It’s time for our annual Best Web Hosting Awards! Once again this year, we’ve tried to address the most common or popular categories that fit most website owners—while not going overboard with an abundance of overly specific ones. So without further delay, here are our Best Web Hosting Awards for 2015.
In our opinion, InMotion Hosting continues to be the industry standard for business web hosting. While InMotion is more than capable of hosting all kind of websites, their Business Hosting Plans provide key features that are vital to your online business presence. Together with their top of the line hardware and outstanding customer support, they continue to lead the way—and earn our award for Best Business Web Hosting.
Since I became a customer in 2009 through today, InMotion Hosting has provided excellent service and support. Their core values stress the importance of customer satisfaction. And, they aren’t satisfied with just being great today. InMotion is constantly striving to get even better—including upgrading and improving their already impressive data centers in many ways.
- Business Class Hardware including enterprise quality servers.
- Solid State Drives (SSD) Included
- Max Speed Zone Technology
- Free Data Backups and Restore
- Over 300 Free Applications
- Pre-installation of WordPress, Joomla, or PrestaShop
- 90 Day Money Back Guarantee
Managed WordPress hosting has become a hot commodity lately. Fortunately, there are just as many different WordPress hosting plans as there are types of WordPress sites. So, it’s not too difficult to find a suitable hosting plan. We’ve divided are WordPress hosting awards into two categories: Personal Websites and Enterprise Hosting.
For personal WordPress sites, SiteGround offers specific features for speed, security, and support that are highly beneficial. While these WordPress features will cost more elsewhere, SiteGround’s plans are priced just right for individuals.
- Free WordPress Install or Transfer
- 24/7 Expert WordPress Support
- WordPress SuperCacher
- Free CloudFlare CDN
- Free Daily Backup
- Unlimited Traffic, Email, and Databases
For enterprise managed WordPress hosting solutions, WP Engine remains the optimal choice. Focusing entirely on WordPress hosting, WP Engine provides their proprietary technology features along with expert WordPress support that large WP institutions require.
WP Engine continues to be highly regarded in the WordPress community. Pricewise, their managed hosting plans due run on the high side. However, enterprise solutions do require special attention, and WP Engine offers the best combination of technology and support expertise.
- EverCache Technology for Faster Sites
- One-Click Backup and Restore
- Entire Staff of WordPress Support Experts
- SSL Security on All Plans
- One-Click Staging Area
- One-Click Restore Points
There are a ton of options for first time website owners. In addition to traditional web hosting companies, there are now other options from website creation companies such as Squarespace and Wix.com. However, Web.com has been offering website creation and hosting options for quite some time now. Their experience in providing sites for less experienced users makes them our pick for beginners.
It’s important to point out that those first time website owners that do have some technical experience would also benefit from hosting options from iPage or Web Hosting Hub. But for those newbies with no previous experience, Web.com is worth consideration.
- Free Domain
- Easy to Use Point and Click Website Builder
- Hundreds of Design Layouts and Templates
- Professional Stock Image Library
- Unlimited Web Storage
While Web Hosting Hub could be considered as a great hosting option for beginners, it’s equally good for more experienced bloggers or entrepreneurs that are looking for a great overall web hosting solution that includes unlimited features in addition to all the features included with cPanel—email, MySQL databases, and plenty of other applications for your site.
The support at Web Hosting Hub is also excellent. Whether you’re a blogger or just need to create multiple websites with one hosting account, Web Hosting Hub is a great choice.
- Unlimited Disk Space and Bandwidth
- Account Set-Up Walk Through
- cPanel Hosting Interface
- One-Click Application Installs
- Unlimited Email
- Additional Resource Upgrades Available
VPS Hosting is another area where there are a number of worthy options. Because of recent improvements and upgrades, we like InMotion Hosting as a VPS Hosting solution. Similar to their outstanding shared hosting options, InMotion’s VPS plans provide impressive features at reasonable prices.
- Unlimited Websites
- All Gigabit Internal Network
- Full System Administration
- Free SSD Drives
- Raid 6 Fault Tolerant Disk Space
- Full cPanel License
DreamHost features one of the most impressive cloud computing and storage options with their DreamCloud infrastructure. DreamCloud consists of DreamCompute (Public Cloud Computing) and DreamObjects (Developer-Friendly Object Storage).
- Industry Leading Service Level Agreements
- Open Source Technology
- IPv6 Support
- Fully Scalable Object Storage
- Custom built in-house servers for extreme speed.
- RAID Level 1 High Quality Storage
- Instant Provisioning of Servers
- Real Time Storage Upgrades Available
- Full Control of Server with Root Access
- Specialized Dedicated Hosting Support
Once again, for pure value, iPage is the clear choice. Although prices have been raised slightly, you can still get unlimited domain hosting at one of the lowest prices around. iPage is suitable for either beginners or more experienced website owners.
- Unlimited Disk Space, Bandwidth, Databases, and Domains Allowed
- Unlimited Email
- Free SiteLock Security
- Free Cloud Storage
- Two Free Website Builders
- Free Advertising Credits and Yellowpages.com Listing
GoDaddy has been in the news lately for their stock market IPO. But, let’s face it, GoDaddy is best known for domain name management. And, they still get our vote as the best domain name registrar. GoDaddy’s account management interface, support, and frequent sale offers earn them our award for 2015.
- Easy to Use Domain Name Management Interface
- Frequent Sales on Bulk Domain Purchases
- Additional Services such as Domain Auctions Available
- Largest Domain Name Registrar