10 Best Web Hosting Providers

Choosing the right web hosting service is an important and rather difficult task for any online business. If, for example, your web designer/graphic designer portfolio website is down, then with each second that passes by you’re losing potential customers and thus potential revenues. In order for you guys to make sure that this doesn’t happen to you, we have made a list with probably the best 10 hosting companies out there.



KnownHost is the crowned leader of this selection. They are affordable, reliable and downright awesome. The Network Uptime Guarantee is 99.9%, a statement backed up by 250 servers. In case it wavers, even slightly, KnownHost has a Service Level Agreement credit policy at the ready, which the user who experienced a certain period of downtime can claim within 5 days of the incident by submitting a ticket to the helpdesk. In truth, the SLA strikes me as very strict, seeing as a drop of more than 0.9% is out of the question. This can only mean that KnownHost has the most resilient uptime.


KownHost experts handle management of the operating system, network and hardware maintenance, account protection and control panel installation. Besides, the company has an outstanding email and ticket support service. Moreover, should the user wish to turn back after choosing to host with them, there is a window of time of 30 days where she/he can signal this and receive refunds. Apart from the Dedicated Servers, this money-back guarantee stands true of all hosting options.


Who needs shared hosting, when you can sign for cPanel VPS at such a convenient price, and reap the effects of all those extra resources? There’s just so much more power and flexibility involved. In addition, KnownHost makes backups and handle migrations at no expense. If you go with one of their Virtual Private Server plans, here’s something of utmost utility: take the code KH15LIFE and type it in at checkout, and you receive 15% off for all lifetime in the case of VPS-2 or larger versions.




I hold WebFaction in high regard. Mainly, the company provides shared hosting which retains many attributes from VPS or Dedicated servers. Their services are great for developers, as well as for small and medium-sized businesses. A free 48-hour trial greets newcomers on the company’s homepage, and even if you then start to host with them, there is always a way back over the course of the first two months. At any point during those first 60 days, you can take back your investments.


As I mentioned earlier, web developers will love it here. The people at WebFaction configure, monitor and back up servers, together with updating the existing tools and applying security patches. Aside from these routine activities, the WebFaction team only pre-installs developer tools – PHP, Python, Django, just to name a few -, and make sure that the developer has full SSH availability. In addition, 50 applications are ready for 1-Click Installation, and not only the installation in itself, but the application then works lightning-fast. Finally, if anything goes wrong, or the users are in doubt about something, the 24/7 support team is more than willing to help them overcome any obstacles.


The subscriptions from WebFaction aren’t very discrepant in terms of pricing, and they are quite likeable: $9.50/month for monthly subscriptions, and $8.50/month for an annual contract. As you can see, the difference comes down to just one dollar. Hence, not only is WebFaction convenient, but it provides its users with the flexibility they need.



(mt) Media Temple

(mt) Media Temple is an exceptional hosting provider, and it’s been excelling in this field since 1998. In the span of 15 years since its inception, the company has come to host 1.5 million websites, belonging to 125,000 customers from all over the world (100 countries, to be precise). These large numbers only further emphasize the fact that (mt) Media Temple is an experienced and effective web hosting provider. Still, it’s not just the numbers that speak for these qualities; it’s the (mt) Media Temple experience.


The company is home to all kinds of clients: creative professionals, small and medium-sized businesses, and world-class familiar brands of the likes of Red Bull, Sony, Adidas, or Volkswagen. Their flagship hosting plan, the GRID, is particularly fashioned for WordPress and web designers/developers. Furthermore, (mt) Media Temple’s cross-platform customer support deserves a medal for being so friendly, helpful, and effective. Now I come to think of it, I believe that they really were given an award for everything they’ve been doing.


All in all, (mt) Media Temple boasts of being home to other people’s great ideas, but in fact they also have amazing ideas of their own. Most recently, they updated the GRID, which is now making websites up to 6x faster, and their expert teams are always, always searching for ways to improve user experience. In short, (mt) Media Temple is part of the elite of the web hosting industry, and sealing the deal with them would be a great idea.




Did you know HostGator commands 12.000 servers powered by wind energy? They do a great job sustaining the company’s Shared, Reseller, VPS and Dedicated services at a high level of expectation. It doesn’t even matter if you’re a beginner or a knowledgeable developer; HostGator has everything it needs to keep any type of customer happy. Whether the client goes for Shared, Reseller, VPS, or Dedicated hosting, they are all coupled with awesome support, 99.9% uptime guarantee, and the choice to get you money back in the first 45 days if you have a change of heart. Currently, the three Shared hosting plans, Hatchling, Baby, and Business, come with a discount of 20% for the first invoice.




Flywheel makes a point of being an ideal hosting provider for freelance designers/developers and agencies. It’s mostly because they have a thorough understanding of what it means to be forced to waste time handling administrative affairs instead of focusing on design. Thus, Flywheel wants to launch and manage your website, keep it safe, up to speed, and back it up, so you don’t have anything to worry about. It’s perfect for WordPress, and just the right auxiliary tool if you’re into reselling, and the company also makes it very easy for creative-minded people to work together without requiring a plethora of usernames and passwords. In my view, you should take a chance with their demo and see what Flywheel has in store.




DreamHost has 16 years of hosting up its sleeve and 350.000 clients to take pride in, and perhaps their 100% uptime guarantee had some part to play in that. Their Shared hosting service would be a wonderful choice for designers and publishers, and an affordable one at that: only $8.95-a-month; what is more, an offer which expires at the end of September states that there’s an 80% discount attached to every single month for the duration of a whole year, along with a 2 free domain registrations. If you’re uncertain, there’s a 30-day free trial with Shared hosting. Regardless of the type of account, 97 days are allotted to refunds, so if you’re unhappy, you can turn around anytime.




HostNine is also extremely noteworthy. The 99.9% uptime guarantee stands valid for all of the company’s hosting services: Reseller, Shared, Cloud VPS, and Dedicated. The way they deal with the smallest fluctuation of that value suggests that they are most confident in its stability: each hour of inexplicable downtime is immediately compensated with a day of free hosting. The first 45 days with HostNine are eligible for a money-back-guarantee. Additionally, the hosting company presently offers sizable discounts for upgrades, by use of codes: H9LUV13 is for 50% off the first invoice of Cloud, Reseller, and Shared services, whereas DEDILUV13 is for the Dedicated line.




WebHostingBuzz had to take its proper place in my selection of the best web hosting providers. The company cut off half the price on their enterprise-based Dedicated servers, but what presents the most interest to me is the discount associated with their Reseller accounts: by using the code “resellerdeal” at checkout, the first month of hosting costs only $1. In terms of pricing, WebHostingBuzz has competitive offers: the Shared hosting service would normally be available for a monthly $4.95, the Reseller plan for $9.95, and the VPS hosting for $14.95-a-month. Overall, signing with WebHostingBuzz would be a bargain.




Bluehost is another necessary addition to my top 10. Not only do they grant 30 days for the user to be certain if she/he is happy with the hosting (failing that, all investments are returned), but after this allotted time has passed, the remaining enlisted period’s prepaid fee is given back. Concerning affordability, Bluehost is a great contestant. Right now, their Professional Web Hosting service is only $4.95 for the first month. Besides, The VPS Standard, Enhanced, Premium and Ultimate plans entail sizable savings, as well. Ultimate plans entail sizable savings, as well. Anyone can have a go at Bluehost by activating their free demo.



Last, but not least, Pixeno is also specifically tailored to complement the needs of designers and developers. The company’s Personal and Reseller hosting plans come with a competitive price and an invincible uptime. You don’t have to heed my words, there is a one-month free trial available for anyone who wants to test Pixeno (with no payment details required). On taking up any of Pixeno’s hosting services, the MySQL databases, email addresses, and subdomains associated with a customer account are unlimited. Day in and day out, 4 website backups take place according to schedule. That information is automatically stored for 2 weeks with Pixeno’s state-of-the-art hardware. Therefore, 56 possible restore points exist at any one time. This, and many other details, cast Pixeno web host in a very good light.


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