Web Hosting ComparisonWe've sorted through some of the best web hosts on the planet and created direct web hosting comparisons to help you narrow down your pick. We know you have lots of decisions to make, so we've done our best to make it easy. Get your next host to light your fire! 🔥
Theoretically, anyone can start a website. But that doesn’t mean it’s cheap or easy. While the vast majority of students already have an active online presence with social media, considerably fewer invest time and money into making their own websites. After all, time...
You have a dream: Create the best ecommerce store in the world. Your idea is genius. Your product is beautiful. The brand name is perfect. Now how do you make your website? "Help!", you scream into the abyss. The Challenges of Choosing Millions of new ecommerce...
If you're comparing GoDaddy to WP Engine, you're comparing apples to oranges. GoDaddy is all about discount pricing, at scale. WP Engine is a much higher quality, WordPress specific service. Yes, GoDaddy now offers their Managed WordPress Hosting, but it's more of a...
Alright sonny, you're comparing Bluehost and HostGator - two of the most well know brands (besides GoDaddy) in consumer hosting. Which do you go with? Let's break it down: They're both discount hosting companies with huge marketing spend. You've probably heard about...
So you've narrowed it down to SiteGround vs Godaddy. Both decent choices! It's a tough call. It really depends on where you're at in life and what your priorities are. If you've got to pay the absolute rock bottom prices for now, well GoDaddy's got a screaming $1...
Comparing Amazon Web Services (AWS) to GoDaddy is like comparing apples to oranges. Or like comparing the space shuttle (AWS) to a commercial airplane (GoDaddy). They'll both get you around the world, but one is way more complex, with a lot more potential, while the...
I'll be honest, SiteGround is my #1 recommended host. It's the perfect combo of price, features, and support. Almost nothing else comes close for 90% of site owners. BUT...maybe you're looking for something else? Both SiteGround and HostGator some some of the...
Deciding between Bluehost and Amazon Web Services (AWS) hosting? If so, you're a rare breed. The reason is because these are two completely different approaches to web hosting. Bluehost is a more traditional low-cost host with the basic features and standard...
Comparing SiteGround vs AWS is kinda weird. Seriously, these are two entirely different types of services. AWS is meant for either seasoned developers that know how to set up and run technical hosting, which SiteGround is super user-friendly and built for small to...
Both DreamHost and GoDaddy are solid hosts that have been around since the dot-com boom. They're old. But old is good, because it means they've been around awhile, and will probably still be here in 10 years. GoDaddy was once known for SuperBowl commercials and being...
How should you compare web hosts?
If you’re choosing a host for the first time, it can be overwhelming to try to figure out what you should be comparing web hosts on
Do you compare only by price?
By customer support
By largest disk space?
It’s really tough, since the features, wants, needs are different for everyone. Let’s highlight a few.
1) Compare web hosts on value not price
You shouldn’t compare web hosts just purely on the price.
If you’ve literally got $2 a month you can afford for hosting, well, maybe you’ll just have to go with that. But if you can swing a few more dollars, there’s a world of other things to compare that go into value beyond just price.
Price = the raw $ amount that the hosting will cost you
Value = what you actually get for that price
Let’s use a hypothetical situation, you have two options:
- Web host A costs $3 a month, but you can only host one website, are only allowed 100 visitors a month, and you don’t get email hosting
- Web host B costs $5 a month, but you can host unlimited websites, can have unlimited traffic, and it comes with email hosting
What’s a better value? Clearly it’s web host B.
2) Customer service for hosting is king
If you’re not an experience developer or techy, you’re going to need the customer service at a hosting company.
In fact, if you look at all the bad web hosting reviews, the #1 thing that comes up is customer service.
People get royally pissed off if the customer service takes 45 minutes to get on chat.
In fact, good customer service from a hosting company can more than make up for lower quality features, speed, and uptime.
3) Check the uptime percentages
It’s one of the most basic things you want in a host: that the website is actually live.
Ideally your web host would have 100% uptime. But that’s statistically impossible (I think).
So it’s really, really important to check uptime percentages with a hosting company. The good ones will release these stats for you. The bad ones will try to hide it.
In reality, 99% uptime is not that good. It means your website will be down for 87.6 hours a year. That’s not good enough for me.
Look for hosts with 99.999999% uptime.
Other hosting features to compare
There are so many things to compare, it’s bewildering, here’s just a few of them:
- Storage space
- Site speed
- WordPress support
- SSL certificates
- Caching tools
The list goes on. What you need to do is create a list of your business needs and thoroughly research what’s best for you!