Best Web Hosting 2020

An overview of the best web hosts in 2020 (Compared)

last updated

May 28, 2020

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Laura Hemmington

Good web hosting can be hard to come by – great web hosting is even more of a challenge. To make your search easier, here’s my guide to the 10 best web hosts in 2020.

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I’ve spent over 10 years researching and reviewing web hosting providers. I believe in offering people honest and unbiased reviews to help them on their journey to finding the best web host. Unfortunately, there are lots of websites around the world that don’t offer a genuine account of what it’s like to host a website with a particular provider, that’s why I started reviewing web hosts myself.

I’ve signed up for 50+ web hosts, monitored my website’s speed and performance, spoken to their customer service representatives, and compared them to write up this web hosting comparison. 

1. SiteGround

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

SiteGround Pros:

SiteGround Cons:

Overview

SiteGround is hands down my all-time favourite web host. Why? Because they are awesome! Let’s put it this way – when you’re searching for the best web hosting, what criteria are you looking for? Excellent reliability, stable and speedy servers, high performance, and affordable pricing – SiteGround ticks all of those boxes.

On top of that, their customer support is some of the best I’ve experienced, with helpful agents able to answer technical queries in no time. They’ve spent a lot of time developing in-house technologies like SuperCacher and SG SiteScanner to further improve your website’s performance and security. That shows to me that they care about their customers and the service they provide. SiteGround wins the top spot for the best web hosting in 2020.

SiteGround Pros:

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2. BlueHost

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

BlueHost Pros:

BlueHost Cons:

Overview

My experience with BlueHost has always been solid. They offer reliable web hosting, as recommended by WordPress. I honestly can’t think of a better web host to provide such a great service for WordPress websites. Their uptime and speed results are always consistent, offering a stable service to millions of customers worldwide.

Although BlueHost are a cheap web host, their features and resources don’t reflect this. BlueHost customers will be able to enjoy plenty of freebies, including an SSL certificate and marketing credits to boost your website’s traffic and advertising efforts. If you do find yourself having any issues, BlueHost’s customer support is fantastic, and this notion is supported by their customers all around the globe.

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3. InMotion

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

InMotion Pros:

InMotion Cons:

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Overview

InMotion Hosting is well-known for its excellent features and support system. They also pack a powerful punch with their server speeds and performance, offering high-quality shared hosting, WordPress hosting, and VPS hosting. InMotion’s features are pretty impressive, offering them third place in my comparison of the best web hosts.

If you’re looking for cheap web hosting, you may want to seek out a different web host. InMotion Hosting does offer a lot, but it comes at a price. None of their shared hosting plans is below $5, however, you will get a free SSL certificate, unlimited storage and bandwidth, and unlimited emails. In my opinion, they are great value for money but require more of an upfront investment.

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4. HostGator

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

HostGator Pros:

HostGator Cons:

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Overview

HostGator are one of EIG’s top web hosts, offering cheap web hosting to the masses. You can snap up a shared hosting plan from just $2.75 per month which will give you a free SSL certificate, reliable servers, and a free domain name. HostGator provide beginners with everything they need to get started, whilst offering scalable hosting solutions for experienced users.

If you’re searching for reliable web hosting, HostGator can supply you with that. In my uptime tests, I received a whopping 100% uptime from them over 30 days. However, server response times weren’t as great. Needless to say, their service is incredibly good and they offer generous features to start your website with.

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5. A2 Hosting

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

A2 Hosting Pros:

A2 Hosting Cons:

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Overview

A2 Hosting is a popular choice if customer service is your main priority. Their customer support team is equipped to handle advanced technical queries and help beginners who find themselves a little overwhelmed. A2 Hosting’s pricing is very reasonable, at just $2.99 per month. If you think A2 Hosting is the right web host for you, you can migrate your existing website over to them free of charge, and they’ll do all the hard work for you.

A2 Hosting’s shared plans are very generous in terms of features; their StartUp plan offers unlimited databases, a massive 100GB storage, multiple server locations, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. If that wasn’t enough, you can cancel your A2 Hosting shared hosting at any time and receive a pro-rata refund for the time you’ve hosted your website with them.

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6. Hostinger

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

Hostinger Pros:

Hostinger Cons:

Overview

Hostinger is the cheapest web host I’ve come across – they offer shared hosting from just $0.99 per month, which is almost as good as saying they provide free hosting. Hostinger does power one of the top free hosting sites, 000WebHost, which I’ve reviewed too. Some believe you can’t get something for free (or almost free), but Hostinger happily proves us wrong.

Their cheap web hosting comes with enough features to get you started, as well as a 99.9% guarantee. However, their uptime isn’t as stable or as good as other web hosts I’ve reviewed. At times, my website has been down for more than 30 minutes at a time, which isn’t good for SEO either. I’d recommend Hostinger for beginners or to host a personal website or blog (as opposed to an online store).

Hostinger Pros:

Hostinger Cons:

7. DreamHost

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

DreamHost Pros:

DreamHost Cons:

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Overview

DreamHost is one of the few web hosts that offer a 100% uptime guarantee. That shows me that they are a reliable web host who is confident in their ability to provide an excellent service. As well as offering shared hosting, DreamHost offers managed WordPress hosting servers and VPS servers designed to offer a VIP experience. They are one of the few web hosts recommended by WordPress.

Whilst DreamHost’s uptime is great, their server response times can be a little lacklustre. I’d suggest if you’re looking for WordPress hosting to skirt past their shared hosting plans and sign up to DreamPress, which is their managed WordPress hosting package. Naturally, this is a little more expensive (okay, quite a bit more expensive), but it’s worth the extra $13 in my opinion.

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DreamHost Cons:

8. iPage

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

iPage Pros:

iPage Cons:

Overview

iPage has just one shared hosting plan, making the choice of which plan to choose from a whole lot easier! This is an ideal solution for beginners or for people who know exactly what they want from their web hosting provider. iPage’s plan is just $1.99 per month, offering a free SSL certificate, free domain, unlimited storage, and scalable bandwidth.

If you’re seeking a host that provides an uptime guarantee, you’re not going to find it with iPage. However, in my experience they have always been very reliable; in my tests, I’ve enjoyed 100% uptime on my websites, and fast server response times. My main gripe with iPage is that their renewal prices are incredibly steep, and will cost you over triple the price of your first term. Needless to say, they are a great short-term option.

iPage Pros:

iPage Cons:

9. GoDaddy

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

GoDaddy Pros:

GoDaddy Cons:

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Overview

GoDaddy has been in the hosting market for a long time, though they are better known for their affordable domain names. Their web hosting isn’t the cheapest by far, but it’s reasonable enough to set up a small website or online store. For $5.49 per month, you’ll get 100GB storage and unlimited bandwidth, as well as a free domain name.

Their 99.9% uptime guarantee offers a little comfort in terms of their reliability, but I honestly can’t say this is a clincher for me. My own experience with GoDaddy has been a little disappointing, and in comparison to other web hosts, I wouldn’t choose them over someone like SiteGround or BlueHost because there’s not enough on offer.

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10. HostPapa

Speed & Performance

4.5/5

Pricing

5/5

Features

3/5

HostPapa Pros:

HostPapa Cons:

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Overview

HostPapa is probably better known for its VPS hosting, which is incredibly generous in terms of resources. However, they have plenty of other hosting options as well as shared hosting from just $3.95 per month. If you want to get serious about your web hosting, you will need to upgrade to HostPapa’s Business or Business Pro account, which is a little hefty at $12.95 per month.

Whilst HostPapa may take tenth place on this list of the best web hosts in 2020, they shouldn’t be instantly dismissed. They don’t perform that well in terms of uptime, but they do offer a lot for a few dollars a month. Their pricing plans include a website builder, 100+ email accounts,  cPanel, CloudFlare CDN, DDoS protection, and a 99.9% uptime guarantee. It’s worth checking them out if you plan to host a small website or blog.

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Frequently Asked Questions...

Here are some of the most common questions we receive about web hosting

Shared hosting refers to the most common type of web hosting. Customers share a server with lots of other people, including the resources on the server. Shared servers are suitable for small to medium sized websites, personal websites, and blogs.

The most popular types of web hosting include shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, Cloud hosting, and dedicated hosting. Each type of hosting is suitable for different purposes and level of skill.

In order to move your website from one web host to another, you’ll need to migrate or transfer your website’s files. Lots of web hosts offer this service for free, though some do charge. You’ll need a file transfer tool, like FileZilla, to securely move your files across.

VPS stands for Virtual Private Server. VPS hosting is similar to shared hosting in that customers still share a server with others, but there are fewer people sharing the resources. 

VPS hosting is suitable for people who are seeking better performance and reliability from their web hosting. You won’t share as many resources as you would with shared hosting, so servers tend to be faster and more stable, which is ideal for small businesses.

VPS hosting is ideal for small businesses or websites that receive medium traffic. Websites with higher traffic tend to benefit from VPS hosting more than shared hosting due to more resources being available.

Cloud hosting and VPS hosting are very similar. However, the main difference is that Cloud hosting uses multiple servers to spread resources and customers across, as opposed to using just one server which is the case with VPS hosting.

Personally, I believe it’s a sign of a great web host if they offer an uptime guarantee. Granted, not all hosts who offer an uptime guarantee stick to their SLAs, but it often shows confidence in their ability to provide a good service. If you want reassurance that your website will be online more than offline, an uptime guarantee is essential.

Technically anyone can rent a dedicated server, however, it is recommended for more advanced users due to the nature of the server setup and maintenance. 

Most web hosts will either offer a free domain as part of their hosting package, or they will allow you to purchase a domain name from them. If you do need to purchase a domain name, I’d recommend looking at domain name providers, rather than hosting providers, as you may find a better deal elsewhere.

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Laura Hemmington

Laura Hemmington

Laura is an enthusiastic technology researcher, writer, and reviewer. She takes pride in her precision and dedication to the hosting market, and is somewhat of a seasoned pro in these realms.
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