Top 15 Free Web Hosting Sites of 2018 (Speed Tested / Pros & Cons)

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Who doesn’t love Free Website Hosting?

Maybe you want to validate your idea or run a website for your non-profit or are just looking to save some money.

There are number of providers who offer free web hosting services, which will match your needs and expectations.

 
“I don’t care how much money you have, free stuff is always a great thing”
– Queen Latifah

Having said that, free hosting come with their own limitations which includes things like:

  • No site backups
  • Lower Performance
  • No Uptime Guarantee
  • Ads on site
  • Limited Customer Support Options
  • Difficulty in getting prompt customer support

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Bandzoogle Review: 8 Things To Know Before You Use it!

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Oh yes, today there are so many hosting platforms available in the market. However, most of these are general purpose hosting platforms. By general purpose, I mean you could host any domain.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could get an all exclusive hosting platform that can be used for a specific domain that you are looking for?

How about having a hosting platform dedicated to musicians?

There you go.

Bandzoogle is indeed a hosting platform dedicated to musicians.

A website dedicated to musicians requires more creativity and more tools. This is exactly what Bandzoogle incorporates.

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SiteGround vs Godaddy Comparison 2018: My Experience

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying the customer for GoDaddy and SiteGround.

I am monitoring both shared hosting’s servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-gd.website and hostingpill-sg.website.

This Comparision of SiteGround vs GoDaddy is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

SiteGround, as well as GoDaddy both, are well-known brand names in the web hosting industry.

Both of these platforms are used by many and have a list of features to their credit.

Which one to choose is just a difficult thing to conclude, especially if you do not get a comparative analysis of these two platforms.

While choosing a web hosting platform, there are several points which needs to be considered. It’s never easy to choose one.

Through this post, I will provide a comparative study of SiteGround and GoDaddy.siteground vs godaddy

I will discuss more in details about their pros and cons.

This will help you decide which platform would work best for you.

First, let me give a brief overview of both these hosting platforms.

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GoDaddy Review: Uptime, Features & My Recommendation

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying the customer for GoDaddy since January 2018.

I am monitoring Godaddy’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-gd.website.

This review of GoDaddy is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

Updated: Last Month’s Uptime Score was – 99.96% (July 2018)

If you’ve ever done some online research about either web hosts or domain registrars, it is certain that you’ve come across GoDaddy. Founded in 1997 as Jomax Technologies, GoDaddy has significantly grown over the past two decades.

As of now, GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar in the world and a major player in the web hosting industry, serving approximately 17 million customers worldwide.

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GreenGeeks Review: From Speed to Customer Support My Experience

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Web hosting is a big deal and it’s only becoming a bigger deal. I’m sure you’ve heard names like Squarespace, Wix, Bluehost, Hostgator, and so on.

From simple website builders to dedicated hosting, carving out your space on the internet is an important rite of our time.

Ever heard of GreenGeeks? Well, you may not have. If you have, it’s probably been from an article talking about top hosting platforms, or most likely ecologically friendly web services.

Otherwise though, it’s stayed out of the news. It’s not really that big, so it makes sense that it’s not been discussed too much in the mainstream hosting world.

But it is gaining traction, that’s for sure, and the eco-friendliness is only part of it (a big part of it, but not all of it).

GreenGeeks is not perfect, but it is a powerful package for people interesting in affordable and easy web hosting solutions.

Keep reading to see just what I mean.

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NameCheap Review 2018

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying customer for NameCheap since November 2017.

I am monitoring NameCheap’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-nc.website.

This review of NameCheap is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

Started in 2000, Namecheap began it’s journey into the hosting industry offering domains and then stepped up it’s services in terms of hosting and other add-on services.

From Domain registrations to shared hosting, Reseller hosting to dedicated servers, today Namecheap has a host of services under it’s umbrella.

One of the most transparent and honest providers I have found online, Namecheap’s honesty reflects in it’s mission :

We never bombard our clients with unwanted upsells or in-your-face advertising. Our goal is to be honest, straightforward, friendly and helpful.”

For most of my projects, I generally use Namecheap to book my domains. Here are reasons why I am using NameCheap over Godaddy.

And here is the guide to register domain on NameCheap and tools to generate domain name ideas.

Recently, I had a chance to launch a small project, and I decided to try out Namecheap’s shared hosting plans.

Based on my experience, here is my review of Namecheap as a hosting provider along with it’s pros and cons.

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Dreamhost Review – Thorough Look at their Services with Uptime Score

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DreamHost won PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice for web hosting in 2016, marking the third straight year the company has won that distinction (if you want to know more about the award, click here for more details).

What’s more impressive is that the company won in both the general web hosting and small business web hosting categories.

DreamHost is highest rated web hosting by PCMag.com

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DreamHost currently hosts more than 1.5 million websites and 750,000 WordPress sites.

Founded in 1996 by four undergraduate students from Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California, DreamHost started offering hosting services a year later; thus, this year marks DreamHost’s 20th anniversary in the web hosting business.

DreamHost is also an open-source pioneer, having contributed development and engineering resources to the open-source OpenStack project since 2011.

In fact, DreamHost CEO Simon Anderson has sat on the OpenStack Foundation’s Board of Directors since its inception.

DreamHost’s commitment to open-source has also saw it spun off two companies directly involved in open-source projects: the Ceph file system professional services and support company Inktank and the network virtualization project Akanda.

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A2 Hosting Review

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying customer for A2 Hosting since July 2017.

I am monitoring A2 Hosting’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-a2.website.

This review of A2 Hosting is based on actual testing done on their servers”.

About A2 Hosting:

A2 Hosting has been in the web hosting business for 16 years running, starting out as Iniquinet in 2001.

Two years later, the company changed its name to the current A2 Hosting, in tribute to Ann Arbor, MI, where it is based until now.

A2 Hosting is A+-accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), and has garnered several prizes given by reputable industry organizations in recent years related to its excellent performance in the web hosting industry.

A2 Hosting essentially offers a full gamut of hosting services designed for individuals, small businesses, and large corporations.

Its shared hosting plans, although a bit pricier than competitors, are still ideal for budget-conscious business owners and individuals.

A2 Hosting also offers both managed and unmanaged VPS hosting, cloud servers, managed and unmanaged dedicated servers, as well as reseller hosting, all competitively-priced.

So, what makes A2 Hosting a viable hosting service for your website? Is it good enough for your needs? We’ll try to answer that question in this review.

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SiteGround Review: Pros & Cons after 10 Months of Monitoring!

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying customer for SiteGround since October 2017.

I am monitoring SiteGround’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-sg.website.

This review of SiteGround is based on actual testing done on their servers and interaction with their customer support.”

Ah, Siteground. If you’ve been looking into web hosting lately, there is no way you haven’t stumbled across this name.

Easily one of the biggest names in the world of web hosting, it can be a little hard to know where to start.

It’s mostly stayed out of the news, minus its vocal opposition to the United States bills SOPA and PIPA a few years ago (if you’re unfamiliar, it was in good company here, joining many major online companies in protest).

If it’s stayed out of the news though, it definitely has not stayed out of articles and reviews. It’s just too notable to not hear about if you’re curious about this stuff.

But is bigger always better? How many online Siteground reviews can you really trust anyway? What makes Siteground stand apart from some other top names?

Of course, I can’t fully answer those questions, but I hope to at least shed some light about Siteground nonetheless.

Keep reading to learn more about my thoughts regarding this hosting giant.

Get SiteGround’s 60% off discount here.

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FastComet Review: Last 10-Months Performance Stats & Comparison

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying customer for FastComet since October 2017.

I am monitoring FastComet’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-fc.website.

This review of FastComet is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

Last month Uptime Score was – 100% (July 2018)

So you’ve been looking into web hosting.

You’ve heard all the big names and you’ve seen plenty of top ten lists.

If you’ve seen a list of the top ten hosting options, there’s almost no way you haven’t seen the name FastComet come up.

But maybe if you decided to Google around, you haven’t found many (if any) news articles featuring FastComet.

Well, nothing from a reputable source anyway.

So of course you ask yourself one of the most common questions of our age—is it legit?

Well I have good news (or bad, in that more options can make your decision more difficult): yes, FastComet’s legit!

First of all, don’t be too put off by the lack of news articles. The biggest hosting companies may get some mentions in the news, but bigger doesn’t always mean better, even in the world of hosting.

In fact, in my opinion, it’s a testament to FastComet’s versatility as a platform that it has managed to maintain such a positive image online without encountering significant negative press from big sources.

So don’t worry! FastComet may not be in the news, but it’s definitely in the reviews, and it’s in good ones at that.

Take, for example, this review.

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Bluehost Review: I found 93% Fast & 100% Uptime by hosting my own website

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying the customer for BlueHost since April 2017.

I am monitoring BlueHost’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-bh.website.

This review of BlueHost is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

Last month Uptime Score was – 100% (July 2018)

One of the well-known and popular hosting brands includes Bluehost, with no doubts about it.

Through this post, I will provide an unbiased review of Bluehost services in terms of different qualitative metrics and would help you understand if Bluehost caters to your business needs.

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Bluehost was first launched in 2003 and has invaded the market gradually over a period of time. It caters to over 2 million websites worldwide.

This was founded by Matt Heaton and Danny Ashworth and is headquartered in Provo, Utah.

Bluehost provides shared hosting, Cloud hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, WooCommerce hosting and Dedicated hosting.

The average monthly searches for the exact keyword BlueHost, establishes the fact they’re one of the most popular hosting providers.

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3 Best HostGator Alternatives for 2018 (Number #2 is My Favorite)

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HostGator has had several network outages since its original owner sold it to Endurance International Group (EIG) back in June 2012.

The latest HostGator server outage was in December 2016. With the yearly outages plaguing its network since 2012, we wonder when the next HostGator outage may be.

Since we haven’t heard from the company what steps they’re taking to prevent similar network outages from happening again in the future, we can only surmise that they have taken care of the problem internally.

One other concern that some have raised about HostGator is its worsening customer support, which again came about after its acquisition by EIG.

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NordVPN Review – Based on my Experience

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Alright, I’ll state the obvious here, the reason you’ve probably come to this article in the first place.

The internet is a phenomenal invention, something that has given us more and enabled more of us than we could have ever imagined. It has also dealt some arguably mortal wounds to privacy.

Fear not—some of the new things we’ve gotten from today’s technology aren’t only things that kill our privacy, but services that protect it.

Virtual Private Networks, or VPNs, are some of the most popular options for maintaining online security and it’s not hard to see why. They don’t require you to do much work—just download some software and carry on with your life.

And one of the most popular VPNs? Yeah, it’s hard to not see the name NordVPN when you’re looking up what VPNs to use.

How do we know it’s reputable? Is there any piece of validating news, are there any neat articles to go on?

Go to the NordVPN homepage, and you’ll be immediately greeted by a list of outlets that have endorsed NordVPN:  Wired, BuzzFeed, Forbes, the Guardian, BBC, and more. Additionally, they take special pride on a few pages in noting PCMag has named them an editors’ choice.

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1&1 Hosting Review

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Chris Wagner

“I have been paying the customer for 1&1 hosting since May 2018.

I am monitoring 1&1’s shared hosting servers for Uptime and Performance through my website hostingpill-11.website.

This review of 1&1 hosting is based on actual testing done on their servers.”

Who is 1&1 Hosting?

1&1 is one of the leading web hosting providers worldwide. The company was first launched in 1998 and was founded by Ralph Dommermuth in Montabaur, Germany.

It supports multiple forms of hosting, which includes Shared hosting, managed hosting, VPS hosting and many others.
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1&1 provides few other distinctive features along with its hosting platform. If you are looking for feature-rich and affordable hosting options, then here is one where you can find these.

Like every other hosting platform, 1&1 has few pros and few cons.

Let me run you through a detailed review of 1&1 hosting platform based on my personal experience of using it.

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How to Backup WordPress Website

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If you are a WordPress user, then you would have thought about taking backup of your WordPress website.

Many users do not feel the necessity to back up their WordPress website, at least until something happens to the website.

This could be losing your WordPress website or falling a prey to a malicious hacker. In such situations, a backup of the existing website helps. These are just a few scenarios, but in the real world, there could be more.

While hacking is one way of possibly losing your website, there are other ways too.

For instance, you install a wrong plugin or the hosting is done incorrectly.

Well, in either case, losing your website is a big nightmare.

Luckily WordPress offers multiple and reliable backup solutions.

Taking a backup of your WordPress website is extremely simple and can be done in multiple ways. In case you are an avid WordPress user then definitely you should be aware of these backup techniques.

Through this post, I will explain 3 methods to back up your WordPress website.

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