•     Good shared and WordPress hosting packages.
  •     Excellent uptime.
  •     Quality customer service.
  •     Multiple website-builder tools.


  •     No cloud, VPS, dedicated, or reseller server options.
  •     Lacks monthly plans.
  •     Doesn’t offer Windows-based servers.

If you’re looking to create an online destination, you need a web hosting service to lay the foundation. is a competitor in a crowded space, one that gives you the storage, data transfers, email, and other tools to do just that. Unfortunately, the service lacks the advanced hosting tiers and flexible pricing options offered by competitors, such as 1&1 Ionos, A2, AccuWeb, DreamHost, HostGator, and Hostwinds, the PCMag Editors’ Choice winners for web hosting services. Still, if you don’t need the features that lacks, you’ll find it a capable and dependable web host.
Shared Web Hosting

Like HostMonster, doesn’t offer month-to-month shared web hosting options. Instead, you must sign up for one of’s annual plans. Furthermore, unlike the other hosting services I’ve reviewed, offers no discount for signing up for a longer-term plan. In other words, you pay the same amount of money per year committing to a one-year contract that you do for a three-year contract.’s entry-level shared package, Basic, starts at $3.75 per month with a one-year contract. It includes unlimited disk space, unlimited monthly data transfers, unlimited email inboxes, 10 databases, five FTP log-ins, and the ability to host a single site. The Deluxe package, which starts at $6.75 per month with a one-year contract, adds unlimited domain hosting, and ups the databases and log-ins to 25 each. The Ultra package, priced at $13.75 per month, boasts unlimited databases and log-ins.

If you don’t want to start out with an annual web hosting commitment, HostGator, the Editors’ Choice for shared hosting, should be on your radar. Its plans have monthly hosting plans that start at $10.95 for a single month. If, on the other hand, you are ready to commit, you can drive the price down to $2.08 per month, a bit less than a similar package, if you sign up for three years. HostGator also tosses in unlimited email, storage, and monthly data transfers with all of its shared hosting plans. That’s a nice touch, and it makes HostGator quite a bit more attractive than when it comes to shared hosting.

WordPress Web Hosting has two WordPress hosting plans: WP Starter and WP Essential. WP Starter (starting at $3.75 per month) offers unlimited storage, monthly data transfers, email, and a handpicked selection of WordPress themes and plug-ins. WP Essential (starting at $6.95 per month) adds expert WordPress support, automatic malware removal, and enhanced site security. Like’s shared plans, these WordPress plans don’t give you a discount for an annual sign up.

Those are fine packages, but A2 has slightly better WordPress hosting plans. Although the two companies’ WordPress offerings have similar specs, A2 boasts a free SSL certificate with each blogging tier. As a result, A2 is the Editors’ Choice for WordPress hosting.

What It Lacks has shared and WordPress hosting plans that are worth checking out, but the web host lacks the cloud, dedicated, VPS, and reseller options that you’ll find in our highly recommended picks. It’s missing a Windows server option, too. A customer service rep suggested that I check out FatCow, the company’s sister site, for reseller and VPS plans. doesn’t give you much room to expand into other web hosting tiers, which is a significant ding against the service. If you want to reap the benefits that a dedicated server offers, for example, you’ll need to migrate your site elsewhere. That takes time, and time, as they say, is money.

Still, if you’re fine with the idea of building a Linux-based site using shared or WordPress hosting, is a great option.
Building a Website has several tools for building a website, including its own website builder. Its drag-and-drop functionality let me quickly build an attractive test page complete with slideshows, contact forms, social media links, and more.

The Starter plan (starting at $1.99 per month) lets you create up to six pages, but upgrading to the Business plan (starting at $6.99 per month) lets you create unlimited pages. The eCommerce plan (starting at $12.99 per month) adds PayPal integration, inventory management and tracking, and the ability to sell products online. All plans include unlimited storage and a free SSL certificate.

Security Features’s web hosting packages come with a slew of security features, including a password-protected directory and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) support. An SSL certificate acts as a digital passport that lets data travel through secure networks and protects valuable information, such as financial and credit card transactions, signups, and so on. If you plan to sell products, SSL should be considered an essential add-on.
Excellent Uptime

Website uptime is one of the most important aspects of a hosting service. If your site is down, clients or customers will be unable to find you or access your products or services. You do not want that.

I used a website monitoring tool to track my test site’s uptime over a two-week period. Every 15 minutes, the tool pings my website and sends me an email if it is unable to contact the site for at least one minute. The data revealed that is highly reliable; it didn’t go down once in the 14-day period.

Customer Service has both 24/7 telephone support and online web chat—I tested both help methods. I dialed’s telephone tech support on a weekday morning to ask a representative about the differences between shared hosting and dedicated hosting. The rep came to my aid in under three minutes and gave me an informative answer.

I later fired up the web chat on a weekday afternoon to ask a representative about how to import my setup into I waited just under 2 minutes before a phone technician fielded my call. He gave me a walkthrough that let me quickly import an existing blog. Overall, I am pleased with’s customer service squad. lets you cancel a hosting package at any time, and it issues a refund for the remainder of your current payment term. If you cancel the service within the first 30 days of signing up, refunds your hosting fees in full. That’s a good offering, but DreamHost outdoes it with its impressive 97-day money-back guarantee window.

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