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Top Rated:

Lunarpages.com Web Hosting

Second Choice

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Top Rated and Tested Hosting Companies - 2010-2011

We recommend any of these top 5.  Which one to chose?

Hands down, LunarPages is our top pick.  We've been testing and using them for 10 years. Lunarpages has lots of support, including 24x7 toll-free phone support (usually a 10 to 15 minute wait), and is very reliable.  Plus they have both dedicated and virtual servers to grow into if/when you outgrow a shared hosting environment. You can start out with an inexpensive $4/month plan and grow to a dedicated server if you need it.

If you prototype many new sites, go with Bluehost

Then there are the rest, of which there are many.  These are the "best of the rest", but we'd stick with Lunarpages or Bluehost.  1and1.com is cheap but does not scale well, so if your traffic grows, you'd have to leave them.

BlueHost is easy enough for beginners, but is feature-rich enough to keep you.  Their only problem is less than stellar up time.

If you just need high bandwidth, evenly, no more than 5 GB per day, PowWeb. If you need high bandwidth, and it varies from day to day, that you could exceed 5 GB in one day, Gate.com might work, but since they were bought out (they used to be HostSave) they haven't remained competitive.

Updated November 2010

Click on the name of each hosting company for more current information!

Note about bandwidth: Why isn't "unlimited bandwidth" always best?  Because the fine print gives them the right to cut you off any time you actually use too much bandwidth, in their opinion! If you consistently use a lot of bandwidth, they will cut you off!  In reality, 5 GB of bandwidth is a huge amount that you likely never exceed!

Host

LunarPages 

BlueHost 1and1.com

PowWeb

Gate.com (formerly Host Save)

Rating 1 3 4 5

Effective cost/month (annual prepay)

$3.95

$6.95

3.99

$3.88

$4.98

Storage (disk space)

5 GB

unlimited

10 GB

unlimited

unlimited 

Bandwidth/month

50 GB

unlimited

unlimited

unlimited

Unlimited Data Transfer

PHP

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

MySQL dbs

unlimited

10

unlimited

75

unlimited

CGI bin  

YES

YES

YES

YES YES

FP extensions

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

Phone support

YES

YES

NO

YES 877- 4powweb

24x7

Web chat support

YES

YES

24x7

YES

YES

Email support

YES

YES

YES

YES - 24x7

YES

Forum support

YES

YES

YES

YES - 16000 members

YES

Fantastico

YES

YES

YES

NO

NO

Web control panel

cpanel

cpanel

cpanel

YES

YES

Webstats

YES

YES

Webalizer

Webalizer and Awstats

YES

SSL

YES

YES shared

Optional

YES

YES - Shared

SSH

NO

YES

YES

NO

 

Email accounts

unlimited

2,500

unlimited

unlimited

500 / 1000

Autoresponders

unlimited

unlimited

 

 

YES - 1

Catchall

YES

YES

YES

 

YES

Forwarding

unlimited

YES

unlimited

Yes

unlimited

Mailing lists

YES

YES

5 / 20

Yes

NO

Anti-Spam   Spam Assassin YES    

Shopping cart

Agora

OS Commerce, Agora

YES

OS Commerce

NO

Domains

unlimited

unlimited

1 / 10

 

1

Subdomains

unlimited

unlimited

unlimited

 

0

SSI

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Cron

 

YES

YES

YES

NO

Raw and error logs

YES

YES

YES

YES

NO

Scripts

YES

YES

YES

 

NO

Website currently hosted there:
Christmas Tree.org
since 2005 
jbslemmer.com
since 2002
  None at present pumpkin patches and more.org
since 2004
Other Flash and Shockwave, Real Media audio and video Also PostGre databases, streraming audio and video, Real audio, video, flash, ShockwaveMIME, MIDI     Also has virtual (VPS) and dedicated servers

Web Hosting Companies That Have Good Packages,
But We Have Not Yet Tested.

Host

GoDaddy

Midphase

Globat

Ipower /Ipower-web

Web hosting buzz

Start Logic

ePow Host

eMax Hosting

NZ WebIT .com
Rating 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14

Effective cost/month (annual prepay)

$3.16  / or $7.96

$7.95 / $9.95 / $11.95 plus $30 setup fee (often waived)

$4.95 or $9.95 or $14.95

$7.95

$3 / $4 / $5 / $7

$14.95

$7.95

$8.95

 

Storage

500 MB /
2 GB

2.2 / 2.6 / 2.9 GB

5  /  7.5  / 10 GB

2 GB

1 / 2 / 3 / 4 GB

5 GB

1 GB

1 GB

 

Bandwidth

25 GB /
100 GB

unlimited or 60/65/75

75 / 100 / 150 GB

50 GB

25 / 35 / 45 / 65 GB

100 GB

40 GB

60 GB

 

PHP

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

YES

 

MySQL dbs

1 / 10

unlimited

unlimited

YES

unlimited

YES

20

unlimited

 

Other Sources of Reviews and Information About Web Hosting Companies

Website Strengths Weaknesses
Upperhost pretty good, lots of detail, and background information. Not a very complete l;ist, and doesn't include some very good companies
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http://www.site5.com/shared/comparison.php

 

   
http://www.hosting-comparison.com/

 

Nice chart  
http://www.hostingconsumerreport.org/topunixhosts.htm

 

   

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