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Web Hosting Survey 2016: Results, Highlights, and Hosting Advice

It is all the time fascinating to study individuals’s opinions of and expectations for their internet host.

In Might/June 2016, I began a survey and spent 1.5 months accumulating customers’ internet hosting suggestions. I additionally reached out to over 50 professional bloggers for suggestions about their present internet host. Beneath are the survey outcomes, consumer suggestions, and internet hosting recommendation from the professional bloggers, together with private highlights.

Rating Sheets and Fast Statistics

First, an outline of the survey. I requested three easy questions.

  • The place do you host your weblog/website at present?
  • Are you glad along with your present internet host?
  • Do you intend to change internet hosts within the subsequent six months?
  • There have been 200+ responses obtained. The quantity drops to 188 after taking off the unusable suggestions.


    The next are the outcomes and statistics derived from contributors’ enter.

    Rely of Web Hosting Manufacturers Talked about

    60 hosting firms (with 19 in my internet hosting evaluate record) had been talked about within the survey:

    1 & 1, A Small Orange, A2 Hosting, Abivia Inc, Entry built-in, Arvixe, Bitnami, Massive Scoots, Massive Rock, BlogBing, Blogger (Google), BlueHost, BrainHost, BulwarkHost, Can Area, Artistic On, Digital Ocean, Eco Web Hosting, Eye Host, Quick Comet, Quick URL, FatCow, Float Hosting, Flywheel, Free Hosting, Get Set Dwell, GlobeHost, GoDaddy, Dwelling PL, Host Colour, Hostgator, Hostinger, Hostinglah, Hostpapa, InMotion Hosting, Interserver, iPage, Jimdo, Liquid Web, Dwell Journal, Midphase, MxHost, Identify Low-cost,, OVH, Pressidium, Proxgroup, pSek, SiteGround, Squarespace, Regular Clour, Strikingly, Tremendous Hosting, TMD Hosting, Typepad, Rich Affiliate, Web Click on Hosting, WebPanda, WordPress, and WP Engine.

    Hostgator (30), InMotion Hosting (14), GoDaddy and BlueHost (every 13) are probably the most talked about manufacturers on this survey.


    Numbers of hosting manufacturers talked about within the survey.

    Individuals who want to (or to not) change internet host within the subsequent 6 months

    55 respondents present intention of switching, 60 respondents possibly, and  73 respondents most well-liked to stay with their present internet hosts for the following six months.

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    Web Host Rankings by 188 Respondents

    Within the survey (query #2), contributors had been requested to fee their host based mostly on value, internet hosting options, server efficiency, consumer friendliness, and after gross sales assist. They’ve three score choices – Disappointing, Cheap, and Excellent – for every facet.


    To quantify and to show the outcomes effectively, I take advantage of a 3-point system (1 being the worst, 3 the most effective). The next desk provides a fast view on every internet hosting firm’s  rankings. Full rating sheet is proven within the authentic Hosting Survey web page.

    Keep in mind that my pattern measurement is tiny and biased (I might say 90% of the contributors are WHSR guests).

    Web HostNo. of ResponsesCommon RatingWeb HostNo. of ResponsesCommon Rating
    1 & 112.4Hostgator302.1
    A Small Orange22.5Hostinger11.6
    A2 Hosting92.0Hostinglah11.4
    Abivia Inc12.8Hostpapa12.4
    Entry built-in11.0InMotion Hosting142.7
    Massive Scoots13.0Jimdo12.2
    Massive Rock12.6Liquid Web12.2
    BlogBing12.4Dwell Journal11.0
    Blogger (Google)122.5Midphase22.6
    BrainHost12.6Identify Low-cost42.6
    Can Area12.8OVH13.0
    Artistic On12.6Pressidium32.8
    Digital Ocean21.8Proxgroup12.6
    Eco Web Hosting12.0pSek11.8
    Eye Host11.4SiteGround72.4
    Quick Comet11.8Squarespace12.2
    Quick URL11.2Regular Clour13.0
    Float Hosting13.0Tremendous Hosting12.2
    Flywheel13.0TMD Hosting32.2
    Free Hosting11.8Typepad11.4
    Get Set Dwell12.8Rich Affiliate22.6
    GlobeHost12.0Web Click on Hosting12.0
    Dwelling PL11.6WordPress52.1
    Host Colour22.1WP Engine32.2

    *Observe: 3 = Greatest; 1 = Worst

    Highlights / Web Hosting Advice

    Beneath are some highlights and fascinating classes I discovered from the internet hosting survey and the bloggers I spoke to.

    1. Server velocity issues, so much!

    I requested greater than 50 bloggers about what they like/dislike about their internet hosts. Nearly EVERYONE talked about website velocity of their suggestions. In case you had been wanting for an online host, make it possible for server velocity / efficiency is certainly one of your consideration components.

    I want my internet host would combine new applied sciences like Nginx, MariaDB, LXD, HTTP2 & PHP7 to make sure my website is on the reducing fringe of load occasions as a result of we all know that for those who increase website speed you additionally improve income. Nevertheless on the similar time, making radical modifications like that would have a damaging impact so it’s exhausting for a webhost to stability that throughout all of their clients websites as not each buyer is identical. However, I might at the very least like the choice to make that call for myself. — Matthew Woodward, Matthew Woodward Blog

    We at present use Digital Ocean on the amount drive framework. I really like the velocity, stability and scalability of the system, however as a result of these are developer platforms, they arrive with no assist and might be fairly complicated to handle when issues go flawed. It could actually additionally get reasonably pricey to repair points as a result of that. Aside from that, we’re golden. — Gael Breton, Authority Hacker

    There are a bunch of issues that I like about my present internet host (Site visitors Planet Hosting), however the principle factor is velocity. My website is on a shared server, however web page load occasions are nice and it copes properly with site visitors spikes. I’ve used devoted servers up to now that loaded so much slower. — Adam Connell, Blogging Wizard

    Host: WebSynthesis Professional: Websites are all the time up and operating at full velocity Con: Further prices for brand spanking new WordPress installs/websites and database work — Zac Johnson, Blogging org

    I am utilizing Site visitors Planet. The factor I really like about them is that their assist is no doubt the most effective I’ve ever skilled on-line or offline. Second after all is the development in website velocity. You possibly can study what occurred once I switched right here: 200% sooner. I believe they’re the right choice for web entrepreneurs. The founder is an web marketer himself so the worth is good and you get optimum options. — Chris Lee, Rank XL

    Helpful Suggestions

    Tip #1: You possibly can use Bitcatcha to examine your website velocity from eight totally different areas and examine outcomes with their benchmark information.

    Tip #2: To be taught extra about NGINX (talked about in Matthew’s remark), learn this NGINX vs Apache guide by Ryan Frankel.

    Hosts with greatest server efficiency, as per our survey rankings

    Based mostly on my survey outcomes, InMotion Hosting and Interserver are among the many two with the highest scores in time period of server efficiency.

    Web HostWorthOptionsEfficiencyConsumer PleasantAssistEvaluate
    InMotion Hosting2. Evaluate
    Interserver2. Evaluate

    * Ranking system defined: 1= worst, 3 = greatest. Nevertheless, please be aware that I solely examine internet hosting firms with greater than three respondents within the survey.

    Quite a lot of internet hosts, together with 1&1, Bitnami, FlyWheel, Float Hosting, Get Set Dwell, OVH, Pressidium, and so forth, had been rated “Excellent” (3.0) by their customers; however cannot be included on this record as a result of pattern measurement limitation.

    2. Change is difficult

    It is stunning to see so many respondents rated their host “Excellent” (3) by way of value and “Disappointing” (1) by way of efficiency or buyer assist or consumer friendliness; and had no intention to change.

    Lesson discovered: Some individuals would refuse to change internet hosts as a result of price. Worse nonetheless, some rated their host under “Cheap” (< 1.5). However when requested if they’d be switching internet hosts within the subsequent 6 months, the reply is No or Perhaps. I want they may perceive the significance of a dependable internet host.

    Helpful Suggestions

    Switching hosts is less complicated than you thought, make use of our host switching information right here.

    3. Buyer helps

    Just a few of the bloggers I spoke to emphasise the significance of buyer assist.

    I am with WordPress Hosting by Synthesis, and what I really like about them is that since switching my fundamental websites to them in 2013, I’ve had minimal points. Previous to them, I used low cost, shared internet hosting and needed to cope with huge scale WordPress hacks at the very least 2 -3 occasions per yr. For the reason that change, I’ve had minimal points. The few occasions my website has gone down, it is often been a results of including a foul plugin or updating to a foul plugin model. With a common internet host, it could have been me having to determine what plugin did it and repair it. With Synthesis, I simply electronic mail assist to allow them to know the location is down, and inside an hour or two, they discover the difficulty and repair it, whether or not it is their fault or not. Certain, they’re costlier than your run of the mill hosting firm, however whenever you think about the price of the safety they supply, the off-site backups, the search engine optimization instruments they provide you along with your web site, and the good assist, it is 100% price it. — Kristi Hines, Freelance Writer

    I take advantage of Flywheel, and I really like that I can depend on their assist group for quick and pleasant responses — on the uncommon event that I want them, after all! Their platform is dependable and simple to make use of, and as an online developer I like to recommend them to all my shoppers. — Lisa Butler, Elembee

    I’m utilizing two internet hosting firms at present: Massive Rock and Godaddy. I all the time use the GoDaddy for my shoppers and is without doubt one of the most dependable internet hosting suppliers I’ve ever used with 24*7 buyer providers. However my Personal web site is on BigRock’s Shared Hosting, and generally I face issues with that, and secondly they supply providers for 10 hours a day, from morning 9 to night 8. And the factor that I dislike is that Massive rock is just not offering 24*7 buyer assist. Which generally turns right into a loss for me whereas I like Godaddy due to their 24*7 buyer assist. — Robin Khokhar, Tricky Enough

    Presently I’m utilizing Blue Host internet host, and one factor I discovered greatest with them is their great interplay, the short response from its customer support group which is de facto praiseworthy. They did a beautiful service whereas migrating my content material from my earlier internet hosting platform.  However I believe that their pricing is a bit on a better facet evaluating to others I suppose. — Philip Verghese Ariel, P V Ariel

    Hosts with greatest after gross sales assist, as per our survey rankings

    So in case you are questioning, right here are the highest 5 hosts by way of their assist rankings, as per our survey consequence.

    Web HostWorthOptionsEfficiencyConsumer PleasantAssistWHSR Evaluate
    InMotion Hosting2. Evaluate
    Interserver2. Evaluate
    Identify Low-cost2.32.32.333
    Pressidium23333Learn Evaluate
    TMD Hosting321.31.73Learn Evaluate

    * Ranking system defined: 1= worst, 3 = greatest. Once more, be aware that I solely present these with greater than three survey responses. Some internet hosting firms is likely to be lacking within the record – not as a result of they’re no good, however reasonably it is as a result of I haven’t got sufficient suggestions.

    4. Hostgator – nonetheless killing it?

    Should you learn my Hostgator evaluate, you may see that I’m not notably proud of Hostgator these days. And customarily talking, the respondents of this survey would agree with my opinion. The score for Hostgator in each facet is 2.1, which is simply barely above common.

    But, many select to stay with Hostgator.

    Out of 188 survey responses, 30 are nonetheless internet hosting their major websites (or blogs) at Hostgator. It is probably the most talked about model identify on our record.

    5. With Google, free is just not ok. 

    I didn’t anticipate so many to host their major websites at Blogger/Google.

    What’s extra – 4 out of 12 weren’t 100% proud of the worth ($0) at Blogger. One voted “Disappointing” by way of value. I’m wondering what extra can Google may do to please these customers.

    Helpful Suggestions:

    Google could be very strict with their customers’ content material high quality and utilization of affiliate hyperlinks. Nevertheless if monetization is just not your fundamental concern, they’re a reasonably good choice (free internet hosting). You should utilize a customized area (ie. in your weblog (learn how to do it here). 

    6. Pressidium – Good in every thing however not the worth?

    I obtained three inputs for Pressidium (certainly one of my 5-star hosts). The rating sheets for all three inputs are precisely the identical. The contributors voted 3 (excellent) in each facet however a 2 (affordable) in Worth.

    Pressidium Consumer Evaluate

    I spoke to Ron Sela earlier and this is his suggestions on Pressidium. For many who need extra, our Pressidium internet hosting evaluate and take a look at outcomes are printed right here.

    To this point, Pressidium is my favourite internet host thus far. They provide a plethora of service for one inexpensive value, and I by no means have to fret about operating out of bandwidth, or having any points changing or sustaining the CDN of my weblog. With their private plan bundle, you get limitless bandwidth and skilled assist. It is exhausting to decide on a superb internet host, and more often than not they price a complete lot extra. Pressidium has every thing that I want, plus it provides a ton of fantastic options that allow me take pleasure in constructing my weblog with out feeling pissed off about unresponsive software program, or software program that is not going to be suitable with my WordPress weblog. I used to be bought the primary time I had to make use of their customer support, and I believe you may be too. — Ron Sela, Ron Sela Blog

    7. Pinterest internet hosting, anybody?

    A handful of contributors inserted Pinterest or Fb as their internet host. No thought in the event that they had been critical.

    8. Good issues come at affordable costs, generally

    I all the time harassed {that a} good internet host would not should price you an arm and a leg.

    My assertion is type of confirmed on this survey. Many contributors rated their host “Excellent” (3) on each value and efficiency within the survey. Good issues do come affordable (or low cost) in internet hosting.

    Helpful Suggestions: 

    Therefore, additionally take a look at the 2 internet hosts that weren’t listed on this survey – Web Host Face and They’re the 2 least expensive internet hosting providers in my evaluate record – entry plans begin at $1.63/mo and $0.25/mo respectively.

    9. Enjoyable information

    hosting factsSupply: Host Advice

    United States is the nation with the largest variety of hosted domains – 142,306,068 domains and 296,710 internet hosts.

    In accordance with Host Advice’s 2015 study, 84% of the world’s web sites are hosted by a US-based supplier.

    Demand for the hosting providers trade in america grew considerably over the previous 5 years as a result of excessive demand from firms hoping to broaden their internet presence. The annual development fee has been 11.2% in the period from 2010 to 2015 and this development is predicted to proceed within the 5 years to 2020.

    That mentioned, nevertheless, hosting market could be very native in nature. For instance, in France, eight out of the highest ten internet hosting web sites are French, and equally with Germany and German firms. In Italy, 9 out of the highest ten internet hosting websites are Italian and in smaller markets just like the Czech Republic, ten out of the highest ten internet hosting firms are native.

    Wrapping Up / Credit score

    Earlier than we finish this put up – I want to thank everybody for collaborating within the internet hosting survey and internet hosting suggestions roundup. It was fascinating to be taught what everybody thinks and expects from their internet hosting supplier.

    Final lesson: Higher information processing expertise wanted

    Processing the survey outcomes took much more time and effort than I anticipated. If I had ready some automated scripts (in Excel or Google Spreadsheet) that might be an enormous assist.

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