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The Top 20 Web Hosting Providers June 2016

InterServer

InterServer.net has been providing the same services for the last 16 years! Although the technology has changed from the time we first opened in 1999. Our core principals of quality service and support have remained the same. Over the years our company has expanded its product offerings to include dedicated servers, colocation and other managed services. As a technology...

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Host4Porn

In Host4Porn our mission is to provide everything for your business online, from domain name registration to every type of web hosting.

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GlowHost

Founded in 2002, GlowHost is an award-winning host aiming to provide highly reliable web hosting services at a highly competitive price. We have grown to become oneGlowHost Holiday Coupon Bonanza of the world’s foremost web hosts for individuals and businesses alike. GlowHost currently supplies tens of thousands of customers worldwide with shared web hosting, cloud virtual...

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HostRomeo

At HostRomeo, we have a passion for what we do, and we are not satisfied unless we know we are going above and beyond the call of duty for all of our customers. We have been operating as a Web hosting provider for more than five years, and we are confident that our powerful ethics, competitive services and excellent customer service are enough to maintain that success...

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Fozzy

Fozzy.com is USA based fast hosting solutions provider. Our main feature is maximum speed of websites load which is critical for conversions and efficiency of online business.

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Hosting and Designs

Hosting And Designs L.LC. has been in business since 2002 and became an L.L.C. in Oregon in 2006 and is a recipient of the the 2013 Oregon Excellence Award by the US Institute for Excellence in Commerce (USIEC). Most dedicated server configurations are Dell PowerEdge servers and located at a first class Datacenter on the East Coast of USA in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

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A2 Hosting

A2 Hosting is a high performance hosting provider specializing in Shared, Reseller, VPS, Cloud and Dedicated Servers. A2 Hosting customers get the advantage of hosting on their fine-tuned SwiftServer platform. Since their launch in 2003, A2 Hosting has been headquartered in Ann Arbor, MI and no offer servers located around the globe. Additional benefits of hosting with...

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How to evaluate a web host

Choosing a host for your web-site is no small decision.

Once committed to one, it will become very difficult to move your business elsewhere - not to mention the damage that can be done to your business if you make the wrong choice. This makes it very important to "get it right the first time". Find out as much as you can about your prospective host before making any decisions.

When evaluating your host, you will obviously be considering price. But price is, of course, not the only important factor. You will also need to take into consideration:

  1. the speed and reliability of the servers and hardware,
  2. the features the host offers and whether these mesh with your own requirements, and, of course,
  3. the quality of their support services.

Let's look at each of these in turn:


1. Speed and Reliability of the Servers and Hardware

The speed and reliability of your host's servers will depend on several factors, including the quality of their connection to the internet, bandwidth, and the availability of back-up systems in case things go wrong. Here's a checklist of points to consider when checking out your prospective host's servers and hardware:

A T3 Connection (or better), close to a primary internet backbone.

A T3 connection is approx 30 times as fast as a T1 connection. Smaller hosting providers - for example, the proverbial "garage operations" --- will often use T1 connections, with no backup at all. They may be very cheap - but, be careful here, you can get what you pay for!

Effective Bandwidth Management

In addition to having a fast connection to the internet, your host should be able to manage how its available bandwidth is used . As a guide, it should typically not be using more than 50 percent of its bandwidth.

Backup Systems

If there is a systems, network or power failure, the last thing you want is to lose your data or to have your web-site go down for a long period. Good hosts will have back up systems in place to guard against this. Look for a host who can provide:

  • Regular, daily back up of your data
  • Backup power supplies
  • Look for an uninterruptible power supply system (often referred to as "UPS") - a back up power generator available in case of emergencies.
  • Redundancy
  • Do they have more than one connection to the internet, in case one of their connections goes down.
  • An "Uptime" Guarantee
  • These typically state "We guarantee 99% (or 99.5%) uptime".

Here's a sample of the kind of information that the web host should be supplying - this one taken from the web-host Interliant ( http://webhosting.interliant.com ) :

"Our Internet connectivity is supplied by three separate diverse backbone providers: UUNET, SAAVIS and Goodnet. If one of these lines goes down, traffic is automatically routed through the lines that are still online. Our data center is supplied by multiple redundant power sources - centralized automatic UPS system with a battery-powered backup system. The batteries are also connected to three diesel power generators in the event of a power outage to the building."

2. Features

As well as checking out the reliability of the servers and hardware you will also need to evaluate and compare the features provided by your host.

A full range of hosting features can be viewed on Webhostdir.com's "advanced search", which compares hosting providers on both price and features. This is an excellent facility for comparing features when choosing a host - but to make the best use of it, you will need first to prepare a list of features you require.

Here's a checklist of things to consider:

  • Shared or Dedicated Server?
  • Depending on your requirements, you may be better off with a dedicated server than a shared server. Dedicated servers are typically used in cases where there is a high level of traffic, there is a strong need for security, or the user wishes to run their own customised software and applications rather than the standard ones supplied by the host.
    For more information on available dedicated server providers, check out Webhostdir's "dedicated server" search page.
  • Compatibility with Existing Software and Skills
  • Is your host's server, software and support services compatible will the skills and software that you (or your design team) are using? If, for instance, you are used to working in a Unix environment, then it probably makes little sense to choose an NT host.
  • Flexibility and Room for Growth
  • You do not need a database solution now, perhaps, but you may need one in the future. Similarly, a shared hosting arrangement may be fine for you now, but what if your traffic levels explode, and you need one in a years' time? It is much easier to remain with one host than to change. So, when choosing a host, keep in mind your possible future needs, and whether the host will be able to accommodate them.


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