more than enough Webspace to hold your Website, all its supporting files and databases and have plenty of bandwidth to cater for many hundreds of visitors per month.
Most Web hosting companies offer hosting through a shared environment which means your website will be hosted on a server with sometimes many other user accounts, therefore, each site has the ability to impact the performance of all the others. Fair Use means that you operate a personal or small business website that utilizes resources in a manner similar to most other customers. For example, the system requirements of large corporations are not the same as those of small businesses and their resource requirements would not be considered as normal. Another example would be the storage of large numbers of video or audio files that may be associated with a site, but require more resources to support than a normal personal or business website.
So, if your website uses more than your hosting provider considers to be your fair share of the available webspace and bandwidth, you can expect to pay more. If this is the case with your Web hosting you should consider upgrading to (VPS) Virtual Server Hosting which is more expensive but gives you much more in the way of server resources and bandwidth.
A brief explanation of Virtual Server Hosting and a list of good providers can be found here.
Please note: The above reviews are based on a number of factors including price, reliability, quality of customer support, our experience and our honest opinion. Trade Host receives referral fees from its hosting reviews. If you click on the links on this page and decide to purchase web hosting from any of the companies listed, we will receive a referral fee.