Top 10 Web Hosting Companies of 2016
*UPDATED for 2016*
Whether you are not a web designer, a freelance web designer or a big web design company, you will need web hosting for your websites before you can get your clients. And if you don’t sell your own hosting to your clients, there are web hosting companies which you should recommend to your clients. Your web host is more important than you think. One of my high traffic websites was receiving around 20,000 visitors per day consistently a few years ago, but my server was running very slow. I didn’t really want to bother switching to a new web hosting company and my old host was cheaper, but after I found out that the new host would migrate my website free of charge (see the #1 host on my list), I made the switch. Once I switched to a much faster web hosting, the traffic doubled within 2 days. It turned out I had some sort of penalty from Google because my old hosting was so slow. If you are serious about your online business, I recommend you evaluate your current host and consider the top hosts on this list.
Below is a list of top 10 web hosting companies for 2012.
#1. HostGator – 9.95 out of 10.
Reliable, trustworthy host that has been around for many years. They do free migrations from your old host, have cPanel and make it a pleasure to host with them. Their hosting support is rated #1. I believe they may be running a 20% off special at this time.
#2. JustHost – 9.91 out of 10.
This is a top rated web host with cPanel, unlimited space, free domain and free installation. We’ve heard many good things about JustHost from our web designer audience. Be sure to check them out when comparing web hosting companies.
#3. iPage – 9.89 out of 10.
Although it doesn’t have cPanel, iPage is nonetheless a terrific host. With the price of only $4.50/month, eco-friendly wind energy power, free domain, free migration, $75 Google Adwords credit, $50 Facebook credit, free SiteLock security suite ($100 value) and much more, iPage is a very solid web hosting company in 2011.
#4. FatCow – 9.84 out of 10.
Lack of cPanel is a disavantage, but the price is extremely attractive with the current hosting special for only $56 per year. Another huge plus is they transfer your website from your old hosting for free and even give you a free domain name when you sign up. If you are environmentally friendly, you should also know that they use green hosting 100% powered by wind energy.
#5. BlueHost – 9.2 out of 10.
Barely making our top 5, BlueHost has an attractive price and feature list. Their control panel is a modified version of cPanel which I found very easy to work with.
#6. UK2 – 9.12 out of 10.
This is a very solid, reliable and old host that could make an excellent choice as your web hosting company.
#7. IX Web Hosting – 8.9 out of 10.
Although this isn’t a host that made it to our top 5, IX Web Hosting has many plans to choose from and really allows you to scale up your hosting as your website grows.
#8. MyHosting – 8.3 out of 10.
Similarly to IX Web Hosting, MyHosting really allows you to scale up your hosting if your website grows. The price and feature list are also very competitive.
#9. HostMonster – 6.5 out of 10.
This isn’t the fastest host, but the fact that they’ve been around for a while and likely aren’t going anywhere is something that plays in their favor. Their price isn’t the most competitive, but they do offer cPanel which is a big plus.
#10. GoDaddy. 5 out of 10.
*UPDATE in 2016*: we have increased GoDaddy’s hosting rating from 0 to 5 after GoDaddy finally implemented cPanel.
While not the worst possible hosting, GoDaddy’s hosting isn’t our top choice. Their support is terrible, hosting is slow and
hosting control panel is as bad as it can be (now GoDaddy has cPanel, but this doesn’t change the other things about GoDaddy). On the plus side, they are a terrific domain registrar.
If you have any hosts to add to the list (this is not to be used for self promotion as a hosting company, those comments will not be approved), please post a comment. If you’ve used any of the hosts on the list and have anything to say, please post a comment too!