Selecting a web hosting company is an important decision when your website is your business. Some web hosting providers offer excellent service that goes above and beyond all expectations. Other web hosting companies may leave much to be desired. After a considerable amount of research, we have compiled a list of the Top 5 web hosting companies for 2012.
HostGator has the best plans, the most amazing technical support and customer service, as well as cost-effective plans for individuals and businesses. HostGator is consistently in the top three of every “Top Web Hosts” list on the Web. Web hosting plans start at $3.95 per month and the company will transfer your existing website for free. In addition, you may be able to find coupon codes throughout the Web for additional savings when signing up with HostGator for a web hosting plan. HostGator offers a wide variety of free web applications, including free shopping carts and unlimited databases. HostGator also offers an unlimited number of email accounts, disk space and bandwidth. HostGator offers customers a 45 day money-back guarantee along with free marketing tools.
2.) InMotion Hosting
InMotion provides a free domain name with each hosting plan. Hosting plans start at $5.95 per month. Customers report that InMotion has good technical support and the company boasts of a 99.9 percent uptime. InMotion hosting offers free shopping cart applications and two databases. The company offers a 90 day money-back guarantee if not completely satisfied with their hosting services. Unlike HostGator, InMotion Hosting does not provide free domain names or free website transfers.
3.) IX Web Hosting
IX Web Hosting offers plans from $3.95 per month. This company does have an upper limit on email accounts and databases, but the limit is high – 2500 email accounts and 50,000 databases. The Plesk control panel is available for managing web sites and content. IX Hosting offers a free domain name with the purchase of a plan, as well as free website marketing tools. As with HostGator and InMotion, IX Web Hosting offers a variety of free web applications and shopping carts. Customers may utilize a 30 day money-back guarantee if not completely satisfied with the company’s service.
4.) Blue Host
Blue Host offers a drag and drop site building tool and an unlimited number of domains. Disk space and bandwidth are also unlimited and plans start at $6.95 per month. Customers report less than satisfactory technical support with long wait times for response. Email accounts are capped at 2500 and databases are capped at 100. Blue Host offers free web applications and shopping carts, and the hosting company does provide a free domain name with the purchase of a web hosting plan.
GoDaddy is one of the largest and most well-known web hosting companies in the US. The company is know because of its creative and controversial advertising campaigns, as well as the high profile reputation of the company’s founder, Bob Parsons. GoDaddy tends to charge for features that other web hosting companies provide for free. For example, email hosting is limited to five email accounts per domain. The customer may purchase premium email accounts starting at $19.95 per year. GoDaddy offers a drag and drop site building application free with the purchase of a domain name. However, hosting plans are more expensive than other hosting companies and you will find that the company charges extra for features such as domain privacy, a feature that is normally provided free of charge by other web hosting providers. One great feature of GoDaddy is the company’s responsive, 24/7 technical support.
Author Bio:- Peter Wellingsworth understands the importance of a good web hosting provider whether it be for a blog or a social networking site where you can chat.