12+ Best Web Hosting Comparison Chart 2017

Best Web Hosting Services Comparison

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HostMore InfoPricingCouponsVideo InfoMonthly PlanSupport: 24/7 PhoneSupport: Live ChatSupport: Email/TicketUptimeServer Response TimeDrive TypeFree Domain or TransferDisk Space (GB)Unlimited BandwidthWebsites on 1 AccountData BackupsEmail AddressesFree MigrationWindows ServerscPanelMySQL DatabasesSubdomainsFTP accountsFree Website Builders1-Click Application InstallsAdvertising CreditsMoney Back Guarantee
Bluehost logo
Bluehost
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.95

Coupons

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No, 1 Year min 99.93%US(E) 23ms US(W) 59msSSD50GB15Paid Option OnlyYes, Enhanced cPanel2525UnlimitedNone30 Day
SiteGround logo
Siteground
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.95

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Yes, +$14.95 Setup Fee99.97%US(E) 57ms US(W) 17msSSD10GB1UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNone30 Day
greengeeks logo
GreenGeeks
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.95

No, 1 Year min99.98%US(E) 20ms US(W) 58msSSDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$2530 Days
GoDaddy logo
Godaddy
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.99

Coupons

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Yes99.89%US(E) 58ms US(W) 18msHDD100GB1UnlimitedNoYes10 x 1 GB2550No45 Days for annual products
48 hours for monthly products
HostMonster logo
Hostmonster
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.95

No, 1 Year min 99.99%US(E) 36ms US(W) 60msHDDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedYesYes, Enhanced cPanelUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20030 Day
HostGator logo
Hostgator
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.86

Coupons

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Yes99.97%US(E) 4ms US(W) 31msHDDUnlimited1UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20045 Day ⚠️ Support is slow
Hostwinds logo
Host Winds
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.50

Coupons

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Yes99.93%US(E) 35ms US(W) 33msSSDUnlimited1UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNone60 Day
DreamHost logo
Dreamhost
All Plans
Special Offers
$8.95

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Yes99.97%US(E) 20ms US(W) 35msSSDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNoNo, CustomUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$10097 Day
a2 hosting logo
a2 Hosting
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.92

Yes99.95%US(E) 27ms US(W) 64msSSD0.5 GB125YesYes55Limit UnknownNoneAnytime
Web Hosting Hub logo
Web Hosting Hub
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.99

No, 1 Year min 99.96%US(E) 1ms US(W) 63msSSDUnlimited2UnlimitedYes, 3Yes1025Unlimited$7590 Day
InMotion Hosting logo
InMotion Hosting
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.89

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No, 1 Year min 99.96%US(E) 64ms US(W) 1msSSDUnlimited2UnlimitedYesYes225Unlimited$25090 Day
iPage logo
iPage
All Plans
Special Offers
$1.99

No, 1 Year min 99.97%US(E) 15ms US(W) 75msSANUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNoNoUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20030 Day
1and1 logo
1&1
All Plans
Special Offers
$0.99

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Yes99.9%US(E) 72ms US(W) 56msHDD, SSD for DB'sUnlimitedUnlimited10NoNo2010020$5030 Day & 30 Day Free Trial
Arvixe logo
Arvixe
All Plans
Special Offers
$7.00

Yes99.52%US(E) 37ms US(W) 38msHDDUnlimited6UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20090 Day

Other Comparison Charts

Uptime & Server Response Time info: NEW!! Monitored Dates (of IPs and known sites of provider) Oct 19, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016 via UptimeRobot. Server Response Times US (W=West Coast) US (E=East Coast) via BitCatcha.
Free domain info: Some of these hosts only provide a free domain with an annual plan.
Host Gator Migration Info: A limited number of free transfers from other hosting providers, or inter-server transfers between HostGator servers for new accounts within 30 days of signup.
Money Back Guarantee Info: Free domain registrations will not be able to be refunded if you choose to take the money back guarantee. So the value that the host assigns to the domain registration will be deducted from your refund. This amount usually ranges $7-$15.

The Quick Compare

The top winners scoreboard:

(See the total points for each host at bottom of this comparison)

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Best Pricing:

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(All under $4 a month)

Hosts with Coupons:

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Web Hosts with Monthly Plans:

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Support: 24/7 Phone:

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Support: Live Chat:

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Support: Email/Ticket:

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Uptime (%99.9+):

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Server Response Time (All those under 60 ms for the Eastern United States):

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Server Response Time (All those under 60 ms for the Western United States):

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Drive Type (Non-HDD):

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Free Domain or Transfer:

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Disk Space (Unlimited):

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Unlimited Bandwidth:

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Websites on 1 Account (More than 1):

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Data Backups:

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Email Addresses (Unlimited):

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Free Migration(Those that provide it for free):

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Windows Servers Available

(*This feature does not affect total score because you either need Linux or Windows – Most people will need Linux as it is the default):

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cPanel:

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MySQL Databases (10+):

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Subdomains

(25+ *This feature does not affect total score because it’s not a typical requirement for many)

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FTP accounts

(25+ *This feature does not affect total score because it’s not a typical requirement for many)

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Free Website Builders(Those that provide them):

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1-Click Application Installs:

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Advertising Credits (Those that provide them)

(*This feature does not affect total score because credits are only available if you have never used the credit providers):

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Best Money Back Guarantee (30 Day+):

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Total Wins

(For features that count towards total the score)

 

HostMore InfoPricingCouponsVideo InfoLost Points
Hostwinds logo Host Winds 20 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$4.50Coupons
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Not in Best Pricing (by only 0.50 cents/mo)
greengeeks logo GreenGeeks 20 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$3.95No Monthly Plans
HostGator logo Hostgator 19 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$4.86Coupons
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Not in the Best Pricing
SiteGround logo Siteground 19 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$3.95Watch
No Unlimited Disk Space
HostMonster logo Hostmonster 18 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$4.95Not in the Best Pricing No Monthly Plans Drive Type: HDD
Web Hosting Hub logo Web Hosting Hub 18 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$4.99Not in the Best Pricing No Monthly Plans Server Response Time over 60ms in Western US Drive Type: HDD
DreamHost logo Dreamhost 17 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$8.95Watch
Not in the Best Pricing No Free Migrations No cPanel No Free Website Builders
InMotion Hosting logo InMotion 17 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$4.89Watch
Not in the Best Pricing No Monthly Plans Server Response Time over 60ms in Eastern US Less than 10 MySQL Databases
Arvixe logo Arvixe 17 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$7.00Not in the Best Pricing Poor Uptime Drive Type: HDD
Bluehost logo Bluehost 16 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$3.95Coupons
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No Monthly Plans No Unlimited Disk Space Only 1 Website per account (Unless higher plan selected) Only 5 email addresses No Free Migrations (Paid Option Only)
iPage logo iPage 16 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$1.99No Monthly Plans Server Response Time over 60ms in Eastern US No Unlimited Bandwidth No Free Migrations No cPanel
1and1 logo 1&1 16 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$0.99Watch
Server Response Time over 60ms in Eastern US Drive Type: HDD No unlimited email addresses No Free Migrations No cPanel
a2 hosting logo a2 Hosting 15 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$3.92Server Response Time over 60ms for the Western US No Unlimited Disk Space Only 1 Website per Account (unless higher plan selected) No Unlimited Email Addresses Under 10 MySQL Databases
GoDaddy logo Godaddy 13 pointsAll Plans
Special Offers
$4.99Coupons
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Not in the Best Pricing No Email/Ticket Support Uptime below 99.9% Drive Type: HDD No Unlimited Disk Space No Unlimited Email Addresses No Free Migrations No cPanel (Godaddy has custom cPanel some features removed) No Free Website Builders

 

6/30/2017 Update Report

Liquid Web recently acquired WiredTree which was an awesome host. Liquid Web has been an absolute nightmare. The migration took over a month and was a huge cluster @#&*. With any competent host a migration will take a single day and propagation lasts 72 hours. Their Heroic Support is anything but heroic! I’ve been on hold over 20 minutes and just hung up. I’ve had tickets sitting in their ticket system for 2 days that go completely ignored. STAY AWAY FROM LIQUID WEB. If your site goes down they simply do not care like they use to in the past.

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11-18-2016 Update Report

Hi there,

I started using a new service to measure uptime and a separate service for server response times. I’m very happy with them as their accuracy is alot better. Uptime really hasn’t changed much for all of them.

Although in between the last monitored dates (Nov 27, 2015 – Dec 28, 2015) it has given Arvixe a chance to improve their crap performance (92.37% uptime). Which I would still consider crappy (currently 99.52% uptime via new dates of Oct 19, 2016 – Nov 18, 2016). Which is a fantastic improvement but still not up to the acceptable standard rate of 99.9% uptime.

Liquid Web uptime improved from 99.84% to 99.99%.

The best balanced server response times across the United States are for the hosts: Host Winds, Hostgator, Dreamhost and Arvixe. This is milliseconds we are talking about though, so there is not much of a difference.

With the new service (BitCatcha) I’m able to monitor the server response times from multiple points around the globe. Although in this chart I only report the United States East Coast and West Coast. I may update the chart again soon to include all the global points. Until then I plan to release the web hosting comparison charts for Europe & UK based web hosting companies and India.

Stay tuned

Carlton

PS Remember the Drag & Drop Table at the bottom can be used to compare hosts 1 vs 1.

PSS I’ll update the written part below the Drag and Drop Table soon.

After the chart I like to do a side-by-side comparison explanation of why one website hosting service is prioritized in the chart over the other:

It’s a pretty big list. Do you want to see these hosts 1 vs 1? Then select the company to see the side by side comparisons and alternatives:

(the color of the button doesn’t mean anything)

HostMore InfoPricingCouponsVideo InfoMonthly PlanSupport: 24/7 PhoneSupport: Live ChatSupport: Email/TicketUptimeServer Response TimeDrive TypeFree Domain or TransferDisk Space (GB)Unlimited BandwidthWebsites on 1 AccountData BackupsEmail AddressesFree MigrationWindows ServerscPanelMySQL DatabasesSubdomainsFTP accountsFree Website Builders1-Click Application InstallsAdvertising CreditsMoney Back Guarantee

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SiteGround logo
Siteground
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.95Watch
Yes, +$14.95 Setup Fee99.97%US(E) 57ms US(W) 17msSSD10GB1UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNone30 Day
greengeeks logo
GreenGeeks
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.95No, 1 Year min99.98%US(E) 20ms US(W) 58msSSDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$2530 Days
Liquid Web logo
Liquid Web
All Plans
Special Offers
$14.95✔️ (posting soon)Watch
Yes99.99%US(E) 27ms US(W) 61msSSD5GBUnlimitedUnlimitedYes, UnlimitedYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNone30 Day
Bluehost logo
Bluehost
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.95Coupons
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No, 1 Year min 99.93%US(E) 23ms US(W) 59msSSD50GB15Paid Option OnlyYes, Enhanced cPanel2525UnlimitedNone30 Day
HostMonster logo
Hostmonster
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.95No, 1 Year min 99.99%US(E) 36ms US(W) 60msHDDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedYesYes, Enhanced cPanelUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20030 Day
HostGator logo
Hostgator
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.86Coupons
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Yes99.97%US(E) 4ms US(W) 31msHDDUnlimited1UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20045 Day ⚠️ Support is slow
Hostwinds logo
Host Winds
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.50Coupons
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Yes99.93%US(E) 35ms US(W) 33msSSDUnlimited1UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNone60 Day
DreamHost logo
Dreamhost
All Plans
Special Offers
$8.95Watch
Yes99.97%US(E) 20ms US(W) 35msSSDUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNoNo, CustomUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$10097 Day
a2 hosting logo
a2 Hosting
All Plans
Special Offers
$3.92Yes99.95%US(E) 27ms US(W) 64msSSD0.5 GB125YesYes55Limit UnknownNoneAnytime
Web Hosting Hub logo
Web Hosting Hub
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.99No, 1 Year min 99.96%US(E) 1ms US(W) 63msSSDUnlimited2UnlimitedYes, 3Yes1025Unlimited$7590 Day
InMotion Hosting logo
InMotion Hosting
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.89Watch
No, 1 Year min 99.96%US(E) 64ms US(W) 1msSSDUnlimited2UnlimitedYesYes225Unlimited$25090 Day
iPage logo
iPage
All Plans
Special Offers
$1.99No, 1 Year min 99.97%US(E) 15ms US(W) 75msSANUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedNoNoUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20030 Day
GoDaddy logo
Godaddy
All Plans
Special Offers
$4.99Coupons
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Yes99.89%US(E) 58ms US(W) 18msHDD100GB1UnlimitedNoYes10 x 1 GB2550No45 Days for annual products
48 hours for monthly products
1and1 logo
1&1
All Plans
Special Offers
$0.99Watch
Yes99.9%US(E) 72ms US(W) 56msHDD, SSD for DB'sUnlimitedUnlimited10NoNo2010020$5030 Day & 30 Day Free Trial
Arvixe logo
Arvixe
All Plans
Special Offers
$7.00Yes99.52%US(E) 37ms US(W) 38msHDDUnlimited6UnlimitedYesYesUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited$20090 Day

Hostmonster vs InMotion

Hostmonster stays at the top with InMotion being added to the web hosting comparison chart as of 1/28/2016. Hostmonster offers more unlimited of everything and still during the Dec 26, 2015 – Jan 24, 2016 monitoring period still reports a 100% uptime of the 6389(now increased) known IPs.

%99.9 uptime reported for InMotion are perfectly acceptable numbers in the web hosting industry and they server response time is the fastest on the entire chart. InMotion offers many educational resources and does a very good job of responding to support across all of their platforms indicating that they are very beginner-friendly and aim to please.

With all this said it really comes down to your needs? If you want to build and manage many sites then Hostmonster has the base all-inclusive package for you. If you want blazing fast speed and just a few sites then go with InMotion. You could get more sites in the Power plan for $1.40 extra a month but as I have said before this chart is based on all the entry level hosting packages so the baseline has to be set somewhere.

InMotion vs Hostwinds

2 websites per account, $250 in advertising credits, far more known IPs to justify a correct uptime and a faster server response time of 141ms compared to that of 272ms from Hostwinds, makes InMotion pull ahead.

*Strikethough for 1/28/2016 Update of adding InMotion

Hostmonster vs Hostwinds

If you don’t need a Windows server then you get everything you need from Hostmonster. Unlimited sites on 1 account vs Hostwinds 1 website per account is a great option to have in case you want to start up multiple sites. The $200 advertising bonus will help to get you a little bit of traffic to. Hostwinds server response time does report at a faster speed for the dates mentioned but there is not as much information available on them when it comes to reporting a guaranteed uptime like there is with Hostmonster. Based on 5120 known IPs hosted with Hostmonster there were 3 reported outages during the time range.

Hostwinds vs Bluehost

Hostwinds although 5 years old is kind of the new kid on the block so they still have to prove themselves and they are bringing it. Free migration, server response time, unlimited disk space and unlimited emails are the major areas that put them ahead of Bluehost for the moment.

Bluehost vs Liquid Web

Despite other hosts offering more in several areas than Liquid Web they would have been Number 1 on this list if it wasn’t for the 99.84% uptime. Their Heroic Support staff really goes above and beyond to help solve your issues and simply help you out UPDATE6/30/2017 Liquid Web recently acquired WiredTree which was an awesome host. Liquid Web has been an absolutely f’ing nightmare. The migration took over a month and was a huge cluster &$@#. With any competent host a migration will take a single day and propagation lasts 72 hours. Their Heroic Support is anything but! I’ve been on hold over 20 minutes and just hung up. I’ve had tickets sitting in their ticket system for 2 days that go completely ignored. STAY AWAY FROM LIQUID WEB. If your site goes down they simply do not care like they use to in the past. I had them hosting(dedicated hosting) a heavily trafficked multimedia entertainment site of mine for 2 years and their support never failed to solve any issue I brought to them immediately. One time I just wanted them to install a server-side caching app I couldn’t figure out how to install so I asked them to do and they did free of charge, then told me it was cool it was pretty simple haha. Over the 2 years I believe I had about 4 or 5 outages with them that usually didn’t last 30 minutes because of their monitoring software I’m sure. If they would get that uptime in better shape they would be awesome because their servers are so fast it is mind blowing.

Bluehost does out-compete Liquid Web though simply because during the monitored dates they managed to keep nearly 100% uptime for 23485 known IPs only 13 reported outages. Bluehost also offers more disk space, a great price and their speed is really good.

Liquid Web vs Hostgator

Support is the only reason that Liquid Web is ranked above Hostgator here. Hostgator use to have excellent support but it seems like many customers have been posting more and more lately about how their support has gone down the tubes over the past years. Everyone has their opinions and I’m sure Hostgator’s support team is atleast trained to deal with the most common issues so if find you comfort in that go with them, but if you want really good support that will hold your hand, then go with Liquid Web. Anyone could easily have better support than Liquid Web.

Hostgator vs Siteground

If Siteground reported a faster server response time then they would easily be Number 2. But they didn’t, so Hostgator beats them with more disk space and server response time speed.

Siteground vs iPage

Siteground beats out iPage by offering free migration and a better uptime. iPage does offer unlimited disk space and websites on one account but not offering cPanel is a huge downer. iPage is also rebuilding their customer satisfaction based on the reviews I have read whereas Siteground doesn’t have much of an issue in that area.

iPage vs Godaddy

iPage offers more unlimited in several areas than Godaddy does, along with better performance.

Godaddy vs Dreamhost

Despite Godaddy not offering as much as Dreamhost atleast they do not charge extra for 24/7 phone support. Godaddy’s support is also pretty good, especially on the common issues.

Dreamhost vs 1&1

Dreamhost reported better performance. Although Dreamhost has some nightmarish customer complaints it seems to be nothing compared to the problems people report that they have with 1&1. I guess you really do get what you pay for in this case.

1&1 vs Arvixe

Arvixe has really dropped the ball on this one because they would have been several ranks higher if they simply managed to keep their clients website online.. you know, what they are paid to do. A 92.37% uptime is beyond unacceptable and inexcusable.

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Hostwinds

Do you have an opinion on any of these hosts?

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Now stop reading this stuff, pick a host and build your site!