The best web hosting for 2021

Compare web hosting services’ price, features, performance and support to choose which is best for you or your business.

Choosing a web hosting provider can be tricky. You’re likely looking for a commercial service that offers WordPress, but also one that performs well, experiences virtually no downtime, offers 24/7 customer support, and comes at the right price. Whether you’re looking to start a personal portfolio site for job-hunting or make sure your small business has a strong online presence during the coronavirus pandemic, the right web hosting provider can make your life a lot easier. 

Here, we’re taking a close look at some of the best web hosting services available, including DreamHostA2HostingGoDaddy Web Hosting and more. We’re focusing on commercial web hosting companies that offer WordPress, virtual private servers, shared hosting and many web hosting services, along with a variety of annual and monthly plans.

How we chose

It’s important to note that we didn’t explicitly “test” the providers on this list. Instead, we compiled a competitive overview based on a variety of factors, including third-party ratings and features offered by the providers. Unless otherwise listed, these vendors all have a rating of A or higher from the Better Business Bureau, a rating of 3.9 or higher out of 5 from TrustPilot, and say they offer 24/7 support and 99% site uptime or better. They also have a speed test rating of A or higher from Bitcatcha, a site that purchases web hosting accounts, sets up test sites and runs server response times on them to measure performance. 

If you want more advice on what to keep in mind while shopping for a web hosting solution, the different types of web hosting available and tips on speeding up your website, make sure you scroll to the bottom of this page. 

A note on pricing: We’ve made every effort to verify that the prices listed here were accurate at the time of last publication. However, prices in this category are subject to frequent fluctuations and they’re consistently subject to special offers and limited deals. Furthermore, many of the prices listed here reflect the monthly rates if you prepay for 12 months of service or more. Please click through to the vendors in question to verify current pricing at any given time.

WEB HOSTING PROVIDERS, COMPARED

Basics Dreamhost A2Hosting WebHostingPad Hostwinds GreenGeeks SiteGround AccuWeb Hosting GoDaddy Web Hosting
Starting price for shared hosting $2.59 a month $3 a month $2 a month $5 a month $2.49 a month $7 a month $3 a month $6/month
Uptime promise 100% 99.90% 99.90% 99.90% 99.90% 99.90% 99.90% 99.90%
24/7 customer service Live chat; email; phone during certain hours Phone; live chat Live chat; email; phone during certain hours Live chat; support tickets Live chat; email; phone during certain hours Live chat; support tickets; phone during certain hours Live chat; support tickets Phone; live chat
Money-back guarantee 97 days 30 days 30 days None 30 days 30 days 30 days 30 days
Better Business Bureau rating A+ A+ A+ A A+ A+ A+ A+
Better Business Bureau accreditation No Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Yes
TrustPilot rating 4.7/5 3.9/5 4.3/5 3.9/5 4.4/5 4.7/5 4.1/5 4.1/5
Bitcatcha rating A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+ A+









Types of hosting







Shared hosting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
WordPress Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Virtual private server (VPS) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dedicated servers Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Cloud hosting Yes Yes No Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Reseller hosting No Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
E-commerce hosting Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Best web hosting providers

Dreamhost

With an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau and 4.7 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot, DreamHost is one of our most recommended web hosting providers for several reasons. First, it offers a custom control panel, which allows you to more easily manage your own hosting. While live phone customer support isn’t available 24/7, the provider is responsive to live chat and tickets. DreamHost also uses superfast SSDs for all its storage, has a free SSL certificate (for more secure web browsing) and provides SSH access for those plans that are intended for more technical users.

Other things we like about Dreamhost: It offers free shared website and email hosting to 501(c)(3) nonprofits. For all others, the pricing is pretty transparent — there are no hidden gotchas in the rates. Plus, it provides a 97-day money back guarantee, one of the most generous offers available.

GreenGeeks

GreenGeeks has an A+ rating from the BBB and 4.4 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot. If you’ve ever been worried about the tremendous amount of power large data centers consume, you might want to check out this service. The “green” in the company’s name reflects the Green Geeks’ commitment to the environment. It purchases three times the energy it actually uses in wind energy credits, essentially putting energy back into the economy. The company does this through a form of renewable energy certificates, which, while complicated, means that it’s not just energy neutral, it’s actually helping fuel the green energy economy.

Even though it’s green, GreenGeeks still offers a lot of power for your websites. Its basic shared web hosting plan offers unlimited web space and email accounts, unmetered data transfer, an SSL certificate, a free domain name for the first year, a nightly backup, CDN and a 30-day money-back guarantee. It also offers live chat and email support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. It also has phone support most hours of the day.

GreenGeeks is one of the more developer-friendly web hosting providers, too, with multiple PHP versions and Git preinstalled.

SiteGround

SiteGround has an A+ rating from the BBB and 4.7 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot. It sits in the middle ground between a consumer web hosting provider and one that caters to enterprise businesses. If you’ve got a small business with more complex web needs than a typical small business, SiteGround is an ideal solution — and if your business ends up expanding, the service has options to grow with you. 

Although offerings start as low as $7 a month, if you go up to its GoGeek plan you’ll get several other useful features, including access to a staging server and one-click Git repo creation. All of its plans include SSL, daily backup, CDN, email, unmetered traffic and unlimited databases. It also differs from some other services in that it sets limits on bandwidth and storage up front, whereas most others claim to be unlimited but have rules in the fine print (more on that below). You’ll also get a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 100% renewable energy match. 

As is the case with most other services, if you want to get the lowest price, you’ll have to pay for a year of service in advance. After that year, the price will go up. Support includes 24/7 live chat, tickets that are answered in an average of 15 minutes and phone support.

GoDaddy Web Hosting

GoDaddy has an A+ rating from the BBB and 4.1 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot. While the site is perhaps best known for purchasing domain names, it also offers a variety of web hosting services, including WordPress, WordPress ecommerce and reseller hosting. However, it does not offer cloud hosting. 

The service’s most basic shared hosting plan includes unmetered bandwidth, one-click WordPress install, a domain and Office 365 email (for the first year).

GoDaddy offers 24/7 phone support and live chat support as well. 

Hostwinds

Hostwinds has an A rating from the BBB and a 3.9 out of 5 stars from TrustPilot. Its web hosting offerings are best suited for business owners, with specific business hosting plans and reseller hosting plans. Hostwinds also offers managed or unmanaged virtual private server hosting for Windows and Linux. 

The service’s shared hosting plans also include a number of features, like SSDs, free website transfers, unlimited domains, email accounts and databases, a free SSL certificate and a Weebly site builder.

AccuWeb Hosting

AccuWeb Hosting has an A+ rating from the BBB and 4.1 out of 5 stars from TrustPilot. It stands out due to the wide array of hosting options it offers, including several different managed and unmanaged Windows and Linux hosting plans. AccuWeb Hosting also breaks down what’s included in each plan more clearly than some of the other providers. Like many of the others, plans include SSD storage, CloudFlare CDN, an SSL certificate and a 30-day money-back guarantee. 

AccuWeb offers 24/7 live chat, phone and ticket support. However, it doesn’t offer monthly billing (you have to sign up for six months to three years at a time), and there are limits to the number of email accounts each domain can create. 

WebHostingPad

WebHostingPad earned an A+ rating from the BBB and 4.3 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot. Its “all-inclusive” website hosting plan starts at $2 a month and includes free SSL certificates, a free website builder by Weebly, one-click install WordPress, a free domain and a 30-day money-back guarantee. It also offers unlimited websites, domains and email. 

WebHostingPad offers fewer services than some of the other providers, but the all-inclusive approach may be appealing if you want a simple way to get started building and hosting a site. You can also pay for several different add-on services, including SSD database storage and an advanced spam filter. 

A2Hosting

A2Hosting has an A+ rating from the BBB and 3.9 out of 5 stars on TrustPilot. The company does a lot of things right: With every plan, the web hosting service includes SSD, site migration, an SSL certificate and CloudFlare CDN (a group of servers worldwide that automatically determines the best route to connect visitors to your site for increased speed and security). Its Anycast DNS solution duplicates DNS records across its global network, increasing site performance, according to the site.

Customer support is also strong: A2Hosting’s Guru Grew support team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year by phone, email, online chat or ticket. 

Like most web hosting providers, the published pricing is a bit misleading: The shared hosting price tag of $3 a month is only available if you sign up for the three-year plan and pay upfront. It offers a 30-day money back guarantee or a prorated refund for unused service after that point. 

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