When you do what I do which is dealing with hosting companies on a daily basis, you come to love a few and hate many. Talking about web hosting companies is like opening a can of worms; however, there are a few companies in 2014 that set examples for others which are worth mentioning.
A good web hosting company to me is not necessarily the most expensive, nor is it the cheapest hosting company. What makes a good web host is the quality of service, availability of the technical support, staff knowledge, ease of back-end navigation, and up-time. What they charge comes last as you always get what you pay for. Without further ado, let’s get to the best of the bunch first.
The best web hosting companies of 2014
The number one on my list is Inmotion Hosting.
Inmotion Hosting is an employee owned and operated company and it shows in the level of service they provide. It wouldn’t be exaggeration when I say that their customer service is the best in industry. Not only they answer phone calls, emails, and chats almost instantly, they truly are helpful and knowledgeable when it comes to their services. For the past three years I exclusively hosted my own sites and client’s sites on Inmotion Hosting servers, and I don’t see myself going anywhere else anytime soon. Inmotion Hosting website: www.inmotionhosting.com
Inmotion shared hosting prices range from $5.95 to $13.95 a month.
Inmotion managed VPS hosting prices range from $29.95 to $79.95 a month
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My second choice and a very popular choice is HostGator Hosting Company. Even though HostGator is part of the infamous EIG Hosting group, somehow they are doing better than rest of their sister companies. HostGator customer service is generally good, they answer phone calls and emails on a very timely manner, and they get a B+ from me. HostGator shared servers are a bit crowded and speed is not their strong suit, but that’s to be expected from a giant company like that. HostGator website: www.hostgator.com
HostGator shared hosting prices range from $3.95 to $11.96 a month.
HostGator VPS hosting prices range from $19.95 to $209.95 a month.
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Dreamhost is a long running hosting company that has become a solid industry leader over the years. Since its inception in 1997, Dreamhost has been a great all around web host and the number of their loyal customers shows that. With more than 1500 servers, state-of-the-art data centers, and a full time staff of more than 100 employees, they host over 1 million domains. Dream host is 3rd on my list because it doesn’t include the ever popular cPanel and their prices are a tad bit higher than their competitors. Also when most find it more secure and better, I find their separate database servers a nuisance on shared hosting. Don’t let my nitpicking deter you though; Dreamhost is a decent hosting company. Dreamhost Website: www.dreamhost.com
Dreamhost shared hosting price is a fixed rate of $8.95 a month.
Dreamhost VPS hosting prices range from $15 to $200 a month.
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I would like to give an honorable mention to Linode Hosting Company even though it doesn’t fit into this category. Linode is an unmanaged VPS hosting provider and it certainly isn’t for the average Joe. By taking out the unnecessary bells and whistles, Linode provides probably the best bang for the buck VPS hosting. Not only their prices are lucrative, their customer service is one of the best as well. If you know your way around Linux operating system, and you’re not afraid of the Command Line, give Linode a try and you won’t be disappointed. Linode is a truly outstanding web host. Linode Hosting website: www.linode.com
The worst hosting companies of all time
Counting the best is always fun but mentioning the worst is something that many don’t do. When it comes to web hosting, there are a few companies that should be avoided like plague. The top contender and long running worst of the bunch is the friendly neighborhood Godaddy. With its god awful support, long loooooooong waits, crawling-slow shared servers, and advertising-littered website, Godaddy is #1 from bottom of the list.
You could possibly find your way through streets of Beirut easier (with a blindfold on) than trying to find something in your Godaddy account. When a company decides to treat its clients like idiots, up-sell garbage add-ons on every mouse click, and bombard them with unwanted emails, they should be listed on spammers list rather than calling themselves the largest Hosting and Domain Company in the world. Here’s a hint Godaddy; it’s NOT the fine looking babes with big knockers that sell tech products, it’s the service and products you sell.
The second #1 from bottom of the list (it’s a tie) is 1&1 hosting and domain company. If I had a choice between dealing with 1&1 hosting, or being paralyzed from forehead down, trapped in a potato sack with a flaming porcupine mauling at my genitals, I would look into the latter option. Not only they have the worst customer service in the world, they run a mafia style business and you are wrong no matter what you do. They deliberately hold your domain and accounts hostage and won’t let you go. They shut down websites on bogus claims, and they’ve managed to build a giant fan base of angry anti 1&1 evangelists.
I could write pages on this terror of a company but a simple Google search should bring out horror stories to keep you terrified until next Halloween. It suffices to say that 1&1 probably has more debt collectors on payroll than server administrators.
What is your experience with these companies? Make your voice heard, leave a comment below.