I’m going to start off by saying that a discussion of web hosts can be almost as contentious as a discussion of politics. You will never get complete agreement and the web hosting company that’s best for you very much depends on the type of site you have, what services you need them to provide, and your skill level and experience in operating a website.
Along with links to their websites, I’ve also linked to their social media pages. I wouldn’t rule out a company just because it isn’t very active in social media, but I might give extra consideration to one when I can see that they take the extra step to be helpful to their customers.
I’ve also included information about where the servers are physically located. You may like doing business as close to home as possible. Or, you may have a preference of location due to that country’s laws – either something to avoid or something that attracts you to there. I don’t see the legal aspect as a huge consideration right now, but I can see the possibility of it becoming more important in the future.
When you begin your research to decide what kind of web hosting you need, you first need to decide if you want shared, a Virtual Private Server (VPS) or a dedicated server. Read this for a good summary of the differences.
10. Web Faction – Hosting for developers.
They have a turtle on the index page of their website! That’s not the only reason I picked them, but I do like turtles. (Who doesn’t?)
They have data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.
9. Vidahost - UK web hosting and domain registration.
8. Digital Ocean – American VPS based in New York City.
Leases data centers in the US, Europe, and Asia.
7. Stablehost – Shared and VPS hosting based in Arizona.
Data centers in the US and Europe.
6. Nixihost – Shared and dedicated hosting. Caters to individuals and small to medium-sized businesses.
Headquartered in Houston, TX. The dedicated servers are in Orlando, Florida.
5. Namecheap – Popular domain registrar that also provides shared web hosting, VPS, and dedicated hosting.
Data centers in the US and UK.
4. Amazon Web Services – You already know Amazon as an online store and provider of streaming video and music. Guess what? They also provide web hosting with the same great attitude towards customer service.
Global data centers.
2. Codero – Years of experience and a reputation for reliable up time.
Data centers in the US.
1. InMotion Hosting – Offers a variety of plans from basic to dedicated hosting. 24/7 live support.
Data centers in the US. (Washington DC and Los Angeles, CA)