This left us with just over 200 well-regarded hosting companies. Picking a web host is a lot like buying shoes for a child — you’re looking for something that fits, but still has room to grow.If you’re a small business setting up a website for the first time, that means starting out with a Shared hosting plan, but being ready to upgrade to a Virtual Private Server or Dedicated hosting if necessary.Can you contact your web host 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year?If not, maybe it’s not the best company to rely on when your site crashes at 4 am on Labor Day.They aren’t — some companies specialize in only one type of hosting; some have poor customer service, are unreliable, or run on outdated technology.We separated the wheat from the chaff by merging the top-ranked, US-based hosting companies from sites like Who Is Hosting This, Host Monk, Web Hosting Stuff and CNET, among others — outfits that ranked sites based on server uptime, verified user reviews and technical support.
Every single one of the 15,000 hosting companies we came across (really!
Candidates that couldn’t meet the needs of an expanding business were cut.
101sitehosting.com, 24Shells, Aabaco Small Business, Acenet, Alnitech, Amazon AWS, Amhosting.com, AN Hosting, Aplus, Aspiration Hosting, Banana Hosting, Blix Host, Bluefish Web Hosting, Bounceweb, Boundgrid, Brain Host, Brinkster, Byet Internet Services, CCNetservices, Certified Hosting Solutions, Codero, Color Host, Core Commerce, Cut All The Shit, Dedicated Now, Digital Ocean, DL Host, dot5Hosting, Doteasy, Dotster, e Bound Host, e Host, e Host.net, Evolve Web Hosting, Fast Domain Hosting, Faze Wire, Frozen Webhost, Gate.com, Gazelle Host, Gazzin Networks, Gigenet, Globat Hosting, Gogax, Hivelocity, Host 99 Web Hosting, Host Department, Host4ASP.
2GB Hosting, A2 Hosting, Accu Web Hosting, Adroit SSD, Bitronic Technologies, Bizz Host.com, Blurstorm, Clam Host, Cool Handle, Crucial Web Hosting, DTS-NET, Host4Geeks, Host Armor, Host Armor, Hosting Space, Hosting Source, Host Rocket, Hostwinds, i Click And Host, Inter Server, i Page, i WFHosting, Liquid Web, Lunarpages, Might Web, MSWeb Network, MXHub, Namecheap, Rapid VPS, RDO Servers, Semo Web Hosting, Site5.com, The Prime Host, Umbra Hosting, Viord, W3Space, Web Air, Web Host Face, Web Resellers, Will Hosting Hosts that buried package details by giving them ambiguous, yet marketable nicknames like Blast, Flash, Sonic, Expert, and Ultimate Business didn’t make the cut.
Neither did services that hid more advanced hosting options behind unintuitive menus or that obscured pricing with complicated, unexplained discounts.