Best Web Hosting Services for 2020

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Welcome to the Pak world 2020 directory of web hosting services. In this list, we’ll take a close look at some of the best web hosting providers such as

  1. DreamHost
  2. Bluehost
  3. HostGator
  4. A2Hosting
  5. InMotion Hosting
  6. Hostinger

and more. We’re focusing on commercial web hosting companies that offer WordPress, VPS, shared hosting and many other web hosting services, along with a variety of annual and monthly plans.

Let’s explore each of the web hosting companies below in more depth to help you choose the best web hosting provider to meet your specific needs.

1. Dreamhost

Best cloud server hosting and cloud object storage

  • Open-source platform
  • Powerful hardware
  • Entry for cloud services
  • Computing or storage options

Dreamhost

Dreamhost offers cloud server hosting, taking it a step up from the other plans offered here. However, by running their unmanaged cloud servers the expectation is that users will be comfortable with a command-line environment for managing their cloud hosting service.

Dreamhost’s cloud hosting services cover two main areas: cloud computing and cloud object storage.

DreamCompute is a cloud computing service and offers an easy way to develop and grow your own cloud services. You can run it based on Linux, BSD, or Windows, in a serverless environment based on the latest SSD storage and next-gen processors.

Built around the free and open-source OpenStack platform, there is no lock-in to proprietary software, and you can use Dreamhost as a place to grow until you’re ready to manage your own OpenStack.

DreamObjects is Dreamhost’s secure cloud storage hosting storage service, which can be used as a web development environment to augment or replace AWS E3 services. DreamObjects can also be used for backup storage.

While cloud services and storage can seem overwhelming for new users, Dreamhost’s provides the ideal place to start to experiment, explore, and grow your cloud services at a very cost-effective rate.

2. Bluehost 

  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • WooCommerce hosting
  • Free domain
  • 24×7-US-based support

Bluehost is a company based in Utah which is owned by web giant Endurance International Group (EIG). It offers basic shared hosting from $2.75 monthly (on a three-year contract), with WordPress plans to start at $17.95 per month (although that’s also a discounted introductory rate).

Bluehost

When you sign up to Bluehost, you’ll get a free domain name for the first year, along with a free SSL certificate (allowing you to operate a secure website for your personal use or business).

If you’re a WordPress user, Bluehost is definitely one of the best web hosting providers to consider. While its managed WordPress hosting is a little more pricey than basic shared hosting, the company has both specific WordPress and WooCommerce hosting plans available (along with management support). This web host also offers a site migration service for an additional fee.

The web hosting provider got bonus points for its policy of performing regular daily backups, even on the lowest-priced shared hosting accounts. Be aware, though, that the promotional price on the low-cost shared hosting does go up after the promotional period. That said, Bluehost offers 24/7 phone support, a 30-day money-back guarantee and SSH access for certain plan options.

3. HostGator

  • Simple to use
  • A solid range of plans
  • Temptingly priced with initial discounts

If you only need to host a website rather than additional business data, then HostGator’s cloud platform could be a more ideal choice. Unlike normal web hosting, Hostgator’s cloud hosting platform spreads your website load across multiple virtual server instances for more reliable and scalable hosting, but it’s as easy to use as standard shared hosting, and only costs a little more.

HostGator

For example, the baseline Hatchling Cloud plan gets you to support for one domain, unmetered bandwidth and storage, a share of up to two cores and 2GB RAM and distributed Varnish caching to speed up the loading of static content. You can get started for as little as $3.13 (£2.50) a month if you buy three years upfront, although the price leaps to $8.95 (£6.40) on renewal.

If you need something more powerful, the top-of-the-range Business Cloud plan supports unlimited domains, gives you up to six cores and 6GB RAM, and includes private SSL and a dedicated IP. Another chunky introductory discount means you can pay as little as $6.28 (£5.10) a month over three years, but after that, you’ll pay $17.95 (£12.80) per month.

Benefits of the cloud plans include (up to) twice as fast load times, along with more site statistics, and because your site is mirrored across multiple devices, the ability to switch your site to another server in the event of a hardware failure.

But the key advantage of all cloud hosting schemes is scalability. If your site can’t cope with demand, you can scale up to eight cores and 8GB RAM with a click. There’s no waiting around for someone to process your order and no downtime while your webspace is reallocated – you get the extra resources right away.

Also, while prices go up after the initial discount promotion, they still remain extremely competitive.

4. A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting does a lot of things right, which is why we consider it to be among the best web hosting providers. This web hosting service offers Linux and Windows-based servers, SSD, caching, CDN and SSL for all plans. While some plans offer uptime monitoring and regular backups, all plans offer malware scanning and automatic patching and updates.

A2 HostingThe hosting company offers a managed hosting service called HostGuard. Subscribers of this web hosting service have access to a 24/7/365 “Guru Crew” support team that manages the network, hardware, software and security. Managed WordPress hosting customers begins at $9.78/mo and for VPS customers at $25/mo.

The web hosting provider offers solid plans with a good selection of features. The one area we’re concerned about is how it presents its web host offers. Like many hosting providers, its published pricing is a bit misleading. You’re not getting hosting for $2.96/mo unless you pay $71 for two years of service. Renewals are generally at a higher rate, although a salesperson we spoke to advised you to ask for a “loyalty discount.”

It shouldn’t come as any surprise that, like other web host providers, A2 Hosting’s unlimited plans aren’t actually unlimited. This web host expects you to use its service like “similarly situated customers.” This is like being on a highway. If everyone is going a few miles above the speed limit, you’re probably okay, but if you’re barreling down the fast lane past everyone else, you’re probably going to be asked to slow down.

The company offers a solid 30-day money-back guarantee it calls an “Anytime” money-back guarantee. Yeah…kind of. You can ask for your money back at any time, but after your first 30 days, how much you get back will depend on a painfully complex pro-rating system.

But, again, operationally it’s quite strong. 24/7/365 customer support is available not only by live chat and email but by phone. This hosting option offers free site migrations with some dedicated attention paid to making a transfer as smooth as possible. And, if you’re willing to go for one of the higher-end plans, the company has put some serious attention into performance and caching.

5. InMotion Hosting

We particularly like that the company offers free backups and SSH access, even on its lower-end plans. WordPress support with integrated WP-CLI is also available.

InMotion HostingSee also: InMotion in-depth review and hands-on testing

Here are some of the reasons the company gets a top rating. It offers an all-SSD infrastructure. It has 24/7 telephone customer support in addition to the ticket, email and lives chat support options. It offers a basic site migration, in that it’ll unpack a site saved from another cPanel instance. It offers free SSL and free malware detection.

Rounding out the wins, InMotion offers a full 90-day money-back guarantee. On top of that, here’s a special money-saving hint. In a chat session confirming pricing and offerings, the operator offered me some special prices and deals that reduced the published price by a few bucks. I was also told that while promotional pricing does go up at the end of the offer period if you contact customer service, InMotion has a “loyal customer discount” that may bring the price back down.

6. Hostinger

  • Unlimited bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • DDoS protection
  • Disk Storage: 100GB

Hostinger is one of the biggest providers of free web hosting via its 000webhosting brand. It has well over 30 million users, and some of the lowest prices thanks to low running costs and overheads. Hostinger prefers to use its own technology (for example, it has its own customized control panel instead of the ubiquitous Cpanel), so that it can better control performance and features.

HostingerThere are three plans available, Cloud Startup, Cloud Professional, and Cloud Global, all of which offer unlimited websites and unlimited bandwidth for your account.

The Cloud Startup plan comes with 100GB of SSD storage, 3GB of RAM, and 2 CPU cores. The Cloud Professional plan increases these to 140GB storage, 6GB RAM, and 4 CPU cores, the Cloud Global plan extends these further to 200GB storage, 16GB RAM, and 8CPU cores. All plans come with a free SSL certificate.

Pricing depends on how long you commit to the service. For the Cloud Startup plan, it costs $29.99 on a month to month basis. However, if you commit for a year the monthly cost falls to $12.99 a month. For a two-year contract, it drops to $10.99 a month, and for a four-year contract it falls to $9.99 a month.

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