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The Top 20 Web Hosting Providers November 2014

KVCHosting

We are a leader in providing quality and cost efficient web hosting (PHP Web Hosting) with 24/7 Level 3 Support & 99.99% Uptime Guaranteed to assist your needs. We also provide flexible cheap web hosting services, ranging from the affordable $0 Cheap Hosting package to the unparalleled Unlimited Hosting package to suit your needs. We have over thousands of satisfied clients...

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InterServer

InterServer has created a broad range of products and services for our clients. These include shared hosting, dedicated servers, colocation, security services, administration and consulting. We support Linux®, Microsoft® Windows™, and FreeBSD and also have experience with Extreme®, Cisco® and Juniper® networking Equipment.

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Sureshot Hosting

Formed in 2001 Sureshot Hosting has dominated the web market with a dedication to providing the best product and service in the industry. We are privately owned and our clients span the globe residing in over seventy countries. Great Customer Service Customer service is a key element in the satisfaction of our clients, as we continue to go well beyond the expected...

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AtomicVPS

AtomicVPS is a premium cloud hosting service provider offering shared & reseller hosting as well as fully managed VPS and dedicated servers. We are proud to offer our truly reliable Cloud Hosting solution that is fully redundant and easily scalable backed by rock solid Enterprise-class hardware, network, and data center.

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247-Host

If you are looking for affordable unix hosting, you have come to the right place. Our Web Hosting Services are the most affordable and features rich, such as RvSKin, Fantastico, MS FrontPage, CGI/Perl, MySQL, PHP and best of all 24/7 customer support. Whether you need personal web hosting, business hosting, ecommerce hosting or a forum hosting, you will find what you...

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RoseHosting

Rose Hosting is a division of Rose Web Services LLC, a privately owned St. Louis, Missouri based company, founded in 2001 with the vision of becoming a leading provider of business and personal web hosting solutions. By focusing on quality equipment, stability and customer support, we set ourselves apart from our competitors. We offer unique, user friendly solutions for...

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Reliable Servers

Constant Hosting provides industry leading hosting performance backed by our world class infrastructure. In addition, Constant Hosting has been built as a service oriented business, designed to take care of any support needs your organization may have. Cloud, Dedicated Servers, Colocation and much more. Constant.com's primary Point of Presence (POP) is out of our Piscataway,...

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Planet Small Business

At tekOrange, our mission is to provide affordable technical solutions for small to medium-sized businesses. In addition to Enterprise services including VDS Hosting, Hosted Exchange, Email Security, and Email Archival, tekOrange provides both web and VPS hosting solutions. Our Windows Hosting plans combine the latest in Microsoft technologies including Windows...

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DDS Hosting

Why Choose Us? We are super fast! We provide extremely fast page loading time guaranteed. We are so confident that if you find a faster web host, we will provide you with a month’s hosting while we work on exceeding the competitor’s performance. Why “Performance Chosting”? A site which is both high performance and morally upstanding will attract more people, increasing...

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OrangeWebsite

OrangeWebsite was formed in Reykjavik, Iceland in 2009 by Henri K. Johannes whose primary focus has been to help small businesses transition effectively onto the internet. Our staff consists of a group of skilled programmers and designers who know the trends of online business today. We can promise you always the best prices and quality services. Our success is based on...

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ZipServers

ZipServers.com is a provider of high-quality, low-expense managed hosting solutions. ZipServers focuses on servicing the entry- to mid-level dedicated marketplace. ZipServer customers receive the same award winning support, same industrial grade hardware, same datacenter facilities, and same network Fortune 500 companies enjoy. ZipServers mission is simple: Deliver...

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Osiris Communications

Osiris offers world-class service and professional support within a highly secure and scalable, mission critical infrastructure. Whether you're starting your first web site or managing a corporate network, we can customize a package for your business. Choose from our range of services, including web hosting and e-commerce packages, Hosted Exchange with Blackberry service,...

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3Essentials

3Essentials takes pride in providing quality support to our customers. Our technicians are available 24x7 via email or online chat to resolve problems that our customers may experience. Each ticket is read by our staff and the problem is researched to determine the correct method of assistance to provide. We provide web hosting for personal use and business customers.

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Atlantic.Net

Atlantic.Net is a market-leading Cloud Server Hosting Solutions Provider recognized for providing exceptional business hosting service, simplifying complex technologies, and building a brand that businesses trust since 1994. Atlantic.Net specializes in providing Cloud Servers, Colocation, Dedicated Servers and Virtualization Hosting Services. We own and operate our SSAE...

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101sitehosting

101SiteHosting is a professional online hosting company that is dedicated to providing quality internet solutions at economical rates. We own and manage our own shared and dedicated servers that are connected to dual high speed fiber optic backbones in our secure data center. Redundant backbone connections to competing bandwidth providers ensures that we are able to provide...

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GlowHost

GlowHost is a web hosting provider that specializes in highly available, affordable web hosting plans for individuals, businesses, and mission-critical Enterprise hosting operations. We host thousands of websites and have been doing so since 2002. We are very confident that you will enjoy our web hosting services and this is why we offer 3 Iron-Clad Guarantees. GlowHost...

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Rivalhost

RivalHost is dedicated to providing exceptional web hosting solutions for clients around the word. We strive to exemplify such values as transparency, ethical practices, helpfulness, responsibility, innovation, and efficiency – qualities we believe are essential to serve customers who have been disserved by low-end service providers. RivalHost provides high-quality...

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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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