Whether you want to start a blog because you want to make money online, build your business or just share your passion, choosing the right hosting service is crucial for your blogging success. That’s because you want to avoid potential technical problems (slow website loading, low navigation speed, low level of security, etc) that could hold your blog efforts back and therefore kill your motivation.
Even though there are hundreds of different web hosting services, I only trust a few that I’m going to share with you today in this article. I have used all of them in the past and that’s exactly why I’m reviewing and sharing them with you.
The vast majority of these different hosting services usually offer the same extra benefits (free domain, free setup, free trial, etc.). So, for this review, we’re going to focus on the main differences and aspects that are worth mentioning and that REALLY make a difference so you can get the full spectrum and judge for yourself and your situation.
Before we start, I think it’s pretty important to identify the different key points I decided to take into account when reviewing all of the following hosting providers :
As a blog or little business, there are three aspects you should take into account when choosing the right hosting for your situation :
- Customer service
- Performance (Page load speed, uptime)
- Ease of use
For pretty much all the following hosting providers, we highlight one of these three aspects in order to qualify each hosting service.
If you’re starting in the web development world then Hostgator it’s a really good option. It’s a well recognized US-based hosting provider with really powerful servers that offer a good uptime as well as an extraordinary good load time, especially for WordPress sites. As you know, both of these aspects are crucial when choosing a hosting provider.
Besides performing good, HostGator offers budget-friendly packages that can work for pretty much every wallet. With intuitive and simple to use dashboards, you can manage your websites with ease.
I used HostGator to host two different websites for two different restaurants. I have little to no complaints. As I said, their menu is really simple to use so you won’t need to search for hours to do some tweaks. On the other hand, unfortunately, their customer support is not that good and can take some time to answer your requests.
IN SUMMARY: Hostgator is a really good hosting service if you’re a beginner and are developing your blog in WordPress. With a 45 money-back guarantee, you can be sure you’ll get really good value for your money.
siteGround is a reputable hosting provider with really fast servers, specially optimized for basic CMS such as WordPress and Joomla. Their customer service is also really fast and knowledgeable, allowing you to get a response to your question in as fast as 2 seconds.
Even though is not the less extensive hosting provider, it stills very cheap and you get unlimited bandwidth and excellent wp speed.
In addition to that and one of the most interesting advantages of using siteGround is that they offer FREE migrations, something you don’t see much with other hosting providers.
If you’re creating a website on WordPress, I highly suggest you look into siteGround since their servers are optimized to work with WordPress websites.
Unfortunately, not everything is perfect. One problem I found with siteGround is the fact that your storage is limited to 10 Gb and 10 000 visits per month for the smallest packages to 30 Gb for the biggest one.
IN SUMMARY: siteGround is a very solid hosting provider. Besides the fact of being limited to 30 Gb of storage, you get well-performing and stable hosting, especially for WordPress and Joomla websites. It’s also very beginner-friendly so keep that in mind when thinking about hosting your website with them.
Bluehost is a popular and well known hosting company that has been seen as really rapid growth over the last few years. It hosts over 2 million websites worldwide. It’s also my current hosting provider and the one I use for many other websites that I manage. There are numerous reasons for this.
First of all, their customer support is very fast and reliable. Every time I have a problem I got their full attention and got a response from them very easily and fast. Another great feature is their insanely good load time and uptime, which is close to 100%, both crucial aspects for every visitor of your blog. If you use WordPress then you will be happy to know that Bluehost allows you to install WordPress with just one click. This is especially awesome and very convenient if you’re starting out and don’t want to spend a lot of time setting up your blog and installing WordPress.
You can get inexpensive plans for as little as €2.68 per month, which is very cheap for the market standards. You also get a 30-day money-back guarantee in case you’re not satisfied with what Bluehost has to offer.
On a side note, it is worth noting that the site migrations are pretty expensive in case you’re going to use this kind of services.
IN SUMMARY: Bluehost is a complete and overall high-quality hosting provider that can provide you with all you need. I’ve been using this hosting provider for more than a year and I’m very happy with it. If you care about performance and reliability then you will like Bluehost.
Godaddy is one of the most, if not the most popular hosting provider in the game and the BIGGEST domain register. This popularity is due to the aggressive marketing efforts that allowed them to build a reputation, especially in the US.
This US-based hosting provider offers a 99% uptime guarantee and a 45 money-back guarantee policy, which is just crazy! In addition to that, even for the smallest package, they offer a very large storage capacity of 100 Gb.
Their packages come with unlimited bandwidth and allow you to increase your hosting capacity very easily when needed.
Even if this is a solid hosting provider, it has many flaws and aspects that they could improve on. For example, their customer support is one of the worst I have ever encountered. Their chat communication system is opened only during business hours and they take some time to reply to your questions.
On the other hand, their load time is slow compared to other hosting providers, which can negatively impact your customer’s navigation experience.
Finally, another flaw that really impressed me was the fact that you have to pay extra for SLL certificates and email accounts. You can get these for free when you sign up with other hosting providers such as Bluehost. Also, they don’t offer migration services and their renewal prices are really high.
IN SUMMARY: Even though Godaddy is the most famous hosting provider on this list, it doesn’t mean that it’s the best one. In fact, it’s very far from being on the top of the game. They offer good uptime and storage capacity but their customer support is just… trash!
Dreamhost is another beginner-friendly and very popular hosting provider with more than 600000 websites under their belt. With one click you can install WordPress and automatically update it. You also get unlimited storage and bandwidth, which helps your site run faster and better. As a matter of fact, Dreamhost has the fastest loading speeds among all of the hosting providers I review in this article. Not only that but their uptime is also spectacular with nearly 100% at all times. The reason behind this amazing performance is the quality of their infrastructures. Dreamhost also takes pride in offering unlimited bandwidth and storage which, again, is awesome.
Last but not least, their customer support is just top notch and by far the best one we faced in this review. It’s knowledgeable, fast, reliable and very friendly. Customer support is, in my opinion, an underrated aspect of online businesses yet it’s a crucial one. That’s why we must mention the quality of their customer support team and their efficiency. If you’re looking for a hosting provider capable of helping you because you’re a beginner when it comes to creating websites, Dreamhost is the best option for you.
In summary: If you’re a beginner and are looking for a stable and not so expensive hosting provider, DreamHost is the way to go. With his integrated WP installation tool as well as the ergonomic and simple dashboard, you get anything you will need to easily build a WordPress website.
IN SUMMARY: I don’t have much to say about Dreamhost other than the fact that it’s an overall good hosting provider with not a lot of negative aspects. If you choose to host your website on Dreamhost, you can be sure it is in good hands!
1&1 Ionos is an excellent choice if you live in Europe. With their impressive uptime of 99,8%, you will get a stable and well-performing hosting for a very cheap price. You also get daily site backups and SSL certificate on all packages.
This hosting provider has focused since the beginning in security and reliability, which makes them perfect for small AND big blogs.
Even though 1&1 ionos has many great things, their control panel is not one of them. It’s outdated and not beginner-friendly. However, it doesn’t mean it’s complete trash since you can learn how to use it very fast.
IN SUMMARY: As a general rule of thumb, if you’re in Europe, I highly suggest you look into 1&1 Ionos since is a huge player in the hosting market. They have a solid infrastructure and high-quality servers that allow them to have a solid uptime and good loading speed.
As you can see, there are a lot of good web hosting services in the market. It’s up to you to choose the one who better suits your needs and blog. I strongly suggest you invest in a good and reputed web hosting because it represents the technical base for your blog and its performance! Don’t feel tempted to go for a low-quality web hosting just because it’s cheap, you may regret it in the future…
If you have other suggestions for good web hosting services that you have used, comment them below!