Web Hosting Comparison Chart 2018

We directly compare the six market-leading hosting providers on the features that matter most. Find out who is cheapest, who is fastest and who is best for you in our web hosting comparison table…

Overall
96%
91%
83%
80%
78%
74%
Shared Hosting[1]
VPS Hosting[2]
X
X
WordPress Hosting[3]
X
Cloud Hosting[4]
X
X
Dedicated Hosting[5]
X
Hosting Features[6]
cPanel

Unmetered transfers

Domains
cPanel

Unmetered transfers

Free domains
cPanel

Unmetered transfers

Free domains

Free backups
cPanel

Unmetered transfers

Domains

Free backups
cPanel

Unmetered transfers

Domains

Free backups
cPanel

Unmetered transfers

Domains
Uptime[11]
99.99%
99.98%
99.97%
99.97%
99.94%
99.95%
Unlimited Storage Space[12]
X
X
Help and Support[13]
10/10
7/10
6/10
10/10
10/10
4/10
Value for Money[14]
10/10
9/10
6/10
4/10
4/10
9/10
Pricing[15]
$2.75 (shared)
to
$149 (dedicated)
$2.95 (shared)
to
$209.99 (dedicated)
$2.99 (standard)
to
$278.99 (dedicated)
$3.95 (shared)
to
$729 (dedicated)
$1.99
to
$7.99
$3.92 (shared)
to
$169.99 (dedicated)
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Compare web hosting services

Our website hosting comparison chart gives you a snapshot overview of HostGator, BlueHost, GoDaddy, Siteground, A2 Hosting and iPage.

Why did we choose these web hosting services? Well, it’s simple, these are the best of the bunch! We don’t want to waste your time by comparing expensive, unreliable services, so we’re only bringing you the best.

But when comparing web hosting providers, the most important thing is to think about the factors relevant to you. To help with this, we’ve outlined what each feature in the comparison chart means and why it matters. Read on to find out what’s what…

If you want more of an introduction to the basics, check out our web hosting beginners guide here.

 

Types of Hosting

Not every website is the same. What works for one, won’t work for another. That’s why we’ve shown you which providers have which type of hosting. Not sure which type is best for you? Here’s a brief summary:

Shared hosting

A solution where you save money by sharing hosting resources (ie. server space) with other sites. It’s the cheapest and most popular type of hosting, and is extremely reliable as long as you aren’t expecting huge volumes or spikes of traffic. Shared hosting is ideal for small to medium sized sites.

Cloud hosting

A more flexible version of shared hosting. Rather than just relying on one server, cloud hosting draws on several servers to give you more peace of mind. Ideal for small and medium online stores and businesses. See our review of the 3 best cloud hosting providers.

VPS hosting

This stands for ‘Virtual Private Server’. This is a halfway house between shared and dedicated hosting. While you don’t have your own server entirely for you, VPS is more territorial. Your server network is private and no-one external can encroach on your space! Ideal for sites that want to scale up but aren’t quite ready for dedicated hosting.

WordPress hosting

You guessed it, this type of hosting has specific plans aimed at WordPress sites. These plans tend to be quite expensive and are used by businesses and larger sites using WordPress. If you have a small WordPress site or blog, you’ll be better off with shared or cloud. If you have a WordPress site and want to choose a host, check out who we recommend as the best WordPress hosting provider.

Dedicated hosting

Quite simply – you have a server all to yourself. This isn’t necessary for most sites. But it’s ideal for large businesses and sites with a lot of traffic. It’s powerful and reliable, and this is reflected in the price. Plans can can be upwards of hundreds of dollars a month.

Web hosting features

There’s not much to separate hosting companies in terms of features. Most offer the basics, they just vary on cost. But what do we see as the key features? What should you look out for?

cPanel

Sounds complicated, but it’s basically the hosting industry’s name for a dashboard. From a cPanel you can see your file manager, disk usage, back-ups, domains and databases – everything that you need to check your site’s hosting health. Always check to see if a hosting company has a cPanel, it’ll make visibility much clearer for you.

Unmetered Transfers

In the hosting world, this complicated term basically refers to bandwidth. What you want to look out for is ‘unmetered’ because this means no matter how much data you use, you’re only charged a fixed amount. If your price plan includes ‘unmetered transfers’ then you won’t get any nasty surprises.

Domains

Domains are your internet address, it’s how people find your site – the URL. Most hosting services provide domain registry with a choice of .com, .net etc. If they don’t – you’ll need to go a domain registrar and connect it that way. It’s easier to choose a provider that has domains as it’s less admin and less faff for you.

Backups

This is a really handy feature that many hosting companies include in their fixed pricing plans. A backup is just that – a copy of your website. If anything goes wrong, you’re able to restore straight from the backup.

Uptime

The percentage of time that a website is ‘up’, ie. accessible to the internet and your users! Unfortunately no web hosting service can ever guarantee 100% uptime, but most on our list come pretty close. The higher the uptime, the more accessible your site will be – fractions of percentages equate to a few hours of downtime a year – fine for some, lost profit for others.

Storage Space

How much storage space does your site need? It depends on the site! Unlimited storage is great, but it’s not generally necessary for your average site. Sites that need a lot of storage tend to have a lot of heavy media – hundreds of videos, high-res images and thousands of web pages.

Help and Support

We’ve marked our hosting providers out of 10 based on the help and support options each one offers. If they score 10/10 it means they have:

  • A knowledge centre
  • Live chat
  • 24/7 live chat
  • Phone
  • 24/7 phone
  • Tickets

For more information on each builder’s help and support, see their individual reviews here:

Value for Money

This isn’t just about who has the cheapest plans. It’s about who is going to offer you the best features in return for the money you pay. If you have anything more than a blog you don’t really care about, this section is worth taking note of. In our research the providers which offered the best value for money come out in this order:

  • Hostgator: 10/10
  • A2 Hosting: 9/10
  • Bluehost: 9/10
  • GoDaddy: 6/10
  • Siteground: 4/10
  • iPage: 4/10

Pricing

Hosting pricing varies dramatically depending on the supplier you choose and the plan you take. As a general rule, shared hosting is the cheapest and dedicated is the most expensive. If you’re just after the cheapest hosting plan on the market, go with iPage – for less than $2 a month, your site will be taken care of. If you’re looking for value for money, check the section above.

Hosting is a competitive market though, so not only are prices similar across providers, but so are the discounts. Have a browse of suppliers before picking – you may just catch a killer sale!

Summary – Comparing Hosting Providers

Based on our research, Hostgator is our number one recommended web hosting provider! It has a great blend of features, reliability and pricing plans. Here’s a quick recap of our top six:

  1. Hostgator
  2. Bluehost
  3. GoDaddy
  4. Siteground
  5. iPage
  6. A2 Hosting

Which one you pick will depend on your needs. If you want more information, check out our web hosting review hub page which has more info on each supplier and even more suppliers. If you want to cut straight to the chase, you can compare the best 3 web hosting services or the best 3 web hosting providers for small businesses.

Whichever you decide, let us know how you got on in the comments below. Happy hosting!