Our Top Picks

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Bluehost
  • Free CDN
  • Free SSL
  • Free domain registration
Bluehost offers a lot of value with their shared hosting plans — their Basic plan costs just $2.95 per month, and it includes 50 GB of SSD storage, free CDN, free SSL, and one year of free domain registration for one website.

If your small business has more demanding hosting needs, Bluehost offers VPS and dedicated server options at competitive rates as well.

Pros & Cons

Bluehost's plans include many useful free add-ons, and their prices are quite affordable. The only downside is that, ideally, their money-back guarantee would last longer than 30 days.

Pros

  • Feature-rich hosting plans
  • Affordable prices

Cons

  • Money-back guarantee only lasts 30 days

What Customers Are Saying

Customers also love Bluehost's user-friendly interface. "I like Bluehost for its easy-to-use dashboard and portal," wrote one user. "In addition, it is fairly cheap and easy to budget with compared to other services."

Summary

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Bluehost
  • Starting Price
    • $2.95/month
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Free CDN
  • Free SSL
  • Free domain registration
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DreamHost
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime
  • 24/7/365 customer service
  • one free domain
DreamHost is endorsed by WordPress, and the company’s shared hosting plan comes with a drag-and-drop WordPress builder, 200+ starter sizes, and real-time SEO recommendations. Plans also included unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, and unlimited email addresses.

If WordPress isn’t your thing, DreamHost has its own website builder called Remixer, or you can use any of a wide range of site builders including Joomla, Zen Cart, Drupal, Shopify, and more. Uptime is guaranteed to be 100%, and you’ll find unmetered bandwidth and unlimited disk space for your site.

DreamHost is a Green company, with a carbon-neutral HQ, so you can feel good about using their services. Prices start low, and can go lower if you prepay for several years. Even more interesting is the fact that your rate won’t automatically increase after a certain time, as is true of many web hosts.

Pros & Cons

Dreamhost’s guaranteed 100% uptime and generous refund policy go above and beyond the average web hosting company. A lack of access to cPanel may bother some, though, and the live chat option isn’t a slam-dunk. The company’s refund policy is longer than any other company on our list.

Pros

  • WordPress hosting starts at $2.59/month
  • Employee-owned company
  • 97-day refund policy

Cons

  • No cPanel access
  • $99 site migration fee
  • Live chat only available at all times with call-back fee

What Customers Are Saying

Those who’ve used DreamHost like the low costs, and despite some glitches, their customer service gets positive feedback. “My sites have very high uptime on Dreamhost. They are great at communicating any changes. I only need support about once a year, but they always seem to understand my problem and take care of it right away.”

Summary

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DreamHost
  • Starting Price
    • Starting at $2.59/mo for Shared Hosting
    • $10.00/mo for VPS Hosting
    • Starting at $2.59/mo for WordPress Hosting
    • Starting at $2.59/mo for Website Builder
    • $169.00/mo for Dedicated Hosting
    • $0.0075/hour - $0.08/hour for Cloud Hosting
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Guaranteed 100% uptime
  • 24/7/365 customer service
  • one free domain
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Hostinger
  • Free lifetime SSL certificate
  • free website builder
  • Fast and reliable SSDs
If you’re on a budget, take a look at Hostinger, which has plans that begin at less than a dollar a month for single site shared hosting. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that. But there’s more to running a web host company than price, and Hostinger delivers in other ways as well.

All plans come with a free SSL certificate and most come with unlimited websites, email accounts, and bandwidth (the $0.99 plan features bandwidth of 100 GB). Although your introductory prices increase after your first year, unlike many web hosts, they tell you how much it will increase right on the plan page — and the prices are reasonable.

WordPress sites come with Jetpack and limited, but generous, disk space of 20, 100, and 140 GB depending on your plan. All plans also feature backups — weekly for the low-end plan; daily for all others. Their uptime is a solid 99.90%, and tech support is available 24/7/365 via live chat.

Pros & Cons

As with all web hosting companies, you’ll want to read the fine print to see what is and isn’t covered in your contract, but Hostinger is more transparent than most in letting you know what you’ll be paying for and how long the price is good for. WordPress site owners will appreciate Hostinger’s resources for their sites, though if you’re used to cPanel, it may take you a little while to become accustomed to their dashboard.

Pros

  • Transparent pricing structure
  • Drag-and-drop website editor
  • Servers optimized for WordPress

Cons

  • No discounts if you pay month-by-month
  • Live chat only available when logged in
  • No cPanel access

What Customers Are Saying

Hostinger offers some nice perks that you don’t find often, especially at this price point, and customers appreciate that. “What I like the most about hostinger is the lifetime SSL certificate so you don’t need to keep worrying about renewing your SSL certificate.”

Summary

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Hostinger
  • Starting Price
    • $0.99/mo for Single
    • $2.89/mo for Premium
    • $3.99/mo for Business
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Free lifetime SSL certificate
  • free website builder
  • Fast and reliable SSDs
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SiteGround
  • Free automated website transfer
  • SSD persistent storage
  • Auto-scaling handles traffic spikes
Siteground features Google cloud-based services including basic hosting, managed WordPress, high performance WooCommerce hosting, and scalable cloud hosting options. All plans come with a CDN, free SSL certificates, and email as well as unmetered traffic and unlimited databases. A 30-day money-back guarantee means they stand behind their product.

SiteGround’s StartUp plan, for an introductory price of $6.99 a month, gives you 10 GB web space, 10,000 visits monthly, free SSL, and unmetered traffic. It includes a daily backup, free CDN, and free email in the plan. An extra perk is a 100% renewable energy match that you can feel good about.

Its best-selling plan is the GrowBig plan for $9.99 (discounted from $24.99) that has unlimited websites, 20 GB of web space, and up to 25,000 visits monthly. Managed Cloud hosting starts at $80 a month for 3 CPU cores, 6 GB of memory, 40 GB of SSD space, and 5 TB data transfer.

Pros & Cons

Our customer reviews consistently rank SiteGround at the top of the list. The company is one of few recommended by the creators of WordPress.org, who undoubtedly like the high uptime rate, which can make or break a site. For agencies and designers, there are numerous tools that make it easy to collaborate with clients, ship sites, and share access.

Pros

  • Extensive collaboration tools
  • Recommended by WordPress.org, Woo, and Yoast
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee

Cons

  • Prices on the expensive side
  • Low introductory rate increases after first year
  • No free domain name

What Customers Are Saying

Customers praise the tech support personnel, as well as the features the company offers to make your site stand out in a crowd. “SiteGround is a great hosting solution for all your WordPress projects. The service they provide is stable, secure, and super fast thanks to the special tools they’ve developed in-house.”

Summary

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SiteGround
  • Starting Price
    • $80.00/mo for Entry
    • $120.00/mo for Business
    • $160.00/mo for Business Plus
    • $240.00/mo for Super Power
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Free automated website transfer
  • SSD persistent storage
  • Auto-scaling handles traffic spikes
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WP Engine Web Hosting
  • Automated daily backups
  • Free site transfers
  • Platforms scale up easily
As the name suggests, WP Engine focuses on one thing only: managed WordPress hosting. It has numerous features that are optimized for WordPress sites, either shared or dedicated. Its discounted rate for the Startup plan is $20 a month, making it one of the pricier options on the list, but remember: it’s managing the site for you.

Even at this lowest rate, you’ll get 25,000 visits a month, 10 GB of storage, and 50 GB of bandwidth a month for one website. Included for free are automated SSL certificates, SSH Gateway, and the Genesis Framework. 35+ studioPress themes give you options for creating a new site. All sites are PHP 7.4 ready, and include global CDN and Evercache.

If your business is growing, WP Engine offers enterprise solutions along with the ability to build a custom site for you that can handle millions of visits a month and up to 30 sites. Available add-ons include Smart Plugin Manager Multi-Pack, Global Edge Security, and dedicated development environments.

Pros & Cons

WP Engine guards your site against hacking attacks with an updated firewall, daily malware, and virus scans in partnership with Sucuri and a one-click restore function in case you’re attacked. It offers a generous money-back guarantee and its uptime averages can’t be any better than it is. WP Engine only hosts WordPress sites, though, and it lacks some of the freebies that come with other hosting services.

Pros

  • 100% uptime
  • 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Top-notch security features

Cons

  • Only for WordPress users
  • No cPanel access
  • No free domain name or email

What Customers Are Saying

WP Engine’s customers are willing to pay the company’s higher prices because they get some great features as well as top-notch customer support. According to one customer, “I’ve been having plenty of issues since converting to a multisite WP, but these guys have been there 24/7 to fix all the bugs I’ve encountered.”

Summary

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WP Engine Web Hosting
  • Starting Price
    • $20/mo for Startup
    • $95/mo for Growth
    • $241/mo for Scale
    • $368/mo for Premium
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Automated daily backups
  • Free site transfers
  • Platforms scale up easily
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LiquidWeb
  • InterWorx, Plesk Web Pro, or cPanel
  • Daily backups
  • No traffic limits
Like Kinsta, Liquid Web focuses on managed hosting, offering dedicated servers, VPS, cloud dedicated, private VPS, and cloud site hosting, as well as managed WordPress, WooCommerce, and premium business email hosting. They’ll help you pick your hosting plan, migrate your site and manage it and keep your server updated and secure.

Liquid Web, like our other choices, has 24/7/365 tech support, with trained staff who are, the company says, “the most helpful humans in hosting.” They guarantee that you’ll get a response in less than a minute when you contact them by phone or live chat, and less than an hour when you submit a ticket.

WordPress site hosting includes no page view or traffic limits, automatic daily backups, a staging site, and automatic SSL. For developers, they offer access to SSH, Git and WP-CLI, but if you’d rather leave the updating and other tasks to them, that’s fine too.

Pros & Cons

Like some of our other choices, Liquid Web targets the business owner who wants to grow their business — and their website. They don’t offer shared hosting, which is where many websites start out, but once you’re getting good traffic and need additional speed and storage space, the company comes through with high bandwidth, great uptime, and a choice of three control panels.

Pros

  • Bandwidth 2 TB and up
  • iThemes Security Pro and Sync
  • 99.99% uptime

Cons

  • No shared hosting options
  • Plans may be cost prohibitive
  • No free trials or domain

What Customers Are Saying

Customers say that the Liquid Web tech team is available to solve problems large and small, and will go the extra step for complex issues. “I have a business that is ever-expanding and I have a lot of requirements and they always deliver and with some of the best staff in the hosting world.”

Summary

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LiquidWeb
  • Starting Price
    • From $199/mo for Dedicated Servers
    • From $59/mo for Cloud VPS
    • From $169/mo for Cloud Dedicated
    • From $329/mo for Private VPS Parent
    • From $150/mo for Cloud Sites
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    no
Features
  • InterWorx, Plesk Web Pro, or cPanel
  • Daily backups
  • No traffic limits
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A2 Hosting
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Free site migration
A2 Hosting offers unmetered bandwidth and unlimited disk space for reasonable prices. They are committed to 99.9% uptime, and boast an exclusive lightning-fast “turbo server” option that promises to be 20 times faster than average.

The company uses solid-state drivers in most packages, and they have several SSL certificates, including Let’s Encrypt, Single Site, and Premium SSL — which is important especially if you are accepting payments on your site. “A2 Optimized” offers the fastest load times for common platforms like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, Magento and OpenCart eCommerce software.

Shared WordPress hosting is available with cPanel and A2’s optimized WordPress package. If you prefer a managed option, they include WordPress backups, site staging, and a free Jetpack personal license as well as Plesk Control Panel.

You’ll find 24/7/365 English-speaking support staff available by phone, email, and live chat.

Pros & Cons

One of A2’s biggest pros is its speed. A2 has user-friendly resources to help the newbie site owner, but it also provides all the tools needed by developers, including SSH, SFTP, and FTP. The great introductory prices do increase after you’ve been with the company for a while, but A2 still offers one of the best web hosting experiences around.

Pros

  • High-speed performance times
  • “Guru Crew” support team with 24/7/365 online/email/phone help
  • Developer-friendly server support for PHP, MySQL, Apache, Python, Ruby, and more

Cons

  • No free domain
  • Only two data centers (North America and Europe)
  • Renewal rates nearly double after first purchase period

What Customers Are Saying

Customers like the low downtime record and ease of use that makes A2 a good choice for beginners as well as experienced web developers. “I’m a big fan of A2 hosting because their hosting is reliable, easy to use, they are security conscious and they provide excellent tech support,” says one.

Summary

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A2 Hosting
  • Starting Price
    • Starting at $2.99/mo for Shared Hosting
    • Starting at $13.19/mo for Reseller Hosting
    • Starting at $5.00/mo for VPS
    • Starting at $99.59/mo for Dedicated Server
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Free site migration
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GreenGeeks
  • Free domain registration for first year
  • Free site migration
  • Daily backups and 24/7 monitoring
GreenGeeks has positioned itself as the most environmentally responsible web hosting company in the market. It has made itself accountable for its yearly energy consumption and carbon footprint by collaborating with the Bonneville Environmental Foundation in putting back three times the energy that it consumes to match every amperage it pulls from the grid.

WordPress hosting starts at $2.49 a month with a free website and 50 GB of web space and a limited number of email accounts. The Pro and Premium plans come with extra RAM, CPU, inodes, and more. All plans have free SSL certificates and a free domain name for the first year.

24/7/365 support is available by chat and ticket. Phone support hours are Mon-Sun: 9 AM to 12 AM EST. In addition to their robust WordPress options, there is also reseller hosting and SSD-based VPS hosting with up to 150 GB of disk space and cPanel included.

Pros & Cons

If you’d like to be able to say that your site is powered with green energy, GreenGeeks is a great choice. They are a recognized Green Power Partner with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and claim to return 3 times the power they consume into the grid. Some of their pricing options are a little more than the industry standard, and you’ll want to read the fine print on your contract for restrictions.

Pros

  • Positive carbon footprint
  • Extensive education center with tutorials, videos, and articles
  • 99.99% uptime

Cons

  • VPS hosting is costly at $39.95-109.95/month
  • No Windows-based hosting
  • Must sign up for 3 years to get $2.49/mo pricing

What Customers Are Saying

Along with fast load times and responsive tech support, customers love GreenGeeks’ reliance on renewable energy. “The really great thing about GreenGeeks that separates them from other web hosting services is their commitment to sustainability and using renewable energy.”

Summary

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GreenGeeks
  • Starting Price
    • Lite: $2.49/per month
    • Pro: $4.95/per month
    • Premium: 8.95/per month
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Free domain registration for first year
  • Free site migration
  • Daily backups and 24/7 monitoring
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HostGator
  • 45-day money-back guarantee
  • Free domain for a year
  • Free SSL certificate
Hostgator makes it easy for beginners to get up to speed quickly with their website. Free site transfers are available for new customers, and Hostgator’s drag-and-drop builder tool lets you choose from a wide range of themes and create a professional site easily.

A 45-day money-back guarantee is longer than the industry standard of 30 days, so you have more than enough time to see if the company is right for you. Tech support is available 24/7/364 via phone or live chat when needed. In addition to WordPress hosting, there’s dedicated hosting with full management tools and VPS hosting with full root access and scalable resources.

HostGator offers unmetered bandwidth and unlimited disk space, along with a free SSL certificate and global CDN for all WordPress plans. Although they don’t have a plan specifically geared for e-commerce, there are shared, VPS, and dedicated server options.

Pros & Cons

HostGator has had issues in the past with load times and downtimes, so their uptime guarantee is a good step in the right direction. Like some web hosting companies, the attractive introductory price comes with a lot of fine print restrictions that tack on additional charges where you least want them.

Pros

  • Uptime guarantee of one month credit if they drop below 99.90%
  • SiteLock monitoring available at a cost

Cons

  • Services such as backups require additional fees
  • Occasional slow page load speed
  • Three year contract required for $2.75/mo pricing

What Customers Are Saying

HostGator gets dinged by some customers who claim that tech support isn’t as responsive and helpful as they’d like and their websites face more downtime than is necessary. Others appreciate the company’s low prices, however. “HostGator has some amazing deals to help small businesses that are struggling while our world suffers from Covid-19. They won me as a loyal customer from here on out.”

Summary

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HostGator
  • Starting Price
    • $2.75/mo for Hatchling Plan
    • $3.95/mo for Baby Plan
    • $5.95/mo for Business Plan
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • 45-day money-back guarantee
  • Free domain for a year
  • Free SSL certificate
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InMotion
  • Free site transfer
  • SSD drives with all plans
  • Free SSL Certificates
InMotion Hosting offers a variety of hosting options, including shared, WordPress, VPS, and dedicated, for prices that, while not the lowest we’ve seen, are reasonable. Their lowest-priced shared plan, $2.49 a month, includes a free website builder, one website, 10 GB of SSD storage, and unlimited bandwidth.

InMotion Hosting uses custom-designed UltraStack servers that are created for faster load times and enhanced speed, with optimized server-side caching. According to the company, they give you as much as six times the average speed and performance.

You’ll get unmetered bandwidth with InMotion Hosting; disk space varies with your plan. InMotion Hosting also offers award-winning technical support with a good reputation, and it’s worth noting that InMotion Hosting has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau. The company has also been CNET Certified for 17 years.

Pros & Cons

InMotion Hosting has some nice perks, including a generous 90-day money-back guarantee for most plans. If you’re a beginner, InMotion Hosting can design a customized site for you, with a great range of additional apps to expand your functionalities. As with many host providers, the great introductory prices aren’t quite as good as they look — it pays to read the fine print.

Pros

  • 90-day money-back guarantee (30 days for shared hosting plans)
  • 300+ apps available
  • Expert-designed custom WordPress sites

Cons

  • Intro pricing only good for 2-year sign-up
  • Data backup requires additional cost

What Customers Are Saying

A number of customers have remarked on the fact that even with the disruption of the coronavirus pandemic, InMotion’s customer support and service hasn’t wavered. “Even with them each working from home during COVID-19, this support team has been stellar. Every person I’ve worked with patiently helped me get the answers I need.”

Summary

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InMotion
  • Starting Price
    • $27.99/mo for VPS-1000HA-S
    • $44.99/mo for VPS-2000HA-S
    • $64.99/mo for VPS-3000HA-S
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Free site transfer
  • SSD drives with all plans
  • Free SSL Certificates
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GoDaddy Business Hosting
  • 24/7/365 tech support
  • Specialized WordPress plans available
  • Global infrastructure means excellent uptime
One of the most well-known and popular web hosting companies, GoDaddy is large enough to be able to focus on business hosting as a viable sub-business. GoDaddy business hosting features the power of VPS, with a proprietorial control panel that, the company says, is easy to use if you’re not a computer specialist.

GoDaddy’s four business plans start out with the Launch plan that has 50 GB of storage, 2 GB RAM, and, like all the plans, unmetered traffic and unlimited websites and databases. There’s also a standard SSL certificate for all plans, which range up to a top-of-the-line Expand plan that has 150 GB of storage and 8 GB of RAM for photo- or resource-heavy sites.

GoDaddy does daily backups and malware scans, and for a small fee you can have your files stored in the cloud. A drag-and-drop site builder makes it easy for even beginners to create a customized business site. There’s a comprehensive online help center, along with phone and live chat support.

Pros & Cons

Managed hosting takes the headaches of creating and managing a site away from business owners, and GoDaddy’s marketing tools and informational guidelines make optimizing your site a cinch. But ideally, they would offer a longer money-back guarantee.

Pros

  • Managed WordPress hosting
  • Extensive digital marketing tools
  • Unlimited bandwidth with all plans

Cons

  • Money-back guarantee only 30 days

What Customers Are Saying

GoDaddy makes it easy to manage a site, say its customers, with excellent online tools and good customer support. “The process of registering a domain name and setting up a web page is easy to use and very affordable with the options available giving everyone the right choice for their particular needs.”

Summary

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GoDaddy Business Hosting
  • Starting Price
    • $11.99*/1st yr
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • 24/7/365 tech support
  • Specialized WordPress plans available
  • Global infrastructure means excellent uptime
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Scala Hosting
  • Daily remote backups
  • SShield security protection
  • Softaculous 1-click script installer
Scala Hosting's prices start at $3.95 per month for their Mini shared hosting plan, which includes 20 GB of SSD storage, one year of free domain registration, a free SSL certificate, free CDN, 1-click WordPress installer, unlimited emails/databases/bandwidth, and a 24/7 “ask-anything” technical support. They will also migrate all your websites and email accounts for free.

But Scala Hosting is better known for their virtual private server (VPS) services than their shared hosting plans. This is what makes them such a good fit for small businesses — such businesses often have hosting needs that are too demanding for shared hosting, but the cost of a dedicated server can be a serious strain on their budgets. With VPS hosting, you get the power of dedicated resources at a much lower cost than a dedicated physical server. The VPS technology offers unmatched speed, security, and reliability, which are among the most crucial requirements for every successful online business.

Scala Hosting offers both fully-managed and self-managed VPS plans. The fully-managed VPS plans start at $9.95 per month, and they include features such as 24/7 "ask-anything" live support, SPanel (a free cPanel/WHM replacement), free Premium Softaculous 1-click installer, dedicated IP, free domain, unlimited bandwidth and accounts, free and effortless migrations, advanced cybersecurity with SShield, daily remote backups on a remote server in a remote DC, and more.

Pros & Cons

Scala Hosting offers a lot of value with their shared hosting plans, and they're an especially good option if you're looking for a VPS hosting solution. The only downside is that they don't offer phone support.

Pros

  • Free cPanel/WHM replacement with SPanel
  • Excellent customer approval ratings across numerous platforms
  • Powerful VPS hosting plans

Cons

  • No phone support

What Customers Are Saying

Most customers are quite happy with Scala Hosting's performance. "One of the best hosting providers," wrote one user. "Super-fast server speed, and the support was also good. I highly recommend them."

Summary

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Scala Hosting
  • Starting Price
    • $9.95/mo for Start (Managed VPS)
    • $21.95/mo for Advanced (Managed VPS)
    • $41.95/mo for Business (Managed VPS)
    • $63.95/mo for Enterprise (Managed VPS)
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Daily remote backups
  • SShield security protection
  • Softaculous 1-click script installer
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HostPapa
  • unmetered bandwidth
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • free website designer
HostPapa focuses solely on hosting websites for small businesses, and that’s good news for you. They’ve got a user-friendly control panel, easy to use tools and more than 400 apps to extend your website’s functionality.

HostPapa uses SSDs for data storage and free Cloudflare CDN, which means faster loading times. Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates are free with all plans. Other freebies include domain transfer and website migration as well as award-winning tech support that’s available via ticket, live chat, or phone — including a 30-minute, one-on-one starter session when you sign up for a plan.

HostPapa’s primary business is with shared hosting plans, which are best for small- to medium-sized businesses. If that doesn’t fit you, they also offer VPS, reseller, and WordPress plans with a good range of disk space up to 1 TB, with 8 TB transfer.

Pros & Cons

HostPapa positions itself as a great choice for the beginning business owner or web designer. Its plans are geared for smaller sites — and for those sites it provides excellent tech support and stellar uptimes. Extra services are limited with the low-end plans, but increase if you’re willing to pay a little extra.

Pros

  • 99.90% uptime
  • Multilingual customer support (English, French, Spanish, and German)
  • Carbon-neutral energy use

Cons

  • Advanced security features only available at higher-level plans
  • Not a great choice for larger or more complex websites

What Customers Are Saying

Once again, excellent tech support is the key to a good relationship with your web hosting company. Customers say that HostPapa makes it easy to handle the myriad details that are part of managing a website. “The superb service from the always courteous and professional staff at HostPapa is in a class of its own.”

Summary

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HostPapa
  • Starting Price
    • $3.95/mo for Starter
    • $3.95/mo for Business
    • $12.95/mo Business Pro
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • unmetered bandwidth
  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • free website designer
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InterServer
  • 99.90% uptime
  • Unlimited bandwidth and disk space
  • SitePad website builder
InterServer started as a reseller but has grown to become a web hosting company for dedicated, cloud, VPS, and ASP.net sites. WordPress hosting solutions start at $6 per month, with optimized installs ready in 20 minutes. They’re powered on InterServers VPS Cloud and include a unique IP address and guaranteed CPU, RAM, and hard disk space.

Multiple plan options give you the ability to customize your site at a range of price points. Shared hosting includes free site migration, transfer of your domain for $1.99, cPanel and a 50% cap on server capacity, which means you shouldn’t lose speed if the traffic increases. Free backups and 99.90% uptime are nice additions.

If your business grows, and you want your site to grow with it, InterServer says they can easily upgrade your site to VPS or dedicated hosting, with no downtime during the switch. VPS plans include full root access and easy scalability.

Pros & Cons

One of the biggest things that puts InterServer ahead of the pack is its pricing structure. Although it does offer introductory pricing specials, in general, the price you pay when you start is the price you’ll pay forever. Although they lack a few of the perks that other companies feature, there are enough tools and resources to have your website up and running in no time.

Pros

  • Prices stay at introductory levels after first year
  • 450+ Cloud apps
  • Free site migration

Cons

  • No free trial
  • No uptime guarantee on shared plans
  • No free domain

What Customers Are Saying

Many customers note InterServer’s low prices as a big plus: “my quad core, 16 GB dedicated server costs $90 per month which runs over 90 complex cbots. Compare this with the competition that would charge $279 for a started dedicated package.”

Summary

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InterServer
  • Starting Price
    • $1.00 for 3 Months for Standard
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • 99.90% uptime
  • Unlimited bandwidth and disk space
  • SitePad website builder
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Hostwinds Web Hosting
  • Free SSL certificates
  • cPanel control panel
  • Unmetered bandwidth
Hostwinds is a “customer centric” web host with shared, reseller, VPS, cloud, and dedicated plans. Within each of those categories there are options, so you should be able to find a plan that is tailored for your own specific needs.

The company’s plans start with a basic one featuring unlimited bandwidth and disk space along with one domain for $3.29 a month. All plans feature SSDs, free website transfer, unlimited email accounts, and a free SSL certificate. Plans geared for business hosting are up to 500% faster, says the company, with fewer sites per server and increased resources, and start at $5.64 per month.

Support is 24/7/365 via live chat, phone, or ticket; there is website monitoring around the clock and you have the option (for a cost) to use their nightly cloud backup. Free website transfers make it easy to get running quickly and Softaculous auto installer allows you to upload apps to your site in seconds.

Pros & Cons

We’re not alone in recommending HostWind and it’s consistently at the top of best-of lists. The company offers great uptime and some decent extras, especially for business plans, but free backups, a feature of some companies, is not on the table at HostWind.

Pros

  • 99.99% uptime
  • SSDs with all business shared hosting plans

Cons

  • Site migration only free for first 60 days
  • Cloud backups available for a cost

What Customers Are Saying

HostWind makes the customer experience a positive one in most cases, according to customers. “Everything is streamlined and of high quality,” said one reviewer. “Amazingly great service, chat support is very friendly and helpful even for beginners,” said another. Many others feel that the company goes out of its way to work with those who have little experience with websites.

Summary

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Hostwinds Web Hosting
  • Starting Price
    • $3.29/mo for Basic Shared
    • $4.23/mo for Advanced
    • $5.17/mo for Ultimate
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    yes
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Free SSL certificates
  • cPanel control panel
  • Unmetered bandwidth
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Kinsta
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Uptime checks every two minutes
  • Automatic scaling
Kinsta is a bit different from some of our choices. Its focus is solely on fully managed WordPress sites with excellent security features, daily backups, and more that are serviced by a crack team of web professionals. Kinsta uses Google Cloud Platform for all plans, which range from $30 a month up to $1,500 for those who have several million visits to their website each month.

The starter plan includes one WordPress install, 20K monthly visits, 10 GB of SSD storage, and 50 GB of free CDN. There’s a 30-day money back guarantee and free unlimited basic migrations from other hosts.

Even the starter plan benefits from Kinsta’s 24 global locations and automatic daily backups, but once you move up to the $60 a month plan, you also have multisite support and twice as many monthly visits. If you’re serious about your website, but don’t want to spend time bogged down in the details, Kinsta is worth a look.

Pros & Cons

Kinsta is pricey compared to some of our other choices, but that cost gets you state-of-the-art security measures, immediate support if you get hacked, and an eye-pleasing dashboard. Although plans have high limits — as much as 250 GB SSD storage and 3 million visits a month — there are no unlimited options, nor is there any ability to buy email accounts through the company.

Pros

  • Robust active and passive security measures
  • Immediate free hack fix
  • Unified, user-friendly management dashboard

Cons

  • May be cost prohibitive
  • No email options or free domain
  • No unlimited plans (limits are high, though)

What Customers Are Saying

Kinsta may not be the cheapest host out there, but customers say you get excellent service for your money, with a highly trained tech support team and all the bells and whistles needed to take your website to the next level. “Our agency has worked with all the major hosting platforms. Kinsta is crazy fast and the support is stellar! We moved all our clients to Kinsta and haven’t looked back.”

Summary

  • Starting Price
    • $30/mo for Starter
    • $60/mo for Pro
    • $100/mo for Business 1
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Google Cloud Platform
  • Uptime checks every two minutes
  • Automatic scaling
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FastComet
  • Daily backups
  • unlimited FTP accounts, databases and sub-domains
  • Let’s Encrypt SSL
FastComet is a fairly young company (it started in 2013) with seriously good pricing and a long 45-day guarantee. Despite those low prices, FastComet offers free daily backups that are safely stored off-site for 30 days, and they will help you restore your older versions if need be.

Domain transfers are free, as is unmetered bandwidth. Disk space is 4 GB for the entry-level plan, 6 or 8 GB for business plans, and 10 GB for their top plan, which is still less than $10 a month. That top plan also comes with a “rocket booster” to speed up their already fast 99.9% uptime rate — it features three times more CPU and RAM, and three times less clients per server.

FastComet has cPanel hosting and Softaculous 1-click installation for WordPress, Joomla, and others. Cloud sites use the FastCloud hosting platform. WoodPress, Joomla, WooCommerce, OpenCart and more are all supported, and there’s 24/7/365 support via live chat, email, or phone.

Pros & Cons

No matter where your site is focused, FastComet’s ten servers offer great speeds with low downtimes. Our one quibble is with the potential nickel-and-diming that happens if you submit too many tech support tickets, and the lack of live chat for tech purposes.

Pros

  • Ten servers across the globe
  • Free site migration
  • Transparent and informative pricing structure

Cons

  • Live chat only available for sales
  • Fee imposed if tech support ticket needs extensive work

What Customers Are Saying

Customer service can make or break a company, and FastComet’s customers seem very happy with the service they get from the company’s tech support staff. “I have had a few technical issues the last few days with my websites, and the technical support I have received from Fast Comet has been fantastic.”

Summary

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FastComet
  • Starting Price
    • $2.95/mo for Fast Coud
    • $4.45/mo for Fast Cloud Plus
    • $5.95/mo for Fast Cloud Extra
  • 24-7 Support
    yes
  • Database Backups
    yes
  • Free Domain
    no
  • Money Back Guarantee
    yes
Features
  • Daily backups
  • unlimited FTP accounts, databases and sub-domains
  • Let’s Encrypt SSL

How We Chose the Best Small Business Web Hosting Services

Web hosting companies make myriad claims and boast of a variety of features. Some of those features are more important than others, though, such as types of server, uptime and load speed, and customer support. All our top choices offer robust hosting options at reasonable price points; take a look at our reviews to see which one might be the best fit for your small business.

Multiple Server Types

There are multiple server types available, and each has its own advantages and disadvantages. Server needs can change over time, so we picked companies that offered more than one type. If your business grows and you want to make the switch from, say, a shared server WordPress site to a private VPS, you should be able to do so without stress or drama.

Uptime and Load Speed

Uptime refers to the amount of time that a hosting system is operational, while load speed measures how fast your website loads each page. These are two important factors in choosing a website host because they affect the reliability and speed of your website. We checked upload and load speeds with a third-party website to ensure that all advertised rates were valid. Significant downtime is one sign that your host company is dropping the ball on service — all our choices clock in with at least 99.9% uptime.

Customer Support

If your website is down or you have an issue, it’s crucial for you to be able to resolve it quickly. We chose web hosting companies that offer 24/7 customer support in a variety of ways, including phone and live chat. We placed an emphasis on customer service reps who were friendly, professional and knowledgeable on their company’s products, so that you can get questions answered and problems solved with a minimum of trouble and wasted time.

What is Small Business Web Hosting?

Web hosting refers to where your website lives — i.e., the physical location of the coded files that make up your website’s pages. Those pages live on a server owned by your hosting company. For small businesses, a reliable hosting company can mean the difference between failure and success — especially in our socially-distanced current world.

The best small business web hosting services allow your website to run with nearly instantaneous page loading and no downtime, and features security tools that keep it safe from hackers. All our chosen web hosts include 24/7/365 customer service support as part of their plans, which we think is pretty important considering that your website is — or should be — up and running all day, every day.

Web hosts can be divided into those who provide the space, but let you handle all the details on your own, and those who provide managed solutions, which give you a hand to hold through the process of creating and managing your website. If you’re too busy with the daily work of your business, a managed site plan can be a lifesaver.

The most popular web platform, by far, is WordPress, but most (though not all) web hosts offer a range of options, letting you create your site in other content management systems like Joomla or Drupal, using a shared server or dedicated one and offering other options that allow you to customize your site and your work with it so that it meets your needs smoothly and easily.

Benefits of Small Business Web Hosting

You’ll need to work with a small business web hosting company in order for your website to be online and available to your customers. A good web host provides a range of benefits for you and your company.

  • They provide the space needed to store your files. This is the most basic benefit of a web host. Your website needs to “live” somewhere, and by hiring a web hosting company, you’re basically renting space for the files that create your site.
  • They take care of the technical details so you don’t have to. A good web host will make sure your site is live, they’ll back up your files regularly and they will ensure that good security measures are in place so that you won’t get hacked. If you do, they’ll help you get back online as quickly as possible.
  • They offer branded email addresses. Not all host companies do this, but many offer this as a free or low-cost service. It ensures your emails look professional and establishes you as a legitimate player in your field.
  • They can, in many cases, create a stylish and professional website for you. Some of our top choices allow you to work with web designers on their staff to create a site that is optimized for the type of business that you’re in. They can help you, for example, set up a sales function on your site that will provide a smooth customer experience and result in growing sales numbers for you.
  • They provide excellent technical support. This support is preferably available around the clock, to deal with glitches and help you make changes when needed. Websites are complex, and it’s easy to get in over your head when working on them. A good tech support person will first, listen to you so that he or she understands what you need, and second, take the lead in making it happen.

What to look for in a Small Business Web Host

Your small business is unique, and what you are looking for in a web host may be different than what your neighbor’s business is looking for. In general, though, here are a few things to consider when searching for the best small business web hosting service.

  • Excellent uptime and load speed history: Your site is only interacting with customers when it’s up; if you have a web host that goes down regularly, it’s time to consider a switch. You’re looking for an uptime record of at least 99.90%. Lost revenue and brand damage can happen if your site goes down right in the middle of a traffic spike.
  • Multiple server types available: Businesses change and grow. You may start out with a small site on a shared server with minimal bandwidth and storage space, but if you grow, you want to know that your site can be scaled up to a dedicated server or VPS when needed.
  • Top-notch customer support, preferably available 24/7/365; because when you’re checking inventory at 5 a.m. before your big holiday sale, and your site goes down, you want someone at the other end of the line now who can get you back up and running before the doors open.
  • Advanced security features: This is worth asking about, because hackers are becoming more sophisticated by the day, and you’ll only have peace of mind if you know that your site is as safe as possible behind a firewall or with other monitoring and security software at work beyond the scenes. For starters, see if your host offers a free SSL certificate with its plans.

The Cost of Small Business Web Hosting

Cost for small business web hosting can range from a few dollars a month — or even less — to $30 or more dollars a month. But don’t assume that the lowest cost is right for you. At the low end, your web host may be giving you only space on a server, and nothing more.

At the high end, you may be getting unlimited bandwidth, managed services, and other perks that mean you don’t have to worry about your website at all or handle the tasks needed to keep it updated and running smoothly. In other words, the additional cost is going to good use.

In the end, whether you choose a bare-bones plan or one with all the bells and whistles, it’s a personal decision that should be based on the needs of your business, your time constraints, and your own knowledge base. If you’re web-savvy and have the time and energy to devote to maintaining the site and performing updates, consider one of our lower-priced choices.

If, on the other hand, you just want someone to come and take the job of managing — or even creating — your website off your plate, you’ll find companies on our list that are happy to do the job for you.