When you start out with your first web host provider, it is likely that you were not quite sure what features you were looking for. For instance, a small, start-up business might only care about the price, which is completely normal. However, as the business grows, it is natural to want to seek out a new web hosting provider who can provide more room for opportunity. We will be examining some of the fastest web hosting companies for you to take a look at.
GreenGeeks is a well-known web host provider that is also very environmentally friendly. They maintain this status by purchasing wind credits, over three times the amount of power that they actually use. GreenGeeks currently hosts over 300,000 websites and offers its clients a wide variety of plan options. In regard to speed, GreenGeeks’ average time per page is 445ms. The uptime claimed on their website is 99.90%, but many users have tested a higher number, an average of 99.98%.
GreenGeeks offers a shared plan that costs $9.95 if you choose to pay monthly. Otherwise, you could sign up for a 3-year plan and pay $2.95 per month.
HostGator is used by both large and small online businesses. HostGator has a very fast uptime of 99.98% and offers unlimited storage, 1-year free domain, and a free SSL certificate. On average, the load time speed for HostGator is a little more than one second, at 1191ms.
HostGator has quick and friendly customer service. They will help you move your website over when you initially sign up with them at no additional cost. HostGator also offers various guarantees to customers as incentives. For instance, if their uptime drops below 99.90%, you will receive a free month credit.
The cheapest shared plan will cost $10.95 per month, or 2.75 per month if you sign up 3 years in advance. When it comes time to renew, the costs may also increase significantly.
DreamHost, founded almost 25 years ago, currently hosts over 1.5 million sites worldwide. It has an uptime of 99.94%, and load speed of 648ms. The company offers a 97-day money-back guarantee if the client is not completely satisfied.
The shared plans start at $2.59 if you sign up for a 3-year minimum. If you pay for 1-year at a time, it will cost $3.95 per month, and paying monthly will cost $4.95 per month. However, there will not be an increase in fees when it comes time to renew.
SiteGround is a reliable alternative for a web hosting provider. SiteGround has a very high uptime of 99.99% and a speed of 673ms. In regard to customer support, SiteGround has knowledgeable agents who are available 24/7 over the phone or through live chat. There is also a search feature on the website to look for popular questions and answers.
The cheapest shared web hosting plan costs $6.99 per month, which you can lock in for three years. When it comes time to renew, the cost will increase to $14.99 per month. Their two other shared plans will increase to $24.99 and $39.99, respectively.
Founded in 2001, A2 is the final provider that we will be looking at. The company has an uptime of 99.93% and very fast speeds. A2 Hosting offers some of the fastest loading speeds of all providers, at an average of 317ms, for their shared hosting service.
The company also has a good customer support team in place, with agents available over the phone, live chat, and ticket-submission inquiries. The live chat isn’t the quickest option, as it can take a few minutes for an agent to become available. However, once they become available, they tend to answer questions very quickly.
In the end, we determined that GreenGeeks Hosting was the winner based on the options presented above. Some of the providers were environmentally friendly, but GreenGeeks was the most so, with 300% renewable energy. As well, even though A2 Hosting had a quicker speed, GreenGeeks had a more consistent service. This is proven by the tested uptime of 99.98% and the rapid response of customer service agents. In addition to all of this, GreenGeeks has a wide variety of plan options that start at a budget-friendly price. You are able to lock in the low price for three years, which will save you money as opposed to paying for the service on a monthly basis.