Here are the best web hosting services, with the speed and availability of each one.
1. Hosting InMotion
InMotion hosting was founded in 2001 and is a private hosting provider with a customer base of more than 300,000 domains.
They are also owners of a hosting website called “Web Hosting Hub”.
They are advertised as “the best web hosting for companies” and their prices start at $ 4.99.
InMotion produced a not so impressive operating time of 99.94% in the last twelve months. That seems to be consistent in recent months.
Keep in mind that the average speed in the hosting industry is about 790 ms, and the average loading time of the page of my InMotion Hosting test site is slower: 803 ms. So it does not seem to be as fast as HostGator or A2 Hosting, but it’s not the worst.
One of the drawbacks of InMotion Hosting is that there is no instant access to the account. That means that if you are an international customer, outside of North America, for example, there could be a delay and a nuisance when trying to verify your new account.
In general, you would be “fine” with the InMotion service, but do not expect much more.
PROS: Customer service, Reliable, fast, good customer service.
CONS: there is no instant activation for people outside the US UU
Uptime : 99.94% – Load time: 803ms
– Support: 4/5
– Website: InMotionHosting.com
2. HostGator Cloud
HostGator was founded in 2003 by Brent Oxley and then sold to Endurance International Group (EIG).
According to its website, they host more than 10 million domains, which makes them one of the most popular web hosting providers on the planet (next to GoDaddy).
Its average load time of the last 10 months is 421 ms and an activity time of 99.97%. Not bad, in the last 12 months they were offline for only 3 hours. In addition, they were the third fastest web hosting service, second only to A2 Hosting (with a lower average activity time).
Note that this is not a regular HostGator shared hosting option. It is the new and improved cloud hosting.
PROS: good loading time, reliable installation with just one click for WordPress, 1 free site transfer.
CONS: highest renewal rate
Uptime : 99.97% – Charging time: 421ms
– Support: 5/5
– Website: www.HostGator.com
Bluehost is a popular hosting service among small business owners and bloggers. Therefore, I recommend Bluehost for people who want to create their website with WordPress.
They are hosting more than 2 million websites and they belong to EIG, which also owns HostGator.
Its average activity time of the last 12 months is> 99.99% and the loading time is 406 ms. This means that they are the most reliable web hosting with only 1 hour of inactivity per year. Without a doubt, a strong 1 superior host.
BlueHost has a 24/7 customer service available for any questions you may have regarding the configuration of the website. Although they are not cheap. Prices start at $ 2.75 per month, but also include a free domain name (for 1 year) plus site migration for new accounts.
PROS: strong uptime and loading time, free site transfer, free domain name, recommended by WordPress.org
AGAINST: There is no monthly payment option. (click to see if the discount of $ 2.75 / month is still valid)
Uptime :> 99.99% – Charging time: 419ms
– Support: 5/5
– Website: www.Bluehost.com
Since 2004, SiteGround has grown into a large network of more than 800,000 domain names around the world. Most of its staff is in Bulgaria, but they have servers all over the world.
In this example, the “Start-up Plan” (cheaper) is being used to monitor the uptime and the average load time.
In terms of uptime, SiteGround maintained an average activity time of 99.99% followed by a solid (not the best) load time of 714 ms.
We also tested your customer support by connecting with your live chat and asked several questions to evaluate your support team. They were friendly and helpful, answering questions quickly.
In addition, SiteGround offers free transfers to the existing website and WordPress officially recommends them.
PROS: good uptime, stable speed, better WordPress support, free site transfer, officially recommended by WordPress, free SSL.
CONS: Your gogeek plan is expensive.
Uptime : 99.99% – Charging time: 714ms
– Support: 5/5
– Website: www.SiteGround.com
5. A2 Hosting
A2 Hosting is quite new in the WordPress hosting niche (founded in 2001). They became more popular only lately.
They claim to be 20 times faster than their competitors. Somehow, they achieved a faster loading time than SiteGround or HostGator.
They had an average of 392ms over a period of 12 months. Basically it is an instant page load, which makes people happy because they will not have to wait for the pages to load. A2 Hosting implements caching, which stores the data in a visitor’s browser, so they will not have to request information from your website every time someone tries to access it.
Unfortunately, its uptime has been reduced in recent months to an average of 99.91% (currently 8 hours of downtime in a 12-month period).
A2 offers customer support 24/7 through its live chat, email, telephone and ticketing systems. I checked by contacting their support live and they responded instantly with easy-to-understand answers.
PROS: the fastest WordPress hosting, optimized WordPress servers
CONS: Weak uptime (only 99.91%)
– Uptime: 99.91%
– Load time: 392ms
– Support: 4/5
– Website: www.A2Hosting.com
6. Hosting Site5
Site5, founded in 1999 by Matt Lightner (and then sold to EIG), promises the best web hosting for serious web designers.
After testing for 12 months, Site5 delivered a site load time less than the average of 704 ms:
Your activity time is nothing spectacular. In fact, just like iPage, your average. The uptime for a 12-month period is also 99.98%.
They provide good support through live chat, email and phone support in case you have questions, along with a 90 day money back guarantee if you want to try them anyway.
Site5 offers 3 pricing plans. The first, “hostBasic” which allows you to have a website and free migrations. The second plan, “hostPro + Turbo”, offers 24/7 live chat support, free migrations and a free dedicated IP. The latest plan, “hostPro” and offers unlimited websites and free migrations.
PROS: very flexible host
CONS: Its price is not worth it
Uptime : 99.98% – Charging time: 704ms
– Support: 4/5
– Website: www.Site5.com
iPage started in 1998 and since then it has grown to serve more than one million websites.
Once again, they are owned by the brand Endurance International Group (EIG). Honestly, I did not think they would perform well because they were suspiciously “cheap”.
I gave iPage Hosting a chance as they also call themselves WordPress hosting. Luckily, I found them quite reliable.
During this time, they have managed to offer an activity time of 99.98%.
The average load time is 831ms. Not bad, but it is well below the average of the competition.
However, iPage is cheap. They are one of the cheapest accommodation options that I saw. Technically, you would be subject to a long-term agreement to obtain that price. As you can see, you get what you pay with speed and performance.
iPage is probably not the best option to host WordPress. Although customer service and prices are good, you do not want to struggle with your slow speed and average uptime.
PROS: Best cheap hosting for WordPress
CONS: Not very good customer service, bad reputation online.
Uptime : 99.98% – Charging time: 831ms
– Support: 3/5
– Website: www.iPage.com
The next WordPress hosting site I looked at was DreamHost, which has another large network of more than 1.5 million sites (they have also existed since 1996).
They claim to be “web hosting and award-winning WordPress” despite being under DDOS attack (in August) and providing data on an anti-Trump website with considerable oversight by the court.
The loading times of your pages reached an average of 724 ms during the same period. Not so good.
Since they got the DDOS attack, their activity time is obviously very low: 99.90%. DreamHost also includes some other small add-ons.
First, you get unlimited bandwidth. They will credit your account for every hour there is a problem with the uptime. When I contacted customer service to ask a couple of questions, I got a quick response.
One of the great disadvantages of DreamHost is its price. Your lowest plan is almost double what other hosting sites offer. On the positive side, DreamHost has (97 days) the longest money back guarantee to test your service before getting caught in a long contract.
PROS: Reliable, fast, good customer support
CONS: recent DDOS attack, expensive option for beginners
Uptime : 99.94% – Charging time: 724ms
– Support: 4/5
– Website: www.Dreamhost.com
GreenGeeks, founded in 2006 by Trey Gardner, now houses more than 300,000 websites during its nine years in the business.
They are the only green host “truly” on this list. They affirm 99.9% on their website. That’s almost zero downtime. It is a bold claim to make! Can they live up to the exaggerations?
When its performance was proven, GreenGeeks delivered 99.93% availability. So 0.03% above your promise. Not that bad.
That’s equivalent to 6 hours of downtime (although it’s not as good as SiteGround or HostGator Cloud).
Fortunately, GreenGeeks showed the same great results in speed as in activity time.
Its average load time was 520 ms, 36% higher than the industry average.
GreenGeeks has 24/7/365 support in the US UU Through live chat, phone or email support. Some of its other features are the free data transfers, the free domain name and the free migration of sites.
GreenGeeks offers a 30-day money back guarantee. Each price plan is all inclusive too. Although GreenGeeks has excellent speed, its uptime is just average. Which is a bit of a deciding factor.
PROS: strong uptime, green hosting provider, free site transfer
CONTR: loading time for the WordPress website should be better
Uptime : 99.93% – Charging time: 520ms
– Support: 4/5
– Website: www.GreenGeeks.com
Arvixe was originally founded in 2003 and then acquired by EIG (again!).
Things are not starting well with their 99.75% uptime.
The industry average for speed is around 790 ms. Even that is not very fast, to be honest, some of the fastest hosting providers are loaded at about 300 ms (or almost twice as fast).
How did Arvixe act? An abysmal 5,779ms. That is incredibly slow. Almost impossibly slow. Only a second of delay in loading the page could cost Amazon 1,600 million. Think about what you can do for your online business.
It seems that Arvixe is slow in general. His customer service was also slow. I tried to ask some basic questions and it took me more than an hour to answer.
Arvixe prices are also on the expensive side of the fence. Any shorter plan means paying a lot more per month. Arvixe offers unlimited bandwidth and a free lifetime domain name in your favor.
But you can do much better than Arvixe. Once again, take a look at the first names in this review for companies that generally exceed uptime, page load times, customer support and pricing.
CONS: Very slow charging time, worse uptime, high cost, customer service without training
Uptime : 97.75% – Load time: 5.977ms (!)
– Support: 2/5
– Website: www.Arvixe.com