The most important factor to consider when choosing a web hosting provider is their performance – speed and uptime. The faster the hosting provider, the better for your website. Web performance is becoming more and more important in 2021 and likely beyond. Below is a list of the 10 best website hosting providers (out of 40+ we’ve tested), that we’ve found with good page load time (speed), high uptime, and professional customer support.
1. Bluehost – Best for New Websites.
Bluehost web hosting has been around since 2007 and they now host more than 3,000,000 websites. They are the most popular, low-cost hosting option for new websites.
They are our top-rated web hosting company because their last 12-month uptime and speed are strong – 99.96% and 641 ms, respectively. Their 3-year introductory price is $2.75/mo (renews $8.99) and that comes with features like free domain name, website builder, and one-click install for WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal through their control panel.
2. Hostinger – Best Pricing ($0.99)
Our last 12-month data shows that Hostinger has an average uptime of 99.74%, which is definitely nothing to brag about. However, they compensate for it with a very fast average loading time of 345 ms making it the best cheap web hosting you can find. Hostinger (who also owns Hosting24) offers extremely affordable hosting plans without compromising too much on the quality and performance of the service. While it’s cheap on the price, the features that come with Hostinger’s plans will appeal to many beginner website owners.
3. A2 Hosting – Fastest Shared Hosting
US-based A2 Hosting (founded in 2002, hosting 500,000+ websites) is the fastest shared web hosting we’ve tested to date. They’ve managed to achieve an impressive 279 ms average load time over a period of 12-months. A2 Hosting is fast because its servers are optimized for WordPress websites and they use LiteSpeed cache. Since we’ve reviewed more than 30+ shared web hosting companies, none of them are fast as A2. A2 Hosting is also reliable. Their average uptime has been hovering around 99.97% with a bit more than two hours of downtime. All plans come with a 30-day money-back guarantee.
4. DreamHost – Best “Monthly” Payment Plan
5. SiteGround – Best Customer Support
6. GoDaddy Hosting
8. InMotion Hosting
InMotion is one of the largest and oldest hosting companies – they’ve been around since 2001, currently hosting over 300,000 domains. And they’re popular for a reason. Our 12-month measured data shows a good average uptime of 99.93% and a page speed average of 463 ms. Considering the size of InMotion’s client base, these are decent results.
Still, InMotion is worth trying out as they provide some great features when starting with your first website. Beginners can benefit from their high-quality 24/7/365 live chat support, extensive knowledge base, and their free website builder.
9. IONOS (1&1) Hosting
HostPapa offers more support options than perhaps any other host. They have 24/7 live chat, email, fax (!), and mail support as well as phone support in over 18 countries and 4 languages. Also, their knowledge base has many helpful videos.