The 9 Best Web Hosting Providers of 2019

See what who made the cut

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The Rundown

  • Best Overall: Bluehost, "It’s hard to find anything wrong with this web hosting site."
  • Best Budget: Hostinger, "Hostinger can get you on the web for just pennies a day."
  • Fastest: A2hosting, "The company does provide numerous features to help ensure its web hosting is one of the fastest."
  • Best for Large Sites: Inmotion, "Inmotion doesn’t skimp on perks like SSD storage."
  • Best Site Builder: Wix.com, "The service aims to make even creating your site from scratch quick and painless."
  • Best WordPress Hosting: Bluehost, "The Marketplace also integrates premium WordPress options such as themes and plugins."
  • Most Versatile: Siteground, "Offers over 230 different applications installable with a single click through the Softaculous tool."
  • Best Admin Panel: cPanel, "It’s an open-source, web-based control panel application for Linux servers."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Bluehost

Bluehost Hosting Review
Bluehost Hosting Review. Courtesy of Bluehost

As an overall best choice for web hosting for your next online project, check out Bluehost. In addition to its combination of cost-effective tiers, it also scores solid results in surveys of uptime and performance.

Bluehost’s support for WordPress is also a factor here because, statistically speaking, it’s your most likely choice for managing your site. From the initial site set up to everyday management to enhancement with themes or plugins, Bluehost makes WordPress an even more easy-to-use option than it already is.

Finally, Bluehost’s admin panel is particularly well-designed for non-technical users. The “foreground” tools are large, clearly labeled, and are easy to use. All the technical details are still accessible but tucked away within the Advanced section of the admin. And even the options you find here, such as file or database access, are well organized. Bluehost provides web hosting that makes things easy for you at the beginning, gives you access to more power as you grow, all in an affordable and reliable package.

Fastest: A2hosting

A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting

Now, web hosting speed is a very subjective thing, and it can depend on a large number of factors. These include the speed of the servers, the speed of the web host’s Internet connection, the speed of your Internet connection, congestion on the network between those two points, and others. So, it’s difficult to judge A2hosting’s claim of being “up to 20x faster” than competitors.

However, the company does provide numerous features to help ensure its web hosting is one of the fastest. The first and most important is its Turbo Boost feature, which for an extra monthly fee lets you select “Swift Web Hosting” (up to 5x faster) or “Turbo Web Hosting” (up to 20x faster). The company achieves this through a combination of more resources per user account and several technical tweaks (such as the use of caches) to the web hosting environment. All of A2hosting’s shared tiers also run on SSD drives, which are faster than traditional hard drives. All these small optimizations taken together will definitely help to improve the performance of your site.

Best for Large Sites: Inmotion

Inmotion Hosting

Inmotion

If you’re planning for a large site, there are two main things you’ll need: storage, and bandwidth. While many sites offer unlimited access to both these resources, Inmotion’s Launch Shared Business Hosting offers both at their introductory tier for only $6.89/month.

There are some other providers that can beat this price, but they do so at the expense of other features. Since this is a business-level service, Inmotion doesn’t skimp on perks such as SSD storage, which makes it one of the fastest hosts out there. And it's important to note that quick response time will keep visitors engaged as they navigate around all the great content you create.

All plans also include a free domain, free SSL certificate, unlimited e-mail (for all the people working on your site), and one-click backups. This makes Inmotion one of the best bangs for your buck if you’re going to create the next Wikipedia.

Best Budget: Hostinger

Hostinger

Hostinger 

On the other hand, if you’re just looking to launch a personal blog or a small site for a mom-and-pop business, even at that price the unlimited resources are overkill. Hostinger can get you on the web for just pennies a day. With introductory prices starting at $0.80/month (yes, that’s eighty cents per month), you’ll get a basic hosting package.

Now, when we say basic, we mean basic. You get 10 GB of storage and 100 GB of bandwidth, which is considered quite modest by today’s standards. You’re also restricted to one website, one e-mail address, and one MySQL database. These will prevent you from doing things such as developing an image-heavy website — you’ll not only run out of space to store those images but each time someone views one it will reduce your previous bandwidth.

But for a primarily text-based site, such as a blog or online journal, you shouldn’t run into any problems with these constraints. If your site is getting so many hits that your daily blog posts are bumping up against these limits, it’s time to consider upgrading anyway.

Best Site Builder: Wix.com

Wix

Wix

Wix is one of the names that made the new slate of drag-and-drop site builders popular. The service aims to make even creating your site from scratch quick and painless. The Wix Editor lets you place basic text and graphics to embedded media on your pages, complete with advanced effects like video background, all automatically formatted for mobile.

But don’t let the term “website builder” make you think you have to start at square one. Wix offers over 500 templates for all types of sites, from blogs to portfolios to online stores. This is a lot of templates to choose from, but fortunately, Wix’s Artificial Design Intelligence (ADI) can ask you just a few questions, then build you a custom website you can further customize to your tastes.

At one time using builder tools like this would preclude you from using other types of tools, but not so with Wix. The service offers access to the underlying code, from using your own development tools to accessing the integrated database. The best of both worlds!

Best WordPress Hosting: Bluehost

blueshost

bluehost

Many web hosts support WordPress in one form or another. But the most popular CMS is an integral part of Bluehost’s service, it’s automatically installed when you create your sites unless you tell it specifically not to. From there WordPress configures seamlessly so that by the time you’ve given your site a title, you can proceed directly to the WordPress admin and start creating. The entire installation and configuration take place in the background.

The Marketplace also integrates premium WordPress options such as themes and plugins alongside other add-ons to your Bluehost account. Once purchased, these can be professionally installed to your WordPress site, although this incurs an extra charge and takes additional time. But the ability to shop all these options, purchase them, and have them set up, all from your Bluehost admin panel is impressive.

You might think this is the top-of-the-line WordPress service, but Bluehost's WP Pro service is completely managed by WordPress, including updates, maintenance, and optimized performance. You also get a slew of freebies with this service, including advanced analytics, an integrated marketing panel (SEO, social media, etc.) and access to premium themes.

Most Versatile: Siteground

Siteground

Siteground

Siteground is somewhat unique among these web hosting providers in that it is also known for its “reseller” services, which is to say hosting for companies then re-package and sell that hosting to their own clients. So, in order to satisfy the various needs of all those potential reseller clients, Siteground must itself be flexible and versatile.

And it certainly is. While it does provide a managed WordPress service, it’s more general Web Hosting service offers over 230 different applications installable with a single click through the Softaculous tool, including CMS options, e-commerce systems, bulletin boards, wikis and more. This allows you to explore WordPress alternatives like Drupal or Joomla if you so desire.

The other features available in the web hosting packages also demonstrate Siteground’s flexibility. For example, all tiers of service include a website builder application, generally considered to be an entry-level function. However, pay just a few dollars a month more, and you’re into what the company affectionately calls “Geeky Features.” These include one-click creation of Git version control repositories or “staging” environments to test your WordPress site before making it public.

Best Admin Panel: cPanel

cPanel

cPanel

This category is a bit different, as cPanel is not itself a web hosting provider. Rather, it’s an open-source, web-based control panel application for Linux servers. One that’s specifically geared towards web hosting environments.

The features it provides are ultimately determined by the web hosting provider, but the application has support for just about every aspect of web hosting, including domain and site setup, file management, database administration, e-mail configuration, technical tools such as SSH or version control, software and environment configurations, and much more.

Most of the well-known web hosts offer cPanel to their customers. So this recommendation isn’t necessarily for any one web host in particular. But rather, if you tend to rely heavily on the GUI control panel (and if you’re a novice site builder, you should), it’s a recommendation to make sure the hosting provider you select offers cPanel. It will allow you to perform all the important configuration and maintenance on your site through point-and-click, without having to get involved with confusing configuration files. At least, not until you’re ready...