Being part of different types of blogging groups, I often see questions about web hosting. Choosing the right one can take days, sometimes weeks.
Below I have mentioned a few I came across when starting my blog. I will break each one down the best way I can. I will not list every single web host out there because there are far too many, but I will list the top ranked ones I was able to find.
(This post contains affiliate links. See my disclosure about affiliate links here.)
HERE WE GO ⬇⬇⬇
Pour yourself a drink because you’re about to step into information overload 😱 😱 😱
Before we get started know the following:
- What are your hosting needs?
What type of website are you building and how much money are you willing to spend? Do you want shared, VPS or dedicated hosting? If you go with the smaller, you can always upgrade at a later stage. ***Also, keep in mind that most web hosts want you to prepay for the full year.
- Will it be a personal or business site?
- Domain registration
Will you be registering it through the web host or through a different company? I, for example, registered my domain through godaddy.com and transferred it to bluehost.
- Think ahead!
Choose a host with which you can grow and upgrade in the future.
Now that you have all of the above questions answered, scroll down for the web hosts comparison ⬇⬇⬇
GoDaddy is great for both personal and business hosting purposes. It offers 4 different plan options – all of which are currently on sale. Keep in mind that the price increases to regular price when you renew your plan.
- Economy – as low as 2.99/month
- Deluxe – as low as 4.99/month
- Ultimate – as low as 7.99/month
- Business Hosting – as low as 19.99/month
All of the GoDaddy plans include: 1-click install (example WordPress), 1-click purchase of additional resources, 1 GB database storage, 24/7 security monitoring, 1-click set up for registered domains through GoDaddy.
Economy, Deluxe, and Ultimate include a free domain with the annual plan.
***GoDaddy.com is rated as the World’s #1 Domain Name Registrar. If you have a website name in mind that you’re dying to know if it’s taken - click here and check if it’s available.
When I was trying to come up with a domain name (which BTW took me about a month), my go-to resource was GoDaddy.com
With HostGator there are no contracts and you can cancel at any time. And like in GoDaddy, after the introductory offer ends, price increases to regular price. HostGator offers 3 types of plan options.
- Hatchling Plan – as low as 2.75/month
- Baby Plan – as low as 5.95/month
- Business Plan – as low as 5.95/month
The Baby Plan and Business Plan offer unlimited domains as opposed to the Hatchling Plan where you’re allowed to a single domain. Other than that, everything else is pretty much the same. In addition, HostGator offers $100 in Google Adwords and $100 in Bing Ads. COOL!!
WP Engine is relatively new to the hosting world. It’s on the pricier side and it does not sell domain names, but it has excellent uptime, good customer service, and unlimited monthly data transfers. I, for one, would not go with it because 1) I am a newbie, 2) it’s expensive, and 3) it has a visitors cap – meaning each plan allows a certain amount of visitors per month.
- Startup Plan – starting at $35/month
- Growth Plan – starting at $115/month
- Scale Plan – starting at $290/month
- Premium Plan – call to talk to a specialist
- Enterprise Plan – call to talk to a specialist
WOW! And I thought Bluehost was expensive.
Bluehost is my web host of choice. I will tell you all about my experience, but first let’s go over the types of shared hosting plans it offers.
- Basic – starting at 2.95/month
- Plus – starting at 5.95/month
- Prime – starting at 5.95/month
Both the Plus and Prime plans include unlimited websites, unmetered website space and bandwidth, unlimited parked domains and subdomains as well as email accounts. All plans include 1 domain.
If, however, you registered your domain through a different company like GoDaddy (like I did) and transferred it to Bluehost – you’re still allowed to 1 Bluehost domain. At least that’s what the customer representative told me. I guess I’ll find out when I start my other website.
The three plans above are shared hosting which means that multiple users will share the resources of secured servers. I will eventually upgrade to either VPS or dedicated server, but for now (given my experience level) I am good where I am.
I chose Bluehost because it offers a great set of tools like email storage, marketing offers, automatic site back up, and website space. Their customer service has exceptional customer service and tech support. I have contacted them about 5 times since I joined and they have been extremely helpful.
But, in all honesty, when my plan expires I will most likely transfer to a different web host. Why? Because after my plan expires, I will have to pay regular price and depending on the profit I am generating it can be expensive. I will deal with it when the time come. As for now, I am satisfied.