5 Best Hosting For Personal Websites

The Web used to be dominated by corporations and large organizations that could afford to put up their own websites. Then we had large portal sites like Yahoo. It was so expensive to have a website up that it was out of reach for most regular Joes, even if they are running a business.

Now times have changed. Gone are the days of paying hundreds of dollars for just a hundred megabytes of storage and probably one gigabyte of bandwidth for to host a site. Gone are the days of paying loads of money for domain names. Heck, those changes happened since like 6 years ago.

Now domain names are plenty at around $5 to $10 a year. You can find great quality web hosts that will offer you a lot more resources than you need and can ever use. Tools and software that help you build websites easily without knowing how to code are at your disposal. You don’t even need to know any kind of HTML coding to start a website. Heck, there are sites that sell hundreds of really kick-ass themes you can purchase and use readily!

So for any individuals and small businesses that want to have a website, there is seriously no excuse. In terms of monetary or technical skills requirement, you simply can’t find good enough excuses to be putting this off. So here are 5 best hosting companies for personal sites. Right after the break.

Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price Link

1

hostgator-logo $3.96/mo Visit Site

2

hostmonster-logo

$4.95/mo Visit Site

3

eleven2_logo

$4.95/mo Visit Site

4

Interserver-logo

$4.95/mo Visit Site

5

justhostlogo $3.25/mo Visit Site

Winner – HostGator – From $3.96/month

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Ahhh, yeah. Is there anyone that haven’t heard of HostGator? Nope? That’s what we thought. Very well-known and famous hosting company reputed for their well-priced shared hosting plans, HostGator is currently serving over 400,000 customers and hosting 8 million domains. That is definitely no small number, if you calculate. In October 2012, it was estimated that there are around 240 millions domains. With that figure, HostGator is hosting 3.3% of total domains on the planet. That’s huge!

With customers spanning across over 200 countries, HostGator offers shared hosting, resellers and VPS as well as dedicated servers. But for personal sites, we are more interested in shared hosting since we won’t need the power of VPS and dedicated servers. All plans come with 45 days money back guarantee so we can see how confident they are with their service. You also get cPanel so you don’t have to worry about managing your hosting account.

Shared hosting plans start from $7.16 a month if you pay monthly or 6 months, but cheapest would be to go for 3 years since you are only going to pay $3.96 a month. You get unlimited space and bandwidth for all shared hosting plans, which sounds cool and all that but as a personal site, you are not going to use that much anyway.

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2. HostMonster – From $4.95/month

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If you have seen the little blue hm logo at browser address bar, then you have visited websites hosted at HostMonster. Although they don’t publish numbers, we can safely estimate that they are serving over a million websites. Sure, that is just 1/8th of HostGator but hey, 1 million website is very impressive number.

Hosting plans from HostMonster are simple. We would even say that for personal users and small businesses that don’t want all the hassles of choosing a web host, HostMonster might be best choice. Why? Because there is only one plan, which costs $4.95 a month. It effectively eliminates the choice paradox effect. For that price, you get unlimited storage and bandwidth as well as unlimited email accounts. Don’t think about hosting illegal files though since there will be limits and monitorings in place. For control panel, you will get cPanel, which is a standard in hosting industry, and you will also get a free domain if you want a new domain.

If you feel like you want to test the water with AdWords to see if paid traffic is your thing, then you will be happy to know that you will also get $100 AdWords credit. We have checked on the Web about negative sentiment towards HostMonster. Although the company has been around since 1996, HostMonster doesn’t really get any negative news in the press so it is safe to conclude that they provide a solid service which has avoided controversy to date.

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3. Eleven2 – From $4.95/month

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If you are cautious about everything unlimited and want to go with a firm that doesn’t offer unlimited stuffs but still provide solid & top-notch hosting services, then you will want to take a look at Eleven2. Eleven2 is currently hosting over 100,000+ websites and have data centers in US, UK and Singapore.

The number of customers they have is not in millions but it is also an indicator that the company can sufficiently handle customer support, since they don’t have to deal with millions of customers. Their primary focus is on shared and cloud hosting, and all plans are running on Linux. The key advantage of going with Eleven2 is that you can choose from four data centers in three continents so that you can easily choose the closest data center to your audience. If they are in Asia, go with Singapore. Simple as that but for personal websites and SMEs, that would hardly matter. Oh and all plans come with a 60-day money back guarantee, which is just awesome when 30-day or 45-day is industry standard.

The lowest tier shared hosting plan starts from $4.95/mo but only available at yearly billing cycle. You will get 10GB storage, 50GB bandwidth and can host up to 10 domains. Judging from their hosting plans, we can safely say that they are not overselling their resources. If you are concerned about bigger web hosts that promise the world for just a few dollars, then you should give Eleven2 a try.

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4. InterServer – From $4.95/month

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Web hosting industry is pretty saturated with both veteran players and “summer operations”. The low barrier to entry is the cause of many small companies that would disappear after a few months. In such industry, 14 years in business tells a lot about the reliability and reputation of a company. Enter InterServer. The company focuses mainly on cheap shared hosting while they also offer VPS and dedicated server.

Running their own data centers in New Jersey, InterServer offers 30-day money back guarantee and extremely cheap hosting plans. Currently they are running a first month limited special price at just $0.01. Yes, you read that right. After first month though, you will have to pay $4.95 a month. Three year billing cycle will drop that down to $3.96, which is not so much to be honest. For that, you get unlimited domains and storage space as well as limitless numbers of databases and emails. You will get cPanel as control panel.

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5. JustHost – From $3.25/month

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JustHost is a child-company of Endurance International Group, the web hosting giant with 40 prominent web hosting companies like JustHost and BlueHost under them. JustHost offers shared hosting plans aimed at budget users of hosting market, and so it is ideal for running non-resource intensive scripts and web apps, like lightweight forums, static websites and blogs. Not really recommended for high traffic sites though.

It is perfect for personal sites though as it is really inexpensive and provide enough system resources for such small sites. You will receive $100 Google AdWords credit as well on your hosting plans, so even if you are not planning on using it, you can still sell the credit on eBay! Just like HostMonster, JustHost simplifies your choices by providing only one plan which comes with unlimited storage and bandwidth. The cost starts from $8.95 per month for 3 month or monthly billing cycle plus $20 setup fee. Cheapest would be to commit for three years and it’ll only cost $3.25 a month.

Visit JustHost


Conclusion

We have analyzed and reviewed close to a hundred web hosting companies, and know exactly which hosts are better suited for any given scenario you can name. In each of our upcoming articles, we will be listing best hosting companies for each usage types. But if you want to have better comparison or find out other hosts, please use our comparison tool right here.


Summary

Rank Provider Starting Price Link

1

hostgator-logo $3.96/mo Visit Site

2

hostmonster-logo

$4.95/mo Visit Site

3

eleven2_logo

$4.95/mo Visit Site

4

Interserver-logo

$4.95/mo Visit Site

5

justhostlogo $3.25/mo Visit Site


Published on: May 14,2013.
Find him on Google+. Pete runs Best Hosting and wants to get detailed information to the readers. He is dedicated to being the best and providing the highest quality at anything he does.

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