Website Hosting Provider Reviews

Good web hosting is essential to a website’s success. At Website Builder Expert we research the top hosting platforms so you can make informed decisions when getting online. This page summarizes our reviews of top web hosting platforms. So without further ado, here are the best providers…

1

HostGator

WBE Score: 96%
Best for… affordable, scalable hosting with excellent customer support
Price range: $2.75 /mo – $149 /mo

HostGator
Top Choice

4.9 out of 5

Hosting

5 out of 5 stars

Features

5 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

4.5 out of 5 stars

Value

4.5 out of 5 stars

HostGator came out as the top all-round hosting provider in our research. It’s one of the cheapest services around, but it offers excellent value for money. Near perfect uptime, superb customer support, and variety of hosting plans make HostGator a superb option for beginners looking to get their site online.

Features

  • 99.99% uptime guarantee
  • Superb knowledge center
  • Very easy to use

Want to learn more? Check our full HostGator Review.

2

Bluehost

WBE Score: 91%
Best for… WordPress hosting, bar none
Price range: $2.95 /mo – $209.99 /mo

Bluehost

4.6 out of 5

Hosting

5 out of 5 stars

Features

5 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

3.5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

4 out of 5 stars

Value

4.5 out of 5 stars

We have anointed Bluehost as the Steady Eddie of web hosting, and that will catch on. Setting up a WordPress site on Bluehost is an absolute dream, and affordable plans across the board keep website costs sensible. For a low-maintenance hosting experience there are few better. Bluehost’s reputation for reliability is well-earned.

Features

  • 99.98% uptime
  • Seamless one-click WordPress setup
  • Clean, simple dashboard

Sound like a good fit? Have a read of our full Bluehost Review.

3

Godaddy

WBE Score: 83%
Best for… all-in-one convenience and handy freebies
Price range: $2.99 /mo – $278.99 /mo

GoDaddy

4.2 out of 5

Hosting

3.5 out of 5 stars

Features

5 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

3 out of 5 stars

Up Time

3.5 out of 5 stars

Value

3 out of 5 stars

GoDaddy is a really solid hosting option. Although its prices aren’t quite as low as the likes of HostGator, Bluehost, and iPage, the freebies you get with GoDaddy are nothing to sniff at. An SSL certificate and domain name are musts for any professional website, and guess what? GoDaddy throws them in for free.

Features

  • Comes with solid template-based website builder
  • Free domain as part of the signup process
  • Free Microsoft Office 365 email included

Check out our full GoDaddy Hosting Review to learn more.

4

Siteground

WBE Score: 80%
Best for… growing sites with some money to spend
Price range: $3.95 /mo – $729 /mo

SiteGround

4 out of 5

Hosting

4 out of 5 stars

Features

3 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

4 out of 5 stars

Value

2 out of 5 stars

As a hosting service SiteGround is as good as anyone. What keeps it a rung below the top three is its strengths aren’t always accessible to lower tier customers. Where providers like HostGator and Bluehost are very much catered towards beginner websites, SiteGround has its sights set a little higher. If you have a large site (with a large budget) SiteGround is a great option. If you’re just starting out there are better options available.

Features

  • Free automated daily backups
  • Automatic WordPress updates for all users
  • Superb knowledge base

Read our full SiteGround Review to learn more.

5

iPage

WBE Score: 78%
Best for… hosting multiple sites cheaply
Price range: $1.99 /mo – $7.99 /mo

iPage

3.9 out of 5

Hosting

1 out of 5 stars

Features

5 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

2.5 out of 5 stars

Value

2 out of 5 stars

iPage’s big look-at-me appeal is its introductory pricing option. You can get a site hosted for just under $2 per month. The one-size-fits all approach to hosting may not be to everyone’s taste, but it’s a superb option if you want to host multiple sites on the cheap. Few providers are more affordable than iPage.

Features

  • Extremely low introductory pricing
  • Free domains with most plans
  • Option to host multiple sites, even on shared plans

Want to learn more? Check out our full iPage Hosting Review.

6

A2 Hosting

WBE Score: 74%
Best for… Windows hosting and low-risk contracts
Price range: $3.92 /mo – $169.99 /mo

A2 Hosting

3.7 out of 5

Hosting

2 out of 5 stars

Features

5 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

2.5 out of 5 stars

Value

2 out of 5 stars

A2 Hosting is a solid, if unremarkable hosting service. Its big draw is how low-risk subscriptions are. Boldly, A2 offers an anytime money-back guarantee. There are conditions to that of course, but the fact is you can back out of a contract months down the line and still get most of your money back. Not that you’re likely to use that particular perk. A2’s service is perfectly good; others just cost less.

Features

  • Free site migration
  • Anytime money-back guarantee
  • Windows servers

Read our full A2 Hosting Review for the in-depth breakdown.

7

InMotion

WBE Score: 73%
Best for… freebies (provided you’re willing to pay!)
Price range: $5.99 /mo – $589.99 /mo

InMotion

3.6 out of 5

Hosting

4 out of 5 stars

Features

5 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

2 out of 5 stars

Up Time

3.5 out of 5 stars

Value

2 out of 5 stars

InMotion costs more than most, but you sure do get a lot of features. SSL, site backups, hack protection, and a domain name are just a handful of the freebies you can expect when you sign up. The caveat is that even the cheapest plan InMotion is $6 per month, more than double its HostGator, Bluehost, and GoDaddy equivalents. That said, if you expect your site hosting will need some muscle InMotion is definitely worth considering.

Features

  • Superb support staff
  • Free SSL and unlimited disk space on all plans
  • Drag-and-drop website builder

Read our full InMotion Hosting Review to learn more.

8

WPEngine

WBE Score: 67%
Best for… large and growing WordPress business sites
Price range: $35 /mo – $290 /mo

WPEngine

3.4 out of 5

Hosting

2.5 out of 5 stars

Features

3 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

2.5 out of 5 stars

Value

1 out of 5 stars

WPEngine doesn’t waste time being cuddly and inviting. It’s serious hosting for serious business. Serious businesses on WordPress, more specifically. WP’s prices may seem eye-watering at first glance, but these are business rates for a business service. WPEngine is for WordPress sites in need of serious technical backing. All other sites should look elsewhere.

Features

  • Automated backups and WordPress updates
  • Excellent range of advanced features
  • High end technical muscle

Read our full WPEngine Review to learn more.

9

HostPapa

WBE Score: 60%
Best for… sticking it to the man, man
Price range: $2.75 /mo – $249.99 /mo

HostPapa

3 out of 5

Hosting

2.5 out of 5 stars

Features

3 out of 5 stars

Help & Support

2.5 out of 5 stars

Up Time

3.5 out of 5 stars

Value

1.5 out of 5 stars

Poor old HostPapa is a perfectly good hosting provider — it’s just not as good as its rivals. Plans are cheap, but not that cheap. It’s features are good, but others are better. This is the price it pays for being one of the only independent major providers. We will say this though: if you you’re willing to lock in for three years the starter package is very, very good value.

Features

  • Two websites can be hosted on basic plans
  • Free domain with signup
  • Strong knowledge base

Check out our full HostPapa Review for the complete breakdown.

How do we review hosting providers?

Our reviews are a mix of personal experience and hard data. Our research team collects information on pricing, features, uptime, support, and disk space so we can provide you an objective overview of the services available.

Are there other hosting companies?

We’ve researched most of the major players, the only exceptions being 1&1 IONOS and Amazon. We’ll be reviewing both over the coming months, so watch this space.

Summary

Web hosting is a big old world. To the uninitiated it can seem daunting. We’ve reviewed the following providers to help you cut through the noise:

  1. HostGator
  2. Bluehost
  3. GoDaddy
  4. SiteGround
  5. iPage
  6. A2 Hosting
  7. InMotion
  8. WPEngine
  9. HostPapa

If you don’t know where to begin we recommend reading our overview of the Best Web Hosting Providers. We’ll help you find the right service for your needs.