Saturday 20th October 2018

Hosting reviews

We believe hosting services should be transparent. That's why we maintain hosting accounts with 18 of the world's biggest web hosts and subject them to performance testing.

Compare hosts

We compare 18 web hosts against 56 metrics, including monthly and annual pricing and bandwidth, CPU, read/write, storage and database restrictions.

Compare hosts

We compare 18 web hosts against 56 metrics, including monthly and annual pricing and bandwidth, CPU, read/write, storage and database restrictions.

Siteground

78%

Avg. uptime

99.99%

Avg. response time

1625ms

Annual price

$47.40

Annual renewal price

$143.40

Summary

Very good uptime; excellent features and customer service; poor response time and no free domain or website migrations.

GreenGeeks

75%

Avg. uptime

99.93%

Avg. response time

684ms

Annual price

$71.40

Annual renewal price

$119.40

Summary

Excellent features and good customer service but uptime is variable and renewal prices are excessive.

Bluehost

73%

Avg. uptime

99.99%

Avg. response time

494ms

Annual price

$71.40

Annual renewal price

$95.88

Summary

Excellent uptime and response time but it's poor on customer service and lacks some important features.

HostGator

73%

Avg. uptime

99.96%

Avg. response time

461ms

Annual price

$95.40

Annual renewal price

$131.40

Summary

Typically very good uptime and excellent response time but customer service is poor and admin panel is dated.

Compare features

Annual price

Compare all 18 hosts by what it costs if you pay 12 months in advance.

Host Annual price
SiteGround $47.40
Bluehost $59.40
Hostinger $39.00

Free domain?

Compare all 18 hosts by whether they offer a free domain with new hosting subscriptions.

Host Free domain?
FatCow Yes
A2 Hosting No
HostGator Yes

Offers HTTP/2?

HTTP/2 was the first update to the HTTP protocol in 20 years. See which hosts support it.

Host Supports HTTP/2?
Just Host No
GoDaddy No
SiteGround Yes

Entry processes

Learn more about, and compare 18 hosts by, limitations placed on entry processes.

Host Entry processes
InMotion 20
GreenGeeks 100
Namecheap 20

Namecheap

72%

Avg. uptime

99.94%

Avg. response time

1416ms

Annual price

$24.88

Annual renewal price

$24.88

Summary

Good uptime, features and value for money but no free domain and response time is average to poor;

GoDaddy

72%

Avg. uptime

99.99%

Avg. response time

588ms

Annual price

$59.88

Annual renewal price

$95.88

Summary

Excellent uptime and response time but offers poor customer service and lacks essential features.

1&1

69%

Avg. uptime

99.97%

Avg. response time

992ms

Annual price

$11.88

Annual renewal price

$95.88

Summary

Solid uptime but limited customer service, excessive legalese and overbearing restrictions.

Dreamhost

69%

Avg. uptime

99.85%

Avg. response time

1120ms

Annual price

$47.40

Annual renewal price

$47.40

Summary

Great money back guarantee, good price and solid uptime but server restrictions are opaque.

A2 Hosting

69%

Avg. uptime

99.84%

Avg. response time

920ms

Annual price

$52.86

Annual renewal price

$107.88

Summary

Great money back guarantee and good features however downtime and server resource restrictions are concerns.

FatCow

68%

Avg. uptime

100%

Avg. response time

1673ms

Annual price

$49

Annual renewal price

$179.40

Summary

Excellent uptime and mixed bag of features but exorbitant renewal prices and very poor response time.

Hostinger

68%

Avg. uptime

99.94%

Avg. response time

496ms

Annual price

$39.00

Annual renewal price

$39.00

Summary

Variable but often good uptime; very good response time; excellent value but lacking core features.

iPage

65%

Avg. uptime

99.97%

Avg. response time

2209ms

Annual price

$35.88

Annual renewal price

$119.88

Summary

Uptime is good and introductory prices are cheap but response time is poor and it's lacking core features.

InMotion Hosting

63%

Avg. uptime

99.70%

Avg. response time

1369ms

Annual price

$83.88

Annual renewal price

$107.88

Summary

Variable and typically average uptime; they place relatively strict control on server resources but they offer SSD drives and free SSL.

Heart Internet

63%

Avg. uptime

99.93%

Avg. response time

1010ms

Annual price

£94.99

Annual renewal price

NS

Summary

Nothing spectacular, nothing truly terrible. They're expensive relative to other web hosts.

Just Host

62%

Avg. uptime

99.92%

Avg. response time

786ms

Annual price

$65.40

Annual renewal price

$131.88

Summary

Uptime is good but slightly variable and they provide a free backup and restore service; no uptime guarantee and poor customer service.

Host Papa

58%

Avg. uptime

99.51%

Avg. response time

1581ms

Annual price

$71.40

Annual renewal price

$95.88

Summary

Uptime is variable, their admin panel is weird and their restrictions are poorer than many; they offer a free domain and website migrations.

Fasthosts

53%

Avg. uptime

98.45%

Avg. response time

2065ms

Annual price

N/A

Annual renewal price

N/A

Summary

Very poor uptime and response time, avg. customer service and no uptime guarantee.