Website Hosting

Many clients ask us who the best web hosting companies are and how to choose one. We have worked with many web hosting companies since we started in 2009 and can tell you who the most popular companies are and who are the best. We are going to review three web hosting companies: Godaddy, Bluehost and Siteground.

Godaddy

Although they are far from the best web hosting company, Godaddy is probably the most popular, most likely due to their huge marketing campaign. The fact is that they can market that way because they try to up-sell you on absolutely everything at every step in the process. They will sell you 10 things you don’t need but make you feel like you do. For our purposes they don’t even have the best web hosting. They say you get unlimited this and that but then they limit you on things like “processes”.  On top of that their servers are slow. Anytime you do a site speed test you will find that “server response time” is almost always at the top of the list. No matter how much Inventive Web Design LLC tweaks your website redesign we can’t change server response time. That is all in the hands of the web hosting company. All in all Godaddy is not a terrible hosting company but we don’t recommend them for our clients.

Hosting Companies

Bluehost

Bluehost is a decent web hosting company. Like Godaddy they don’t have the fastest server response time but we have never had any problems with them otherwise. They have unlimited everything (for most uses) and have never slowed down our sites for a process limit. They have good customer service and are easy to navigate around in their system. Their pricing isn’t out of the ordinary and they don’t try to oversell everything. They even throw in free SSL certificates for WordPress sites that normally cost around $120/year.

Siteground

SiteGround is currently our favorite. We discovered SiteGround  from our SEO (Search Engine Optimization) friends when we asked around about the problems we were having with server response time. SiteGround’s servers are screaming fast and they offer a lot of great options like caching software, free SSL certificates, CDNs (Content Distribution Networks), and more. Their customer service is usually fast and efficient. They do cost a little more than Bluehost but we at Inventive Web Design LLC think that the extra cost is well worth the benefits you get from using SiteGround. We highly recommend using SiteGround.

What Plan is Right for You?

When looking at everyone’s pricing plans you may ask yourself what is best for your. Both SiteGround and Bluehost offer 3-4 different hosting plans. If you just have one website the initial tier (Startup/Basic) will work in most circumstances. If you have more than one website or would like some extra bonuses like spam filters for your email or caching software we would suggest going for the second tier (Grow Big/Plus). Most people won’t need more than that. If you have a larger site that gets a ton traffic you may need to upgrade to the higher tier(s).

What Price can I Expect?

For a website you need hosting and a domain name (mysite.com). Domain names usually cost around $17 per year but that depends on if you get a domain ending in .com, .net, .info, etc. If you are paying more than that you should transfer your domain to another company.

Hosting will have two prices. One for the initial purchase period that is usually discounted depending on how long you purchase hosting up front. After that initial period the price will go up permanently. For example, you can purchase 3 years of hosting at a discounted rate of $5.95 per month but after your 3 years is up the price goes up to $19.95 per month. We always suggest purchasing the longest period of hosting in the beginning. In the end hosting for one website with one domain name should cost you around $140 – $160 per year.

Renewal

One of the most common calls we get is from clients who host on their own plans asking why their website is down. Every company we have mentioned has automatic renewal systems. They even send out multiple emails when renewal time is coming. Like most of us, these clients thought they were going to get the renewal automatically but what they forget is that the credit card they used 3 years ago could have been replaced or expired. When this happens many of use go around checking the various services like electricity, telephone, gym, etc. but almost no one remembers their website hosting company. Eventually the web hosting account doesn’t renew and the website goes down. If they catch in a decent amount of time they just have to call and get their account reinstated.

If you don’t want to worry about renewal failures we suggest that you host with Inventive Web Design LLC. We offer discounted plans on both SiteGround and Bluehost and you don’t have to worry about a thing. We just bill you once a year and make sure the renewals are taken care of no matter what. Just Contact Inventive Web Design to inquire about discounted web hosting.

As a side note, all links to SiteGround and Bluehost are affiliate links. Clicking on these and purchasing hosting for these companies will let them know that Inventive Web Design LLC sent you to them and they will compensate us for the first sale.

Matthew Minten

Matt is a techy, web guy that loves to program but am also blessed with a creative streak. He does graphic design, web design, augmented reality and photography (and many other things). He believes that anything can be done on your website; if you can think it up, he can create it. Matt founded Inventive Web Design in Reno in 2009 and has been helping local business ever since.

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