A Big List of Web Hosting Companies
List updated: September 2018
If you’re looking for a massive list of web hosting companies, you’ve come to the right place! Below you’ll see the 100 most popular web hosting companies (as determined by me using Alexa data as well as data from other sources and my own experience).
WebHostingBuddy was created to be an honest, real review site that isn’t swayed by affiliate commissions or other nonsense, and you can find a lot of great information here. This page is primarily a “reference” page that includes a giant list of web hosting companies with a brief review of each one.
Quick disclosure: if you buy hosting from some of the hosts on this page, I might get a small kickback in the form of a commission. This does NOT affect my recommendations any possible way, it really just helps cover expenses for this site. There are a LOT of hosts that offer big commissions that I don’t recommend at all. For proof of that, you can read about that on a special page I created called “Hosts I Don’t Recommend” in order to help people avoid choosing a bad host.
I have direct experience with every host on this list, unlike many of the other web hosting review sites out there that simply scrape together a giant list of web hosting companies and pull the meta descriptions from their sites. With that said, I don’t recommend all of the companies on this list, and if I don’t—I’ll tell you. Each hosting company listed below is also accompanied by a short description/opinion to add some additional information/perspective.
In all of my searching on the web, this is the most relevant and comprehensive list of popular web hosts in existence:
1) Bluehost—One of the most popular shared hosting companies that also offers VPS servers and dedicated servers. They have great uptime ratings and are one of my favorite go-to hosting companies.
2) HostGator—They are another one of my favorite web hosting companies. They have awesome uptime figures (100% in my testing) and have great prices too. They offer shared hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, and also WordPress hosting.
3) WP Engine—Definitely my favorite host for WordPress sites when performance is a must. They cost a little more than other hosts, but the increase in speed, performance and support is well worth it.
4) Flywheel—Another managed premium WordPress host. They are excellent and I can definitely recommend them. On top of that, they offer a tiny plan that’s cheaper than WP Engine.
5) SiteGround—One of the best budget WordPress hosts out there. Great support and customer service; very snappy servers and excellent caching.
6) LiquidWeb—If you’re looking for a VPS or dedicated server, these are the guys. I’ve been with them for many years and their support is top-notch.
7) Rackspace—They are great for email hosting and dedicated servers, but you pay a premium price if you want a fully-managed setup. They do a lot of business with large companies.
8) Cloudways—An excellent host if you want to use a cloud platform like Digital Ocean or Vultr without the hassle of managing all the technical details.
9) A Small Orange—A really good budget hosting company. Their VPS servers aren’t all that great but their shared hosting is nice if you’re limited on funds and still want a quality host. Owned by EIG.
10) GoDaddy—One of the biggest domain registrars in existence. Their hosting is OK (not as good as other companies that sell hosting primarily). Their hosting integrates well with their domain management panel.
11) DreamHost—A good quality shared host but their backend panel is horrendous and hard to use. Good reliability, so-so customer service.
12) Amazon S3—An extremely cheap way to host a static HTML website, although you need to be relatively tech-savvy to use it and other than billing support, there’s no help—you’re on your own.
13) InMotion Hosting—A solid shared hosting company with VPS offerings and dedicated servers. They don’t really do anything bad, but don’t stand out as much as other hosts.
14) 1&1—Great for domain registrations, but terrible for hosting. Slow and confusing interface.
15) Arvixe—Good servers and speed, but terrible customer service. Wait times have been awful in my experience.
16) HostMonster—A Bluehost derivative. Same backend, same panel, just a different name.
17) HostPapa—Mediocre server speed and support. Nothing really stands out about them to me—there are much better options.
18) IX Web Hosting—Good support and decently fast servers. A solid company, although their renewal prices were a bit high for their low-end plans.
19) JustHost—Another Bluehost derivative. Same interface, same everything, just a different name and colors.
20) LunarPages—They’re fairly cheap with the right coupons (and offer recurring discounts) but getting in touch with support is hard to do and their interface is very confusing.
21) MidPhase—A solid shared hosting company with good support and fair pricing. Can’t say much bad about MidPhase, they do everything pretty well.
22) NameCheap—Awesome domain registrar but terrible host. I found their servers to be littered with spammy sites and their hosting wasn’t anything special.
23) Network Solutions—The worst domain registrar ever that plays endless tricks when trying to cancel. Their hosting is an afterthought and an absolute commodity. Stay away at all costs.
24) Netfirms—An “iPage derivative” host. Slow, bad interface, and high pricing. Stay away!
25) iPage—One of the worst. Slow, insecure, expensive—don’t believe the hype and ads everywhere. There are tons of better options—avoid them.
26) PowWeb—Another “iPage derivative.” All of the bad things about iPage with a different name. Avoid them.
27) Green Geeks—Decent value and server capability, but they seem to have problems managing usage on their shared servers, so I’d stay away.
28) Globat—Another “iPage-like” hosting company. Same interface, features—same low quality hosting. Stay away.
29) FatCow—One of iPage’s sister companies that is just as bad. Poorly-managed servers, and high prices. Avoid them at all costs.
30) CrocWeb—Sort of a lower quality rip off of HostGator (using the crocodile/alligator mascot, etc.). There are better options.
31) HostMetro—Absolutely terrible customer service and mediocre hosting. Low prices, but that’s about it.
33) Hawk Host—Similar to CrocWeb. A budget host that isn’t really worth it in my opinion.
34) StableHost—A pretty good budget host. They seem to do a good job of managing server resources and their prices are quite good.
35) WebHostingHub—A decent shared hosting company that manages their server resources fairly well. There are better mainstream options (like HostGator) but they aren’t a bad choice at all.
36) Webline Services—Webline Services is another budget host that does a pretty good job of maintaining their servers and throttling bandwidth abuse. Their prices are pretty good and they’re an overall solid budget choice.
37) SteadFast.net—They primarily focus on high end hosting and dedicated servers, but they are a solid company with good customer support.
38) Linode—Linode is a cloud hosting and VPS provider. They sell high end boxes with very good support, but they are generally unmanged and require a high level of technical understanding to use and implement, so not for newbies.
39) Web.com—A sister company to Network Solutions with slightly better customer service (which isn’t saying much). Their hosting is slow and commoditized with poor support, so avoid them.
40) BigRock—Primarily a domain registrar that has ventured into the hosting game. When I tried them, their servers were littered with spam sites from what I could tell. Stay away.
41) Site5—A fairly good shared hosting company that has a lot of different datacenters and locations to pick from, possibly more than any other shared hosting company.
42) iPower—Yet another iPage-like hosting company. A derivative of iPage with all of the same low quality servers and terrible interface. Don’t use them.
43) HostDime—HostDime is a high end VPS and dedicated server company. They don’t do budget hosting in any way, but they do have great support and excellent servers.
44) DotEasy—A Canadian web hosting that does everything from shared hosting to dedicated servers. Decent support and products/pricing, but if you need US-based servers you’ll have to look elsewhere.
45) WestHost—Slow servers and bad support. They’re a generic “do-it-all” host but there are many better choices.
46) LaughingSquid—The worst customer service I have ever experienced. Terrible support hours, and although they rent servers from Rackspace their administration is awful. Don’t use them for anything.
47) Vultr—An excellent cloud host. If you aren’t well-versed in working with cloud servers, go with someone like Cloudways and spin up a Vultr instance.
48) Digital Ocean—Similar to Vultr. A really good quality cloud host, also available through Cloudways or on their own if you know how to manage a cloud server.
49) Atlantic.net—Another cloud host similar to Digital Ocean and Vultr. They don’t provide managed support so you need to know your way around a server.
50) LeaseWeb—A high end hosting company that specializes in dedicated boxes and cloud servers. They don’t provide management with most options so you need to be able to manage your own servers.
51) 50Megs—A lower-end budget host that offers a free option as well with the purchase of a domain. Possibly suitable for a low traffic website, but for anything medium to high traffic there are better options.
53) APlus.net—A domain registrar first and web host second. If you’re looking to host a simple blog or website, there are better options.
54) DiscountASP.net—One of the most popular options for hosting ASP/ASPX websites. Their site looks old but they’ve been around for a while and have decent service and support.
55) NearlyFreeSpeech.net—I’m not the biggest fan of free or “freemium” hosting, but if I had to use someone for that it would probably be these guys.
56) Amazon EC2—Harder to manage than Amazon S3 (static) hosting, but necessary for WordPress and sites that require a SQL database. Unless you need the flexibility of Amazon for one reason or another, it’s probably not the most effective (cost or productivity-wise) way of hosting WordPress.
57) Microsoft Azure—This is Microsoft’s hosting platform and it’s quite robust. You can host everything from web applications to WordPress websites. That said, it requires a moderate level of technical expertise to use and isn’t for everyone.
58) EverLeap—Everleap is an excellent ASP/ASPX host if you’re looking for a platform that can run WordPress on ASP/ASPX. For example, if you have a .NET web application that you need to run on a WordPress site this is the host to choose.
59) TurnKey Internet—Another budget hosting company that has a wide variety of offerings. They have a somewhat commoditized feel, but if you’re looking to host an extremely low traffic site they’re not a bad option. Anything more, and it might be wise to find a more robust hosting company.
60) A2 Hosting—Similar to BlueHost or HostGator, they’re a host that does it all from shared hosting to dedicated and cloud servers; fairly good support and management of their servers from my experience.
61) Deluxe Hosting—Absolutely terrible customer service, slow servers, and high prices. Not a good choice for anything.
62) Codero—They have a lot of options in terms of cloud and hybrid servers. Good support and pricing.
63) Media Temple—A good WordPress host if you’re looking for a managed setup. With pricing similar to WP Engine, I’d probably go with the latter. If you have an existing site on Media Temple though and are happy then there’s really no reason to move.
64) eHost—A fairly generic host in my opinion that’s pushed heavily by affiliates. There are better options out there if you’re looking for shared hosting.
65) Name.com—They’re primarily a domain registrar (and a good one at that) and also offer hosting on the site. Their support for hosting isn’t all that great, but their product is solid. I would recommend them for domains and look elsewhere for hosting.
66) Pressable—Premium WordPress hosting with great pricing. While I like WP Engine a little better, Pressable is definitely a solid hosting company for WordPress.
67) Pagely—Absolutely top tier WordPress hosting. These guys know their stuff and are hosted used by some very big brands. That said, they aren’t cheap (plans start at $99/month). I think WP Engine is a better value unless you can justify $99+/month on hosting (some people can).
68) Synthesis—Similar to WP Engine (without the same level of support) they’re a premium WordPress hosting company. Great servers and optimization for WordPress, but I’ve found their support to be a bit lacking.
69) Pressidium—A premium WordPress host with good pricing and features. They don’t have chat support though, which I think is a downside compared to WP Engine.
70) IdeaHost—Yet another iPage clone. Awful interface and reliability, can’t recommend them at all.
71) StartLogic—Again, an iPage clone. Slow and expensive. Avoid them and look elsewhere.
72) Domain.com—A domain registrar with hosting as an afterthought. There are better options, although they’re a decent registrar.
73) HostWinds—Lower quality web hosting in my opinion. The “snappiness” of their servers isn’t there and customer support is mediocre.
74) OVH—A French company that provides dedicated and cloud servers. They manage their resources pretty well and have decent support. Not a bad choice.
75) Valice—Some of the rudest customer service that I have ever experienced. Good servers and infrastructure, but terrible support. Would not recommend them.
76) T1Hosting—A budget host first and foremost. If you have a low traffic site or a test site they might not be a bad option, but if you’re looking for anything more there are better choices.
77) MochaHost—Another budget host. Again, if you’ve got a test site or something that isn’t super important or well-trafficked then they’re probably fine. Otherwise, not the best choice for most websites.
78) WiredTree—A VPS and dedicated server company based out of Chicago, IL. Their VPS servers are good and support is OK. Update: WiredTree was acquired by Liquidweb in January 2017. You can read more about that here.
79) Dotster—Primarily a domain registrar that offers hosting as an add on. There are better companies for the money that focus primarily on hosting.
80) KnownHost—An awesome VPS host. They have great support, servers and pricing. One of my go-to hosts when I need a cheap but reliable VPS.
81) Register.com—A Network Solutions sister company. Their hosting is commoditized and slow—avoid them when choosing a web host and domain registrar as there are better options everywhere for both.
82) Gandi.net—One of the most popular domain registrars in the US but their hosting is just average (which is common with most domain registrars).
83) Pair.com—Clunky and slow servers from my experience. While they seem to be reasonably popular, I can’t understand why.
84) Hivelocity—High end dedicated servers and cloud hosting. For people (and companies) who are tech savvy with larger budgets.
85) Webz Pro—A nice little budget host that manages their servers well and has fair pricing.
86) eNom.com—One of the world’s largest domain registrars that has add-on, vanilla hosting. Nothing special and there are better hosts all over.
87) DynaDot—A good domain registrar, but not the best hosting company. Very commoditized feel to their hosting.
88) Geek Storage—Another solid budget host. They manage their servers well and have very good pricing.
89) Moniker—A good domain registrar but a very confusing interface. Like most domain registrars, their hosting is very commoditized and not the best choice.
90) eNomCentral—Expensive domains and lackluster hosting. Not a fan of anything that they offer.
91) ResellerClub—An offshoot of Bluehost that is dedicated to reseller hosting. Servers are decent but don’t seem to be in the same league as Bluehost.
92) DirectNIC—Another domain name registrar that offers a-la-carte hosting. Nothing special here as a registrar or host.
93) MyDomain—An iPage-style domain registrar that offers the same low quality hosting. Avoid them for domains and also for hosting.
94) Joink—Quality hosting, infrastructure and support. Expensive for what you get but a solid company.
95) SoftLayer—IBM’s hosting platform. Mostly for big companies and other super-techy stuff; not for the casual blogger looking to host a website. That said, if you do need what they offer they’re a great company.
96) Joyent—Mostly for hosting web applications and other similar things. Not really for standard web hosting.
97) OpenShift—More for hosting data, databases, apps, etc. Not really for hosting website although it can be done.
98) Bitnami—Cloud hosting company that can be used to host WordPress as well as other apps and data. Requires a reasonable level of technical expertise to deploy and use their cloud instances.
99) VPS.net—A budget VPS host. When you pay $5/month for a VPS you’re clearly not getting a $60/month managed VPS like what you’d received from Liquidweb, but if you need a cheap VPS for testing they’re not bad.
100) ServInt—A higher-end hosting company that specializes in VPS, dedicated and cloud hosting. Good support and features, but they really cater to high-volume, high-end hosting solutions required by organizations such as large newspapers and big businesses.