Web Hosting Reviews & Comparison 2018

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Tired of the same old web hosting problems? Your site is down, your customers are complaining and you cannot access your own website. This happens every day with people like you. The problem is bad web hosting choices.

Over the years we have written many web hosting reviews and we have created this page to send you in the right direction.

GreenGeeks – Fast & Green Web Host

 

GreenGeeks is an excellent green web host. While regular prices start at $9.95, you can occasionally grab a great deal (right now $2.95 holiday promo). They offer a 30-day money back guarantee (minus setup and domain fees).

Read our GreenGeeks Review
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A2Hosting – The Fastest Host & Our First Choice

 

A2Hosting is our choice of host and their servers power hostingmanual.net. They are blazing fast and based on our long relationship with them, they are also reliable. You have to pay a little more for all this though.

Read our A2 Hosting Review
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Bluehost – Solid Hosting Service With Many Tiers

 
Bluehost Review

Setting up and managing a website with Bluehost is a breeze. The enhanced cPanel makes it dead simple to complete any task. With many tiers of hosting, they can support even the most demanding websites.

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Inmotion Hosting – Real Premium Business Hosting

 
Inmotion Hosting

If you are ready to pay up for premium business hosting, Inmotion should be on your list. Secure, fast servers and awesome support make the perfect match for real serious businesses.

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Siteground – Host Many Sites on One Account

 
Siteground

Siteground is not the cheapest host you can find, but it’s one of the best value for money in the industry. It’s built on cPanel, one of the earliest adapters of free SSL certificates, and can handle a lot of traffic and websites.

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I have created this comparison table to help you quickly see the main features of the hosting companies I have dealt with in my online career. To keep this table concise, some information (like uptime and features in detail) are left out. Check out the detailed reviews before you sign up to any of these hosts.

 

These reviews are based only on the shared hosting plans. We don’t take into account all the VPS, Dedicated and Cloud plans since they are generally more expensive (and less interesting to a general audience) and would make comparison between companies impossible.

 
 

HostingManual.net is online for over a decade. During that time a lot has changed in the hosting world, and we have learned a lot. But a couple of things stayed the same.

Some hosting companies are better than the others.

We have a service for a limited number of businesses where we manage everything related to operating a website. Thanks to that service we have access and an excellent overview of most of the mainstream hosting companies.

That’s how we started to write hosting reviews.

Our small team has built its portfolio of websites over the years, so that adds to the pool of hosting companies we have first-hand experience with.

The Problem with Hosting Reviews (and All Reviews)

If you check a review for any hosting company, you will see ratings all over the place. That’s because people with a negative experience are ten times more likely to write a review than people who are satisfied with what they have bought.

That’s surprising! Think of it for a moment. For every negative review, there are ten positive ones – not written.

Our hosting reports depict years of experience with each hosting company. Yours may be different for a couple of reasons:

  • You got your account on a different server than we have.
  • You are running different scripts than we do. We usually go with WordPress.
  • You may lack experience. For example, adding specific third-party WordPress plugins may overload the server you are on. You can end up with your hosting account limited and with a bad taste in your mouth.

Your experience may be different than mine, but here are the best hosting companies:

Web Hosting Comparison

WEB HOSTS REVIEW SUMMARY UNLIMITED DISK SPACE, BANDWIDTH, DATABASES, DOMAINS, & SUBDOMAINS REGULAR PRICE DISCOUNTED PRICE MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
GreenGeeks Excellent green web host. Yes $9.95/mo $3.95 30 Days
For Hosting minus setup fees, domain registration or transfer fees
A2Hosting We host Hostingmanual.net on A2hosting. That says a lot. Yes $7.99/mo $3.92/mo Any Time for Hosting
Bluehost The go-to cPanel web hosting service. Can be scaled. Yes $7.99/mo $3.95/mo 30 Days / Prorated after 30 days
Full for Hosting (minus domain fees, addons)
eHost Excellent host on a budget. They are equipped with everything your website might ever need. Yes $5.5/mo $2.75/mo (50% off) 45 days
Only for hosting
FatCow A green web host with lots of bonuses. Yes 98/yr 49/yr 30 days
Only for Hosting
Only if paid by credit card
$15 deducted for free domain
Hostgator Very popular web host with a solid service. Yes $6.95/mo $5.95
$3.95 HM special
45 Days
Only for Hosting (excluding dedicated)
HostPapa Universal web host. Contrary to some review sites, they are quite good. Yes $5.99/mo $3.95/mo 30 Days
Only for web hosting
Inmotion Hosting The ultimate small business web host for mission critical projects. Yes $6.99/mo $2.95/mo 90 days
Only for hosting
iPage Long time favorite with unbeatable pricing. Yes $11.95/mo $1.99/mo 30 days
Only for Hosting
$15 deducted for free domain
Siteground The new gold standard of hosting, but pricey. Yes $9.95/mo $3.95/mo 30 days
Only for shared hosting
TMD Hosting A web host with the fastest support we have ever seen. Yes $5.85/mo $2.85/mo 60 Days
Only for hosting
WebHostingHub Good speeds and pricing make Hub a solid choice. Yes $8.99/mo $3.99/mo 90 days
Only for hosting

This table is for informational purposes only. Service terms may change and you should always check it on the web hosts’ website.

 

Inmotion puts limitations in place for SQL and the number of domains on one account. That means a less crowded server and better performance. If you have only one website in mind, you should go with Inmotion. If you need more, you can choose bigger plans too.

For Hosting Manual readers there is a 50% discount on all plans. It might be available for a limited time, so act fast!

How Do I Know?

My website has been online for more than ten years. It continues to be a reliable source for people looking for information on web hosting. I have not been writing web hosting reviews during those years, but recently I have changed my mind.

I am managing a lot of small business websites as a webmaster. Different companies host them, so I have the chance to see which works and which doesn’t.

Review Sites

Since there are billions of websites online, it is evident that people who are thinking about putting a website of their own on the internet are interested in finding the best host for their enterprise. So, review sites are more and more commonly available online. Among those are unfortunately a considerable number of sites that are only after the affiliate commissions.

On Hosting Manual I am trying to give people a chance to see which hosting company they may tie their fortunes up with in my opinion. I am making a buck here and there by placing a couple of affiliate links on the website. That said, my recommendations are based solely on my personal experiences with the web hosts.

You do not have to click on any of my affiliate links. It’s all fine. But just to tease you a bit, you should know that many companies run limited time offers exclusive to visitors coming through affiliate links.

How Reliable Are They?

The question that comes up is this: how reliable are my ratings? Are they impartial and honest? Are they slanted in favor of the companies in question? In other words, am I trying to promote or sell the services of a given hosting company?

I know what you are after when you seek to find a hosting company: it’s accurate information. But it’s a fact that all bloggers who evaluate web hosting companies are bound to be subjective up to a point. I can tell you bluntly that I like these companies and I am making an honest recommendation for you.

Why Don’t I Write Negative Stuff?

I am a very upbeat person in general. I don’t like negativity, and I won’t put negative opinions on this website. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t seen a lot of poor service from various web hosts. On the contrary, I saw a lot! You won’t find those web hosts here.

As you read through some of my posts, you can also check the websites of the various hosting companies. Look at their different offerings, their price ranges, etc., before making up your mind to go with one rather than the other.

There is no point in playing pig in a poke and just signing up for any web hosting company regardless of their reputation. The good ones are bound to have a good reputation, and you should be looking for signing up with one of those.

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