HostingManual.net is online for over a decade. During that time a lot has changed in the hosting world, and we have learned a lot. But a couple things stayed the same.
Some hosting companies are better than the others.
We have a service for a limited number of businesses where we manage everything related to operating a website. Thanks to that service we have access and a great overview of most of the mainstream hosting companies.
That’s how we started to write hosting reviews.
Our small team has built its own portfolio of websites over the years, so that adds to the pool of hosting companies we have first-hand experience with.
The Problem with Hosting Reviews (and All Reviews)
If you check a review for any hosting company, you will see ratings all over the place. That’s because people with a negative experience are ten times more likely to write a review than people who are satisfied with what they have bought.
That’s surprising! Think of it for a moment. For every negative review, there are ten positive ones – not written.
Our hosting reports depict years of experience with each hosting company. Yours may be different for a couple reasons:
- You got your account on a different server than we have.
- You are running different scripts than we do. We usually go with WordPress.
- You may lack experience. For example, adding certain third party WordPress plugins may overload the server you are on. You can end up with your hosting account limited and with a very bad taste in your mouth.
Your experience may be different than mine, but here are the best hosting companies:
This table is for informational purposes only. Service terms may change and you should always check it on the web hosts’ website.
I have created this comparison table to help you quickly see the main features of the hosting companies I have dealt with in my online career. To keep this table concise, some information (like uptime and features in detail) are left out. Check out the detailed reviews before you sign up to any of these hosts.
iPage leads the pack with their unbeatable pricing! They have all the features one might need. I have sites with them for years. Inmotion Hosting follows closely. They have some restrictions (e.g. the number of domains) in the smaller plans. Sometimes less is more, and that’s precisely the case with them.
Inmotion puts limitations in place for SQL and the number of domains on one account. That means a less crowded server and better performance. If you have only one website in mind, you should definitely go with Inmotion. If you need more, you can choose bigger plans too.
For Hosting Manual readers there is a 50% discount for all plans. It might be available for a limited time, so act fast!
How Do I Know?
My website has been online for more than ten years. It continues to be a reliable source for people looking for information on web hosting. I have not been writing web hosting reviews during those years, but recently I have changed my mind.
I am managing a lot of small business websites as a webmaster. Different companies host them, so I have the chance to see which works and which doesn’t.
Since there are billions of websites online, it is evident that people who are thinking about putting a website of their own on the internet are interested in finding the best host for their enterprise. So, review sites are more and more commonly available online. Among those are unfortunately a huge number of sites that are only after the affiliate commissions.
On Hosting Manual I am trying to give people a chance to see which hosting company they may tie their fortunes up with in my opinion. I am making a buck here and there by placing a couple of affiliate links on the website. That said, my recommendations are based solely on my personal experiences with the web hosts.
You do not have to click on any of my affiliate links. It’s all fine. But jut to tease you a bit, you should know that many companies run limited time offers exclusive to visitors coming through affiliate links.
How Reliable Are They?
The question that comes up is this: how reliable are my ratings? Are they impartial and honest? Are they slanted in favor of the companies in question? In other words, am I trying to promote or sell the services of a given hosting company?
I know what you are after when you seek to find a hosting company: it’s accurate information. But it’s a fact that all bloggers who evaluate web hosting companies are bound to be subjective up to a point. I can tell you bluntly that I like these companies and I am making an honest recommendation for you.
Why Don’t I Write Negative Stuff?
I am a very upbeat person in general. I don’t like negativity, and I won’t put negative opinions on this website. That doesn’t mean that I haven’t seen a lot of poor service from various web hosts. On the contrary, I saw a lot! You just won’t find those web hosts here.
As you read through some of my posts, you can also check the websites of the various hosting companies. Look over their different offerings, their price ranges, etc., before making up your mind to go with one rather than the other.
There is no point in playing pig in a poke and just signing up with any web hosting company regardless of their reputation. The good ones are bound to have a good reputation, and you should be looking for signing up with one of those.