This Liquid Web Hosting Review was revised and updated on July 18, 2019.
Most prominent hosting companies are flexible in what they offer: they can provide hosting for individuals or even large businesses. While they may be good, this, of course, means that some degree of specialization might be lost.
Enter Liquid Web: founded in 1997, Liquid Web has become a leading brand in managed hosting products. Managed hosting is basically high-end hosting: akin to dedicated hosting, the company leases servers (or server space in the case of VPS hosting) to clients, but the company also handles a lot more on their end than in normal hosting options.
Managed hosting typically costs more because the company is providing a lot more for its customers. It’s especially sought after by small or midsized businesses (also known as SMBs).
As such, Liquid Web only has 30,000 customers (though in 130 countries) and helps manage half a million sites—nothing compared to the millions the big names in hosting count. But again—Liquid Web-only offers managed hosting.
In other words, unless you’ve got a lot to throw down, Liquid Web isn’t the best option for most hobbyists or individuals. If you run a small or medium-sized business, or if you’re a designer or developer with heavy needs or a digital agency—well, Liquid Web is probably perfect.
So how does Liquid Web do in this niche?
After testing out Liquid Web for a few months, I can say that Liquid Web truly has managed to make itself a great option for its target. However, I don’t think it’s for all SMBs—so let’s jump into the details.