Reliable And Fast Hosting To Recommend (Updated October 2019)

Share the knowledge...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Linkedin
A person hugs a reliable and fast web hosting

He’s found his reliable and fast web hosting

On this page I’ve put the list of the reliable and fast web hosting companies that I recommend as I’ve been researching hosts since 2013 and started monitoring selected hosts 24/7 since the beginning of 2016.

If you are looking for a shared hosting, just continue reading the information on this page. And if you are looking for something different, I can make your life easier – see this section.

The hosts on this page are the hosting companies that I personally recommend. And if you become a client of any of these companies after reading this article, I’m responsible for my recommendation. It means that in case of any unresolved issues you may have with the hosting I personally participate in rectifying the situation.

You may also want to read the whole series of articles devoted to choosing the best shared hosting for a website. Take your time, here is enough information to make a weighted and reasonable decision what web hosting to choose.

You may also want to talk about it.



Who may need my hosting recommendations on this page?

  • You if you want to find a reliable shared hosting with great reputation and superior approach to their clients. Just read on – most information on this part is for you.
  • Shared hosting or a VPS resellers (classic approach to reseller business). Check out this section.
  • Bussiness owners who are interested in hosting reseller programs but without doing technical job. See these recommendations.
  • WordPress developers/designers. If you need an affordable shared host for your first website or an advanced hosting with developer’s tools, go to this section below.
  • Chief Technical Officers looking for a reputable and reliable host for web projects or enterprise needs (you may jump to this section without much further ado).

How can you use these recommendations?

  • You can read them and get your web hosting right away;
  • Or it would be great if you do your own research (it may be fun!) reading reviews and real users opinions on forums etc if you have time. And then finally come to the conclusion that I do recommend good stuff.

In short, how it all started and how I’ve come to this list of reliable and fast web hosting companies?

  1. After registering my domain, I was recommended HostGator (back in July 2013), and was about to give it a try.
  2. But I also decided to do some research (yes, I’m a scrutinizer by nature with analytic background 🙂 ) reading what people say about it and other web hosts that were so actively promoted by many review sites and bloggers.
  3. I found out that HostGator was bought by Endurance International Group.
  4. It was really disappointing. So I started looking for other decent and reliable and fast web hosting companies. I started analyzing eclectic and controversial reviews, reading different forums, being a liar-detective. And since then I’ve been watching the hosting market closely.
  5. Paid special attention to negative reviews and how they were explained and resolved.
  6. It took quite a lot of time, much more than I expected, but I enjoyed it.
  7. After reading issues and reviews on different forums and listening to advice of some experts who choose hosting for their clients’ websites I realized that I really like the attitude of relatively smaller companies how they treat and serve their customers. Moreover, I have understood that such hosts, like no other big-branded hosts, can really provide reliable and fast web hosting services accompanied by brilliant support.
  8. Thus, back in July 2013 I chose fantastically reliable and fast web hosting (for different budgets) that have fabulous reputation – HawkHost and EuroVPS for myself and my clients. And I still use them (in addition to these hosts, later I started using great value-for-money hosting: SiteGround, A2Hosting, GeekStorage and some other hosts which you can find below with real-time monitoring charts).
    Apart from that, since 2013 I’ve been using more than one hundred hosts for my SEO project (not connected with researchasahobby.com). But these hosts are more than cheap and I don’t mention them since they are mostly not reliable enough and and not recommended for your blogs or websites that you really care of. Anyway, it’s a good experience to deal with different hosts like that.
  9. Also, as a great side effect of my hosting user experience I have written a series of articles about choosing the best host for a website. I’ve got a list of the web hosts that, as I’ve discovered, have a stellar reputation. So if anyone needs to find a good web hosting it can be much easier using this list as a starting point than looking for one from scratch.
  10. Since the beginning of 2016 I’ve started to utilize a professional monitoring service to get solid data on hosting performance and reliability. You can see real-time charts of all hosts that I monitor this way and historical data on this page and Monthly Hosting Performance Contest roundups are here. The methodology and the results of the monthly Contests are available on this page.

The recommended list of reliable and fast web hosting companies

Disclosure: There are affiliate links on this page. It means that I will likely get a compensation if you click on them and make a purchase. It does not increase price for you anyway. If you want, you may read the details here.

I don’t present the recommended web hosts in a prioritized list because it can be prioritized for certain requirements and personal preferences. (E.g. someone wants cheaper, others need some specific features or options.) Rankings on many review websites are either simplification assuming some average needs or I’d rather believe they are just manipulating.

So for now I’ve just added some comments against each reliable and fast web hosting company that I recommended. (I made the notes as something caught my attention when I was choosing a web host for myself.) I have not included in this list those web hosts that I have found out as not good enough. Only the hosts are included that have great reputation, are trustworthy, and offer great service from both server and customer support point of view.

I have created this recommended list focusing first of all on shared hosting.
Also, I’ve included a list of companies that offer VPS, dedicated servers and other enterprise-level hosting solutions.

Hope you will find the recommendations below helpful. Only reputable and reliable and fast web hosting companies are here.

 

This quiz will help you to choose the shared hosting that is the most comfortable fit for you

I’ve got a number of hosting that I recommend on this page. And to help you find your comfortable choice among the variety of the hosts, I’ve selected six great shared hosting that are designed for different kinds of people.

Some hosts fit you better than others. Find out your best match in shared hosting!

So, I’ve created the following quiz which asks you nine questions and then it tells you the following:

  • Which of the shared hosts is the most likely to be your best choice according to your expectations.
  • Some explanations about your expectations regarding shared hosting.
  • Also you’ll get the prioritized list of the shared hosts you to let you know what host to look at first of all.

No email or social sharing required. You just answer the quiz questions and get your results displayed.

Click the button to play to find your the most comfortable shared hosting match:

 
And below you can read my short reviews and opinions on the hosting I recommend. After you look through them you will see that the hosts are deigned for different needs. And this is not just about technical requirements or pricing. This is also about choosing a right host from a mental compatibility point of view.

 

Site Ground

  • Thanks to SiteGround’s great balance between very user-friendly support, high performance and comparatively moderate prices I consider this host the best choice for beginners and non-tech users. At the same time, thanks to its great options for developers (staging, Git) SiteGround is one of the most favorite hosts for developers and advanced users.
  • SiteGround took the first place in the Hosting Performance Contest in September 2019 among the upper-class pricing category hosting and won the silver medal among all the monitored hosts! (See details)
  • SiteGround was the second best performing hosting in 2018 among all the hosts I’ve been monitoring (read more here).
  • Phone, Chat and Tickets support available 24/7.
  • Its basic plan is 10 GB disk space, 1 website and 10,000 visits and daily backups (only 1 copy is stored on this plan). What happens if you exceed your visits quota?
  • Its Startup plan has 150,000 inodes (files) max count restriction, GrowBig – 300,000 inodes.
  • Minimum price is $3.95/mo first invoice (upto 3 years) and then $11.95/mo.
  • Easy drag-and-drop website builder (based on Weebly) for free.
  • Staging environment (clone your website for testing or development and push back the changes easily).
  • Free SSH.
  • Managed security with pro-active approach (including autoupdates of your WP core and plugins, zero-day vulnerability fixes, custom website application firewall rules, intrusion prevention and detection systems).
  • Additional options of enhanced security are available (on some plans). Also, SiteGround partners with the best website security service in the field – Sucuri to watch software vulnerabilities and harden SiteGround’s firewall to actively protect its clients (by the way, you can find more information on Sucuri in my article here).
  • Free SSL certificate (LetsEncrypt). Including free wildcard SSL (for all your subdomains)! Configuration on WordPress sites with 1 click. See more information about SSL certificates available on SiteGround here.
  • HTTP/2 is available on all plans! (higher performance via HTTPS). You don’t need to do anything from your side to make your site faster – simply use a SSL (e.g. free LetsEncrypt). Read more about it here.
  • Enterprise-level spam filtering solution SpamExperts (included for free).
  • Beginner user friendly support and WordPress documentation.
  • 30-day money-back guarantee.
  • Free migration from your previous host (starting from GrowBig plan). Besides, SiteGround developed a free migration plugin which makes it way much easier to migrate to SiteGround compared to any other migration plugins.
  • Takes GDPR compliance very seriously (I recommend SiteGround above all considering GDPR-compliance).
  • I like this host for being explicitly restrictive on resource usage, which lets avoid servers usage abuse and maintain better and more stable performance.
  • Bonus: SiteGround offers its users exclusive 20% discount on a modern and a very hot page builder Elementor Pro. Sign up with SiteGround, log into your User Area and go to the Resources page. There you can find the coupon code.
  • I recommend SiteGround as a superb balance between support, price, functionality and performance. This brilliant combination is responsible for its clients’ love and loyalty.
  • SiteGround is a great and not expensive choice for beginners or non-tech users (as well as highly experienced users and developers) who do not have enough budget to go with LiquidWeb or managed hosting like WPEngine or Kinsta.
  • At the same time SiteGround offers geeky options (on more expensive plans) like one-click staging, pre-installed Git. Combination of great support, very good server performance, prices and easiness of use makes this hosting one of the most favorite choices for WP developers.
  • SiteGround is a respected hosting in a web hosting community.
  • I’ve been using it since May 2016 and according to my 1-min uptime check and 20-min speed check monitors it’s among the best performing hosts. And I really appreciate that their support is trained to be not just useful (expected), but also personal.
  • SiteGround invests a lot into as high customer satisfaction as possible and thus it targets to be recognized as the best hosting in a wide hosting segment. And it’s on the right way.

I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with SiteGround (most basic plan) in Chicago, USA location. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.



Web Hosting

SiteGround: Premium WP hosting with extended support. Great for non-technical users.

 

A2Hosting

  • This hosting focuses on speed. I consider this host to be one of the best performing shared hosting among well-established and large hosts. But this host may be not the best general fit for its price like other hosts I recommend. Read below for my opinion.
  • A2Hosting took the third place in the Hosting Performance Contest in September 2019 among the upper-class pricing category hosting! (See details)
  • A2Hosting was the second best performing hosting in 2016 among the hosts I’ve been monitoring (read more here).
  • Phone, Chat and Tickets support available 24/7. However, the main support channel is tickets. Read details.
  • Its smallest plan allows 1 webiste, 5 databases, unlimited SSD storage (with reliable data mirroring RAID-1), unlmited traffic. Max number of files (inodes) for shared hosting plans is 600,000.
  • Prices start from $3.92/mo for the first invoice for 2-year plan. Regular (renewal) prices are 2 times higher than at the first billing period (e.g. after 2 years the prices increases upto $7.99/mo). 1-year and per-month plans are available.
  • Free SSH.
  • Free SSL certificate (LetsEncrypt). See more information about free Let’s Encrypt SSL sertificates available on A2Hosting. New accounts are SSL-ready (configured automatically) if your site is using HTTPS; for existing accounts the activation takes literally a couple of clicks in a WP dashboard.
  • HTTP/2 is available on Turbo plan (higher performance via HTTPS).
  • Spam filtering solution SpamAssassin (included for free).
  • free site builder included (based on a template selectr & customizer). More details are here.
  • 30-day full refund money-back guarantee and pro-rata (based on regular price).
  • Free migration from your previous host.
  • There are some additional options avaiable such as off-site backups, dedicated IP, advanced spam filtering (Baracuda firewall), Railgun, priority support etc. They are offered for additional payment.
  • A2 partners with security service Sucuri and has more attractive prices for this service (anti-DDoS protection included).
  • A2 pays diligent attention to security of your website (more info).
  • You can give your developer(s) access to your A2 account without having to share your account credentials (read more).
  • I like it for paying a lot of attention to speed optimization and options flexibility. However, I don’t like it for being over-promising on its sales page. Unprepared people may get some information wrong. E.g. notes that A2 Optimized option makes 6x faster page loads or Turbo Option that makes speed upto 20 times faster which are not typically true in real life – see my research on it. However, this host is pretty fast after all.
  • My special love to this host is that it offers quite a lot of performance-tuning options. Apart from hosting plan upgrading options (nothing very special here), you can get pre-configured custom caching solution based on W3 Total Cache (very good for beginners), additional RAM and CPU to your existing plan (superb option!), as well as get the option for handling traffic spikes (very handy and affordable!). This flexibility provides cheaper option than simply upgrading a plan as other hosts could offer. This flexibility is very advantageous compared to other shared hosts. Besides, on A2’s Turbo plan it lets you get caching solutions (special Turbo cache plus industry-standard Memcached and OPcache) that you are not likely to see with other shared hosts. A2’s options are very flexible and it feels like a VPS-grade hosting but much cheaper than managed VPS. See more details here.
  • I recommend A2 as a well-performing shared host which successfully manages a lot of clients. If you want a fast hosting which is a big company, it’s a great choice. At the same time I think it may be too expensive after the first billing period on its Turbo (the fastest) plan.
  • Also note that off-site backups are not included by default in your plan.
  • A2 is fast compared to many other shared hosts (and its Turbo plan is even faster, although not 20 times), but may become too expensive with all possible paid add-ons included especially after the first billing period. Also, I don’t think that A2’s support is the strongest part of this host (or you need to pay extra that is not cheap). If you are beginner, then it’s a safer choice to go with a cheaper SiteGround (see my review) which you will find more comfortable in case something goes wrong.
  • By the way, take CPU/RAM numbers advertised in the specifications of the A2Hosting plans with a grain of salt (by the way, don’t trust these numbers on any shared/VPS hosting).
  • As a bottom line, A2 is a great choice for website speed perfectionists who are ready to pay extra and prefer going with a bigger company. But it’s not the ideal choice for those who want not very expensive hosting (especially after the first invoice).
  • Alternative to A2Hosting is GeekStorage which also focuses on performance, but with more geeky support (it’s much smaller company). Also, it’s more straightforward regarding advertising, whereas A2 presents its services more attractively. Anyway, A2 is a bigger company and it invests more in customer support.
  • Another worthy alternative is SiteGround (with more advantageous balance between pricing, support and performance).
  • I’ve been using A2’s cheapest plan since May 2016 and according to my 1-min uptime check and 20-min speed check monitors it’s in the top performing hosts in its pricing category. Also, as I’ve mentioned, I tested A2’s Turbo plan and it was also impressive.

I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with A2Hosting (most basic plan) in Los Angeles, USA location. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.



a2hosting: our speed your success

A2Hosting: speed-optimized web hosting

 

WP Engine

  • WP Engine focuses entirely on WordPress websites. It has great advantages over other generalist hosts because of better technical quality of the services (performance, robustness) and higher expertise of human support expertise.
  • It’s fully-managed (which means you may focus on your blog and your business, not a technical side of keeping a website like speed, security, backups etc).
  • They not only promise to secure your website, but they will also clean it up for free unlimited times if it gets hacked (but their work is not to let it happen in the first place). More details: WP Engine partners with Sucuri. And the hosting plans include the advantage of unlimited cleaning up your website in case of hack. The service is provided by Sucuri Website Antivirus. It’s very attractive, because the Sucuri’s clean up service is inlcuded into its product which costs $16.99/mo!
  • WP Engine puts a lot of efforts of making your online property as safe as possible. One of the measures is its security environment at the platform level. You can learn about it here.
  • The WP Engine hosting includes the Genesis Framework and 35 premium StudioPress Themes for free (it costs $499.95 if you are not a WP Engine customer). The Genesis is the most popular theme framework for WordPress in the world (more than 1 mln themes).
  • The host offets WP Engine DevKit – tools to develope WP websites in one place (check it out). You can read an announcement blog post about it here.
  • Although it’s premium hosting, it’s not expensive (and much less than many competitors) for the services they offer (The minimum plan is $35/mo for 1 website with the limit of 25K visitors per month. Yearly plan is $29.17/mo).
  • 60-day full money-back guarantee.
  • Flexibly scalable (if one day you get a huge spike of visitors, you’ll not need to upgrade your plan, but just pay additionally $1 for each 1,000 visitors over your limit).
  • 10 GB disk space.
  • 50 GB data transfer per month.
  • Free CDN.
  • Free SSL certificate (LetsEncrypt).
  • Their own caching system (they make your website fast, you don’t need to deal with any caching plugins).
  • They offer staging area (a copy of your website) for free where you can make any changes and do any experiments on your website (like installing plugins, publishing pages, posts etc) and see if it works. And then you may deploy it to the live version (very convenient!).
  • Separate backup system and one-click restore option is included (backups are daily and stored for 30 days on in the independent place so you don’t need an additional backup service).
  • Both live chat and ticket support.
  • These guys entirely focus on WordPress hosting, and you’ll get more help and assistance than you may expect.
  • WPEngine has a performance monitoring solution based on Relic (New Relic APM Pro application). It allows you to see detailed information about how your WordPress site on WP Engine is performing.
  • You can get 4 months for free if you purchase an annual plan. The discount code SPOOKY20, valid from Tuesday, October 15, 2019 to Thursday, October 31, 2019. The discount code can also give you 20% off the 1st month payment (if you prefer monthly plans).
  • It’s a great choice if you’re a non-technical user or don’t want to spend time on a technical side of maintaining your website, and it’s not expensive (compared to other alternatives of this kind).
  • I recommend this hosting as the best WordPress fully managed hosting in regard to value-for-money for websites which have from a small to an upper-intermediate popularity.
  •  
    Disclosure: I’m an affiliate of WPEngine as this host has very affordable pricing for this kind of service.

  • A realistic alternative (from a pricing point of view considering offered services) is Kinsta (especially if you have more than 5 websites or more than 100k visits montly). Kinsta, as well as WP Engine, offers a similar pack of services which are important for website owners focusing on business, not technical side (e.g. unlimited free rescuing from hacking). Other alternatives are not that well-equipped with services (or much pricier). For example, Page.ly‘s $499/mo plan, which makes sense to consider if you have 500K visitors per month or above. Other alternatives to WPEngine which are very good WP managed hosting but focus on a specific and much narrower audience: LightningBase (much smaller host), WireNine (focusing more on a technical side), LiquidWeb WordPress Managed product (focusing on a stellar true VPS-grade performance and high-availability phone support; see above my short review).
  • After all, WP Engine is one of the most favorite affordable options for many users. Especially for those who has less than 25K visits per month and want fully-managed hosting with enhanced security.

WPEngine: Fully managed. Great for non-technical users and not very popular sites.

 

Kinsta

    • Kinsta is the main competitor of WP Engine on the market of fully managed hosts for WordPress websites and it has vivid advantages for heavier and high-traffic installations as well as for developers.
    • Whereas WP Engine is great for smaller (below 20-10GB storage) and not very popular (below 100K visits monthly) websites, Kinsta really rocks for heavier and more popular websites, as well for multiple websites. Especially if you have more than 5 websites. Although both hosts are very similar in what they offer and for what kind of clients they serve the best, Kinsta is killing WP Engine with performance when it regards heavy loading (a lot of visitors, tons of plugins, a lot of installations).
    • Let me repeat it once again, for website(s) with a lot of traffic (more than 100K visits per month), Kinsta beats WP Engine by offering better speed. Otherwise, if you have a less popular websites and the number of your websites is 5 or less, then WP Engine looks like simply a cheaper alternative, especially if you want to use premium StudioPress’ WordPress themes and Genesis framework which WP Engine offers for free.
    • Like WP Engine, Kinsta offers unlimited free recovery of your website(s) if case they are hacked. But unlike WP Engine, Kinsta does it more “manual” way, which includes involving you in the process in a bit bigger extent. Whereas WP Engine uses Sucuri’s clean-up service (Sucuri is the leader on website security market for small and mid-sized online businesses). You can compare these two hosts handle cleaning websites after hacking/malware contamination: Kinsta security guarantee and WP Engine malware cleaning.
    • Unlike WP Engine, Kinsta has just one channel of technical support – its chat system (conversations and tickets). This can be considered as a disadvantage (since some people want to speak by phone rather than chatting online or creating tickets). But this lets the company dedicate more resources in developing its other strategic advantages. You can read more on it here.
    • Just a helpful link if you suggest this host: Kinsta’s useful technical FAQ
    • Kinsta is better designed for bigger clients thanks to its automatization (e.g. automatic PHP restart, automatic database optimization).
    • Kinsta is developer-friendly. It offers SSH access (as well as Git and WP-CLI) on all plans (whereas WP Engine only on enterprise plans). Here’s a beginner-friendly article for WordPress developers using Kinsta.
    • Kinsta, unlike WP Engine, offers a premium DNS for free.
    • In very short: Kinsta is ideal above all for the clients who may consider using WP Engine. But Kinsta works comparatively better if you have a pretty popular website(s) or more than few heavy websites. Whereas the prices of the both hosts are comparable. And also, Kinsta is much more friendly for developers.
     
    Kinsta premium WordPress hosting for higher performance

    Kinsta: Fully managed. Great for non-technical users and popular sites and multiple installations.

     

    WPX Hosting

    • This host is a true rising star of premium WordPress hosting. But it also has its risks (more on that see below).
    • The host has a secret of becoming super successful and getting very exciting reviews. If you understand what stands behind it, you will know whether you want this host or not.
    • The secret consists of three parts: training its technical support to go extra mile whenever possible, providng speed not worse than the competitors, and giving you all the feature benefits that the more expensive fully managed hosts have (including for example, unlimited free malware cleanup).
    • If you look at this host’s reviews for instance on TrustPilot, you will see that almost all reviews are not simply positive, they are raving. Why?
    • Because the host did a very good marketing home work – it successfuly focuses on two types of clients: Non-technical users and price-concerned website development agencies.
    • Why is WPX Hosting so successful in making its non-technical clients much more than simply happy? Because it gives them what this category of clients need the most, particularly the helping hand of the technical support which helps not only with hosting issues, but also with users’ websites issues and helps fast.
    • Why is WPX Hosting popular among beginner website developement businesses? Because it gives them the tools and infrastructure (staging, White Label) for comparatively low price. The professional-level hosts for agencies like FlyWheel cost many times more. And similar SiteGround‘s GoGeek plan is more expensive than WPX when renewed.
    • Having a technically knowledgeable friend during 24/7 within a mouse click on a live chat to help you solve any issue you are experiencing with your website (and not only with the hosting) is a killer advantage. And although the scope of this help is not directly determined, the clients do indeed get this incredible kind of going-extra-mile service. You simply can’t get this with other hosts. This is the kind of the service that other hosts are lacking because this would make the hosting services too expensive.
    • How then does WPX Hosting manage to keep its prices competitively low? There are three factors: no phone support (which is expensive), no huge discounts for new clients, and the employees from Central Europe. The employees are fluent English speakers (absolutely no problems with communication), but their salary is many times lower compared to US employees of the same qualification. Lower costs for a hosting means lower prices and therefore better quality for the hosting clients.
    • One more point about the WPX Hosting technical support: They are qualified as they are supposed to be at a managed WordPress hosting. If you are a non-technical user, you will find them stunning. But if you are an experienced user with advanced technical skills, don’t expect too much generally. I’m telling this to counter balance the raving reviews in the web which can make the wrong impression. Once again, the support is great and goes extra mile which is the gold for newbies, but the support’s overall technical qualification is comparative to what the competitors (such as SiteGround, WP Engine) offer.
    • Now as regards the performance. Although reading the the reviews you may think that this host is super fast, I want you to slow calm down a bit. Yes, this host is indeed much faster compared to shared hosts. But comparing with similarly priced reputable hosts the performance will be comparable in the long run. Single speed tests are not indicative here. Thus, the host has a great performance for a well-managed hosting of this price category, but not miraculously faster.
    • Now about the risks that WPX Hosting has. Unlike its competitors (SiteGround, Kinsta, LiquidWeb, WP Engine) this host is in its active growth phase. This is a risk both for the hosting and for its clients. Keeping super high standards of the service is impossible when the hosting gets much more clients. This means that within time (matter of years) I expect the quality of this host to decrease to a general level of the competitors which are much longer on the market. This is the warning that you need to keep in mind. As of October 2019 there are no signs of quality drop.
    • An interesting fact about WPX Hosting is that formerly this host was known as TrafficPlanet. And that host did not have such amazing review ratings (although it was good). Re-branding into WPX Hosting let the host to take a head start and stand out really well. I’m telling you this so that you would not lose your head because of the brilliant reviews particularly on TrustPilot, G2 and in the rest of the Internet. The host is great and makes it everything possible to please the clients, no doubt, but from a technical point of view it’s not a revolution in the hosting industry.
    • As regards value for price, WPX Hosting has advantage of letting you have 5 websites on its cheapest plan ($25/mo if paid monthly and $21/mo if paid yearly). The competitors like WP Engine, Kinsta or LiquidWeb would cost you many times more for hosting several sites. Although WPX Hosting may seem like a real bargain (and it is!), at the same time there’s a hidden risk: if your multiple websites are too resource-intensive, you may encounter performance issues (because all your websites may require more resources than one account can handle). Although this risk exist with any hosting generally, WPX is at higher risk compared to much more expensive hosts, because it’s too affordable for proper handling a big number of resource-hog websites on one account.
    • Another advantage that WPX Hosting has is that it provides its clients peace of mind in terms of security. If your website or websites ever get contaminated with malware, everything will be fixed for free. If you have multiple websites, this is indeed the unmatched option. For example, Sucuri clean-up service costs $200/year for just one website, and other hosts which offer free unlimited cleanup service (like Kinsta or WP Engine) cost much more than WPX Hosting if you have multiple websites.
    • Unlimited website migration, DDoS protection, daily Backups (stored for 28 days), free SSLs, host’s own CDN, emails – all of this are included without any additional fee.
    • 30-Day Money-back Guarantee
    • In short, I recommend this host for non-technical people (especially if you have more than one website) and price-concerned agencies. The features this host has and the support that is ready to help you with any issue make this host a bargain for its price.
    • It may seem that I’m too harsh on WPX Hosting. But since this host has enormously positive feedbacks from its clients, I want to emphasize what its clients and other reviewers miss or don’t want to notice so that you could better understand the hosting’s true strong points as well as its risks. Having said all the above, I do recommend this host.

    Premium WordPress hosting for beginners

     

    HawkHost

    • HawkHost took the first place in Hosting Performance Contest in September 2019 among the monitored hosts in the budget hosts category and won the bronze medal among all the monitored hosts! (see details)
    • This is my favorite low-cost hosts that deliver very professional and high-quality hosting services for such low prices.
    • Has a great reputation both among web hosting community and among the company’s clients.
    • Good handling spikes in number of visitors.
    • Free daily backups (for 7 days).
    • HTTP/2 is available (higher performance via HTTPS).
    • 30-day money-back guarantee.
    • Prices: for 1 month – $4.99 monthly; for 1-year plan – $3.99/mo; for 2-year plan – $2.99/mo.
    • Starting plan: 10 GB disk space / unlimited bandwidth / unlimited domains / 500,000 inode limit (max number of files).
    • There’s also unlimited plan starting at $7.99/mo.
    • Very affordable option with great support and uptime.
    • I’ve been using it myself in 2013 and 2014 and have been hosting another site with it since the beginning of 2016.

    I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with HawkHost (most basic plan) in US, Los Angeles CA location. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

    By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

    Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

    The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.



    HawkHost: Great reputation. Great support. Great price.

     

    Geek Storage

    • GeekStorage took the first place in the Hosting Performance Contest in September 2019 among the middle-class pricing category hosting and won the gold medal among all the monitored hosts! (See details).
    • GeekStorage was the very best-performing host in 2016, 2017 and 2018 among all the hosts I’ve been monitoring.
    • Geek Storage focuses heavily on high speed providing high level of reliability and anytime available support.
    • During many years of doing its business, Geek Storage has earned great reputation among demanding clients who value performance. And it’s very much respected in a professional hosting community.
    • Shared hosting plans with generous server resources (unlimited plans are also available).
    • The most basic plan: 10 GB SSD (database is also SSD) / unlimited bandwidth / 3 websites / 200,000 inodes (max files count).
    • Regular prices start from $7.99/mo for yearly plan. Also, the first billing period is SIGNIFICANTLY cheaper. Check out the options on GeekStorage’s website.
    • Easy drag-and-drop website builder for free (based on Site.Pro, check out a demo).
    • Another powerful site builder RVSiteBuilder is included for free (many other hosts do not offer it for free!). Check it out its demo).
    • Free migration from your previous host which uses cPanel (many hosts use it).
    • 30-day money-back guarantee
    • Daily off-site backup (only one backup is stored at a time). I recommended to use additional backup services or solutions.
    • I’ve been using Geek Storage since April 2016 and it’s proved to be one of the best shared hosts I’ve used from a performance point of view.
    • Just in case: GeekStorage is not only for geeks, but its spirit is closer to the clients who are more technically advanced (the same as with MDDHosting).
    • Alternatives for GeekStorage are MDD Hosting (also geeky spirit), A2Hosting (special focus on performance), SiteGround (more ordinary-human approach, and even with more advanced technical options, see my review).
    • GeekStorage is a small company (as well as MDDHosting). If you’d like to be with a bigger hosting, A2Hosting or SiteGround are better choices.

    I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with Geek Storage (most basic plan) in US Chicago, Illinois. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

    By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

    Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

    The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.



    GeekStorage: hosting for faster website

     

    FlyWheel

    • Before all, this host is the professional and comfortable hosting place to do your agency/developer business (whitelable, free demo sites, blueprints, collaboration, additional revenue options etc).
    • This is also a less expensive fully managed WordPress hosting compared to other fully managed solutions.
    • This is NOT a shared hosting – each site gets a dedicated server resources (powered by Google Cloud).
    • Chat support (by default) and phone support (for bigger agencies – ask the support if you apply).
    • FlyWheel also offers full managed WordPress hosting for single sites. If phone supportis not a must for you, this is a great high-quality option and it’s cheaper than WP Engine, LiquidWeb or Kinsta.
    • Besides, if you have any questions or if you want a discount, then I suggest contacting Brady Wells at brady@getflywheel.com – he is a cool guy who can will take a personal care for your onboarding process (also tell him you are from Michael Bely and ResearchAsAHobby.com and ask for the promised discount – 50% off for the first month on personal plans and 50% off for the 3 months for agencies dealing with 5+ sites).

    GetFlyWheel: Professional and affordable fully managed WP hosting

     

    LiquidWeb

    • Very reliable hosting with 24/7 live chat and phone support (they call it “Heroic Support”):
      59 Second Livechat Guarantee
      59 Second Phone Call Guarantee
      30 Minute Help Desk Guarantee (tickets)
    • Special WordPress Managed product based on fully managed VPS, which includes automatic core and plugins updates, automatic backups, SSL, multisite support.
    • $99/mo (10 WordPress websites, Unlimited visitors / traffic, Automatic backups and 1-click restores, 1-click staging, iThemes Sync Pro, free SSLs etc).
    • This host is my first recommendation for e-commerce businesses (based on WooCommerce, Magento, PrestaShop, OpenCart, X-Cart) which are already running. This host is also HIPAA compliant (for the businesses dealing with health information).
    • LiquidWeb also offers the platform dedicated to WooCommerce stores (here’s the page with the information).
    • LiquidWeb is very respected and quite a big company that offers premium-level hosting services for all kinds of customers – starting from newbies and finishing corporate clients offering versatile hosting infrastructure products and solutions.
    • I know that LiquidWeb’s prices are not the most affordable on the market, but this is the price for professional and solid support services and high performance that can be compared not with shared hosting, but with fully managed VPS. So, if you’re just starting out with your website then you may probably want to check out much more affordable alternatives I recommend on this page, for example SiteGround (with phone and chat support).
    • The alternatives to LiquidWeb for hosting and managing WordPress websites that I can recommend are WP Engine (which adds more security, management and development services and features, but not as powerful as LiquidWeb from performance and support point of view) and Kinsta (which is great for hosting a big number of websites).
    • I recommend LiquidWeb as managed WordPress hosting if you need a really robust and fast hosting (based on fully managed VPS) and a helping hand of live chat and phone support (and ticket help desk, of course) available to you all days and nights long.
    • LiquidWeb is beneficial to agencies and developers also because it offers iThemes’ Sync Pro plugin for free (you save $130/year on the smallest plan).
    • Notice: In summer 2016 LiquidWeb sold its shared hosting business to a another company. It let liquidWeb focus on premium and more complex hosting services (such as Managed WordPress Product, fully managed VPS and Dedi, automatically scalable infrastructure Cloud Sites). This could be entirely positive move for LiquidWeb. But how it sold the part of its business was not very ethical from shared hosting clients’ perspective, because for a lot of clients it was very sudden and painful. It’s the only negative aspect in the LiquidWeb hosting’s entire history that has hurt its reputation. Apart from this, LiquidWeb’s developing impressively and has a lot of potential. I’m keeping an eye on it.

    LiquidWeb: Premium web hosting with live chat and phone support

     

    VeeroTech

    • VeeroTech took the second place in Hosting Performance Contest in September 2019 among the monitored hosts in the middle-class pricing category! (see details)
    • VeeroTech was the third best performing hosting in 2018 among all the hosts I’ve been monitoring (read more here).
    • VeeroTech focuses on delivering high reliability against data loss. It’s much appreciated by shared hosting and VPS users for high speed and it has very positive reputation among hosting professionals and clients.
    • Good choice of shared hosting plans (no unlimited).
    • The most basic plan: 5 GB SSD storage / unlimited bandwidth (~50,000 visitors) / 1 website / 300,000 inodes (max files count).
    • Regular prices start from $5.95/mo for monthly plan (upto 5 websites, 1 GB RAM, 15 GB storage). But it’s real bargain is SSD Starter plan with 2 GB RAM and unlimited websites allowed (25 GB storage) for $9.95/mo monthly plan.
    • Easy drag-and-drop website builder for free (based on Site.Pro, check out a demo).
    • Free migration from your previous host.
    • 30-day money-back guarantee. And after that refunds can be applied as a credit.
    • SSH for free (activated upon request).
    • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL.
    • Daily backups for 7 days as a courtesy (via R1Soft which gives you an option to restore your entire account. The backups are stored separately from your server and do not take up your storage quota). But like with other non-premium hosting, it’s recommended also to keep your own backups. For admin use only and disaster recovery the backups are created weekly and monthly.
    • I’ve been using VeeroTech since February 2016.
    • I recommend VeeroTech as one of the best hosts of such level with very affordable monthly plans. If you prefer paying monthly for a very decent low-budget hosting, definitely check it out. But if you prefer paying yealry and save from 15% to 60% from what you would pay monthly, I suggest looking at GeekStorage (my review is above) – this is the better option compared to Veerotech

    I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with VeeroTech (most basic plan) in US North Carolina, Raleigh location. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

    By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

    Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

    The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.



    VeeroTech: Reputable hosting with reliable hardware

     

    MDD Hosting

    • MDDHosting took the first place in the Hosting Performance Contest in July 2019 among the monitored hosts in the budget category and won the gold medal among all the monitored hosts! (See details)
    • Wide range of well-elaborated plans from shared hosting to dedicated servers.
    • They even may help trouble shoot things that are not their liability.
    • Michael Denney, the owner of the company, is known as being very attentive and approachable to customers, people believe he never sleeps 🙂
    • Free daily backups (for 7 days) for disaster recovery.
    • Starting plan: 10 GB disk space / unlim bandwidth / 1 website / 250,000 inodes (max files count). By the way, SSD RAID-10 storage available on premium plans.
    • Price for yearly plan: $5/mo.
    • 30-day unconditional money-back guarantee and after that refunds will be issued on a prorated basis of any unused time as a credit to your account.
    • Free migration from your previous host (if you use cPanel control panel; ask MDDHosting’s support if you are not sure).
    • It’s fast and reliable, although it’s relatively a small tidy host. Superior tech support (tickets), focused on shared hosting with great options for your growth till powerful VPS.
    • And if you prefer a bigger company with more support options and developer tools (e.g. 1-click staging) then my strong recommendation is SiteGround (see my review).
    • MDD Hosting is well-known for a high quality of its premium hosting. The host started offering very affordable plans since 2016 after investing into its infrastructure.

    I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with MDDHosting (most basic plan) in US Colorado, Denver location. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

    By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

    Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

    The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.





    MDD Hosting: Reputable web hosting with very approachable customer support

     

    Squidix

    • Squidix took the second place in the Hosting Performance Contest in June 2019 among the monitored hosts in the middle-class pricing category in the Contest! (See details)
    • Squidix focuses on personal attitude, providing free consultations for website owners and offering a wide range of hosting plans. It’s one of the premium shared hosting that does extra work on delivering deeper client satisfaction.
    • Good choice of shared hosting plans for resource-demanding needs, including shared hosting with dedicated resources (no unlimited plans).
    • Apart from 24/7 ticket support there’s a phone support during normal business hours.
    • The most basic plan: unlimited SSD storage / unlimited bandwidth / 1 website.
    • Regular prices start from $6.95/mo for the first year (pay annually). And first billing period is MUCH cheaper! (Check it out on Squidix website). Also, prices for 2-year and 3-year plans are cheaper as well.
    • Free migration from your previous host.
    • 30-day money-back guarantee and after that refunds will be issued for any unused full month of the services.
    • Free SSH.
    • Free Let’s Encrypt SSL.
    • No backups. You need to take care of your backups totally yourself.
    • Alternative to this host I can suggest is SiteGround (it’s a bigger hosting with correspoding advantages) that I reviewed above.
    • I’ve been using Squidix since April 2016.
    • Squidix is special in the way that it works with clients more personally than an average host. If you have special needs or some specific requests – just contact them and discuss it. For example, Squidix can assist you for free with such areas as your website design and development, website performance, SEO, scalability etc.

    I’m monitoring the performance of my small test blog hosted with Squidix (most basic plan) in US Texas, Dallas location. I don’t use any caching or other optimization plugins on my site for the purpose of the clear experiment.

    By the way, you can see how this hosting and other hosts I’m monitoring have been performing since February 2016 on this page.

    Below you can see two charts: HTTP server response time (Time To First Byte) in milliseconds with uptime (website accessibility) and full page load time (how long it takes to fully load a page for a real user) in seconds. The charts are real-time and updated every 1 minute and every 20 minutes respectively. The charts are interactive – you can change a date range and zoom.

    The monitoring is performed from different US East and US West locations. Note that down-time or bad performance fixed from just one location does not mean that the website is down or slow to load – it just means that the ping did not come through (or other network issues) along the way from a monitoring location to the server and back. The site may be considered to be down or slow to load if both monitoring locations display issues at the same time.



    Squidix: Professional hosting with great performance and personal service

     

    EuroVPS

    • Prices start from €5/mo for yearly plan.
    • Limited plans (starting from 5 GB disk space (SSD Storage) and 250 GB bandwidth tansfer per month).
    • Up to 5 domains in the cheapest plan.
    • 7-day money-back guarantee.
    • Please note that the hosting offers server locations only in Europe.
    • It has some security restrictions on shared hosting (e.g. SSH or direct MySQL access are not allowed).
    • This host is designed mostly for enterprises (managed VPS, Dedicated), but also offers shared hosting services.
    • By the way, EuroVPS is just one of the VPS and dedicated hosting options I recommend. The other options that I highly recommend see in this section.

    EuroVPS

     
     

    Some notes for newbies in hosting:

    One of the most important factors for you as a newbie in hosting is a helping hand of your host’s support. People on the other side of tickets, online chat or phone play very important role in making you happy with some technical stuff from setting up your site and making it work the way you want.

    Any host on this page offer high-quality support, but the manner of support may be a bit different. I mean that for example more technical people don’t like being treated like newbies, whereas people with no hosting or website management experience suffer when they get professional and sophisticated but unclear response.

    In this case for you as a newbie the easiest option is to go with managed WordPress-dedicated hosting which take care of your website performance (such as speeding up and optimization), enhanced security (protection from DDoS attacks and hacking), safety (backups) of your data. it will let you not bother about these technical things and focus on your website content and business.

    The best hosts in this category in my opinion are WPX Hosting, WP Engine, LightningBase and WireNine (WordPress managed plan).

    Another option is to go with WordPress hosting company which does not do very much technical work for you by default such as optimization, enhanced security etc but which offers very approachable and newbie-friendly customer service that is available from ticket system, online chat and phone support.

    Great and fast support available in many ways like that is expensive for hosting and it reflects in the prices you pay for the hosting.

    I recommend LiquidWeb as the best (and the most expensive) option in this category, which also has very high server performance standards.

    The cheaper alternative I’d recommend to have a look at if you are strict on your budget is SiteGround, which includs a free site builder (easy drag-and-drop). I know this host works very well for many people as a very good compromise between server performance and pricing with the level of support that newbies will enjoy.

    But keep in mind that you can’t really compare SiteGround‘s $3.95/mo first year ($9.95/mo renewal) with LiquidWeb‘s $99/mo hosting. The latter is a more solid choice which means that its customer satisfaction is higher.

    Also, if you don’t mind spending some time and learning how to manage technical aspects of your website, and you don’t need phone or online chat support and just starting out with your website, then you can go with some cheaper but very reliable options such as HawkHost which will serve a great foundation for your website provided you do your home work (at least read about your website basic security, enhanced security and backups).

    Thus, every host is a compromise between performance (speed, reliability), customer support, doing work for you and pricing. I totally understand that it may be very difficult to make a choice even between already selected hosts that you see on this page. So feel free to contact me if you think you need advice in your particular case.

    Also you may want to have a look at this self-help guide along the hosts that I recommend:
    reliable hosting choosing for newbies

    SiteGround hosting StableHost hosting LightningBase hosting WPEngine hosting WireNine hosting FlyWheel hosting SiteGround hosting LiquidWeb hosting MDDHosting EuroVPS hosting SiteGround hosting GeekStorage hosting A2 Hosting StableHost hosting BigScoots hosting HawkHost hosting VeeroTech hosting

    And if after all you are still puzzled with your choice, I suggest going SiteGround (the best hosting for any needs with a strong support).

     

    The hosts which make their non-technical clients happy the most often

    Since 2013 I’ve been recommending the best hosts I know and people appreciate it very much. I’m very happy to get emails with words of appreciation from people who thank me for helping them choosing a hosting.

    It’s worth noticing that the most often people are happy with the two hosts.

    The first one (the most appreciated) among the shared hosts is SiteGround. Absolutely no surprise here. Thanks to its one of the best support on the shared hosting market, awesome performance and very handy tools (like 1-click staging) this host is a favorite choice of the most number of people. Especially two kinds of clients adore SiteGround – beginners and the WordPress developers/designers who just start up. Besides, the fact that it’s absolutely not expensive during the first billing period (upto 3 years) compared to other hosts of such quality, this host brings a lot of satisfaction to people who use it.

    The obvious downside of SiteGround is that it has comparatively large renewal prices. And especially if you have multiple websites, then the most comfortable alternative for a very reasonable pricing tag is WPX Hosting. WPX hosting is designed for beginners who need not just the technical support which will take care of hosting issues, but also you are covered in many cases if you have your website issues. This is a killer advantage of WPX Hosting that can’t be compared with other hosts. Other hosts simply don’t provide you support if you have issues not with a hosting, but with your website. WPX Hosting is a true premium host for beginers who want a technical support person being always besies them regardless of what question or issue you have.

    If you are in doubt, feel free to contact me. My readers appreciate what I do for them and I’m very proud of it.

    Michael Bely from researchasahobby stands up against decay

     

    Recommended hosts for web application developers, agencies and designers

    • WPX Hosting is the best option I know for small and beginer agencies which are price-concerned. This host includes everything so that you could focus on your business and less on technical infrastructure (e.g. includes features like a free unlmited malware cleanup). You can read my short review of this host above.
    • SiteGround is the cheapest option for agencies and WP developers (1-click staging, easy Git integration). But comparing with WPX Hosting, there’s no free malware cleanup.
    • LiquidWeb has great options for a wide variety of professional and demanding users: CloudSites (ideal for serious agencies and for websites with unpredictable or/and large traffic), LiquidWeb Managed WordPress Product (based on powerful fully managed VPS, has 1-click staging environment), as well as scalable VPS and dedicated solutions.
    • WPEngine provides solutions for developers, agencies and individuals who need fully managed WordPress hosting. It’s more restrictive on server resources and more affordable than LiquidWeb.
    • FlyWheel is the host that I recomend to professional agencies and developers who pay extra attention to working one-to-one with the clients (check out this video demo). This host belongs to WPEngine company and together they serve more than 4,500 agencies around the world, making it the largest in WordPress.
      If you are interested in FlyWheel reseller option, I suggest contacting Brady Wells at brady@getflywheel.com – he is a cool guy who can answer any questions you may have and will take a personal care for your onboarding process (also tell him you are from Michael Bely and ResearchAsAHobby.com and ask for the promised discount – 50% off for the 3 months for agencies dealing with 5+ sites).
    • Guru.co.uk is the best UK hosting I know for advanced users, agencies and website developers in UK. Also, it’s a very comfortable host for people with many years of experience managing websites. If you are tired of hosts which are focusing on newbies, then you will love Guru hosting.
    • Digital Ocean is the most hardcore solution among the above options. It is the first choice for serious web application developers thanks to its handy infrastructure (Linux-based droplets), extensive tutorials and very low prices. By the way, if you sign up through this link, you will get $50 in credit (I am as a DO affiliate have this offer for you). Also, Linode is a superb choice for production environment.

    All the hosts are superb in their segments and provide great value for the price.

     

    Affordable Classic Reseller Hosting

    If you are looking for affordable reseller hosting from a reliable provider, then have a look at reseller options offered by very reliable hosting companies I recommend on this page.

    If you are not going to resell hosting but just need multiple accounts to sell, these companies offer you great options for that.

    Not to repeat here again all the companies I recommend, I’ve picked out the most affordable prices for minimal shared hosting reseller plans (first come the simpler/beginner options, and in the end go more professional options):

    • HawkHost (50 accounts, pure SSD, from $12.99/mo annually for 2-year plan and $18.99/mo if going monthly).
    • VeeroTech (20 accounts, pure SSD, RAID10, the smallest plan is $15.95/mo monthly). Bigger packages or longer-period plans are cheaper. The minimum price is $13.56/mo if paying for 3 years in advance. Please note that alhtough Veerotech is a little bit cheaper than the next one (GeekStorage), Veerotech does NOT include WHMCS license on smaller and middle reseller plans, whereas Geekstorage does.
    • GeekStorage (30 accounts, pure SSD, from $17.97 monthly).
    • BigScoots (unlimited accounts, pure SSD, from $17.95/mo biennially, $19.95/mo annually and $23.95/mo monthly).
    • A2Hosting (40 accounts, pure SSD, from $19.99/mo for 3-year plan or $29.99 monthly. 6-, 12-, 24-month plans are also available with discounts. Bigger plans have free WHMCS. 1 GB physical RAM and 8 GB virtual RAM per user on any plan).
    • MDDHosting (50 accounts, pure SSD, from $22.05/mo annually and $24.5 monthly).
    • LiquidWeb Reseller Partner Program is the most professional (and classic) option among the above ones.
    • FlyWheel offers a great infrastructure for WordPress sites developing studios and WP design agencies (including easy management and support of your clients, team collaboration, staging for website development – check out this video demo). Also it gives you a free hosting for your website (on a bulk plan). Become an agency partner to resell hosting to your clients and manage them easily. FlyWheel became a part of WPEngine company in June 2019, although operates as a separate business. WP Engine and Flywheel together serve more than 4,500 agencies around the world, making it the largest in WordPress. This reseller option is designed for professional agencies or the agencies that want to be professional.
      If you are interested in FlyWheel reseller option, I suggest contacting Brady Wells at brady@getflywheel.com – he is a cool guy who can answer any questions you may have and will take a personal care for your onboarding process (also tell him you are from Michael Bely and ResearchAsAHobby.com and ask for the promised discount – 50% off for the 3 months for agencies dealing with 5+ sites).
    • SiteGround (It’s not a classic approach to reselling, but can be a better option in some cases. Check it out: the smallest price for a package costs €33 for one year. One package suitable for hosting just 1 website). By the way, if you have a team or clinets which have to participate in website management or/and developemnt, then consider Kinsta‘s option (see below).
    • Kinsta Hosting offers a conceptually different approach to reselling business. Whereas a classic reseller sells accounts, at Kinsta it’s not about technical stuff, but about managing your hosting company on a business level. For example, you can grant business roles to users (site administrator, site developer, company owner etc – see here). Whereas handlling a classic reseller business is a technical job in many ways, Kisnta makes it business role-oriented job. By the way, SiteGround‘s reseller model (see above) is similar to Kinsta‘s, but Kisnta‘s model is a more advanced option designed for biger-volume businesses.
    • Guru.co.uk is the best choice for you if you are looking for a UK-based reseller host which is designed for advanced users.

     

    Not Classic Reseller Hosting (For Non-Technicals)

    Whereas classic reseller programs assume your are a person with a technical background, there are other programs which are сreated for business-minded people.

    • FlyWheel offers a great infrastructure for WordPress sites developing studios and WP design agencies (including easy management and support of your clients, team collaboration, staging for website development – check out this video demo). Also it gives you a free hosting for your website (on a bulk plan). Become an agency partner to resell hosting to your clients and manage them easily. This reseller option is designed for professional agencies or the agencies that want to be professional. By the way, FlyWheel became a part of WPEngine hosting company in June 2019.
      If you are interested in FlyWheel reseller option, I suggest contacting Brady Wells at brady@getflywheel.com – he is a cool guy who can answer any questions you may have and will take a personal care for your onboarding process (also tell him you are from Michael Bely and ResearchAsAHobby.com and ask for the promised discount – 50% off for the 3 months for agencies dealing with 5+ sites).
      Also, if you have a team, or if your clients are teams then you amy consider Kinsta‘s option too (see below)
    • SiteGround (It’s not a classic approach to reselling, but can be a better option in some cases. Check it out: the smallest price for a package costs €33 for one year. One package suitable for hosting just 1 website). By the way, if you have a team or clinets which have to participate in website management or/and developemnt, then consider Kinsta‘s option (see below).
    • Kinsta Hosting offers a conceptually different approach to reselling business. Whereas a classic reseller sells accounts, at Kinsta it’s not about technical stuff, but about managing your hosting company on a business level. For example, you can grant business roles to users (site administrator, site developer, company owner etc – see here). Whereas handlling a classic reseller business is a technical job in many ways, Kisnta makes it business role-oriented job. By the way, whereas SiteGround‘s reseller model (see above) is oriented on a those who just start out, Kinsta‘s model is a more advanced option designed for biger-volume businesses.

     

    Recommended managed VPS and Dedicated Servers

    Here’s the list of very reliable companies that have great reputation among web hosting professionals (and clients, of course):

    • LiquidWeb (Windows, Linux): acknowledged professional provider with a wide range of products and paying extra attention to very responsive and timely support and performance. Also, this host is superb for ecommerce solutions such as WooCommerce, Magento, Prestashop, OpenCart and X-Cart (this is not for entry-level e-commerce sites, but for the businesses that are already running). Precious addons are available such as proactive monitoring (Sonar® proactive monitoring and service restoration), mitigation of DDoS attacks (complete layer 4 and layer 7 protection; free of charge for protection from volumetric attacks upto 2 Gbps), load balancers and so on what is needed for hosting applications of all levels of complexity.
    • KnownHost (Linux): specializes in managed VPS and dedicated servers. Popular among VPS resellers.
    • EuroVPS (Linux): smaller team with a professional attitude. The company and its datacenter is located in Europe, Netherlands.
    • BigScoots (Linux): this company is not as experienced (considering number of years in business) and not as big as some of the above ones, but since 2010 it has already proved to provide more than simply really good services and the team is proud of maintaining a great reputation. A part of their continuing success is that they are not keen on growing fast in order to keep up with the high standards of services.
    • Guru.co.uk (Linux): If you are looking specifically for a UK-based hosting, then look no further. You can go back and forth researching the best UK host, and you will come to Guru in the end.

    These companies above are highly recommended for very serious and professional needs, web projects or just resource intensive websites with tons of traffic.

    Recommended self-managed VPS are mentioned right below.

     

    Very Affordable VPS

    One of the most affordable VPS plans are offered by A2Hosting (both unmanaged and managed).
    It’s a relatively big hosting provider with a wide client base. VPS plans are very flexible (you can configure your own unmanaged VPS plan).
    The most basic plan costs $5/mo (paid monthly). For this price you will get 20 GB RAID-10 SSD Storage, 1 Core CPU, 2 TB Transfer, 512 MB RAM, Root Access.
    I recommend A2 Hosting VPS if you want to go with as cheaper as possible VPS, but from a very well-established provider. One of the advantages of this option is that you can very quickly go inexpensive managed if you realize that it’s necessary.
    By the way, A2 Hosting offers a free admin panel Webuzo for free for unmanaged VPS.

     
    Also, affordable VPS is offered by VeeroTech .
    It’s the company that manages attractively well to combine reliable services with very affordable prices.
    Their pricing starts from $7.95/mo for self-managed VPS (including guaranteed 10mbps bandwidth, 1 IP address, 20GB RAID10, 1GB DDR4, 1 vCPU E5-2620 v3, 1 TB transfer)

    So, if you need a classic self-managed VPS for very limited budget from a reliable and reputable provider, then any of A2 Hosting, VeeroTech or GeekStorage is a pretty good choice.

    If your WordPress site has outgrown a shared hosting and you don’t want to go with a managed VPS for financial reasons, then self-managed VPS from these providers is a solid and much more affordable alternative.

    And if you are a Linux professional and can do without technical support at all, then these three cloud VPS options can be attractive to you: Digital Ocean (popular for development; get $50 in credit if you sign up), Linode (popular for production) and Vultr (a more budget option in some cases).

    Linux beginners usually choose DigitalOcean as it has plenty of documentation and tutorials. Using DigitalOcean can be much easier with ServerPilot (a control panel for easy management of your server when intalling and using PHP and WordPress applications on DigitalOcean).

    By the way, here’s a good article which compares self-managed server (e.g. DigitalOcean) with fully managed hosting (Kinsta). Real and alternative costs are concerned.


     
    By the way, you may want to check out all my recommended hosts from this perspective:
    reliable hosting choosing

    StableHost hosting BigScoots hosting HawkHost hosting LiquidWeb VPS and Dedicated servers EuroVPS VPS and Dedicated servers WiredTree VPS and Dedicated servers KnownHost VPS and Dedicated servers VeeroTech VPS Digital Ocean VPS HawkHost hosting StableHost hosting EuroVPS hosting MDDHosting WireNine hosting LiquidWeb hosting EuroVPS hosting HawkHost hosting BigScoots hosting StableHost hosting VeeroTech hosting SiteGround hosting WPEngine hosting FlyWheel hosting WireNine hosting LightningBase hosting LiquidWeb hosting

     

    Windows ASP Web Hosting

    Now and then I get asked what windows hosting I can recommend. Especially former clients of Arvixe suffer from not being able to find a good alternative to its windows hosting.

    Before all, I am not a user of Windows hosting. And that’s why my recommendations below are based completely on my research of real user reviews. However, I’ve made my best try to find out the Windows hosting providers that is worth recommending and which can be a good and affordable Arvixe alternative.

    I suggest checking out RDOServers.com.
    It’s a well-established company with great reputation and what’s especially important in shared windows hosting – technical support that really cares. RDOServers is a small company.


    Also, as regards Windows VPS or dedicated server, then definitely have a look at some of the providers in this section.


     
    Of course, this is not a full list of all the reliable and fast web hosting companies that exist in the world. However, I have analyzed and chosen the above ones based on my research and the opinions of the people I trust.

    And again, if you become a client of any these hosting companies after reading this article, I will feel a personal responsibility for this. So, in case of any issues that may arise with the hosting and which are not resolved to your satisfaction, you may contact me and I will participate in resolving the situation for you.

    I’m sure you will be much more pleased by the value offered by these companies for the price paid, compared to many other hosting companies. These web hosts are great companies and you can surely go with any of them.

     


    These hosts are no longer recommended:
     StableHost is no longer recommended. Read a short explanation here.


     
    Last updated on October 19, 2019

Subscribe to my Free Researches
Work on your blog and small business more efficiently!

subscribe
BTW, I respect your privacy, and of course I don't send spam, affiliate offers or trade your emails. What I send is information that I consider useful.

Share the knowledge...Share on Facebook
Facebook
Tweet about this on Twitter
Twitter
Share on LinkedIn
Linkedin