Domain Hosting Services – Top Ten

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What makes a really good domain hosting service? Obviously, being affordable is important to many people. However, not having downtime is a critical factor as well. Each domain hosting service has its own way of doing things and some have unique features that may be just perfect for you. The following ten domain hosting services are among the most popular, as evidenced by their superb Alexa traffic count ratings. Ranking them based on traffic eliminates the potential for reviewer bias, which is important because you need to base your decision on a review of your own. Look at various criteria such as their refund policy, storage limits, if any, traffic limits, if any, cost for a domain name, limits on domains and subdomains, price and other factors important to you. Any pricing given is as of the time of this review and may have changed.


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1. GoDaddy:

Global Alexa Rating: 88

Thanks to an aggressive marketing campaign and more than 12 million happy customers, GoDaddy has become the most recognized name out there when it comes to domain hosting. They are the world’s #1 domain name registrar and have more than 57 million domains under management. Combine that with their award-winning 24/7 support and it is no wonder this company receives the highest traffic. Their site gives information about the new domain extensions that are getting so much attention. Imagine a domain extension that matches your business! How about .bike or .clothing for example? They have 57 featured new domains that are all pretty exciting. Getting the right domain is as important as where to host it, so relying on a company like GoDaddy to do both and much more just makes sense. Their web hosting plans are currently on sale and start at just $4.99/month for the annual plan Economy level. This is suitable for 1 website and 100GB of disk space. The Deluxe plan is just $1/month more and allows for unlimited websites and disk space. The Ultimate plan is $7.99/month for the annual plan and also includes unlimited databases and 1,000 email addresses. It also includes premium DNS and SSL certificate (restrictions apply).  All hosting plans include a free domain. They have cPanel for Linux and Parallels Plesk for Windows platforms. They also offer WordPress hosting, VPS, dedicated servers and managed hosting.


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2. HostGator:

Global Alexa Rating: 173

It is always entertaining to spend some time on the HostGator website. They clearly love to have fun – just look at the names of two of their plans: Hatchling Plan and Baby Plan! They use the number one control panel in the world – cPanel and their free, easy SiteBuilder is a great way to create a professional website. They are one of the world’s largest web hosting companies with more than 8 million hosted domains. Every web hosting plan comes with a 45-day money back guarantee and they also guarantee a 99.9% uptime. Every web hosting plan includes 4,500 website templates to choose from, free website transfer, 52 free scripts and more. Their control panel features website statistics, instant shopping carts, blogs, portals, forums, counters, and formmail. Something you can feel good about is that they are investing in wind energy to offset server emissions and they purchase certified Renewable Energy Credits (RECs). Plans can be obtained on a monthly basis, but huge discounts apply if you go with 1, 2 and 3 year plans. They are currently running a 20% off sale.


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3. Bluehost:   

Global Alexa Rating: 352

Bluehost currently powers over 2 million websites worldwide. They offer a regular plan for $4.99 per month and a Pro plan for $19.99 per month for shared hosting. They also offer vps and dedicated hosting. Furthermore, they offer extra services such as migration services and Quickstart services. They offer an anytime money-back guarantee. MOJO Marketplace is integrated directly into your account, making the web’s most popular resources instantly available. They also include over $200 in offers such as advertising offers from Google, free credits from Facebook and other leading sites to help grow your business. They have 24/7 support by trained, in-house experts. Furthermore, their robust help center includes guides, video tutorials and more. They also offer some optional features such as unique IPs, SSL certificates, domain privacy, sitelock, site backup pro and spam protection.


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4. 1&1:   

Global Alexa Rating: 1,070

1&1 doesn’t just host websites, they also help you market your sites. They offer a choice of Linux or Windows hosting which are available for the same price. They have three different hosting packages and offer discounts for annual, 2-year and 3-year subscriptions. Their starter plan does not come with free domain registration, so if that is needed you may want to look at the basic, unlimited or performance plans. You can’t beat the starter plan for the price, however, as it is just $.99/month for the first 12 months then $2.99/month after that. It is best utilized by websites with mostly static HTML pages as it includes just 10GB of webspace. It also does not have the apps and other features of the other plans. All other plans include 1 free domain and over 140 apps. The basic plan has 100GB of webspace and allows for 1 website, while the other plans are unlimited for both webspace and number of websites. The website very clearly displays what is included in each level in a nicely prepared side-by-side comparison.


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5. iPage:

Global Alexa Rating: 1,262

iPage is a web hosting leader with over 1 million customers. Their plans include over $500 of extras including a security suite, support suite, marketing suite and design suite. Their iPage Essential Plan is on sale right now for $1.99/month for the first term. After that they go to regular pricing, which is outlined on their website. They have a comparison page (Do Your Homework tab) comparing themselves to other companies. Keep in mind that in some cases they are comparing their Essential Plan to a higher plan offered by other hosting companies. It is great to see what they offer in comparison, but it is not a fair comparison when it comes to the pricing as other hosting companies offer cheaper plans as well, although they often don’t include what iPage does for just their essential plan. It is definitely important to do your homework!


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6. Network Solutions (a Company):

Global Alexa Rating: 1,399

Network Solutions offers hosting tailored to meet your needs and guarantee to have the best price in the market. Their Price Match Guarantee terms are outlined on their website.  They also have a 30-day money back guarantee and a 99.99% uptime guarantee. They have three regular plans as well as advanced hosting and VPS hosting packages. The three plans are Web Hosting at $2.99/month, Web Hosting & Marketing at $3.99/month and Hosting, Marketing & Store for $4.99/month. These are current promotional rates – see their website for details. They also offer WordPress Blog Hosting and SharePoint Hosting. They offer a ton of other solutions as well including marketing options, domain name options and eCommerce services. This company is one of the oldest out there having been around almost as long as the Internet itself.


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7. InMotion Hosting:

Global Alexa Rating: 1,645

InMotion Hosting began in 2001 yet have remained somewhat unknown except by professional webmasters and web developers. They have dependable performance with only rare interruptions in service that can be measured in just seconds. Add to that the fact that they have two unique and heavily secured data centers and you have unmatched reliability. Their Power and Pro plans are some pretty heavy hitters with features you might not find elsewhere. They have an enormous range of CMS options and over 300 applications, for example. They use the cPanel Control Panel like most other companies but have the added feature of having direct access to your email account within the control panel.  Other benefits that set them apart is free data backups, a 90-day guarantee, green data centers and they have been CNET Certified for 10 years. Their plans begin at $5.99/month for the starter one and just $7.99 for Power and $13.99 for Pro.

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8. HostMonster:

Global Alexa Rating: 1,779

HostMonster is currently offering a promotional price that is good for the first term only – but that initial term can be as long as 36 months! Even after that, going from $4.95/month to $6.99/month isn’t that bad, especially when you consider all the free stuff that is included. Free domain, free site builders and free online store are just part of what they have to offer. A great feature about HostMonster is that their support is 100% U.S. based – including phone, chat and email support. Their headquarters is in Orem, Utah. They have been providing hosting solutions since 1996. They also offer VPS web hosting and dedicated options. They also have a hosting demo which is great for seeing how the cPanel operates.


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9. JustHost:

Global Alexa Rating: 1,827

JustHost is another web hosting company that has been around for a while, having been founded back in 2008. With the JustHost plan you have the ability to host as many domains as you wish in your cPanel account. This means you have the luxury of managing all of your websites from one place and all on the same server. They allow free registration for the 1st domain with their Just Plan or you can transfer a domain for free.  They are currently offering a whopper of a special at just $3.50/month for their introductory 48 month term with renewal rates beginning at $6.99/month. They also offer VPS hosting. You can test drive cPanel by launching the demo on their website. They offer an anytime money-back guarantee, so you have nothing to lose by giving them a shot!


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10. Arvixe Web Hosting:

Global Alexa Rating: 2,403

Arvixe has two plans of shared web hosting – PersonalClass and PersonalClass Pro. It doesn’t get more affordable than these plans. Their regular rates are just $4 and $7 per month, respectively. Both have unlimited disk space and unlimited monthly data transfer. The regular plan allows 6 domains while the Pro plan is unlimited. During setup you can choose either a US or Euripe location for your server at no extra cost. A common add-on is having a dedicated IP address which costs just $2/month additional. A very nice feature of Arvixe is that you receive a free domain for life with the purchase of any hosting plan. Most other hosting services only give you the first year free. They have been in business since 2003. They have 24/7 U.S. based phone support. They also have BusinessClass, ResellerClass, VPSClass and DedicatedClass options. All the plans are fully explained on the website, and they have live online support if you have any further questions.

There are so many options for domain hosting services that this list could really have been much longer. Not included on the list, but we’ll give them honourable mention is FatCow, WebHostingHub and MidPhase. They also all rank high in traffic count and in customer satisfaction. It may take some time and research to figure out which domain host will best suit your needs, but at least this list gets you looking in the right direction and away from questionable “here today, gone tomorrow”companies.



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