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What you need to know about the top web hosting companies to make the right decision.

Below are the reviews for each host that has earned inclusion in our rankings. We encourage you to use these web host reviews to help select the best hosting company for your needs. A lot of work and time has gone into comprehensively evaluating these companies’ offerings to provide you with clear, unbiased web host reviews. None of these businesses have paid for reviews or for advertising on our site. After reading the hosting reviews, follow the links to hosts you like and look around their websites. This will help you further narrow your top picks and eventually select your new web host.


Hostgator Review Summary & Scorecard

HostGator Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 9/10
Email Features 10/10
Support & Security Features 10/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 10/10
E-Commerce 9/10
Overall Score 78/80
Rank #1
Rating 5 Star
Hostgator
Visit: Hostgator Web Hosting

Editor's Choice: Best Web HostPros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, databases, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; 45 day money back guarantee; Comprehensive free script library and software support; $100 Google Adwords advertising credit; Free toll-free number; Dedicated IP address and private SSL certificate included.

Cons: No PostgreSQL, No Facebook or Yahoo! Advertising credit.

Overview: Hostgator is all around the best host we have seen so far. For web business, the free 866 or 877 toll-free number allows you to have a professional contact number. Their customer support is fantastic, with responsive 24/7 phone and chat support and a support ticket response time of a couple hours at most. The dedicated IP address and free private SSL certificate allows you to have a shopping cart without paying a premium. Their extensive script library, software support and feature package makes HostGator a perfect place to host your websites.

The Hostgator Baby plan is feature-rich and reliable – perfect for small businesses and individuals. Hostgator also has award-winning dedicated server plans and fantastic reseller plans to accommodate all of your business hosting needs. Read Full Review


IX Webhosting Review Summary & Scorecard

IX Webhosting Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 10/10
Email Features 10/10
Support & Security Features 10/10
Website Statistics 9/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 9/10
E-Commerce 8/10
Overall Score 76/80
Rank #2
Rating 4.5 Star
IX Webhosting
Visit: IX Web Hosting

 

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, databases, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; 30 day money back guarantee; Comprehensive free script library and software support; $75 Google Adwords advertising credit; $25 Yahoo! Advertising Credit; 15 Dedicated IP addresses; 3 free domain names.

Cons: No Private SSL Certificate included, No Moodle or Drupal support, No AWStats.

Overview: IX Webhosting has the most advertising credits of any host on our list. They provide excellent 24/7 phone & chat support and have a responsive support ticket team with a turn-around time of about 4 hours. Inclusion of 15 dedicated IP addresses means that you can have 15 independent websites each with their own shopping carts. However, you will have purchase an SSL certificate separately because it’s not included. If you need a budget-friendly host with a respectable feature set, IX Webhosting is a great choice.

IX Webhosting has the best Windows hosting plans available, with support for ASP.NET, ColdFusion, Access, MSSQL as well as the traditional scripting languages. Their VPS hosting is also excellent. It comes in 3 levels, each allowing you to choose between Linux VPS hosting and Windows VPS hosting. Read Full Review


JustHost Review Summary & Scorecard

JustHost Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 9/10
Email Features 10/10
Support & Security Features 10/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 8/10
Included Scripts 10/10
E-Commerce 9/10
Overall Score 76/80
Rank #3
Rating 4.5 Star
Justhost
Visit: JustHost Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, databases, email, forwards and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; Anytime money back guarantee; Comprehensive free script library and software support; $50 Google Adwords advertising credit; $25 Yahoo! Advertising credit; $50 MySpace Advertising credit; $50 Facebook Ads credit; 3 free lifetime domain names; integrated Google Webmaster Tools.

Cons: No dedicated IP address, Private SSL Certificate not included in plan, No PostgreSQL support, Streaming audio or video not allowed.

Overview: JustHost is another decent cPanel host with a full script library and support for all of the current web software standards. They offer 24/7 phone and chat support with a support ticket turn around time of around 2-5 hours. JustHost is the only host on our list that offers MySpace advertising credits. They do not allow streaming, so if you will be doing webcasts or any live streaming content, look elsewhere. JustHost web hosting is affordably priced and can be a good choice if you don’t need streaming capability or a private SSL certificate included.

Justhost also has reseller hosting packages for those who wish to serve their own branded hosting to their clients or start their own hosting business. Read Full Review


Hostmonster Review Summary & Scorecard

HostMonster Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 8/10
Email Features 10/10
Support & Security Features 10/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 10/10
E-Commerce 8/10
Overall Score 76/80
Rank #4
Rating 4.5 Star
Hostmonster
Visit: Hostmonster Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; 30 day money back guarantee; Comprehensive free script library and software support; $50 Google Adwords advertising credit; $25 Yahoo! Advertising credit; Free lifetime domain name.

Cons: Limited database allowance, No dedicated IP address, Private SSL Certificate not included in plan.

Overview: With 24/7 phone or chat available, and a support ticket response time of a couple hours, Hostmonster lives up to their reputation for impressive customer support. Their script library is extensive and they support all of the major software (PHP, Perl, Python, etc.) with the latest versions. They limit accounts to 100 MySQL or PostgreSQL databases, but unless you have a huge web empire, you will likely not exceed this limit. If you are looking for a host with premium support and lots of free scripts, Hostmonster has what you need. Read Full Review


BlueHost Review Summary & Scorecard

BlueHost Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 8/10
Email Features 9/10
Support & Security Features 10/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 10/10
E-Commerce 8/10
Overall Score 75/80
Rank #5
Rating 4 Star
BlueHost
Visit: Bluehost Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, email accounts and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; 30 day money back guarantee; Comprehensive free script library and software support; $50 Google Adwords advertising credit; $25 Yahoo! Advertising credit; Free lifetime domain name.

Cons: Limited database, email forwards and FTP account allowances, No dedicated IP address, Private SSL Certificate not included in plan.

Overview: BlueHost is a good all-around cPanel host with a full script library and support for all of the current web software standards. They offer 24/7 phone and chat support with a support ticket turn around time of around 3-4 hours. Their advertising credits are a great way to get your blog or Internet marketing business seen in the right places. They limit accounts to 100 MySQL or PostgreSQL databases, 1000 FTP accounts and 50 email forwarders. If you are starting out in web business and don’t need a private SSL certificate, BlueHost gives you a great low price without sacrificing value. Read Full Review


GreenGeeks Review Summary & Scorecard

GreenGeeks Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 8/10
Email Features 10/10
Support & Security Features 8/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 9/10
E-Commerce 8/10
Overall Score 73/80
Rank #6
Rating 4 Star
GreenGeeks
Visit: GreenGeeks Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, databases, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; 30 Day money back guarantee; powered by 100% renewable energy; Full software & multimedia support; $25 Yahoo! Advertising Credit; Free lifetime domain name.

Cons: Phone support M-F: 9AM-Midnight, Sat/Sun: 9AM-8PM EST; No video tutorials, PostgreSQL or international domain support; No Google Adwords credit; Dedicated IP & private SSL not included in plan.

Overview: GreenGeeks offers a respectable cPanel multiple domain hosting plan with a good price. They use 100% renewable energy to power their facilities. While phone support is not 24/7, they have 24/7 live chat and average a same-day support ticket response time. While we would like to have seen more advertising credits and a dedicated IP with private SSL included, GreenGeeks is a good host with an excellent reputation for customer service and reliability. Add to that their green business model and you may just have a winner.

GreenGeeks is our top Drupal web host and are the official Drupal hosts for “Drupal For Dummies”, from the famous “…For Dummies” series of instructional books. They offer extensive Drupal support and services. GreenGeeks also offers a good set of reseller hosting plans for those who need to offer branded hosting to their clients or start their own web hosting business. Read Full Review


StartLogic Review Summary & Scorecard

StartLogic Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 7/10
Email Features 9/10
Support & Security Features 9/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 9/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 9/10
E-Commerce 9/10
Overall Score 72/80
Rank #7
Rating 3.5 Star
StartLogic
Visit: StartLogic Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; 30 day money back guarantee; $50 Google Adwords advertising credit; $25 Yahoo! Advertising Credit; $50 Facebook Ads credit; 500+ page free marketing guide, integrated Google Webmaster Tools and Google custom Search.

Cons: Limited to 25 MySQL databases, No PostgreSQL support, No dedicated IP, Private SSL Certificate not included in plan, no Ruby on Rails support, No anonymous FTP support.

Overview: StartLogic uses the new vDeck hosting control panel, which has features geared toward getting traffic, Internet marketing, and promises a streamlined user experience. Their customer support is good, with 24/7 phone and chat available and typically same-day support ticket response time. With a 25 database limit for MySQL, large sites with many scripts requiring a database backend may outgrow this host. However, if you are starting out and looking for some web marketing extras at a low price, StartLogic may be the host for you.

In addition to their standard Linux shared hosting, StartLogic also offers a decent Windows hosting package with a good feature set and support for ASP.NET, MSSQL and other Windows Server-specific languages. StartLogic offers 3 levels of Linux VPS hosting plans as well. We found these plans to be a good value, especially for those on a budget. Read Full Review


IPOWER Review Summary & Scorecard

IPOWER Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 7/10
Email Features 8/10
Support & Security Features 9/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 9/10
E-Commerce 9/10
Overall Score 72/80
Rank #8
Rating 3.5 Star
IPOWER
Visit: IPOWER Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, storage space, bandwidth, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; 24/7/365 live phone or chat support; 30 day money back guarantee; $50 Google Adwords advertising credit; $25 Yahoo! Advertising Credit; $50 Facebook Ads credit; 500+ page free marketing guide, integrated Google Webmaster Tools and Google custom Search.

Cons: Limited to 25 MySQL databases and 2500 email accounts, No PostgreSQL support, No dedicated IP, Private SSL Certificate not included in plan, No anonymous FTP support.

Overview: IPOWER uses the vDeck hosting control panel. They are owned by the same company that owns StartLogic. There are only 3 differences between StartLogic and IPOWER (all other features and support standards are the same) – IPOWER limits the number of email accounts to 2500, they have clearer Ruby on Rails support and all of their offices and data centers are powered by 100% renewable wind energy. So if you are looking for Internet marketing extras and are environmentally conscious, IPOWER could be the host for you.

In addition to Linux shared hosting, IPOWER also offers a decent Windows hosting package with a good feature set and support for ASP.NET, MSSQL and other Windows Server-specific languages. IPOWER offers 2 levels of Linux VPS hosting plans as well. We found these plans to be adequate. However those on a budget would be better served by StartLogic due to their almost identical VPS plans and lower prices. Read Full Review


GlowHost Review Summary & Scorecard

GlowHost Scorecard
Category Score
Core Features 7/10
Email Features 10/10
Support & Security Features 7/10
Website Statistics 10/10
Administration & Software 10/10
Multimedia Support 10/10
Included Scripts 10/10
E-Commerce 7/10
Overall Score 71/80
Rank #9
Rating 3.5 Star
GlowHost
Visit: Glowhost Web Hosting

Pros: Unlimited domains, subdomains, parked domains, databases, email accounts, forwards and autoresponders; Free lifetime domain; 60 day money back guarantee; good free script library and software support; Dedicated IP address and private SSL certificate included.

Cons: 100GB monthly transfer limit; 10GB storage limit; No PostgreSQL, anonymous FTP or international domain support; No advertising credits or web marketing extras; phone support from 8:00 AM – 8:00 PM PST (they discourage phone contact and prefer an appointment); No website templates included.

Overview: Glowhost is a cPanel host that gives you the basics for getting your site on the web. As with most other cPanel hosts, you get a wide array of free scripts and their software support is up to date. A big plus is the inclusion of a dedicated IP address and private SSL certificate. While traffic and storage have limits, they are generous enough to for most websites. Their multimedia support is the best we have seen. GlowHost usually responds to support tickets the same day.

GlowHost offers a whole suite of hosting plans. The more notable plans include their streaming media plans (ffmpeg, ShoutCast and Podcasting) and their dedicated server plans. They are the only host on our list to offer unmanaged dedicated servers in addition to the managed variety. Their Intel Level II dedicated server plan is the most powerful dedicated server hosting we reviewed. Glowhost also has an unlimited shared hosting plan, reseller plans that come with a merchant account so you can accept credit card payments, and VPS hosting plans. All have excellent reliability. Read Full Review

 

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