My web hosting reviews explained. Here’s how I find, evaluate and review web hosts for my visitors to help you find a reputable host
When it comes to web hosting there are truly a ton of different options, depending on the price, type and location you are looking for – there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.
Below you’ll find all the different hosting toplists I’ve made broken down by niche. It’s my hope that structuring it this way will help you quickly and easily identify a host that works for you based on whichever criteria you find most important.
Under these listings, you’ll also find my detailed overview of how I go about rating and reviewing different web hosting companies to give my reader’s honest reviews with the best prices.
Web Hosting Company Reviews
- SiteGround Reviews
- Dreamhost Reviews
- Bluehost Reviews
- Host Gator Reviews
- GoDaddy Reviews
- Hostinger Reviews
- iPage Reviews
- A2 Hosting Reviews
- Host Papa Reviews
- Green Geeks Reviews
Hosting Package Reviews
- Shared web hosting
- VPS Hosting
- Dedicated Hosting
- Cloud Hosting
- Reseller Hosting
- eCommerce Hosting
CMS Hosting Reviews:
- WordPress Hosting
- Joomla Hosting
- Drupal Hosting
- Magneto Hosting
- Shopify Hosting
- WooCommerce Hosting
Location-Based Hosting Reviews:
- US Web Hosting
- Canada Web Hosting
- Australia Web Hosting
- UK Web Hosting
- Brazil Web Hosting
- Mexico Web Hosting
- Hong Kong Web Hosting
- Germany Web Hosting
Plugins & Marketing Tool Reviews
- Optin Monster Reviews
- Schema Pro Reviews
- aWeber Reviews
- Updraft Plus Reviews
Why unbiased and honest web host reviews are rare these days
The reality is there are lots of web hosting review websites out there that tell users where to sign up purely based on commissions (I make commission to as I talk about in my disclaimer).
I have nothing against people making money for the work they put into a building a website (it’s how I provide for my family) – but unfortunately I’ve seen time and time again crappy web hosts being recommended to users simply based on them paying a higher commission than others.
Because of that, it probably won’t surprise you that honesty is one of the most important principles that I’ve built BetterHost.com around – ensuring that I trial each company that I recommend, and share feedback (both good and bad) with all visitors to the website.
I’ve been using web hosting since I started working online in 2006, and for more than a decade I’ve tried out tons of different options – some great, some absolutely horrible. Because of this, I have a unique perspective when it comes to evaluating hosts and providing honest feedback to ensure that you end up dealing with a reputable company that puts their customers first.
Below are the main things I look at when rating and reviewing
- Easy to understand pricing (ideally shown both monthly & with annual savings)
- Awesome user backend (you shouldn’t need an IT degree to use the basic tools)
- Free domain name (with the cost of hosting, registering a domain should be included)
- Live chat support (does anyone really enjoy calling in for support anymore?)
- One-click tools (I want to be be able to setup a CMS, email, SSL, etc super easy)
- Unlimited Domains (if I need to buy another package for another site, no thanks!)
- Unlimited Traffic (if my site is successful, I don’t want to have to pay more later)
- Reliable uptime (who wants to use a host where their site is down all the time?)
- Fast as lightning (so important these days, a host should offer speed as a priority)
- Data center location (it’s great when a host lets you choose where your site is based)
And here’s how my reviews are structured to help you choose
For the toplists (package types, software, countries) I present a toplist of between 3 and 10 of what I think represent the best hosts for that category, followed by information on the specific category being discussed on that page. These pages are meant to quickly and efficiently help visitors find a host without having to read a ton of in-depth research contained in the reviews.
The second type of reviews I’ve written on this site are of the actual hosts themselves. These are much more detailed and provide all of the pertinent details I think are important to know before you considered signing up with them and spending your hard-earned money on hosting.
For these pages, I’ve tried to keep a consistent format across the site to help ensure consistency for my readers, and also so you can do an apples-to-apples comparison. Below is a layout of the structure of these reviews to give you some insight into what to expect on those pages:
- Introduction: Pretty self-explanatory, in this section I discuss a bit about the hosting company and maybe highlight any major positives or negatives you should know.
- History: In the next section, I’ll talk about the history of the company included how long they’ve been around, their founders and any specific facts relating to the company that could be interesting for you to know (for example, some hosts are totally eco-friendly).
- Pros & Cons: Here I discuss some of the major pros and cons of a particular host. I do my best to ensure I always include at least one con (cause nothing is perfect), but some of them may seem a little corny on the better hosts since they are truly the best option.
- Package Pricing: For each host, I’ve built handy comparison tables to quickly show you what their different pricing and packages are and what they include. The sections of these tables are standardized across each review to help you compare easily. I look at many of the things explained in the list of 10 items above on what I evaluate.
- Up-time: A really crucial metric for websites, here I talk about the uptime performance of a given host using multiple data points to give you an accurate picture of what to expect.
- Speed: In this section, I discuss the speed on the different hosting plans offered and give you examples of site load times so you can judge whether the host is fast enough or not.
- Support: For each review, I test out the customer support via whatever method they offer (email, chat, phone) and provide honest feedback on how the interaction went.
Rating & Recommendation: To recap my overall review, I provide a rating out of 5 for the web hosting company and let you know what I recommend them for (if anything).