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Variety of hosting options

We required all of our web hosts to offer at least three types of hosting: shared, dedicated, and VPS (virtual private server) or cloud hosting. Shared is most likely your first step if you’re just starting to build your website. Dedicated and cloud hosting are upper service tiers that can help your website flourish as it grows, and an upgrade option will save you the future trouble of migrating to another company as you expand.

Nadzrul Hanif, web developer and owner of Mindtrick, explained it to us like this: “Shared hosting is the cheapest web hosting plan that you can get since you are sharing web hosting resources with many others; it’s similar to living in a house with a bunch of housemates. VPS has similar principles as shared hosting but you get more private resources; like living in an apartment. Dedicated hosting is when you are not sharing the server with anybody — like owning an entire house.”

Easy-to-compare service tiers

We looked for hosts that made it easy for shoppers to compare services by clearly listing service tiers, the differences between those tiers, and how much we could expect to pay for each. Companies were dinged for being misleading. For example, the incredibly low prices advertised on the front page were sometimes only an option if you signed up for a company’s longest-term contract, and some companies also tacked on a “setup fee” if you signed up for just a month-long contract. Other companies advertised special features that weren’t revealed to cost extra until we’d already signed up.

U.S.-based servers

We focused on U.S.-based servers in this review, requiring companies to have at least one data center in North America. We focused on U.S.-based servers in this review, requiring companies to have at least one data center in North America. This helps with both search engine optimization (SEO) and the speed of your site. “Google does place some emphasis for website ranking on server proximity, so the closer the better,” David Ambrogio, web developer and SEO strategist at Online Optimism explained to us. “Geographic location of your servers also has an effect on your website’s speed — the closer it is to where you’re based, the less hoops it has to go through, and the faster your information will move around.” We also preferred web hosts with additional data centers — if you live in Texas but your readers are all in the U.K., it's useful to have a web host with servers in London — but we didn’t require it. We also preferred web hosts with additional data centers — if you live in Texas but your readers are all in the UK, it's useful to have a web host with servers in London — but we didn’t require it.

Excellent uptime

Uptime measures a company’s track record for keeping websites online all of the time. In a perfect world, your website would be available to readers 100% of the time, but companies typically only guarantee 99.9% uptime, since occasional technical difficulties are inevitable. “Just about any web host will have above 99% uptime,” web consultant Stacy Clements told us. “However, the web host’s uptime doesn't mean your site will be up.”

We used a third-party monitoring service to verify uptime claims and spot top performers: companies that kept their websites up at least 99.95% of the time. Less than 1% of difference in uptime may seem trivial, but each 0.1% of downtime equals 43 minutes of a broken website each month.



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All best website builders can be divided using such criteria:

  • Free and paid. As a rule, there is no such thing as purely ‘free of charge’ website maker – it is just one of many tariff plans, which they possess. But there are free plans that do not push users to migrate to any other subscription plan forcibly (like cutting off their usage time), so you can endlessly sit on this plan if you’re okay with advertising of the site builder all over your site and artificially established limitations (like storage space, bandwidth, a number of pages in a site, impossibility to make social media integration, viewing site statistics, have SEO tools, limited personification, and many other points). Greate reviews from setupfreewebsite.com
  • Specialized and general. The specialized ones are finely tuned for one or a few directions of websites: blogs, e-shops, media gallery, landing pages, and so on. They are likely to be bad or lower-than-average for other types of websites but that won’t matter if you choose them to build a specialized website. General ones may be equally good or equally bad for all websites, allowing its users to select from a number of templates to start with or throwing a possibility to start making pages from scratch (the last option refers to more professional website makers and so users may experience broader freedom of adjustment and personification). General website creation services are usually average (4 out of 5 stars) based on consumers rating.
  • For professionals and for amateurs. The first ones’ leader is wordpress.com with the anything-possible approach. It allows building websites of varying complexity based on experience and knowledge that a user has, allowing working with a visual editor for beginners and with HTML code for advanced users. Pros usually choose site builders that allow getting into the code and downloading the pages or the entire site to work with it offline. Professional people-builders are usually interested in making a website tuned to their needs, filled with widgets and a possibility to connect to databases, optimized in load speed and SEO, availability of making backup, as well as embedding various processes into the sites (like collecting visitor’s contact data and statistics, breaking down to various parameters of tracking their on-site activity, and allowing smooth sales processes and everything that is around) to make them as useful as possible. Amateurs are usually interested in polar things like representing information on the website’s pages to describe what they are and what they do.