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Best Rated Web Hosts In 2017

Tue, 7th February 2017, 17:50

So just how does one go about choosing a decent web hosting provider when there are thousands of hosting companies? It’s like going through the yellow pages trying to find a decent restaurant when the only recognizable names coming to mind serve fast food dished up with mediocre service. Web hosts are like restaurants. There’s lots of them but not all may be suitable for that someone, or something special.

HostJury motto has been, and continues to be one of not giving our opinionated view of web hosting providers (often geared towards the host that pays the most for advertising). Still we do give users the ability to recommend and review their web hosting provider to other users and to share their real hosting reviews.

Based on those reviews, here is the list of the best rated hosts:

 

Important factors

When writing a review, users are given the opportunity to rate their experiences with their webhost based on uptime, features, support, and pricing.

Important factors in selecting a web hosting company include the percentage of server uptime. Every web host will experience downtime, but 98 to 99% uptime is optimal. A lower number may not necessarily eliminate a host… remember some reviews are written by disgruntled users. Then again some webhosts in the HostJury database are diving to the bottom and coming up with zeroes for uptime. Those ones have a lot of disgruntled users and would certainly demand closer scrutiny.

Another consideration is how much diskspace is provided for the files that will make up your web site (There is no such thing as unlimited). How much bandwidth is in their packages. Monthly bandwidth is the amount of data transfer allowed for visitors to view and use your web site. Ideally in today’s hosting environment you want ‘unmetered’ but remember, unlimited is not the same as unmetered! Those may be the big two but features like:

  • Free Domain Name
  • Free Website Builder
  • cPanel & SSH Access
  • SSD Storage
  • Free Daily Backup
  • Unlimited Emails & Data Bases
  • HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
  • A Content Delivery Network such as Cloudflare or MaxCDN
  • Unlimited addon domains to host multiple sites
  • SSL certificate included for free.

The features (and terminology) may vary and may not be be included in every level of plan. But the more the merrier.

Support is like insurance. You hope you never need it, but you are sure glad you got it if you do!

  • 24/7 Technical Support (yes some web hosts think they are bankers)
  • Free Setup (yeah some not only think like bankers, they have hidden fees like bankers)
  • Free Transfer of your site from another host
  • Pay to play support (premium) or is everyone equal
  • Back ups. Remember that daily backups may delete the prior backup. Some hosts keep multiple backups of your website. Again, more is merrier.
  • 30 Days Money Back. (like insurance)

Price. What does one say. You get what you pay for although many web hosts do offer discounts.. then raise the price at renewal. Some require multi year commitments for deep discounts. Others nickel and dime you with annoying upcharges and hidden fees. Some do all of the above. Others have upfront pricing and no hidden fees. There is no magic formula and one size fits all. Ask questions, and ensure there is a 'no questions asked money back' type guarantee.

 

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 FastComet

 

 

FastComet achieves excellence in the three most important aspects of providing a high-quality web hosting experience - speed, security and customer service. By investing heavily in the latest hardware and software technology FastComet gives you up to 300% better performance for your website in compare to other hosting providers. Utilizing SSD-only storage for files and databases and providing Global CDN access, FastComet focus on achieving just-a-second load time for your website content.

  • Free Domain Forever: Register or transfer an existing domain for free. We will renew it for you free of charge forever.
  • SSD-Only Cloud: Up to 300% faster access to your files and databases compared to non-ssd hosting providers!
  • Free CloudFlare CDN: Distribute your content around the world so it’s closer to your visitors (speeding up your site).
  • cPanel Powered Hosting: The most popular and powerful web hosting control panel for easy point-and-click management of your hosting account.
  • Daily Backups: Free daily and weekly backups of your data to keep you safe. When others charge for this, we don’t!
  • Free 24/7 Priority Support: Because there is no great hosting without great technical support that cares about your website.
  • Fixed Prices, No Surprises: No sneaky surprises - renew all your hosting services on the same great price you signed up for.
  • 45 Days Money - Back: We are so confident you will love our service that we offer 45 days money-back guarantee.

 

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 Fused

 

Bootstrapped and cashflow positive since day one. We've always concentrated on offering great service & support & apparently hard work pays off, we still have our very first client & many that rave about our support. Although our hosting offerings & team have changed slightly over the years, we constantly strive to ensure every client is satisfied.

We will be available when you need us, regardless of hour & help resolve any problems you encounter & to communicate in human terms when doing so. We'll never sell you anything you don't require, nor your information to anyone under any circumstances.

  • Hassle-free migration: We can handle 100% of your web hosting, email & data migration, hassle-free.
  • 24/7 Technical support: Our response time is measured in minutes instead of hours. Our team is alerted via text for any critical support request submitted.
  • Reliable email service: Reliable email hosting with pop3, imap & webmail access. Includes free spam filtering to keep those inboxes clean!
  • Global Anycast DNS cluster: Our DNS is distributed worldwide & offers speeds roughly 20x faster than standard dns, increasing website performance substantially.
  • Nightly backups: We backup accounts nightly & retain backups for 75+ days allowing you to restore your website, email & databases to any point.
  • 99.9% uptime guaranteed: We spend night & day ensuring our services are consistently online. We guarantee 99.9% website uptime monthly and frequently average 100%.
  • Included software: We use an award winning control panel, cPanel, and we’ve built our stack with linux, apache, mysql, php, ruby, python, perl & more available to utilize for all clients.
  • Satisfaction guaranteed: You'll be happy here, we promise. If for some reason something doesn't work out between us, we’ll happily refund you 100% within 90 days of sign-up.
  • now 100% ssd, php7 & offer free ssls to all new accounts.

 

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  SiteGround

 

 

Founded in 2004 by a few university friends, SiteGround gradually but steadily turned into a leading web hosting service provider. With only a handful of people working from their university dorm rooms in the beginning, today the company has more than 400 employees and is constantly growing. We process 1500+ tickets, 1000+ phone calls and 3000+ chat requests per day. We proudly host more than 500,000 domains with this number growing by the hour.

SiteGround gives you all the essential hosting features you need to accommodate a "just getting started" website or an existing average-size blog, personal, or business website. The StartUp Plan works well even for smaller online shops with a reasonable number of products.

  • Free Domain Name
  • Free Website Builder
  • cPanel & SSH Access
  • Free Setup & Transfer
  • 24/7 Technical Support
  • SSD Storage
  • Free Daily Backup
  • 30 Days Money Back
  • Unlimited Emails & DBs
  • HTTP/2 Enabled Servers
  • Free Let's Encrypt SSLs
  • Free Cloudflare CDN

Larger plans include:

  • Premium Support: Your tickets are answered with priority.
  • Premium Speed: Our SuperCacher is included to make your website faster.
  • Premium Security: We keep up to 30 backup copies of your website.
  • Unlimited Websites: You can use unlimited addon domains to host multiple sites.
  • Premium E-Commerce: One year Wildcard SSL certificate is included for free.
  • Premium Joomla & WordPress: Our unique dynamic caching makes these apps fly.

 

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 MDDHosting

 

 

MDDHosting is a privately owned company that was formed in 2007 to provide services that are often overpriced at affordable prices for individuals and businesses around the world. Unlike most newer web hosts we do not hide who we are, when we were formed, or what we have to offer to our clients. We may be small but we pride ourselves in providing high quality services and support for each and every one of our clients. We do not see our clients as a number or a dollar sign.

Our LiteSpeed Powered Servers are up to 9 times faster than Apache web hosting, processes PHP 50% faster, and 3 times faster than SSL Apache Hosting. LiteSpeed hosting fully supports .htaccess, mod_rewrite, and everything else that Apache is well known for - if your site works on an Apache host it will work even better and faster on our LiteSpeed based solutions!

All of our plans come with generous amounts of CPU, Disk I/O and RAM to run most websites up to 350,000 visitors per month. When your site grows and you need more resources our premium plans offer double the resources of our regular shared plans.

  • 1 CPU Core
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 20 Entry Processes
  • 100 Processes
  • 10 Megabytes/Second Disk I/O
  • 25 Concurrent MySQL Connections
  • 250,000 Inodes (Files/Folders)

 

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 ProperHost

 

 

ProperHost is a leading provider of premium hosting services with a strong focus on Magento hosting and other performance-critical applications. Since our interception in 2004, ProperHost has attained a solid market position in the premium hosting market through our devotion to mission-critical hosting and commitment to customer satisfaction. The company is based in Norway, with servers located in several US and UK data centers.

  • Free Site Migration:We will migrate your website for free from your current hosting provider.
  • Fast Servers:Dual Intel Xeon E5-26xx series CPU and minimum 64 GB DDR3 RAM.
  • Magento Optimized:Our servers are fine-tuned to speed up any Magento web site.
  • Daily Backups:R1Soft Continuous Data Protection (CDP) keeps your data secure.
  • Multi-Store Support:Run multiple store fronts and domains on a single Magento installation.
  • PCI Compliant:Read more about our PCI compliant hosting and why it is important.
  • 24/7 Support:Our highly trained support team is available around-the-clock.
  • LiteSpeed Enterprise: High-performance web server that is up to 9x faster than Apache.
  • Percona Server:Scalable, high-performance MySQL-replacement.
  • Free cPanel: Manage every aspect of your account through our control panel.
  • Security Lockdown: We use CloudLinux, CageFS and PHP suEXEC for maximum security.
  • Advanced Monitoring: Rest assured your site is always up and responsive.

 

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 Phi9 Web Hosting

 

 

There are many choices when it comes to choosing a web hosting provider. At Phi 9, our 9 Promises set us apart from our competitors. These promises permeate every aspect of our business from our dealings with customers to our corporate culture in the office.

  • No Overselling, No Overloading EVER!: Overselling is a recipe for disaster for web hosts and customers alike. We go out of our way to provide both quality and quantity but when we have to choose between the two, we opt for quality.
  • 24/7/365 Phenomenal Support™: We provide the same high quality support to all customers regardless of which plan they are on, how long they have been a customer, or how much they pay.
  • Premium Web Hosting - Pure and Simple
  • Redundant Hardware:At Phi 9 we invest in only the best hardware. We are proud that we use only enterprise level hardware, dual redundant hard drives and dual-redundant uninterpretable power supplies. If there were to be a hard disk failure, our customers experience no downtime.
  • Golden Promise™ - The 99-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Greener Hosting: Phi 9 is intimately tied to our oceans and our environment. It is our utmost priority to assure we are operating with the least possible impact on our environment.
  • Secure and Reliable: Security is taken very seriously at Phi 9. We utilize both hardware and software firewalls to protect our customers’ data.
  • Straightforward Pricing: All of our services have honest, straight-forward pricing. There are no hidden fees or taxes.
  • Socially Responsible: We believe that helping others is not only good business, but everyone's business. At Phi 9, we believe in paying it forward.
  • $300 in Free Services!: With free software, marketing tools, tutorials and resources to empower your website, Phi 9 is the clear market leader for value-added service.

 

Disclaimer

As always, HostJury recommend that while price may be a consideration when choosing a web host, it should only be one of the many factored into your research. Page load speeds, additional features, good communication, and a fast knowledgeable support team will always top saving a few cents per day... or even a few bucks! As always, HostJury makes no recommendation or endorsement of any listed providers. Web hosts are presented in the order our algorithm has calculated based on reviews . You are encouraged to practice due diligence.. and at some point leave a review of the services provided.