Best Web Hosting Companies: 2016

Here’s our rankings for the the best web hosting companies of 2016! This has definitely been a year of change for hosting companies, with several new companies making it into our top ten.

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Who’s our #1 Pick this year?


What has provoked these drastic changes? Well, there are two reasons:

  1. Improvements in Cloud Hosting – Cloud hosting was all the rage a couple years ago, but it was also expensive and unreliable. Thankfully the price and reliability have improved to a point where most hosting companies offer at least some kind of cloud-hybrid hosting plan.
  2. VPS Improvements – This is not unrelated to the improved popularity of cloud hosting. VPS hosting (or ‘virtual private server’) has grown from a cheap imitation of dedicated hosting to a flexible, reliable hosting solution that bridges the gap between small traffic personal blogs and gigantic company websites.
#:Name:Customer Rating:Uptime:Ease:
1. A Small Orange5.0/5.05.0/5.04.9/4.9
2.Godaddy4.75/5.05.0/5.05.0/5.0
3.Hostmetro4.9/5.04.9/5.04.9/5.0
4.DigitalOcean5.0/5.04.75/5.04.8/.5.0
5.Dreamhost4.8/5.04.8/5.04.9/5.0
6.Bluehost4.75/5.04.9/5.04.8/5.0
7.Fatcow4.7/5.04.75/5.04.95/5.0
8.Hostgator4.65/5.04.75/5.04.75/5.0
9.1and14.5/5.04.8/5.04.5/5.0

Surprises from our Rankings:

While ‘A Small Orange’ topping our rankings isn’t that surprising (it frequently tops lists ranking hosting companies), the second place finish of Godaddy is very surprising. The polarizing company has a lot of detractors. However in the past couple of years Godaddy has attempted to reinvent its public image. Gone are the risque ‘banned’ superbowl commercials and instead Godaddy is focusing on the small business owner. Reliability and ease of use are the new Godaddy goals.

What’s interesting is that our up-time monitoring tools found Godaddy to be the most reliable web host of them all. While our sample size of a few websites is too small to be a truly scientific measurement, it does indicate that Godaddy has vastly improved their hosting services. That, and you can they also have plenty of discounts and sales to make it more affordable (Click here to make sure you get a valid coupon code).

Here’s a sweet rundown of A Small Orange’s Hosting Services:

Frontpage Hosting Guide

When Your Company Wants To Use Outdated Software

Frontpage officially stopped being supported by Microsoft in 2007, but you wouldn’t know it by looking at today’s corporate culture. There are tens of thousands of small businesses that still use Microsoft Frontpage for their web development/design needs.

Even though it’s archaic, there’s likely nothing you can do about it. Your company uses Frontpage, and the employees are only trained on using it. So what can you do?

The demand for Frontpage is large enough that several hosts still carry extensions on their servers to help you support Frontpage. These extensions are server side, and they are absolutely required for Frontpage to work at all.

The Following Companies Still Actively Carry Extensions:

The list is dwindling by the year, but you can still find quite a few web hosting companies willing to support Microsoft Frontpage. The small business market is a large and profitable sector of the market for hosting companies, so we imagine that they will continue offering services until it’s no longer profitable.

Even then, we’re sure someone out there will start their own hosting company and add Frontpage extension support, just so that they can get those customers that refuse to move onto newer services.

These companies, for sure, do not support Frontpage anymore:

  • Inmotion
  • Bluehost
  • Hostnine
  • Mediatemple
  • Arvixe
  • Namecheap

Hostgator

Hostgator was founded way, way back in 2002. Since then, Hostgator has grown to host over 9 million domains. The company started out offering personal and business web hosting packages. But in the past few years they have rapidly expanded to offer Reseller hosting, VPS, and Dedicaed hosting packages.

Hostgator is known for offering great customer support (both on the phone and online), excellent uptime scores and all for a reasonable price. The standard hosting price is $5.95/month, but Hostgator frequently offers flash sales where you can get hosting for 70% off or more (typically President’s Day, July 4th and Black Friday are the big ‘flash sales’).

As of 2008, Hostgator was one of the top 25 fastest growing companies in America.

Features:

  • Unlimited Disk Space (actually unlimited, unlike some other hosting companies like Godaddy)
  • Unlimited Bandwidth (again, it’s actually unlimited)
  • 45 day money back guarantee
  • Free Website Builder
  • 99.9% uptime guarantee
  • Thousands of free website templates
  • What They Don’t:
    Unfortunately they don’t offer SSL Certificates with their basic hosting plans (only the VPS plans). While GoDaddy doesn’t offer them either, you can use a SSL coupon code and it becomes dirt cheap.

    The Types of Customer Support They Offer:

    Live Chat (quickest), phone support, video tutorials, forums and support tickets
    You can always email support at ‘support@hostgator.com’ if your website has been down for more than an hour (they actually say that on their website).