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The Top 20 Web Hosting Providers April 2014

LogicWeb

Established in 2003, LogicWeb started off as a reseller for various dedicated server providers. Services offered in the beginning were strictly virtual shared hosting and dedicated servers. Within the first year, the company has grown to add several new services include reseller hosting, SSL certificates and domain registrations to name a few. By the first anniversary...

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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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DailyRazor.com

DailyRazor Hosting is a division of Vecordia Web Services, Inc., a provider of world-class technology solutions to small and mid-sized businesses across the world. As a leading small to mid-sized business web hosting provider, we strive to offer the most technologically advanced hosting solutions available to our customers across the world. Security, reliability,...

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iPage

Our team has been in the hosting business, personal, social and non-profit websites for more than 10 years. We know web hosting and the typical hosting customer, which means we know there is NO typical hosting customer. That's why iPage offers a great deal of flexibility, without overcomplicating things. Moreover, we focus on the three things our customers care about:...

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ViralVPS

Xen virtual server's hosted in The Netherlands. Multiple Linux distributions supported via PV and HVM virtualisation. All our plans included: SSD Cached RAID10 storage, Managed hardware firewall, Intrusion detection system (IDS), Full 1Gbps connection speed, 1TB and greater bandwidth, SolusVM control panel and a Dedicated IP address.

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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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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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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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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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ReadySpace

ReadySpace is a Cloud and Managed Hosting provider. ReadySpace provide cloud services at competitive pricing with above-industry level service, consultation and support. ReadySpace differentiates the competition through providing services from Asia Pacific region with wide spectrum of service levels in Security, Availabilty and Scalability. Every services is designed...

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OLM.net

OLM, LLC (OLM.net) is a privately held company dedicated to helping individuals and businesses create a powerful online presence easily and economically. Founded in 1996, OLM.net has grown considerably by providing a comprehensive array of web services backed by superior service and the latest technology. Currently, more than 350,000 domains from over 150 countries are...

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MultaCOM

Founded in 1997 in Orange County, California and later incorporated under Multacom Corporation with corporate office in Canyon Country, California and Datacenters in Los Angeles, California by Sr. System Engineers and Sr. Network Engineers looking to provide the highest possible quality service with knowledgeable staff at lowest possible pricing. The lack of a good...

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KickAssVPS

KickAssVPS.com is a privately held company based in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Founded in 2005, KickAssVPS.com focuses on providing high quality network services, virtual private servers (VPS), system administration, and security services to clients locally, nationally, and globally. Although a young company, our solid track record and word-of-mouth reputation demonstrate...

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SoftSys Hosting

Softsys Hosting began web hosting operations in 2006 (under domain softsys.org) and since then has become one of the best Windows hosts. Along with being a Microsoft Windows Shared and Reseller Hosting Specialist, we offer a full line of small business solutions, including payment gateway services, SSL certificates, domain registration, etc. All aspects of our company...

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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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