HostGator vs. DigitalOcean

HostGator vs. DigitalOcean is like Bill Nye the science guy versus Sir Isaac Newton. Both are great web hosts that meet the creative needs of people, but there’s a difference in the type of people they appeal to.

HostGator, like Bill Nye, could bring itself down to the level of an internet toddler and meet all their needs as well as the needs of creatives at the cheapest rate. But there is something about DigitalOcean, like Sir Isaac Newton, it has complete trust and pride in its services in a condescending way. It belongs to an elite class of developers and webmasters and it cannot even begin to comprehend the needs of beginners.

HostGator caters to the needs of everyone, everywhere and it does it at very cheap prices. You could almost imagine DigitalOcean users working with their VR lens in a soundproof room trying to solve the theory of everything. With all its exotic terms like droplets, Kubernetes, etc.

DigitalOcean is focused on cloud hosting services. HostGator offers shared, WordPress, VPS and dedicated server hosting. They both have differences in the services they offer. We will analyze all of these differences and similarities, and when all is said and done, we will help you choose the best web host for you. Pull up a front-row seat, and strap in.

DigitalOcean vs. HostGator Overview

Founded by Brent Oxley, a student at Florida Atlantic University, in October 2002 (whole 9 years before DigitalOcean), by 2006, HostGator had registered over 200,000 domains. Operating out of New York City, DigitalOcean is the web host for professionals, creatives and veteran developers everywhere. Its first server, launched in 2011, put it on the map in a big way. HostGator is headquartered at Houston and their data-centers are located at Provo, Utah.

In the first ten years of providing hosting services, HostGator built up a name providing for every noob and intermediate developer and was known for its reliable services. As an American hosting company, DigitalOcean does not market itself as a beginner-friendly web host, rather it promises and delivers to boost the cloud hosting work processes of developers and creatives in the most convenient way possible.

HostGator was acquired by Endurance International Group (EIG), the conglomerate that owns basically half of the Web-hosts on the internet (Check out Bluehost versus HostGator comparison to see which is better among two EIG web hosts). While some say that this has reduced the quality of hosting that the web host provides, we prefer to check things out and form our own opinion. DigitalOcean has three servers in New York City and like EIG, the company is bankrolled by Andreessen Horowitz, IA Ventures, Techstars, and Crunchfund.

Popularity Contest

DigitalOcean has over 500,000 customers worldwide. HostGator blows this out of the water with its 10 million subscribers worldwide. This makes sense since HostGator is beginner-friendly and it accommodates amateurs. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, is for coders, developers, and advanced programmers.

As a big company and as a member of a great conglomerate like EIG, HostGator has the funds to embark on great marketing campaigns. DigitalOcean was stated by Netcraft to be one of the fastest-growing web hosts in the world. In the following year, they were also considered the third-largest VPS hosting service provider in the world. The company also does not offer any features like domain or even the ability to choose a domain name, both of which will be needed by beginners.

Performance Comparison

Two things we’ll consider in this section. Uptime and speed.

Speed

Your website loads under 3 seconds? Yes, so does literally every other web host. We are, however, looking for a web host that does better. One that loads websites under a second. Let’s see if either DigitalOcean or HostGator is that kind of web host.

We measured the response time, page load speed and carried out a load impact assessment for both web hosts. Our results are analyzed below:

Response Time

How quick are the sites hosted on DigitalOcean and HostGator? We put our demo sites hosted on both to test from November 2018 to October 2019.

HostGator ResponseDigitalOcean Response
November 2018563ms102ms
December 2018529ms283ms
January 2019509ms247ms
February 2019506ms86ms
March 2019567ms326ms
April 2019584ms317ms
May 2019514ms284ms
June 2019521ms607ms
July 2019599ms240ms
August 2019515ms357ms
September 2019536ms382ms
October 2019528ms312ms

HostGator consistently posted response time of 500ms+, and DigitalOcean often sits between 200ms and 400ms. Seeing as DigitalOcean’s upper threshold isn’t even as high as HostGator’s number, it’s clear that DigitalOcean has a faster response time.

HostGator has a response time that’s a little below average, the same with 50% of the sites we have reviewed. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, is slightly above average, better than 70% of the sites we have tested. Both are not exceptional, but they aren’t the worst we have reviewed outside. They are OK, but we won’t be finding award winners here.

All in all, we are happy to recommend DigitalOcean based on response time, they performed suite decent. Response time has a huge impact on the Load Time of a website. Let’s find out how HostGator will keep up in terms of full page load speed.

Page Load Speed Test

We tested the site load speeds consecutively and calculated the average speed. We got an average speed of 1.2s for HostGator. It’s a decent number, quite alright, but it’s not the best among the Web-hosts we’ve reviewed. DigitalOcean, on the other hand, loaded a whole page in less than a second.

We believe that DigitalOcean has the speed advantage because it deals mostly with cloud services and frowns on the sharing of resources. Basically, if speed is your thing (and it should be), DigitalOcean is the host you want to go with. HostGator also has a faster hosting option in the HostGator cloud (a different plan from their shared hosting packages).

Load Impact Test

We sent virtual users intermittently to sites hosted on both DigitalOcean and HostGator, 10 at a time, and we found out the level of speed consistency. The chart below shows which can handle heavy traffic between websites hosted on HostGator and DigitalOcean. We already guessed though.

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As you can see, both web hosts started well. But when it got to 50 users, HostGator started to slow down. And this downward spiraling in speed only worsened as we increased the number of virtual users. We can comfortably place HostGator on the same level as GoDaddy (Read our GoDaddy and SiteGround comparison here). Not the worst in the industry, but certainly not the best.

Datacenters and Server Locations:

Both DigitalOcean and HostGator have servers located in the US. DigitalOcean does have more data centers than HostGator.

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GoDaddy also has thousands of servers to meet the needs of its customers as seen in our GoDaddy versus DreamHost review.

Speed Optimization Tools: Which goes the extra mile for speed?

Content Delivery Systems usually make servers faster and HostGator comes with integrated Cloudflare CDN on all plans. DigitalOcean does not come with an in-built CDN.

Unlike HostGator, DigitalOcean prioritizes SSD for optimized speed that we don’t think any other web host makes use of SSD like they do. It’s utilized in all their plans. Zero tolerance for HDD. We guess if you are paying a premium price, you have to fly First Class.

Uptime:

Will DigitalOcean lock your site in Davy Jones locker? Or will HostGator drop the proverbial uptime ball?

When we are asked to choose between a web host with perfect uptime and that of a sub-par uptime, it’s Hobson’s choice really. Because it’s either great uptime or it’s nothing. We have been able to collate uptime readings for 12 months. Online results differ, that’s OK, the same test will generate the different results for everyone. Ours should be accepted more though, it is a recent test.

DigitalOcean UptimeHostGator Uptime
November 2018100%100%
December 201899.94%99.99%
January 2019100%99.96%
February 2019100%99.98%
March 2019100%99.98%
April 201999.98%99.98%
May 2019100%99.99%
June 2019100%100%
July 2019100%99.96%
August 2019100%100%
September 201999.96%99.99%
October 201999.99%99.99%

Web hosts like SiteGround and WPEngine are at the top of the shelve with respect to uptime; simply exceptional. Considering what we’ve seen with HostGator’s speed, we weren’t very optimistic about its uptime numbers. HostGator, quite surprisingly, posted an average uptime of 99.985%. DigitalOcean has an average of 99.989%. This slightly edges out HostGator’s number.

Uptime posted by both are considerably higher than 75% of the hosts we have tested. As you can see from the reading, both web hosts maintain very consistent and great uptime. DigitalOcean’ only had less than 100% on 4 occasions. The bare minimum uptime for any web host to meet is 99.9%, and both of these web hosts have greater uptime than that.

Uptime Guarantee:

Both web hosts have an uptime guarantee of 99.9%. This means that if uptime drops below 99.9%, you get about 5% credit of the monthly hosting fee. Luckily, both web hosts pose a decent uptime, so we didn’t have to ask for our money back.

Security:

If your site has never been struck by malware or plagued by brute force attacks, be grateful to your web host. To remain that way, we would like to help you make the right choice, preferably with no additional cost.

HostGator protects you in the traditional way. Using different features (multilayered), or allowing you to seek protection in the hands of third-party apps. DigitalOcean makes use of the SSD to effectively provide redundant security for your data.

HostGator provides free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt on all plans and protects your site from DDoS attacks, brute force, and other malware attacks. DigitalOcean marketplace has Vendors that provide a fairly easy way to get a free SSL certificate as part of their installation procedure, but it’s at their discretion and you may need to pay them. They also maintain multiple security and compliance certifications including those for the EU-U.S. and Swiss-U.S. Privacy Shield and PCI-DSS.

The Defense continues…

HostGator also informs users of weak passwords through their audits on a weekly basis. If you are not satisfied with the security that HostGator provides, you have the option of fighting spams with SpamAssassin and combating malware using the SiteLock Website Security (for a price).

Both web hosts have a 24/7 monitoring team for their servers to arrest any attack and stop it from spreading, but maybe DigitalOcean took it a little farther. A lot of customers have complained about being locked out of their own accounts for days. Claiming that the company provides security for their own servers and not necessarily customer security. When customers complain that their accounts are blocked because the company supposedly noticed suspicious activities, we have to wonder where the line should be drawn.

On HostGator’s website, they say they use additional “confidential methods” to protect their servers. Whether that is just a marketing tactic, we wouldn’t know. But seeing that, in recent times, HostGator hasn’t experienced massive security breaches, they must be doing something right.

If after all the security that DigitalOcean provides, you want added security for your account, you have to do some coding by yourself, not to mention DigitalOcean does not come with pre-installed cPanel and all the protection that comes with it. In fact, you have to pay a third party if you want the cPanel.

Backup and Restores:

HostGator doesn’t provide free daily backups, instead, it offers automated backups for free every week but charges $19 to retrieve the backup. A tool is, however, recommended to users which is the Codeguard automatic backup tool. It isn’t free and costs about $2 per month and allows daily backups of about five websites. The plan also allows three restores per month. The tool is also scalable. DigitalOcean’s automatic backup is provided at 20% of the droplet plan.

Ease of Use: Baby gloves or big boy shoes?

Both HostGator and DigitalOcean employ a code-driven backend. The problem is, a lot of people have complained and compared DigitalOcean with Chinese arithmetic; very difficult to navigate. HostGator’s launch, set up and management are pretty easy and beginner-friendly.

On DigitalOcean, when you deploy a Droplet, it is deploying an empty canvas. You will have to configure, secure, optimize, etc. You do this by installing and configuring the webserver (NGINX, Apache, Caddy, etc.) as well as any other programming language you may require (PHP, Ruby, RoR, Python, NodeJS, etc), and the database server (MySQL, MariaDB, Percona, etc.).

DigitalOcean, however, has pre-configured images for WordPress and some other types of software. At the end of the day though, you are on your own with the management and operation and security of your CLI and OS.

Ease of Signup

HostGator has an extremely easy and fast signup process. Account activation is a breeze; fast and easy, barely any inconvenience. Its onboarding process is even more fluid. Unfortunately, we can’t say the same about DigitalOcean.

Signing up DigitalOcean takes time. Your sign up even has to be confirmed through a phone call, especially if you are from outside the US. Although their onboarding process is also superfast. You can set up and spin droplets under a minute. With HostGator, after onboarding, you can set a website and Start hosting in a few hours at Max. With DigitalOcean, a developer can probably get a project started in a few hours but it will take a blogger at least a whole day.

Both DigitalOcean and HostGator allow credit, debit, prepaid cards, and PayPal payment options.

Control panel and dashboard

DigitalOcean has the DigitalOcean control panel. (we’ll get to that in a minute). HostGator has the industry-standard cPanel, which is graphically based on icons useful for people migrating from a web host that has cPanel. It’s best for anyone familiar with it or migrating from a previous web host that uses cPanel.

DigitalOcean does not host websites alone. They host everything from your small brain project to game development, etc. For this, they require an intuitive and more versatile control panel which is their DigitalOcean control panel. It’s a choice at first, but once you learn to use it, you’ll feel like a wizard riding a broomstick. If you do want to install cPanel, you have to know how to code and pay third parties ($15 – $20) for it. With DigitalOcean, you can also use third-party dashboards like a Centos droplet along with the Centos Web Panel which is free, convenient and informative. You just have to set it up first and to do that, you need a developer.

App Market, One-click installation and App Integration

HostGator supports a host of Content Management Systems and a couple of other apps like Drupal, Joomla, and Magento. What’s more? It ensures that users have access to these apps, plug-ins and even professional services, through the MOJO marketplace.

DigitalOcean used to have the own cloud which was scrapped for a reason we do not know and succeeded by the Nextcloud. The Nextcloud was ultimately removed and replaced by the new and ever-expanding DigitalOcean Marketplace, a platform for preconfigured 1-Click Apps and tools. You can choose the Operating System or One-click apps. DigitalOcean supports these operating systems: Ubuntu, FreeBSD, Fedora, Debian, CoreOS, CentOS. It supports the basic one-click installation of WordPress, Grafana, OpenFaas, InfluxDB, etc.

For users who would like to install WordPress on their shared hosting plans, HostGator also has one-click installation support that ensures that you can build a WordPress and other CMS sites at a go.

Website Builder

Site-building with DigitalOcean is like a heaping help of manual labor. It’s not for beginners at all. On a spectrum of site-building difficulty. Builder specific solutions like Squarespace, Weebly and Wix are on the extremely easy side. GoCentral builder would be close, followed by the Gator site builder that utilizes drag and drop features, as well as templates.

You see DigitalOcean, it is perhaps the hardest we have seen for beginners. In their defense, they never masqueraded as a beginner-friendly web host. Their multipurpose hosting solution is for developers that can dismantle a site and build it up again in minutes. You’ll have to do actual coding. Developers jargon like setup Apache2 or Nginx and, FileZilla sFTP (FTP really shouldn’t be used), PuTTY to connect via SSH, etc. will have to become important terms in your dictionary.

Domain, Migration, Staging and Site Transfer

The HostGator domain costs $3.84/month. DigitalOcean is not a domain registrar. To use DigitalOcean DNS, we advise that you register a domain name with either GoDaddy or NameCheap and update your domain’s NS records to point to DigitalOcean’s name servers. Naturally, you can add up to 50 domains but DigitalOcean can allow you to set up as many domains as you want if you have the space.

HostGator has no staging site before the push to live production. DigitalOcean allows you to use droplets and Git hooks to easily go from local to live production. HostGator has secure shell (SSH) access but no Git pre-installed, and no automatic migration. DigitalOcean gives you SSH access, log file access, as well as root access.

HostGator allows you to either transfer your site on your own or assist you through their free website content transfer service. The free content transfer is only available for new accounts that are under upgrade and require a server move, within 30 days of signup or upgrade. It’s not automatic, you have to request for it. Like all things with DigitalOcean, site migration or transfer is a bit more complicated. You create a new website, then you backup your previous data, database, etc. You have to make use of SFTP or SSH (if your current host gives SSH access) to transfer the files over. It’s manual.

Email

HostGator offers emails with its plans and the amount depends on the tier of your plan. You can set up an email service with DigitalOcean using a mail server, but it’s also manual. You could, however, use Zoho for free. You could also use Google G Suite which is cheap and it provides security.

Features:

Both web hosts have a ton of features. With HostGator, the features are available for every Tom, Dick, and Harry. With DigitalOcean, if you are lucky to find it, you have to learn to use it. And even then, it takes a lot of time and some getting used to.

DigitalOcean offers tailor-made plans for specific purposes and needs. DigitalOcean refers to its Virtual Private Servers as Droplets (touche). It provides you with root access and allows you to configure the server as you like. Unlike Shared Hosting (which HostGator offers), you have to do things like updating and upgrading software, maintaining security, installing stack, installing WordPress and performing all system admin duties, all by yourself.

With HostGator’s Shared Hosting, you sign up for the hosting provider to manage your servers among other things, and you have nothing to worry about.

Unless you install one of your own for a price, Droplets do not provide you with a Control Panel (like cPanel or Plesk). You will only be allowed to use CLI (Command Line Interface), Terminal (macOS), PuTTy (Windows), or some other shell access (if you’re running a Linux distro for your desktop).

The Fancy Droplets

The most popular defaults have already been chosen. Scroll to the end and configure your Droplet by selecting a server image from the popular OS (Ubuntu, Fedora, etc.), or available one-click apps.

You create and customize your droplets yourself. If you want to customize your Droplet, you can follow the DigitalOcean interface instructions. After the creation comes the allocation of resources. Our advice is to start small, you can upgrade later. After droplet deployment, you can use SSH to access it (typical) or open a terminal through the console of your DigitalOcean account.

They have two major Droplets from which you can select

First is the Standard Droplet for very small websites, a blog or small testing tasks. Their Standard Droplet category has subcategories; The second, CPU Optimized Droplet will cater to users who will require heavy CPU usage like batch processing.

Other features

Spaces: DigitalOcean has Droplets for app deployment, but they need something to handle storage and that’s where Spaces come in. It’s simply a security system that lets you store and send your data to applications and end-users. Spaces utilize drag and drop UI or API system to create a solid storage. Spaces can save backup files, weblogs, data analysis, etc. The service is also scalable, so your Spaces can grow with your company. Spaces can be used as standalone or together with other DigitalOcean features.

Digital storage

When you spin up and delete your droplets, you will require a storage mechanism to save its data and that’s where the following two types of storage come in: block storage and object storage.

Block storage is similar to your computer hard drive. Block storage is fast and has a size range of 1 GB to 16 TB. They can also be used together just like A2 Hosting’s RAID system. You can change the scale of the blocks and transfer them to different droplets. All blocks have SSD’s for added speed but you can also burst them for extra speed boost if you suddenly have a heavy workload.

Second, DigitalOcean also offers object storage, which it calls Spaces. Spaces are best suited for storing large amounts of unstructured data like video. Object storage works differently from block storage. The data is unstructured, with no specific format, unlike the file structures on block storage.

Kubernetes

Kubernetes allows developers to deploy and scale up a containerized app in clusters. They also have Load Balancers which share your traffic among droplets.

Customer Support and Reliability:

We consider the speed and mediums of support as well as feedback. We also compare the size of each web host’s knowledge base in relation to the ease of navigation.

First Contact

When you are looking for a web host with good support. These are the questions to ask. Could they be reached easily and fast? 24/7 support? Will you be connected to a bot or a human on the other end? If it’s human, is the human knowledgeable?

HostGator offers 24/7 phone, chat and email support. Most people prefer making use of the live chat channel, so we decided to check that out first. On our first few tries, we got connected to a live rep in a relatively short period of time. However, and this did not happen very often, we were sometimes forced to wait for more than twenty minutes before getting a hold of a live rep. It got dicier when we actually got talking to the reps we contacted. Some were quite knowledgeable and answered our questions well, while some had to take their time. We also found out their support could communicate in Russian, Chinese and of course, English.

Both web hosts have knowledgeable support. As seen in our SiteGround review, as well as SiteGround and A2 Hosting comparison. If you consider support an investment, it will help your business, especially with word of mouth.

With DigitalOcean, the reverse is the case. We have scoured the internet and we saw many comments about DigitalOcean’s prolific bad customer support, but we didn’t believe it so we tested them ourselves.

They do not have a phone option, so you can only contact them through email or ticketing. We tried both and the response was not good. We filled their customer support form and it’s buggy, we haven’t gotten a response till today and we don’t know if we ever will. It also takes them days to respond to emails. Thank God our account wasn’t blocked or hacked or worse, mistakenly deleted without backup.

When you get a customer support message like this: “We have reviewed your account and have declined to activate it. No further information or action is required from you.” you wonder if it’s a human on the other end or a robot. DigitalOcean may think they are protecting their customers, but we are cynical enough to think that they are only protecting their own servers and not one bit about the customers. And there is a fine line between those two, trust us.

Knowledgebase and Website Navigation.

HostGator has a large collection of video tutorials, forums, and even choose to share your screen with support for more hands-on help. DigitalOcean has a decent knowledge base with tutorials that explain how to run and customize your cloud.

Pricing

In the world of web hosting, pricing of plans sits with the likes of performance atop the shelf of important factors to consider while choosing a web host. In fact, no plan has the same price for more than a few months. They offer discounts all year round to suck you in. But believe it or not, a lot of web hosts will promise you the web hosting moon, only to hang you out to dry with hidden prices and upsells.

HostGator provides a host (pun intended) of web hosting services like VPS, managed WordPress hosting, Dedicated Server hosting and a few others at vastly different rates. A lot of web hosts like HostGator try to woo new customers with low prices. DigitalOcean is not a very big fan of this approach. In fact, DigitalOcean has a completely unique pricing system, the likes only offered by CloudWays (check out CloudWays versus SiteGround comparison).

HostGator has a traditional plan and annual or monthly payment plan. DigitalOcean does not have such. The company uses a form of after monthly payment system. In which case, the bill for your services last month will be sent to your mail at the beginning of the next month. That’s like the best pricing and money-back guarantee policy wrapped into one.

What’s more? They only charge you for the services you use. Where HostGator will give you everything you may need or not need at a price, DigitalOcean only charges you based on what you used. No wasted money or services, no additional costs.

Shared Hosting:

HostGator, like most Web-hosts, has three shared hosting plans. These are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan.

Tier 1:

The Hatchling plan costs $2.75 per month (with a 60% discount). However, much like all the other HostGator plans, this price is only available if you’re paying three years in advance. If you’re paying for lower than three years, you have to pay the regular price which is $10.95. After the first three years, you can renew the plan at $6.95 per month. This means that you’re looking at a honeymoon period of three years. After that, you’re on your own. You should perhaps consider whether or not you can afford the renewal fee before purchasing a plan, if not you’ll be forced to pay through your nose or move to another Web-host after three years. It comes with these features:

  • A single domain.
  • One-click installations.
  • Unlimited disk space.
  • Unlimited email accounts.
  • Unmetered bandwidth and subdomains.
  • A free SSL certificate.

Tier 2:

The second plan is the Baby plan, it costs a discount fee of $3.95 per month. The real monthly fee is $11.95 and renewals cost $9.95, as well. It comes with the following features: Unlimited domains, a free domain, all the features of the Hatchling plan.

Tier 3:

The third is the Business plan and it comes with all the features of the Baby plan plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools. The plan costs $5.95 per month, but renewal costs $14.95 per month. If you plan on paying per month, you best be ready to fork out $16.95 per month.

VPS Hosting:

Apart from their shared hosting plans, HostGator has another branch of plans called HostGator cloud hosting.

Snappy 2000 at $29.95/month. Included With hosting:

  • CPU: 2 Cores.
  • RAM: 2 GB.
  • Disk Space: 120 GB.
  • Bandwidth: 1.5 TB.
  • IP Addresses: 2 IPs.

Extras: Advanced server features, multiple layers of security, cutting-edge server hardware, top of the line network

Snappy 4000 at $39.95/month, Included with hosting:

  • CPU: 2 Cores.
  • RAM: 4 GB.
  • Disk Space: 165 GB.
  • Bandwidth: 2 TB.
  • IP Addresses: 2 IPs.
  • Plus every extra that comes with Snappy 2000.

Snappy 8000 at $49.95/month. Included with hosting:

  • CPU: 4 Cores.
  • RAM: 8 GB.
  • Disk Space: 240 GB.
  • Bandwidth: 3 TB.
  • IP Addresses: 2 IPs.
  • Plus every extra that comes with Snappy 2000.

As the king of VPS hosting, DigitalOcean VPS hosting consists of a record of 9 different plans. All droplet plans come with solid-state drives (SSD) as standard. For the latest and up to date prices visit DigitalOcean’s website (it keeps changing).

Plan Name.   monthly price.

Cloud 1.          5.00

Cloud 2.         10.00

Cloud 3.         20.00

Cloud 4.         40.00

Cloud 5.         80.00

Cloud 6.         160.00

Cloud 7.         320.00

Cloud 8.         480.00

Cloud 9.         640.00

Standard plans offer a range of 1 to 4 servers and memory of 512 MB to 8 GB. The TB transfer rate starts at 1 with a maximum of 5 with respect to the plan you are going for, while the SSD disk space starts at 20 GB and ends at 80GB.

For a measly $5, the most popular plan (Cloud 1) offers 1 GB memory, 1 core processor, 30 GB SSD disk, and 2TB bandwidth transfer. But HostGator’s cheapest VPS plan, Snappy 2000 goes for a hefty $29.95/month and it offers 2 CPU Cores, 2GB RAM, disk space of 120 GB, bandwith 1.5 TB, and 2 IPs. There is not much difference.

Granted, on DigitalOcean’s simplest plan, it’s difficult to setup Nginx, PHP7.1, MariaDB and WordPress on a $5 droplet without running out of RAM, which leads to crashes. A simple upgrade that would still be cheaper than HostGator’s simplest plan will fix that.

We know one thing that’s certain; the HostGator cloud hosting plans are way better than the shared hosting plan. But they are also more expensive than other web hosting providers VPS plans and offer considerably lower value for money compared to their DigitalOcean equivalents.

DigitalOcean customers are billed for their actual usage alone and this makes sure that you do not spend on features you do not need or periods you are inactive. You can also pay per hour, and pay-after-use, i.e the payment for last month is on the first day of every month.

They also have a monthly cap that prevents you from spending or using more than you planned or requested.

Which VPS plan would we opt for? That’s simple, DigitalOcean. It’s cheap, powerful and we don’t have to pay for what we don’t use. Boom, done, solved it for you. Let’s go get pizza.

Hidden charges:

Generally, HostGator plans including the cloud hosting plans, have exactly the same problem. Whiplash inducing hidden charges. We won’t teach them how to host, and they won’t teach us how to review. But if they think they can sneak this past us, they are wrong. This is because we’ve reviewed Web-hosts that do not need to pull this “marketing tactic” including the web host that they are going up against; DigitalOcean. Check out our 1&1 IONOS review for other web hosts with transparent pricing.

DigitalOcean is one-of-a-kind in a sea of web hosts. A web host that doesn’t rely on upsells and renewal hikes. We didn’t even know they were allowed to do that.

Money-back Policy:

Generally speaking, since we all want the longest period to check out the performance of a Web-host, the Web-host with the longer money-back guarantee period wins. The industry standard is 30-days, and that is what DigitalOcean offers. We’ve however seen a lot of Web-hosts go beyond 30-days. We’ve even seen one go as far as 97-days. (check out our DreamHost versus InMotion comparison to see the two web hosts with 90+ money-back policies) Amazing, right?

Extras of HostGator and DigitalOcean

All Web-hosts (or most, some are utterly ordinary) have that extra features that makes them stand out. Let us see if these Web-hosts have any interesting extra features.

For HostGator, we could find the following;

HostGator Features plus Extras:

  • Affordable plans.
  • Windows hosting options.
  • $100 in free advertising credits.
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • Unlimited disk space and bandwidth.
  • Green power servers (eco-conscious).
  • HostGator has only one database— MySQL
  • Better uptime and money-back guarantees.
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace.
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM.

DigitalOcean extras are:

  • IPv6 support.
  • DigitalOcean offers “Floating IPs,” where IP addresses can be quickly redefined.
  • If a droplet fails, its IP can be reassigned to a standby droplet to keep the app running.
  • You only pay for the machines you use, this saves cost and makes them popular with startups.
  • DigitalOcean offers one-click apps for droplets which include: MySQL, Docker, LAMP stack, MongoDB, Node.js, WordPress, PhpMyAdmin, Ruby On Rails, Ghost, Machine Learning.

Similarities between HostGator and DigitalOcean

  • They both give SSL certificates.
  • They both utilize drag-and-drop tools.
  • They both do not have free plans.
  • They both have great uptime.
  • Both have 99.9%uptime guarantees.
  • Neither has a free automatic backup and restore system.
  • Both offer SSH access with all their VPS hosting plans.
  • Both allow easy collaboration, although DigitalOcean does it better than HostGator by making it easy for teams to collaborate in building DigitalOcean-enabled apps. To ensure security, DigitalOcean allows collaborators to work together without sharing credentials. They will also be billed on a single invoice.

Major Differences between HostGator and DigitalOcean

  • DigitalOcean is faster.
  • HostGator is more popular.
  • HostGator has a much better support system.
  • DigitalOcean has staging, HostGator does not.
  • HostGator is a domain registrar, DigitalOcean is not.
  • HostGator comes with in-built CDN, DigitalOcean does not.
  • HostGator has cPanel. DigitalOcean has DigitalOcean control panel.
  • HostGator crumbles under heavy Traffic, DigitalOcean stays strong.
  • HostGator has 45 days money-back policy, while DigitalOcean only has 30 days.
  • DigitalOcean does not provide free email, HostGator does, depending on your plan.
  • HostGator gives you a lot of control, with DigitalOcean, you control everything.
  • DigitalOcean can host anything from websites to game servers. HostGator only hosts websites.
  • HostGator has multiple layers of security but it also allows you to seek third party protection. DigitalOcean lets you secure yourself.

Conclusion

HostGator is a multipurpose web solution: it is a domain registrar, web host, and has a web design and website builder tools at pocket-friendly prices. They have an above-average money-back guarantee and customer support. It is good all round for bloggers, Joomla, WordPress and all niches that are related. DigitalOcean is targeted towards developers who know what they want. Steve Jobs may dislike Wix, but he’ll absolutely adore DigitalOcean.

Let’s talk about prices:

One thing you need to know about DigitalOcean’s plans generally is that it is flexible, complicated and transparent at the same time, but if you know how to navigate the complexities, it is very cheap. HostGator is cheaper with tons of discounts all year round. To fully enjoy HostGator’s discounts, you need to subscribe for 3 years at a time. Pre-paying for a full year is not a bad thing or out of the norm. But if you are unsure about your project length, monthly plans such as those offered by HostGator can be worthwhile.

Not to mention, the web host is easy to use for every Tom, Dick, and Harry.

For us, HostGator wins this match-up. Mainly because it’s easier to use, has superior support and has a cheap shared hosting plan. I have seen first-hand situations where even experienced developers complained about DigitalOcean’s confusing mechanism, with bad support and that’s not a situation we want our readers to find themselves in.

DigitalOcean vs HostGator? The hosting ground remains the gator’s territory.

HostMonster vs. HostGator

HostGator vs. HostMonster sounds like the title of a Hollywood 90’s flick where a gator that lives in a city named Host goes against a monster that lives in the same city. And then, in the end, we discover that the real monster is the city’s mayor.

Or not.

HostGator and HostMonster are two of the most popular web hosts on the internet. We are yet to see a top ten list of most popular hosts that don’t have either or both hosts on it. But which host is better?

We bought plans from both hosts to find out. We tested both platforms and came to some really revealing information, and some of the things we found out defied everything we previously knew about both hosts. At the end of our testing, we’ll give a verdict and decide the host that we think offers the most value.

However, you do not have to accept our verdict. You can come to your own conclusion, and the important thing is that you’ll have all the information you to come to an informed decision.

HostMonster vs. HostGator Overview

HostGator and HostMonster were both founded in the United States, with HostMonster founded by Matt Heaton in 1996, and HostGator founded by Brent Oxley in 2002. HostMonster is the less popular sibling of Bluehost and has many of the same features of Bluehost.

HostGator, on the other hand, is a much bigger company despite being younger than HostMonster. By 2006, HostGator had surpassed the 200,000 mark, that is, in just four years, the host had managed to register more than two hundred thousand domains.

In 2015, HostMonster managed to be acquired by EIG, five years after the same company had bought Bluehost. Coincidentally, the same company also acquired HostGator. While some say that companies owned by EIG (and there are quite a lot of them) don’t usually do so great in terms of performance, hosts like Bluehost have shattered that assumption. You can check how HostGator stacks up to Bluehost in our Bluehost vs. HostGator comparison if you want.

The business model of HostMonster and HostGator are verily similar. They both offer Dedicated, VPS and Shared Server Hosting. In addition, unlike companies like WP Engine that command a premium fee, both hosts offer great specs at the lowest prices. Well, not exactly the lowest prices, that title goes to NameCheap. Let’s get right into it. You can check out our Namecheap vs. HostGator comparison if you’d like to.

The Popularity of the Two Hosts

Both hosts may be really popular, but HostGator is clearly the more popular host, despite being the younger company. Does it really does not matter which host is more popular, though? It certainly doesn’t matter to us, and it shouldn’t matter to you.

Popularity says very little about the quality of the service you’re getting. It does say a lot about the effectiveness of the quality of the host’s marketing department, though. Since that shouldn’t be of great importance to you, what truly matters?

HostGator vs. HostMonster for Performance

We’ll be testing the performance of both hosts with speed and uptime, which are both very important metrics.

Uptime

How did we test for uptime? Simple. By buying plans from both hosts, setting up, and using tools like Pingdom to test for uptime. We tested both hosts over a three month period and here are our results;

HostGator UptimeHostMonster Uptime
Last 7 Days100%99.94%
Last 30 Days100%99.93%
Last 3 Months99.99%99.97%
Last Year99.99%99.97%

Our tests show one thing clearly, the Gator is certainly up, on average, for longer than the Monster. While an average uptime of 99.95% isn’t the worst thing in the world, an average uptime of 99.99% is definitely better.

Uptime Guarantee Policy

We don’t like to base our judgment of a host’s uptime only on uptime statistics. We also like to check out uptime guarantees to know what happens when uptime does get bad. For HostMonster, the answer is simple, there is no uptime guarantee. Although, on their website, they promise that downtime is fixed within fifteen minutes. But that’s just it, a promise. And those are regularly broken.

HostGator, on the other hand, offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee. That is, users get a free month of hosting for every percent of downtime experienced below 99.9%. Definitely better than a fifteen minutes promise from HostMonster, wouldn’t you say?

Speed Comparison

Before checking out the speed of both hosts, let’s check out two factors that affect load speed and response time. The first is whether or not hosts have CDN support.

CDN

Content Delivery Networks allows versions of your site to be saved on servers all around the world and helps deliver better speed. HostGator and HostMonster both come with CDN support, but you’ll have to activate it from your control panel.

Datacenters

The same logic that applies to CDN applies to datacenters. Datacenters spread across the world will certainly deliver better speed that one just set on one continent. Unfortunately, both hosts only have data centers in the US.

(show a diagram of the datacenters of both hosts)

Speed is vital in today’s world, and as such, it is important to create and maintain your site on servers that prioritize speed. We went to work with our test tools and checked the TTFB (time to the first byte) of both hosts. In our calculations, we also factored in speed from different locations. Here is a snapshot of our results:

HostGatorHostMonster
New York131ms190ms
London183ms200ms
Sydney620ms521ms
Bangladesh831ms1.9 sec
Amsterdam609ms987ms
Ontario421ms590ms
Ottawa141ms194ms
Calcutta10ms789ms
Mumbai501ms1.4 sec

On average, HostGator had a 781ms response time, which isn’t really impressive. HostMonster didn’t perform that well either, with an average response time of 841ms. Unfortunately, both hosts post quite average response times. There are hosts definitely faster, and a good example of such hosts is A2 Hosting. You can check out how A2 Hosting compares to HostGator in our dedicated comparison.

Load Impact test

Not satisfied with our tests, we decided to check the performance of both hosts under traffic by sending virtual users to our sites. As we expected, page load speed was not stable and decidedly got worse as traffic increased.

(diagram of speed getting worse for both hosts)

It’s simply not good enough.

HostGator vs. HostMonster for Ease of Use

It’s important that the company you eventually go with provides service that is easy to understand through a great interface. It is also important that the host helps, as much as possible, to make your task easier.

User Interface

The first place to start is the user interface. When it comes to interface, the best choice, in our opinion, is cPanel or Plesk. HostGator and HostMonster share this opinion with us, and as such, both have cPanel installed on their Shared Hosting plans.

Sign-Up process

Signing up for both hosts was easy, but we had a problem with HostGator. It took a while for us to have access to the workspace that we had paid for, it took as long as thirty minutes.

Whether the payment was being confirmed or whether extra verification was being done is a question we don’t have an answer to. We scoured the internet for similar stories, but we found none, so it probably was a one-off thing. If you experience such a delay, you shouldn’t be worried.

Free Domains

Most hosts provide a free included domain on all plans, and since a year’s registration costs about $15, you’ll save some money if you go with a host that does provide free domain registration. Thankfully, HostMonster and HostGator have that in common. Free domains come with all plans.

Apps Integration, Installation and Marketplace

In this regard, we hardly saw a difference between HostMonster and HostGator. Both have one-click Installation support for WordPress, both have access to the MOJO marketplace where you can purchase templates, themes, plug-ins, and apps. Both support other popular content management systems like Joomla, Drupal, and Magneto.

Free Site Migration

In our opinion, for a new customer, all hosts should provide at least one free site migration. Unfortunately, that isn’t the case, and there are many hosts who, in fact, do not offer free web transfer services. One of such hosts in HostMonster.

While you can move your site over to HostMonster for free using FTP, it is a technical task that might not be worth your time, especially when there are other hosts who’ll do the same service for you, for free. HostGator is one of such hosts, and depending on your hosting plan, you are entitled to at least a free web transfer.

You must note, though, that HostGator’s web transfers are performed on an “as is” basis. That means you are entitled to only a web transfer, and all other related services are not offered for free. If you’d like HostMonster to transfer your site for you, you’d have to pay $149.99 and that entitles you to a transfer of five sites and 20 email accounts.

Website Builder

If you don’t want to have your site hosted on a content management system and want to build it yourself, you can make use of a website builder instead of going through needless lines of code. While most hosts make use of third party solutions such as Wix and/or Weebly website builder, HostGator has a proprietary website builder named (and this is definitely not a joke) Gator by HostGator.

Do we applause the genius of the name or do we deplore it? The Jury is still out. What we can’t deplore, though, is the usefulness of Gator by HostGator. It has drag and drop support, so you can set up your site within minutes.

We’ve used the Gator before, so we can tell you that it is one of the more efficient website builders out there. Users have access to 100 mobile-friendly templates and can start with 6 ready-made pages. It has social media integration, PayPal payment gateway, Google analytics, and social media integration. For an inbuilt app, Gator by HostGator isn’t half bad. However, this tool isn’t free and packages range from $3.45 to $8.30.

HostMonster, on the other hand, offers two choices of web builders. That is the Weebly website builder, and Concrete5.  Both web builders are great for building as they have drag and drop functionality. While Weebly isn’t quite as flexible as Wix and/or Squarespace, it is definitely easier to use. Both web builders are also search engine optimized as well.

Weebly is free to use, but you can only have six pages on the free version. For more functionality, you’ll be required to buy a package with more functionality.

Staging Environments

For a green user, there is probably nothing that will be as useful as a staging environment. Staging environments allow you to make changes to a version of your site that is not live. This way, you can see the effects that your changes and configurations choices will make on the site without actually making them on your live site.

This helps you to avoid making costly mistakes that can lead to long periods of downtime. While it is possible for you to create staging environments with some plugins and also on subdomains, it is easier if they come with your hosting plan. With HostMonster, you get absolutely zero installed staging sites and HostGator doesn’t either. That sucks.

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

Money-back guarantees are important because they reduce the risks that users are exposed to. While most hosts offer an industry-standard thirty days money-back guarantee, we believe that the best hosts often offer longer. At least we’ve seen hosts like DreamHost that offer a stunning 97-day money-back guarantee. You can check out our DreamHost vs. HostGator comparison if you want.

HostMonster offers only a thirty-day money-back guarantee, which is absolutely the lowest they could have gone. HostGator, on the other hand, adds fifteen days and makes it a forty-five-day money-back guarantee. While a forty-five-day money-back guarantee is certainly not the best we’ve seen, it is certainly longer than many.

Limitations

As usual, there are some terms and conditions. The first is that if you’ve gotten a free service, like a free domain, the fee will be deducted from your refund. Not so free anymore, is it?

HostGator vs. HostMonster: Customer Support and Reliability

Many times, great customer support can be the difference between pulling your hair out in frustration and heaving a sigh of relief. Great support is easy to contact, easy to talk to, and extremely helpful.

HostGator and HostMonster are pretty popular and large companies, and as such, we have to confess that we didn’t expect great things from their customer support. Why? Large companies often have too many customers to cater to, and as such may not spend enough time training personnel. And there’s also the matter of EIG companies being notorious for having inconsistent customer support.

Customer Support Channels

HostMonster and HostGator have regular customer support channels which are the phone, live chat, and ticketing support. All channels are open 24/7.

Testing Support

We first decided to test the live chat channel because of obvious reasons. Most people use that channel, and it is clear of many ambiguities. The first thing we discovered was that, on average, it took us a shorter period to connect to HostMonster’s customer support than it took us to connect to HostGator’s.

When we eventually connected, the quality of customer support was more or less the same. The live reps that we spoke to were cordial enough, and to some extent looked like they knew what they were talking about.

However, some questions still took a long time to answer and we were not exactly inspired. On a whole, it wasn’t a bad experience and was definitely better than many that we’ve had contact with over the years, at least we weren’t mesmerized with a bunch of article links.

You should probably be aware, though, that HostMonster has a somewhat lengthy verification process before you can connect with a live chat representative.

Phone support was more of the same, and as with the live chat support, we found that connecting to customer support was quicker with HostMonster than it was with HostGator.

Ticketing support with both hosts was great, as tickets are returned and queries are answered comprehensively within 24 hours.

Knowledge Base

Both hosts maintain great knowledge bases where users can search for answers to basic questions and go through tutorials. We would advise, in fact, that users go through tutorials or articles before attempting to speak to customer support. It is many times a more effective way of solving problems.

Security Infrastructure

The internet is a wonderful place, and it can also be a scary one. Any webmaster knows that making sure that your site is continually secure is perhaps one of the most important things to figure out when creating a site. While a lot of the responsibility of keeping your site secure lies in your hands (making sure you update your plugins and apps etc.), your host also has a lot of work to do. In fact, recent studies suggest that up to 40% of site hacks are as a result of weak server infrastructure.

SSL certificate

In the beginning, people only got SSL certificates for e-commerce websites. Today, though, the best practice is for you to have an SSL certificate regardless of what sort of site you have. In fact, Chrome will mark your site as insecure if you do not have “s” behind your “HTTP”. That will wreak some serious damage on your numbers for sure.

Thankfully, HostMonster and HostGator plan come with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, so that is covered.

Backup Policy

In case your site does get hacked or gets a virus, and you have to clear out the entire system, your backups are your only saving Grace. HostGator has a backup service that runs on a random day of every week. The backup overwrites previous backups as only one copy of the backup is stored on HostGator’s servers. Fair warning, though, HostGator’s backups are created as a matter of courtesy and aren’t guaranteed.

This means that keeping running a backup is sort of up to them. They can pretty much choose not to because they have literally zero obligation to. HostMonster’s backup policy is also somewhat like HostGator’s, with only one version of backups stored. And like HostGator, HostMonster only offers backups on a courtesy basis.

So what do you have to do to get mirrored, daily and automatic backups? Easy. You’re expected to purchase a backup tool like CodeGuard basic or Site Backup and configure it. Both tools are safer options than the custom backups provided by either host.

Firewall Protection

HostGator offers extensive Firewall protection with extensive firewall rules and large security sets that help protect servers from attacks from malware and mischievous entities. In case of heavy flooding, HostGator has network-level flood protection that can be easily enabled.

In addition, HostGator’s data centers are highly secured with extremely restricted access and have diesel backed up generators. HostMonster, on the other hand, runs a Web Application Firewall that protects against SQL injection and cross-site scripting based attacks.

Site Security

HostGator offers access to SiteLock, a third party advanced warning and malware scanning security application, from as little as $1.94. HostMonster also makes use of SiteLock, and as a HostMonster customer, you get up to 80% off on all of SiteLock’s packages.

HostGator vs. HostMonster: Pricing and Plans

To some, this is the most important consideration to look at when trying to buy a hosting plan. However, we won’t just be looking at the cheapest host, we’ll be looking at the host that offers the best value at the best price.

Shared Hosting Plans

A majority of the sites on the internet are hosted on Shared Hosting servers, that much is a fact. Therefore, we’ll be looking, specifically, at the prices of Shared Hosting plans and managed WordPress plans.

HostGator has three tiers of Shared Hosting plans which are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan, while HostMonster also has three tiers which are the Basic, Plus, and Choice-Plus.

Basic Shared Hosting Plan

HostGator’s basic plan is the Hatchling plan and it costs about $2.75 per month and renews at $10.95. The plan comes with single domain registration, one website, unlimited disk space, unlimited email accounts, unmetered bandwidth and subdomains, and a free SSL certificate. At $2.75, unlimited disk space, email accounts and bandwidth is great value for money, that’s for sure.

HostMonster’s basic plan costs $2.65 per month and renews at $9.49. The plan comes with one website, 50GB storage, unmetered bandwidth, one domain, 5 email accounts, and 100 MB of email storage.

HostGator HatchlingHostMonster Basic
Websites11
StorageUnlimited50GB
SSLFreeFree
Free DomainYesYes
Free Marketing$200No
SupportGoodGood
Uptime Guarantee99.9%No
Money Back Guarantee45-days30-days
Price$2.75 with discount$4.95 with discount

It’s clear that, for the basic plan, HostGator obviously offers more, and at a relatively lower price as well. Regardless, we do think that HostMonster’s plan comparable to HostGator’s despite the gator’s enviable specs because, for one, it is extremely unlikely that a single website can use up 50 GB of space. However, we would still go with HostGator’s plan if we had to choose one.

Medium Range Plan

The medium-range plan for HostMonster is the Plus plan and it comes with ten websites, 150 GB of storage, 20 parked domains and 50 subdomains, 100 email accounts with 500mb of storage per account, and unmetered bandwidth.

Staying in line with HostMonster’s pricing philosophy, the plan costs $4.95 per month and renews at $12.49 per month. At $4.95, the Plus plan is pretty cheap. However, you might have to consider the fact that it costs $12.49 to renew. That’s almost as two hundred percent hike. Steep.

For HostGator, the medium-range plan is the Baby plan (which is weird for all manner of reasons) and would set you back just about $3.95 per month. Renewal costs $9.95 though.

For this price, the plan comes with unlimited domains, a free domain plus all the features of the Hatchling plan. So basically, all you’re paying extra for is unlimited websites, which is a pretty big deal. But after your first subscription, you’ll have to pay $9.95 which puts everything in a whole different perspective.

HostGator BabyHostMonster Plus
WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimitedUnlimited
SSLFreeFree
Free DomainYesYes
Free Marketing$200$200
SupportGoodGood
Uptime Guarantee99.9%No
Money Back Guarantee45-days30-days
Price$3.95 with discount$6.95 with discount

Comparing the two, it’s easy to see that HostGator offers more value both at the initial purchase stage and the renewal stage.

High Range Plan

HostMonster’s most expensive plan is the Choice-Plus plan and it comes with unlimited websites, storage, bandwidth, subdomains, parked domains, Spam protection, 1 domain privacy, CodeGuard Basic, and one free domain.

It costs the same initial price of the Plus plan, which is $6.95 ($14.99 for renewal). For the level of specs that this plan comes with, $6.95 is a veritable bargain. But is $14.99 such a bargain? In any case, the price hike is too high, and you may find yourself paying double for the same service in a short period.

HostGator’s most expensive plan, as expected, pulls out all the stops as well (although one wonders what stops can actually be pulled). The plan comes with all the features of the Baby Plan plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools.

The plan costs $5.95 per month (renewal costs $14.95 per month). Here we see yet another steep price hike. The lower price draws you in and gets you comfortable. The reality of paying almost 200 bucks per year soon dawns on you, though.

HostGator BusinessHostMonster Choice Plus
WebsitesUnlimitedUnlimited
StorageUnlimitedUnlimited
SSLFree Positive SSLFree
Free DomainYesYes
Free Marketing$200$200
SupportGoodGood
Uptime Guarantee99.9%No
Money Back Guarantee45-days30-days
Dedicated IPYesNo
Free SEO ToolsYesNo
Price$5.95 with discount$6.95 with discount

Even here, where it is a bit difficult to choose a clear winner, HostGator emerges the host with the best price. Women lie, men, lie, but numbers don’t lie.

WordPress Hosting Plan

One thing that makes a WordPress plan stand out is that it comes with WordPress pre-installed, which is sort of, well, needless, as you can always install WordPress with one click on a Shared Hosting plan. That isn’t the only thing, though. WordPress plans are optimized for WordPress users, so they are usually faster, are more stable during traffic surges and have better uptime overall. In addition, with the managed WordPress hosting plan, the host actually helps you manage your site.

This means dealing with all the technical jargon that comes with updates and so much more. While HostGator has a special WordPress plan, HostMonster doesn’t, so we’ll be looking only at HostGator’s WordPress plans.

Basic WordPress Hosting Plan

HostGator’s least expensive WordPress Hosting plan is the Starter plan and comes with one website, a hundred thousand visitors per month,  one gigabyte of backups, a free SL certificate and free domains. It costs $5.95 for new customers who would like to purchase an annual plan.

After the first period, though, the plan renews at $9.95. There is sort of a recurring theme here, and we’d advise long-term users to always check the renewal price of plans, and as much as possible, plan their budget with this price in mind.

Medium range WordPress Hosting Plan

After the Starter plan comes the Standard plan and it comes with standard features such as two websites, two hundred thousand visits per month, two GB backup space, a free SSL certificate and a free domain. The plan costs $7.95 and renewal costs about $15.95, clearly significantly more expensive than the regular Shared Hosting plan.

Since the medium-range WordPress Hosting plan costs more than the most expensive Shared Hosting plan, the question is, does it worth that much, especially when comes with only two websites? You’re the only one with a concrete idea of your needs, so you’re in the best position to answer that question.

High Range WordPress Hosting Plan

HostGator most expensive managed WordPress Plan is the Business Plan and it comes with 3 websites, a capacity of 500 thousand visits per month, 3 GB of backups, a free domain and free SSL certificate.

The plan costs $9.95 per month for an initial annual plan purchase, and renewal costs $22.95. In a space of a year, you could go from paying around $120 per year to paying about $270 per year, and that tells you all you need to know, really.

HostGator Starter PlanHostGator Standard PlanHostGator Business Plan
Sites123
Visits Per Month100k200k300k
Backups1GB2GB3GB
Free SSLYesYesYes
Free DomainYesYesYes
Price$5.95/mo$7.95/mo$9.95/mo

HostGator vs. HostMonster Extra features

HostGator has the following extra features:

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • HostGator has only one database: MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • $100 in free advertising credits.

HostMonster has the following extra features:

  • Instant provisioning is enabled, so if you plan to go for VPS hosting or Dedicated hosting, they promise instant provisioning of their servers. That’s important if you want to get your site online in minutes. You won’t have to go through the stress of lengthy verification processes with HostMonster.
  • Unfortunately, HostMonster doesn’t offer monthly hosting.
  • You have access to developer features such as FTP access, SSH access, MySQL databases, custom Cron jobs, and CGI-Bin.
  • All hosting plans come with a limit of 1000 total database tables, 3GB total database size, and 200,000 inodes.
  • The host offers hotlink protection, Secure Shell (SSH) access, AllowOverride .htaccess support, Server Side Includes (SSI)
  • Dual Quad Processor Performance servers

Major Differences between HostGator and HostMonster

  • HostGator has a forty-five-day money-back guarantee while HostMonster only has a thirty-day money-back guarantee.
  • HostGator has a managed WordPress hosting plan, while HostMonster does not.
  • HostGator has way better uptime than HostMonster
  • HostGator has a money-back guarantee, while HostMonster doesn’t have one
  • HostGator is definitely more popular than HostMonster.

HostMonster vs. HostGator: Our Winner

We thought that this would be somewhat difficult because both hosts are alike in so many ways, but the fact that HostMonster only won in one category tells us otherwise. The gator in this 90s flick definitely served (served because of server, you get it?) the monster is behind on a plate. HostGator vs. HostMonster? The gator wins this one convincingly.

Luminati Review – Probably the Most Reliable Proxy Network

If you’re looking to engage in web scraping, SEO research or simply want to remain anonymous while browsing the internet, it helps to have access to a good proxy service. These types of services are a dime a dozen nowadays but there is one that stands out from the crowd in a big way thanks to its ethical business practices and the impressive size of its network. That service is, of course, Luminati. I don’t think it’s a stretch to say that Luminati is the most popular provider of proxy services in the world right now, but is there actually a good reason for that? Well, that’s exactly what we wanted to find out.

We figured that the best way of evaluating the quality of the company’s services is to test them ourselves, so that’s exactly what we did. To that end, we recently took a close look at what Luminati has to offer and we’re now prepared to share our findings with you. You may already be familiar with some of the stuff we’re going to talk about in this article but stick around until the end because some of the things we learned about Luminati might surprise you. Plus, we have some great exclusive discounts lined up for you so keep reading.

Navigation and Ease of Use

The first thing you’ll probably notice about Luminati is how well put together its website is. Some people might not be interested in that aspect but I think first impressions are important and it helps to have a site that looks good while still being intuitive and easy to navigate. I especially appreciate that Luminati has an entire section dedicated to use cases that explains how and when its various services can come in handy. This is very useful because a lot of people who look into these services don’t know much about them so instead of going to Wikipedia to find information about proxies, you can simply use Luminati’s website instead.

Luminati Homepage Preview
Luminati Homepage

Website aside, the service itself is very user-friendly so you shouldn’t have any problems learning it works, even if you don’t have any previous experience with proxies. A big reason for that is the Luminati Proxy Manager, an advanced open-source piece of software that comes with a lot of useful features. The manager comes with a built-in data collection tool, the ability to create rules for automated rotation of IPs, limit requests, and filter specific URLs in order to reduce traffic. You also gain access to real-time metrics and the ability to increase the cost-effectiveness of your proxies by using waterfall routing.

Luminati Chrome Extension
Luminati Chrome Extension in the Dashboard

Another nice that will make your life easier is Luminati’s Chrome browser extension. The extension can be used to target specific geo-locations and edit your settings on the fly. In some ways, the extension works like a more streamlined version of the proxy manager. Although a bit more limited in its capabilities, the extension can be installed on multiple machines, which is great for situations when you want to distribute the workload or make it more difficult for potential snoopers to track your location. Another nice feature is the addition of an incognito mode that can be used to avoid data collection by malicious entities.

Plans and Pricing

Although best known for its residential proxy network, Luminati offers a handful of other services, including dedicated, mobile, and datacenter proxies. Regardless of which type of package you choose, there’s no denying the fact that Luminati charges a premium for its services. Thanks to its very impressive network and ethical business practices, Luminati earned a good reputation in the industry, which allowed it to work with many Fortune 500 companies over the years. Seeing as how its services are primarily aimed at big businesses, it’s not really surprising to see that Luminati charges a bit more than your average provider. That said, you definitely get what you’re paying for here and there are a couple of services that are cheaper than you might expect.

If you’re looking to purchase a package of residential proxies, the absolute minimum commitment is $500 per month. In return, you get access to Luminati’s huge network of residential IPs and 40 GB of traffic usage to work with. All in all, you’re looking at a price of $12.50 per GB of usage. You can get a better deal that will only have you paying between $3 and $10 per GB with some of the other packages, but the minimum monthly commitment will be higher, so that’s more money upfront. If you’re looking for the best deal on residential proxies, you can use our coupon code to benefit from 50% off during your first month. Simply use the code and make a deposit of $250 to receive another $250 on the house.

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Pricing Page for Residential Proxies

In addition to regular (rotating) residential proxies, Luminati also offers static residential proxies, otherwise known as dedicated proxies. These types of proxies feature a ‘pay as you go’ system with no monthly commitment that’s perfect for small-scale projects and users who are looking for a cheaper alternative. This option doesn’t come with any bandwidth limitations and allows you to choose between two types of proxies – shared and exclusive. The exclusive ones are a bit more expensive but the good news is that you won’t have to share them with other users when targeting a specific domain. That said, shared proxy plans have their own advantages because you can choose to pay either per IP or per GB of usage when buying one.

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While the ‘pay as you go’ plan is great for a lot of people, there are situations when you may want to go with a monthly commitment package instead. These plans are ideal for large-scale projects that require a lot of IPs and bandwidth. The basic package includes 1000 IP addresses and has a better price per IP and GB when compared to the ‘pay as you go’ plan. Price-wise, it will cost you $500 per month, just like the regular rotating proxies. The 50% discount I mentioned earlier can be applied here as well so if you use our coupon code and make a deposit of $250, you can expect to get another $250 free for your first month.

Datacenter and Mobile Proxies Also on the Table

If you don’t need residential proxies, you’ll be happy to know that Luminati also offers datacenter and mobile proxies. In the case of datacenter proxies, you can once again take advantage of the ‘pay as you go’ system. Similar to the static residential proxies, you have two options when buying shared datacenter proxies – pay per IP (with unlimited bandwidth) or per GB of usage. Exclusive IPs are available here as well and you can use them to gain exclusive access to any domain you want to target.

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Pricing Page for Datacenter Proxies

If you would rather go with a monthly commitment package instead, the basic plan will set comes with 900 IPs and will set you back $500 per month, so the price per IP is a bit higher here. However, you’re still getting a better price per IP and GB when compared to the ‘pay as you go’ plan. If you’re looking to purchase IPs in bulk, datacenter proxies are probably your best bet because the other plans include anywhere between 2,000 and a whopping 100,000 address. Regardless of which package you’re eyeing, you can get a $5 bonus on your first purchase by using our coupon code.

Additional Features and Tools

We already talked about some of the interesting features offered by Luminati, such as the proxy manager and Chrome extension, but there are a few more that are worth covering. For example, the company offers a very useful automated unblocking software that can be used to great effect for price comparison and web data extraction. Just as its name suggests, the tool is used to bypass block requests that can sometimes occur when trying to access a website via a proxy network. The great thing about this tool is that it only requires you to send a single unblock request to the target website and Luminati’s team of proxy experts will take care of the rest for you.

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Some of the Features Luminati Offers

Given that there are multiple services to choose from, you can expect each one to come with its own unique set of features, in addition to the features that are common throughout all networks. This includes unlimited bandwidth and limitless IP rotation (when applicable), access to unlimited geo locations with all plans, the ability to send unlimited concurrent requests, and more. Luminati also has a handy affiliate link tester that allows users to track the path of affiliate links from anywhere in the world.

In terms of features that are more specific to each type of network, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that datacenter proxies come with a cooling period for each IP, which is a guaranteed amount the time the IP in question was not used to target the website you want to access. Meanwhile, with rotating residential and mobile packages, users can choose whether they want to work with shared or exclusive IPs. The static residential network has this feature as well while also offering users the ability to use IPs that are entirely exclusive or just exclusive for certain domains.

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Luminati’s Offering and the Perks That Come With It

Overall, I found Luminati to not be lacking in the features department. If you’re not new to proxy networks, you probably noticed that some of the features I covered are not exclusive to Luminati. However, there are a few that are quite unique to the company. I found the automated unblocking software to be particularly useful and, of course, it never hurts to be able to use unlimited concurrent sessions or to access as many geo-locations as you want.

Performance and Reliability

Luminati is widely known for having the fastest network of proxies currently on the market, but is this really the case? After all, every company out there claims that it is the best at what it does. Well, when it comes to Luminati that might indeed be the case, at least as far as its residential network is concerned. On average, you can expect ping response times on the residential network to be around 76 ms. That’s quite impressive given that residential proxies generally tend to be pretty slow, however, that doesn’t seem to be the case here at all. In fact, 76 ms is surprisingly close to the speeds you can expect from datacenter proxies, which are considered to be the fastest types of proxies.

As far as the uptime is concerned, we have not encountered any situation where the network was not working so Luminati’s 99.99% uptime guarantee seems accurate based on our assessment. In terms of success rate, you may run into some mixed results depending on your use case and the websites you’re targeting. For example, if you’re planning to scrap data you can expect your success rate to be around 95% or more on most websites. However, the rate will drop to a little over 80% if you’re targeting Google or YouTube while Instagram sits at around 90%.

Interestingly enough, even though Luminati doesn’t offer dedicated sneaker proxies, the network performs remarkably well on certain shoe sites like Nike. That said, coping sneakers is a bit of a gray area so it might be best to avoid engaging in that practice while using Luminati due to the company’s strong stance on ethical business practices. You can, however, confidently use the network for data scraping, as well as ad verification, website testing, SEO research, and more.

Network and Location Coverage

In addition to being fast, Luminati’s residential network is also extremely large. In fact, it’s often touted as the biggest network in the world, and with good reason. The residential network alone consists of well over 35 million rotating IP addresses. On top of that, Luminati also has over 7.5 million mobile IPs, 400K datacenter IPs, and 35K dedicated residential IPs.

The company offers truly global coverage as you can get IPs in pretty much every country and major city across the globe. Many of the IPs can be found in key markets like the US, UK, Canada, India, Germany, France, and Australia, though there’s no shortage of addresses in smaller countries as well. In total, residential and mobile networks cover 195 countries. While still impressive, the datacenter network only includes about 85 countries while the dedicated residential network only covers 25 countries.

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Location Coverage for Luminati’s Proxies

So where does Luminati get all its IPs? In the case of datacenter and dedicated residential IPs, the answer is pretty obvious as these addresses come either from datacenters or internet service providers. As far as the other networks are concerned, the IPs come from the Luminati SDK. The software was designed to act as an alternative for users who are tired of having to deal with video advertisement while their playing games and using apps. In order to avoid those annoyances, users can simply opt-in to the Luminati network in exchange for an ad-free experience.

Only certain apps integrate with the Luminati SDK but that number is constantly growing as Luminati pays application vendors a monthly fee for each user that opts-in. This is a win-win situation for everybody, including the users because Luminati uses their devices as proxy nodes only when they have enough battery power and a stable internet connection, preferably via Wi-Fi.

Customer Support

Luminati has an incredible amount of customer support channels you can reach them at. While most companies settle for one or two channels, Luminati has four or five, along with a number of social media pages. The main channels are the phone, email, and live chat but you can also reach out to a representative via Skype, WhatsApp, and WebQQ. The company’s contact page features multiple phone numbers and email addresses you can use depending on the exact nature of your problem or inquiry.

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F.A.Q. Section of Luminati’s Website

As far as self-help options are concerned, there’s an entire section of Luminati’s website dedicated to useful resources, including webinars, case studies, testimonials, and of course, and F.A.Q. section. Among other things, you can also find a learning hub and a blog on the official website. In addition, the company also has a YouTube channel where it frequently posts videos related to its services. There aren’t as many tutorials as I expected on the channel but you can definitely find a few useful videos nevertheless.

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Luminati’s Learning Hub

All in all, there is clearly no shortage of options for users in need of technical assistance or information about Luminati and its network. The support agents themselves are always friendly and happy to help, however, I recommend not contacting them via email. As far as I can tell, email support is not a priority at Luminati so it may take a while for them to reply if you send them a message. Instead, try reaching them directly via phone or live chat if you need help with an urgent problem.

KYC Necessary for Every User

Since we’re talking about customer support, I do need to mention that Luminati uses a system that some might find annoying. However, this system is essential for keeping the network clean. The system in question requires every registered user to fill out a KYC (Know Your Customer) form before using the network. The form needs to be filled out with a lot of personal information and must be accompanied by a photo of a valid government-issued ID.

Although it’s a bit of a hassle, this system discourages users from engaging in illegal activities while using the network. If you plan on using any of the coupon codes I mentioned earlier, make sure to first fill out the KYC form and then get in touch with Luminati because each individual account must be approved manually by a company representative.

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Is There a Way of Knowing How Many IPs are Available per Country?

Luminati readily displays the number of IPs available in every country on its official website. If you want to look up this information simply go to the ‘Locations’ section of the website and select the country you’re interested in.

What’s the Difference Between Residential and Datacenter Proxies?

Residential proxies are IP addresses of real end-users that are very hard to track due to their rotating nature. Meanwhile, datacenter proxies are sequential IPs that come from datacenters owned by various organizations, as opposed to residential IPs which are owned by internet service providers or mobile carries and are assigned to regular consumers.

What’s the Difference Between Shared and Exclusive IPs?

Just as their name suggests, shared IPs can be used by multiple customers. Exclusive IPs, on the other hand, are only assigned to a single user. Exclusive IPs are more reliable but they also tend to cost a bit more depending on which of the four networks you’re using.

Can I Refresh My IPs?

Residential and mobile proxies will refresh your IPs at regular intervals so you don’t have to worry about doing it yourself. If you’re using datacenter proxies, however, you will need to refresh your IPs manually and there’s a cost associated with doing so, which varies depending on whether you’re using dedicated or shared IPs.

What is Luminati’s Refund Policy?

At the time of this writing, Luminati does not offer any sort of refund. However, the company does offer a 7-day free trial for the residential proxy network that allows users to test the service before signing up.

Final Thoughts

Luminati is without a doubt one of the most reliable providers of proxy services out there. The company doesn’t disappoint in any department as it offers excellent performance, lots of useful features, and a very impressive network that spans across the entire globe. There’s not a whole lot to complain about the customer support either.

Although the email support could be a bit faster, there are plenty of other channels to choose from along with a good variety of self-help resources. Personally, I never felt the need to contact support because the service is solid and easy to use but if you do need to get in touch with an agent, make sure to do it over the phone or live chat.

Top 10 Best Rotating Proxies Providers of 2019

Using a proxy service to mask your IP is a great idea when you want to scrap data, verify ads or simply hide your online identity while browsing the internet. While dedicated proxies tend to be better in terms of performance, rotating proxies are a much better choice if you want to prevent others from tracking your real location, or your data. That’s because rotating proxy services can assign you a new IP every few minutes, which makes it very difficult for third-party entities to discover your real identity.

Rotating proxies tend to be available in two variants – mobile and residential. Both types work in a similar way and use IPs that come from real users, however, the source of these addresses differs. We won’t go into the technical details right now but suffice it to say that either of them can be used to fulfill the same purpose. Provided, of course, the IP addresses come from a reliable provider of rotating proxies, which are sometimes also referred to as backconnect proxies.

The Best Rotating Proxy Services

A quick Google search for rotating proxies will reveal dozens upon dozens of results, so finding a good provider can be a bit of a hassle if you’re not already familiar with these types of companies. But don’t worry because we already took it upon ourselves to test the most popular rotating proxy services on the market so you won’t have to. In order to make things even easier for you, we put together a comprehensive list based on our findings.

Here’s a quick summary of our top backconnect rotating proxies picks:

  • Luminati – The absolute best provider of rotating proxies on the market right now. Tons of great features, easy to use, and has the largest network.
  • Oxylabs – A pretty good alternative to Luminati with a smaller network but some interesting optional tools and services.
  • Smartproxy – Perfect for newcomers thanks to its low prices and many ease-of-use features.
  • Geosurf – Much smaller network compared to the other premium providers but its prices are a bit more accessible.
  • Storm Proxies – Limited network but very fast, cheap, and offers three methods of rotating IPs.
  • NetNut – Relies on DiviNetworks instead of a regular P2P network and offers a 7-day free trial.
  • Microleaves – Large network and plenty of packages to choose from, some of which are surprisingly cheap.
  • Proxyrack – A cheaper alternative to Luminati that comes with a few drawbacks but can still get the job done.
  • Blazing Proxies – Very fast and cheap proxies but the network is extremely limited.
  • RotatingProxies – A decent option if you’re looking primarily for US-based proxies.

1. Luminati

Luminati is by far the largest and most popular provider of rotating proxies right. The company has well over 40 million backconnect proxies at its disposal, split between its residential (35 million) and mobile (7 million) networks. In addition, Luminati also offers a steadily growing network of datacenter proxies to boot. In other words, you can find every type of proxy here and the service is extremely easy to use thanks to the intuitive Luminati Proxy Manager and Chrome browser extension.

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Luminati is considered a premium proxy provider so expect the prices to be fairly high, though not unreasonable considering what you get in return. If you’re looking for residential rotating proxies, you can get a basic package for $500 a month, which includes 40 GB of traffic usage. Other providers force you to pay per IP but paying for traffic is a much better option in this case because it gives you access to Luminati’s entire network that spans close to 200 countries. If you feel like the entry price is outside your budget, don’t hesitate to use our coupon code to get 50% off your first month. Simply deposit $250 for a package of rotating residential proxies and you’ll receive the remaining $250 for free after you get in touch with someone at Luminati.

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If you’re looking for mobile rotating proxies, on the other hand, the price is identical but expect to get less traffic in return. That’s likely because mobile proxies are harder to come by, though that may change in the near future as their popularity increases. The mobile proxies Starter plan also comes with a minimum monthly commitment of $500 and includes 17 GB of traffic usage. If you decide to purchase the Starter package make sure to use our coupon code to get a $100 bonus for your first month. In addition, registered companies can also take advantage of a free 7-day trial on both mobile and residential rotating proxies.

The Most Ethical Proxy Provider

Luminati has a reputation for having some of the best ethical business practices in the industry. The company goes as far as to assign compliance offices to individually vet every new user. This process is meant to prevent users from abusing the network while also giving Luminati representatives a chance to familiarize themselves with new clients. The process itself isn’t complicated as it only involves having a brief conversation with a representative via Skype or another communication channel and sending in a valid form of identification. Pretty standard stuff.

If you plan on using the coupon codes mentioned earlier, make sure to get in touch with a representative and tell them we sent you. Speaking of coupon codes, we also have one for the static residential network that will grant you 50% off during your first month. Meanwhile, you can use one of our other coupon codes to get a $5 bonus when you first purchase a package of datacenter proxies.

2. Oxylabs

Oxylabs is another well-known provider that boasts an impressive worldwide network of rotating residential proxies. The network includes well over 30 million IP addresses and although a large portion of them are located in the US and Europe, you can easily find proxies for pretty much every country in the world. Oxylabs also has a fairly large network of datacenter proxies and offers a handful of other services, including static residential proxies, premium Socks5 proxies, and more.

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Oxylabs promises that its backconnect proxies can achieve a success rate of up to 90% and that IP bans are nearly inexistent here. Additionally, the company guarantees that customers won’t have to deal with captchas and that you will be able to benefit from unlimited concurrent sessions regardless of which package you pick. All plans also come with session control, city-level targeting, and access to an intuitive all-in-one residential proxy dashboard that allows clients to create sub-users, see detailed proxy usage statistics, whitelist IPs, and more.

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A basic package of rotating residential proxies comes with a minimum monthly commitment of $600 and includes 50 GB of traffic. Similar to Luminati, Oxylabs gives you access to its entire network of proxies. The company’s prices are fairly high, however, the advantage of using Oxylabs is that its network includes both residential and mobile rotating IPs. If you’re part of a big company that’s looking to purchase IPs in bulk, you’ll be happy to know that Oxylabs offers special prices on corporate packages.

Web Scraper and Real-Time Crawler

Although Oxylabs can be used for a variety of purposes, the service truly shines when it comes to web scraping. Most people who engage in data extraction tend to use their own tools, which can sometimes be difficult to set up and configure. With that in mind, Oxylabs has developed its own web scraper that can be purchased separately. The company’s data extraction solution doesn’t require you to know how to code or manage proxies. All you need to do is enter the URL of the site you want to scrape and the tool will take care of everything for you.

Another useful tool offered by Oxylabs is a real-time crawler. The crawler can be used to capture data from any search engine and is just as easy to use as the web scraper. Furthermore, the tool is highly customizable and Oxylabs claims that it has a 100% success rate. Using this tool will only cost you $0.30 for every 1.000 pages crawled, however, the product comes with a $150 per month commitment so it’s not really suitable for small projects.

3. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is a great option for beginners thanks to its relatively low prices and ease-of-use features. While its network isn’t quite as big as some of the other entries on this list, the company maintains a very respectable pool of over 10 million rotating proxies. Smartproxy is one of the only major players on the market that offers backconnect proxies specifically designed for coping sneakers. Naturally, the proxies have many other uses like affiliate testing, travel fare aggregation, data extraction, and more.

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Smartproxy Homepage

Smartproxy guarantees an uptime of 99.99% and average response times of around 3.1 seconds for its rotating proxies. The company stresses the fact that its proxies don’t share a subnetwork, which makes them immune to blanket bans. Similar to the companies we’ve covered previously, Smartproxy uses a pricing model based on bandwidth usage so there are no limits to how many sessions you can run at the same time or how many countries you can target.

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Plans for All Budgets

If you’re looking for a provider with a relatively cheap entry point, Smartproxy might be right up your alley. The company charges $75 per month for its basic package, which comes with 5 GB of traffic included. There are three other plans to choose from with prices ranging between $200 and $600 per month. While not the cheapest option on our list, it’s clear than Smartproxy is trying to cater to a larger audience instead of focusing primarily on big businesses like some of its competitors.

However, if $75/mo is a bit outside your price range, we recommend using our coupon code to get 15% off your first package of residential proxies. The coupon can also be used to get a discount on datacenter proxies but keep in mind that you can only take advantage of the offer once per account, so you’ll need to choose between one or the other. Regardless of which type of plan you choose, signing up with Smartproxy is virtually risk-free for a limited time because the company offers a 3-day money-back guarantee.

4. GeoSurf

GeoSurf is a premium provider of rotating residential proxies that offer a pool of over 2 million IPs spread across 130 countries. While the network may be a bit smaller compared to other companies on this list, GeoSurf is just as reliable and its proxies can be used for everything from ad verification and sales intelligence to Instagram and sneaker sites. The company also has a good amount of proxies in countries that other services struggle with, such as China and Iran.

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GeoSurf has a user-friendly dashboard that displays detailed statistics about your account and an API that’s easy to use even by those who are not particularly tech-savvy. On the other hand, if you are a developer you’ll certainly enjoy the advanced features, speed, and security offered by the API. The service supports both IP whitelisting and username/password authentication along with unrestricted access to its entire pool of IPs. Similarly, you will also be able to use an unlimited number of connections and threads.

GeoSurf’s entry point sits at $450 per month, which is a bit cheaper than some of its competitors but still fairly pricey all things considered. In return, you get 38 GB of traffic usage and the ability to add more traffic to your plan for a fixed fee of $12/mo per additional GB. Alternatively, you could go for the $900/mo or $2,000/mo packages to get more traffic right off the bat or you can contact GeoSurf to get an estimate for the special enterprise-grade plan.

Additional Products

In addition to backconnect proxies, the company also offers a couple of other products and a few applications. GeoSurf has both mobile and desktop VPNs along with Firefox and Chrome browser extensions that you can use to become part of the P2P network. The company even has its own proxy toolbar that comes with some pretty interesting features. Among other things, it allows you to set the IP rotation time, emulate various mobile devices, clear cookies, and cache from your browser with one click, and quickly switch between residential and static IPs.

5. Storm Proxies

Storm Proxies is one of the smallest companies on our list and also one of the cheapest. The company’s low prices can likely be attributed to the fact that its network consists of only around 70.000 rotating IPs. However, you can expect very good performance from this company, two types of rotating proxies to choose from, and a number of interesting features you can rarely find somewhere else. On the other hand, all the proxies are located in Europe and the US so this isn’t the best option if you’re looking for a provider with an extensive worldwide network.

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One of the most unique things you may notice about Storm Proxies is that the company offers both residential and dedicated rotating IPs. Generally speaking, data center IPs are static and aren’t really a good fit for activities that require rotating proxies. However, that’s not the case here as these reverse backconnect rotating proxies work just like the regular ones and have been optimized for all the common use cases you might expect, including data extraction, brand protection, web crawling, and more.

At Storm Proxies, you can also find traditional rotating residential proxies, though the IP pool is somewhat smaller and only includes around 40.000 addresses. Still, these proxies are highly anonymous and you get unlimited bandwidth because, unlike some of the other providers on this list, Storm Proxies charges per IP and connections. One drawback worth noting that you only get 1 access IP with these proxies so you won’t be able to use the service from multiple devices. In the case of data center rotating proxies, you get between 1 and 3 access IPs depending on which plan you choose.

Nearly Unbeatable Prices

The cheapest package of reverse backconnect (data center) proxies will only set you back $39 per month. You are limited to a maximum of 40 threads with the starter plan but you can unlock more by upgrading to one of the higher tiers. These proxies come with three types of rotating IPs – fresh IP with every new HTTP request, 3-minute proxies, and 15-minute proxies. Although data center proxies are limited in certain ways, the fact that you can choose the frequency of the rotations makes them very flexible.

As far as the residential rotating proxies are concerned, these will set you back $50 per month for the basic package. A bit more expensive but still a lot cheaper compared to other providers. You don’t have to worry about the threads here because they are not limited, however, you’ll only have a certain amount of ports at your disposal. Namely, you get 5 ports with the entry plan, 10 with the next tier, and so on. The proxy rotation time here is 5 minutes and can’t be changed.

6. NetNut

NetNut is a reputable provider that puts a lot of emphasis on performance and ease of use. The company hasn’t been around for as long as many of its competitors but don’t let its age fool you because the people behind NetNut definitely know what they’re doing. Instead of trying their hand at various types of services like other companies, NetNut specializes exclusively in residential proxies and has a fairly unique network backing up the whole operation.

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Instead of using P2P (peer-to-peer) networks like so many other proxy providers, NetNut relies on DiviNetworks, a company that works closely with hundreds of internet service provers around the world. This puts NetNut in the rather unique position of being able to use proxies that come directly from ISPs. In addition to making the proxies more reliable, they also seem to perform better at certain tasks. According to the company, you can achieve a failure rate of less than 1% with its proxies, provided you also have the right architecture on your side.

NetNut’s prices are more or less standard, with a starter package of rotating IPs coming in at $300 per month. The entry plan comes with 20 GB of bandwidth so the price per GB is higher compared to companies like Luminati even though the entry point is lower. That said, you can get much lower prices per GB by going with one of the other packages, particularly the last one. If you need more than 1 TB of bandwidth per month, you’ll need to get in touch with the company and ask for an estimate.

Static and Rotating IPs in the Same Package

One of the most interesting features offered by NetNut is the ability to switch between static and rotating IPs almost on the fly. Static IPs are much more likely to get blocked than rotating ones so keep that in mind if you plan to use this feature. Another thing that makes NetNut special is the fact that the company offers a free trial, which is not very common among proxy providers these days. The trial allows you to check out the service for free for up to 7 days so don’t hesitate to check it out.

7. Microleaves

Microleaves is a company that strikes a good balance between price and performance. The provider has a very impressive network composed of over 26 million residential backconnect proxies. You can also find other services here like cheap dedicated and shared HTTP proxies, however, these services only include IPs based in the US. If you want access to a worldwide network with proxies in every country, you’ll definitely want to check out the residential network.

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Microleaves’ proxies are compatible with any type of software that supports the HTTP/s or Socks 4/5 protocols. That means you can use them for everything ranging from search engines and social media to ticketing and sneaker sites. The proxies are even compatible with certain games, such as Pokemon Go for example. Backconnect proxies are easy to manage thanks to the advanced control panel and the IPs come from various sources, including DSL, digital cable, broadband, and more.

Over a Dozen Packages to Choose From

You’ll need to pay $125 per month for a starter package of rotating proxies or choose from among more than a dozen other plans. Microleaves doesn’t charge per bandwidth so the difference between all these plans is the number of proxy ports you get in return. With the starter package, you only get access to 10 but you can get as many as 10,000 if you can afford it so there’s clearly a plan for everyone here.

If you want to use your proxies for very specific purposes like sneaker coping, you may want to look into the special backconnect proxies packages. These plans are more expensive (starting at $250/mo) but the proxies can literally be used for anything. Regardless of which type you choose, the proxies are highly anonymous, rotate every 5 minutes, and allow you to geo-target cities as well as countries.

8. Proxyrack

If you’re looking for a company that does many things similar to Luminati but charges less for its services you may want to give Proxyrack a shot. The provider’s network isn’t nearly as large, however, you do get access to around 2 million IP addresses in 140 geo-locations, which is pretty good. Just like Luminati, Proxyrack primarily targets businesses and has strict compliance rules in place to prevent users from abusing its IPs.

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Proxyrack supports HTTP, HTTPs, and Socks protocols as well as the username/password and IP whitelisting methods of authentication. The company doesn’t include any public proxies with its packages so you can expect all the IPs to be private. Proxyrack is powered by a P2P network that requires residential peers to opt-in and allow their IP address to be used as a proxy. In other words, all the IP addresses come from actual users. However, that only applies if you pick a residential plan because the company also offers datacenter proxies.

Rotating IPs and Sticky Sessions

When you access the Proxyrack dashboard one of the first things you’ll likely notice is that there are two types of proxy ports available. The first type will allow you to get a random new IP every time you initiate a new connection and is a great option for users who want their IPs to rotate constantly. In addition, you can also go with a sticky IP, which lets you hang onto the same address for longer periods of time. You can set the interval yourself but keep in mind that it should fall somewhere between 3 and 30 minutes.

As far as the pricing is concerned, Proxyrack offers some very appealing plans. You can get a package of residential rotating proxies for only $80 per month or go for the $120/mo plan if you need high-performance USA-only proxies. The company doesn’t charge per bandwidth, so you can use as much of it as you want, however, you will only have a limited amount of threads at your disposal. Alternatively, if you subscribe to the premium service you can choose to pay per GB of usage instead.

9. Blazing Proxies

Blazing Proxies is a service offered by BlazingSEO, a company that started out as a one-man project but gradually expanded into a popular and reliable proxy provider. BlazingSEO has one of the smallest networks on this list but what the company lacks in size, it more than makes up for in speed. Just as its name indicates, you can expect to find blazing fast rotating proxies here and, as an added bonus, the prices are extremely low.

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Blazing Proxies Homepage

Blazing Proxies offers instant delivery and works with multiple subnets to prevent blanket bans. You can expect support for all three protocols – HTTP, HTTPS and Socks – and the proxies are guaranteed to work for sensitive tasks, such as sneaker coping. IP whitelisting and username/password authentication are both available and the bandwidth speeds go up to 1 GB/s. Most of the backconnect proxies come from the US but you can also find IP addresses from a few other countries like Germany, Japan, India, Canada, and the UK.

Unlimited Everything

As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, most proxy providers impose limits on either the bandwidth or the number of threads you can use. That’s not realty the case here as Blazing Proxies offers unlimited access to everything. The downside is that the network only includes around 8,000 proxies, which is a much smaller pool compared to other companies on this list. That’s why I wouldn’t recommend Blazing Proxies for large projects that require a lot of IPs.

However, if you’re a developer looking to do some fast data scraping the service might be worth your time. The cheapest package of rotating proxies will only set you back $11 per month and you can get discounts of up to 20% off by subscribing for several months in advance. The starter plan only includes 5 proxies but you can add more at a rate of a little over $2 per proxy. The company also offers a 2-day trial so you can test the service risk-free before you need to invest anything.

10. RotatingProxies

Yes, there is a company out there with a name as obvious as RotatingProxies. Despite the name, however, RotatingProxies also offers dedicated proxies, ticketing proxies, and a few other products and services. The company primarily targets American users so you can expect the vast majority of the proxies to be located in the US. However, you can also get backconnect proxies from other Tier 1 countries like Germany, France, Canada or the UK upon request.

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RotatingProxies Homepage

Although RotatingProxies is a fairly small company, it does offer a good amount of useful features. For example, you get unmetered bandwidth with all plans and you can expect the pool of IPs to be refreshed at least once per day in order to weed out the bad proxies and maintain the quality of the network. The IPs are set to rotate every 5 minutes at scheduled times and can be used for web scraping, social media research, ad verification, ticketing, sneaker sites, and more. One drawback is that RotatingProxies doesn’t support Socks protocols so you’ll have to work exclusively with HTTP and HTTPS.

Reasonable Prices

While RotatingProxies allows you to use as much bandwidth as you want, you will only get a limited amount of proxies with each package. The starter plan comes with 10 proxies and will cost you $39 per month, or $3.9/mo per proxy. Not a bad price but you can get that ratio to as low as $1.93 per proxy if you’re willing to spend big and get the $969/mo package, which comes with 500 rotating proxies. In addition to the standard prices, the company also sells bulk proxies in packages that include anywhere from 1,000 to a whopping 10,000 proxies.

How Do Rotating Proxies Work?

Whenever you connect to the internet without a proxy or any other specialized service (like a VPN for example), there’s nothing stopping the website you’re accessing from collecting your personal data. Of course, not all websites are interested in your data but there’s a growing number of companies and entities that most certainly do want to collect it and use it for their own purposes. This personal data can be anything from your real name and credit card details to your geolocation and IP address.

A proxy service simply reroutes your connection through an external server and assigns you a new IP in the process. Unless the website you’re targeting uses very specialized tools, it won’t be able to see your real IP or track your location as long as you are using a proxy. That said, using a single proxy doesn’t guarantee that you will remain anonymous for long, particularly when trying to access websites that have good security measures in place. That’s where rotating proxies come in.

Just as their name indicates, these types of proxies rotate between all available IPs found throughout the network and assign you a new one at regular intervals. Depending on the service, you can get a new IP every few minutes or every time you initiate a new session. Generally speaking, the IPs you get with every rotation are completely random, however, certain services can be configured to only assign IP addresses from specific countries, or even cities in some cases.

The Proper Way to do It

The best services offer a combination of both methods or allow you to configure how often you want your IP to rotate. It also helps to have a very large pool of IPs in order to make sure that you’ll never get the same address twice even if you rotate constantly. Among other things, we decided to put Luminati and some of the other big companies at the top of our list because their extensive networks provide users with a huge advantage.

Residential Rotating Proxies vs Datacenter Rotating Proxies

For the most part, rotating proxies tend to come from residential sources but that’s not always the case. In fact, we mentioned a few companies that offer datacenter rotating proxies earlier in our list. So what’s the difference? Well, the name actually says it all. Residential proxies are IP addresses used by real users, which are assigned to them by internet service providers or mobile carriers. Meanwhile, datacenter proxies come from data centers, which are usually owned by big companies.

Datacenter rotating proxies are considered less secure because they generally share the same subnetwork. That makes them very susceptive to blanket bans, much more so than residential proxies. The advantage is that datacenters use hardware that’s a lot more advanced than what you would find on your regular consumer-grade computer, so you can expect excellent performance from these proxies. And because there’s a higher risk associated with them, they also tend to be cheaper.

Completely Protected

Residential rotating proxies, on the other hand, are pretty much the opposite. Thanks to the fact that you’ve got a large pool of IPs from all over the world at your disposal, the chance of them being blacklisted en masse by websites is significantly lower. Even if one of your proxies does get banned, the rotation system ensures that you get a fresh new one in no time. Depending on which service you’re working with, the residential proxies you get can be a lot slower when compared to datacenter proxies and they will almost always be a bit more expensive.

F.A.Q.

What is Proxy Scraping?

Web scraping is a technique used to extract large amounts of data from websites. This sort of data is highly sought-after by big companies that want to improve their products or get an advantage over the competition. Proxy scraping is pretty much the same thing only instead of using your own computer when extracting the data, you use proxy servers. As you might imagine, a lot of companies aren’t happy with people extracting important data from their websites, so using proxies to do it is always a good idea.

What is a Proxy Pool?

A proxy pool represents the total amount of proxies found in a particular network. For example, Luminati is known to have a total proxy pool of over 40 million IP addresses. Meanwhile, its residential proxy pool consists of about 35 million IPs.

What Are Backconnect Proxies?

Backconnect proxies fulfill the same purpose as regular proxies but work in a slightly different way. With a regular proxy, your connection gets rerouted through a very limited amount of servers (often just one) before reaching the target website. If the proxy you’re using happens to get banned, you’ll need to start over and establish a new connection using a different proxy. Backconnect proxies, on the other hand, reroute your connection through a series of IPs, which are part of a much larger network. In this case, if your proxy gets banned or blacklisted, the backconnect proxy service will automatically assign you a new one. Backconnect proxy services also rotate IPs on a regular basis to lower the chances of them getting banned, which is why they’re also often referred to as rotating proxies.

What is a Residential Proxy?

A residential proxy is a proxy server that uses IPs assigned by internet service providers or mobile carriers. In other words, it’s the same type of IP address used by regular consumers like you and me. As opposed to dedicated proxies, which are usually found in datacenters owned by big companies.

Final Thoughts

Rotating proxies constitute a very effective method of protecting your real identity while browsing the internet. But while many people use them simply for the sake of anonymity, rotating proxies have a wide variety of other use cases. Some of the most common ones include web scraping, travel fare aggregation, ad verification, SEO and social media research, price comparison, and many more. These proxies can also be used on ticketing and sneaker sites in some situations, however, you may want to go with a more specialized service that offers dedicated proxies if those are your preferred use cases.

Best Free Minecraft Server Hosting Services of 2020

Released back in November 2011, Minecraft is almost 8-years-old at this point and still as popular as ever. The game sold over 176 million copies as of 2019, which makes it the best-selling title of all time. Thanks to its blocky graphics and simple yet engaging gameplay, Minecraft holds up remarkably well to this day and will likely continue to age like a fine wine for the foreseeable future. If you still haven’t had a chance to play this highly-acclaimed sandbox game, you’ve been missing out, but don’t worry because it’s not too late to give it a shot.

The Best Place to Host Your Minecraft Server

Although fun as a single-player experience, Minecraft truly shines when played with friends. Now, you could always try a public server but if you want to avoid potential hackers and griefers, I would recommend going with a private server instead. That way, you will be able to enjoy the game without having to worry about other players spoiling your experience. But should you go with a premium service or a free Minecraft server hosting provider?

There are definitely pros and cons to both options and we’re going to discuss them in detail a bit later in this article. Before we do that, however, let’s take a look at some of the most popular companies that offer Minecraft hosting services. In order to better exemplify why one option might be better for you than the other, we’re first going to cover a well-known paid option before moving on to some of the free services.

Shockbyte

Shockbyte is a veteran Minecraft hosting provider that was established just a couple of years after the release of the game. The company offers servers for a few other popular online games like Ark: Survival Evolved and Rust but Minecraft is definitely its bread and butter. Shockbyte puts most of its competitors to shame when it comes to features, performance, and customer support. Even more impressively, however, is the fact that the company’s excellent services are available at incredibly cheap prices.

Features

One of the main reasons why you would want to go with a paid option instead of a free one is so that you can take advantage of all the premium features they offer. In the case of Shockbyte, you can expect full FTP access, DDoS protection, a free MySQL database, unlimited storage and bandwidth, snapshot support, and more. In addition, Shockbyte also includes instant setup, support for all the most popular Minecraft mod packs, task scheduling, Java version switcher, and a very intuitive Multicraft control panel, among other things.

Shockbyte Homepage
Shockbyte Homepage

Minecraft servers offered by most other hosting providers come with a limited number of slots, however, that’s not the case here. All the packages available at Shockbyte can support an unlimited number of players, which is a very nice feature to have indeed. What’s more, all servers come with a 100% uptime guarantee and a free subdomain. There are four server locations to choose from so make sure to pick the one that’s closest to you in order to avoid latency issues.

Specs and Price

Shockbyte is one of the cheapest Minecraft server hosting providers out there. For only $2.50 per month, you can buy a server that comes with 1 GB of RAM and can easily support more than 20 players. Again, all packages come with unlimited slots but it’s good to go for a plan with extra resources if you want to bring more than the recommended number of players to your server. Luckily, Shockbyte has excellent scalability and offers about a dozen or so plans to choose from.

Shockbyte Hosting Plans
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Each subsequent plan comes with an additional GB of RAM and is $2.50 more expensive than the previous one. For example, the $5 package comes with 2 GB of RAM, the $.7.50 package comes with 3 GB of RAM and so on. That makes it very easy to figure out how much you’ll need to pay for the specific amount of resources you need. To make things even easier, just remember that you pay $2.50 for every GB of RAM and each GB can support around 20 players without any issues.

Support

Shockbyte has a very professional and knowledgeable customer support team that can assist you 24/7. The company’s support agents can be contacted via live chat or a ticket system. You can also try learning how to fix possible server problems yourself by consulting the extensive knowledge base and FAQ sections found on the official website. A nice thing about Shockbyte is that the company has a very active YouTube channel where it posts helpful guides and tutorials all the time, so don’t hesitate to check it out.

Shockbyte Breakdown

PROS
  • Premium features included with every package
  • Unlimited slots with all plans
  • Free subdomain
  • Intuitive control panel
  • Very affordable
CONS
  • Aimed mostly at users from the US or EU
  • 24-hour money-back guarantee

Discounts

Shockbyte’s prices are already very affordable but you can get an even better deal on your Minecraft server by using one of two methods. The first is by using our coupon code: MAMBOSERVER, this will grant you a 25% discount on your first purchase. The second is by taking advantage of the 50% discount offered by Shockbyte themselves. You will need to subscribe to the company’s newsletter and then confirm your email in order to receive the discount.

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It’s worth noting that this is a limited-time offer so make sure to use our coupon code if the 50% off deal is no longer available by the time you’re reading this. The coupon can only be applied once but works on any purchase so it’s a good idea to go for one of the long-term plans, such as quarterly or yearly if you want to make the most out of the discount.

Top 3 Free Minecraft Server Hosting Services

1. Server.pro

Server.pro is one of the most well-known providers of Minecraft hosting, both free and paid. Although the company does incentivize players to purchase its premium services, you can stick to the free plan for as long as you want. As you might imagine, the free plan does come with a number of limitations, however, it is a good place to start for those who want to play Minecraft on a private server with a small group of friends. Make sure you also check out our Server.pro review if you want to learn all about the company and the services they provide.

Server.pro Homepage
Homepage of Server.pro Website

Features

The free plan includes 5 GB of SSD storage, standard DDoS protection, full FTP access, and a one-click plugin installer. Interestingly enough, the free servers feature the exact same specs as the premium ones so performance should not be an issue here. Server.pro supports both the Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft, along with a handful of popular variants like CraftBukkit, Spigot, PocketMine, BlueLight, Tessaract, and more. There are a few additional variants available but those are reserved for the paid plans. As far as the coverage is concerned, free plan users can only pick between two locations – France and Canada.

Specs and Price

Server.pro’s free plan comes with a dual-core CPU and 1 GB of RAM. Many other free services only offer 512 MB of RAM so 1 gig of memory is actually pretty good. However, the free version can only support up to 10 players and will not allow you to install more than 10 plugins. By comparison, the paid plans come with an unlimited number of slots and support for unlimited plugins. In case you decide to upgrade further down the road, the paid packages start at $5 per month and will grant you 2 GB of RAM to work with along with a number of advanced features.

Support

The company only provides two support channels – email and ticket. You can’t reach support agents via phone or live chat, which is a bit of a bummer. However, the company does have an FAQ section on its official website and plenty of video guides on its YouTube channel.

Server.pro Breakdown

PROS
  • DDoS protection
  • Good performance
  • Decent amount of memory
CONS
  • Only two server locations
  • No instant setup
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2. Aternos

Aternos is a company that exists for the sole purpose of providing free Minecraft server hosting services for everybody. Most companies that offer free servers also have a paid option but that’s not the case here. In fact, you couldn’t pay for anything even if you wanted to. This has made Aternos a very popular choice to the point where it currently hosts over 400.000 players every day, according to the company.

Aternos Homepage
Aternos Homepage

Features

The number of features available here is pretty impressive considering that Aternos is a 100% free service. The company offers a fully adjustable control panel, DDoS protection, an automatic server backup system, support for custom worlds, and more. You can also expect to be able to add a wide variety of mods and plugins to your server. It’s interesting to note that Aternos collaborated with many partners in order to establish this free service, including Glowstone, Spiget, Songoda, and CSC Bonn.

Specs

In this section, we usually go over the server specs but in this case, there’s not much information to go on. Aternos uses a very simplistic website and doesn’t disclose any important details regarding the specs. What we do know is that the company uses dual-core processors to power its machines and that the recommended number of players is between 8 and 20. Based on that info, it’s safe to assume that you would have 512 MB to 1 GB of memory to work with here, which is pretty standard for free Minecraft servers.

Support

Despite working with a very small team, Aternos has a very solid customer support system. You can contact agents via ticket or email, as well as various social media channels and messaging apps. A few of the additional options include Discord, Twitter, Telegram, and Teamspeak. Aternos also has its own forums and a very helpful knowledge base on its official website.

Aternos Breakdown

PROS
  • 100% free
  • DDoS protection
  • Automatic backups
  • Great support
CONS
  • No info regarding the specs
  • No info regarding location coverage
  • Support agents can sometimes take a while to reply
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3. OMGServ

OMGServ is another very solid option for anyone who is looking for a free Minecraft server hosting service. Similar to Server.pro, OMGServ is primarily a paid service that also happens to offer a free version. That said, the free plan is pretty solid and comes with a decent number of basic features that will allow you to run your own Minecraft server without any issues.

OMGServ Homepage
OMGServ Homepage

Features

Most of the advanced features offered by OMGServ are reserved for the paid plans. If you’re going with the free version, you’ll be missing out on things like scheduled backups, MySQL databases, mods, and even technical support. Quite a few restrictions indeed. However, you can expect DDoS protection, FTP access, a simple to use control panel, and the ability to create unlimited worlds, among other things. OMGServ also includes access to a live console and offers 1-click installs for over 160 versions of Minecraft, including quite a few Snapshot variants. There are only two server locations to choose from – North America and France.

Specs and Price

The free plan only gives you 512 MB of RAM to work with, which is a bit low. Then again, OMGServ only allows up to 4 players on its free servers so the memory shouldn’t be a major concern. Although the number of slots is very restrictive, you can at least expect to have an unlimited amount of SSD storage at your disposal. If you decide to switch to one of the paid plans at some point, you can upgrade to the starter package for just $1.67 per month or go for the premium plan, which will set you back $4.17 per month.

Support

OMGServ has a pretty reliable support team but, unfortunately, the company doesn’t offer technical assistance to those who use the free plan. You could check out the forums but most threads seem to be in French so you’re out of luck if you’re an English speaker. Instead, I would recommend visiting the FAQ and Tutorials section on the official website for help.

OMGServ Breakdown

PROS
  • Unlimited SSD storage
  • DDoS protection
  • 1-click installs
CONS
  • Only supports 4 players
  • Only two server locations
  • Low memory
  • No technical support

Paid vs. Free

It’s pretty easy to see that there are clear advantages and disadvantages to both paid and free Minecraft server hosting services. Before you decide to sign up with any of the providers we’ve covered today it’s important to carefully consider the pros and cons of each option. In this section, we’re going to talk a bit about paid vs free hosting services just so you have a better idea of what to expect.

When it comes to paid services, there’s only one real disadvantage you need to worry about and that’s, of course, the financial investment. Subscribing to one of these services comes with a price tag, which you can generally pay either once per month or several months in the advance. Luckily, certain hosting providers like Shockbyte will only charge you a couple of bucks per month for a basic package, so the financial investment you will need to make is quite small. What’s more, you can apply coupon codes or purchase a long-term plan in order to get an even better deal on your hosting package.

One thing that’s important to mention is that you may come across companies that offer multiple types of paid hosting. Companies like OMGServ, for example, will offer very cheap starter packages along with premium plans that cost quite a bit more. In addition to including more resources, premium plans also come with a lot more features, some of which I would consider absolutely essential. If you’re going with Shockbyte, there’s no need to worry about that because the company doesn’t hide any features behind a paywall. However, some providers do engage in that practice so make sure to carefully look into the package you’re planning to buy in order to make sure that it includes all the features you need.

The Downside of Free Services

Free services are always more appealing than paid ones, and it’s easy to see why. After all, if you can get something without paying, why not do it? Well, there are quite a few reasons why you may not want to choose a free service, some of which you’ve probably guessed already. The companies we decided to include on our list are some of the most popular and robust providers of free Minecraft server hosting on the market right now. Despite that, however, they don’t offer many key features and services to their users. Not because they don’t want to, but because they can’t.

Offering free hosting isn’t really viable unless you can get some sort of benefit in return. That’s why these types of companies force ads on their users in order to recoup the money they invest in their servers. Developing and maintaining advanced systems and features isn’t free either, which is why companies either don’t bother with them at all or only offer them to users who can pay for them.

In short, if you’re going with a free service you can expect to see plenty of ads as well as miss out on a pretty large number of important features. A few cons of free services we’ve already mentioned earlier include a low amount of resources, support for only a handful of players, and no instant setup, to name just a few. More often than not, there’s no technical support either for free users or if there is, paying customers will always have priority over everyone else.

The Best Choice for You

Now that you know more about the differences between paid and free Minecraft server hosting services, there’s one big question you may be asking yourself – which is the best choice for me? That depends on a number of factors, including, of course, your budget and willingness to pay for such a service. If you can’t afford to spend money on a Minecraft server or simply don’t want to, the choice is pretty simple. A free server can get the job done pretty well if all you want to do is play with a few buddies and aren’t bothered by the lack of features or poor technical support.

If, on the other hand, you’re a serious Minecraft player who wants to play the game for a living, it’s pretty much mandatory to go with a paid option. Nowadays, there are plenty of ways of earning money by playing video games but if you want to build a community around your server and attract a following, you better make sure that everything runs smooth as butter. Minecraft content is still successful on Twitch, YouTube and other platforms but no one wants to watch someone play on a server that runs poorly or is littered with ads. And certainly, no one wants to join such a server.

But even if you don’t plan on earning a living by playing Minecraft, spending a couple of bucks each month for a stable private server is still a worthwhile investment. Not only will you benefit from more resources and advanced features but you can also expect to have an easier time setting up your server with a paid service. And if you can’t manage it on your own, you can always ask for assistance from customer support agents, who are naturally always willing to give a helping hand to paying customers.

F.A.Q.

We’ve also taken our time to answer some of the most common questions when it comes to free Minecraft server hosting.

How Many People Can Play on a Free Server?

The exact number depends on the service but free servers generally support anywhere between 4 and 10 players. You can definitely bring some friends along if you’re playing on a free server, but just make sure that you don’t bring too many.

How Can Companies Afford to Offer Free Hosting Services?

There’s always a catch with free services. In the case of Minecraft servers, companies will almost always display advertisements in an effort to generate some revenue. It’s also not uncommon for companies to offer subpar free services only to later incentivize players to switch to a paid package.

Is Performance an Issue on Free Servers?

Not always but it definitely can be. Since companies only include a very limited amount of resources with their free services, you can expect performance issues to arise every now and again, especially when there are more than a couple of people playing at the same time. It’s also worth noting that free services don’t have good location coverage, which can cause major latency problems for players located in certain states or countries.

Is it Worth Going for a Paid Service Instead?

If you can afford it, yes, it’s always better to go with a paid service. Doing so will give you access to a more stable server and plenty of features and tools to work with. And since paid services are very cheap nowadays, you don’t have to break the bank in order to buy a Minecraft hosting plan.

Final Thoughts

It’s truly remarkable how Minecraft continues to be so popular almost 8 years after its release. And thanks to the fact that the game is constantly receiving new updates and improvements, we can expect the blocky sandbox to be around for many more years to come. Whether you’re a casual gamer or someone who wants to make a living by playing video games, Minecraft is definitely still a great title to pick up, especially since it’s so cheap.

Top 5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Hosting Providers in 2019

The original Counter-Strike came out almost two decades ago and changed the face of online gaming forever. I think it’s pretty safe to say that CS as a whole is one of the most influential FPS series of all time and helped shape eSports as we know it today. The most recent installment, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, continues that proud legacy even now, almost two decades since the series’ humble beginnings as a mod for Half-Life.

CS: GO is more popular than ever in 2019, thanks in no small part to Valve’s decision to make it a free-to-play game late last year. The move resulted in a flood of new players eager to put their shooting skills to the test. However, it also caused a few problems.

Counter-Strike: Global Offensive is a very difficult game by its very nature and has become more competitive than ever after going free-to-play. The change in the business model also opened the gates to a new wave of trolls and hackers who feel right at home in CS: GO’s already fairly toxic community. Because of these reasons, CS: GO has become pretty brutal for new players who are just now trying to learn the game and see what the fuss is all about.

The good news is that you can easily avoid all the headaches I just described by simply hosting or renting your own CS: GO server. This will allow you to enjoy the game alongside friendly people and avoid the toxic ones in the process. If you decide to make the server public and allow anybody in, you can also just kick the people who are causing trouble. In other words, you would have full control over what’s happening on your server.

Renting a CS:GO Server vs. Hosting Your Own

Having your own CS: GO server clearly comes with a lot of benefits, especially if you’re new to the game. But is it better to host the server on your computer or rent one from a game hosting provider? That’s a very important question to consider because there are pros and cons to both options.

On one hand, hosting the server on your PC is free but requires you to allocate resources to it and spend the time needed to set it up. Meanwhile, renting a server will cost you a bit of money but you can just sit back and let your hosting provider take care of all the hard work.

If you’ve never hosted a game server before, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive might not be the best place to start. The setup process is fairly complicated for people who aren’t very tech-savvy so you’ll probably need to look up some good tutorials if you want to learn how to pull it off. As far as the resource allocation is concerned, CS: GO isn’t an extremely demanding title but you’ll still need to set aside a decent amount of memory in order to ensure smooth gameplay for everybody on the server.

Mandatory Reliable Internet Connection

Another potential problem with hosting your own server is the internet connection. Since this is an online game, you’ll need a connection that’s not only fast but also reliable. If the host loses connectivity, all other players will get kicked out of the game.

If you’re looking to avoid issues like that, I recommend simply renting a server instead. CS: GO servers are pretty cheap these days and there are plenty of reliable companies out there that can offer a great bang for your buck.

 A Few Things to Note About Hosting Providers

There’s certainly no shortage of hosting providers that specialize in video games these days. You only need to do a quick Google search to find dozens of different companies that would be more than happy to host your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive server. Before you decide to sign up with any of these companies, make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for.

If the price is your main concern there’s no need to worry because there are plenty of providers that charge very little for their services. However, it’s always risky to go with the cheapest possible option. Many of the top-rated providers are usually a bit expensive but that’s only because they offer quality services. Although the price is definitely an important factor to consider, I would recommend focusing more on the features.

Important Features to Look For

So what sort of features should you be looking for? Well, if you’re planning on playing with mods you’ll want to look for a provider that offers good mod support, ideally with one-click installs and Steam Workshop integration. DDoS protection and free debranding are two other features you should keep an eye on, though most providers include them by default nowadays. In some cases, you’ll find that certain providers offer special features like free voice servers or generous discounts for paying in advance. Always keep an eye out for these types of special features.

The size and location of your server are just as important as everything else. If you don’t want to make your server public and don’t have a lot of friends to play with, it makes little sense to rent a high-capacity server. As far as the location is concerned, you’ll want to rent a server that’s as close to you as possible so you won’t have to worry about high latency.

Top 5 Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Server Providers

If you don’t feel like spending a whole day browsing through the websites of various companies trying to find one that’s just perfect for you, I suggest checking out some of my recommendations down below. I handpicked five highly-rated companies that will do a great job at hosting your CS: GO server.

I put together a ranked list but I suggest carefully reading my notes about all of these companies instead of automatically going with my first or second pick. All the providers I covered below have something interesting to offer so take some time to learn about them before you make a decision.

1. PingPerfect

PingPerfect is an experienced company that has been providing game servers since 2012. There are plenty of nice features to look forward to here and the prices are pretty standard so you really can’t go wrong with these guys.

Features

Some of the standout features of PingPerfect include free web hosting, game switching, and a mobile control panel. The company has a solid server backup system but you’ll need to take care of backups manually. PingPerfect also includes full FTP access, a TCAdmin control panel, free debranding, DDoS protection, and decent mod support. Money-back guarantee is available but only for 24 hours, which is not a whole lot. The location coverage is very good, as PingPerfect has data centers on almost every continent. The company also offers extreme performance servers for an extra fee.

Pricing

Prices at PingPerfect range anywhere between $5.10 per month for 10-slot servers and $32.64 per month for 64-slot servers. The company has a pretty good server customization system that allows you to tweak a number of options, including the CPU priority, storage type, tickrate, and more. For the most part, all these options are fairly priced, however, I found the $19.23 Platinum customer support options to be a bit too expensive for my taste. PingPerfect has a flexible payment system and accepts monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly payments. The company doesn’t do a great job at communication this, but you can benefit from discounts of up to 15% by paying in advance.

Support

PingPerfect offers 24/7 customer support and uses pretty much all the channels you can think of. This includes email, tickets, live chat, and phone. The company also has its own forums and you can even reach them via phone.

Pros:

  • Free web hosting
  • Customizable servers
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Great support
  • Great location coverage

Cons:

  • No automatic backups
  • Paid priority support

2. Low.ms

Low.ms has only been around for about three years or so but that hasn’t stopped it from becoming one of the most popular game hosting providers out there. That’s not all that surprising, though, considering that the company offers very good services and reasonable prices.

Features

Low.ms invests heavily in hardware so you won’t have to worry about performance with these guys. You also get most of the essential features, including DDoS protection, free debranding, location switching, TCAdmin control panel, and full FTP access. Automatic game updates and server backups are included as well, along with good mod support complete with Steam Workshop integration and 1-click installs. There’s also a nice feature called game switching that lets you switch your Counter-Strike: Global Offensive server with that of another game hosted by Low.ms. As far as the location coverage is concerned, you have 11 data centers to choose from spread across four continents.

Pricing

Prices at Low.ms start at $4.90 per month for a 10-slot server and reach up to $31.36 for a 64-slot server. The company also offers 128 tickrate servers with prices ranging between $7.30 and $46.72 per month. These servers don’t come with free debranding but it only costs $1.83 per month to remove the branding so that’s not too bad. Low.ms offers a few server customization options but I found them to be a bit expensive for the most part. Another potential drawback for some people is that Low.ms only works with monthly payments.

Support

Low.ms offers 24/7 customer support via tickets or email. There is no live chat at the time of this writing but the company says there will be at some point in the future. In the meanwhile, you can also reach them via Discord or get some quick help by checking out the knowledge base on the official website.

Pros:

  • Game switching
  • Good location coverage
  • Good prices
  • Good performance

Cons:

  • Expensive server customization
  • Only accepts monthly payments

3. Streamline Servers

Streamline has plenty of experience under its belt and has a generally good reputation among gamers. Its services aren’t the cheapest out there but you do get what you pay for, especially since the company tends to include nice freebies with all of its packages.

Features

Streamline offers free DDoS protection and debranding along with full FTP access and a TCAdmin control panel. The mod support is really good so you can expect advanced features like 1-click installs and a mod manager GUI. Daily automatic backups are available but you’ll need to unlock access to them by paying an extra $3.75 per month. On the bright side, you do get free game server migration, a free FastDL server, and even a free month of Tebex, which is a payment system specifically designed with gaming communities in mind. Streamline has very good location coverage, with 22 data centers to choose from across almost a dozen countries.

Pricing

Renting a CS: GO server from Streamline will set you back anywhere between $7.50 per month (10 slots) and $48 per month (64 slots). The prices are a bit above average, however, Streamline offers reasonably priced server customization that allows you to tweak things like the tickrate, CPU speed, and CPU priority. Streamline works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and yearly billing cycles. Paying in advance will net you some nice discounts that can reach up to 20% off for yearly purchases.

Support

Streamline offers 24/7 customer support but only via its ticket system. You can also try reaching out to support agents via live chat but you won’t always find one available. If all else fails, I would recommend checking out the knowledge base on the official website because you can find a lot of useful tutorials there.

Pros:

  • Free game server migration
  • Great location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Customizable servers

Cons:

  • Paid automatic backups
  • Prices slightly above average

4. GameServers

GameServers is a name you’ll probably recognize right away because this hosting provider has been around for a very long time. The company is very reliable and offers great services, though its prices are a bit on the expensive side.

Features

GameServers’ packages come with free debranding, location switching, DDoS protection, and mod support. You can access the server with the help of a custom control panel or via FTP if you want to play around with the game files. The company includes server migration services free of charge and a 5-day money-back guarantee but doesn’t offer automatic game updates or server backups so you’ll need to take care of those things manually. As far as the location coverage is concerned, you’re very likely to find a server that’s relatively close to you as GameServers has data centers in over a dozen countries ranging from the US and Canada to Japan and Australia.

Pricing

Prices for private servers start at $9.55 per month for 12 slots and can reach up to $25.55 per month for 32 slots. The company also offers public servers with prices ranging between $11.95 and $31.95 per month depending on how many slots you want. For a few extra bucks per month, you can add a voice server of your choice (Mumble, Ventrilo, TeamSpeak) to your package for 50% off the regular price. GameServers works with monthly, quarterly, semi-annually and yearly billing cycles. You can benefit from some pretty nice discounts of up to a maximum of 15% off for paying in advance.

Support

GameServers offers 24/7 customer support via email or through its ticket system. Strangely enough, the company doesn’t have a knowledge base or an FAQ section on its official website so you’ll need to rely entirely on the primary support channels if you need help with your server.

Pros:

  • Great location coverage
  • Flexible payment system + discounts
  • Free server migration
  • 50% off voice servers
  • Offers both private and public servers

Cons:

  • Fairly expensive
  • No automatic backups

5. Host Havoc

Host Havoc is a very reliable provider that gets consistently great reviews from gamers. Although the company doesn’t necessarily do anything special, its services are very solid and the prices are always fair.

Features

All Counter-Strike: Global Offensive packages come with free DDoS protection, debranding, full FTP access, and a TCAdmin control panel. The mod support is pretty good and includes one-click installs. The company doesn’t offer automatic server backups but you do get automatic game updates and restarts. Host Havoc also offers free server migration, which is a very nice feature to have if you’re switching from a different provider. The location coverage is pretty decent, with nine data centers to choose from scattered around the US, Europe, and Australia.

Pricing

Host Havoc offers affordable servers that start at $10 per month for 20 slots and can reach up to $50 per month for 100 slots. The minimum number of slots you can rent is a bit high but it’s hard to argue with the price per slot, which comes in at just $0.5. If you have a bit of money to spare, you can increase your CPU priority for just $4 per month. Host Havoc only accepts monthly and quarterly payments for CS: GO servers so there’s not a lot of flexibility compared to other providers. However, you do get 5% off if you go with the quarterly plan.

Support

Host Havoc offers 24/7 customer support and can be contacted via email, live chat or a ticket system. If you’re just looking for some information, you can also hit up the FAQ section or the knowledge base on the official website to find tutorials and other helpful articles.

Pros:

  • Free server migration
  • Good prices
  • Good support

Cons:

  • No automatic backups
  • High minimum slots

Final Thoughts

If you’re thinking about jumping into Counter-Strike: Global Offensive for the first time I would strongly recommend first playing on a private server. CS: GO can be a very fun game but only if you play it with the right people. Otherwise, you might be in for a bad time because the CS: GO community can be pretty toxic at times.

Although you can avoid that by hosting your own server, I suggest renting one in order to avoid any headaches. As you see from my list, you can get away with renting a server for just a few bucks a month and you can expect a wide variety of benefits in return. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive itself is free so there are no additional investments to worry about.

So which provider should you go for? That, of course, depends entirely on your specific needs. Price-wise, you can expect to pay anywhere between $0.50 and $1 per slot regardless of which company you go with, which is pretty reasonable. Therefore, the features and location coverage should be the deciding factors for most people. Make sure you know exactly what you’re looking for because chances are at least one of the five providers I covered in this article can offer a hosting package that’s right up your alley.

Top 10 Free Proxy Servers of 2019

Online privacy is becoming an increasingly bigger concern for internet users and it’s easy to see why. Most major companies go out of their way to collect personal data so they can serve users personalized ads or sell it to third-parties. On top of that, there are plenty of entities and individuals that use the data for all sorts of malicious purposes ranging from ransomware and phishing to credit card fraud and everything in between. The bottom line is that users are at risk while browsing the internet unless they use special tools and services to protect their data.

Some of the best tools you can use to enhance your online security are free proxy servers. These act as a middleman between you and the internet and allow you to browse anonymously. When using a proxy server, your real IP is hidden and you are assigned a different address that acts as a temporary substitute. There are plenty of proxy services out there that you can get for free while others have paid, often subscription-based, variants that come with certain benefits. We’re going to cover both types in this article to give a varied sample group to choose from.

The Best Free Proxy Servers

Below you can find a quick summary of the providers we handpicked for you along with the main reasons they were chosen to be featured on this list. If you’re looking for a more detailed analysis of these companies, keep reading for our full breakdown of each provider.

  • Hide.me – A reliable company that takes the privacy of its users seriously.
  • HideMyAss – Very popular and user-friendly provider of free proxy servers.
  • Hidester – Good free proxy servers that get even better if you decide to go premium.
  • ProxySite – Straightforward service that gives you a lot of server locations to choose from.
  • 4everproxy – Completely free with multiple websites in case the main one goes down.
  • KProxy – Minimalistic website that makes things easy for inexperienced users.
  • MegaProxy – Veteran free service provider that also offers very cheap paid proxy servers.
  • VPN Book – Offers to free open-source VPN clients in addition to free proxy servers.
  • Tor – A very popular service that can easily act as a replacement for your current browser.
  • Whoer- Free version comes with many limitations but can still get the job done pretty well.

1. Hide.me

Hide.me takes the privacy of its users very seriously as evidenced by the fact that the company doesn’t store any data that could be traced back to you, such as browsing history logs. You don’t have to register on the site or enter any sort of information before using the service, so anonymity is the name of the game here. Another nice thing about Hide.me is that the service automatically blocks ads and pop-ups on the website so you’re accessing. The company doesn’t have any ads on its own website either so you can expect a completely ad-free experience here.

Hide.me Homepage
Hide.me Homepage

The free proxy service allows you to choose between three different servers – US, Germany, and Netherlands – and includes all the useful options you might expect, such as the ability to encrypt URLs, remove scripts, disallow cookies, and more. The service can be accessed either directly via the official website or through a Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox extension. Hide.me has quite a few systems in place to prevent IP leaks, including firewalls and a special feature known as Kill Switch, which is meant to keep your data safe in case your connection drops unexpectedly.

Free VPN Solution

Similar to other companies on this list, Hide.me offers a few other tools and services in addition to free proxy servers. One of these tools is a VPN service that you can use for free if you don’t mind registering an account. You can download the VPN without registering but you would only be able to use it for free for a limited time. If you’re looking for a more advanced solution, Hide.me offers a premium VPN service priced at $5.41/mo that comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unsurprisingly, the premium version has a lot more to offer than the free one, including access to 1400 servers, unlimited data transfer, 10 simultaneous connections, and more.

2. HideMyAss

HideMyAss (HMA) is arguably the most well-known provider of free proxy servers on the market, thanks in no small part to its memorable name. An interesting thing about HMA is that has an IP detection tool built into its website. Whenever you visit the home page, the site will immediately show you your public IP address, location, and even your service provider. Don’t worry, though, because only you can see that information. The purpose of this tool is to show you how easy it is for websites to learn and potentially disclose this type of information.

HideMyAss Homepage
HMA Homepage

HMA has a very user-friendly interface and its free proxy service is very straightforward. Simply open the tool, type in the URL you want to visit and pick a server. There are six locations to choose from and you can choose to encrypt the URL, disable cookies or remove the scripts of the website you’re visiting. Unlike many other providers, HMA actually explains what these options do and why they’re useful. Their purpose may seem obvious to you and me but inexperienced users might not be familiar with those terms so it’s nice to see them explained. The only real problem with HideMyAss is that it stores your IP address for an undisclosed period of time, which isn’t exactly ideal.

A Truckload of Features

Since a free proxy server will only get you so far, HMA also offers a VPN service that packs a lot of great features. A few of the highlights include split-tunneling, IP shuffle, leak protection, DDoS protection, smart Kill Switch, automatic connection rules, fully encrypted servers, and more. There are also a lot more locations to choose from and the connections are lightning-fast. The premium service costs $11.99 per month, which is a bit pricey but definitely worth the investment if you need to use a VPN often. Or, you could go for the free trial, however, this will only last for 7 days and you’ll need to register an account in order to benefit from it.

3. Hidester

Hidester is a very popular provider of services related to online privacy. While primarily known for its VPN service, Hidester also offers proxy servers that are not only secure but also extremely simple to use. One of the main reasons users pick Hidester instead of other similar services is because you don’t need to install anything here. You also don’t need to create an account or provide any type of information in order to use the service, which saves up a lot of time.

Hidester Homepage
Hidester Homepage

You can use Hidester from any browser and it works equally well on both desktop and mobile devices. If you plan on using the service often, you can install a Chrome extension so you don’t have to visit the company’s website every time you want to hide your IP. Regardless of where you plan on accessing Hidester from, you can pick between two types of servers – US and Europe – and play around with a few useful options before starting your browsing sessions. For example, you can encrypt the URL you want to visit, block cookies or remove scripts and objects from the target site.

A Huge List of Proxies to Choose From

Although the free proxy servers are very solid, you can get a lot more value from the premium version of the service. If you go premium, you can choose between more than 1600 proxies from a wide variety of countries around the globe. The service gives you access not just to public proxies but also SOCKS 4/5, SSL, HTTP, and Google proxies. You also get three levels of anonymity to work with along with a few other useful features. Hidester only supports semi-annual subscription plans for its paid service but you can get full access for just $24.90 for the 6-month period. In addition, the company also offers a very powerful VPN service, a password generator and a couple of other tools that will help you enhance your online security.

4. ProxySite

A pretty self-explanatory service that does exactly what it says. Most of these services are very easy to use but ProxySite takes things to the next level by adding the URL bar on the front page. You don’t need to click anywhere else on the website thanks to this convenient feature. ProxySite is very generous with the number of servers you can choose from, giving you access to more than two dozen locations across the US and EU. A sour point for some users might be that ProxySite has a lot of ads on its website, but since you’re planning to use a proxy server, you’re probably not above using an ad blocker as well.

ProxySite Homepage
ProxySite Homepage

Since I’ve already mentioned convenience earlier, there is another nice feature available on the site that will make things easier and faster. Just above the URL bar you can find a series of buttons that will take you straight to proxy versions of popular websites such as Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and more. That’s great for situations when you don’t want to type in or copy a URL because you can simply visit the target website first and then proceed from there. ProxySite also has a Settings section where you can see and delete all the cookies stored by your computer while visiting websites via the service.

Decent Premium Offering

If you want to take your online security to the next level, ProxySite recommends using its premium VPN services. The service also includes a premium web proxy so this is one of those 2-in-1 type deals. The premium service costs $9.99 per month and comes with most of the features you would expect, such as access to dedicated servers, end-to-end encryption, geo-targeting, and full compatibility with restricted websites, among other things. Unfortunately, there’s not a lot that stands out here, particularly given the fairly high monthly subscription. The premium service is a bit hit-or-miss but the free offering is definitely very solid.

5. 4everproxy

While other companies on this list try to stay diversified by offering multiple tools and services, 4everproxy is more single-minded in its approach. The provider works exclusively with proxy servers and doesn’t charge anything for its service. You will see more than a couple of ads on the company’s website because of it but that’s a small price to pay for anonymous browsing without any restrictions. Not offering a premium version may seem counter-productive, however, the company has been around since 2008 so the business model it uses seems to be working out just fine.

4EverProxy Homepage
4EverProxy Homepage

4everproxy is pretty unique in that it allows users to choose not only the location of the server but also the IP they want to use to connect to the targeted website. This gives you a lot of flexibility, especially given that you can choose between nine server locations and over a dozen IP locations. Another nice feature of 4everproxy is the ability to change both your server and IP location on the fly, which is a must for certain activities such as ad verification, for example. Aside from that, you’ve got many of the customization options you would expect, including the ability to remove scripts and page titles, allow or disallow cookies, page encryption, and more.

A Solid Backup Plan

As mentioned, 4everproxy itself doesn’t offer any other service or even a premium version. However, the same people who own 4everproxy run a wide variety of other websites you might be interested in. Most of these websites are a bit more specialized than 4everproxy and were designed to work specifically with YouTube, Chrome, or torrent sites like The Pirate Bay. Many of these additional websites were put in place as a backup plan, so just in case 4everproxy gets taken down at some point in the future, know that there are plenty of replacements you can use.

6. KProxy

KProxy is another popular proxy service that will allow you to browse anonymously for free. The website has a minimalistic design with very little clutter or unnecessary elements. If you don’t like the website, don’t worry because you can just install the KProxy Chrome or Firefox browser extensions instead. Another option would be to install the KProxy browser. The browser is exactly what you would expect and makes using the proxy servers a breeze, however, it does feature ads so maybe stick with the extensions or the regular websites if you’re not into that kind of thing.

KProxy Homepage
KProxy Homepage

A nice feature of Kproxy is that it allows you to switch between HTTP and HTTPS with a simple switch of a button. Although you can access most sites with either of the two protocols nowadays, there are some instances when the URL will not work unless you’re using a certain version, so having this option is really helpful. KProxy allows you to choose between 10 different public servers, which is quite a bit more compared to other providers. The bad news is that the company doesn’t say where these servers are located so you wouldn’t be able to make it seem like you’re browsing from a specific country or region.

Ad-Free Experience, For a Price

Despite all the advantages offered by KProxy, the service does contain some ads and makes you wait for 30 minutes after using the service for longer periods of time. If you want to get rid of those annoyances you’ll need to go with the premium version, which costs $10 per month. If you’re thinking long-term, I recommend opting for the semi-annual plan as that would only set you back $30 for the entire 6-month period. In return, you can expect an ad-free experience, unlimited downloads, access to premium servers, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and a few other benefits to boot.

7. MegaProxy

MegaProxy has been around for a pretty long time so you may find its site to be a bit dated compared to some of the other services on our list. If you don’t mind the minimalistic interface, however, there’s actually a lot to like about the service. For one, the URL bar is conveniently placed on the front page so you can quickly type the URL you want to visit and click the “Surf” button to begin your anonymous browsing session.

MegaProxy Homepage
MegaProxy Homepage

Once you’ve accessed the website, you can find a menu bar at the top of the screen that gives you a number of options you can use to customize your browsing experience. Among other things, you can shield OS and browser agents, hide HTTP referrer information, block internet cookies, remove ads from webpages, and limit animated images. On the flip side, MegaProxy doesn’t let you pick between different server locations and the free version of the service comes with a lot of other limitations. Still, MegaProxy is known for being fast and secure so this remains a good choice in spite of the limitations.

Dirt-Cheap Premium Service

MegaProxy’s premium proxy service is one of the cheapest ones out there. The company only charges $9.95 for a 90-day subscription and offers even better prices for educational and non-profit organizations looking to purchase licenses in bulk. Going for the premium proxy servers will remove the many limitations found in the free version. For example, free users can’t download files larger than 200 kilobytes, visit more than 60 pages over a five-hour period, encrypt more than 20 cookies at a time, and more. Needless to say, the premium service is a lot more advanced. The only problem with it is that MegaProxy doesn’t support monthly billing cycles, so you would have to commit to a 90-day plan right off the bat.

8. VPN Book

In spite of what its name might suggest, this is more than just another VPN service. Upon visiting the homepage, you may notice that the company also offers a free web proxy. The proxy service is pretty similar to the other ones we’ve covered so far and just as easy to use. The thing that stood to me is that once you visit the target website, you don’t have to worry about anything obscuring your viewing experience, such as ads or the top toolbar used by so many other proxy services. In other words, the website you visit via proxy will look pretty much exactly like the original, which isn’t the case with all proxies.

VPNBook Homepage
VPNBook Homepage

There are ads on the VPN Book website itself but that’s not a big problem since you probably won’t spend a lot of time browsing around there. As far as the servers are concerned, you get four regions to choose from – US, UK, Canada, and France. Alternatively, you can just pick random and the service will automatically select a server for you. VPN Book’s proxy service features solid 256-bit SSL encryption and doesn’t require you to register an account or download anything. The main drawback is that the service doesn’t feature any advanced options so you won’t be able to block cookies and scripts like you can with some of the other entries on this list.

Open-Source VPN

If you’re looking for a more robust tool to mask your online identity, you may want to take a look at what VPN Book has to offer in this department. The company offers access to two open-source VPN tools (OpenVPN and PPTP VPN) entirely for free and without having to register an account. However, similar to a lot of other open-source software, these tools are not as stable as commercial VPN clients and they’re a bit more difficult to set up. VPN Book does have a guide on its website that will help you with the setup process but it’s still difficult to recommend the tools to anyone who isn’t tech-savvy.

9. Tor

Tor is different compared to all the other entries on our list but we still wanted to talk about it because it works on a similar principle as web proxy servers. Namely, its purpose is to hide your real IP address and allow you to browse the internet anonymously. Unlike the other service on this list, though, Tor is a full-fledged web browser and a pretty robust one at that. The Tor Project is a non-profit organization so you can expect everything to be completely free, though the company does accept donations from users who wish to support the initiative.

Tor Homepage
Tor Homepage

Because Tor is a browser you will need to download and install the software on your computer. This is an extra step you don’t have to take when using other proxy servers so that’s a bit of a drawback. If you do decide to install it, you can expect Tor to work just like any other browser you’ve used in the past. The browser uses a multi-layered encryption system and automatically blocks cookies and deletes browsing history once you close it so the security features are pretty solid. The disadvantage is that Tor tends to be a lot slower than other proxy services because it reroutes your connection through multiple servers around the world.

A Viable Replacement for Your Current Browser

Tor was designed to resemble traditional browsers like Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, complete with many of the features and options users have come to expect. For example, you have the ability to bookmark websites, change the language or font, open as many tabs as you want, set permissions, choose how the browser interacts with other applications, and so much more. In addition, you can also set a new online identity on the fly or change the Tor circuit for a specific site, including the one you’re currently visiting.

10. Whoer

Whoer is probably best known for its VPN service, however, the company also offers web proxy servers that you can use for free. The service is fast and overall pretty solid but you need to jump through a couple of hoops in order to use it. Unlike most other companies on this list, you can’t access the proxy service directly when visiting Whoer’s website. Instead, you are required to install an extension for Chrome, Firefox, Opera or Yandex, depending on which browser you use.

Whoer Homepage
Whoer Homepage

The extension gets the job done pretty well but, unfortunately, there’s only one server location to choose from and not a lot of useful options to improve your browsing experience. Whoer does offer a lot more locations and quite a few extra features but only to paid users. There’s no premium version of the web proxy service per se, so you would need to subscribe to the VPN service in order to take advantage of the advanced features. The VPN costs $9.90 per month but you can get discounts of up to 60% by signing up for a yearly plan.

Additional Tools

Even if you don’t plan on using the proxy servers or the VPN, I still recommend visiting Whoer’s website because the company has a few other helpful tools to offer. Namely, you can check the speed of your internet connection, find out important details about a certain domain or IP address by using the Whois tool or check the response time of a website by using the ping test checker. The ping tester is particularly useful as it shows you results from over a dozen countries around the world.

How Proxy Servers Protect Your Identity

I touched on this a bit at the beginning of the article but let’s take a more in-depth look at how a proxy protects your identity and why you should consider using one. When you’re accessing a website without using a privacy tool, the site’s owner or anybody with administrator privileges can see your IP address, location, and internet service provider bright as day. Needless to say, that’s a problem because you can never know what people who collect this information plan to do it with it.

A proxy simply reroutes your connection through one or multiple servers, which can be located in different parts of the world. The proxy service assigns you a different IP address, thus making it seem like you’re just another ordinary user. This is very important to note because suspicious IPs can be blacklisted or blocked from accessing websites. If you’re using a good proxy service, that’s unlikely to happen. In short, a proxy server protects your personal information and allows you to browse the internet anonymously.

Use Cases for Proxy Services

Accessing Geo-locked Content: This is arguably the main reason why people use proxy servers. I’m sure you’ve already come across an article or video at one point that you can’t access because “the content is not available in your country”. Under normal circumstances, there’s not much you can do to access that content. However, a good proxy service will allow you to reroute your connection via a server found in a different country where the content isn’t blocked.

Bypass Government Blocks: This is similar to the previous use case but works the other way around. Some governments impose strict laws regarding what parts of the internet you can access like in the case of the infamous Great Firewall of China. People who live under strict governments often don’t even have access to popular websites we take for granted, such as Facebook, Reddit or YouTube. Although bypassing government blocks can be risky depending on where you live, it can be easily done by using a proxy server.

Control Internet Usage of Employees and Children: If you’re a business owner, you’re probably not a big fan of employees slacking on the job because they’re too busy browsing Facebook or YouTube from their workstations. A good solution to this problem is to set up and configure a proxy server on the company network that blocks access to specific websites. Similarly, parents can use proxies to prevent their children from accessing websites that feature mature or graphic content.

Privacy and Anonymity: This one is pretty self-explanatory. Whether you’re worried about hackers trying to snoop in on you to steal your data or you’re the one snooping on an ex’s Instagram pics, there are plenty of situations when being able to hide your online identity comes in handy.

Features to Keep an Eye on Before Using Free Proxy Services

A Good Variety of Servers to Choose From:  A lot of people won’t get much value from a proxy service that gives them access to just one or two server locations. Most providers greatly limit the number of locations available to free users but some do give you a good number of options to work with.

Server Information: If the service you’re checking out doesn’t reveal any information about its servers you may want to consider a different option. At the very least, you should know the country or region the servers are located in. If you can also get some info regarding the speed and uptime of the servers, even better.

Privacy Options: It’s good to go with a service that provides a few extra options you can use to tighten your privacy. Some of the most common options you’ll find are URL encryption, script blocking and the ability to disable cookies. You may not always need to use these options but having access to them regardless is definitely an advantage.

Data Retention: Some proxy providers store your IP address or browsing history in order to improve their own services. These companies usually don’t intend to use the data for any malicious purposes but if you’re worried about that sort of thing, you may want to go with a provider that automatically clears all logs once you’re done using its service.

F.A.Q.

What’s the Difference Between a Proxy Server and a VPN?

There are a few differences between the two but the main one you should keep in mind is that proxy servers only encrypt data coming from your browser. Meanwhile, VPNs encrypt all traffic coming from your computer and any applications you might be using while the service is running.

Do I Need to Download Anything in Order to Use a Proxy Server?

Unlike VPNs, proxy services usually don’t require you to download and install anything. These services often have optional browser plugins that you do have to install but it’s up to you whether you want to use them or not.

Do I Have to Register an Account?

For the most part, no. There are a couple of exceptions to this rule but, for the most part, companies that offer free proxy servers won’t ask you to register an account. If you want to upgrade to the paid version, however, you will need to create one.

Are Free Proxy Servers Safe?

If you’re using a reputable service, you won’t need to worry about your privacy being compromised while using a free proxy. That said, proxies do have their limits so there is a possibility that you might get caught if you intend to use them for something illegal.

Final Thoughts

Free proxy servers provide users with a fast and efficient way of masking their online identity while browsing the internet. In spite of their simplicity, these services work remarkably well and can be used for a wide range of purposes, from viewing geo-blocked content to thwarting potential cybercriminals and so much more. Proxies are not quite as safe as VPNs but they don’t require you to download anything or register an account and, of course, they tend to be free.

Having said that, there are limits to what the free version of these services can do. If you need to use proxies often, it’s definitely not a bad idea to upgrade to the paid version, especially since these services are pretty cheap. In case you need a more well-rounded privacy solution, a good VPN is the way to go. Good VPNs are rarely free, however, you do get great value in return for your money. It’s not a coincidence that most of the companies we covered in this article offer both web proxies and VPNs so make sure to choose the solution that’s best suited for your particular needs.

GGServers Review – A Decent Hosting Option for Beginners

GGservers is a well-known hosting provider that was established back in 2013. A Canadian-based company, GGServers specializes exclusively on Minecraft servers for the time being. However, that is expected to change in the near future as the provider is currently building the infrastructure and systems needed to support Ark: Survival Evolved, Rust, Garry’s Mod, and a wide variety of other popular games. According to the company’s mission statement, the end goal of GGServers is to provide high-quality game servers at an affordable price and make the process of setting up a server as easy as possible for all users.

So how close is the company to reaching this goal? That’s just one of the many questions we’re going to attempt to answer in this article. Opinions regarding GGServers can be pretty mixed depending on where you look, which makes it hard for interested users to decide whether or not to purchase a hosting package from this company. We want to make that choice a bit easier by providing you with an in-depth review that covers everything from specs and price to performance and customer support.

Before We Begin: A Better Alternative

Now, before we jump straight into the review we want to mention that our hands-on experience with GGServers has been overall positive. However, while conducting our research we found that there are a few other providers out there that are quite a bit better than GGServers at game hosting. If by the end of this review you decide that GGServers is not for you, we strongly recommend looking into Shockbyte instead.

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Shockbyte is another very popular provider that offers better prices and includes more features with its packages. They currently have a huge 25% discount on all their plans with other offers being released quite often, so try to keep an eye out on them.

GGServers Review: Ease of Use

GGServers is a straightforward service that can be considered beginner-friendly. The way the service works is pretty much exactly as you would expect – you visit the website, you select the game, and then you select the package you want to purchase. You may notice that it’s possible to choose between many games, however, most of them are actually labeled as “coming soon”, with Minecraft being the only supported title as of this writing.

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Homepage of GGServer’s Website

The setup process itself is fairly intuitive and you can expect to be able to access your Minecraft server very quickly after making the purchase as GGServers offers instant activations. If you’re looking for specialized servers, you’ll be happy to know that you can find 1-click installs for many of the most popular Minecraft mod packs and plugins. A few notable examples include Spigot, PaperMC, CraftBukkit, Pixelmon, Void’s Wrath, and BungeeCord. You can also expect support for both Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft.

Custom Control Panel for Managing Servers

When it comes to managing your server, you will be using a customized version of the popular Multicraft control panel. The panel will allow you to not only manage the server but also add or remove players, view chat and server logs, create new worlds, and more. You also have access to a remote console that you can use to check on everything that’s happening on your server without having to actually be in the game.

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Custom Version of Multicraft

Overall, I found GGServers to be very user-friendly and easy to work with. If you’re new to Minecraft server hosting, you don’t need to worry about most of the technical stuff because GGServers does a lot of the heavy lifting for you. At the same time, there is a good amount of advanced options that experienced users can work with.

Plans and Pricing

GGServers isn’t the cheapest option out there but its prices are certainly not unreasonable. When compared to some of the other popular game hosting providers on the market, such as the aforementioned Shockbyte, the service is only a little above average in terms of pricing. Namely, plans start at $3 per month and can reach up to $36 per month for a Standard package. If you want to take things to the next level, you can also go for one of the Premium packages, each of which costs double the amount you would pay for its Standard counterpart, so anywhere between $6 and $72 per month.

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Some of the Minecraft Hosting Plans

There are quite a few differences between the Standard and Premium packages, some of which I’m going to describe in more detail later on in this article. Suffice it to say that Premium users get a number of benefits in exchange for paying extra. For instance, Standard servers run on less powerful machines and come with fewer features than the Premium ones.

Discounts for Longer-Term Subscriptions

GGServers works with a variety of billing cycles, including monthly, quarterly, semi-annually, and annually. If you decide to pay for several months in advance you will be able to benefit from discounts, which get better and better the more you are willing to pay upfront. For example, the quarterly plan shaves 5% of the price while the annual plan will grant you 15% off.

Additional Features

GGServers doesn’t offer a lot of notable features but it does have all the basic ones you might expect. You get full FTP access and DDoS protection with all plans along with a free subdomain and several server locations to choose from. If you go with one of the Premium packages, you can also expect MySQL database access and unlimited player slots.

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Available Features for Minecraft Servers

You can still benefit from these two features even if you purchase a Standard plan and there are two ways of acquiring them. The first is to simply outright purchase them, as GGServers offers unlimited slots and MySQL database access via add-ons that cost $2 a piece. Alternatively, you can get them for free just like Premium members by subscribing to the service for at least three months in advance. If you need these features, it’s cheaper to go with the quarterly subscription as the basic plan would only cost you $8.55 for a 3-month period. Meanwhile, the same package with the add-ons would cost you $7/mo for the first month and $5 for each subsequent one if you stick with the monthly billing cycle.

Extra Features for Extra Costs

GGServers does a pretty good job of letting potential customers know what they’re getting for their money, however, there are a few interesting features that aren’t actually advertised on the home page. Instead, you’ll learn about them during the checkout process. For example, you can add a dedicated IP to your server for $3 and unlock a few extra add-ons, such as a free month of Buycraft Premium or 45 days of Enjin Premium. For an extra fee, you can have GGServers’ technical team install various plugins and mod packs to your server. Namely, those that don’t already have 1-click installs. These additional services also include technical support in case you ever need it but are somewhat expensive, ranging in price from $5 to $15.

Specs and Slots

The cheapest Standard plan ($3/mo) comes with 1 GB of RAM and support for up to 12 players. GGServers’ pricing system is very straightforward so all you need to remember is that each GB of RAM supports 12 slots and costs $3/mo. Hence, if you want to have 24 players on your server, for example, you’re going to need 2 GB of RAM, which will cost you $6 per month. Pretty simple.

Price of Hosting PlanAvailable RAMNumber of Slots
$3 per month1024 MB12 Player Slots
$6 per month2048 MB24 Player Slots
$9 per month3072 MB36 Player Slots
$12 per month4096 MB48 Player Slots
$15 per month5120 MB60 Player Slots
$18 per month6144 MB72 Player Slots
$24 per month8192 MB96 Player Slots
$36 per month12288 MB144 Player Slots

You can also buy an add-on for a one-time fee of $2 if you want to unlock unlimited slots for your server. Alternatively, you could just go with a Premium plan instead and have unlimited slots without having to pay anything extra. As far as the storage is concerned, you get an unlimited amount of it with any package, regardless of whether you’re a Standard or Premium user.

Premium vs. Standard Servers

The specs of the servers themselves differ depending on the type of plan you choose. Standard servers come equipped with an Intel i7-6700k CPU, DDR4 2133 MHz RAM, and Soft RAID 1 SSD storage. As you might expect, Premium servers have slightly better specs, though the difference is honestly not too significant. A Premium plan will give you access to a server that features an overclocked Intel i7-7000K processor, DDR4 2400 MHz memory, and NVMe SSD storage.

Both types of servers come with very solid specs, however, you should notice a bit of a speed difference if you go with the Premium version as the NVMe drives are quite a bit faster than the Soft RAID 1 counterparts.

Performance

GGServers is very proud of the performance of its servers and is very upfront about what potential customers can expect in terms of speed and uptime. You can find detailed information regarding the performance by visiting the “Server Status” section of the company’s website. If you enjoy looking at statistics, you’re going to get a kick out of this page because it tells you everything you might want to know about each individual server, including its status, location, uptime, response time, and more.

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Based on this data, it would appear that GGServers has an overall uptime of 99.9895%, which is very impressive. It’s also interesting to note that some of the Premium servers have been running 24/7 without any interruptions (100% uptime) for the past several weeks or even months in certain cases. On the rare occasion when a server does malfunction, the downtime seems to last anywhere between 3 and 80 minutes. Waiting for more than an hour for your server to be back online is a bit much, however, this doesn’t happen very often.

Higher Response Times for Premium Servers

As far as the response times are concerned, these will differ based on your location. The closer you are to a server, the better the response time. On average, the response times we got range between 40 and 150 ms. I did find it a bit strange that the Premium servers actually have higher response times than the Standard ones. Given that Premium servers are quite a bit more expensive, I expected them to have lower response times but apparently that’s not the case.

There’s no doubt that GGServers does a pretty decent job when it comes to speed and uptime. That said, there are even better options out there for those who value performance. Based on the data we’ve collected, you can expect to run into some hiccups every now and then with GGServers. If you’re looking for a more reliable alternative that can keep your server running smooth as butter 24/7 we recommend checking out Shockbyte instead.

Location Coverage

The location coverage at GGServers is fairly decent as the company’s network spans across four different continents. The provider has a total of 9 global locations to choose from, 3 of which are found in North America – 2 in the US (Oregon and Virginia) and one in Canada (Montreal). There are also four locations in Europe – London (UK), Frankfurt (Germany), Roubaix (France), and Helsinki (Finland) – one in Singapore, and one in Sydney (Australia).

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Servers Locations

When you purchase a Minecraft hosting plan you are able to choose the location of your server, however, there is a little caveat. If you go for a Standard plan, you can only pick between two locations – Montreal and Roubaix. If you want to choose between all the available locations, you’re going to have to purchase a Premium package. Although the location coverage is pretty solid, I found this system to be unfair and a bit strange. There are no Standard locations in the US so the company is shooting itself in the foot here by being so restrictive to American users.

Customer Support

Users have a good amount of channels at their disposal for reaching out to GGServers’ customer support team. The company offers 24/7 ticket and live chat support along with a Discord channel. In addition, you can also ask for assistance on the discussion forums or hit up the knowledge base found on the official website for useful articles and tutorials. The only important thing missing here is phone support, however, that’s not very unusual for video game hosting companies.

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Customer Support Page

GGServers has many positive reviews on TrustPilot but many users on other websites and forums seem to have mixed feelings towards the company. I mentioned the mixed reviews earlier but I want to touch upon it again in this section as they are, for the most part, related to the company’s customer support team. The general consensus is that GGServers’ support team is a bit hit or miss and it’s actually pretty easy to see why that might be the case.

Heavily Understaffed

According to GGServers themselves, they have deployed over 500.000 game servers and successfully served more than 400.000 clients since their inception. Pretty good figures, however, there’s a problem with them. The company also mentions that it only has a little over 20 staff members on its team. As you might expect, such a small team would find it difficult to provide proper support for so many clients. So although the staff might be knowledgeable and helpful, you may have to wait quite a while before one of the agents is able to help you in case of a problem.

Support Doesn’t Come for Free

A lot of users are also pretty upset about the fact that GGServers charges for services that other providers offer for free. For example, you’ll need to pay the company $10 if you need help configuring BungeeCord and $15 if you need them to help you install plugins or set up permissions on your server. Even more baffling is the fact that you have to pay for these services even if you purchase a Premium hosting package.

F.A.Q.

Does GGServers Allow Me to Upgrade or Downgrade my Server?

The company does allow that and even makes it easy for users to upgrade/downgrade their servers. In order to do so, you will need to access the client area and pay the difference in case you want to upgrade. If you’re downgrading, you won’t be able to get the price difference back, so make sure to wait until the start of the next billing cycle if possible.

Can I Change to a Different Type of Server?

Users are able to switch from one type of server to another at any time. If you want to change your server from Spigot to Pixelmon, for example, simply go to the control panel and make the switch whenever you want.

Can I Add Subusers to My Server?

GGServers allows customers to add subusers to their accounts via the control panel. You can also set permissions to your subusers, however, if you don’t know how to do it yourself, you’ll need to pay GGServers $15 to help you out.

Is it Possible to Upload a Custom World?

You can indeed upload a previously created world to your server. All you need to do is upload the files to the server and the new world should automatically show up in the control panel.

Does GGServers Have a Money-Back Guarantee?

Yes, but the refund policy is less than impressive. You can only request a full refund from GGServers within the first 24 hours of making a purchase. Once the 24 hours are up, there is no guarantee that you will be able to get your money back.

Final Thoughts

There’s a very good reason why GGServers is one of the most popular providers of Minecraft servers on the market right now. The company shines in the performance department and its prices are overall pretty reasonable. There’s also not too much to complain about when it comes to the features as the company manages to cover most of the basic ones.

Having said all that, it’s a bit hard to recommend the company’s Premium plans given their high price tags, especially since you’re not getting much extra in terms of performance. If you decide to go with a Standard package, on the other hand, you would be missing out on a couple of important features like MySQL database access and unlimited slots. You can buy these things separately, however, I feel like they should be included in the base package.

The Big Downside

This brings us to one of GGServers’ main drawbacks – the need to pay extra for many features and services. While adding unlimited slots to your package will only cost you a couple of bucks, asking for help with installing certain plugins or configuring certain tools will set you back up to $15. That’s a bit too much for a service that many other providers offer for free. This ties into the overall subpar customer support, which is another big con in my book.

ScalaCube Review – A Solid Provider for Minecraft Server Hosting

New multiplayer games are coming out pretty much on a weekly basis nowadays so it’s easy to see why a lot of gamers don’t spend much time playing older titles anymore. Well, Minecraft is a bit of an exception. In spite of the fact that the game is turning 8-years-old this month, Minecraft’s player base remains strong to this day and I don’t think that will change anytime soon. If you’re planning to return to the sandbox title or maybe experience it for the first time, don’t worry because you’ll have plenty of people to play it with.

As with any online game, however, Minecraft’s community can get a bit toxic at times so if you’re a new player it might be better to stay away from established servers and create one of your own instead. Naturally, the first step is to find a good hosting provider and that’s where we come in. In this article, we’re going to take an in-depth look at ScalaCube, a fairly popular hosting provider that specializes in Minecraft servers. The company does host servers for other games like Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved but Minecraft is definitely what ScalaCube is best known for.

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Homepage of ScalaCube Website

In order to give you an idea of what this provider is all about, we’re going to delve deep into what ScalaCube has to offer in terms of hosting plans, pricing, features, customer support, and more. By the end of this review, you will learn everything there is to learn about ScalaCube and why we included them in our best Minecraft hosting list. You’ll then be able to decide for yourself whether the company is worth signing up with or not. Of course, we will also give you our own thoughts on the company, just in case you’re still on the fence. But let’s not waste any more time and jump straight into our ScalaCuble review, shall we?

Navigation and Ease of Use

One of the first things users notice about a company is how well its website is put together. Make it too simple and users might find it uninteresting, make it too flashy and users might find it complicated. Luckily, ScalaCube strikes a good balance between the two as the company’s website looks good while still being easy to navigate. Upon accessing the website, the first thing you’ll notice is that Minecraft is the star of the show, with Rust and Ark taking a back seat.

Once you click on the game you’re interested in, you’ll be presented with all relevant information right away, such as the price, server locations, and features. This may seem obvious but a lot of companies hide certain bits of important information until the user is already in the middle of the checkout process. ScalaCube inspires confidence by being so upfront about everything.

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Scalacube’s Minecraft Hosting Page

Custom Control Panel for All Servers

Once you purchase your server, you will be able to manage everything via a custom control panel. At first glance, the panel may seem a bit confusing, especially if you’re new to hosting. However, upon closer inspection, you’ll notice that there are actually tooltips and explanations for all the options found in the control panel. ScalaCube also offers users access to their own websites and forums for free. If you don’t have any experience with website building don’t worry because the site is pre-configured, so all you have to do is take care of the content.

Instant Setup With Only One Click

If you like experimenting and trying out new things, you’ll be happy to know that ScalaCube has one-click installs and instant setup for many types of Minecraft servers. In addition to Standard and Pocket Edition, you will also find installers for Spigot, PaperMC, BungeeCord, Void’s Wrath, and more. If you don’t know your way around these types of servers, I recommend checking out ScalaCube’s video tutorials on how to install Minecraft plugins and mods because they’re very good at explaining everything you need to know about the setup process.

Plans and Pricing

ScalaCube offers 9 different hosting plans for Minecraft, ranging in price from $2.5 to $96 per month, so there’s something for all pockets here. The entry price of $2.5/mo is pretty standard among providers of Minecraft hosting, however, there is a little caveat to note. All users receive 50% off their first month so once the discount is up, you’re actually going to pay $5 per month for the basic package. One of the reasons why ScalaCube is a bit more expensive than other providers is because the company only offers VPS (Virtual Private Server) Minecraft packages so you can expect to have the server all to yourself.

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Hosting Plans for Minecraft Servers

The provider doesn’t have any premium plans or anything like that so expect to have access to all available features regardless of which package you choose. Also worth noting is that there’s no price difference between the PC and Mobile (Pocket Edition) versions of the game. Although each package comes with a lot of features, there are a few optional things you can pay for. For example, you can get a custom domain for your server’s website for $25 per year or a dedicated IP for a one-time fee of $10. For another 10 bucks, you can also add automated backups to your server.

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Unbeatable Prices for Rust Servers

If you’re shopping for Rust servers, prepare to pay between $4 and $20 per month for your hosting. Rust hosting is very cheap at ScalaCube compared to other providers and there is a truckload of plans to choose from. As far as Ark: Survival Evolved is concerned, prices here range between $7.5 and $24 per month. Once again, a very good deal. That said, the 50% discount I mentioned before applies to Rust and Ark servers as well. After the first month, expect to pay a price that’s similar to what other hosting providers are charging for these games.

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Hosting Plans for Rust Servers

A little detail that might be seen as either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it, is that ScalaCube only works with monthly billing cycles. I think people who don’t want to invest too much money right off the bat will appreciate this because you can sign up for a month and then easily cancel your subscription if the service is not for you. On the other hand, some people might want to pay a big chunk of money up front and not have to worry about their hosting for a while. Personally, I don’t mind ScalaCube’s system but I do think that having more billing cycles would be nice.

Additional Features and Tools

ScalaCube offers some very interesting features that I think a lot of people will really appreciate. First off, you have unlimited slots with every plan, which is always a very useful feature to have. Just in case you’re not familiar with the terminology, what this means is that ScalaCube doesn’t impose a limit on how many people can play on your server at any one time. However, each type of plan comes with a set amount of resources so you do have to keep in mind that the server will start slowing down if you bring in too many players. Especially if you also have a bunch of mods and plugins installed on your server.

Get Your Own Customizable Launcher

You also get the ability to set up multiple servers via the same account. Your servers do share the resources that come with your hosting package, though, so you’ll want to go with one of the more expensive plans if you want to create more than one server. Another nice feature that really stood out to me is the ability to create your own Minecraft launcher through the control panel. The launcher is fully customizable so you can have it automatically open up a specific server type or list of mods. Moreover, you can even have other players join your servers via your custom launcher.

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List of Features Available for Minecraft Servers

A few other features worth noting include DDoS protection, full SSH and FTP access, MySQL database, support for custom JARs, and a free subdomain. If you don’t feel like paying for a dedicated IP (without port), know that you can get one with a port for free. Aside from that, you get the usual slew of features you might expect, such as support for Bukkit, Snapshot, and Twitch, along with 13 mini-games, including SkyWars, BuildBattle, PaintBall, HungerGames, and more.

Extra Set of Features for Rust and Ark

Rust and Ark servers come with their own sets of features, many of which are also available with the Minecraft plans so I won’t mention them again. Probably the most important thing to note about the Rust servers is that they come with Oxide support, so you can mod the game to your heart’s content. Meanwhile, Ark servers feature support for both official and Steam Workshop mods. Ark plans also give users the ability to set up custom launch parameters and play on any of the DLC maps, including Extinction, Ragnarok, Scorched Earth, and Aberration.

Specs and Slots

The entry Minecraft package ($2.5) will give you 768 MB of RAM and 10 GB of SSD storage to work with. The server runs on a machine that comes with a 3.4 GHz CPU and supports a recommended number of 10 players. As mentioned, there’s technically no limit to how many players you can invite but it’s highly advised you pay close attention to ScalaCube’s recommendations if you want to ensure a smooth gameplay experience for everybody.

Price of Hosting PlanAvailable RAMNumber of Slots
$2.5 per month768 MB10 Players
$5.0 per month1.5 GB20 Players
$10 per month3 GB40 Players
$13 per month4.5 GB70 Players
$18 per month6 GB100 Players
$24 per month8 GB150 Players
$36 per month12 GB225 Players
$48 per month16 GB300 Players
$96 per month32 GB600 Players

At $0.50 per slot (after the first month), ScalaCube may seem a bit expensive compared to other hosts but the price is well worth it, especially if you plan on purchasing one of the higher-tier plans. Unlike other providers, ScalaCube doesn’t just increase the amount of RAM and storage, it also gives high-end users more CPU power. For example, the most expensive package includes 32 GB of RAM, 320 GB of SSD storage, and an octa-core @ 3.4 GHz CPU. This plan can easily accommodate up to 600 players or even more depending on the size of the world and the number of mods installed.

A Different System for Rust and Ark

In the case of Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved, things work a little bit differently from what I can tell. Regardless of whether you want to buy the cheapest or the most expensive package, you will get the same amount of resources. Namely, 32 GB of RAM, 320 GB of SSD storage, and an octa-core @ 3.4 GHz CPU. Instead of paying for resources as you would with Minecraft, here you will need to pay for a specific number of slots. You can choose anywhere between 10 and 120 slots for your Ark server and between 50 and 250 for your Rust server.

Performance and Reliability

ScalaCube is known for having very fast and reliable servers, which is one of the reasons why their prices are a bit above the market average. Although here you need to pay more than you would at other providers, you can expect to run into very few performance issues. I was surprised to find that ScalaCube doesn’t make any guarantees when it comes to the uptime of its servers, which is a common practice in the industry. Despite that, I have not encountered any downtime during my time testing the service. Judging by what other users are saying on forums and social media, downtime seems to be a very rare occurrence at ScalaCube.

Excellent Performance

To tell you the truth, I wasn’t really surprised to learn that ScalaCube excels in the performance department given that the company only uses high-end hardware to power its servers. The fact that SSD storage is included with every package regardless of price helps keep things running smoothly even on servers with lots of players. When it comes to Rust and Ark servers you definitely don’t have to worry about performance because, as mentioned, the hardware is always solid regardless of which package you purchase. In the case of Minecraft, the situation might be a bit different depending on a couple of factors.

Unlimited Slots on All Servers

Some users might want to take advantage of the fact that ScalaCube offers unlimited slots for Minecraft packages to invite more than the recommended number of players to their server. You shouldn’t run into any issues if, let’s say, you invite 12 people to a server that has a recommended number of 10 slots. However, if you push it, you will see your server slowing down to a crawl sooner or later. In other words, you can control to a certain extent how well your Minecraft server performs, so make sure to always follow ScalaCube’s recommendations.

Location Coverage

This ties in somewhat to performance but I wanted to talk about it in a separate section to emphasis just how important it is. Location coverage is a key factor that not everybody considers before signing up with a hosting company. If you’re located far away from the server you’re renting, you’re going to run into latency issues. It’s as simple as that. The same goes for anyone else who wants to join your server. Before you buy a hosting package, make sure to keep that in mind because you’ll want to choose a server that’s located as close to you as possible.

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ScalaCube has pretty good location coverage compared to a lot of other hosting companies that deal with in-game servers. The company is based in Estonia (north-eastern Europe) so it should come as no surprise that it has very good coverage across Europe and the United Kingdom. In addition, ScalaCube also has Minecraft servers across North America, Asia, and Australia.

If you’re looking for more detailed information regarding the servers, it’s worth noting that the NA ones are found in Montreal while the EU ones are located in France. Meanwhile, ScalaCube chose Sydney as the location for the Australian servers and Singapore for the Asian ones. The company doesn’t mention anything specific about the UK servers but it’s a bit less relevant in that case since this region is significantly smaller than all the others. You probably won’t have to worry about latency in the UK regardless of where the servers are located.

Reduced Coverage for Rust and Ark

Unfortunately for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved fans, ScalaCube’s location coverage for these games is a bit less impressive. If you’re looking to buy a hosting package for Rust or Ark, you may be disappointed to find out that the company’s servers only cover North America, Europe, and the UK. Naturally, there’s nothing preventing you from renting a server if you’re located in a different part of the world, however, the performance may not be as good as you might expect.

Customer Support

Before deciding to check out ScalaCube I looked up a few user reviews just to see what people were saying about the company. To my surprise, a lot of users were giving high praises to the customer support, which can be hit or miss a lot of the time when you’re dealing with hosting companies. Based on my experience, the praises weren’t exaggerated as ScalaCube does indeed have a good customer support team. Even more important than that, though, the support agents are quick to respond and very friendly.

Scalacube Customer Support
Creating a Support Ticket

You can contact ScalaCube’s customer support 24/7 via email and live chat, though there’s a little caveat to note. The company stresses the fact that it only processes ticket requests sent directly from the control panel. On one hand, this system is not very good for business because it only allows registered users to contact support. On the other hand, I think the reason ScalaCube’s agents are so quick to reply to tickets has everything to do with the fact that they only have to work with clients, which frees up a lot of time.

Easy to Use Support Section

If you’re looking for self-help resources, you can find a number of useful articles and tutorials in the Support section of the official website. Many of the guides are available both in written and video format so you can always pick the option that’s most helpful for your situation. And if you ever feel like you still need help, you can also check out our Minecraft server setup guide.

F.A.Q.

Can I Upload a Custom Minecraft World?

ScalaCube does allow users to upload their own custom Minecraft worlds and even has a tutorial on how to do so, just in case you’re not familiar with how it works. The process is a bit technical and involves working with an FTP client but you shouldn’t have any problems with it if you follow the tutorial.

Can I Cancel My ScalaCube Subscription?

The advantage of working exclusively with monthly billing cycles is that you can cancel your subscription at any time without losing a ton of money. You can cancel your subscription manually via the control panel so you don’t even have to contact customer support to do it.

Does ScalaCube Support Foreign Currencies?

ScalaCube is one of the few games hosting companies that support close to a dozen currencies, including EUR, GBP, AUD, and RUB. Make sure to select the currency before buying a hosting plan to see how much it costs your country’s currency.

What’s ScalaCube’s Refund Policy?

At the time of this writing, ScalaCube offers no money-back guarantees.

Final Thoughts

ScalaCube is a company that often flies under the radar because it’s not quite as well-known as other game hosting providers. At least, as far as western audiences are concerned. However, I recommend giving these guys a shot despite that because you won’t be disappointed by what they have to offer. The quality of their services is top-notch and they offer a few interesting features that you’ll be hard-pressed to find anywhere else. Plus, the customer support is very fast, which is always very important, particularly if you’re new to hosting.

Server.pro Review – The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

If you’re looking for a provider that can host your website you probably won’t have any issues finding one because these types of companies are a dime a dozen these days. If you’re looking for a company that can host your game server, on the other hand, your choices are a bit more limited. Although there are a decent amount of game hosts out there, most of them are either unreliable or too expensive for what they offer. However, after doing a bit of research we came across a provider that might be worth your time and money. That provider goes by the name of Server.pro.

Server.pro is a Swedish hosting company that specializes in affordable and feature-rich Minecraft servers. The company supports both the standard and Bedrock editions of the game while also offering servers for another popular sandbox title, Terraria. In order to give you an idea of what Server.pro is all about we tested its services ourselves and put together an in-depth review that highlights the pros and cons of working with this company. We’re going to give you our honest opinion about the company further down below, but first, let’s go over some of the basics.

Navigation and Ease of Use

The first thing you’ll likely notice upon accessing Server.pro’s website is just how simple everything looks. This could be considered either a good or a bad thing, depending on how you look at it. Personally, I don’t mind the design but I wish the company would expand things a little bit because as it stands, there’s very little information available on the site.

That said, if you don’t like clicking through tons of pages to find the info you’re looking for you’ll be happy to learn that almost everything you need to know about Server.pro can be found on the homepage. There are a couple of other pages in addition to that but there’s very little of interest on them. The ‘About’ page, in particular, is very underwhelming as it doesn’t say anything interesting aside from a short mission statement and the company’s address.

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Homepage of Server.pro Website

Keeping in line with the simplistic design of the website, the service itself is also very easy to use. You can sign up with Facebook if you don’t want to create a new account from scratch and then you simply need to select a hosting plan and the location of your server. In terms of configuration, you only have a few options to worry about. After selecting the game you’re interested in, you’ll need to pick the game type and version followed by the server hostname and address.

Complete Control Through a User-Friendly Interface

Once you create your new server, you’ll be able to manage everything using a fairly standard multi-admin control panel. True to its name, the control panel allows multiple administrators to manage the same server. Since we’re talking about ease of use, I also have to mention that Server.pro provides one-click installers for a variety of Spigot and Bukkit plugins. In addition, the company also offers a range of auto installable modpacks. If you’re going with Terraria or the Bedrock Edition of Minecraft, your choice of plugins and modpacks will be a lot more limited, though.

Plans and Pricing

First impressions of Server.pro aren’t fantastic but it’s easy to look past some of the company’s shortcomings after you take a look at the prices. Unlike most of its competitors, Server.pro offers users the opportunity of using its services for free. That’s right, you can have your own Minecraft server without spending a penny, albeit there are some drawbacks. The free plan can be used indefinitely but you would be missing out on most features and you would have to put up with some annoying ads in the process.

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Minecraft Hosting Plans Offered by Server.pro

If you don’t mind spending a bit of money on your hosting, you have two paid tiers to choose from. Namely, you can choose the Premium tier which includes two packages priced at $5 and $10 per month. Alternatively, you can go Pro and pick between two other plans, which cost $20 and $40 per month, respectively. So what’s the difference between the free and paid plans? Well, aside from getting more resources to work with, you will also benefit from a number of advanced features by going with either of the paid plans. The Pro plans include significantly more resources than the Premium ones, along with a couple of exclusive features.

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Regardless of whether you choose Terraria or either version of Minecraft, you can expect to pay the same amount for your hosting. The base features will be identical in every case but the game-specific features will differ depending on which title you pick. A lot of game hosting companies make their pricing schemes too complicated so seeing this very straightforward payment system is definitely a breath of fresh air.

Specs and Slots

If you decide to stick to the free plan, you will get access to 1 GB of memory, SSD storage, and a dual-core CPU. Pretty basic stuff but not bad considering that you’re not paying anything for these resources. The storage is NVMe while the CPU is an Intel Xenon E3 @ 2.4 GHz. Interestingly enough, the Premium tier gives you access to servers that feature an identical CPU, though the memory is bumped up to 2 or 4 GB depending on the plan. Meanwhile, the Pro servers are considerably more advanced as they come with Intel i7 overclocked CPUs @ 4.7 Ghz and NVMe @ Ultra SSD storage. The memory is also a lot better – 6 GB with the $20/mo plan and 12 GB with the $40/mo one.

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Minecraft Servers Features

One drawback of Server.pro is that the company doesn’t offer unlimited storage with any of its packages. Instead, you can expect 5 GB of storage with the free plan, 20 GB with the Premium one and either 40 or 80 GB with the Pro tier, depending on which of the two packages you choose. Compared to other game hosting companies, the specs offered with the paid plans are nothing to write home about. The amount of memory is not too bad but the storage is quite underwhelming.

Unlimited Capacity for Paid Servers

On the bright side, Server.pro does include unlimited slots with its plans, which somewhat makes up for the unimpressive specs. Naturally, this only applies to the paid plans. If you’re going for the free option, don’t expect to be able to create a large community around your server because you’ll only have room for up to 10 players. The good news is that the free plan runs on servers that could support around 20 players if there were no restrictions, so at least you won’t have to worry too much about the performance.

Additional Features and Tools

As I’m sure you already noticed by now, Server.pro uses a very traditional tiered system for pretty much everything. That’s certainly also the case when it comes to the features. I’ve mentioned this before but you would be missing out on most features by going with the free plan. In fact, all free users get is basic DDoS protection and file access via FTP or Server.pro’s custom-built file manager. You can install plugins with the free plan but you can only have a maximum of 10 at any one time. That’s not a lot to go on but I wasn’t exactly surprised by the lack of features in the free plan either.

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In-Game Features for Minecraft Servers

Moving on to the Premium tier, you can expect instant setup, daily backups, the aforementioned multi-admin control panel, and an ad-free experience. Some of the extra features differ depending on whether you go with the standard or Bedrock edition of Minecraft. For example, Bedrock users can upload custom PHAR files while Bedrock users gain mudpack support and the ability to upload custom JAR files. There is no limit on how many plugins you can install regardless of which version you use. The same goes for Terraria players.

A Bigger Package for Paying Users

Unsurprisingly, Pro users get a few extra goodies with their packages. For starters, the DDoS protection is upgraded to the advanced version and Server.pro also throws in a dedicated IP along with a MySQL server complete with root access. There are no extra version-specific features to mention, however, the company does include firewall protection for Pro users, regardless of whether they’re using the Bedrock or standard edition of the game.

No Extras for Terraria Users

Unfortunately, there are no special features available for those who purchase a Terraria hosting plan. I find this discrepancy a bit odd given that, as mentioned, the cost of a Terraria plan is identical to that of a Minecraft plan. Basically, if want to rent a Terraria server you’re going to pay the same amount without getting anything special in return, which hardly seems fair if you ask me.

Location Coverage

Given that Server.pro is not as high-profile as many of its competitors, some might assume that the company wouldn’t have a lot of data centers. After all, smaller companies usually only support a couple of server locations. Surprisingly, that’s not really the case here. Server.pro has a total of nine locations to choose from and is able to support most of the big markets. There are three locations in North America, four across Europe, one in Singapore, and one in Australia. Although not the best location coverage I’ve ever seen, it’s still better than what many other providers have to offer.

Server.Pro Location Coverage
Available Locations for Minecraft Servers

Having said all that, there is a little bit of a catch here. Users who go with the free or Premium plans can only pick between two locations – Canada and France. Needless to say, picking these plans considerably limits your choices and because server location directly affects latency, you may run into some issues if you don’t live in or close to these countries. Having to be a Pro member to select other locations is definitely a bit of a bummer, particularly if you’re a new user who doesn’t want to speed too much on hosting right off the bat. Granted, you can try out the other plans for a month and then upgrade to Pro afterward if you run into any problems, but that’s not really a great solution.

Performance and Reliability

Given the low prices (for the Premium plans at least), I figured there must be an area where Server.pro isn’t doing particularly well because when something seems too good to be true, it usually is. Unfortunately, I’m afraid that is indeed the case. While the company has problems in a couple of departments, I found the performance to be the main drawback here. The low amount of memory will probably be the first red flag for a lot of people but the thing I found most concerning is actually the uptime. In the table below we’ve compared Server.pro to Shockbyte which is one of the most popular Minecraft hosting providers.

Server.proShockbyte
Starting Price$5$2.5
ProcessorIntel Xeon E5-2630v3 - 2.4 GHz / 3.2 GHzIntel Xeon E5-1650v4 @ 4.00GHz CPU
StorageNVMe SSDNVMe SSD in RAID 1
UptimeNo Guarantee100%
Anti DDoSStandard (L3/L4)Standard (L3/L4)
File AccessFTPFTP
Instant SetupYesYes
Daily BackupsYesYes
MySQLNoYes
Mod PacksYesYes
Custom JARYesYes
ScalableNoYes

Bad In-Game Experience

Unlike most of its competitors, Server.pro doesn’t make any guarantees in regards to the uptime of its servers. If you decide to test out the service for yourself, you’re likely to find out why that is. Lag is not uncommon at Server.pro while random server disconnects seem to happen a bit more than with other hosting companies. The lag can be attributed to a variety of factors, such as overcrowded servers or bad internet connectivity on the part of the user. When it comes to the disconnects, however, this is a problem that’s plaguing a lot of users and seems to be related to the company’s subpar infrastructure. The disconnects don’t happen exceedingly often, mind you, but they do occur often enough to ruin the experience in some cases and this is the reason why we choose not to include Server.pro in our best Minecraft server hosting list.

Compensating With Speed

That said, while the servers may not be the most reliable, they are pretty fast. We got response times as low as 12 ms during our testing on nearby servers and 100 to 200 ms on servers located on other continents. These results are actually quite good as most people will only begin to notice the latency once the response time surpasses 200 ms. Of course, the speed will vary from person to person so, if you can, always rent a server that’s close to you because that really makes a big difference.

Customer Support

The customer support is another area where Server.pro could do better. The company is faster to respond that some of the other providers we’ve tested over the years, so there’s that. However, the only way to get in touch with an agent is via email. If you visit the company’s support page you’ll notice that there’s no phone support of live chat available. The only other way of getting in touch with a company representative is via Twitter, which isn’t exactly ideal if you ask me.

Server.pro Contact Page
Server.pro’s Contact Page

As far as self-help options are concerned, the selection is once again pretty limited. The knowledgebase section is very lackluster as it doesn’t contain any sort of articles or tutorials. On the bright side, Server.pro does have a very active YouTube channel where it posts helpful guides at least a couple of times per week. While that doesn’t make up for the lack of proper support channels, at least the videos are well put together and can genuinely come in handy if you run into issues with your server or simply need help installing certain plugins or mods.

F.A.Q.

Can I Play on Server.pro With a Cracked Version of Minecraft?

Although we don’t encourage piracy, this type of question comes up a lot so it’s worth going over. According to Server.pro themselves, you can indeed use their service even if you have a cracked version of the game. The company notes that you will need to turn off online mode in order to connect, though.

Where Exactly Are the Servers Located?

I mentioned a couple of times how important it is to be close to the server you’re renting but I forgot to talk about the exact location of some of the servers, so let’s do it here. In North America, you have Canada along with two US locations in Oregon and Virginia. Meanwhile, the European servers can be found in France, Germany, Poland, and the UK. Finally, the last two are found in Australia and Singapore.

Does Server.pro Support Yearly Billing Cycles?

Although most hosting companies work with multiple billing cycles, Server.pro only supports monthly payments, for the time being at least.

Will My Game Worlds Be Deleted After My Subscription Expires?

The short answer is yes, however, that won’t happen immediately. Server.pro will keep everything intact for up to a year, just in case you decide to come back at some point and pick up where you left off. That only applies to the paid plans, though. If your free server becomes inactive, expect Server.pro to delete all your data after one month.

What’s Server.pro’s Refund Policy?

If you become dissatisfied with the company’s services for any reason, you can request a full refund within 72 hours of making the purchase.

Final Thoughts

Server.pro can be a fairly decent provider if you’re willing to look past some of its flaws. The first thing that immediately stands out here is the free plan. In spite of the obligatory ads and other limitations, I would still recommend this plan because it’s overall pretty good. As far as the other packages are concerned, you can get pretty good value from them because they’re definitely not lacking in the features department. However, I’m not a fan of locking most server locations behind a paywall so the Pro tier is a bit of a hard sell for me.

Shockbyte Review – Quality Minecraft Hosting at an Unbeatable Price

Shockbyte is one of the most popular providers of game servers on the market right now. The company started off in Australia back in 2013 and gradually made a name for itself over the years thanks to its quality services. Initially, Shockbyte focused exclusively on offering Minecraft hosting and that remains a big part of its business to this day. However, over time the company branched out into other areas and is currently also providing servers for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved, with Arma 3 and Hytale labeled as “coming soon”. Shockbyte’s goal as a business is pretty straightforward – provide the highest quality services at the lowest possible price.

Have the folks over at Shockbyte already reached their goal in 2019 or are they not quite there yet? We were very curious to find out so we took it upon ourselves to look into the current state of the company’s services and see what they have to offer to users. If you’re not sure whether you should sign up with Shockbyte or not you came to the right place because this review will give you an in-depth look at the provider and help you make an informed decision. With that in mind, let’s just jump straight into it, shall we?

Plans and Pricing

Shockbyte has some of the cheapest prices out there when it comes to Minecraft servers hosting. A basic package will only cost you $2.5 per month and there are about a dozen other plans to choose from. The pricing system is very straightforward, with each package costing $2.5 more than the previous one. At most, you can expect to pay $40 per month for your server hosting, though most players would do just fine with one of the cheapest options. If the price is your primary concern, it’s worth noting that you can get an even better offer on your hosting by using our coupon code, which grants you a 25% discount on your first month of hosting.

Shockbyte Minecraft Hosting Plans
Minecraft Hosting Plans

A great thing about Shockbyte is that it doesn’t separate its hosting plans into standard and premium-like other providers do. Instead, you will receive access to all the available features regardless of which package you choose. The only noticeable difference between the various plans is that the more expensive ones include more resources than the cheaper variants. This system applies not just to Minecraft but also to Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved servers.

Different Prices for Other Games

The prices for these other games are a bit higher but that’s not surprising given that Ark and Rust are a lot more resource-intensive than Minecraft. Prices for Rust servers start at $10 per month and can reach up to $25 per month. Meanwhile, the prices for Ark: Survival Evolved servers range between $15 and $50 per month depending on which package you choose. All Rust plan comes with support for Oxide while the Ark: Survival Evolved ones feature auto mod installs.

In addition to monthly billing cycles, Shockbyte also supports quarterly, semi-annual, and yearly payments. Unfortunately, there is no discount for paying in advance for your hosting so you’re stuck with the full price. That is, of course, unless you decide to use the coupon code I mentioned earlier, which will give you 25% off your first month not just for Minecraft servers but also for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved.

Ease of Use

I don’t know about you but I’m very apprehensive about signing up with a company that makes things too complicated for its users. Luckily, that’s not really an issue in the case of Shockbyte. The company is very user-friendly and its services are easy to understand. It helps a lot that the provider’s website is well put together and simple to navigate. The first thing you’ll notice when accessing the website is that Minecraft is heavily advertised, however, if you’re interested in renting a server for a different title, you can simply use the dropdown menu labeled “game server” in order to see all the available options.

Once you complete a purchase, you can expect your new server to be up and running pretty much instantly. Shockbyte works with Multicraft CP, a popular control panel that allows users to easily manage all aspects of their Minecraft servers with just a few clicks. If you’re new to server hosting, learning your way around Multicraft may take you a couple of days but once you get the hang of it, you’ll absolutely love what it has to offer. I know I do. The control panels for Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved servers are a bit different but they are based on Multicraft so you shouldn’t have any problems learning how to navigate them.

Installs Made Extremely Easy

Since we’re talking about ease of use, it’s also worth noting that Shockbyte offers 1-click installs for a wide variety of server types and mod installs. If you have a very specific plugin or mod that doesn’t have a 1-click install, you can find tutorials on Shockbyte’s website that will teach you how to install it as a custom JAR. Another thing I liked about the company is that it allows you to upgrade or downgrade your server at any time whenever you want. Shockbyte uses an automated system for this so you can do it from the control panel without having to contact customer support, which saves you a lot of valuable time.

Additional Features and Tools

Shockbyte offers a large variety of features and tools with all its hosting packages. The features differ a bit depending on whether you’re looking at Minecraft, Rust or Ark: Survival Evolved packages. Among other things, hosting plans come with support for plugins and mods that are specific to each of the three games. For example, Minecraft servers come with support for BungeeCord while Rust servers come with support for Oxide. And, of course, both the Java and Bedrock versions of Minecraft are supported.

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List of Features Available on Shockbyte Servers

Given that Minecraft is Shockbyte’s main focus, it should come as no surprise that the company went all out with the features for the blocky sandbox adventure game. Purchasing any of the available Minecraft packages will grant you full FTP access, a free subdomain, a free MySQL database, automatic backups, and unlimited bandwidth. The servers are also MCPC & MCPE compatible, come with a Java version switcher, custom JAR support, task scheduling, DDoS protection, and more. The features included with the Rust and Ark: Survival Evolved packages are fairly similar, with a few additions that are specific to these games, such as server console and custom maps support.

Freebies Included with All Hosting Plans

In addition to all of that, you can also expect some other nice freebies by buying a Minecraft hosting plan. First off, you get a free 45-day trial to Enjin, a popular platform that comes with a site builder, forums, mobile apps and more, all designed to help you advertise and grow your Minecraft community. Then, you also get a 30-day trial to Buycraft, a webstore solution for Minecraft that can be used to monetize your server. Finally, every hosting plan includes a 30-day trial to Minetrends Lite, a special analytics tool that gives you detailed insights and statistics regarding your Minecraft server and its player base.

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A couple of other features worth noting are free server migration and free dedicated IP.  At the time of this writing, these are only included with Ark: Survival Evolved packages. You can get a dedicated IP for your Minecraft server, however, it would cost you an extra $5 per month in addition to the regular hosting price. There is no server migration for Minecraft plans but there is a server management service that costs $15 per month. Definitely a bit pricey but likely worth it for users who are not very tech-savvy. Subscribing to this service means that you won’t have to deal with configuring mod packs, plugins or custom JARs because Shockbyte’s tech team would take care of everything for you.

Specs and Slots

The cheapest Minecraft package supports a recommended number of 20 slots and will give you 1 GB of RAM to work with. For every $2.5 you pay, you will get 1 GB of RAM and the recommended number of slots will increase by 20. So, for example, the $7.50/mo package comes with 3 GB of RAM and 60 slots, the $10/mo one comes with 4 GB of RAM and 80 slots, and so on. I mentioned the “recommended” number of slots because technically all plans support an unlimited number of players.

Unlimited Slots for All Servers

Shockbyte recommends a certain number of slots for each package based on how many resources it contains, but you can actually bring as many people as you want to your server, albeit the performance will begin to drop if you don’t pay attention to the recommendations. In addition to unlimited slots, you also get unlimited SSD storage with all plans. $2.5/mo for unlimited slots and storage is an absolute steal and don’t forget that you can shave 25% off that already cheap price by using our exclusive coupon code.

Rust Servers

The entry point for Rust server hosting is $10 and includes support for up to 40 player slots. With the other two tiers, you get 60 and 125 slots, respectively. You can’t get unlimited slots here but the price per slot only sits at $0.4, which is pretty good. If you’re looking to build a particularly large community around your server, I suggest going for Shockbyte’s customizable Rust plan. This plan will let you pick anywhere between 125 and a whopping 300 slots for your server. The only drawback is that the price per slot here is $0.5, so a bit more expensive than the regular packages.

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Rust Hosting Plans

Ark Survival Servers

As far as Ark Survival Evolved is concerned, the entry package comes with 30 slots while the most expensive one can support up to 125. Both Ark and Rust packages come with a special feature that allows you to ramp up the CPU priority from normal to high or real-time in order to improve performance. Doing so will set you back an extra $4 to $10 per month depending on how much you want to ramp it up. This, coupled with the fact that the price per slot for Ark packages sits at $2, means that you might end up paying quite a bit if you’re looking to build a large community around your server. Shockbyte’s prices for Ark servers are overall above average compared to other providers so make sure to use our coupon code to get 25% off your first month if you don’t want to invest too much right off the bat.

Shockbyte Ark Survival Hosting Plans
Ark Survival Hosting Plans

Performance and Reliability

Performance-wise, Shockbyte is pretty solid but your mileage with the service might vary depending on a couple of factors, the first of which is your proximity to its servers. The further you are from the server, the more lag you are likely to experience and unfortunately, Shockbyte only has a handful of server locations to choose from. Most users in North America, Europe and Asia Pacific shouldn’t run into any issues but if you’re located somewhere else, a bit of lag is to be expected.

Another thing that will likely impact the performance of your server is the number of people playing at any one time. This seems pretty obvious but it’s worth mentioning anyway because Shockbyte offers unlimited slots with all Minecraft packages. Thanks to this feature, it may seem smart to buy a cheap plan and invite as many people as you can to your server because there is no limit. However, that would be a mistake. Realistically, each GB of RAM you have at your disposal will only support about 20 players. Going over that limit will slow things down for everyone so make sure to take that into account before purchasing a server if you want to avoid any potential issues.

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Impressive Uptime Guarantee

Shockbyte offers a 100% uptime guarantee so you can expect your server to run 24/7 without any interruptions. Well, for the most part. The company is known for frequently upgrading its hardware and that means the servers will occasionally need to be restarted. When that happens, the maintenance period usually only lasts between 15 minutes to an hour, though the downtime can be a bit longer on occasion. Shockbyte does a pretty good job of letting users know about scheduled maintenance so they can prepare beforehand for server restarts.

Location Coverage

I would consider Shockbyte’s coverage to be fairly average. The company has four locations to choose from, which isn’t great but isn’t too bad either. The available servers are located in North America, Europe, Singapore, and Australia. It would have been nice to have multiple locations to choose from in these regions but unfortunately, that’s not the case. Shockbyte allows you to choose the location of your server regardless of whether you’re buying a Minecraft, Rust or Ark: Survival package. Make sure to choose carefully, however, because some locations are more expensive than others.

If you pick NA or EU, there are no extra costs but if you go with one of the Asia Pacific locations you’re going to have to pay an additional $5 per month for your hosting. I found it particularly strange that Shockbyte charges more for servers in Australia given than this is an Australian company but there you have it. If you do have to go with one of the more expensive locations, make sure to use our coupon code to get 25% off your first month on any package.

Customer Support

If you read other Shockbyte reviews before coming here you may have noticed that one of the main things users take issues with its customer support. The overall consensus is that Shockbyte’s support team is solid but sometimes takes a long time to reply. That’s a fairly accurate assessment of the situation and there’s a good reason for that. Shockbyte serves a large number of clients each month but has a relatively small team, so its support agents are spread thin. The good news is that once you do get in contact with a support agent, you can usually expect your problem to be resolved swiftly and professionally.

Shockbyte Customer Support
Customer Support Page

Shockbyte can primarily be contacted via live chat and ticket (if you’re already a client). The company is also fairly active on Discord and all the usual social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter. If you can’t get ahold of a support agent through the usual channels your best bet is to hit them up on Discord because the company has a sizeable community of users that might be able to help you fix any problem you may have.

A Vast Knowledgebase Available

If you’d rather try to fix things yourself rather than ask for assistance, don’t forget to check out the knowledgebase found on the official website because you can find a lot of helpful tutorials and guides there. The vast majority of them are about Minecraft, though. I would also suggest visiting the Shockbyte YouTube channel because the company frequently uploads videos that you may find more useful than the articles found on the website.

F.A.Q.

Does Shockbyte Really Offer Unlimited Storage?

The short answer yes but only as long as you comply with the company’s fair use policy. You can’t use the company’s servers to store things that are not related to its services, such as music or movies for example.

Where Exactly are Shockbyte’s Servers Located?

The NA one can be found in Montreal, Canada while the EU and Australia ones are located in Gravelines, France and Sydney, respectively.

Can Users Change the Location of Their Servers?

Changing the location of your server is possible but there is no way of making the change yourself. Instead, you’ll need to contact Shockbyte’s customer support team and ask an agent to make the transfer for you.

Can Users Change the Number of Slots?

You can upgrade or downgrade to a plan that comes with a different amount of player slots whenever you like. Although the slots for Minecraft servers are unlimited, it is recommended to upgrade to one of the higher tier plans if you want to invite a large number of people to your server.

What is Shockbyte’s Refund Policy?

The company only offers a 24-hour money-back guarantee so make sure to contact support fast if you change your mind about the plan you purchased.

Final Thoughts

Shockbyte is overall a very solid hosting provider that I would recommend to anyone who is looking to rent servers for Minecraft, Rust or Ark: Survival Evolved. The prices are some of the best out there and the company offers a truly impressive array of features with all of its packages. The service is also very user-friendly, which makes it a great choice even for those who don’t have any previous experience with hosting their own servers.

Cheap Cloud Hosting – Best Server Providers in 2019

If you’re looking to sign up with your very first hosting provider you might be tempted to go for the cheapest possible option, which is understandable. After all, you don’t really need an expensive hosting plan unless you have a sizeable website that gets a good amount of traffic. For the longest time, novice webmasters were encouraged to go with a shared hosting plan for starters and then switch to a VPS or dedicated server further down the road. Even though that remains a good option even today, it’s no longer the only one because now you can go with a cheap cloud hosting plan instead.

Cloud hosting may seem like one of those things that only big companies would be interested in, but that’s not really the case. In fact, cloud hosting rivals shared hosting nowadays in terms of affordability while generally being more reliable and efficient. The downside of cloud hosting is that it’s not as user-friendly as other types of hosting, which is why a lot of people tend to stay away from it. However, that’s slowly starting to change, with many cloud computing companies realizing that they can attract a lot more customers by simply adding a few ease-of-use features.

Although many cheap cloud hosting services continue to be targeted primarily at developers, there are more than a few companies that have managed to make their services accessible to everybody. With that in mind, in this article, we’re going to take a look at both the user-friendly and developer-focused top cheapest cloud hosting services of 2019.

  • Kamatera – The best of the best. Affordable prices, great performance, and reliable customer support. Offers a free 30-day trial for new users.
  • Hostwinds – An even cheaper option that focuses primarily on security and performance.
  • Vultr – Aimed at developers but surprisingly user-friendly, cheap, and very reliable.
  • InMotion – Above average prices but plenty of nice features to sweeten the deal.
  • A2 Hosting – Streamlined server configuration and unbeatable refund policy.
  • Cloudways – Uses a unique system to make cloud hosting accessible to everyone.
  • Dreamhost – Veteran provider with good customer support. Unlimited bandwidth.
  • DigitalOcean – Long-time favorite of developers but also good for newcomers.
  • Linode – Another classic option that offers specialized cloud computing plans.
  • KnownHost – It offers both managed and unmanaged cloud hosting packages.

In order to create our list, we took into consideration not just the price but also other factors like features, performance, location, coverage, customer support, and more. In other words, you can trust that all the companies covered in this article are trustworthy and offer very reliable (as well as very cheap) cloud hosting services. We put a good amount of emphasis on companies that try to appeal to a broader audience but if you’re a developer, don’t worry because we also included a few options that are certain to be right up your alley.

In no particular order (apart from the first three) here is a list of Cheap Cloud Hosting that we loved.

1. Kamatera

With well over 20 years of experience, Kamatera is the perfect choice for developers and novice webmasters alike. The company offers an excellent bang for the buck thanks to its cheap entry point, as well as flexibility and a great variety of features. Not only is this one of the cheapest cloud computing companies out there, it’s also one of the most reliable and easiest to use.

Update November 2019: If the cheap cloud hosting wasn’t reason enough to give it a try, Kamatera is making it even easier for users to check out its services. The company is currently offering a free 30-day trial with no strings attached to all new users. Not many hosting companies offer free trials nowadays so we can only assume that Kamatera is very confident that users will immediately fall in love with its services.

If the price is your main concern, you’ll be happy to know that Kamatera only charges $4 per month for its basic cloud hosting package. The service is highly scalable so if you need more resources, you can upgrade at any time to the $6 or $12 packages. Even better, Kamatera allows users to pay by the hour so you can get away with paying less depending on your usage. If you’re not interested in a standard plan, you’ll be happy to know that Kamatera offers an incredible level of customization, allowing you to choose everything from the exact number of resources you need to the operating system, data center location, and more.

Speaking of data centers, the company has 13 of them spread strategically across the world so the location coverage will not be a problem here. The same can be said about the performance. All servers use 40Gbit networking, fast SSD drives, and the latest Intel processors. You can also expect an uptime guarantee of at least 99.95% and the ability to choose between a wide variety of operating systems or even install a custom one.

Remarkably Easy to Use

Given that Kamatera is one of the cheapest cloud hosting companies out there, you might expect its services to be primarily aimed at developers. Well, yes and no. Developers do indeed have good tools at their disposal, such as root and admin access, API access, load balancers, firewalls, the option to pick between Linux and Windows servers, and more. At the same time, though, the company also offers many features designed specifically for beginners.

For starters, Kamatera’s default server management console is very intuitive and easy to work with. But if you’re looking for an even simpler alternative, you can also install the popular cPanel or the phpMy Admin control panel along with many other useful 1-click apps. A few examples include Magento, Plesk, Joomla, Docker, and of course, WordPress. As far as the setup process is concerned, you can deploy a new server in less than 60 seconds even without any prior experience. It doesn’t get any easier than that.

Reliable Customer Support

Cheap cloud computing services usually come with a few caveats, one of which is almost always the customer support. Companies that specialize exclusively in cloud hosting don’t invest a lot of resources into customer support because they assume most of their customers are developers who can fix server problems themselves. Although that’s not an entirely unreasonable stance to take, the truth is that customer support is always important, a fact that Kamatera is keenly aware of.

Unlike many of its rivals, Kamatera didn’t skimp on the customer support. In fact, the company offers 24/7 assistance via all the usual channels, including phone, email, ticket, and even live chat. From my personal experience, I can tell you that live chat is rare among cloud hosting companies, so this is a pretty big deal. Sure, it’s possible you might never need to contact customer support, but trust me when I say that you’ll be sleeping a lot better knowing there’s a team of professionals ready to assist you at a moment’s notice in case of an emergency.

2. Hostwinds

Hostwinds is another very good option if you’re looking for cheap cloud hosting. Or any type of hosting for that matter. The company offers pretty much any type of hosting you can think of, including shared, business, VPS, and more. Thanks to the fact that Hostwinds tries to target a wide audience, you can expect things to be extremely user-friendly here.

One of the first things you may notice about Hostwinds is that the company allows you to pay by the hour for its cloud hosting services. The hourly prices are some of the best out there ($0.006931/hr) but you can also go for a monthly or yearly billing cycle if that works best for you. The basic package will give you 1 GB of RAM, 30 GB of storage and 1 TB of bandwidth to work with. Once it’s time to upgrade, you can choose one of the other packages or customize your instance to your liking. In order to make things more convenient for new users, Hostwinds set up a very intuitive Cloud Control Portal that you can use to easily manage your server.

As far as the other services are concerned, the one that stands out the most is the shared hosting. The entry package here is just $2.45 per month and comes with some very nice features like unlimited bandwidth and storage, a cloud-based backup system, website monitoring tools, cPanel, and more. Regardless of which type of hosting you end up choosing, you can pay a small fee to add a few more optional services to your package, including a VPN, SSL certificates, and enterprise-grade email accounts.

State of the Art Facilities

Compared to other cheap cloud computing services on this list, Hostwinds is a bit lacking in the location coverage. However, the company does make up for that with the impressive security and efficiency of its data centers. The data centers feature everything from video surveillance to 24/7 armed security to ensure that nobody tampers with the company’s operations. In case of a technical issue, your server will likely not suffer any serious downtime because all data centers come equipped with backup generators and various redundancy systems to ensure that everything runs smooth as butter at all times.

On the other hand, if you run into a problem on your end, you can always rely on Hostwinds’ award-winning customer support team to help you out. The company offers 24/7 assistance via phone, ticket and live chat along with an extensive database that contains plenty of useful guides. The average response time for the customer support team is very impressive. You can expect to only spend between 10 and 30 seconds to get in touch with an agent via live chat or phone, and about 3 minutes to get a reply after submitting a ticket.

3. Vultr

Vultr is hands down one of the cheapest cloud hosting providers out there, as well as one of the most reliable ones. The company focuses all its efforts on cloud hosting while still managing to make things surprisingly user-friendly for newcomers. The company is also doing great when it comes to performance and stability, with an average server uptime of almost 100%.

Update November 2019: If you want to see for yourself what Vultr is all about now is your chance because the company is currently running a special promotion. The offer consists of free credits worth $50 for anyone who makes a deposit of at least $10 while the promotion lasts. All you have to do is follow the promotional link and then make a deposit of $10 or more to receive another $50 on the house.

Vultr offers two options for those who are in the market for a solid cloud computing solution. The first is a fairly standard package that comes with 10 GB of SSD storage, 512 MB of RAM and 0.50 TB of traffic, all for just $2.50 a month. The specs aren’t anything to write home about but you can’t really argue with that ridiculously low price. If you need more resources, there are a lot of possible upgrade options you can look into, including some that are priced at $3.50, $5, and $10 per month. As you can see, the scaling is very smooth and you can choose to pay either monthly or by the hour.

Meanwhile, if you’re looking for a more specialized cheap cloud hosting solution, you can try out one of Vultr’s high-frequency plans. With prices starting at $6 per month, these packages are a bit more expensive than the standard ones but you get faster NVMe SSD storage and better 3 GHz+ CPUs in return. The entry plan here comes with 32 GB of SSD, 1 GB of RAM, and 1 TB of storage. Regardless of whether you go for a standard or high-frequency plan, you can add a number of useful services to your package, including a firewall, automated backup system, DDoS protection, snapshot tool, and more.

Remarkably Easy to Use

A lot of cloud hosting services are infamous for having a steep learning curve but that’s not really the case with Vultr. You shouldn’t have any trouble navigating the user interface because it’s very intuitive and you can make things even easier for yourself by installing a few one-click apps. Among other things, Vultr supports cPanel, Docker, Joomla, Plesk, and WordPress. You can also upload a custom operating system if you’re very particular about that sort of thing or simply choose one from the OS library, which includes both Windows and several Linux distributions.

The customer support system is pretty standard as far as cloud hosting companies are concerned, with tickets being the primary method of contacting agents. In terms of location coverage, Vultr is doing a lot better than most providers. The company has a total of 16 data centers and although more than half of them are located in North America, you can also rent servers in Europe, Asia, and Australia.

4. InMotion Hosting

Although InMotion’s prices are a bit higher compared to other companies on this list, the cost is definitely worth it. The company offers many hosting solutions, including shared hosting plans and dedicated servers. However, since we’re mainly interested in cloud hosting, we’re going to focus on the VPS plans because InMotion’s virtual private servers run on cloud-based infrastructure.

It’s worth noting that InMotion offers two types of VPS plans – managed and self-managed. The self-managed variety is aimed at system administrators and developers and doesn’t come with a lot of ease-of-use features. In other words, you’ll need to manually take care of things like backups, operating system updates, and the server configuration process itself. The basic plan starts at $21.04 per month and comes with 4 GB of RAM, 75 GB of storage, and 4 TB of traffic. Although the price is fairly high, you definitely get a good amount of resources in return.

If you don’t have any experience as a server administrator, you could always go for a managed VPS hosting plan instead. With this type of plan, you can manage everything via cPanel and you don’t have to worry about things like updates and patches because they occur automatically. In addition, InMotion throws in a couple of nice freebies, including an SSL certificate. A managed VPS package has the same amount of resources as a self-managed one, however, the price is a bit higher, with the entry package setting you back $29.19 per month.

Features Galore

Although InMotion might not be one of the cheapest cloud hosting services out there, you still get great bang for your buck thanks to the impressive amount of features included in each package. For example, with self-managed VPS plans you can expect full root access, free dedicated IPs, DDoS protection, server snapshot tool, resource monitoring tool, and more. Meanwhile, managed VPS plans include automatic server backups, unlimited email addresses, free site migration service, a free domain name, and optional root access, among other things.

InMotion also has very good customer support, with 24/7 assistance via phone, email, ticket and live chat all readily available. If you would rather try and fix any potential server problem yourself, you’ll be happy to know that the company has one of the best help centers out there where you can find guides, tutorials, articles, and many other resources. And if you can’t find the answers you’re looking for in the help center, you can also try checking out InMotion’s YouTube channel.

5. A2 Hosting

A2 is another good cloud hosting solution thanks to its low prices and high performance. The company is known for its high-speed servers and its reliable uptime, which sits at around 99.99% on average. You get SSD storage with all plans but if you want things to run even faster, there’s an optional service called TurboBoost that can increase the loading speeds of your pages even more. Combine that with the Turbo Cache option and you’ll notice a tremendous boost in performance, albeit at a cost.

Although A2 isn’t the cheapest cloud computing service on this list, the prices here are still pretty reasonable. The entry point is $5 per month and will grant you access to 20 GB of storage, 512 MB of RAM, and 2 TB of traffic. There are a couple more tiers you can choose from or you can skip the standard configurations and customize the server to suit your specific needs. The location coverage isn’t amazing as you only have four regions to choose from, however, because the performance is so robust, you shouldn’t run into any problems even if you are located far away from your server.

A2 only offers unmanaged cloud VPS plans so there is a bit of a learning curve here. That said, the service is more user-friendly than you might expect so learning your way around it shouldn’t be too hard. You get a SolusVM control panel by default, as well as the option of using cPanel, though only if you purchase a package that includes at least 1 GB of RAM. In addition, A2 also providers 1-click setup for apps like WordPress, Drupal, Joomla, and more. Once again, however, these are only available with plans that come with at least 1 GB of memory, the cheapest of which costs $10 per month.

Simple Server Configuration

If you’re not a fan of the standard packages, you have the option to create a custom plan. Configuring a server can be a bit intimidating with other companies but that’s definitely not the case here. In fact, all you need to do is move a few sliders and tick some boxes. The customization menu allows you to choose the exact amount of resources you need along with the operating system and server location. You can also add a couple of optional services like cPanel license and Turbo Boost.

If you purchase a plan from A2 and end up feeling dissatisfied with the service further down the road don’t worry because the company offers an ‘anytime money-back’ refund policy. Although there are some stipulations to this policy, for the most part, it’s exactly what it sounds like. Just make sure you don’t ask for refunds for partial months of services or non-hosting services (like domain registrations) because those are not refundable.

 6. Cloudways

At first glance, Cloudways might not necessarily seem like a cheap cloud hosting service as its services cost quite a bit more compared to other entries on this list. However, when you consider that this is a fully managed service that comes with tons of features, you’ll quickly realize that the asking price is actually quite reasonable. Cloudways is one of the most user-friendly cloud hosting services out there, so that alone should be worth your attention.

In case you’re not familiar with Cloudways, this is a company that works with a very unique system. The provider doesn’t use its own data centers and instead makes use of the infrastructure of other companies to serve its customers. Their partners include big names like Google Cloud, Amazon Web Services, DigitalOcean, Vultr, and Linode. Among other benefits, this partnership has enabled Cloudways to provide users access to dozens of data centers around the world so there’s no need to worry about the location coverage here.

As far as the pricing is concerned, it varies depending on what type of server you’re looking for. The cheapest option would be to go with a DigitalOcean entry plan, which costs $10 per month. Next, you have Vultr and Linode with $11 and $12 per month, respectively. And finally, a Google Cloud plan will set you back $33.30 per month while an AWS package will cost you $36.51 per month. It’s worth noting that you don’t have to pay any extra charges to the owners of the data centers, nor do you need to sign up for an account with any of the third-party companies.

Simpler Than You Might Expect

Working with Cloudways may seem confusing but that’s actually not the case at all. In fact, the goal of the company is to simplify cloud hosting for everybody. To that end, the company is offering many quality-of-life features that you couldn’t get with the actual providers of the data centers. Because this is a fully managed service, working with Cloudways is similar to working with a shared hosting provider.

That means you can expect access to cPanel, one-click installs for WordPress and other apps, automated backups, staging environment, regular security updates, free SSL certificate, migration service, firewall and much more. Even better, all the available features are included with all plans so there’s no need to worry about having to pay more in order to access certain features. If you’re still not sure if Cloudways is your cup of tea, you can always sign up for the free trial and check it out for yourself.

7. Dreamhost

While primarily known for providing excellent WordPress hosting plans, Dreamhost isn’t doing too shabby when it comes to cloud hosting either. The company is well known for being user-friendly and having a good customer support team that you can always rely on. In addition to hosting, the provider also offers a few other useful services such as domain registration, professional mailboxes, website builder, and more.

If you’re looking for the cheapest cloud hosting plan on offer it will cost you $4.50 per month or $0.0075 per hour, depending on how you choose to pay. The entry package comes with 512 MB of RAM, 80 GB of SSD storage, 100 GB of additional block storage, and free bandwidth. According to the company, the bandwidth will remain uncapped for a limited time but it’s uncertain at the moment how long the promotion will last. In other words, it’s a good idea to act sooner rather than later if you want to take advantage of the offer.

Dreamhost’s cloud plans were designed to work hand in hand with all the popular Linux OS applications and developer tools. All packages come with built-in support for MongoDB, Redis, Python, Ruby, Node, and more. That said, if you want your server to be based on Windows instead, that’s also an option. Whether you decide to pay per month or by the hour, Dreamhost will only charge you for up to 600 hours (25 days) during each month. So essentially, you get to use the service for free for a few days every month.

Customer Support Options

Dreamhost’s customer support system may seem a bit convoluted at first but that’s only because you won’t be able to access all the channels unless you’re a registered user. If you do decide to sign up with the company, you’ll be able to contact agents via ticket, email, and live chat. You can’t reach out to customer support via phone, however, you can request a callback in case of a serious problem. In addition to that, you can also look for answers in the discussion forums or consult the extensive knowledgebase found on the company’s website.

As far as the refund policy is concerned, Dreamhost offers a 97-day money-back guarantee for all hosting plans. While not as impressive as A2’s ‘anytime money-back guarantee’ policy, 97 days is still very generous. The company doesn’t have a free trial for its hosting plans but you can try out the cloud storage service for up to 30 days with no strings attached. The trial comes with a very generous 100 GB of storage included. Once the trial is over, you’ll need to pay $2.5/GB per month if you want to continue using the service.

8. DigitalOcean

DigitalOcean is a very popular choice for developers who are in the market for a cheap cloud hosting solution. The company is fairly easy to work with even if you’re a beginner and you can install a variety of 1-click apps if you feel the need to simplify things even further. With a very solid infrastructure and 12 data centers to choose from, DigitalOcean is a great option for those who value performance above all else.

DigitalOcean hosting plans are known as Droplets and they come in a few different varieties. Standard is the cheapest variant and starts off at $5 per month. In return, you get 1 GB of RAM, 1 TB of traffic usage, and 25 GB of SSD storage. Meanwhile, if you’re in need of a more powerful machine that can handle heavy workloads, you can go for a General Purpose Droplet. The entry price here is $60 but you get 8 GB of RAM, 4 TB of traffic usage, 25 GB of SSD storage and a dedicated dual-core CPU to work with.

Meanwhile, DigitalOcean also offers CPU-optimized and memory-optimized Droplets, which are designed for very specific tasks. These variants are also quite a bit more expensive than the Standard machines, with prices starting at $40/mo for the CPU-optimized and $90/mo for the memory-optimized plans. You won’t find many ease-of-use features built into any of the Droplets but DO does include a few nice services like team accounts, firewalls, monitoring & alerts tools, DNS management, API access, and more.

An App for Any Situation

DigitalOcean has a very extensive marketplace where you can browse for pre-configured application stacks that you can use to enhance your Droplet. Some of these apps like cPanel, Plesk or WordPress are meant to provide some much-needed ease-of-use features. Others such as Dokku, Selenoid and Sourcegraph are very useful tools aimed primarily at developers. With over 100 apps available on the marketplace, it’s safe to say that there’s a little something for everyone here.

While many of the aforementioned apps are available for free, some of the other tools and services offered by DigitalOcean will cost you a monthly fee. Namely, you can get managed databases starting at $15 per month or $0.022 per hour. A block of 200 GB SSD storage will set you back $20 per month while the object storage only costs $5 per month for a chunk of 250 GB. Other useful services include automated backups, snapshots, floating IPs, and load balancers.

9. Linode

Linode is a veteran cloud hosting provider that was established way back in 2003. If you’re familiar with what DigitalOcean has to offer you’ll know what to expect here because Linode is very similar to its long-time rival. You have 10 different server locations to choose from around the world and there’s no need to worry about the performance because Linode is known for constantly modernizing its infrastructure.

An entry-level machine at Linode will set you back $5 per month or $0.0075 per hour. Included in that price are 1 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage, and 1 TB of traffic. Once it’s time to upgrade to the next level, packages with more resources will be available for anywhere between $10 and $960 per month. If you need additional tools and services to spice up your hosting plan you can find everything ranging from block storage and automated backups to node balancers and a wide variety of 1-click apps. Some of these are available for free but for things like extra storage and automated backups, you’ll need to pay a monthly fee.

The entry-level Linode packages are unmanaged but you can add a cPanel or certain 1-click apps in order to make your life a bit easier. Alternatively, you can opt for the Linode Managed Service if you would rather let the company take care of all the heavy lifting. Doing so will grant you a number of perks, including free cPanel & WHM, dashboard metrics, automated backups, and free site migrations, among other things. Even more importantly, though, the company’s team of experts will take care of installations, configurations, deployments, updates and everything else you might need. The only downside of the managed service is that it costs $100 per month, which is a bit expensive if you ask me.

Optimized Cloud Computing

Going with a cheap cloud hosting plan is a good idea if you’re a novice webmaster. However, if you’re running projects that require a more specialized approach you’re going to need a more robust solution sooner or later. As it happens, Linode offers several specialized packages, some of which were designed for high-intensity workloads. The standard machines are quite affordable ($10/mo) but some of the other variants, particularly the GPU-intensive plans, can get very expensive. Definitely worth the asking price if you can afford it, though.

In terms of customer support, Linode offers the usual channels you would expect from a cloud hosting company. Namely, you can contact agents via ticket, email or phone. There is no live chat option here, however, you can try getting in touch with an agent by using Linode’s IRC channel. Aside from that, there are plenty of comprehensive guides and tutorials available on the company’s website along with other helpful resources like videos and blogs.

10. KnownHost

In spite of its name, KnownHost isn’t nearly as popular as some of the other companies on this list. That said, the company has been around since 2006 so it clearly has plenty of experience under its belt. You can find pretty much any type of hosting imaginable here, including shared hosting, VPS, dedicated servers, and cloud services. The location coverage isn’t great but the performance is solid and KnownHost definitely doesn’t disappoint when it comes to the features.

KnownHost doesn’t have the cheapest cloud hosting plans but it does have a set of packages that are very interesting. These plans start at $3.47 per month and come with dedicated cloud storage, which is pretty unusual. Generally speaking, you don’t have exclusive access to the resources contained in a shared hosting plan as they are meant to be shared by multiple users. However, KnownHost came up with a system where you do get exclusive access to the resources along with the many features you would expect from a shared hosting plan.

Among other things, you can expect unlimited bandwidth, free MySQL databases, email accounts, SSL certificates, cPanel, free site migration, free backups, DDoS protection and more. In addition to all of that, KnownHost is also throwing in a 30-day money-back guarantee. Unfortunately, the entry plan only comes with 5 GB of cloud storage while the second tier doesn’t fare much better with 20 GB. If you go with the $9.97/mo package, though, you can expected unlimited cloud storage.

Even More Cloud-Based Options

Although the shared hosting plans with cloud storage are very nice, KnownHost has two other cloud-based services you might be interested in. The first comes in the form of unmanaged VPS cloud servers with prices ranging between $10 and $36 per month. These plans are aimed at developers so you won’t get many of the ease-of-use features found in the shared plans. On the other hand, you get full root access and more resources to work with, including 2 GB of RAM, 25 GB of SSD storage and 2 TB of traffic even with the entry tier.

If you’re looking for a more accessible solution, on the other hand, you can try the fully managed KVM cloud servers. These plans are aimed at newcomers and veterans alike so expect a lot more features compared to the unmanaged plans. A few of the highlights include free DDoS protection, free migrations and backups, instant provisioning, two control panels to choose from (DirectAdmin/cPanel), and more. The fully managed packages will set you back anywhere between $50.40 and $94.50 per month so, needless to say, they’re quite pricey.

Cloud Hosting vs Shared Hosting vs VPS

We touched upon this earlier but we wanted to go a bit deeper into the topic so you can gain a better understanding of the most important differences between these different types of hosting. When you buy a shared hosting plan you are given a set amount of resources that are contained on a single server. That same server is shared between multiple users, hence the name.

Depending on the provider, you can have dozen or even hundreds of websites hosted on the same server, which can lead to performance and security issues. With a cloud hosting plan, on the other hand, your resources are spread across multiple servers. You still share those servers with other users but because you’re not putting all your eggs into one basket, there’s a much lower risk of performance or security issues.

Cloud hosting plans are very flexible and allow you to add extra resources on the fly without any downtime. Meanwhile, upgrading or downgrading a shared hosting plan is a more complicated process that usually requires the website to temporarily go offline. That’s not to say that there’s never any downtime with cloud hosting but it’s far less of a problem when compared to shared hosting.

As far as VPS (Virtual Private Server) is concerned, this type of hosting is similar to the cloud version in the sense that you pay for a certain amount of resources and you’re usually able to customize your plan. A VPS is also similar to a shared hosting plan, where your block of resources is found on a single server. However, in this case, you have exclusive access to the resources and won’t have to share the server with other users.

Final Thoughts

Most people probably wouldn’t have even considered cloud hosting a few years ago when the concept was just starting to get traction. Nowadays, however, there are so many cheap hosting services available that is has become a viable option for pretty much anybody. While you can still get away with a shared hosting plan if you own a small website or blog, cloud hosting offers many advantages for larger projects that require higher levels of stability and performance.

If you do decide to look into cloud hosting, we recommend checking out Kamatera because the company offers the best bang for your buck at the moment. Alternatively, Cloudways and Vultr are great options as well while companies like Hostwinds and InMotion offer a larger variety of products and services to try out. With cloud hosting being as cheap as it is, you could try a couple of different options and see what works best for you without having to make a large investment.

Winner – Kamatera is a very well-rounded provider that offers excellent services at affordable prices. The entry point is only $4 per month and you can customize your package to your heart’s content in order to get the most out of your hosting. Unlike most other cloud hosting companies, Kamatera is extremely easy to use and is a good option even for users who are completely new to web hosting. In addition, the company has reliable customer support and even offers a free 30-day trial, so what’s not to love?

A2 Hosting vs. HostGator

On the surface, it looks like a contest between a big burly man with great muscles, and a quick, skillful fighter. So basically, it’s Thanos Vs Spiderman all over again. HostGator is a popular Web-host with a lot of plans, and a lot of domains— over eight million of them. So you could say that HostGator packs a lot of muscle. A2 Hosting, on the other hand, could only dream of HostGator’s numbers. However, A2 hosting is known for incredible speed— making it into the top three of most “fastest” reviews online. However, asides speed and customer strength, let’s look at how both Web-hosts stack up on other parts of hosting.

Overview

HostGator was found way back in 2002, so it’s pretty old, although there are far older Web-hosts. The headquarters of the company is at Houston and their data-centers are located at Provo, Utah. In the first ten years of providing hosting service, HostGator built up a name and was known for its reliable service. The company was consequently acquired by EIG (Endurance  International Group), the conglomerate that owns basically half of the Web-hosts on the internet. While some say that this has reduced the quality of hosting that HostGator provides, we say that we have to check it out first to form an opinion, so that’s what we’ll do.

A2 hosting has started operations since 2001, so they are pretty old. Unlike HostGator, though, it has kept a relatively low profile. Like we said earlier, recently A2 hosting has invested in new technology and has now carved a niche for itself. With great customer care and developer-friendly plans, speed isn’t the only thing that A2 hosting is good at. Regardless, though, does A2 hosting measure up to the giant HostGator?

Popularity

Very few hosting providers are popular than HostGator— that’s how well known the Web-host is. And even though A2 hosting started in 2001, it still isn’t quite as popular as HostGator.

But does popularity matter, in the real sense? Personally, we’d prefer to make use of a small company that provides reliable and quick service, instead of the more popular ones that tend to have subpar customer support.

But you might want to go with the crowd. We just wouldn’t recommend it.

Performance

This is the crux of any hosting comparison and is one of the things to look out for in a prospective Web-host. You want to know how well their servers perform and how reliable they are. We are going to be measuring the speed and uptime of both Web-hosts to see exactly how they deliver.

Speed

A few milliseconds might make no difference to you, but those milliseconds add up and add your website’s SEO visibility. Slower websites don’t rank high on google searches, and it is obvious how low SEO could impact sales and conversion rates. So it is very important to make use of a fast Web-host— your bottom line at the end of the year might just depend on it.

We set to work by purchasing a basic HostGator plan. We tested response speeds consecutively and reached an average TTFB (Time To the first Byte) of 765ms. It’s lower than a second, quite alright, but is lower than almost half of the Web-hosts we’ve reviewed. In fact, an average response time of 765ms is probably next to average in our books. Full load speed was even slower, with our site often taking more than a second to reach full strength. Basically, if speed is your thing (and it should be), HostGator isn’t the best for you. However, HostGator has a far faster hosting option in HostGator cloud (a different plan from their shared hosting packages). The average speed for the cloud service was 432ms and we were really impressed. Load speed was really low too.

We also bought a basic A2 hosting plan and went to work testing it. A2 shared hosting plans generally get faster higher up, but since we bought the cheapest plan that we could find, we weren’t really sure that we would get to see the amazing speed that A2 hosting is known for. We were very wrong. Our dummy website delivered an average response time of 331ms. This isn’t only fast but it is super fast. A2 says that their turbo plans provide 20× better speed, but we think that that is quite impossible— we can’t imagine speeds 20× faster than the speed we got on our basic plan. The average load speed we measured was even more impressive, at 391ms. The word instantaneous comes to mind.

VERDICT; Even putting HostGator cloud service into consideration, HostGator doesn’t quite seem to catch up. A2 is really fast, and that’s that about that.

Uptime

The best speed is nothing without great uptime, just as the way acceleration is as important as direction.

We already had our dummy website set up, so we went to work with Pingdom and looked at uptime statistics. We recorded 99.99% uptime with HostGator, which was fair and the highest percentage any Web-host can guarantee. That isn’t all, though. We also like to look at whether a Web-host has an uptime guarantee or not. An uptime guarantee means that customers are entitled to some level of compensation if uptime gets worse than a certain level. This helps to hold Web-hosts to their word and allows customers to be compensated for subpar service. HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means that if HostGator’s uptime gets lower than 99.9%, customers are entitled to one month of credit. Don’t get your hopes up, though, we think it is very unlikely that such a situation would ever arise— HostGator’s uptime is just too good.

We’d really like to say A2 hosting backs up their great speed with impeccable uptime, but that would be wrong. A2 hosting often has long periods of downtime, with servers down for 4 hours in June 2018. During our testing period, it performed passably well, with an uptime of 99.96%. Even at that, it is still behind the industry-leading hosts such as HostGator or BlueHost. Like HostGator, A2 hosting also has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. There are two conditions where this guarantee doesn’t apply though;

  • During scheduled maintenance
  • When outages are because of circumstances that A2 hosting cannot control.

Customers are entitled to downtime compensation when downtime experienced is more than 0.1% of an entire month. The compensation gotten is service credit that is equal to 5% of the amount paid for that month. If downtime is higher than 0.1%, customers receive 5% credit for each hour that downtime is further experienced. To receive downtime compensation, your claim must be verified by A2 customer service.

VERDICT; HostGator has better uptime, while A2 hosting has better speed. Just as we expected, no surprise there.

Ease of Use

No one wants to rack their brains trying to figure out the easiest thing about a Web-host. Not beginners, not regular users, and not advanced users. Everyone, presumably, wants a level of ease guaranteed when controlling their website. Let’s see how easy these Web-hosts make managing domain names.

HostGator makes use of cPanel, so its user interface is pretty simple to use. cPanel isn’t only great because it is simple to use, it’s also great because it is the standard interface used by most Web-hosts. This means that new users will not have to get used to a different interface. The interface has direct access to most of the features that customers would need like billing, domain name management, plan details, and tech support. There is access to the Mojo marketplace, one-click installations support and access to Google analytics.

All plans come with free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt, so that’s one less upsell that customers have to pay for.  Plans also come with $100 worth of ad credits. New websites will find this invaluable. HostGator also has a proprietary website builder called Gator by HostGator (an apt name, perhaps), which is one of the best website builders we’ve reviewed. Gator by HostGator also has eCommerce support so new users don’t have to bother about setting up payment pathways, and all other technical stuff. There are also advanced features for advanced users to PHP, MySQL, and SSH. For users moving over from another Web-host, HostGator offers a single site free transfer service. This makes it easier for users changing Web-hosts to set up their accounts easily, without wedging a hole in their pocket.

Since not all Web-hosts have free site migrations, we were pretty impressed with HostGator. The user experience was sleek and easy, and we rarely had any reason to rack our heads to discover the use of something. We don’t think there are any webmasters who would find using HostGator difficult.

A2’s hosting backend looks, to us, somewhat outdated and could probably take some lessons from HostGator on being intuitive. They make use of cPanel too, and as typical of cPanel, it is really to use. A2 Hosting is very compatible with all content management systems. It has one-click installations so apps like WordPress, Joomla, Magneto, and Drupal can be installed with one click. There are also some special features that come with higher-tier plans like the A2 Optimized WordPress plugin that comes with Turbo plans. A2 hosting has a proprietary website builder called Sitebuilder (we are not entirely sure whether this simplicity is a stroke of genius or whether it shows an alarming lack of imagination). If you’re looking to customize your website yourself without having to know a single HTML tag, then A2 hosting features have got you. However, this service isn’t rendered for free. You have to pay to make use of A2 hosting’s Sitebuilder.  A2 hosting plans are also compatible with Cloudflare CDN. So speed will never ever be a problem with A2 hosting.

A2 Hosting is also known for packing, in its plans, developer-friendly tools that offer admin-level access to webmasters. You have access to multiple versions of MySQL, PostgreSQL, Python, and ASP.NET.

A2 hosting also offers free Site migration.

VERDICT; It really comes down to personal experience, and having bought the plans of both Web-hosts, we can say that we have experienced both. HostGator impressed us with a clean interface and intuitive backend. A2’s backend, though, was cluttered and somewhat unappealing. HostGator takes this us for us.

Money-Back Policy

We’ve all been there. We’ve all bought something that we wished we hadn’t. We’ve all that feeling of regret. We’ve all wished that there was something to be done— some way of getting a refund. And above all, we’ve all wished that something like that never happens to us again.

Money-back policies are a lifesaver, and generally, it’s the longer the better. The industry standard for Web-hosts is 30 days, but HostGator does one better— or fifteen ones better, with a 45-day money-back policy. It isn’t much, but it’s honest work. We are usually impressed by anything above average, and a 45-day money-back policy is truly impressive.

What is more impressive that a 45-day money-back policy, though? 50 days? 60 days? Double 45 days and round up at 95 days? 100 days? 200?

Wrong.

A2 hosting has an impressive “anytime” money-back policy. So even if you pay for a three-year plan in advance and after a year get pissed off by the type of performance you’re getting, you can request for a refund and get prorated refunds. That is, you get a refund equal to the remaining term of your plan. As usual, there are non-refundable payments like payments made for “free additional services” like domain names, etc.

VERDICT; A2 hosting blows HostGator straight out of the water with its “anytime money-back” policy. A2 hosting takes this one for us.

Customer Support

Customer support is one of the most important things to look at when considering choosing a Web-host. This is because, no matter how great you are at web hosting, or how bad you are, or how simple your needs may be, the chances of you needing the help of support is very high. When the day comes, as it is more than likely that it will, you won’t want to be advised by people who are even less qualified than you are. You’d want to be able to access support quickly, and more importantly, you’d want to access support that can actually help you.

HostGator offers 24/7 phone, chat and email support. Most people prefer making use of the live chat channel, so we decided to check that out first. On our first few tries, we got connected to a live rep in a relatively short period of time. However, and this did not happen very often, we were sometimes forced to wait for more than twenty minutes before getting a hold of a live rep. It got dicier when we actually got talking to the reps we contacted. Some were quite knowledgeable and answered our questions well, while some had to take their time. For us, it was more like a gamble; you could be lucky to connect to a customer rep who can solve your problem effectively, and you may be unlucky as well. There is really no method to the Russian roulette that is HostGator’s customer support.

A2 hosting offers everything from a phone to a Skype to a  live chat to a ticketing platform and they are all available 24/7. There is also a very instructive and easy to understand knowledge base that ensures that users rarely have the need to speak to an actual live rep. There is a search function on the knowledge base that allows you to search for solutions to difficulties easily. A2 hosting calls their customer support the “Gurus crew”, and we were really interested in seeing how efficient this group of gurus would be. To a large extent, we weren’t disappointed. As we did with Hostgator, we tried contacting their live chat platform first and got connected with a live rep in less than five minutes. Unlike with Hostgator, this time was pretty stable. Once we got a hold of the live reps, we asked them questions and they were friendly, and very knowledgeable too. The story was the same on the other channels we tried. In fact, we only see one room for improvement in A2 hosting’s customer support and that is wait-time. Asides that, we don’t have the tiniest criticism. Our experience was almost perfect.

VERDICT; As a rule, we try not to depend too much on customer support. This is because so many Web-hosts do not see customer support as an area to invest in. It was refreshing to see A2 hosting take a different path, though. A2 hosting wins this one.

Security

All Web-hosts take security seriously— presumably. The only difference is if you’re forced to pay for extra security features and whatnot. What of backups? Are they regular and free? In the case of a hack or a virus attack, what measures are in place to help or protect the customer from further attacks? A Web-host with great security, in the end, will save you a lot of money and even if you never get attacked by hackers or viruses, it is comforting that whatever happens, your website is in safe hands. All Web-hosts provide the bare minimum security,  but the best go above and beyond. Let’s see how above and beyond these two Web-hosts are willing to go.

HostGator provides free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt on all plans, so that’s one less thing customers have to worry about. There is Codeguard basic too, for extra security, but that only comes free with higher-tier plans. Folks on basic plans have to pay $2 for access to this security feature. It comes with 1GB daily backups for a maximum of five websites. The feature also acts like a malware scanner. HostGator also allows customers to add Sitelock monitoring to their sites. This service works by looking for potential breaches and reporting on then so that they can be fixed quickly. They also offer the services of the Spam assassin feature on email plans to allow users to secure their emails from spams and suspicious-looking emails. HostGator is secure from DDoS attacks via UDP flood. There’s also an extensive firewall put in place to secure their servers from various kinds of attacks. So, in the case of heavy flooding, HostGator’s servers are protected. On HostGator’s website, they say they use additional “confidential methods” to protect their servers. Whether that is just a marketing tactic, we wouldn’t know. But seeing that, in recent times, HostGator hasn’t experienced massive security breaches, they must be doing something right.

A2 hosting has HackScan, a virus scanning service that scans for viruses 24 hours a day. There also have scalable data centers, which means that your servers are protected in case of DDoS attacks. Free SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt are also provided on basic plans so that’s one extra layer of protection that users don’t have to pay for. A2 Hosting customers also receive free KernelCare, a feature that automatically runs rebootless Kernel updates daily. There’s also an optimized plug-in for WordPress that auto-hardens websites and prevents hacks. The plug-in comes with a unique WordPress login URL, reCAPTCHA and automatic WordPress updates. Other aspects of A2 hosting’s security include a firewall, brute-defense force, and virus scanning. A2 hosting also provides automatic backups, and you can also backup your data offsite with the addition of a plug-in to your site. This service, though, isn’t free.

VERDICT; A2 hosting provides free automatic backups, and that is really all we need to know. They win this one for us.

Pricing

We don’t know about you, but whenever we want to buy something, the first questions (or one of the first questions we ask, at any rate) is whether we can afford it. Or whether it is worth the $ signs we are forking out for it. And most times, if the answer to those kinda questions is negative, we end up not purchasing that product.

It doesn’t change with Web-hosting plans. You don’t just want to overpay for a service that isn’t worth it. You want to pay exactly the price that the value offered is worth— and more importantly, perhaps, you don’t want to pay more for a service that another provider is offering for less. So let’s see which Web-host gives the most value for the lowest price

To make it easier to compare, we’re going to be looking at only the shared hosting plans that they have to offer.

HostGator, like most Web-hosts, has three shared hosting plans. These are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan.  The Hatchling plan comes with the following features

  • A single domain,
  • One-click installations,
  • Unlimited disk space,
  • Unlimited email accounts,
  • Unmetered bandwidth and subdomains,
  • A free SSL certificate

The plan costs $2.75 per month (with a 60% discount) However, this price is only available if you’re paying three years in advance. If you’re paying for lower than three years, you have to pay the regular price which is $10.95. After the first three years, you can renew the plan at $6.95 per month. This means that you’re looking at a honeymoon period of three years. After that, you’re on your own. You should perhaps consider whether or not you can afford the renewal fee before purchasing a plan, if not you’ll be forced to pay through your nose or move to another Web-host after three years.

The second plan is the Baby plan and it comes with the following features

  • Unlimited domains, a free domain
  • All the features of the Hatchling plan.

It costs a discount fee of $3.95 per month. However, the same conditions as with the Hatchling plan applies. The real monthly fee is $11.95 and renewals cost $9.95, as well.

The next is the Business plan and it comes with all the features of the Baby plan plus a free dedicated IP and free SEO tools. The plan costs $5.95 per month, but renewal costs $14.95 per month. If you plan on paying per month, you best be ready to fork out $16.95 per month.

Apart from their shared hosting plans, which doesn’t really perform that amazingly, HostGator has another branch of plans called HostGator cloud hosting. We’ve gone through tonnes of review and checked out the plan ourselves, and there’s one thing that’s certain; the cloud hosting plans are way better than the shared hosting plans. The plans have the same names as the shared hosting plans but are more expensive and according to HostGator, come with times four the resources and are twice as fast as the shared hosting plans.

The Hatchling plan comes with;

  • a single domain
  • 2GB memory
  • 2 core CPU
  • free SSL certificate
  • and free domain

The plan costs $4.95 per month (renews at $8.95 per month).

The Baby plan comes with the following features

  • Unlimited domains
  • 4 GB memory
  • 4 core CPU
  • free SSL certificate
  • free domain

The plan costs $6.57 per month and renews at  $11.95 per month

The last plan, which is the Business plan comes with the following features

  • Unlimited domains
  • 6 GB memory
  • 6 core CPU
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free upgrade to positive SSL
  • Free Dedicated IP
  • Free SEO Tools
  • Free Domain included

The plan costs $9.95 per month and renews at $17.95.

Generally, the cloud hosting plans have exactly the same problem as the shared hosting plans. The initial fees are cheap enough, but renewal fees are oftentimes two of the initial fees. While this is a common problem with Web-hosting plans, we won’t cease to list it as a con. This is because we’ve reviewed Web-hosts that do not need to pull this “marketing tactic”.

A2 hosting has three levels of shared hosting plans. They are the Lite, Swift, And Turbo plans. The Lite plan is the cheapest plan and costs $2.96 (renewal costs $7.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • 1 website
  • Unlimited storage
  • 25 Email accounts
  • Free and Easy site migration
  • Free SSL certificate

The second plan, which is the lite plan, costs $3.70 monthly (renewal costs $9.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Free and automatic backups
  • And all the features of the Lite plan.

The highest shared hosting plan is the Turbo plan and it costs $7.03 monthly and $18.99 upon renewal. The plan comes with the following features;

  • Turbo speed (up to 20× faster than regular servers)
  • all the features of Lite and Swift plans.

The same complaints we had about HostGator is visible here as well. We have a piece of advice though; bloggers/small business owners who cannot afford the renewal fees should stay far away.

VERDICT; Comparing prices is perhaps one of the most difficult aspects of writing articles like this. On a whole, though, we believe that A2 hosting had a better deal for us. However, if you want superior performance and are willing to pay a little bit more, you should probably opt for the HostGator Cloud hosting plan.

Extra Features

All Web-hosts (or most— some are utterly ordinary) have that extra feature that makes them stand out. Let us see if these Web-hosts have any interesting extra features.

For HostGator, we could find the following;

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl.
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace
  • HostGator has only one database— MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts.
  • $100 in free advertising credits

For A2 hosting, we could find the following;

  • A2 Hosting is very interested in maintaining a sustainable environment. In fact, their headquarters in Michigan is Ann Arbor, a place reputed to have 50,000 trees and 150 parks. A2 hosting has also partnered with Carbonfund.org to battle global warming and help develop renewable energy and support reforestation. They also run a program called “future serve” that helps to offset emissions from their servers.
  • A2 hosting has Windows-based servers
  • All shared hosting plans are limited to 35 concurrent HTTP plans— we aren’t sure if this will be enough for everyone
  • Built-in server-side caching.
  • A2 hosting has great developer options; with users having access to Apache 2.4 FTP/SFTP access to your server environment, PERL 5.10 Node.js, MySQL 5.6 databases, PHP (5.x and 7.x) Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2), PostgreSQL 9.6, and Free SSH access.
  • A2 hosting offers free Cloudflare CDN on all plans
  • A2 hosting has multiple data centers around the world

VERDICT; A2 hosting’s crop of extra features are definitely more impressive than HostGator’s. They win this one for us.

MAJOR DIFFERENCES

Just to recap, let’s go over the major differences between HostGator and A2 hosting.

  • A2 Hosting is faster than HostGator— although, HostGator’s cloud hosting option has similar speeds to A2 hosting
  • A2 hosting has better customer support
  • A2 hosting has a better money-back guarantee period
  • A2 hosting has “green” hosting initiative, HostGator doesn’t
  • Hostgator has a more reliable uptime than A2 hosting

A2 Hosting vs. HostGator – Our Pick

It’s been as tough a matchup as any, with both sides being simultaneously amazing and ordinary with regards to performance. However, A2 hosting took a comfortable lead in customer support, money-back guarantees, and security. Unfortunately for HostGator, being easy to use isn’t the only requirement of a Web-host, so they lose this duel for us. However, we think it was so dicey that it could really have gone either way.

So, HostGator Vs A2 hosting? The gator isn’t fast enough.

HostGator vs. Wix

HostGator vs. Wix is on the menu today, and we’ll be checking out the two hosting companies to find out exactly which host does it for us.

How? Easy, we bought plans on the two platforms, and we ran a lot of performance tests, so we are going to show you (not tell) which host actually comes out on top.

But first, let’s look at an overview of both companies.

HostGator vs. Wix Overview

Regardless of what people may think, HostGator isn’t actually a company of alligators who host people. Instead, HostGator is a hosting company that was founded in 2002 by Brent Oxely. Since then, the company has grown to be one of the biggest names in hosting worldwide.

In June 2012, HostGator was acquired by EIG, a web company that owns about half of all the hosts we’ve reviewed (companies like Bluehost are under EIG as well).

Wix is also a hosting company that was founded four years later in 2006 by Avishai Abrahami, Nadav Abrahami, and Giora Kaplan. The company has become really popular, with millions of users over 120 countries.

While HostGator focuses on specialized hosting solutions, like providing VPS hosting and WordPress hosting, Wix is more of a do it yourself host.

The main focus of Wix is to allow people to create their site however they wish without the stylistic encumbrance of content management systems. To aid this, the host offers a drag and drop website builder with HTML5 functions, a lot of ready-made templates, and loads of features for free.

HostGator, on the other hand, does a bit of everything. If you’d like to build your site on a content management system, you can do that with HostGator as they offer one-click installations for popular systems like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal. If you’d also like to build your website from scratch, you can do that on any of their plans.

Now, let’s get to the main comparison. Generally, we like to start off with our performance tests, but since we had to build our site using the Wix site builder, we’re going to start off with the ease of use. That will give you a rough idea of the differences in the quality and capacity of the two hosting companies.

Ease Of Use Comparison

What use is a host that is difficult to use?

Sign-up Process

We had an easy sign-up process with HostGator. We only had to click through two or three pages of forms to get to checkout. Like a lot of hosting providers, HostGator offers a lot of upsells, but we knew what we wanted so it was easy for us to navigate through and pay.

Although not as easy as HostGator’s process, Wix’s sign-up process was also not tedious. Like HostGator, there were also attempts to sell us services that we wouldn’t eventually need, but that’s common to most hosting companies so we wouldn’t be bothered about that.

Interface

Like most EIG hosts, HostGator makes use of cPanel. We’ve used a lot of control panels, and while some hosts prefer to reinvent the wheel (DreamHost is a great example), we’ve discovered that 9 out of 10 times, cPanel is the right choice. In fact, the only times that custom interfaces have done it for us is with managed hosting specialists like LiquidWeb and Flywheel.

(You can check out our DreamHost vs. HostGator comparison here).

Wix doesn’t offer cPanel, but with good reason. Wix’s control panel is optimised for web services, and as such doesn’t offer many tools for web administration.

Which control panel would we rather use? Well, we’ve used both, and we’d take HostGator’s cPanel anytime, any day (and twice on Sundays).

Free Site Migration

We believe that all hosting plans should come with at least a free single site migration service. It’s just the proper thing to do. Not all hosts agree with us, though. GoDaddy, for example, charges about 100 dollars to help you migrate a site to their servers.

HostGator, on the other hand, runs a free site transfer service. This means that HostGator helps you transfer your site for free at least once depending on the plan that you’ve signed up for. However, this free offer is only active for thirty days from sign-up. Users must also note that free transfers are offered on an “as is” basis. This means that there will be no updates on-site configuration and website content and data will be transferred as they are.

As Wix is a website development platform, they don’t offer a site migration service. You cannot transfer a cPanel based site to Wix. The best you can do is to recreate the structure of your WordPress/CMS site on Wix, and manually transfer the content unto the Wix based site.

That is certainly more work than what HostGator offers.

Free Domains

It is now common practice among hosting providers to offer a free domain to users signing up on a new plan.

Unlike hosts like SiteGround, HostGator and Wix offer a free domain for every new sign-up – given that the user pays for an annual plan.

You can check out our SiteGround vs. HostGator comparison to see exactly how both hosts stack up.

Backups

The internet is a scary place, and no matter how secure you think your site is, it can still get hacked or attacked by malware. That’s why it’s important that you have backups – and the host that makes that task easier for you is most certainly easy to use.

Wix doesn’t offer automatic backups. Instead, they offer the next best thing. You can generate backups on Wix whenever you want – and it is absolutely free.

HostGator’s backup policy is a tad bit more complex. Backup runs once a week on a random day and HostGator makes sure not to keep mirrored or redundant backups. This means that only one backup is available at any given moment.

Users must note that HostGator provides backups as a courtesy. This means that they are not guaranteed so they may or may not be available.

Generally speaking, it’s better to purchase a separate Backup service like Codeguard if your hosting provider doesn’t offer guaranteed backups.

Staging Environment

Staging environments are great for beginners. Except you want to be a cowboy developer – this is the name that we give to developers who develop without a staging site, it is important to have a site where you can test out changes before transferring these changes to your live site.

Wix has a “Sandbox” environment where you can create a staging site (which is a clone of your live site) and make necessary changes on it before you move those changes to your live site.

HostGator also comes with a staging environment where you can test out your changes. This environment comes on all hosting plans.

Website Builder Comparison

Since Wix is primarily a website builder, this is the crux of this article. We’ll be comparing the Wix site builder to Gator by HostGator, which is the spectacular name of HostGator’s site builder.

Creating The Website With Wix

Wix offers two primary ways to build a site. The first is a Do It Yourself mode where you’ll be able to create your site to whatever specifications you want. You are started off with a template, and with the very intuitive drag and drop editor, you’ll be able to add anything that you want to customize your site.

Wix has hundreds of templates for you to choose from, so users rarely have problems because they are spoilt for choice (at least we were). The Wix Editor app gives you control over almost all aspects of your site. This includes the background, apps, store, blog and bookings. With the editor, you can enable or disable any feature that you think would be useful for your site.

The second way is to let Wix’s ADI fix a website for you. How does this work? Easy, really. You answer a few basic questions about the structure of your site, and the system generates a generic website for you.

The system does it by choosing a unique combination of billions of features that you’ve previously selected. So your final site looks exactly like what you’d want but still remains very unique. Unlike with similar site builders, the Wix ADI doesn’t ask you to choose a theme. Instead, you are asked to choose a general style.

After this, your website is designed and the work is left to you. You can easily edit the website and add your content and pictures yourself.

An interesting feature of the Wix site builder is that it comes with an “onboarding support checklist”. If you don’t know how to edit a site, the checklist walks you through the important parts of your site and even shows you a quick tutorial.

An important feature of the Wix site builder is that it gives you access to advanced features – this is something that a lot of other site builders lack.

So if you’re a developer and would like to dig through the code of your website, Wix offers you control through advanced features like full control through Wix Code API and JavaScript. Asides that, you also have access to advanced features like:

  • Creating custom forms, quizzes and so on
  • You can also create custom interactions. For example, you can set your site to act in a certain manner when customers make certain actions.
  • You can separate your content from your site so that you can add images and text easily.

Creating The Website Gator By HostGator

Gator by HostGator is the name of HostGator’s website builder, and like most website builders, it is simple and meant for people with little technical expertise.

Creating a website with HostGator is simple. Immediately you sign up, you must choose a template (or theme?). This is simply because all templates are categorised into industries.

Like Wix, HostGator gives you templates to choose from when building a site. However, unlike Wix, the templates of HostGator are basic and not as expansive as Wix’s. Even though HostGator’s themes are arranged by industries like business, beauty, music and entertainment, they still aren’t quite as expansive as the templates that Wix offers.

To build your website, you are given a drag and drop editor. It works a bit like creating a PowerPoint presentation. The Wix Editor makes use of the same system.

Like Wix, Gator by HostGator also comes with an onboarding tutorial, so in that respect, both sites are fairly similar.

It is important to add that, unlike other site builders, Gator by HostGator gives editors complete control over the eventual look of their site. You can resize, change fonts and switch colors without any headaches whatsoever. You can even add videos, blog posts and social media posts easily. As far as creating a website goes, Gator by HostGator is up there with one of the easiest to use.

However, there’s one thing that we noticed with the Gator. Unlike with Wix, images don’t automatically adjust when you add a new feature to your website. This means that before adding a new feature, you need to do a bit of space management, if not you’ll be stuck in an endless loop of resizing pictures.

HostGator is very mobile responsive, and you don’t have to design a different site for mobile. The sites created can fit any size of the screen easily.

The same can be said of Wix. All sites created with Wix are mobile responsive by default. There is even a Switch Editor view button that lets you see how your website would look on a mobile phone.

Performance Comparison

We created two sites using the Gator site builder and the Wix site builder. We ran tests on them for four months, and we have some interesting results.

Uptime

Using Pingdom, we monitored uptime on HostGator and Wix for four months. Here are our results.

MonthWixHostGator
September99.92%99.99%
October99.97%99.96%
November99.97%100%
December99.99%100%

Wix had an average uptime of 99.96% which isn’t spectacular but certainly isn’t bad. HostGator has a superior uptime of 99.98%.

Uptime Guarantee

Uptime is fickle, and it’s great to have an uptime guarantee for times when uptime gets actually terrible.

HostGator has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. This means that you are entitled to a month of credit if your website is up for less than that period of time. Wix also offers a 99.9% uptime guarantee and reimburses users based on downtime experienced.

Speed

Data centers are important to speed and HostGator has two of them. One in Houston, Texas, and the other in Provo, Utah.

Unlike HostGator, Wix had data centers in America and Europe.

Let’s get to our speed performance results. Here are our TTFB (Time To First Byte) speed results.

WixHostGator
New York139ms116ms
Sydney541ms322ms
Los Angeles491ms215ms
London158ms171ms
Singapore498ms591ms
Amsterdam438ms291ms
Vancouver339ms420ms
Chicago218ms449ms
Virginia221ms199ms
Bangladesh823ms989ms
Mumbai906ms501ms

HostGator was the much faster host, blowing us away with an average response time of 668ms. Wix proved to be slower, coming in with an 801ms response time.

Page load speed figures reflected the difference in speed. HostGator consistently loaded completely under a second (around 800ms) while Wix took longer than a second to load many times.

Load Impact Test

To check out if our speed figures were wrong, we tried using load impact. We sent up to a hundred virtual users to our respective sites and found out something rather interesting.

HostGator is a much more stable host than Wix. Even at a hundred virtual users, our site with HostGator still managed to report stable speed. That was certainly not the case with Wix.

HostGator vs. Wix: Customer Support and Reliability

If you’re a beginner, you should probably pay a lot of attention to the customer support department of your prospective hosting provider. Why? Hosting plans can become really technical at times, and you will need easy solutions when you run into problems. Only quality customer support can provide that.

We tried to measure the quality of customer support that both hosts offer and we found really interesting things.

Customer Support Channel

Wix and HostGator offer roughly the same sort of customer support. They both have phone and email support channels. Wix doesn’t have a live chat system while HostGator has one.

It’s important to note that Wix offers support is Portuguese, Italian, and Spanish.

Customer Support Test

While testing customer support, there are two things that we paid close attention to. The first is wait time – that is, the period of time it took for a live rep to get to us. The second is the quality of support.

For HostGator, wait time was particularly long, as we often had to wait for over five minutes before we connected to support staff. We found that tedious. After connecting to support staff on the live chat channel, we found the representatives who spoke to us to be friendly.

However, they had very little help for us when we came with problems and questions that were above basic ones. Too many times we were given links to videos and tutorials that did little to solve our problems. Phone chat was more of the same, and more often than not we put down the phone feeling a bit disappointed.

We had to wait for over ten minutes before we got someone to talk to us on the phone. Even at that, the support wasn’t great. Like with HostGator, we continually got advice that was of no help, and even though support staff was cordial enough, they were often unhelpful.

Since Wix’s support is not available 24/7 (only available from 5:00 am and 5:00 pm PST) users can often get stranded. That’s another negative.

Simply put, interacting with HostGator’s customer support was tedious. But certainly not as tedious as what we continually had to pass through with Wix.

Ticketing Support

Thankfully, the ticketing support of both hosts was a huge improvement. We got our tickets back in 24 hours, and our problems/questions were always comprehensively attended to.

Knowledge Base

Wix and HostGator maintain a really up to date knowledge base. The knowledge bases are so filled with articles and tutorials that they almost excuse the subpar live support that is on offer.

Customer Support Winner HostGator: Let’s get this right. The support infrastructure of Wix and HostGator needs overhauling. Customers often have to wait for a while before live reps attend to them, and even when that is done, quality is more often than not missing.

Money-Back Guarantee

Wix offers an incredibly low 14 days money-back guarantee. This 14 days money-back guarantee doesn’t apply to renewal plans. In addition to that, if you’ve received a free domain, Wix will deduct about $15 from your refund. Add-ons paid for at checkout are non-refundable.

HostGator has a way longer 45 days money-back guarantee. Like with Wix, this guarantee doesn’t apply to renewal payments, and if you’ve received a free service (like a free domain, for example), it will be deducted from your plan.

Security Comparison

HostGatorWix
Free SSLYesYes
Domain privacy$14.95No
BackupCodeGuardDaily
DDoS protectionSiteGuardYes
Anti-spam E-mailSpamAssassinNo
Anti-malwareSiteGuardRegular scans
Vulnerabilities scannerSiteGuardRegular Scans
SSH accessYesNo
Starting from$2.75$4.50

HostGator vs. Wix: Plans and Pricing

No matter how great a service is, it must come at the right price, if not, it’s basically a waste. Let’s look at the deals offered by Wix and HostGator to see which host offers the better deal.

We’ll be comparing Wix premium plans to HostGator’s three shared hosting plans.

Basic Plan comparison

HostGator’s basic plan is the Hatchling plan and it comes with a single domain, free transfers, unlimited bandwidth and disk space, a free SSL certificate and a free domain. The plan costs $2.75 for an initial three years plan and renews at a normal rate of $6.95 per month.

This plan is great because it has unmetered bandwidth and disk space. However, unmetered doesn’t mean unlimited. It only means that you are only allowed to use as much bandwidth and disk space as HostGator deems “normal” for a small Hatchling website. Once you exceed that threshold, you will be informed and may be charged accordingly. All in all, an initial payment of $2.75 is quite cheap. However, when one looks it in the context of the renewal price, it takes on a whole different look. It is a decent deal, but certainly not the best.

Wix’s cheapest plan is the Connect Domain which, on Wix’s website, has the endearing “most basic” title.

The plan comes with 1GB of bandwidth, 500mb of storage, a free SSL certificate, and costs $4.50 per month.

It is important to note that Wix doesn’t have a limit on sites that can be created on a single account. You can create an unlimited amount of sites on the same account on any Wix plan. However, since the Most basic plan only comes with 500mb of storage, you most likely will only be able to create a single site.

How good is this deal? It is certainly more expensive than the HostGator plan, and cannot be justified since HostGator has better performance. The Hatchling plan is definitely more value for money.

Wix Connect DomainWix ComboHostGator Hatchling
Websites111
SSD Storage1GB2GBUnmetered
Bandwidth500MB2GBUnmetered
SSL CertificateNoNoYes
Domain includedNoYesYes
Anti SpamNoNoSpamAssassin
Domain Privacy$9.90$9.90$14.95
SitebackupView and restoreView and restoreCodeGuard
Dedicated IPNoNoNo
Starting from$4.50$8.50$2.75

Medium Tier Plan

The Medium tier plan is the Baby plan and it comes with unlimited domains, unmetered bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, and a free domain. The plan costs $3.95 for an initial 3 year period and costs $9.95 for renewal.

This plan is sort of tricky because it comes with unlimited domains and unmetered bandwidth. This means that you’re never quite sure of how many domains you can host before you run out of “legally allowed” bandwidth and disk space. In our experience hosting more than two blogs or sites with a lot of traffic may result in considerable downtime.

On face value, the plan is really good. Unlimited domains for $3.95? A good deal for sure.

Wix’s medium-tier plan is the Combo plan and it comes with 3GB of storage, 2GB of bandwidth, a free domain, and no Wix ads. The plan costs a grand total of $8.50 per month – which is really a lot, no matter how you look at it.

The Baby plan may be a baby plan, but it is certainly bossing this Combo plan left, right and centre.

Wix UnlimitedHostGator Baby
Websites1Unlimited
SSD Storage10GBUnmetered
BandwidthUnlimitedUnmetered
SSL CertificateNoYes
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamNoSpamAssassin
Domain Privacy$9.90$14.95
SitebackupView and restoreCodeGuard
Dedicated IPNo$4.00
Starting from$12.50$3.95

Top Tier plan comparison

The VIP and Unlimited plan are the top tier plans of Wix. The Unlimited plan is the most popular plan and comes with unlimited bandwidth, 10GB of storage, no Wix Ads, a free domain for a year, Visitor analytics and Site booster. For all this, customers are expected to pay $12.50 per month. It is not a bad deal, as it comes with unlimited bandwidth. However, 10GB of storage means that you can only host four to five sites at maximum capacity. In any case, $12.50 is too much to pay.

HostGator’s top plan is the Business plan and it comes with all the features of the Baby plan plus free dedicated IP, free SEO tools, and a free upgrade to positive SSL. The plan costs $5.95 per month for an initial three-year deal and costs $14.95 for renewal.

This deal isn’t terrible, but for a plan that isn’t very different from the Baby plan (the free dedicated IP address is the only important difference here), it costs a lot more. If you have no great need for the additional features of the Business plan, I’d advise you to go with the Baby plan. It packs more value for money.

The VIP plan of Wix comes with unlimited bandwidth, 20GB of storage, a free domain for a year, two video hours, social media logo files, VIP support, priority response professional logo and all other features of the Unlimited plan. The plan costs $24.50 per month. The VIP plan is definitely not worth it. It is a bad deal that no one would recommend.

Wix VIPHostGator Business
Websites1Unlimited
SSD Storage20GBUnmetered
BandwidthUnlimitedUnmetered
SSL CertificateNoYes
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamNoSpamAssassin
Domain Privacy$9.90$14.95
SitebackupView and restoreCodeGuard
Dedicated IPNo$4.00
Starting from$24.5$5.95

HostGator vs. Wix: Major Differences

  • Wix doesn’t offer content management hosting, VPS hosting or Dedicated server hosting like HostGator
  • HostGator’s performance stats (in terms of uptime and speed) are much better than Wix’s
  • Wix has a fourteen days guarantee while HostGator has a forty-five days guarantee
  • HostGator has 24/7 support on all plans, while Wix doesn’t
  • HostGator has live chat support, Wix doesn’t
  • HostGator makes use of cPanel, Wix doesn’t

HostGator vs. Wix: Our Pick

DreamHost vs. InMotion Hosting

InMotion vs. DreamHost? Well, you’re at the right place. Today, we’ll be looking at these two hosting companies to find out exactly which host is the best for you.

How would we be doing this? Well, we did the only logical thing: we bought plans from both hosts, and we compared our experience based on important metrics like speed, uptime, pricing and customer support. Don’t worry, we won’t just be relying on first-hand knowledge for this comparison – we’ve also done a ton of research, so you know whatever information you get is correct.

At the end of our comparison, we’ll give a final verdict on which host we think offers a better deal. You may choose to agree or disagree with us, but the important thing is that you’ll have the proper information to come to an informed decision on the host to go with.

Overview

InMotion isn’t your regular hosting company. The company is employee-operated and was founded way back in 2001. Today, the company has grown from humble beginnings to have over 300,000 domains hosted on its servers.

DreamHost, on the hand, is more like the regular hosting company. Founded in 1996 by Dallas Bethune, Josh Jones, Michael Rodriguez and Sage Weil, the company has grown to become one of the biggest names in hosting today. The company is now owned by New Dreams Network and has over 400,000 customers.

In terms of business model, DreamHost and InMotion aren’t that different. The two companies offer Shared hosting services at really cheap prices and target small businesses and blogs.

That is certainly not all though.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Popularity

In terms of popularity, neither of these hosts are very popular. However, if we had to choose one host that has something resembling a household name, we would go with DreamHost in a heartbeat. With over 400,000 customers, DreamHost is certainly more popular than InMotion.

In terms of performance, we’ve discovered that popular hosting providers often have a great marketing strategy and not necessarily great value for money. So we do not care about popularity, and you shouldn’t either.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Performance

This is one of the most important metrics that should be used to measure hosting company. We’ll be measuring performance using speed and uptime.

Speed

Speed is such a fickle metric because so many things affect the eventual load speed and response times that your site experiences. However, of these many factors, two stand out. Their CDN and the spread of the data centres

CDN

CDN means Content Delivery Network and they help your site achieve faster load and response time using proxy servers and cached versions of your site. Unfortunately, InMotion doesn’t come with CDN included. However, if you want CDN, InMotion has a handy article on how to add Cloudflare to your site.

DreamHost comes with CDN included, however, you’ll have to configure it yourself through the cPanel.

Data Centres

The more spread out the data centres of a host, the quicker the content of your site will be able to reach visitors. Therefore companies with data centres that spread across continents are nine out of ten times faster than hosts that don’t have.

While InMotion doesn’t have data centres outside America, they manage to have redundant and climate-controlled centres on both the east and west coast. It is the same for DreamHost as well – their data centres are only located within the United States. We could not find the locations of all DreamHost’s data centres, but we do know that they have one in Virginia and another in California.

Now that we are done with the preliminaries, let’s get to our speed test.

Speed Test

The first thing we tested for was TTFB. This measure just how responsive a site is. To test this, we tested speed from multiple locations around the globe.  Afterwards, we collated our results and calculated an average. This gives you a rough idea of just how fast your site will be.

LocationInMotionDreamHost
Mumbai.500ms901ms
New York.89ms228ms
Sydney341ms355ms
Virginia221ms189ms.
Los Angeles291ms285ms
Chicago98ms465ms
London258ms429ms
Vancouver339ms307ms
Singapore298ms431ms
Amsterdam438ms391ms

A total aggregate of our tests showed InMotion far ahead of DreamHost with a 379ms average response time while DreamHost came in with a decent response time of 490ms.

Page Load Speed Test

LocationInMotionDreamHost
Mumbai.1.4 secs1.8 secs
New York.678ms798ms
Bangladesh.1.6 secs1.8 secs
Sydney6711ms785ms
Virginia821ms789ms.
Los Angeles721ms685ms
Chicago698ms815ms
London658ms829ms
Vancouver679ms707ms
Singapore708ms731ms
Amsterdam868ms891ms

Page load speed had a far more telling difference, with InMotion coming in with 710ms average load speed and DreamHost getting a 968ms average page load speed. As you can see, DreamHost is much slower in places like Mumbai and Bangladesh, and that is something that you have to take into consideration when choosing a host. Which region does the core of your customers/readers reside and how well does your potential host perform in that region?

Load Impact Test

Asides our speed test, we also tried to check how well the hosts would perform under high traffic. We sent about a hundred virtual users to our sites on the servers of both hosts and discovered that InMotion was far more stable during high traffic than DreamHost.

(Graph showing InMotion performing better than DreamHost).

Uptime

Uptime is important because you don’t purchase a hosting plan because you want your site up some of the time, you do so because you want it up all of the time.

We ran an uptime test using Pingdom on DreamHost and InMotion and here are our results. Our test was over a four-month period.

Month.InMotionDreamHost
December.99.98%.99.99%
November.99.97%.99.97%
October.99.91%.1
September99.99%.1

October wasn’t a great month for InMotion as our site was down for 0.9% of the time. Overall, DreamHost managed to score a better uptime than InMotion with a 99.99% uptime over our testing period. InMotion managed an average 99.96% uptime – decent but not fantastic.

Uptime Guarantee

Uptime is notorious for being particularly fickle. Look at InMotion’s September performance for example. A 99.99% uptime is impressive, but the very next month, it got as bad as 99.91%. The next month it managed to bounce back to 99.97%.

What’s the point? Any host can suddenly come down with a terrible downtime. If that happens, what are your options?

DreamHost has an impressive 100% uptime guarantee. For each hour of downtime that you get, you will receive a day of free hosting. InMotion’s 99.9% uptime guarantee isn’t that bad as well. If uptime gets lower than this, InMotion will reimburse you with a free month of hosting.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Ease Of Use

The best hosts are easy to use. They offer loads of freebies and have really intuitive interfaces. Let’s see how easy to use DreamHost and InMotion are.

Sign In Process

Signing in and paying for our DreamHost account was long and complicated. We’ve signed up for many hosting services and DreamHost had one of the hardest processes we’ve ever gone through. Sign-up should certainly be easier.  Asides the long sign-up process, we were offered a lot of add-ons (many of which were unnecessary) at checkout.

It was the same with InMotion – the sign-up process was long and before we had access to our account we had to go through a lengthy verification process.

Interface

We’ve used a lot of interfaces. Some are terrible, some are good, some are great and some are rather uninspiring. But for the most part, the best interfaces we’ve used have been based on cPanel. That’s why, as a rule, we prefer either cPanel or Plesk based interfaces.

InMotion uses cPanel, which is great. While their version of cPanel isn’t as heavily customised as Bluehost, it still offered us an easy and intuitive experience. (You can check out our Bluehost vs. InMotion comparison if you want). DreamHost, on the other hand, makes use of an inbuilt control panel that can be great to use if you’re new to hosting but can be a nightmare if you’re not.

One example of the frustration that can come with DreamHost’s panel is this; The interface doesn’t offer an automated way to import .tar.gz files. This means that if you’re migrating your cPanel site from another provider to DreamHost, you’ll have to do it manually through MySQL and FTP.

Take it from us, that’s a process you don’t want to go through.

Free Domains

Today, almost all hosting providers offer free domains upon sign-up. This is because most hosting companies double as domain registration companies. What of InMotion and DreamHost, do they offer free domains on sign-up?

Yes, the two hosts offer new users a free domain for a year upon registration. You must note that although the free domain is, free, a fee equivalent to the price of a year’s domain registration would be deducted if you decide to cancel your plan and ask for a refund.

Site Migration

This is a service that we believe that all hosts should offer. InMotion agrees too and offers a free site migration service.

InMotion Site Migration

InMotion will migrate accounts that have 3 or fewer databases and/or websites for free. If your account has more than that number of databases and/or websites, you can still migrate your site. The only problem is that you will be charged $10 per item transferred. This is a pretty good deal, and Flywheel is the only host that we can think of that offers a better deal. You can check out our Flywheel vs. InMotion comparison here if you’d like.

DreamHost Site Migration

DreamHost doesn’t offer such free services (which is particularly difficult because they don’t have cPanel so you go through a lot more stress trying to migrate your site.). To transfer a site to DreamHost, you’ll be charged $99. However, you should note that WordPress site transfers to DreamPress (that is DreamHost’s WordPress management platform) are free of charge.

Apps Integration, Marketplace and one-click installation.

Here is where DreamHost and InMotion are mostly similar. The two platforms offer one-click installation for popular apps like WordPress, Joomla and Drupal. InMotion even gives you the option, at checkout, to have your favourite app installed before you get access to your cPanel. That’s pretty neat.

There is a marketplace where you can purchase plug-ins, themes, templates and even professional services to optimize your site how you deem fit on both hosts.

Website Builders

If you don’t plan on using WordPress or other content management systems and would like to create your own site, you should be interested in the website builders offered by the companies we’re comparing.

DreamHost website Builder

Unlike other hosts (like Bluehost, for example) who make use of third party site builders like Weebly,  DreamHost has an inbuilt website builder called the Remixer. One cool thing about the Remixer is that it is free for the first fourteen days so you know exactly what you’re getting into.

We tried the Remixer out and while it doesn’t look like most website builders (for example, it doesn’t have drag and drop functionality), it is still pretty decent. However, people who like having a lot of control over the final look of their site may have problems with the builder because users have very limited controls. For example, you cannot add background images, shadows or animations through the editor. Additionally, you cannot resize or reorder photos.

We understand that this makes things easier for the inexperienced user, but it also makes things difficult for the experienced user.

InMotion website Builder

Like DreamHost, InMotion has a website creator called BoldGrid (also called Website Creator). The app has two versions, the free one, and of course the paid one.. For the paid option, you’ll have to pay about $15 per month (if you’re paying annually) or $20 per month if you’re paying per month.

So what is the difference between the paid and free versions? Well, the free option can only support a single site while the paid option can support unlimited websites. It’s also important to note that websites created with the paid option will not display BoldGrid branding.

We used BoldGrid and we didn’t have a lot of complaints. It’s great for inexperienced and experienced users and it is based on WordPress so it is quite reliable. Importantly, BoldGrid offers a staging plug-in where you can check out your site, experiment, check out settings and so much more without it affecting the live version of the site.

So which website builder would we choose between the Remixer and BoldGrid if we absolutely had to choose one? We’d go with BoldGrid, no doubt.

Staging Environments

Staging environments are great things, as they can help you develop your site better and smarter.

InMotion has the capability to have multiple servers where you can develop a test site before taking it live. Users can easily create a staging site using the Softaculous installer on their cPanel on all hosting plans. Additionally, you can use the staging plug-in from BoldGrid to create a staging site if you’re developing a site on WordPress.

DreamHost comes with already installed staging sites on all shared hosting plans except the Starter plan. All Managed WordPress Hosting plans come with a staging site.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Money-back Guarantee

One thing about a lot of hosting companies is their tendency to use low prices to trap you into paying for a long term plan.

This means that you get to pay a lot of money upfront. However, what if something comes up and you have to cancel your plan? What if you’re not happy with the service being rendered? What happens to your money then?

DreamHost has one of the longest money-back guarantees that we’ve ever seen, with a 97-day money-back period. InMotion also has an incredible money-back guarantee period, with a 90-day money-back guarantee.

Limitations

The refund that you get after the cancellation of your plan does not include services that are not connected to basic hosting services. For example, any add-ons that you purchase during checkout are non-refundable. Additionally, about $15 will be deducted from your refund if you’ve received a free domain. You will be free to continue to use the domain for the remainder of the registration period (which is usually a year).

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Customer Service Support

Quality of customer support is very important, especially if you’re inexperienced. You want customer support staff that are easy to reach and that will answer your questions easily. You certainly don’t want to start hunting around the internet looking for solutions that could easily be gotten from customer support.

Customer Support Channels

InMotion and DreamHost have roughly the same customer support channels. The two hosts have a live chat channel and a ticketing system, while InMotion is the only one with a phone support system. All channels are open 24/7,  except for DreamHost’s live chat channel.

Customer Support Test

To check out the availability and efficiency of the customer support staff of InMotion and DreamHost we tried to connect to the support staff of each host several times throughout our uptime testing period (that’s four months).

InMotion Customer Service Support

We tried to connect to an InMotion live representative many times and we never had to wait for more than two minutes before we had a live rep to speak to. If you have experience with a lot of hosting companies, you’ll know that an average wait time of 2 minutes is quite rare.

InMotion doesn’t only have a great wait time. They also have amazing support. All our answers were answered promptly and we were never transferred to another rep or given a link to a knowledge base article – something that doesn’t happen often.  It was more of the same with phone support and all our tickets were returned promptly within 24 hours.

DreamHost Customer Service Support

DreamHost customer support was disappointing, to say the least. The first thing that we noticed was that customer service (at least on the live chat channel) wasn’t 24/7. There were times we connected and got this message.

(show screenshot of chat with bot saying that the sales team is only available from Monday to Friday, 8-4 pm PT).

However, when we did connect to live support (wait time was an average of 5+ minutes), we were often left on hold. While the reps that we spoke to were friendly enough, our questions were left unanswered too often.  The ticketing channel proved to be more effective, though, as tickets were returned in 24 hours.

Knowledgebase

DreamHost and InMotion both have great knowledgebases where you can find tutorials and articles on almost any issue that concerns hosting. That will prove to be a great help to DreamHost customers if live reps aren’t able to solve their problems.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Security

Putting anything online, especially a website, puts you at risk of getting your information in the wrong hands. We’ll be looking at how these hosts protect the interests of their customers – if they do at all.

SSL Certificate

In recent times, thanks to companies like Let’s Encrypt, hosts have been able to offer free SSL certificates to customers. However, not all hosts do this. A good example is GoDaddy – and we have a great article on how well GoDaddy compares to DreamHost.

Unlike GoDaddy, both InMotion and DreamHost offer free SSL certificates on all hosting plans.

Backups

What if something happens to your site? What happens then? Is there a backup policy that protects your website?

Here is where DreamHost shines. There’s a one-click backup option on their cPanel that allows customers to control their backups and control how and when they back up their files.

InMotion has an exclusive Backup manager plug-in that allows users to create an automated backup system for themselves. You can also restore your site through this plug-in.

Both options are absolutely free.

Site Security

DreamHost Security

For site security, DreamHost makes use of Modsecurity, which is a web application firewall that works by blocking malicious HTTP requests. Some of the attacks that Modsecurity blocks are Cross-site scripting, Remote executioner, Remote file inclusion, Brute force attempts, and SQL injection-based attacks. Importantly, this security cover is free. A lot of other hosts would much rather sell it to you as an add-on.

InMotion Security

InMotion makes use of Corero, an anti-DDoS system to protect its servers from DDOS attacks. Corero protects InMotion servers using a proprietary Smartwall Threat Defense System. It is quite a sophisticated system, and customers can rest easy assured that they have the best protection guarding their site.

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Pricing

This is about value for money, that is why very cheap hosts like Namecheap (the clue is in the name) have lost this section to far more expensive options like WP Engine or SiteGround.

You can check out our Namecheap vs. SiteGround comparison to see exactly how this went down.

Shared Hosting Comparison

We’ll be comparing the shared hosting plans of both hosts. DreamHost has two tiers of shared hosting plans which are the Shared Starter and Shared Unlimited plans. InMotion has three tiers of shared hosting plans which are the Launch, Power and Pro plans.

Basic Plan Comparison: Shared Starter vs. Launch plan

DreamHost’s basic plan is the Shared Starter plan and it comes with one website, a free domain, unlimited traffic (DreamHost, unlike other hosts, doesn’t track bandwidth or traffic, so users are free to expand as much as possible), free WordPress site builder, pre-installed WordPress, and free SSL certificate. The plan only costs $2.59 per month (this price only applies to three-year plans. Monthly/renewal plans cost $4.95 per month).

At $2.59 per month, we weren’t expecting so much. But the fact that the plan comes with unlimited traffic is a huge bonus. However, if you look at it through the fact that the renewal fee is $4.95, it doesn’t look so much as a bonus anymore – but that takes nothing away from the quality of the deal. As far as starting deals go, DreamHost’s Shared Starter plan is decent.

InMotion’s basic shared hosting plan is the Launch plan and it comes with a free domain, two websites, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, a free SSL certificate, 6 parked domains, 25 subdomains and unlimited emails. The plan costs $3.99 per month if you’re paying for two years in advance and $7.99 when you choose to renew your plan.

This plan is tricky because it comes with two websites and unlimited disk space and traffic, therefore it completely leaves the Shared Starter plan from DreamHost in the dust. At $3.99 this plan represents great value for money. Even at $7.99, it still costs less than double the renewal price of the Shared Starter plan. It is the better deal of the lot.

InMotion Launch Dreamhost shared starter
Websites21
SSD StorageUnlimited50GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
SSL CertificateYes(Free)Available
PerformanceStandardStandard
Domain includedYes(Free)Yes
Anti SpamYes(Free)Yes $3.00/month
Domain Privacy$12.99Yes(Free)
Site backupDaily (free)Automated Daily
Dedicated IP$4.00/monthUnique IP
Starting from$3.99$2.59

High Tier Hosting comparison; Shared Unlimited vs. Power and Pro Plans

Here we’ll be comparing two of InMotion’s hosting plans to DreamHost’s Shared Unlimited plan. That’s because the Power and The Pro plans – these are InMotion’s plans, come with multiple websites, unlimited disk space and unlimited bandwidth and that is what constitutes a top tier plan in the books of most hosting providers.

The Power plan, from InMotion, comes with all the features of the Launch plan (which are a free domain, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate) plus a capacity for six websites. It also comes with 2× the performance of the Launch plan. The plan costs $5.99 per month for an initial two-year deal and renewal costs $9.99 per month.

At this price, the Power plan looks like a very decent deal, even if the renewal fee jumps more than 70% from the original price.

The Shared Unlimited plan of DreamHost comes with all the features of the basic DreamHost plan (which is the Shared Starter package) plus unlimited websites and unlimited emails. It costs $5.95 per month for a one-time annual fee and it costs $10.95 for renewals.

At a renewal price of $10.95 and with unlimited websites, the Shared Unlimited plan blows the Power plan away. But does it blow the Pro plan of InMotion away?

The Pro plan comes with all the features of the Launch plan (which are a free domain, unlimited disk space and bandwidth, and a free SSL certificate) plus unlimited websites, 4× the performance of the Launch plan, Pro-level support, and a security suite (these are security add-ons). The Pro plan is way more expensive than the Shared Unlimited plan though and costs just about  $13.99 if you’re paying for the first two years upfront. The renewal price is $15.99.

The Pro plan, in the face of the Shared Unlimited plan with similar specs, cannot justify its price. It would be wise to go for the Shared Unlimited plan over the Pro plan. However, InMotion’s Power plan looks like the better option if you don’t plan on hosting more than six sites. Overall, InMotion’s shared hosting plans offer better value than DreamHost’s plans.

InMotion PowerInMotion ProDreamhost shared unlimited
Websites6UnlimitedUnlimited
SSD StorageUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
SSL CertificateYes(Free)Yes(Free)Pre-installed
Performance2xPerformance4xPerformanceStandard
Domain includedYes(Free)Yes(Free)Yes
Anti SpamYes(Free)Yes(Free)Yes $3.00/month
Domain Privacy$12.99$12.99Yes(Free)
Site backupDaily (free)Daily (free)Automated Daily
Dedicated IP$4.00/month$4.00/monthUnique IP
Starting from$5.99$13.99$4.95

WordPress Hosting Plan comparison

DreamHost has three WordPress plans and they are the DreamPress, DreamPress Plus and DreamPress Pro plans. InMotion also has three plans and they are the WP-1000S, WP-2000S and WP-3000S plans.

Basic Plan comparison.

The DreamPress plan comes with a single WordPress site, 30 GB SSD storage, a free domain included unmetered bandwidth and capacity for a hundred thousand visitors per month. The plan costs $16.95 annually and costs $19.75 upon renewal.

Compared to this, the WP-1000S plan comes with a free domain, a single website, 40GB SSD storage, unlimited email accounts and the BoldGrid website builder. The plan costs $4.99 ($7.99 for renewal).

The basic plans of both hosts can only be compared on the basis of how many websites that they allow as they are far apart in capacity and price. Regardless, the DreamPress plan should be coming with more than one site for $16.95.

InMotion WP-1000SDreamPress
Websites11
SSD Storage40GB30GB
Monthly Visitors20.000100.000
SSL CertificateYesYes
PerformanceStandardBuilt-in caching
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain Privacy$12.99Free
SitebackupStandardAutomatic
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$4.99$16.95

Medium Hosting Plan Comparison

The WP-2000S plan comes with two websites, a single domain, 80GB of SSD storage, unlimited email accounts, an included staging environment, BoldGrid, and it is suitable for fifty thousand monthly visitors. The plan costs $7.99 and renews at $10.99.

Compared to that, the DreamPress Plus plan comes with a single WordPress site, a capacity for three hundred thousand visitors, 60GB of storage, an included free domain and unmetered bandwidth. The plan costs $24.95 for the first annual payment and renews at $29.95 per month.

Although the DreamPress Plus plan triples the capacity of the DreamPress plan, it still comes with only one website. At $24.95, customers should be getting more than a single website. Even the  WP-2000S plan comes with more than one website.

InMotion WP-2000SDreamPress Plus
Websites21
SSD Storage80GB60GB
Monthly Visitors50.000300.000
SSL CertificateYesYes
PerformanceStandardBuilt-in caching
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain Privacy$12.99Free
SitebackupAutomaticAutomatic
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$7.99$24.95

High Tier Plan Comparison

The DreamPress Pro plan comes with a single WordPress site + staging site, 120 GB of SSD storage, over a million visits per month, free domain, and unmetered bandwidth. The plan costs $71.95 per month for the first annual plan and costs $79.95 per month for renewal.

At this point, it’s safe to say that the DreamPress plans aren’t for bloggers or developers who want to develop multiple websites. It is for the biggest WordPress sites that are only focused on making content. Even at that, the $71.95 plan remains a tough sell.

The WP-3000S plan comes with 3 websites, is suitable for about 120,000 visits per month, a free domain and all the other features of the WP-2000S plans. This plan costs $10.99 for the first annual payment and costs $13.99 upon renewal.

Interestingly, in terms of the capacity of visits, the WP-3000S is the only plan that compares with DreamHost’s Managed WordPress cheapest plan which is the DreamPress plan. Importantly, the WP-3000S plan costs less than the DreamPress plan despite having three websites and even more capacity for visitors. That should tell you a thing or two about the value offered by InMotion and DreamHost.

InMotion WP-3000SDreamPress Pro
Websites31
SSD Storage120GB120GB
Monthly Visitors125.0001.000.000
SSL CertificateYesYes
PerformanceDedicated Opcode CacheBuilt-in caching
Domain includedYesYes
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain Privacy$12.99Free
SitebackupAutomaticAutomatic
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$10.99$71.95$

InMotion vs. DreamHost: Major Differences

  • DreamHost has better uptime than InMotion
  • InMotion is faster than DreamHost
  • DreamHost has a 97-day money-back policy while InMotion has a 90-day money-back policy.
  • InMotion offers free site migration while DreamHost doesn’t
  • InMotion makes use of green data centres, while DreamHost doesn’t
  • InMotion uses cPanel, while DreamHost doesn’t

InMotion vs. DreamHost? InMotion for sure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cloudways vs. SiteGround

SiteGround vs. Cloudways? This is the comparison to see which is the web’s most powerful VPS host.

Both web hosts will be tested for speed, Uptime, pricing, and features and only one will come out on top. It is not an overstatement to say that SiteGround is regarded as one of the best providers when it comes to web hosting. And many people will agree. They have amazing speed, arguably the best uptime, and security multiplex. Will SiteGround worm its way to the top with its impeccable customer service and reasonable pricing? Or will Cloudways win the day with its much specific approach to VPS hosting?

SiteGround offers shared, WordPress and most hosting types. Cloudways is concerned with providing that best cloud services. They equip PHP developers and novices with the best-managed services for app development. They are in collaboration with many other hosting companies like DigitalOcean, a sister company. At the end of this comparison is the answer to the question lingering on your mind; which web host will be perfect for me? But we won’t only tell you which is suitable for your needs. As is our duty, we will let you know which web host is better. Without further ado, let’s get down to it.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways: A Complete Overview

Cloudways was established in 2009, with the intention of providing great hosting services for app developers. SiteGround, founded in 2004, provides all-round services, at great plans, for beginners and creatives alike. SiteGround is based in Sofia, Bulgaria, while Cloudways operates from the island of Malta in Europe. Cloudways was established by Uzair Gadit, Pere Hospital, and Aaqib Gadit. They also have offices in Spain and Dubai. They have 30+ staff members who manage 25,000+ web apps hosted on 12,000+ servers used by 8,000 users from 43 countries.

SiteGround’s army of skilled personnel caters to around 1.5 million domains used by hundreds of thousands of customers worldwide. SiteGround is WordPress’ official website, Cloudways makes the dreams of beginner-level developers everywhere come true.  They do this without sacrificing convenience for control through their managed cloud hosting. When a lot of web hosts were going through an evolution in 2011, Cloudways also re-branded to Cloudways 2.0. A more advanced and more lean company determined to please people more. While some web hosts like DigitalOcean focus on assisting developers and programmers, others like SiteGround treat their customers with baby gloves. Cloudways, in the style of the dialectics, decided to build a middle ground. By catering to professional and advanced developers, and also grooming and simplifying hosting for beginners.

SiteGround made a big impression on the web hosting industry by providing unmatched all-round services out of the gate.  You want speed? SiteGround has it. Uptime, security and unlimited features?  Check. They also have their extra advantage of placing the convenience of their customers above all else. Cloudways’ operation is in two separate phases. First is their futuristic platform for PHP developers. It provides all the needed features for PHP developers to develop, build and deploy their containerized applications.  Second is their ability to create an integral web of cloud services while simultaneously allowing you to manage and control them with ease, from a single console. SiteGround has data centers in 3 states while Cloudways has in 6.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways comparison. Which deserves to sit with the league of extraordinary web hosts? Let’s find out.

Popularity Comparison

Cloudways is popular among developers, but, perhaps not generally popular enough. Since it was only searched on Google a total of 1,256 times last month.  To put this in perspective, SiteGround is searched on Google on an average of 24,000 times. Someone is either recommending SiteGround to people or their publicity team is not slacking off. Either way, they are way more popular.  Riding on the back of the WordPress stamp is also an additional advantage.  SiteGround is the official website of WordPress, a website script used by over 60,000 site owners.  At this rate, we will wake up one morning, and SiteGround would have become a household name. Being a household name does not equal being the best web host in the market though. The best of the best web host is determined by another test.  The test of performance.

Verdict: When popularity is the contest, I don’t think Cloudways should be in the same ring as SiteGround. SiteGround firmly plants its flag undoubtedly in the hosting ground.

Performance

Ladies, gentlemen, let’s get started. Shall we?

Speed

You probably know how fast Sonic is, but do you know how fast your website host is? Fast websites help developers get their works done in a blink of an eye.

We set up speed tests for Both SiteGround and Cloudways and the results are in. Let’s see which of the two web hosts is slow, and would, in turn, make your website or app deployment slow and of course, which one is faster. Slow sites and customers are like sieve and water. No matter how many times your website shows up in the search result, the traffic will not be converted optimally for revenue.

Pingdom

SiteGround and Cloudways were tested for speed three times and the average was taken. It should excite you to know that both performed optimally in the speed and response tests. SiteGround had an average response time of 348 seconds while Cloudways had an average of 228. The good news is; this will make your site SEO-optimized by making it show up on the first page during searches. This won’t necessarily make that million-dollar customer shop with you though. What will do that? Thanks for asking. It’s the load speed. SiteGround is, by no means, slow.  We thought it could have a chance of winning in load speed even if it had a slightly slower response time.  We thought wrong.  A site hosted by SiteGround, on average, loaded in 1.5 seconds. The same site loaded on Cloudways had a load speed of 745ms. This means SiteGround is fast (definitely one of the fastest), but Cloudways is faster. Aaaand furious!

Bitcacha

Since both web hosts have different servers in various datacenter locations all over the world, we decided to test the speed of each from different locations. Will Cloudways take its flash speed to London? Or will what happened in Los Angeles stay in Los Angeles?

LOCATION           SITEGROUND RESULT                    DIGITALOCEAN RESULT

New York.                           1.7S                                                    1.1S

Sydney                                 2.2S                                            1.3S

Los Angeles                        1.5S                                            745ms

London                                 1.7S                                                     1.5S

Singapore                            6.3S                                                     4.8S

Amsterdam                        3.2S                                                     2.2S

Vancouver                 2.4S                                              1.9S

New Delhi                           2.0S                                                     1.8S

San Francisco           1.6S                                               1.7S

Frankfurt.                   4.5S                                                         1.6S.

As evident in the table above, Cloudways soars high up into the cloud (pun intended) in terms of speed. It is easily faster than 95% of the sites we have reviewed. SiteGround has been the champion of web hosts in terms of speed. That is, until today. It posed great speed especially in 5 states where it performed below 2 seconds for a full-speed load. Cloudways performed better in the other 5 test sites, especially in locations where SiteGround does not have servers. It would be a tie, if not that Cloudways performed excellently in the cities it won. Both SiteGround and Cloudways may be in the 98th percentile in terms of speed, but there are kind of even among kings. Today, Cloudways is the speed king we appoint.

Load Impact

You know that feeling when you and your friends test your new website, and it works pretty fast?  Well, wait until it handles load almost as fast before you get excited. Because it just might not. We tested both web hosts, to see how they would perform under heavy workload and pressure, and now we know which performs best. We sent increasing packets of traffic to sites hosted on both, and this is what we noticed.

When we sent the first ten users to open at once, SiteGround, of course, remained stable.  We continued to increase the packet until it got to 100. SiteGround’s loading speed may have spiked at 50 users and 80 users, but it quickly adjusted and accommodated the increasing traffic. Even up till 100. Cloudways, on the other hand, remained consistent in speed load throughout.

Both web hosts performed well in terms of heavy load handling but one is slightly better.

Cloudways vs. SiteGround: Datacenters and Locations

SiteGround has 5 servers in datacenter locations spread across 3 continents: Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Milan, and Singapore. They also have access to all of CloudFlare’s datacenters.

Both web hosts have the world covered in datacenters. Cloudways has datacenters located in London, San Francisco, Singapore, New York, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Toronto, Seattle, Los Angeles, Chicago. But, the thing is, they didn’t need to set up these servers. Why? Cloudways currently supports five cloud providers; Amazon Web Services (AWS), DigitalOcean, Google Compute Engine (GCE), Linode, and Vultr. Depending on the cloud provider of your choice, you can host your website in datacenters owned by these cloud service providers located in the U.S., Europe, Asia, or South America. In addition, Cloudways uses the StackPath CDN, a global network of 45 datacenters worldwide. Now, we don’t know why, but you may still want more.  In that case, you can install CloudFlare CDN. Yes, the same CDN project adopted by SiteGround. CloudFlare CDN has a far-reaching tentacle of 152 datacenters all over the world. If you have ever heard of the phrase “there is strength in number”, CloudFlare validates this with its lighting fast speed. But, you may need to install it yourself.

Speed Optimization Accesories

Cloudways customers should be happy because they can install Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates through the user interface for free. Of course, SiteGround also gives out free SSL certificates for added speed.  Cloudways also allows you to better protect yourself by getting and installing your own certificates on your sites.

Cloudways also has ThunderStack. A speed mechanism that serves as the foundation of Cloudways platform and all its inclusive web services.  ThunderStack allows software infrastructure to be rooted in Nginx and Apache web servers, MySQL, MariaDB, PHP 7, and several kinds of caching. All applications, therefore, utilize the hyper-fast ThunderStack. They also use Debian Linux 8, optimized for Linux-based hosting, as their operating system. You can be sure of it, Cloudways generates lightning and thunder speed.

Content Delivery Network

SiteGround has covered a lot of ground by partnering with CloudFlare to provide CDN for its customers but Cloudways is not lagging behind in CDN acquisition. Cloudways has its own in-house Cloudways CDN to speed up its customer’s works. This is an amazing achievement, in and of its own,  because creating a CDN system is like getting fire from the gods. Both hosts provide a boost in services with their SSD storage technology.  Saving and retrieving of data has never been faster.

WordPress sites hosted on Cloudways load faster, thanks to Cloudways’ proprietary VMAN technology, which utilizes Varnish, Memcached, Apache, and Nginx to increase site speed. SiteGround also has optimization for WordPress sites using Nginx and caching technology.

Verdict: “Slow and steady wins the race” is a popular saying, but it’s not a phrase you would want associated with your website. There is a web host that stands apart in the cloud of web hosting service providers. It’s called Cloudways.

Uptime

24/7/7 2018 Uptime for Each Month:

MONTH.   SITEGROUND UPTIME         CLOUDWAYS UPTIME

August –                100%                                    100%

September –         100%                                     99.98%

October –               100%                                    100%

November –          99.98%                                  99.98%

December –          100%                                      100%

24/7/7 2019 Uptime for Each Month:

January –               99.98%                                 99.98%

February —             100%                                    100%

March —                  99.99%                                99.99%

April —                    100%                                    100%

May —                     99.99%                                 100%

June —                   100%                                     100%

July —                     100%                                     100%

SiteGround has an average uptime of 99.995% and that slightly (quickly negligently) edges out Cloudways’ 99.994%. Most of the web hosts we test are usually at least 0.05% less than SiteGround in uptime.  That Cloudways keeps your website awake, for virtually the same time as SiteGround, is something that we find surprising. And exciting!

From the results, one thing is clear.  Both web hosts are like a law student before a bar exam. They will keep your website awake without blinking.

Cloudways’ and SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users if annual uptime drops from 99.9%. But you won’t be needing it.

Verdict: your website having an extended downtime is a dangerous thing.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your biggest customer. Luckily, with SiteGround and Cloudways, you won’t need to blink to find out. However, our winner for this round of the contest is SiteGround.

Uptime Winner SiteGround: Your website having an extended downtime is a dangerous thing.  In the blink of an eye, you could lose your biggest customer. Luckily, with SiteGround and Cloudways, you won’t need to blink to find out. However, our winner for this round of the contest is SiteGround.

Security

Both web hosts provide SSD for maximum security. SiteGround has Bot protection that crawls your site for threats, and Cloudways has platform-level firewalls on every server as well as continuous monitoring. We also strongly recommend Cloudways’ two-factor authentication as an alternative. API keys based on OAuth restricts access to the Cloudways’ API.

Get ready for SiteGround’s signature multiple layers defense system that lets you sleep like a baby in his mother’s arms.

Unlike the walls of Troy, if you use SiteGround, even the greatest Trojan horse cannot penetrate your impregnable defense. SiteGround isolates corrupted websites completely, keeping you safe. Both web hosts have optimized WAF (Web Application Firewall) for all your CMSs like Magento, WordPress, and Joomla. WAF protects your website from 99% of all unauthorized login attempts. SiteGround also uses cPanel, which has login security features like IP blacklisting, SpamAssassin, firewall and more. It’s said that you can never be too safe, and you are better safe than sorry.  Well,  SiteGround will never give you a reason to be sorry.  SiteGround, in a proactive attempt, also protects you using SG Site Scanner. Offered by Sucuri.net extension, SiteGround Site Scanner scans the publicly available link of your website to detect malicious activities. That’s right, keep calm. You are safe, even on the outside.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways: Backups and Restores

SiteGround’s hosting has automated backups and so does Cloudways. SiteGround’s backups are kept for no more than 30 days. They do not keep your files beyond that, so we advise you to backup somewhere else. Website owners can demand for backup five times on higher plans like GoGeek. This attempt to improve their backup and restore features is limited by a single caveat; you have to pay an extra fee on low-level plans like Startup and GrowBig hosting plans to request for on-demand backup.

Cloudways gives you the chance to set up automatic backups of your cloud server images. You can preset this so that the server backs itself up at intervals.  The interval can be every day, two days, three days or more. The maximum backup frequency though is for a week. For instant backup, unlike in SiteGround, you don’t have to request.  You can easily back up your site or project anytime.

Verdict: With SiteGround, you will be safe from hackers too, assuming you don’t reveal your password to an irresistible lady at the bar. If you, however, prefer backup and restore, Cloudways is better for you. So pure security or advanced backup options?  To be or not to be. It’s a tie.

Ease of Use for SiteGround compared to Cloudways

We want to clearly state that both web hosts are great examples of web hosts with beginner-friendly features and set up. SiteGround caters to everyone with its ridiculously low price and cPanel. Cloudways was created to fill the void left by DigitalOcean, a hosting provider that could care less about beginners.

Is it easy to set up an account and get started?

SiteGround can get you started on any hosting plan.  Cloudways makes use of DigitalOcean services through their partnership. Unlike DigitalOcean though, Cloudways is fully managed for you. This is why they handle the server setup and maintenance on your selected provider (I.e. DigitalOcean, AWS, Google, Amazon, etc.) for a very small pay-per-use extra fees.  They also walk you through their console setup and application deployment very fast. We have noticed that their console set up is even faster than DigitalOcean’s droplets setup.

Do they offer a free domain to make life easier when registering to launch a website?

On Cloudways, you have to purchase domain before they help you link it to your web applications. You can subsequently add domains and subdomains.  SiteGround offers affordable domain registrations for both the most popular TLDs and ccTLDs! Domain prices for SiteGround starts from $15.95. Both web hosts provide free DNS management, but SiteGround offers free ID protection options, free domain theft protection, etc.

Do they have a website builder that assists you in easily launching your website?

In the website building department, Cloudways assist, but not as much as SiteGround.  SiteGround comes with Weebly, which is just perfect for web building.  SiteGround’s cPanel allows you to quickly build websites with its dozen or so 1-click installers and drag-and-drop tools. Installers website scripts like WordPress, Joomla, and Drupal will probably get easier with the advancement in techniques. For now, it doesn’t get more convenient than this. The resident Cloudways custom server management application is Click&Go Cloud console and it lives up to its name. With its cutting-edge tools, it allows you to configure basic settings, monitor server resources, etc. Click&Go supports and assists in managing web applications e.g. WordPress, Joomla, Drupal Magento, Prestashop, and WooCommerce, etc. It also allows you to adjust server resources to fit traffic requirements at any time.

Do they offer channel? Do they offer 1 click WordPress installs?

Once again, cPanel comes to SiteGround’s rescue. This time with the Softaculous 1-click installer. SiteGround has advanced and easy to use one-click installers of its own. Applications that come with SiteGround’s cPanelz like Magento, can also be installed on Cloudways with a single click. You can even install DigitalOcean WordPress with a single click. With Cloudways, you can deploy a new site for your server through one click. Server backup? One-click. With one click to create them all, they really are determined to make your life a whole lot easier.

Migrations

For first-timers, Cloudways allows a free site migration to its cloud platform for the first time. Any additional migrations will attract a fee depending on the website app type. SiteGround isn’t much better in this case. You have one free site migration for their two higher plans. Any additional migration on these two plans or on the basic StartUp plan incurs a fee of $30.

Website Staging

Do you like to preview your works before live production?  Well, you are in luck because both web hosts have just the right things for that. Cloudways grants you staging feature for all websites to be tested. Benevolent, yes, we know. SiteGround’s staging feature is available for WordPress websites. Both websites allow you to create a copy of your live site on a separate, staging environment with a single click. You can test new codes, designs and create website love copies with a single click. SiteGround even creates a backup of your site just before pushing your changes to live production. In the real world, there are no do-overs. But now, you can correct WordPress mistakes with SiteGround.

Exclusive Convenience Features

Both web hosts have Git-support for a more hands-on approach. If you need additional infrastructure from one of Cloudways’ third-party services, it’s a features buffet.  You can use as many as you can afford from one account.

Verdict: Cloudways may be for beginners, but it’s for beginner-level developers.  SiteGround is for everyone, even those hearing about web hosting for the first time. SiteGround wins.

Cloudways vs. SiteGround: Customer Support and Reliability

Both SiteGround and Cloudways allow phone, email, and chat, as a means to contact customer service. SiteGround also offers the ticket support system. Getting much-needed help has never been easier. This is only normal since SiteGround is reported to have a more rigorous recruitment and training process which enables their customer care to solve your problems faster than you can scream help!

Proactive Support

I have personally experienced situations where SiteGround goes out of the way to comment on the complaints of clients even without even being tagged. This proactive attitude to support makes them unmatched in customer satisfaction, and brand protection support, in the global hosting ground. And this proactive nature even extends to problems that were caused by no fault of theirs, or those covered in their terms and conditions.

Knowledgebase

Answers to billing, sales, or technical queries are available on both hosts’ support pages. knowledgebase also includes hundreds of tutorials, articles and answered FAQs that will make your hosting experience way walk in the park. SiteGround also seems to pay more attention to details, like making tutorials easier to find, and arranging their knowledgebase, so that it becomes extremely easy to navigate for beginners.

Verdict: Both web hosts offer solid support. If web hosts are judged by how supportive they are, SiteGround is easily the best.

Plans & Pricing

Cloudways does not offer shared or reseller hosting.

Shared Hosting

SiteGround shared hosting prices:

The StartUp plan: $3.95 per month, can host one website. It can handle up to 10,000 unique visits per month, and it comes with Essential database and Email offers.

Essential database:

DB Size: 500 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Essential Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 2000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

The GrowBig plan: $5.95 per month and can host multiple websites. It also comes with a free SSL Wildcard for 1 year, all 3-levels of the SuperCacher, and staging environments for both WordPress and Joomla. It comes with premium database and Email offers.

Premium database:

DB Size: 750 MB || DB Table Size: 250 MB || DB Queries: Up to 10% of Server Resources.

Premium Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 4000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 400 || Recipients per Email: 40 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

Their GoGeek plan: $11.95 per month and can host unlimited websites. It has 30GB of space for up to 100,000 visits per month. Enjoy priority support, PCI compliance, and one-click Git repo creation. It comes with geeky database and Email offers.

Geeky database:

DB Size: 1000 MB || DB Table Size: 500 MB || DB Queries: Up to 30% of Server Resources. ||

Geeky Email offers:

Mailbox Size: 6000 MB || Email Sends per Hour: 800 || Recipients per Email: 80 || Attachment Size: 50 MB || Emails Received per Minute: 20 || Undelivered Mail Retry Time: 11 Hrs.

It should be noted that all SiteGround shared hosting plans have 24/7 client support, free CloudFlare CDN, free Let’s Encrypt SSL, free daily backups and restore.

PHP Users

SiteGround offers multiple PHP versions at a cheap cost of $1. Their unique server setup that allows each customer to choose among multiple versions of PHP to use for their account. This allows customers to use multiple applications on a single account, even if they require different PHP versions. Multiple gallery and PHP libraries, PHP encoders are supported e.g. GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.

Cloudways is a whole ball game on its own in PHP services, seeing as its one of its primary purposes. It supports all forms of PHP and provides all the necessary features needed to develop PHP apps. They have PHP-7 ready servers and allow the containerized deployment of PHP and PHP CMS apps.

WordPress Hosting.

Both web hosts support WordPress hosting. Honestly, who doesn’t?  SiteGround helps you install WordPress, and automatically updates it, together with all its plugins regularly. You can get WordPress on Cloudways console, through the DigitalOcean WordPress one-click installer.

Cloud/VPS Hosting

Apart from PHP, cloud/VPS hosting is another of Cloudways’ areas of expertise. Affordable, pay-as-you-go pricing: the pricing is also cheap barely above what SiteGround charges. Cloudways uses a post billing system. The money you pay in the first week of every month is for services you used in the month before. Talk about an unusual and appreciated money-back-guarantee policy.  You can pay via Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Below are the most popular Cloudways hosting plans:

DO1GB             DO2GB                 DO4GB

Disk Space               25GB          50GB                    80GB

Bandwidth.         1TB                      2TB                    4TB

Price                  $10 / mo  $22 / mo              $42 / mo

In the control panel on your console, you can check your resource usage and bill anytime. It also provides an estimate of how much you’ll need to pay on your next invoice.

This table compares Cloudways’ pricing to other popular cloud hosts.

Cloudways.  LiquidWeb    Hostwinds DigitalOcean Vultr

vCPU Cores                       2.                             2.                            2.                            2.            2

RAM.                                     4 GB.                     2 GB.                     4 GB.     4 GB.    4 GB

Storage                                    80 GB                         40GB.           75GB        80GB                  80GB

Bandwidth.                         1 TB                  10 TB                   2 TB                    4 GB       3 GB

Price.                         $42.00                      $59.00.           $18.99   $20.00   $20.00

Before server configuration on Cloudways, you will be asked to choose from 5(majorly) service cloud/web service providers on the Cloudways console. A cloud provider basically offers access to datacenters and cloud-based servers for hosting websites. Imagine your PlayStation, that’s Cloudways. These other providers are the games you play on it. We don’t think it’ll be as fun as “Last of Us” though.

Since Cloudways is a console-based platform that integrates other web service providers. We felt we should tell you about these other cloud providers since you will be paying them, if you use their services too.

  • Amazon Web Services, Google Compute Engine, Kyup, Linode.
  • HostWinds: Pretty much like Cloudways, but they accept bitcoins.
  • DigitalOcean:  in partnership with Cloudways for years now, they share a lot of similarities, although it is geared towards advanced developers more.  It’s also cheaper.
  • Vultr: offers root access, which Cloudways does not.

SiteGround has four cloud hosting plans with increasing price and sophistication: Entry, Business, Business Plus, and Super power. All of them provide 5 TB of monthly data transfer, and even the basic Entry plan is very powerful, as seen below:

  • The Entry plan comes with 24GB CPU Cores, 40GB RAM at $80.00 disk price.
  • The business plan comes with 36GB CPU Cores, 60GB RAM at $120.00 disk price.
  • The Business Plus plan comes with 48GB CPU Cores, 80GB RAM at $1600.00 disk price.
  • The Super Power plan comes with 810GB CPU Cores, 120GB RAM at $240.00 disk price.

Reseller Hosting

There is a complicated credit and discount reseller hosting system on SiteGround. Cloudways has an affiliate program that allows you to earn by partially replacing reseller. With either of their two warning structures: “Slab” or “Hybrid,” you can earn more than $5,000 a month. Cloudways will provide you with banners for your website, affiliate links, exclusive deals for promotion, and seasonal campaigns. They even help you learn about this program through resource guides and handlers.

As a tech or website design freelancer, blogger or design agent, you should make use of the affiliate program which comes in two structures:

THE “HYBRID” COMMISSION STRUCTURE

For 1- 5 customers, you earn an initial fee of $30 with a 7% recurring rate and you eat $164 month. This, of course, increases, as your customers increase:

6 –  20   $30         7%          $642

21 – 45  $30            7%       $1,445

46 – 80  $30            7%       $2,568

Dedicated Server Hosting

SiteGround can accommodate two types of website owners that demand high-end hosting: dedicated and custom-built server users. They have three plans for them: Entry, Power, Super Power and enterprise hosting (where you basically contact them and tell them all that you need). Entry, Power and Super Power all have 10TB of bandwidth per month and run on Xeon processors. Cloudways does not offer shared hosting but you can use DigitalOcean’s dedicated hosting plans from your console.

eCommerce Hosting

Cloudways supports e-commerce and Magento. SiteGroubd supports woo-commerce and other CMS.

Scalability

With Cloudways’ pay-as-you-go system, the sky is the starting point for small businesses with the potential to grow.

Hidden Fees

Cloudways may ask you to pay for every feature you point to, but at least they are transparent about this. SiteGround has no such virtue.

SiteGround’s Domain prices start from $15.95 but you can try their shared hosting plan for just a month. When you choose to sign up for a month, SiteGround will require you to pay a setup fee of $14.95. They also charge $30 for subsequent site migrations after the first.

Extra Features

Cloudways offers the following as extras:

  • Vertical scaling of servers.
  • Staging area for testing websites.
  • Support for Multiple PHP versions.
  • Free Cloud CDN and HTTPS support.
  • Git integration for instant deployment.
  • One-click stop for applications and servers.
  • Folder-like structure for managing multiple projects.
  • It allows you to start, share and work on projects with individuals and teams.
  • Limited applications supported: Cloudways dream come true if you’re hosting a common CMS (like a WordPress site), but if you’re creating a custom app in Python, JavaScript, Ruby, etc., you won’t enjoy Cloudways at all.

SitGround offers:

  • Free Cloudflare CDN.
  • Free FTP, and SFTP.
  • Unlimited sub and packed domains.
  • Av free WordPress Migration Plugin.
  • SiteGround has the Weebly Site builder.
  • SiteGround has HTTP2 /enabled servers.
  • SiteGround is optimized for WordPress and Joomla.
  • Unlimited number of MySQL & PostgreSQL databases.
  • Transfer of site to other SiteGround clients.
  • White-Label hosting and client management for higher plans.

SiteGround supports Mod_perl, Plexum, HTMLDoc, PDFLib, MS SQL or ColdFusion.

SiteGround’s 99.9% uptime guarantee compensates users with one free month of hosting if annual uptime drops from 99.9%. But you won’t need it.

It offers free and easy installation of a shopping cart of your choice, such as Magento, osCommerce, PrestaShop and more.

On your account, you can also use multiple galleries and PHP libraries, PHP encoders and other technologies like GD library, ImageMagick, CURL, Zlib, Zend Optimizer, ionCube, SourceGuardian, Mod_rewrite, .htaccess, Smarty Templates, php.ini.

Many more technologies supported.

They sponsor and send employees to hosting events like Word Camp.

Cloudways offer:

  • A 30-day free trial is available.
  • Host unlimited sites.
  • Automatic site backups.
  • Pay-as-you-go pricing system.
  • WordPress is easy to get started with.
  • You get a 10-in1 deal with the various other cloud hosting providers in Cloudways’ console.
  • You can pay via Paypal, MasterCard, Visa, and American Express.

Recap:

Monthly Price:

Cloudways starts from $10.00 per month, SiteGround starts from $3.95 per month.

Unlimited Data Transfer:

Cloudways: No (From 1TB). SiteGround: Yes.

Unlimited Data Storage:

Cloudways: No (From 20GB). SiteGround: No (10GB – 30GB).

Unlimited Emails:

Cloudways: No. SiteGround: Yes.

Host Multiple Domains:

Cloudways: Yes. SiteGround: Yes (Except on StartUp plan).

Hosting Controlpanel / Interface:

Cloudways: Interface. SiteGround: cPanel.

Server Uptime Guarantee:

Cloudways: 99.994%. SiteGround: 99.995%

Money-Back Guarantee:

Cloudways: 3 Days Free Trial. SiteGround: 30 Days.

Dedicated Hosting Available:

Cloudways: No (only Cloud available). SiteGround: Yes.

SiteGround vs. Cloudways: Our Pick

This obviously seems like an unfair fight.  With SiteGround being an all-rounder and Cloudways burying its head in the VPS cloud, it may be hard to find a clear winner. Not to mention, both of them aggressively compete in every category. Cloudways has superior speed, SiteGround edges out in Uptime. Cloudways has better VPS, but SiteGround has a host of other plans. Cloudways has multilayered security, Cloudways has the ultimate backup and restore feature. While SiteGround is more expensive in the VPS hosting category that both web hosts share, customers have the chance of going for cheaper plans like those of shared hosting.

SiteGround’s customer support and reliability, as well as their ease of use for beginners, end up winning them this contest. We can only hope that their support keeps it up. SiteGround vs. Cloudways? The ground remains more solid.

Liquid Web vs. SiteGround

We’ll be looking at SiteGround vs. Liquid Web today. If you’ve ever wondered which of the two hosts is the best for you, well you’re at the right place.

SiteGround and Liquid Web will be going head to head, and we’ll be finding out which hosting company offers the best deal and why.

How will we be doing this? Easy. We bought hosting plans on both platforms and did a tonne of research, so we’ll be comparing them on the basis of our performance tests, customer support test and a whole lot of other important metrics.

But first, an overview.

Liquid Web vs. SiteGround Overview

SiteGround was founded in Sophia, Bulgaria in 2004. The company is pretty big as well, employing over 500 people and hosting over two million domains worldwide. Unlike many other hosting companies, SiteGround is a privately owned company.

Liquid Web is not as big as SiteGround as the company only has about 32,000 customers. Founded in 1997, Liquid Web deals with managed hosting solutions, while SiteGround basically sells all sorts of hosting – from shared hosting to dedicated server hosting.

What this also means that Liquid Web’s plans are significantly more expensive than SiteGround’s shared hosting plans – and this is saying a lot because SiteGround plans are one of the most expensive shared hosting options on the market.

With over two million domains, SiteGround is certainly the most popular host of the two. However, that means ridiculously little in terms of performance and quality. The most popular hosts have, sometimes, put in shocking performances.

What You Should Know when comparing Liquid Web and SiteGround

SiteGround and Liquid Web aren’t very similar when it comes to the services that they provide. For example, SiteGround is well known for its Shared Hosting which, even if quite expensive, is popular because it comes with top performance. Even when compared with other tops hosts like Bluehost, SiteGround manages to stand its ground. This is clearly seen in our SiteGround vs. Bluehost comparison.

On the other hand, FlyWheel does not even offer that kind of service. The most affordable FLyWheel plan Tiny starts at $13.00 per month and it’s a Managed WordPress Hosting Plan.

As such, we’ll be comparing only the basic plans that SiteGround and Liquid Web have in common, which is the managed WordPress hosting tier plans and Cloud hosting plans. Our performance tests were done on managed WordPress hosting plans, and our opinion on the speed and uptime of SiteGround and Liquid Web is only valid in the context of managed WordPress hosting.

Performance Comparison

We’ll be checking outperformance using our speed and uptime tests.

Uptime

To test uptime on the two hosts, we did the only logical thing. We bought plans on SiteGround and Liquid Web, and then used Pingdom to test uptime for a four-month period. Here are the results we got over those four months.

Month.SiteGroundLiquid Web
October.99.99%100%
November.100%.100%
December.100%.100%
January.99.99%.100%

Over our testing period, Liquid Web recorded amazing uptime with a perfect 100% score. That’s impressive to say the least. SiteGround was also impressive with a 99.99% uptime, but Liquid Web is the host with the clearly better uptime here.

Uptime Guarantee

Uptime can be fickle, and many hosts are usually one faulty server away from offering hours and hours of downtime. If this happens (as it often does), what guarantees do you have?

SiteGround has a 99.9% uptime guarantee. That means that for every percent of uptime below 99.9%, users will be entitled to a month of free hosting.

Liquid Web has a much better uptime guarantee at 100%. This means that for every hour of downtime experienced by users (as recorded by Liquid Web’s service logs), users are entitled to credit for 10 times (1,000%) the actual amount of downtime. So that means if your site is down for 1 hour, you receive credit of up to ten hours.

There are limitations to these uptime guarantees though. One of such limitations is that downtime from scheduled maintenances (this includes software and hardware maintenance) are not to be compensated. In addition to this, downtime from malicious attacks is not liable to be compensated as well. While SiteGround and Liquid Web will do all they can to stop the attack and restore your site, they cannot guarantee that you won’t experience a period of downtime during the process.

Speed

Before we go to our speed tests, we’ll take a look at factors that affect speed like CDN and spread of data centers. Hopefully, that should put our eventual speed results in context.

CDN

Content Delivery Networks are a connection of proxy servers all over the world that keep a cached version of your site. This makes it easier for your site to load quicker and have better response times, and as such, they make your site faster. Not all hosting plans come with free CDN.

All SiteGround’s plans come with Cloudflare CDN. You can easily activate it from your cPanel, and it is free. Liquid Web also runs a similar system. They offer free Cloudflare CDN that can easily be activated from the control panel.

However, for Liquid Web, there are other paid options like the Akamai CDN that can be used for bandwidth and storage.

Data Centers

Faster hosts are the ones with widespread data centers, as that makes it easier for content to get around quicker – according to conventional knowledge, that is.

Liquid Web has three main data centers which are on both the east and west coast of the United States and in central Europe.

(graphic showing data centers in Amsterdam, Phoenix Arizona, and Lansing Michigan).

SiteGround, on the other hand, has a better spread, with six data centers located on three continents.

(Show SiteGround data centers in Iowa, Chicago, London, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Eenshaven)

Speed Test

To run our speed test, we made an average of recorded speed from random locations around the globe. Here’s a look at our results:

LocationSiteGroundLiquid Web
New York.39ms6ms
Sydney341ms592ms
Los Angeles291ms75ms
London158ms271ms
Singapore198ms331ms
Amsterdam138ms191ms
Vancouver239ms107ms
Chicago98ms65ms
Virginia121ms289ms.
Bangladesh.323ms.489ms
Mumbai.500ms401ms

On average, SiteGround managed the quickest response time which was 252ms. Seeing that most of the hosting providers that we’ve reviewed only managed about a 500ms average uptime, SiteGround’s speed is really impressive. Liquid Web did quite good as well, scoring an average of 261ms – which is also really fast.

SiteGround’s page load speed was quite impressive as well, with an average page load speed of 600ms. Liquid Web’s average page load speed was also around the same range.

Load Impact Test

We also tried to check what would happen if there was a traffic surge, so we sent virtual users (up to a hundred) to our site to see how well they could handle traffic surges.

The test clearly shows us that both hosts are able to maintain stable speed at high traffic, but Liquid Web is certainly the more reliable host.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web for Ease Of Use

The best hosts make the job of hosting a website easier for users. Things like the sign-up process, free site transfers, and the user interface need to be looked at if you want to know just how easy to use your prospective hosting plan would be.

Sign-Up process

SiteGround has a very easy sign-up process. In fact, we only needed to click through a page of forms before getting to the checkout, where we paid and got access to our account. We’ve not reviewed many hosts with a better and easier sign-up process.

The sign-up process for Liquid Web was not as easy as with SiteGround, but it wasn’t terrible as we only had to click through about three pages of forms before checking out. While we signed up for the GrowBig plan with SiteGround, we had to sign up for the managed WordPress hosting Spark plan of Liquid Web (it costs about $19 for a site).

Free Site Migration

We believe that all hosting plans should come with at least one free site migration. Some hosts agree, and some do not. Let’s see what SiteGround and Liquid Web think.

Liquid Web has an amazing free site migration policy. They offer free migration of multiple sites on all plans.

SiteGround also offers a free migration service, however, it is only valid for one site and is only available on GrowBig plans or higher.

Interface

We’ve used a lot of interfaces from the highly customized version of cPanel that Bluehost offers, to the peculiar (for lack of a better word) custom panel of DreamHost, and we can say that interfaces based on cPanel are the best. If you’d bloke to know how well Bluehost’s interface compares to the interface of other hosts, you can check out our Bluehost vs. DreamHost comparison.

Liquid Web makes use of different control panels and your control panel depends on the sort of plan you’re on. The Managed WordPress hosting plan (the plan that we bought) came with a custom control panel. Other plans though, like the cloud hosting and dedicated hosting plans, come with a choice of using either Plesk or cPanel/WHM.

The custom control panel that we used on our Spark plan was actually pretty decent, and we can only compare it to the custom panel of Flywheel in terms of functionality. It was really that good.

SiteGround makes use of a very functional and easy to use version of cPanel. We had no problems using our site with their interface as it was a very smooth experience.

Free Domains

Most hosts provide free domains with all plans. However, hosting companies who do that also double as domain registration companies. SiteGround is not a domain registration company, neither is Liquid Web, so neither of them offer free domains when you sign up. If you want to buy a domain, you can buy it during checkout, but it is certainly not free.

Website Builder

Like we’ve explained earlier, Liquid Web doesn’t offer the regular hosting service so they don’t have a site builder – nor do they need one.

SiteGround, on the other hand, offers a free Weebly site builder is great if you plan on creating less than six pages. If you want to create more, you’ll have to subscribe to the Weebly Pro plan.

We’ve used the Weebly site builder, and as site builders go, it is up there with the very best.

Staging Environments

For people new to hosting, staging environments can be the difference between hours of needless downtime and smooth operation. Staging environments allow you to test changes you might want to make on your live site on a dummy site. That way, you have no need to make needless experiments on your website.

This is one issue that not a lot of hosting companies agree on. Some companies offer staging environments “en suite” with all plans, while some offer it on only top plans. Let’s see what SiteGround and Liquid Web think about staging environments.

Liquid Web allows you to create a staging environment on your managed WordPress plan quite easily (we know because we created one ourselves and it was an easy 4-5 steps process). You simply click on the Manage Site option, then click on staging and then click copy live site to staging. Once that’s done, all you need to do is to click the staging domain link to open the staging site. Importantly, this can be done on all of Liquid Web plans.

As easy as can be, right?

SiteGround isn’t quite as malleable as Liquid Web (which makes sense because Liquid Web has liquid in its name and SiteGround has ground so…), so they don’t offer staging sites on all plans. In fact, only the GoGeek plan, which is the top tier plan that costs about $14, comes with staging sites.

On the GoGeek plan (which we suppose is not exclusively for geeks, even though the name states otherwise?), you can easily create a staging site by clicking on the staging icon that is under the Software and Service option. After that, you just need to click on the create staging copy icon to create your staging site.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Customer Support

To test support quality, we decided to contact the customer support staff multiple times over our testing period to ask questions.

To measure quality, we looked at wait time (time that elapsed between when we initiated contact and when we got a representative to talk to us) and quality of support (how helpful the information or help that was finally rendered proved to be).

Customer Support Channel

Liquid Web and SiteGround have identical customer support channels with phone support, live chat support and email/ticketing support available 24/7.

Customer Service Test

Liquid Web says that they have the ‘most helpful humans in hosting’. And we were eager to check that out. To a great extent, they aren’t wrong.

When we tried to connect to a live representative through their live chat platform, we experienced less than a minute of wait time on all occasions. That’s amazing because most hosts that we’ve reviewed (Especially Bluehost and HostGator) always manage to make us wait an average of five minutes before allowing us to connect to a live chat representative.

Connecting to a live representative from SiteGround was easy – we never had cause to wait for more than one minute before a live rep spoke to us. Impressively, sometimes we never even had to wait at all.

Additionally, there’s something so human-like about SiteGround’s live chat platform. When we connected to a live rep, there was always a tab that showed his/her name, hobbies, picture and a short bio. It made us connect more.

Aside from the aesthetics of the live chat, the live representative that we spoke to were friendly, knowledgeable and super helpful, although we didn’t really need their help.

Phone Support and Email/Ticketing Support

Phone support was more of the same. Wait time was very short, about a minute or thereabouts and the quality of support rendered was top notch. Importantly, we were never put on hold or advised to go read an article – these are things that one often encounters when one contacts the customer support of a lot of hosting.

Our tickets/Emails were replied quickly (most times under ten hours) and the replies were usually comprehensive solutions to our problems.

Knowledgebase

The knowledgebases of SiteGround and Liquid Web are stock full of helpful articles and tutorials that can help you solve the most basic problems that you encounter.

In terms of quality, we found nothing to differentiate one host from the other. Both SiteGround and Liquid Web had very high-quality articles and tutorials.

Money-back Guarantee

Many hosting companies have the annoying habit of locking new users in with rock bottom prices that only span two or three years. After this period, they immediately jack up the prices, leaving customers in uncomfortable situations.

That’s why it is important to choose a host with an agreeable money-back guarantee period so that you aren’t locked into a long and useless contract.

SiteGround has a standard thirty days money-back guarantee for shared hosting plans, while they have a shorter fifteen-day money-back guarantee for cloud hosting plans.

Customers must note that this money-back guarantee is only applicable to the hosting fees paid. Other add-ons gotten at checkout are non-refundable.

Liquid Web, on the other hand, offers absolutely no refunds. And, in a weird convoluted way, this makes sense. This is because Liquid Web allows you to pay on a month by month or year by year basis, without drawing you in with extremely low prices that get jacked up after two years or three.

Security Comparison

The internet is a scary place and you deserve a host that takes things like backups, SSL certificates and site security seriously.

SSL certificate

Companies like Let’s Encrypt have made it easier for sites to get free SSL certificates, however not all hosts offer them.

SiteGround and Liquid Web are two of the many hosts who offer a free SSL certificate on all plans. All of their plans come pre-installed with SSL certificates from Let’s Encrypt.

Backup Policy

If you’re putting a website up, you’re putting a lot of things at risk. That’s why it’s important that you back up your most important files because even the most secure systems can be hacked. If or when that happens, you need to be sure that your site is safe and can be restored at a moment’s notice.

Now, since Liquid Web is a managed hosting solutions provider, we were not very surprised to find out that the host offers free daily backups on all hosting plans.

SiteGround also offers backups on hosting plans. The host keeps backups of customers for up to thirty days. Backups of Shared and Cloud hosting plans are kept for a period of up to thirty and seven days accordingly. If you have the SiteGround backup service enabled on your account, you can easily restore backups yourself from cPanel at no extra charge.

Site Security

Liquid Web offers both paid and free security options. The Web protection provides malware and remediation service. It costs about $20 per month. In addition to this, Liquid Web has a Cloudflare Web Application Firewall that is managed by Cloudflare and helps you stay one step ahead of attacks from malware by updating new security rules automatically.

Asides that, Liquid Web has strong DDoS protection that monitors your site in real-time and shields you from disruption of service attacks.

SiteGround also had a robust security system. The host offers a proprietary security app called the SG scanner. The SG scanner is powered by Sucuri and is a malware detection application and early warning system that prevents attacks on your website.

The SG scanner also checks authoritative blacklist sites to check if your site has been blacklisted. If it has been, it automatically notifies you by mail. However, we would only advise that you activate the SG scanner on GrowBig plans or higher. The SG scanner costs $19.80 per year ($1.65 monthly).

When it comes to firewalls, SiteGround has that covered with ModSecurity which is an open-source web application firewall. Additionally, SiteGround makes sure that security rules are updated every week. This protects users from common malware and attacks.

Liquid WebSiteGround
Free SSLYesYes
Domain privacyNo$12.00/year
BackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
DDoS protectionYesYes
Anti-spam E-mailYesYes
Anti-malwareYesSG Site scanner($19.80/m)
Vulnerabilities scannerYesSG Site scanner($19.80/m)
SSH accessNoYes
Starting from$19.00$3.95

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Plans and Pricing

No matter how good a service provider is, it must be at the right price for it to be a viable offer. We’ll compare the quality and price of the Managed WordPress hosting plans of SiteGround and Liquid Web to see exactly which host offers the best deal.

WordPress hosting

SiteGround has three WordPress hosting plans which are the StartUp, GrowBig, and GoGeek plans. Liquid Web has double that number, with six plans. The plans are the Spark (the plan that we bought for this comparison), Marker, and Builder packages.

Basic Plan comparison

SiteGround’s StartUp plan is the basic plan which comes with a single website, 10 GB of space, ten thousand monthly visits, unmetered traffic, free daily backups, and free emails. The StartUp plan costs about $3.95 per month ($11.95 for renewal).

Liquid Web’s comparable plan is the Spark plan. The plan comes with a single site, 15 GB of storage, 2 terabytes of bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts. It costs just about $19 per month – a huge difference from the StartUp plan by SiteGround.

The main thing to look at in hosting plans is the number of websites allowed, and in this criteria, the StartUp and Spark plan are quite similar. Asides this, the plans have a difference of just 5GB in disk space. So, in theory, this Spark plan should and the StartUp plans should cost about the same thing – unfortunately, they don’t.

The Spark plan is way more expensive and we simply cannot see a reason for that. SiteGround’s StartUp plan is way cheaper and has comparable specs – so, to us, SiteGround offers the better deal.

Flywheel TinyLiquid Web Spark
Websites11
SSD Storage5GB15GB
Monthly Visitors5.0002TB Bandwidth
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedNoNo
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$13.00$19.00

Medium Plan Comparison

Here, the GrowBig plan of SiteGround will be going against the Marker plan of Liquid Web.

The GrowBig plan costs only about $5.95 per month (renewal after a two year period costs $19.95). The plan comes with unlimited websites, 20GB of webspace, and capacity for 100,000 visitors per month. This is in addition to all the basic features of the StartUp plan.

The Marker plan is quite expensive, at $79 per month. To put that in context, SiteGround’s most expensive plan (the GoGeek plan) isn’t as expensive as the Marker plan. The Marker plan has really impressive specs as it comes with up to five sites, 40GB of storage, 3 TB of bandwidth, and unlimited email accounts.

It is easy to think that because the GrowBig plan has unlimited sites, it is better than the Marker. However, that’s not true. With only 20GB of webspace, the GrowBig plan may not be able to even host 5 huge sites successfully.

The Marker plan, on the other hand, comes with double that storage and that’s something to consider when weighing the value of both packages.

We certainly think the Marker plan from Liquid Web has better specs than the GrowBig plan, but we absolutely do not think that it is worth $79 per month. For this reason, the GrowBig plan wins this comparison.

Flywheel StarterLiquid Web Maker
Websites1Up to 5
SSD Storage10GB40GB
Monthly Visitors25.0003TB Bandwidth
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedNoNo
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$25.00$79.00

Top Tier plan comparison

The top tier plans are the GoGeek plan of SiteGround – which costs $11.95 per month (renewal costs $34.95) and the Builder plan of Liquid Web.

The GoGeek plan comes with unlimited sites, 30GB of storage, capacity for a hundred thousand visits per month, and premium WordPress features like free WP transfer, WordPress SuperCacher, advanced and on-demand backups, and 1-click WordPress staging.

At $11.95 per month, this is a pretty decent service.

The Builder plan costs $149 per month and comes with 25 sites, a hundred GB of storage, five terabytes of bandwidth, and unlimited emails.

Flywheel FreelancerLiquid Web Builder
WebsitesUp to 10Up to 25
SSD Storage20GB100GB
Monthly Visitors100.0005TB Bandwidth
SSL CertificateYesYes
Domain includedNoNo
Anti SpamYesYes
Domain PrivacyNoNo
SitebackupDaily(Auto)Daily(Auto)
Dedicated IPNoNo
Starting from$96.00$149.00

On the whole, one thing is clear; Liquid Web and SiteGround have different customers in mind in terms of managed WordPress hosting. In terms of quality, both deals are actually really great. The GoGeek plan is great for customers who have multiple small sites that they control, while the Builder plan is great for customers or developers with much more sites who would like a premium managed hosting experience.

However, we simply can’t see why the Builder plan, at $149, wouldn’t at least come with unlimited diskspace or websites. The GoGeek plan is cheaper, and in our opinion, worth what its asking.

Cloud hosting plan comparison

The managed WordPress hosting plan was a bit skewed because SiteGround plans were way cheaper than Liquid Web and as such packed way lower performance.

So to offset that, we’ll be comparing the Cloud hosting plans of both hosts as they have way more comparable plans.

Liquid Web has four cloud VPS hosting plans and they are the 2GB, 4GB, 6GB and 8GB plans. SiteGround also has only four cloud hosting plans and they are the Entry, Business, Business Plus and Super Power plans.

The plans have some disparity in terms of price, but they pack roughly the same quality so they ought to give us a rough idea of the quality of deals on offer by both hosts.

Entry Plan vs. 2GB plan

The entry plan of SiteGround comes with 2 CPU cores, 40GB of SSD space, 5 Terabytes of Data Transfer, 4GB of memory and costs $80 per month.

The 2GB plan of Liquid Web comes with 2 virtual CPUs, 40 GB of SSD space, and 10 Terabytes of Data Transfer. It comes with free 100GB of backups. At $29 per month, this is an amazing deal and is the cheaper option – even with virtual CPUs.

SiteGround Entry PlanFlywheel 2GB Plan
CPU22
RAM4GB2GB
SSD40GB40GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$80.00/m$29.00/m

Business plan vs. 4 GB Ram plan

The 4GB ram plan of Liquid Web comes with 4 virtual CPUs, a 100GB of SSD disk space, 10 Terabytes of bandwidth, and a hundred gigabytes of backup. The plan costs $49 per month.

The Business plan of SiteGround comes with 3 CPU cores, 6 GB memory, 60 GB SSD webspace, and 5 Terabytes of data transfer. The plan costs $120 per month.

SiteGround Business Plan Flywheel 4GB Plan
CPU34
RAM6GB4GB
SSD60GB100GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$120.00/m$49.00/m

Business Plus plan vs. 6 GB plan

The Business plan of SiteGround comes with 4 CPU cores, 8 GB of memory, 80GB of SSD storage, and 5 terabytes of data transfer. The plan costs $160 per month.

The 6 GB plan of Liquid Web comes with 8 virtual CPU, comes with 150 GB of SSD storage, and ten terabytes of bandwidth. It also comes with 100 GB of backups. The plan costs $69 per month.

It’s really telling that Liquid Web’s plan comes with 70GB more storage than a plan that costs double.

SiteGround Business Plus PlanFlywheel 6GB Plan
CPU48
RAM8GB6GB
SSD80GB150GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$160.00/m$69.00/m

16 GB plan vs. Super Power plan

The Super Power plan of SiteGround comes with 8 CPU cores, 10GB of memory, 5 terabytes of data transfer, and 120 GB of SSD storage. The plan costs a whopping $240 per month. For only 120 GB of storage, this might be a tad bit high and not very reflective of the value of the plan.

The 16 GB plan of Liquid Web comes with 8 virtual CPUs, 200 GB of SSD storage and ten terabytes of bandwidth. The plan also comes with a 100GB of backup and costs only about $129 per month.

It’s obvious that Liquid Web’s 16 GB plan has more value for money than the Super Power plan.

Pricing Winner – Draw: This was a difficult section, as in most cases Liquid Web and SiteGround offer radically different plans, values and prices. However, in terms of quality and price, neither host goes extremely above board.

SiteGround Super Power PlanFlywheel 16GB Plan
CPU88
RAM10GB16GB
SSD120GB200GB
Bandwidth5TB10TB
Starting From$240.00/m$129.00/m

While there are a few plans (like the Super Power plan from SiteGround and the Builder plan from Liquid Web) that we think are way too expensive, on a whole, SiteGround and Liquid Web offer reasonable prices.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Major Differences

  • The first major difference between both hosts is that they offer very different services. SiteGround offers a wider range of services, while Liquid Web only offers managed hosting plans that are made for big businesses, not small businesses and/or individuals.
  • Another major difference is that SiteGround offers standard money-back guarantees while Liquid Web does not
  • Liquid Web has better security Infrastructure than SiteGround
  • Liquid Web offers hosting on Linux and Windows while SiteGround only offers Linux based hosting.

SiteGround vs. Liquid Web: Our Pick

HostGator vs. 1&1 IONOS

HostGator vs 1and1 has got to be, in recent times, one of the most like for like matchups we’ve seen. It’s like comparing the giant of two continents. HostGator is one of the biggest names in Web-hosting in America, and 1and1 is the largest one in Europe, with over 20 million domains under its control. On the other hand, HostGator has over 10 million domains under its control. So maybe they aren’t that similar.

Or are they? Both are owned by some of the biggest internet conglomerates on the planet. HostGator is owned by EIG, a company that owns almost half of the Web-hosts that we’ve reviewed, and 1and1 is owned by United Internet, a company that has been around since 1988. The company also owns Mail.com, which is probably the biggest mail service on the internet. But does all these have a bearing on the actual performance of 1and1 or HostGator? Let’s find out.

1and1 vs. HostGator Overview

HostGator, as one of the most powerful host (in the US, anyway), offers a lot of web hosting services. These services include VPS, shared, dedicated and WordPress hosting. It also comes with its own proprietary website builder called Gator by HostGator (A bit obvious, but also a stroke of genius, we think).

With a longer than normal money-back guarantee, decent security and superb uptime, HostGator is pretty reliable. This is probably why, despite being acquired by EIG, a company notorious for making Web-hosts a shadow of themselves, HostGator is still popular amongst small business owners and bloggers. 

Like HostGator, 1and1 provides services from the ground up. Be it advanced level hosting services or shared hosting plans for beginners, it is unlikely that any group of webmasters would not find a viable plan with 1and1. Recently, in 2018 (whether or not 2018 is recent is relative), we got the news that 1and1 expanded by buying Profitbricks which was an enterprise cloud solution. If anything, we expected this expansion to mean even more stellar performance stats from 1and1. Will we be disappointed? Let’s find out. 

Popularity

This is usually the more irrelevant aspect of the hosting and we literally just write about it to state the obvious. However, we won’t be stating the obvious for this section, because the answer to this question is probably not really obvious – especially if you’re reading from America. Hostgator is a supremely popular Web-host… in America, and perhaps, Provo, Utah. 1and1 is much more popular everywhere else. And that is that about that. 

Performance Comparison

One of the most important things to consider when choosing a host for your website is performance. How reliable are the services you’ll be paying for? How quick? Since the primary job description of a hosting provider is to keep your website online and accessible, you should be able to measure how well these services are rendered. Obviously, the best service is the one that handles these tasks better than others. Let’s see how well both perform on uptime and page load speed. 

Speed

What difference can a few milliseconds make? A LOT, according to google. Faster websites generally rank high on search engine inquiries, and that means a higher conversion rate for businesses and higher traffic for blogs. So speed does matter. 

To test the speed of HostGator, we did what we do best – we bought a basic plan (sorry if it sounds like we’re being a tad cheap), built a dummy website, filled it with basic content and tested response time. On average, HostGator had a response time of 765ms, which was quite high for us, especially as we’ve seen response times consistently lower than 500ms.

In short, if speed is your thing, as it should be, HostGator isn’t the greatest choice for you. The page load speed was even lower, around 1280ms. However, if you’re determined to use HostGator, you can make use of their cloud hosting option which is two times faster and has four times the resources of their shared hosting plan – according to HostGator, at least. 

So, compared to HostGator, how fast is 1and1? Well, we set up a website and tested the response time, and we measured an amazing average of 276ms. This isn’t only higher than HostGator’s response time by far, it is also significantly higher than the industry average.

If speed is something that you’re particular about, then 1and1 should be at least near the top of your list of prospective choices. Full-page load speed wasn’t up to a second either, with most of our page requests loading around 800ms. We think it’s unlikely that users would have a problem with the speed that 1&1 provides. 

VERDICT; 1&1 most certainly blows HostGator out of the water in terms of speed. It’s almost like comparing a Hyundai to a Ferrari. 

Uptime

Page load speed can only be measured if there is a page to load – there can only be a journey if there is a destination to reach. So it is important to know how reliable a prospective Web-host is in accomplishing the most basic of tasks – keeping the website accessible.

Of course, no provider can claim to have your website online 100% of the time. There are too many variables that interfere with this, however, any hosting service can be judged on how close to 100% their service really is. It would be needless, at this point, to start explaining how vital it is to businesses and blogs that their website is constantly reachable. 

Since we already have a HostGator plan (specifically bought to be tested for this review), we went to work. Over our testing period, which was a little over two months (not long enough to get an accurate picture, but just the exact length to get a preliminary idea of what to expect), HostGator had an impressive uptime of 99.99%.

Like we earlier said, it is almost impossible for any provider to promise 100% uptime, and the closest is usually 99.99%. So HostGator has most definitely hit the mark squarely here, and we don’t think that it gets much better than this.

When analyzing uptime, we don’t like to look at the data of the results alone. We also like to know whether the provider in question has an uptime guarantee or a compensation policy for customers when they experience uptime below a certain point. We were impressed to discover that HostGator has a 99.9% uptime, which means that if uptime gets worse than 99.9%, users are entitled to a free month of credit. So not only do you get great uptime, but HostGator also provides a safety net in case uptime gets terrible. 

Using the same methods we made use of when testing HostGator, we arrived at a slightly less impressive uptime of 99.98% for 1and1. So basically, 1and1 has amazing speed, and very nearly almost perfect uptime. So in terms of performance, we have to say that it is very near impossible to have a problem with them.

We are so used to seeing hosting providers sacrifice speed for uptime or vice versa that it is a genuine sight to see them deliver on both counts, exceptionally. (Well, just almost exceptionally). 1and1 even does better than HostGator on account of an uptime guarantee, with a guarantee of 99.99%. 

VERDICT; We recorded a 99.99% uptime for HostGator, and they have a 99.9% uptime guarantee while we recorded a 99.98% uptime for 1&1 and they have a 99.99% uptime guarantee. So, on one hand, HostGator has better uptime than 1&1 and on the other hand, 1&1 has a better uptime guarantee. So which do we go for? We’d rather have great uptime than the best uptime guarantee there is, so HostGator takes this one for us. But it’s a close margin, though. 

Ease of Use

We’ve met a lot of webmasters and website owners. We’ve never met one who told us that they “enjoyed the challenge” of handling a difficult user interface or backend. So we can say, on some authority, that no one likes the stress of navigating a difficult interface or handling a backend with unnecessary complexities. In fact, in all cases, it is the easier the better. Asides that, some hosting providers are more helpful than others. 

HostGator Beginner Friendliness

HostGator makes use of cPanel, the standard industry interface, for all its plans. However, HostGator’s version is heavily customized to make it easier for beginners to use. We noticed that Hostgator’s customized version of cPanel is far easier to use than many other brands of cPanel that we’ve seen.

Upon logging in, the user is presented with most of the options they’d need to run their website. There’s also a clear path to the knowledge base on the first page of the panel. There’s a search panel for users to pull up tutorials or articles that would help answer difficult questions. Failing that, there’s a support tab that lets them contact support directly. 

HostGator also has a “wizard-like” feature that allows you to make a request and then recommends a package that users can add to their plan to accomplish their goal.

Gator by HostGator

There’s also a website builder, developed by HostGator itself, appropriately called “Gator by HostGator”. It’s a free website builder that comes with all of HostGator’s plans and comes with drag and drop functionality so that even beginners can get their websites up and running in no time. The builder comes with a full image library, so if you want full customization, you’re covered.

HostGator Professional Email

Hostgator also has an email marketing feature that is free to use for the first three months. The feature also has tools for people interested in building their email list. Like most other Web-hosts, HostGator has one-click installations of a lot of applications, so users don’t need to fret over installing their favorite apps.

HostGator Marketing Freebies

Hostgator also has freebies for new users like a gift $100 advertising credit (however, this only becomes yours when you spend $25 on actual advertising). Additionally, all of HostGator’s plans come equipped with a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. It might not be much, seeing as Let’s Encrypt provides these certificates for free, but there are some Web-hosts who don’t make it available so this should be applauded, to a certain extent.

Website Transfer to HostGator

Hostgator also solves one of the most frustrating questions that users can have, which is the question of site transfers, easily. Users can migrate their site, absolutely free of charge, with less than minimum downtime. However, if you want to get this done, you have the first thirty days to get in touch and have it done. A single site transfer might not be the greatest thing in the world but when you consider that it isn’t a service that a lot of Web-hosts offer, it actually begins to sound nice. Users also get Google analytics straight out of the gate and can start work without having to set it up. That helps them track the progress of their work easily. 

We ran into very few problems (none at all, in fact) while using HostGator. It was an easy experience for us and not one that we think a lot of Web-hosts can beat. But can 1&1 surprise us? Why not let’s find out. 

1and1 Beginner Friendliness

First off, 1and1 does not make use of a cPanel. This means that they have their own dashboard customized entirely to their specifications. 

We found it rather difficult to carry out the easiest tasks and had to Google or speak to a customer rep to figure out the basic controls of the dashboard. It wasn’t an experience that we enjoyed very much and we don’t think people would feel very encouraged to switch from a control panel that they understand to one that they cannot quite wrap their heads around.

1and1 Scalability

1and1 offers easily scalable performance, though. This means that whenever your server is under a lot of stress, its easy for your server performance to be increased with just a few clicks. 1and1 also makes use of HTTP/2 protocol, the so-called “future protocol”. This protocol optimizes the web and allows for quicker load times (No wonder 1and1 is so fast), and makes it easier for pages to be displayed.

In any case, only about 20-25% of the websites on the internet offer HTTP/2 but the number is increasing every day. 1and1 also offers some freebies like free SSL certificates with shared hosting plans and a free domain name too (for the first term, at least).

1and1 Marketing Freebies

In order to get the word about your website out there quicker, 1and1 has a Google Ads management lesson that helps you with writing ads, location-specific targeting, and keyword research. This ensures that your ads never get stale or old. There’s also a rankingCoach tool that gives your website full coverage on SEO through videos and tutorials. In no time, if you make judicious use of these features, your business should be on the first page of a search engine inquiry. 

1and1 Website Builder

For users looking to build their first website, they can look into MyWebsite Builder, a turnkey that gives you access to the tools needed to build a proper website. The builder comes with a lot of templates so you don’t have to build anything from scratch. All you need to do is to add your text, as simple as something that is extremely simple.

To customize your website further, there’s the award-winning Drag-and-Drop interface. You can also add widgets to further customize your website to your taste. It isn’t a free service, though, and it comes at $4.99 per month. As usual with Web-hosts, 1and1 also offers access to a lot of popular apps like Drupal and Joomla, and they can be installed in one click.

However, for users looking to set up a virtual market, 1and1 provides a website builder especially for that function called the… drumroll… Ecommerce website builder. The builder is very similar to the first Website builder that we spoke about earlier, the only difference is that it comes with features peculiar to E-commerce website building. 

1and1 for Small Businesses

1&1, to round it up, has something different for small businesses, startups in particular. It’s called a Startup guide that contains exactly what you would imagine that a startup guide would contain- articles on how to start a limited liability company, and how to create a work schedule using eXcel. 

Asides from the initial difficulty of navigating the user interface, 1and1 IONOS actually provides a lot of help for new users. But do they compare to HostGator?

VERDICT; For many webmasters, the lack of a cPanel can be a deal-breaker, and for all the features of 1&1 IONOS, we just couldn’t look past it. For us, HostGator takes this round, and easily too. 

Money-back Guarantee

What if, after purchasing a hosting plan, you feel like you’ve been terribly shortchanged. What happens then? Do you have to stay with the provider for the whole term that you’ve paid for?

Most Hosting companies have a period called a guarantee period. This is the period where you can check out the performance of your service and decide whether it is the right fit for what you want. If it is not you can cancel your plan and get your money back – as long as this is done within the grace period.

The industry standard is 30-days, but we’ve seen a lot of providers go beyond 30-days. We’ve even seen one go as far as 97-days. Amazing, right? HostGator goes above the standard too, promising a 45-day money-back guarantee. Of course, like with most services, this isn’t a cut and dried issue. Refunds don’t cover additional services like free domain names. If you’ve received any of such services, the price will be deducted from the total amount you paid. 

1and1 IONOS, on the other hand, is more comfortable towing the industry line, as they provide only a 30-day money-back guarantee. However, this guarantee is not applicable to their premium products and the same conditions as with HostGator apply. 

VERDICT; This as simple as any duel to decide. The service with the longer money-back guarantee period wins, and that provider was HostGator. 

Customer Support

One of the pillars of a good host is great customer support. Controlling a website, or numerous websites, is technical work and a day might come (most certainly will) when you’ll need the help of an expert. When that day comes, we can assure you that you would hate for your fate to be in the hands of half-trained support that can’t even be reached. Let’s see how well the customer support of 1and1 and HostGator perform in terms of customer support reliability. 

HostGator’s Support

HostGator has chat, phone and email channels open 24/7. That’s a good sign, but again, that’s what most of HostGator Alternatives have. So we tried to contact a live rep because that’s the channel that most people love using to solve their problems. We had varying degrees of wait time, ranging from 35 seconds to 35 minutes.

When we spoke to the customer reps that we connected with, we tried asking some difficult questions, and while they were generally friendly and courteous, almost half of them didn’t have the answers to the questions we asked on the spot and had to take up to ten minutes to confirm. We wouldn’t say that it was a fantastic experience and we wouldn’t say it was terrible either. We’ve seen much worse, and we’ve seen a lot better. 

1and1 Support

Like HostGator or BlueHost (or most big players in the hosting industry), 1and1 has three main customer support channels. They are the live chat, phone, and email support channels and they are open 24/7. 1and1 also has a lot of articles and tutorials that answer the most basic questions.

For more complex issues, you’ll have to speak to them directly. So we tried the chat channel, and we were reasonably impressed with the wait time which was about 2 minutes on average. The longest period we had to wait was about 5 minutes.

Unfortunately, though, we were not impressed with much else. We tried asking difficult technical questions and most often than not we were transferred to another agent. This happened consistently.

The closest we got to a coherent answer was a link to an article available on the knowledge base which, surprise surprise, did not answer our questions in the least. The experience was more or less the same as the phone channel too. Although to be fair, we had some success with the email channel and our emails were always replied under 24 hours.

VERDICT; Sometimes we got lucky with HostGator and actually connected with someone who sounded like they knew exactly what they were doing. It isn’t the same with 1&1 IONOS, though. We were almost never lucky and it never sounded like we were going to get reliable help. HostGator wins this one for us. 

Security

While a lot of the responsibility of security rests on the shoulders of the end-user, the customer can only do so much to protect the servers their Information is on. The responsibility of this rests squarely on the shoulders of the hosting provider. So let’s see how far both these Web hosts go to protect your website.

HostGator’s Security

Asides from the fact that all plans get a free SSL certificate, HostGator also provides extra security features. For example, you can add Sitelock to your website with just a few clicks. This service is a malware scanner that runs through the website daily, looking for breaches and reporting on them instantly. They also provide Spam Assassin, a tool that, like the name implies, assassinates spam.

So if you have an email account connected to your website, you’re covered from suspicious emails. Unfortunately, though, HostGator doesn’t provide automatic backups. But a tool is recommended to users which is the Codeguard automatic backup tool. It isn’t free and costs about 2$ per month. It isn’t bad value for money as it comes with 1GB automatic daily backup storage for about five websites. The plan also allows for three restores per month. The tool is scalable too so users can upgrade to 5Gb space backups and so forth. 

To us, it seems like HostGator has got the basics covered, but we didn’t like that they did not have automatic backups for free. 

1and1’s Security

Like HostGator, 1and1 provides a free SSL certificate on all plans. 1and1 also provides anti-DDoS protection that prevents attacks on servers and stops malicious third-party users from attacking servers. The higher-tier plans also get SiteLock, a tool that acts as a malware scanner and protector.

Website pages are protected from bugs, threats, viruses, and vulnerabilities with this tool. 1and1 doesn’t slack in the backup area, as users have great backup and restore options in the unlikely case that they lose their website to virus or something of the sort. There’s also a defense against brute force attacks (we know because we tried and we rather unsuccessful). 

VERDICT; Overall, we were more impressed with HostGator’s security infrastructure. They take this one for us. 

Pricing and Plans Comparison

To some people on a budget, this is the most important metric to consider. However, rather than looking for the lowest price, we’ll be looking at the BEST price. Trust us, there’s a difference. 

HostGator’s Plans

HostGator has 3 shared hosting plans. These are the Hatchling Plan, the Baby Plan, and the Business plan. 

The Hatchling plan is the base plan and it comes with:

  • One domain
  • One-click installations
  • Unmetered bandwidth and subdomains,
  • Unlimited disk space
  • Unlimited email accounts,  
  • Free SSL certificate

All these come at a price of $2.75 per month. This price only for customers paying 36 months in advance, though. Other customers have to pay something around the region of $10.95. If after the initial three-year term, you’d like to renew the plan, you’d be asked to pay only $6.75. 

The Baby plan costs $3.95 per month and comes with:

The plan comes with unlimited domains, one-click installs, free SSL certificate, unmetered bandwidth, and an included a free domain.

The Business plan costs $5.95 per month and comes with:

  • Unlimited Domains
  • One-click installs
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free dedicated IP
  • Free SEO tools
  • And a free included Domain. 

Do HostGator’s Plans pack a lot of value? Ordinarily, yes. But when we consider their subpar performance, we get less impressed. However, this isn’t the worse “value per dollar” that we’ve seen. It is not the best either. 

1and1 Plans

1&1 has three shared hosting plans and they are the Essential, Business and Expert Plan.

  • The Essential plan comes with 1 Website hosting, 10GB storage, 10 email accounts, and 10 databases. 
  • The Business plan is priced at a flat rate of $8 per month and comes with hosting for five websites, 25 databases and email accounts, and 100 GB storage.
  • The next plan is the expert plan, and, as the name implies, it is for experts and can host about 50 websites. It comes with 500Gb storage, 500 databases, and  500 emails. 

So is there something missing? How about the renewals? Yup. It stays the same. And this is something we love to see— clean pricing, with no hidden schemes and whatnot. In terms of value, 1&1 might not have the badge of so many unlimited plans, but they have just enough that it really stops to matter.  

VERDICT; Both Web-hosts have fairly cheap plans, but we loved the straightforward pricing of 1&1. They take this one for us.

Extra Features

Do any of these Web-hosts have interesting extra features? Let’s see

We could find the following extra features for HostGator:

  • Better performance with Opteron 6000 series CPU combined with DDR3 ECC RAM
  • HostGator has only one database – MySQL
  • Unlimited FTP and email accounts. 
  • Support of multiple languages including Ruby on Rails, PHP, Python, and Perl. 
  • $100 in free advertising credits.
  • Access to Google analytics and Mojo marketplace.

Impressive? Let’s see what 1&1 has to offer us.

We could find the following for 1&1 IONOS:

  • 1&1 IONOS has a proprietary backend interface separate from cPanel or Plesk.
  • 1&1 IONOS makes use of the HTTP/2 protocol 
  • 1&1 IONOS offers several cloud services
  • 1&1 IONOS assigns consultants to new users; these consultants are point men that users can turn to for questions, whenever the need arises. 
  • 1&1 IONOS offers the services of two website builders

VERDICT; HostGator’s extra features we’re more impressive for us, they win this round. 

Major Differences

Just to recap, let’s look at the differences between these two Web-hosts

  • 1&1 is faster than HostGator
  • HostGator has a longer money-back guarantee period
  • HostGator has a better customer support
  • HostGator has cPanel, while 1&1 doesn’t
  • HostGator’s pricing hike after renewal, 1&1 prices don’t.

HostGator vs. 1and1: Our Pick

Performance stats mean a lot, and 1&1 IONOS absolutely held its own in that respect. However, it went downhill from there before the Web-host found itself with great prices, and most importantly, no phony renewal schemes. The three most important things to judge a Web-host with, to us, are performance, customer service, and price. 1&1 carried the day in two of these, so they emerge worthy winners. 

So, HostGator Vs 1&1 IONOS? 1&1 comes out number one in this one.

BlueHost vs Network Solutions

The match-up between BlueHost vs Network Solutions could easily be settled in terms of longevity and experience, but it doesn’t necessarily make sense to decide based on these details. True enough, Network Solutions was founded almost two decades before BlueHost took its first steps into the web services market, but, if you look at them side by side today, it seems that the newer kid on the block may have gotten the upper hand.

Both BlueHost and Network Solutions offer an extensive list of services, from domain registration to hosting plans, free e-mails, and website builders. Since Network Solutions was the first ever domain registrar, you’d naturally expect them to have some kind of advantage in this respect. Has their experience in the field paid off? They certainly have a long-standing reputation to rely on, but is this enough to make new clients turn to Network Solutions?

As for whether you should choose Bluehost or Network Solutions for your hosting plan, the correct decision is even clearer. Ultimately, though, I always say that this choice should be made with specific needs in mind. Only when you know exactly what you want from your registrar/hosting provider can you actually look at the two services, consider their offers, and make an optimal decision.

BlueHostNetwork Solutions
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.99/month
Storage50GB300GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address10
RAMUnmetered1GB
Uptime offer0.9990.9999
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesNo
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseStarters and Students
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Network Solutions Conclusion

This is the way I see it: Network Solutions may have had more time to build a reputation in the industry, but BlueHost is currently a much better service overall. If I had to choose between Network Solutions vs BlueHost, I’d go with the latter every time.

BlueHost vs Pressable

BlueHost vs Pressable is a match-up that I like to consider from the point of view of how well these two services integrate with WordPress. This is, after all, the one feature that both BlueHost and Pressable to pride themselves with, so just how good are their offers?

While BlueHost is more of a jack-of-all-trades that mainly targets users or businesses looking to gain a quick online presence, Pressable is a specialized service that vows to integrate with WordPress like no other host. Indeed, Pressable does deliver secure, scalable, and high-performance WordPress hosting. Their servers are specifically configured to host WordPress websites and their support team is immersed in all-things WordPress. So far, the offer seems attractive enough.

The one issue I take with Pressable is that it’s painfully expensive for the offers it provides. Although BlueHost isn’t necessarily specialized in WordPress hosting, they do have a number of features that make integration super easy. More importantly, they do so for a much more affordable price. Is the difference in cost worth it? Before you decide to go for BlueHost or Pressable, you have to consider their features side-by-side.

BlueHostPressable
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $25/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address2No
RAM4GBUnlimited
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Refund Policy30-day Moneybackn/a
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and Business Enterprises
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Pressable Conclusion

Overall, there is no doubt that Pressable is a better option when it comes to hosting multiple WordPress websites. It’s difficult to beat their offer in this respect, and, although BlueHost comes close, their plans are more inclusive, rather than laser-focused on one type of platform. The thing is, as a beginner or a small to medium business, I would still go for BlueHost simply because, if you ask me, the price difference in just not worth it.

Bluehost vs Shopify

If you’re looking for a regular hosting plan to help give your business an online presence, then BlueHost vs Shopify is not a match-up that should interest you. From pricing to features and WordPress integration, BlueHost is by far the better candidate. However, if your goal is to start an e-commerce business, then it’s definitely worth taking a closer look at both BlueHost and Shopify.

BlueHost is, overall, one of the most popular hosting providers on the market – and for good reason. Their offers integrate a number of different services and are well below the industry average when it comes to costs. In terms of e-commerce, BlueHost is a solid choice thanks to its templates and included features, but is this enough to go against Shopify?

If you want to choose either BlueHost or Shopify for your e-commerce website, you have to consider that the latter is one of the most popular hosting platforms built specifically for this purpose. In one way or another, everything they offer has to do with online shopping and that makes them a strong contender.

BlueHostShopify
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $29/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address2No
RAM4GBn/a
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Refund Policy30-day Moneyback14-day Free Trial
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseEcommerce websites
HeadquartersUSACanada

Bluehost vs Shopify Conclusion:

Overall, I see Shopify vs BlueHost as a fairly simple decision. If you’re out for a hosting provider that will help you set up your e-commerce business every step of the way, Shopify is your go-to service. For everything else, BlueHost is likely to make a better choice.

Bluehost vs Weebly

If you want to settle the BlueHost vs Weebly match-up in terms of hosting services, you’re in for a fairly easy decision. As you’ll see in just a moment when I put the offers of BlueHost and Weebly side-by-side, one of these two services has the upper hand in almost every respect. But there’s a catch.

BlueHost has a number of complete hosting plans for small and medium businesses, many of which come at a highly affordable cost. Weebly, on the other hand, features an excellent website builder with plenty of drag-and-drop functionality that is ideal for new users looking to get online. Given that both services have their unique advantages, how are you supposed to choose either BlueHost or Weebly?

The thing is, you don’t have to. Once you’re through with the side-by-side comparison below, I’ll let you know exactly what I mean.

BlueHostWeebly
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $25/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address2No
RAM4GBn/a
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseReady-to-go websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Weebly Conclusion

As you can easily see already, in the matchup between Weebly vs BlueHost, the latter is by far the better hosting provider. Although they do not have an uptime guarantee, they actually have better average uptime stats that Weebly and for a significantly more affordable cost. Certainly, Weebly does have a free plan in store, but I only recommend you use it if the website you’re building is temporary.

But what about the Weebly website builder, you might ask? Well, you don’t have to worry, because you can actually integrate Weebly with BlueHost. In other words, even if you’re on a BlueHost plan, you can still use Weebly’s website builder for free. This way, you can get the best of both services for no additional costs.

BlueHost vs Laughing Squid

New users often ask how I would settle the BlueHost vs. LaughingSquid matchup and I always have to tell them that it’s all about their needs. Objectively speaking, there are several key differences between BlueHost and LaughingSquid that you should probably take into account.

For starters, LaughingSquid actually re-sells RackSpace’s web hosting, which is known to overload IP addresses with endless amounts of servers. This may pose a problem if, say, one of the other sites using the same IP gets banned for malicious activities. From this perspective, choosing either BlueHost or LaughingSquid is made easier for me, since I trust the former’s practices and datacenter configurations much more.

Although many people seem to think that LaughingSquid vs. BlueHost is a matter of a small company going against a big corporation, there’s more to webhosting than marketing. I would advise you to look at the value you get out of your money in each case and only then try to decide between them. BlueHost’s customer service, for instance, is much better than LaughingSquid’s, but the latter has its own strong points when you compare them side-by-side.

BlueHostLaughing Squid
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $5/month
Storage50GB2GB
BandwidthUnlimited40GB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address10
RAMUnmetered1GB
Uptime offer0.9990.95
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesBusiness hours support
Email Accounts50
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesNo
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseStarters and Students
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Laughing Squid: Overview

LaughingSquid makes a bold pitch for the managed WordPress hosting demographic. Unfortunately, none of their offers seem to be even remotely as advantageous as what you would get from BlueHost. For only $3 a month (for a three-year timeframe), BlueHost’s basic shared hosting gives you unlimited bandwidth, more storage space, up to 25 subdomains, and much more.

BlueHost vs WebHostingHub

BlueHost vs. WebHostingHub might be a tight race on paper, but things look quite different in practice. Although WHH greatly simplifies the range of options you have when going online with just three plans to choose from, the company focuses entirely on all-in-one shared hosting.

If you’re looking for VPS or dedicated hosting, there’s no way to compare between BlueHost and WebHostingHub, since the latter does not give you these options. This is not necessarily bad, since it is entirely dependent on your needs as an individual or enterprise. For those who are expanding their operations and, as a result, their web services, WebHostingHub vs. BlueHost is a clear and easy choice.

This is increasingly shaping up to be a competition between a one-hit-wonder and a group like AC/DC or The Who. WHH’s all-in-one plans, 90 days money-back guarantee and on-boarding aid are certainly attractive, but are they enough to convince me to switch my playlist from the reliable and scalable infrastructure of BlueHost? Scroll down to find out if BlueHost or WebHostingHub will be the main act of the night.

BlueHostWebHostingHub
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $2.99/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
RAMUnmeteredUnmetered
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs WebHostingHub Conclusion

As can be seen from the point-by-point comparison, WebHostingHub’s offers are not as attractive as the number one web hosting service recommended by WordPress. Aside from a wider range of plans to choose from, BlueHost’s individual subscriptions have fewer resource limitations than those of WWH. More importantly, BlueHost websites seem to have, on average, faster loading speeds. Responsiveness is paramount, especially if you’re in the business of eCommerce.

BlueHost vs DigitalOcean

Although BlueHost vs. DigitalOcean is not a hosting comparison I’m often met with, enterprises looking for a cloud-based service might actually have to decide between the two. Even if DigitalOcean is less than 10 years old, they have quickly become one of the most popular providers of cloud hosting.

Both Bluehost and DigitalOcean offer great site-loading speeds and server uptime. Without looking at the particulars of each subscription, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to set them apart. However, if you had to pick either BlueHost or DigitalOcean solely based on pricing, you’re more likely to go for the former.

In terms of customer support, the DigitalOcean vs. BlueHost matchup becomes really easy to decide. On the one hand, I have a written, indirect ticketing system, while, on the other, I can call at any time of day or night and talk to a real-life person. Personally, I think one of these companies comes out on top more often than not. Scroll down to find out more.

BlueHostDigitalOcean
PlanSharedShared Cloud
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $5/month
Storage50GB25GB
BandwidthUnlimited1GB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address11 Static IP
RAMUnmetered1GB
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
CPanelYesDigitalOcean Interface
Moneyback30 Days30 Days
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseTech Startups and Developers
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs DigitalOcean Conclusion

As you can see, DigitalOcean’s offers are quite pricey and limited by comparison to what BlueHost can give you. DO does not offer dedicated hosting since they’re an exclusively cloud-based service. In addition, if you’re new at this and you’re looking to get online as easy as possible, DO’s API is less intuitive than BlueHost’s cPanel and 1-click WordPress installation.

BlueHost vs FatCow

I can’t say that I’m often required to come up with a winner for the BlueHost vs. FatCow competition. Personally, I’d call it a ‘moo’ point, but many users who are just starting out would rather support a smaller company that gives its services a personal touch.

Although BlueHost and FatCow complete for roughly the same demographic, joining the herd seem to me like a more expensive deal than betting on blue. Both data centers offer SSD storage, good speed, and reliable security for your websites. Depending on your needs, you can choose from a series of hosting plans with either of them.

Still, when I look at the fine print, it becomes obvious that going with BlueHost or FatCow is not so much a matter of preference, but one that relates to reasonable consumer behavior. What you think you might be getting with FatCow in terms of customer service might not actually be the case when you subscribe, as many users have pointed out. But why don’t we take a closer look?

BlueHostFatCow
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $4.08/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoNo
IP Address10
RAMUnmeteredUnmetered
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesYes
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs FatCow: Conclusion

Initially, it seems that FatCow vs. BlueHost is not about the money, since the former is just marginally more expensive than the latter. However, when you take a look at FatCow’s subscription renewals, you notice that renewals cost significantly more than the initial ask.

Even if the herd relies entirely on green energy, their customer service seems to be lackluster more often than I’d like. I don’t know about you, but I want to be 100% sure that when I need support, someone will be there to help me out. This and a few other reasons make me recommend BlueHost every time.

BlueHost vs GreenGeeks

BlueHost vs. GreenGeeks is a comparison I’ve encountered more times than I can count. The two services have been going head to head for over a decade now and, by the looks of it, their rivalry is not going to be settled any time soon. I think it’s about time I grab my salted caramel popcorn.

The fact of the matter is that choosing between BlueHost and GreenGeeks is not an easy ask. Both of them rely on high-value, low-priced, shared web hosting plans to attract more clients and they’ve been incredibly successful so far. They are also fiercely competing to increase the quality of their services.

Although BlueHost pulls slightly ahead in terms of pricing, GreenGeeks’s environmental approach is hard to refuse. We all need to be more environmentally friendly, both in our professional and in our personal lives. If you want to see whether BlueHost or GreenGeeks might be better for your needs, all you have to do is scroll down and check out their specific pros and cons.

BlueHostGreenGeeks
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.95/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
RAMUnmetered384MB
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs GreenGeeks: Conclusion

As you can see, GreenGeeks vs. BlueHost is a picture finish. What the former lacks in terms of premium pricing they make up for with a green-energy solution and exceptional server uptime. At the same time, aside from being more affordable, setting up your website on BlueHost is a bit easier. Overall, if you’re a new user, I’m inclined to recommend BlueHost rather than GreenGeeks, but it could still go either way.

Hostinger vs Bluehost

Before I dive into my comparison of BlueHost vs Hostinger, I have to mention that both of these services focus on shared hosting. In addition, while neither of them qualifies as a premium hosting provider, BlueHost and Hostinger are some of the most affordable options out there, which makes them both ideal for beginners.

Whether you go with BlueHost or Hostinger, you get unlimited data transfer and storage, as well as unlimited e-mails and the ability to host multiple domains. The difference between the two is that, while Hostinger is cheaper in terms of discounted prices, BlueHost offers more flexibility and better scaling options in the long run.

Unlike Hostinger, BlueHost provides dedicated hosting (with some plans) and a variety of optimizations for WordPress and WooCommerce users, to name a few. Thanks to its modern infrastructure and its use of SSD servers, Hostinger tends to score better website loading speeds, but this cannot make up for a general lack of flexibility in hosting plans.

Then there’s the thorny issue of customer support. Although both companies offer competent 24/7 support, there is no way to get in touch with a representative from Hostinger by phone, which can become a problem for some customers.

BlueHostHostinger
PlanSharedCloud Shared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.49/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SuppportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseBloggers and Tech Savvy
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Hostinger vs Bluehost Conclusion

All in all, if I were to choose between Hostinger vs BlueHost as a beginner looking to spend as little as possible on hosting services, I might go with the former. On the other hand, if I planned to integrate my website with WordPress and/or e-commerce applications and eventually scale to a better hosting plan, I would definitely go with BlueHost, instead.

Bluehost vs. Heroku

I like clear-cut winners as much as the next person, but when it comes to Bluehost vs. Heroku, it would be silly for me to pick one for you. Why? Because, although you can technically host websites with both Bluehost and Heroku, the two companies specialize in very different things. The first strives to provide a straightforward hosting plan that all people can use to run a website, while the second focuses on app creation and hosting, which is an entirely different kettle of fish.

As I was saying, you can theoretically use Heroku to host a static website, but you have no incentive to do so. In this respect, Bluehost is a much better service. It’s affordable, it comes with a free domain, and it’s one of the most beginner-friendly hosting providers out there. It doesn’t exactly offer the fastest website speed, but it’s well above the market average both in terms of page loading time and uptime.

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Meanwhile, if you ask me whether Bluehost or Heroku is the better choice to host an app, I would definitely go with the second. You can use Bluehost’s AppMachine to create and publish an app on the Internet, but this feature is only suitable for lightweight apps at best.

Heroku, on the other hand, allows you to create and publish a small app for free. They have an unmatched list of integrations, support a wide range of languages, and offer to do the heavy lifting for you in terms of updates and maintenance. Furthermore, if you eventually decide to scale your app, Heroku gives you options. You have to pay for them, of course, but they are easy to implement and can effectively keep up with the growth of your app.

BluehostHeroku
PlanSharedShared Cloud
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $7/month
Storage50GB10GB
RAMUnmetered512MB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
CPanelYesNo
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesBusiness Hour Support
OwnerEndurance International Group (EIG)Salesforce.com
Founded20022007
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and App Creators
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Bluehost vs. Heroku Conclusion

The bottom line is that settling the Heroku vs Bluehost dispute is all about what you need. If you want to create and host and app, we recommend the former. Otherwise, Bluehost is the better choice.

BlueHost vs TMDHosting

If you flip through most of the existing reviews of BlueHost vs TMDHosting, you’ll notice that some users prefer the former, while others praise the latter. It almost seems like the match could go either way, but my tests show a very different story.

Yes, BlueHost is, by far, the more popular kid in school, but, when you put this service next to TMDHosting, it makes the latter look like the classroom genius. So I asked myself: who would I rather trust to run the heart of my website? The good-looking lad who gets by on charm or the brainy kid who is likely to win the next Olympiad in Math?

Here’s what I mean: the difference in cost between BlueHost and TMDHosting is negligible for their most affordable plans, but the difference in features is not. For instance, while both services provide unlimited bandwidth and a free domain, only TMDHosting offers SSD storage and even SSL certificates for this amount of money.

In addition, the average uptime for BlueHost is just under the industry standard, whereas TMDHosting maintains a stellar 99.99%. In terms of website speed, my tests indicate a 1.5 second page load time for BlueHost and an incomparable 8.5 ms for TMDHosting. Even if I had to choose BlueHost or TMDHosting purely based on speed, I would go for the second. And the list can go on.

BlueHostTMD Hosting
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $2.85/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts5Unlimited
CPanelYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseStartup blogs
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs TMDHosting Conclusion

Ultimately, it’s not that TMDHosting is the brightest service out there. However, its performance and features look pretty impressive when you compare them to what BlueHost has to offer for a similar price.

BlueHost vs Google Domain

To choose a winner in the BlueHost vs Google Domain contest, you have to think in terms of domain registry. While BlueHost integrates a number of other services, from hosting to e-mails and website building, the single purpose of Google Domain is to help you buy a domain name and get on the web. Bear this in mind as you compare BlueHost and Google Domain.

So how do these two services match up when it comes to selling domains? I have to tell you straight away that it may be difficult to choose a clear winner. Google Domain has an excellent interface that makes the domain registry a breeze for any user. In addition, they are fully transparent about their fees, which is a rare sight in today’s industry. BlueHost, on the other hand, has more affordable options, as well as a series of hosting plans that integrate several necessary services for a business that is new to online space.

Then, there’s Google’s decision to keep Google Domain in beta for no less than 5 years… and counting! It’s not that this is a bad thing per se, but the conglomerate has been known to cut down on projects like Google Domain when people least expected it. For many users, this lack of certainty may influence their choice of either BlueHost or Google Domain.

BlueHostGoogle Domain
PlanSharedCloud Platform
Pricingfrom $29.95/monthfrom $150/month
Storage60GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
IP Address1n/a
RAMUnmeteredn/a
Uptime offer0.9991
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedn/a
CPanelYesNo
Built-in CDNYesYes
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesNo
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseDevelopers and Startups
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Google Domain Conclusion

It’s not easy to settle the match between Google Domain and BlueHost, but it can be done. All things considered, I would go with the latter, on account of attractive pricing and an added sense of stability.

Media Temple vs Bluehost

BlueHost and Media Temple are significantly different hosting services. Sure, they both aim to host websites, but the latter’s features and service quality far outweigh those of the former. If you want to be fair about it, the BlueHost vs. Media Temple competition can only be judged in terms of WordPress hosting, at which they both excel.

Media Temple is designed for the B2B market. Their outstanding grid network of shared hosting services is difficult to outperform and they’re considered to be the industry benchmark in terms of reliability. To put it briefly, MT’s top tier plan manages your entire cloud architecture for you with the help of AWS, but, in exchange, you have to pay a steep price. If that’s not a problem, they might be the best choice for you.

If I just want to create and host a basic website, though, I’d rather pay 10x less than Media Temple’s lowest subscription and have it taken care of by BlueHost. I’m not looking to launch a Fortune 500 company; I just want to get online. With that in mind, I wouldn’t think of choosing BlueHost or Media Temple. The former always has the upper hand in this particular situation.

BlueHostMedia Temple
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $30/month
Storage50GB20GB
BandwidthUnlimited1TB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYESYes
IP Address20
Uptime offer10.99
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimited1000
CPanelYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseWeb and Media Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Media Temple vs Bluehost Conclusion

As you can see, BlueHost and Media Temple are playing in different leagues. We’re talking about juniors and pros, here. MT offers an outstanding hosting standard, but I’d classify it as overkill if I used it for anything less than an agile, fast-growing enterprise.

Top 10 Sneaker Proxies Providers of 2019

Back in the day, limited-edition sneakers manufactured by big-name brands like Nike or Adidas used to only be available in select stores. That meant that relatively few people had access to them and the stores that kept them in stock were often overrun by customers eager to get their hands on the hot new shoes. That may have been good for business but it also caused a lot of chaos, which is why in recent years more and more companies have opted to sell them online instead.

This opened up new business opportunities for entrepreneurs with the means to buy the sneakers online in bulk in order to resell them later for a profit. But when lots of people have the same idea you usually get to a point where it becomes nearly impossible to buy large amounts of a product because of all the competition. That’s where sneaker bots and sneaker proxies come in. These two tools are an absolute must if you want to automate the process of purchasing sneakers.

The Best Sneaker Proxy Services

Websites that sell sneakers tend to IP ban users that engage in suspicious activity, such as trying to buy large amounts of a product in a short amount of time. While bots can automate the process in order to ensure that you can purchase what you want ahead of the competition, proxies are essential for preventing you from getting banned. So before you even attempt to buy all those hot new shoes you wanted, it’s a good idea to start looking into some good sneaker proxy services. As it happens, we’ve already looked into the matter and prepared a comprehensive list of companies that offer reliable proxy services at reasonable prices.

Below you can find a quick summary of all the providers on our list along with a few bits of important information to keep in mind. Keep reading to check out the detailed list further down.

  • Smartproxy – A very reliable service with a large worldwide network of residential proxies.
  • MyPrivateProxy – Decently priced dedicated sneaker proxy packages with lots of features.
  • Storm Proxies – Rotating residential proxies and packages designed to target specific sneaker sites.
  • Luminati – The largest network of residential proxies in the world. Very reliable but quite expensive.
  • SSLPrivateProxy – Datacenter proxies with a high rate of success but pretty expensive.
  • GeoSurf – A good alternative to Luminati with fantastic location coverage.
  • IPLease – Fast dedicated sneaker proxies at remarkably low prices.
  • Mexela – A simple and straightforward service that specializes almost exclusively in sneaker proxies.
  • IcedOutProxies – A fairly small operation that offers residential sneaker proxies at incredibly low prices.
  • BuyProxies – Very few standout features but its proxies are reliable and fairly priced.

1. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is among only a handful of providers that specifically mention you can use their proxies to target shoe sites. The company has a network of over 10 million IPs at its disposal, consisting of both residential and datacenter addresses. Although the datacenter packages are very solid, you’ll want to use the residential proxies on sneaker sites. Smartproxy’s residential proxies work with all major sneaker bots, including Supreme Bot, Nike Slayer, AIO Bots, EasyCop Bot, and Another Nike Bot, among many others.

The company offers very good prices on sneaker proxies, which makes it a great option for those who plan to resell the shoes they purchase using the service. You can expect to see even better profits by using our special coupon code that will give you a 15% discount on your first purchase of any package of sneaker proxies.

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Smartproxy Sneaker Proxies Page

Smartproxy allows users to geo-target close to 200 locations around the world and offers two forms of IP sessions – rotating and sticky. With the rotating version, you get a new IP on every request while the sticky type lets you keep the same IP for a longer period of time. All proxy plans come with unlimited threads and connections, which is very helpful because you can attempt multiple sneaker purchases with the same package. Smartproxy’s residential proxies don’t share a sub-network so it’s extremely unlikely that anyone can mass ban the company’s IPs.

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There are three residential proxy packages to choose from, the cheapest of which costs $75 per month and comes with 5 GB of traffic included. You can easily scale up from there and go for the $200/mo plan or even one of the more expensive packages. You won’t get advanced features with the higher tiers or anything like that, but you will get a lot more traffic to work with and a much better price per GB the more you are willing to invest upfront in the service. So if you’re ready to start, you can click here in order to take advantage of the 15% discount. If you happen to change your mind afterward, don’t worry because Smartproxy offers a 3-day money-back guarantee to all customers.

2. MyPrivateProxy

MyPrivateProxy or simply MPP Group is a veteran provider with many years of experience under its belt. The company is very reliable and has a sizeable network that spans across most of Europe and the United States. MPP Group offers a variety of different services, including private proxies and shared proxies, however, you’ll mainly want to keep an eye on its dedicated proxy plans. That’s because the company has a number of packages specifically designed for sneaker sites.

MPP Sneaker Proxies
MPP Sneaker Proxies Page

The nice thing about MPP Group’s sneaker proxies is that they can be configured to target a specific website. Some of the currently available options include Adidas, Nike, Eastbay, Footlocker, Yeezysupply, and many more. The company also gives you access to multiple locations and subnets to choose from. Customers can also expect unlimited bandwidth, highly anonymous IPs, up to 100 threads per proxy, a fully automated control panel, and fresh new IP replacements once per month on request.

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10% More Proxies for a Limited Time

As far as the prices are concerned, you can get a basic package of sneaker proxies for $65 per month. The entry plan includes 22 proxies, so you’re looking at a price per proxy of $2.95. The cheapest package normally only comes with 20 proxies but MPP Group is running a promotion at the moment that grants customers 10% more proxies for a limited time. This applies to all the other sneaker proxy plans, including the high tier $520/mo package, which now comes with 250 proxies (usually just 225).

3. Storm Proxies

Stormproxies is one of the best players in the game when it comes to backconnect rotating proxies. This makes them an ideal choice for a number of activities, including copping sneaker sites. Although you can use Stormproxy’s standard rotating residential proxies for this purpose, the company recommends going for one of the packages that were specifically designed for sneaker sites. These plans are more expensive but they are guaranteed to work with shoe sites like Yeezy, Nike, Adidas, Supreme, Eastbay, Footlocker, and many others.

Stormproxies Sneaker Proxies
Stormproxies Sneaker Proxies Page

The company offers unlimited bandwidth with all packages and access to a pool of over 40.000 residential IPs. The proxies rotate every 5 minutes and you can choose between US or EU based IP addresses. All packages are limited to 1 access IP so you can only use the service from a single computer. Aside from that, you can expect instant delivery, highly anonymous IPs, and a very fast network optimized for performance and multi-threaded tools.

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Storm Proxies

Unimpressive Refund Policy but Otherwise Solid Prices

The cheapest package of residential sneaker proxies will set you back $160 per month and includes access to 20 ports. There’s a less expensive package with 10 ports that goes for just $90/mo but that plan is not available at the time of this writing. Check back later, though. On the more expensive side of things, you can get packages with 200 or even 500 ports for $900 and $1600 per month, respectively. Stormproxy only offers a 2-hour money-back guarantee with its special sneaker proxies.

4. Luminati

Luminati has the largest network of residential proxies available on the market right now. You have over 35 million rotating IPs from around the world to work with. Unlike most of its competitors, Luminati has an actual extensive worldwide network, with locations spanning from the US and UK to Japan and Australia and everywhere in between. The company is also known for its excellent uptime, low ban rates, and great customer support team.

Luminati is not the cheapest option but the company does offer access to one of the most trustworthy networks of residential proxies on the market. If you’re put off by the high entry price, it’s worth noting that you can $250 free at Luminati once per account by using our special coupon code. That’s basically 50% off the $500 Starter package of residential proxies. Simply sign up to the service and deposit $250 or more in order to receive an additional $250 on the house. If you’re a registered company, you can also take advantage of Luminati’s 7-day free trial.

Luminati Sneaker Proxies
Luminati Residential Proxies Page

Although Luminati doesn’t list sneaker copping under the use cases section of its website, the massive 35+ million pool of IPs is perfect for this exact purpose. Luminati uses a P2P network so you can be certain that these are real household IPs that are not part of the same subnet, which makes them very difficult to track. The company offers both shared and private IPs. Private IPs are great for exclusively targeting specific domains, however, it’s probably better to go with the shared version in this case because the private ones don’t rotate.

Pretty Expensive but You do Get What You Pay For

Luminati is quite a bit more expensive than most of the other companies on this list but that’s only because its primary customers tend to be big businesses. The starter package comes with 40 GB of traffic included and has a monthly commitment of $500. That translates to $12.50 per GB, which is actually pretty reasonable, however, the minimum monthly commitment makes Luminati a premium option. Definitely well worth it if you can afford it, though. If that’s a bit too pricey for you, it’s still possible to get a taste of what the company has to offer because Luminati is currently offering a very generous 7-day free trial for residential proxy packages.

5. SSLPrivateProxy

Just as its name suggests, this company is all about providing private proxies for a variety of activities. Here you can find proxies for Instagram, LinkedIn, ticketing sites, PokemonGo, classified ads, and of course, sneaker sites. SSLPrivateProxy has around 40 server locations, most of which are found in the United States. The prices are a bit higher than average, however, you can expect great performance from these guys and their proxies are guaranteed to work pretty much everywhere.

SSLPrivateProxy Sneaker Proxies
SSLPrivateProxy Sneaker Proxies Page

SSLPrivateProxy offers exclusive, highly anonymous proxies, IP and username/password authentication, monthly randomization, and support for both HTTP and HTTPS connections. It’s worth noting that these are data center proxies so the risk of becoming blacklisted is a bit higher than with residential IPs. However, the company offers virgin proxies with its packages, which means the IPs were never used before. Hence, the proxies shouldn’t raise any suspicious unless the user abuses them. SSLPrivateProxy offers a generous 7-day money-back guarantee.

High Entry Point Meant for Bulk Purchases

There are only two packages to choose from here and they’re both fairly expensive. The cheapest one comes in at $650 per month and includes 250 private proxies. Meanwhile, the more expensive one comes with 500 proxies and costs $1.250 per month. You’re getting a slightly better price per proxy with the more expensive package, as well as the ability to pick multiple cities and subnets. Both packages will allow you to target specific sneaker sites like Nike, Adidas, Footlocker, EastBay, and many others.

6. GeoSurf

GeoSurf is another very reliable provider that some of you may already know about. The company has been around for a number of years and managed to amass a pretty impressive network of residential proxies during all this time. GeoSurf’s network is composed of over 2.5 million IP addresses spread across over 2.000 locations around the world. The location coverage here is truly fantastic. Unlike most other providers that only cover the US and maybe Europe, GeoSurf has coverage over pretty much every continent, including Africa, South America, and the Middle East.

GeoSurf Sneaker Proxies
GeoSurf Sneaker Proxies Page

GeoSurf seems to be a big fan of using residential proxies for copping sneakers as the company has several articles and tutorials on its website about this very topic. The provider even put together a comprehensive release calendar meant to help users stay up to date with all the latest sneaker releases. GeoSurf’s proxies are known to work with all the popular sneaker bots, such as AIO, NikeSlayer, SupremeBot, NikeShoeBot, RCO, and more. You can pick between standard rotating proxies and sticky sessions while also being able to benefit from unlimited connections, threads, and countries.

A Bit Cheaper Than the Competition

Similar to Luminati, GeoSurf charges per GB of traffic and its packages are pretty expensive, though this is a premium service and a very good one at that. The entry package will set you back $450 per month and comes with 38 GB of traffic included. That translates to around $12 per GB, so a bit cheaper than the competition. Having said that, GeoSurf doesn’t seem to offer a free trial right now and there’s no money-back guarantee.

7. IPLease

IPLease is another solid provider that offers a wide range of services. The company mainly focuses on private proxies but you can also find shared plans at very affordable prices. That said, IPLease’s bread and butter are its dedicated proxy packages for restricted websites like Craigslist or AutoTrader. Among other things, here you’ll be able to find ticketing proxies, gaming proxies, social media proxies, shopping proxies, and classified ads proxies. And of, course, IPLease also offers some very good proxies packages for sneaker websites.

IPLease Sneaker Proxies
IPLease Homepage

One of the standout features of IPLease is that the company offers virgin proxies, which is always nice to see. This makes the service great for copping particularly sensitive sneaker sites. The proxies are compatible with AIO bot and have been confirmed to work on sites like Supreme, Footlocker, Nike, YeezySupply, Adidas, and more. These are dedicated proxies so you don’t have to worry about sharing them with other users and you can choose whether you want to access one or multiple subnets.

Very Good Prices for Virgin IPs

IPLease has very good prices for sneaker proxies. The cheapest package costs $12.75 per month and includes 5 proxies. Although there are cheaper alternatives out there, it’s worth keeping in mind that these are dedicated proxies with virgin IPs. You can get a better price per IP by purchasing one of the more expensive packages and you can benefit from even more discounts by subscribing for several months in advance.

8. Mexela

Mexela is a very straightforward company that focuses on a handful of proxy packages. Although there isn’t a whole lot of variety here, you can find packages specifically designed to work with sneaker sites, which is always a plus in our book. Mexela is a bit secretive, which can be considered either a good or a bad thing depending on how you look at it. The company doesn’t disclose the exact location of its servers but mentions that it can provide coverage for both Europe and the US along with multiple subnets in these regions.

Mexela Sneaker Proxies
Mexela Sneaker Proxies Page

Mexela’s sneaker proxies are known to work with bots like AIO and popular shoe sites like Adidas, Supreme, and more. You can expect unlimited bandwidth, HTTPS support, highly anonymous IPs, and fresh new proxies once per month upon request. In addition to sneaker proxies, you can also get regular shared and private proxy packages here. You will only need to share the proxies with two other users if you go with the first version and the prices are much cheaper. However, we recommend going with the specialized plans if you can afford it in order to maximize your chances of success.

Limited Amount of Options

There are only two sneaker proxy packages to choose from here. The cheapest one costs $150 per month and comes with 50 dedicated proxies while the more expensive one goes for $300/mo and includes 100 proxies. In short, you’re looking at a price of $3 per proxy. Mexela’s prices aren’t too bad but they’re not the cheapest option we’ve seen either. Also worth mentioning is that Mexela offers a 24-hour money-back guarantee. Not the best refund policy out there but still better than nothing.

9. IcedOutProxies

IcedOut may not be the most well-known company on this list but its proxies are very solid nevertheless. The company has a network of over 100.000 IPs and works almost exclusively with data center proxies. However, IcedOut also has a few residential packages designed specifically for sneaker sites. The company seems to periodically rotate its proxies based on popular new releases. For example, its current packages target Supreme US while a couple of months back they targeted Yeezy UK.

IcedOutProxies Sneaker Proxies
IcedOutProxies Homepage

As you can imagine, this system has some limitations but the good news is that the proxies are guaranteed to work on the targeted sites and likely to work on all the other ones. You can expect speeds of up to 1GB/s along with HTTP support and IP authentication. The company is still fairly new and there are quite a few features that are not yet available. But while IcedOutProxies doesn’t impress in terms of features, it certainly shines in the price department.

Residential Proxies Rarely Get Cheaper Than This

The company has a very cheap entry point and some of the best prices for residential sneaker proxies we’ve seen so far. The basic package only costs $10 per month and comes with 10 proxies. In other words, you’re only paying $1 per proxy, which is an excellent bargain. If you’re looking for bulk purchase, you can go for the 100 or 300-proxy packages instead. You can save 10% off your purchase with the higher tier packages.

10. BuyProxies

A very straightforward company with a very straightforward name. Buy Proxies is a bit of a niche provider that primarily focuses on sneaker sites and ticketing proxies. You can also find dedicated and shared proxy plans here, however, the sneaker packages are by far the most reliable. The company has its own servers so you don’t have to worry about resold proxies here. There’s not a whole lot of info regarding Buy Proxies’ network, but we do know the company has good coverage over the United States and parts of Europe.

BuyProxies Sneaker Proxies
BuyProxies Homepage

As far as the features are concerned, you can expect all the common ones to be available. Specifically, unlimited bandwidth, API access, HTTP/HTTPS support, IP and username/password authentication, and multiple cities/subnets to choose from. Buy Proxies also offers fresh new proxies during every new monthly billing cycle and includes a 24-hour money-back-guarantee. There aren’t really any standout features here but Buy Proxies covers all the bases so there’s not much to complain about either, except maybe for the underwhelming refund policy.

Guaranteed to Work with All Major Sneaker Sites

There are three sneaker proxy packages to choose from here, with prices comparable to some of the other companies on this list. The cheapest plan costs $150 per month and includes 50 dedicated shoe proxies. The other two plans come with 100 and 200 proxies, respectively. Regardless of which package you choose, the price per proxy will remain the same at $3. Buy Proxies guarantees that its proxies will work on popular sneaker sites like Supreme, Nike, Adidas, Finishline, and more.

What Are Sneaker Proxies?

Sneaker websites are some of the most restrictive sites around and won’t hesitate to swiftly block your IP if they notice any suspicious activity. Naturally, you can shop for shoes using your PC without getting into trouble. If you’re trying to buy them in bulk, however, you’ll quickly realize that most big-brand sneaker websites don’t like that one bit. One of the main reasons why limited edition shoes are so expensive is because manufacturers produce them in small batches.

If someone is trying to buy a sizeable portion of the limited supply it tends to raise a few red flags. Particularly since those types of sneakers are usually expensive, which means that regular customers don’t usually buy more than one or two pairs. As mentioned before, sneaker proxies can allow you to circumvent that by hiding your IP, thus allowing you to mask the identity of your actual address. Proxy services give you multiple IPs to work with so even if some of them do get banned, you still have others that you can use.

Why You Should Use Sneaker Proxies Instead of Dedicated Proxies

Given that sneaker proxies tend to be fairly expensive, a lot of people might be inclined to use dedicated proxies instead. Although you can get away with using general dedicated proxies on some sites, you can expect a much higher degree of success with dedicated sneaker proxies. These packages usually come with virgin IPs, which means that the proxies are clean and were never used before on sneaker websites, or any websites at all in some cases.

It’s important to remember than sneaker manufacturers have a lot at stake here. Most people who make bulk purchases plan to resell the shoes for profit, which is bad for business if you’re the company that made the shoes. That’s why these companies actively target suspicious activity and don’t mind banning even entire subnets if it means stopping resellers. If you’re someone who wants to get their hands on those hot limited edition sneakers at all costs, you’ll need to be equally determined in order to maximize your chances of success. That means using the best sneaker bots and the best sneaker proxy services.

Residential Proxies vs Datacenter Proxies for Copping Sneakers

As you may have noticed already, our list primarily covered providers that offer residential proxy services. There are a few exceptions, but for the most part, residential proxies are considered better for targeting proxy sites. That’s because these types of proxies use IP addresses of actual users and that makes them less suspicious than datacenter proxies.

In addition, residential proxy services usually rotate IPs so even if one of them does get banned, you can try your luck with a different one. The drawback of residential proxies is that you’re dipping into a pool of IPs that contains both clean and already blacklisted addresses. Some companies do a good job of removing the bad IPs from the pool, but not all of them. You can find a list of the top residential proxy services on our website along with indications on how to properly use them.

Cheaper and Faster but not as Effective

Datacenter proxies, on the other hand, have their own pros and cons. On one hand, these proxies are a lot faster and usually cheaper so you’re potentially looking at a higher return on your investment. On the other hand, datacenter proxies are much easier to block. Also, you’re working with a bunch of IPs that are part of only one or a couple of subnets and, as mentioned, sneaker sites have no problems blocking entire subnets. In other words, you risk losing all your IPs in one fell swoop.

That said, you can still successfully use datacenter proxies on some sneaker sites as long as you have virgin IPs to work with, though you’ll still need to be careful not to abuse them. SSLPrivateProxy and a handful of other companies have been offering excellent datacenter sneaker proxies for many years so this is definitely a viable option, assuming you’re getting your proxies from a reliable provider. We have a top of the best datacenter proxies which can definitely help you find the right provider for you if you choose to go with this type of proxies.

Features to Keep An Eye on When Buying Sneaker Proxies

Location Targeting: Having the option to target specific locations is extremely helpful. Services that let you target certain cities in addition to countries or states are therefore extremely valuable. To make the best use of this feature, do a bit of research to find out where the sneaker site’s servers are located. If your proxy service can target the same city, you’ll be in a better position to get the sneakers you want.

Protocol Support: Most proxy services support HTTP and HTTPS protocols, however, a select few also include support for SOCKS. You’ll want to make sure that the proxies you plan to buy match the protocols supported by your sneaker bot.

Multiple Subnets: Some proxy services allow you to choose between multiple subnets, which again, is a very useful feature. Remember that sneaker websites can ban entire subnets so it helps to have options if you’re faced with a worst-case scenario. Naturally, this only applies to datacenter proxies. If you’re going for residential sneaker proxies, there’s no need to worry about this.

Unlimited Connections: This is another pretty obvious one but make sure the proxy service you aim to buy supports unlimited connections if possible. This feature is mainly associated with residential proxies where you have a massive pool of IPs to work with and you want to be able to have access to the entire network. If you’re going for a dedicated service where you pay per IP as opposed to GB of traffic, this feature will likely not be available. That said, dedicated proxies outshine the later ones in terms of performance and that allows you to get away with a limited number of connections.

Free Monthly IP Randomization: This is a nice quality of life feature but I wouldn’t call it mandatory. If everything goes smoothly, you shouldn’t need to change your IPs all that often. However, this feature is welcome if one of your IPs does get blocked, in which case you can ask for a free replacement. This is another feature you’ll need to keep an eye on if you want to buy dedicated proxies. Residential proxies tend to rotate every few minutes so there’s no need for monthly randomization on top of that.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Buy Limited Edition Sneakers Without a Proxy?

Yes, but it can be very difficult to do so depending on the shoes you’re trying to purchase. Nowadays, a lot of people use sneaker bots in conjunction with proxies in order to beat the competition. It’s not impossible, of course, but you would have to be pretty fast to beat an automated tool, especially when it comes to buying extremely rare and sought after sneakers. If we’re talking about bulk purchases, however, proxies are pretty much mandatory.

How to Use Sneaker Proxies?

There are a few simple things to keep in mind when using sneaker proxies. First, having a large number of proxies to work with will increase your chances of success. Secondly, speed is essential. The faster you can get in and complete your purchase, the lower the chances that the sneaker site you’re targeting will be able to detect any suspicious activity. Finally, get a good sneaker bot and make sure to add all your proxies to it before you attempt the purchase.

What’s a Sneaker Bot?

Sneaker bots work like any other type of bots in the sense that they allow you to automate a specific process and perform it much faster than a human. A good sneaker bot should be able to access a website, add products to the cart, and proceed to checkout in less than a second. Needless to say, that’s much faster compared to a manual purchase. But in order for the bot to do its job properly, it needs to mask your real location using very fast proxies. So again, speed is essential.

What’s the Best Sneaker Bot?

Unfortunately, this question doesn’t have a straightforward answer. Sneaker bots are designed to target specific websites and come equipped with specialized tools and features that allow them to fulfill their purpose. In other words, you won’t be able to find a bot that works equally well on all sneaker websites. That’s why you should purchase a bot designed specifically for the website you’re trying to target and make sure that your proxies are compatible with that bot.

What’s Sneaker Copping?

Sneaker copping (sometimes known as sneaker cooking) is the process of purchasing shoes from apparel websites using specialized tools. Namely, you’re going to need a sneaker bot and sneaker proxies in order to successfully cop sneakers. The proxies are meant to protect your online identity and real location while the bot is used to automate the purchasing process.

Final Thoughts

Everybody wants the latest hot shoes but very few people are able to get their hands on them. After reading this article you should have a better idea of why that is. A large portion of limited edition sneakers are purchased using specialized tools like proxies and sneaker bots, which give those who use them a decisive advantage over regular customers. Given that so many people are using these tools nowadays, you’ll need to use them too if you hope to compete.

BlueHost vs Site5

Having tested both of these services, I have to say that it’s a little unfair to even draw the BlueHost vs Site5 comparison. One of the two is so far ahead of the other that it makes you feel bad to put their features side-by-side. However, both BlueHost and Site5 are competing for the same public, so it makes sense that you should at least try to look at both in order to make an informed decision.

What exactly should you look for, then? This depends on your specific hosting needs. Since you’re considering either BlueHost of Site5, I’ll assume that you’re likely in search of highly affordable service and a complete hosting plan for small to medium websites. Both companies can handle such a request, but it’s important to look at their individual features if you want to get the most for your money. Which of the two has better speeds? Which is likely to give you more uptime? What other features are you going to get and, finally, how much will it all cost you?

BlueHostSite5
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $29.99/monthfrom $25.95/month
Storage60GB50GB
BandwidthUnlimited500GB
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address21
RAM4GB64GB
Uptime offer0.9990.99
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email AccountsUnlimitedUnlimited
CPanelYesYes
Built-in CDNYesNo
Root AccessYesNo
1 Click WordPress InstallYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium-sized Websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

BlueHost vs Site5: Conclusion

It’s easy to see that Site5 vs BlueHost is a landslide in favor of the latter. BlueHost offers consistently higher speeds, better uptime, a host of additional features that can be integrated with your main purchase and, get this, it’s even cheaper than Site5. The only advantage of Site5 is that their customer support is reported to have a quicker response time, but is this really enough to change anyone’s mind? Not for me, I’m afraid.

Bluehost Shared vs WordPress

To decide between BlueHost Shared vs WordPress hosting, you should first consider whether you need a simple shared hosting plan for small to medium website(s) or a form of managed WordPress hosting for better performance and additional security features for WP sites. Bear in mind that WP Pro, BlueHost’s managed WordPress hosting service, is only suitable for websites built with the help of the WordPress CMS.

Almost all hosting plans from BlueHost are head-and-shoulders above the market standard in terms of affordability. BlueHost Shared and WordPress hosting are no different, so you can rest assured that you’ll get a great deal with either of the two. But here’s the thing: these two different types of hosting services are made for different purposes and this should sit at the foundation of your decision.

While BlueHost’s shared hosting plans are ideal for small to medium websites and businesses looking to get online fast, WP Pro is optimized specifically for websites built with the WordPress CMS. In other words, when you use WP Pro, you don’t only get additional features (such as more storage space, domains, and websites), but also significantly higher speeds and, ultimately, better SEO for websites built in WordPress. Naturally, all the added boons don’t come for free.

Bluehost Shared vs WordPress: Conclusion

Whether you go for BlueHost Shared or WordPress hosting should depend entirely on your hosting needs. If you’re just starting out and you need a complete hosting solution for your first website(s), there are a number of highly affordable BlueHost Shared plans to suit all preferences and budgets. If, on the other hand, you need peak performance for your WordPress website(s) and a hosting plan that is fully optimized for WP, then BlueHost’s WP Pro is the better choice.

BlueHost Cloud vs Shared Hosting

We all think we can figure out the perfect web host for our needs in a matter of hours, but, as soon as we encounter choices like BlueHost Cloud vs Shared Hosting, things get really tricky. This is one of the most important decisions you’ll make in terms of web hosting solutions, so don’t take it lightly. Yes, you can change hosts, yet some of them make it really difficult to do so.

To simplify the equation, you should probably go with a company that has both. BlueHost’s Cloud and Shared Hosting are joined by a Dedicated Hosting option, which means you can, at any point, switch from one to the other according to your needs.

To put it briefly, BlueHost’s Shared and Cloud hosting services are differentiated by the technology they each use. With Shared, your website shares the server it is currently on with other pages. Alternatively, Cloud solutions guarantee that your website is to be found on multiple servers. There are a host of advantages that Cloud has over Shared, including performance and downtime… all for a price, however. To figure out which option is best for you, it’s a good idea to compare their features side by side.

BlueHost Cloud vs Shared Hosting: Conclusion

While it may seem difficult to choose either BlueHost Cloud or Shared hosting, the technology behind the two is very different. If you think your company’s growth will require more digital resources (i.e. bandwidth, storage, etc.) in the near future, then Cloud is likely a more suitable selection. Otherwise, if you’re not sure what you need or you just want to get online, Shared hosting packs great value per purchase.

Bluehost Cloud Hosting Review

Back in 2012, BlueHost began to offer free CDN services to their existing users through a partnership with CloudFare, but it was only in 2015 that the company published its own proper cloud hosting service, referred to as BlueHost Cloud Sites. Since then, BlueHost has only improved its offer.

If you’re looking through BlueHost cloud hosting reviews in an attempt to figure out whether this is the right hosting solution for you, allow me to first ask you a question. Do you actually need to switch to cloud? Consider that, even though BlueHost has an incredibly affordable offer for cloud hosting, this service is significantly more expensive than, say, most shared hosting plans. As such, you should first make sure that the traffic on your website is high enough to justify the switch since small to medium sites can fare perfectly well even without cloud.

If you’re settled on getting more security for your website(s), as well as virtually 100% uptime, and great loading speeds, then BlueHost cloud hosting might be the right choice for you. Below, you can check out BlueHost’s cloud hosting plan and all of its features to make an informed decision.

Bluehost Cloud Hosting Review: Conclusion

BlueHost cloud hosting is most certainly worth its asking price, which, by the way, is lower than the cost of any other similar service on the market. Should you decide to make the switch, then BlueHost Cloud Sites is a good way to get started, although you might want to consider some of the premium services out there if your website is about to grow exponentially.

Bluehost VPS Review

Although BlueHost does not necessarily offer a premium service in terms of VPS hosting, you’ll notice that most BlueHost VPS reviews are overwhelmingly positive – and for good reason. This company’s main target audience is comprised of people or businesses who want to get online quickly, but do not have extensive knowledge in the field. The same holds true for their VPS plans, although these are more suitable for websites with high monthly traffic.

Since you’re considering BlueHost VPS, it’s likely that you’ve started out with one of BlueHost’s shared hosting plans and are now ready to take your website(s) to the next level. There are a number of good reasons to stick with BlueHost as your online presence continues to grow, including their attractive pricing, SSD storage options, available RAM, enhanced cPanel, instant provisioning, and more.

Before you make a decision, though, you should go further than most BlueHost VPS reviews and check each individual feature of your favorite VPS plan against the specific needs of your website(s) or business. I’ve included all the essential details below to help you out.

Bluehost VPS Review: Conclusion

Making the switch from shared hosting to VPS is a big step. Although the costs are steeper, the superior performance, higher degree of control, and better security you get in exchange are well worth the price tag. This is especially the case with BlueHost’s VPS plans, which are some of the most affordable options currently on the market. If you’re looking at up to 100 million visitors per month, BlueHost VPS hosting might just be the ideal choice for you.

BlueHost Website Builder Review

BlueHost is like Beyond Meat for the dev world – easy to make, affordable, incredibly tasty, and guilt-free. If you’ve been thinking about building your own website and got to do even the tiniest bit of research, you’ve probably stumbled across BlueHost as one of the best and easiest ways to get online.

I also think that the BlueHost website builder is a remarkably powerful web development tool that anybody – literally anybody who can open a browser – can use to their advantage. Not having to pay the premium price of a programmer is, by far, their most alluring pitch. To put it differently, we can’t eat out at a high-end restaurant every day, so a comfortable, DIY gourmet option is something we desperately need.

In this BlueHost website builder review, you’ll become acquainted with some of their best features and tools. You can instantly launch a WordPress page or add Weebly, set-up an eCommerce platform, integrate databases, expand your website’s functionality with tens of thousands of free scripts, and much more. See for yourself!

BlueHost Website Builder Review: Conclusion

There is no denying the fact that the BlueHost website builder is one of the most dynamic and impressive tools of its kind. Whether you’re an established business transitioning to the digital world or an independent contractor seeking more visibility, BlueHost will not only help keep your web development costs low, but also guarantee your page looks fresh and professional.

BlueHost eCommerce Review

2021 is expected to bring close to $5 trillion in worldwide eCommerce sales, while the number of online shoppers is drastically increasing on a yearly basis. It’s no wonder that businesses who start online are likely to grow at a faster rate. In this BlueHost eCommerce review, I’m going to tell you why this web hosting industry leader is your best bet if you’re just starting out as a retailer.

In 2019, BlueHost partnered with WooCommerce to give their customers a one-stop shopping cart solution. Woo is your perfect gateway to the world of selling things online: it’s easy to set-up, it scales well, and it can be managed in an intuitive, straightforward point-and-click manner.

If you’re a web developer, you can easily dive into the backend of the BlueHost eCommerce solution, but this is not an absolute necessity. If you’re trying to manage your costs, there is no need for a premium programmer to launch your online shopping experience when you work with BlueHost.

You can optimize the visuals of your page, choose the size of your products’ images, and use extensions like USPS, Square, MailChimp and more to improve your page’s features. Scroll down to find out what other benefits you get with BlueHost’s eCommerce.

BlueHost eCommerce Review Conclusion

BlueHost’s eCommerce proposal is great for small and medium enterprises starting out in the world of online retail. Their association with WooCommerce provides for a versatile and easy to manage online shopping cart for individuals or businesses who are not yet ready to hand over the reins to their webpage.

A2 Hosting vs. Bluehost

If you want to decide the Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting match-up, you’re in for a sweet, sumptuous ride. It’s like trying to choose between the softest chocolate chip cookie and the perfect apple pie; in a sense, it’s bittersweet because both are just that good. You might spend hours on end balancing out features, details, and drawbacks before you come up with a clear winner.

In the competition between Bluehost and A2 Hosting, the first comes out strong with a free domain name and SSL certificate, while the second is considered to be one of the best platforms for picky developers. The two services keep improving their offer to the point where it’s become tortuous to say for certain which is better.

Yet, we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sample both and deliver our delectable experience in what follows. Don’t worry: we’ll also include the shortcomings. We are, after all, very fussy about our delicacies.

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting: A Complete Overview

Bluehost is a somewhat old company, founded in 2003. The company is based in Provo, Utah, and has its main data centers in the same place. Bluehost is a pretty large company too, hosting over two million websites on its servers. Before the success of Bluehost, founder Matt Heaton had tried his hands on creating two other hosts starting from 1996 before he settled on Bluehost in 2003. Bluehost offers a wide range of services— from Dedicated hosting and VPS hosting to Shared hosting. However, we are only going to review Bluehost shared hosting plans. In 2010, Bluehost was acquired by EIG, adding them to a plethora of hosts owned by the conglomerate.

A2 Hosting was conceived far back in 2001 by Bryan Muthig and compared to Bluehost has endured pretty low publicity while delivering great speed and decent performance in other areas as well. As we mentioned in our A2 Hosting review, they are also known for having great customer support and loads of great, high-tech features like SSDs on all plans and loads of beneficial features like free site migration, unlimited data transfer and a lot more. Impressively, A2 Hosting rarely discriminates in regards to plan level. Higher plans maybe get higher storage and capacity, but the basic features are available for even basic plans. Another important thing that you should perhaps know about A2 Hosting is that it’s one of the few independently owned Bluehost alternatives, and this is a big deal (or not, depending on whether you love big corporations or not) in an industry where most hosts are owned by Endurance International Group (EIG), a telecommunication giant.

The Bluehost Chocolate Chip

Newcomers to the world of hosting who are still unsure whether to go with Bluehost or A2 Hosting might find the first option to be more alluring. Bluehost has recently overhauled its UI (user interface), which makes it incredibly easy to navigate (see more about this in our Bluehost review Article). If you have basic computer operating skills, all it takes is an afternoon on Bluehost to be able to launch your very own website.

For WordPress hosting, in particular, Bluehost is one of the industry leaders in terms of affordability and value for your purchase. A free domain name, SSL certificate, unlimited e-mails, and marketing credits are all features that sweeten the whole.

Even if the popular blogging platform has its own hosting service, Bluehost vs. WordPress is a debate that is often won by the former. We’ll readily admit that they’re also one of our favorites, despite the fact that their starter packages tend to fall off by comparison with A2 Hosting when it comes to high volumes of traffic.

The A2 Hosting Apple Pie

In terms of data transfer, A2 Hosting is one of the first organizations to have offered high-speed SSDs, which are now a staple of their services and can enable your pages to be loaded faster. On average, you can expect your website to be anywhere from 10 to 20 times more responsive than the industry average if properly set-up and maintained.

Although slightly more expensive for the starter pack, A2 Hosting’s proposal includes their recently introduced Turbo Servers package, which is to say that you will share your server with fewer clients than usual. In turn, this will give you more physical memory and a range of pre-configured caching options. It might seem like developer gibberish, but these are the tools that ultimately lead to above-standard performance.

You don’t get a free domain with A2 Hosting like in the case of Bluehost, but you do benefit from free site transfer, as well as the possibility to host unlimited websites.

BlueHosta2 Hosting
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $2.95/monthfrom $3.92/month
Storage50GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageNoYes
IP Address10
Uptime offer0.9991
RAMUnmetered4GB Virtual
SSL CertificateNoYes
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email Accounts525
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseSmall to Medium
HeadquartersUSAUSA

Popularity Comparison

Full disclosure; we couldn’t care less about how popular a web-host is. But we always like to make the clarification so that some smart fellow wouldn’t say, hey but this host is more popular, what’s up with that? Popularity levels have more to do with advertising and marketing tactics than with actual hosting proficiency. So, which Web-host is more popular? Bluehost, without a doubt. A2 Hosting doesn’t even come close in terms of websites hosted or reach. Now that we are done with that, it’s time to move on to one of the most important criteria of choosing a host for your site; performance. 

Performance

When you purchase a hosting plan, you have some certain expectations. You want your website to be accessible, and quickly too. The best hosts deliver on this promise better than others— some are more reliable and faster than others. Let’s look at uptime, for instance. 

Uptime

In order to get the most accurate review, we purchased a basic Bluehost plan (most of the data in this review is from our experience using the host), created a website using Weebly and set up our testing tools to test for uptime. Over our testing period, we recorded about 99.99% uptime. Which is just about the best that a host can promise. Of course, we all want our sites up for 100% of the time, but that isn’t possible. Scheduled updates, random server failures and a lot of other things make that ideal rather impossible. In that case, a 99.99% uptime is quite applaudable. We do not only like to test for uptime, but we also like to check whether a host has an uptime guarantee. Unfortunately, Bluehost doesn’t offer an uptime guarantee. As you probably know, this means that even uptime gets bad, you can only hope it gets better. Users cannot request any compensation. This isn’t especially encouraging, seeing as a lot of other Web-hosts offer an uptime guarantee. 

We also tested A2 Hosting’s Uptime

We also bought a basic A2 Hosting plan (most of the data in this review is from our experience using the host), set up a dummy account, filled it with content and set to work testing. Over our testing period, we recorded a decent, but not amazing, uptime of 99.96%, similar to the averages of other well-known hosts such as Hostgator or BlueHost. Over the course of a year, that’s an almost negligible 3 and a half hours. If you run an online store, you may lose some money if your website is down 3+ hours a year, but it certainly wouldn’t be that big of a bother. To make things better (somewhat), A2 Hosting offers an uptime guarantee. A2 has a 99.9% uptime guarantee, which means that  If downtime is higher than 0.1%, customers receive 5% credit for each hour that downtime is further experienced. However, this uptime isn’t valid on two conditions;

During scheduled maintenance

When outages are because of circumstances that A2 Hosting cannot control.

VERDICT; While A2 Hosting uptime is negligible, Bluehost’s trumps it by a lot (0.03% is a lot in terms of uptime). A2 tries to cover its blushes by offering an uptime guarantee, but we aren’t just buying it. We prefer great uptime to a great uptime guarantee, and Bluehost has a better uptime. Bluehost wins this one for us. 

Speed

Did you know that Amazon would lose up to 160 million dollars a year if the website got any slower? Now you do. Did you know that 40% of people would stop visiting a site if they experienced problems with speed? Speed matters to visitors and they should to hosts and webmasters too— in fact, they do. 

Bluehost Speed Tests

We measured the average response time of 461ms on our Bluehost website and we were quite surprised. We certainly did not expect that Bluehost would perform above average in regards to speed. However, that is exactly what happened. To make sure that we did not record phantom speeds, we sent about a hundred virtual users to the site to see whether the servers would perform worse during a traffic spike. That didn’t happen, as Bluehost continued to deliver really stable speeds around 400ms. It was impressive, especially as it isn’t something that we expected. 

(Our speed test takes into consideration speeds from various locations around the world. Actual speeds within the US are much lower)

A2 Hosting Speed Tests

We were sort of excited to carry out our A2 Hosting speed test. Why? A lot, and we mean a lot, of reviews place A2 Hosting at the top of the totem regarding speed. So we fired up our site and calculated the average speed of our testing period. We got an astounding response time of 331ms, which is amazing because response speed within the US is around 50-70ms. The average was brought down because we took other locations outside the US into consideration. This isn’t just fast, it is super fast and we don’t think we’ve reviewed a faster host. A2’s speed absolutely blows everyone out of the market. Like Bluehost, we tried to test whether the speed we saw could hold up doing traffic spikes, and we were glad to not see a dip in speed. Whether with low traffic or high traffic, A2 Hosting is super fast. 

 It even gets more impressive when you take into consideration the fact that we didn’t test speed using the signature turbo plan. We recorded these speeds on our basic plan, and A2 Hosting claims that the turbo plan is even faster— 20 times faster than the normal servers. Talk about a weird flex. 

VERDICT; Bluehost provides decent speed, but decent is nothing compared to extraordinary. We don’t think that there are many hosts that would beat A2 Hosting in the speed department. It appears that the hype is real and A2 really is that fast. They win this round for us, and convincingly too. 

Ease of Use for Bluehost compared to A2 Hosting

There is a reason why people prefer automatic cars to manual ones, tractors to hoes, air conditioning to a hand fan, and riding in a car to hiking (most of the time, at least). That reason is ease— no one likes difficulties, and it is the same with hosting. The simple truth is that the easier a hosting experience, the better the host. And that’s that. 

First, let’s talk about the user interface. Bluehost makes use of cPanel, the standard user interface for hosting. This means two things; a) users migrating from other hosts (who are most likely to be using cPanel) will find it easier to understand and use, and b) cPanel is great for beginners or less advanced users so they can get most of their tasks done without trouble. Some of the useful features of Bluehost’s cPanel are;

 MySites; It allows users to control multiple websites via a single account 

The Marketplace feature; It gives users access to a digital marketplace where tonnes of things like add-ons, themes, and even professional services can be bought seamlessly. 

Domain manager aptly called Domains; This is a tool that allows users to manage the registration status of domains, discover and register new domains, set up redirection, and update information. 

Users who want more advanced settings can find them grouped neatly together under the advanced option. Bluehost provides one-click installation support for most popular apps like Joomla, Magneto, Drupal and WordPress. Bluehost also has a special customer service called Blue flash that provides instant advice on WordPress. Whatever help is needed— be it advice on plug-ins, themes or/and templates, Blue Flash is provided absolutely free and on all plans to guide customers. If you’d like to build a website, Bluehost provides the services of the Weebly website builder absolutely free of charge. Weebly has drag and drop functionality so that you can get your website on the way without writing a single line of code. To top a wonderful performance up, Bluehost offers free SSL certificates on all plans. 

There is one thing that we noticed, though. Bluehost doesn’t offer a free site transfer and users have to pay a one time fee of $149.99 to transfer five websites, 20 email accounts and any other file or database that you might want to be moved. We are not entirely sure this is the greatest deal for people moving from other Web-hosts. There are a lot of Web-hosts with more or less the same profile as Bluehost offering free site transfers. It would be easier to transfer to one of those hosts.

Like Bluehost, A2 has a cPanel interface and it’s great for all the same reasons. However, it isn’t as heavily customized as Bluehost’s, so we think that beginners would prefer Bluehost’s interface. Experienced users, however, should have no problems with navigating A2’s interface. In addition, we wouldn’t give A2 Hosting top marks for space management— the interface is needlessly cluttered with so much information. 

Asides that, almost everything regarding use is satisfactory. There is one-click installation support for a lot of apps, including Joomla and WordPress. A2 Hosting also has special tools like the A2 Optimized WordPress plugin that optimizes WordPress. However, this tool is only available on higher-tier plans. Unlike Bluehost, A2 Hosting doesn’t make use of a third-party website builder. The host has a proprietary website builder called Sitebuilder. No, we are not kidding. A2 Hosting spent years developing a website builder and called it Sitebuilder. Goes to show that truth can be stranger than fiction. A2’s Sitebuilder has drag and drop functionality, and while it might not be the greatest Sitebuilder we’ve seen, it’s still pretty decent. Unfortunately, Sitebuilder isn’t free and costs anything from $2.76 to $8.88. Lastly, A2 Hosting provides free SSL certificates from Let’s encrypt on all plans. In addition to that, A2 Hosting allows users to migrate anything one free website on a shared hosting plan. This is a sweet deal, especially as Bluehost doesn’t offer it.

VERDICT; Overall, Bluehost was easier to use for us. However, we were let down in some key areas which include the fact that there is no free site migration offered. A2 Hosting, in the end, gave us more problems than Bluehost, even though they are negligible in the long run. 

Money-Back Guarantee Policy

We absolutely love money-back guarantees, and generally speaking, it is the longer the better for us. They are important because they show exactly how much a provider trusts the goods/services being sold and they allow users to check for themselves whether the service/goods purchased were what was advertised. The industry standard for money-back guarantees is 30-days, and we are of the opinion that thirty days is simply not enough to test run a hosting service. 

Bluehost has an average money-back guarantee of thirty days. That is, if you purchase an annual plan (a plan of a year or more), you get thirty days to set up your website, monitor performance stats and decided whether or not you’d like to continue with Bluehost for the long haul. Bluehost’s money-back guarantee is pretty straightforward and doesn’t involve any shenanigans as we saw with GoDaddy. However, refunds can only be made on the condition that the fee for free services received like free domains is deducted. In the case of free domain, a fee of $15.99 will be deducted. Bluehost claims that this must be done because of the special nature of domain costs.

A2 Hosting, on the other hand, has two kinds of money-back guarantee. They have the first one, like Bluehost’s, that lasts for thirty months and has roughly the same conditions. However, here is where A2 Hosting blows us away. If you decide to cancel your hosting plan after the first thirty days, the fee for the days of hosting you’ve used will be deducted from your original fee and the rest will be refunded to you. People talk a lot about considering the risks associated with buying a hosting plan, but A2 destroys this argument easily. Purchasing an A2 Hosting plan comes with little or no risk attached, and this anytime money-back policy is something we’d like all hosts to implement. 

VERDICT; The answer is easy for us, and it should be for you too. A2 Hosting wins this round completely. It’s not even a contest. 

A2 Hosting vs. Bluehost: Customer Support and Reliability

If we were to mention the top three things that are important to us (and should be important to you too) when considering moving to a new host or purchasing a hosting plan from a Web-host, customer support and reliability would make the list a hundred out of a hundred times. Customer support reliability is so important, whether you’re a beginner or the most advanced webmaster. The chances of you running in to a problem or something that you need clarification on, especially if you have more complex hosting needs, is almost 100 percent. And when that time comes, it’s important to have customer support that is 1) easily and quickly accessible and 2) helpful. 

Bluehost offers three channels for contacting tech support and these channels are the live chat, phone, and ticketing channels all available 24/7 and on all plans. Like most hosts that we’ve reviewed, Bluehost also maintains a pretty stacked up databases that have everything from articles explaining the simple parts of hosting to one’s guiding users through the multiple technical processes needed to run a website.

Since the live chat channel is the most commonly used channel, (and we suspect that it is the most effective tool), we decided to try that out first. Bluehost is a pretty large corporation, so we didn’t have especially high hopes for their customer support. We are always wary of the customer support of pretty large companies because they usually have too many customers to attend to and the support rep to customer ratio is often unbelievable. So we tried to connect to a customer rep, knowing that we might have to wait for a while because it is what it is. Impressively, although we still ended up waiting for about an average of five minutes thereabouts when we tried to connect to a live rep, it really wasn’t as bad as we originally anticipated. The live reps that we spoke to were friendly and courteous enough, however, only about half of the people we asked questions looked like they had in-depth knowledge about what we were asking. The rest had to delay before replying us (we believe this is because they were confirming answers to our questions). Perhaps Bluehost hasn’t yet finished training the reps that were less than impressive? We wouldn’t know. Bluehost’s customer service won’t get top marks for customer reliability— but that doesn’t mean they have the worst support we’ve seen. We’ve seen far worse, and in fact, Bluehost is quite above average in our opinion. 

A2 Hosting offers more customer support channels than Bluehost, with a phone, live chat, ticketing, and even Skype customer support service. Like Bluehost offers, there’s also a robust knowledge base if you’d prefer not to speak A2 Hosting also has a nice (We think? We aren’t entirely sure, to be honest) name for their customer support service. They are called the “Gurus Crew”, which has a nice ring to it and would be appropriate if the entire customer service department wore turbans, mediated, and drank spiritual tea in the Himalayas. But, presumably, they don’t, so it ends up being what it is. 

Moving on. 

We contacted the live chat support as we did with Bluehost, and we experienced considerably lower wait times on an average than we did with Bluehost. The reps, or members of the Guru crew, that we spoke to were friendly, knowledgeable (as a guru should be), and answered all our questions in less than a minute. It does appear that you don’t have to drink spiritual tea and live in the Himalayas to be a guru. Overall, it was an easy experience. We were able to connect to a rep quickly, and our problems were solved quickly too. It rarely ever gets better than this. 

VERDICT; Did we have any serious problems with either host? No. But we have to choose a winner. While Bluehost’s customer support is more than able to help you through tiny, uncomplicated problems, we aren’t sure that a lot of the customer reps will be much help if you run into bigger issues that need expert advice. On the other hand, we feel the non-tea drinking (presumably) men and women at the guru crew will be more than capable. A2 Hosting takes this one for us.

Security

A website holds a lot of information, and in some cases, that information can be dangerous if in the wrong hands. It can also be very painful if users lose data and files because of malware. That is why, in order to protect your investment (a website, no matter which way you look at it, is an investment), you must pay attention to the security infrastructure of a host before purchasing a plan. Thankfully, most Web-hosts offer some level of security. The major differences are often in how much they are worth, and whether they are free or not. 

Bluehost Security Features

Bluehost covers the basic by offering a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt. The host also offers a special security tool called Sitelock that scans for malware 24 hours a day, seven days a week and immediately reports once any danger is spotted. However, this isn’t a free service and users may have to pay within the range of $2.69 to $41.99 per month. Bluehost also has the Codeguard basic, a tool for automatically backing up data. Codeguard isn’t free either and costs $2.95 (lowest renewal price) to $23.95 (highest renewal price). There are other security features like Spam Experts, a tool that filters your mail and saves you for spam and suspicious emails. There is also access to the Domain privacy feature that helps keep your private information off public WHOIS listings. Unfortunately, all these features, while they might be free for the first term, come with a renewal price. There is indeed no free lunch. However, most of these features, like Codeguard basic for instance, are offered for free on higher-tier plans. Bluehost provides courtesy backups on lower plans too, but we would advise users to either purchase Codeguard basic or find another way to be responsible for their own backups. This is because courtesy backups simply mean that Bluehost does the backup as a favor to the user, and it is not guaranteed. 

Bluehost has decent security options, but most of them are not available to basic plans and are only available as add-ons. Not good enough, we’re afraid. 

A2 Hosting Security Features

A2 Hosting has HackScan, a virus scanning service that scans for viruses 24 hours a day. There is also a defense against DDOS attacks. A2 Hosting provides free SSL certificates on all plans, and KernelCare, a feature that automatically runs rebootless Kernel updates daily. A2 Hosting also offers optimized plug-in for WordPress that auto-hardens websites and prevents hacks. This plug-in comes with a unique WordPress login URL, reCAPTCHA and automatic WordPress updates. This keeps websites safe from hackers and malware simultaneously. A2 Hosting also has a firewall, brute-defense force, and virus scanning features to keep websites safe. In addition to all these, A2 Hosting also offers automatic backups. Unfortunately, this service isn’t free and you are charged a fee. 

VERDICT; The security of both Web-hosts did little to impress us if we are being fair, and it looks a lot like a case of we couldn’t really care either way. We don’t like draws, but this looks like one so we are going to call it one. 

Plans & Pricing

Of course, there is always the temptation to take the one-dimensional route and simply choose the cheapest hosting plan and be done with it. Instead, though, we are going to take a more nuanced path and will be judging the shared hosting plans on whether the value offered is worth the price quoted. We’ll also be looking at the industry as a whole and look at the prices other hosts are quoting for the same or similar service— then we’ll decide if a deal is worth or, or whether you can get a better deal elsewhere. 

A2 Hosting has three levels of shared hosting plans. They are the Lite, Swift, And Turbo plans. The Lite plan is the cheapest plan and costs $2.96 (renewal costs $7.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • 1 website
  • Unlimited storage
  • 25 Email accounts
  • Free and Easy site migration
  • Free SSL certificate

The second plan, which is the lite plan, costs $3.70 monthly (renewal costs $9.99). The plan comes with the following features;

  • Unlimited websites
  • Unlimited Email accounts
  • Free and automatic backups
  • And all the features of the Lite plan. 

The highest shared hosting plan is the Turbo plan and it costs $7.03 monthly and $18.99 upon renewal. The plan comes with the following features;

  • Turbo speed (up to 20× faster than regular servers) 
  • all the features of Lite and Swift plans. 

Our first complaint is one we have for many Web-hosts in the market, and while it may seem like it is impossible to achieve, we’d really like for Web-hosts to adopt a transparent pricing scheme. It really isn’t that difficult, as we’ve seen Web-hosts who don’t increase their price by 100-200% percent after the first term. 

So let’s move on to Bluehost.

Bluehost offers four Shared hosting plans. Most Web-hosts just offer three, but we like how Bluehost leaves a lot of room for scalability. The three plans are the Basic plan, Plus plan, and the Pro plan.

The Basic plan comes with;

  • 1 website
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 subdomains. 
  • 50GB of storage
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • 1 free domain
  • The plan costs $2.75 (renewal costs $7.99 per month).

The Plus plan comes with all the features of the basic plan plus;

  • Unlimited websites
  • $200 marketing offer
  • Spam experts.
  • Unlimited storage
  • Unlimited domains
  • Unlimited subdomains
  • Unlimited parked domains

The plan costs $5.45 per month (normally $10.99).

The Choice-plus plan comes with all the features of the Plus plan plus;

  • Domain Privacy and protection
  • 1 office 365 mailbox – free 30 days and Codeguard basic site backup. 

The plan is the same price as the Plus plan but renewal costs $14.99

The Pro plan is the most expensive shared hosting plan offered by Bluehost. The plan costs $13.95 per month (renewal is $23.99 per month) and it comes with all the features of the Choice-Plus plan with a dedicated IP address and high performance. Does this mean that previous plans have low performance? No. Apparently, previous plans have standard performance. According to Bluehost, high performance means that Pro servers allow for a 300,000 file count and are deployed with fewer users per server than the standard shared hosting servers.  Therefore each user gets more resources allocated than with normal lower their hosting plans.  

We have only one problem with Bluehost, though, and it is the same one we had with A2 Hosting. Renewal fees are hiked up to the high heavens after the first term. We think that there should be a better way— at least we’ve seen hosts come up with a better way, and still offer competitive pricing. 

VERDICT; We thought A2 Hosting was pricey, but compared to Bluehost, A2 Hosting is even approaching dirt cheap territory. A2 Hosting wins this one, not because we think they offer the best deal that we could get, but because the host offers great value than Bluehost and is overall cheaper.

Extra Features

We simply cannot wait to find out the juicy features that both Web-hosts have. Will they have any feature that’ll tip the scales? 

Let’s check out A2 Hosting first.

  • A2 Hosting has Windows-based servers. Accounts using these servers come with a Plesk interface instead of cPanel.
  • A2 Hosting offers free Cloudflare CDN on all plan
  • All shared hosting plans are limited to 35 concurrent HTTP plans— we aren’t sure if this will be enough for everyone
  • Built-in server-side caching.
  • A2 Hosting has great developer options; with users having access to Apache 2.4 FTP/SFTP access to your server environment, PERL 5.10 Node.js, MySQL 5.6 databases, PHP (5.x and 7.x) Python (2.6, 2.7, and 3.2), PostgreSQL 9.6, and Free SSH access. 
  • A2 Hosting has multiple data centers around the world
  • A2 Hosting is rather interested in sustaining the environment, that’s why the host has taken extra care to make sure that they eliminate their carbon footprint. To this end, A2 Hosting has launched a lot of projects, among them the FutureServe” green hosting initiative which tries to eliminate the harmful effects of emissions from their servers. 

What about Bluehost?

  • Bluehost offers hotlink protection to protect your data.
  • Bluehost offers CDN access
  • Bluehost is an officially recommended web host by WordPress. Only two other Web-hosts share this status
  • In case you need to manage your domains through them, Bluehost has a domain manager
  • One-click installations for over 100+ apps from MOJO
  • Bluehost offers the services of website builders like Drupal and Weebly.
  • $200 Marketing offers 
  • Bluehost has both MySQL and PostgreSQL databases and you can use either phpMyAdmin, Remote MySQL, or phpPgAdmin to manage your databases. 
  • The Blue flash feature is a special customer care feature that allows you access to experts dedicated to helping you get your WordPress website up and running.
  • Bluehost supports the use of Perl modules, Cron jobs, PHP PEAR packages, and Apache handlers.
  • Automatic WordPress Plugin and Theme updates. 

VERDICT; The standout feature for us was A2 Hosting’s green initiatives, and the second was Bluehost’s Blue flash feature. While we applaud A2 Hosting for their efforts on the environment, we do not see how this affects hosting experience directly. On the other hand, we do see how Blue flash affects hosting experience, so Bluehost takes this round for us. 

Major Differences between A2 Hosting and Bluehost

  • Just to recap, let’s confirm the major differences between both Web-hosts
  • A2 Hosting is way faster than Bluehost.
  • Bluehost has a thirty days guarantee, while A2 Hosting has an anytime guarantee. 
  • A2 Hosting provides free site migrations, while Bluehost doesn’t
  • A2 Hosting has data centers all over the world. Bluehost? Not so much.

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting – Our Pick

Our long ride is finally over, so let’s look at the scoreboard. A2 Hosting is faster while Bluehost is more reliable. A2 Hosting has a better money-back guarantee (not even a contest) and has better customer support. Bluehost is easier to use and both hosts drew the security section. A2 Hosting offers a better price deal and Bluehost has the more exciting feature. It was a hard and tough fight but Bluehost wins this one for us. 

Bluehost vs. A2 Hosting? A2 Hosting takes this one. 

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus is a match-up that mostly interests people who are looking for the best shared hosting solution in order to build small to a medium website. Both of these plans from Bluehost are significantly more affordable when compared to most of Bluehost’s Alternatives for the same services, which is already a big plus. But if you can afford either Bluehost Basic or Plus, which one should you go for?

I always say that this choice depends on your specific needs. We’ll take a look at both Bluehost Basic and Plus, as well as their features in just a moment, but, before we do, this is my general rule of thumb: If you’re a beginner who wants to test the waters and create a single website or blog, then Bluehost Basic is perfect for you. It’s super cheap and you don’t have to worry about the space limitations, because 50GB of SSD storage is more than enough for a single static HTML or WordPress site. If, on the other hand, you’re likely to try out multiple websites in the near future, Bluehost Plus is a much better plan. Here’s what I mean.

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus: Overview

Let’s take an overview at both Bluehost Basic and Plus and see what you get and how much you pay, then we’ll decide together what’s the best option for your needs but also for your pocket.

Bluehost Basic versus Plus Comparison
Bluehost Basic vs. Plus

The Bluehost Basic plan costs $3.95 and renews at $7.99, which is, admittedly, a steep price hike. The plan comes with one website, 50 GB of SSD storage, a free SSL certificate, one free domain registration, 5 parked domains, 25 subdomains, and unmetered bandwidth.

The Bluehost Plus plan, on the other hand, comes with unlimited websites, unlimited SSD storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited domains, unlimited parked domains, and unlimited subdomains, Spam Experts (a security feature for your email) and 1 office 365 mailbox – free for the first thirty days. The plan costs $5.40 per month and renews at $10.99. Again, Bluehost’s plan is a bastion of affordability. If you need to see the difference between Plus and Choice Plus, feel free to read about it in our Bluehost Review.

Bluehost BasicBluehost Plus
Websites AllowedOneUnlimited
SSD Storage50 GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnmeteredUnmetered
Free SSLYesYes
Free DomainYesYes
BackupNoNo
Domain PrivacyNoNo
Spam PreventionNoSpam Experts
Pricing$2.95/mo$5.45/mo

The important thing to take note of when comparing two shared hosting plans is the number of websites allowed. The Plus plan allows unlimited websites which is great while the Basic plan only allows only one website.

This is where the needs of the user come in. If, for example, you’re just starting out and only plan to create one website, going with the Plus plan might seem a little bit like using a grenade launcher to roast a Turkey. Another important thing to note when we are comparing Bluehost Basic versus Plus plan is storage. Here again, your needs come in. If your website is a simple one that doesn’t have too many videos and pictures, then 50GB of storage ought to be enough.

However, if your site is going to be data-heavy with lots of videos, pictures, and files, then the Plus plan is probably the best for you – even if you only plan on creating one website. You can always change your mind, and if you do, you’ll have zero troubles scaling up. The fact that both plans come with free domain registration and a free SSL certificate from Let’s Encrypt is great too.

Bluehost Basic vs. Plus: Conclusion

However, since the gap between the Bluehost Basic vs. Plus plan in terms of price isn’t that much (only about 2-3 dollars), we would recommend that you purchase the Plus plan regardless. You can never have too much space, too many websites, or too many domains. If the Plus plan is too expensive for you, though, you can go with the Basic plan.

GoDaddy vs AWS

In March 2016, GoDaddy announced their official entrance on the cloud market, an event which, according to many, meant that GoDaddy vs AWS would finally be a race on equal terms. Less than two years from this announcement, GoDaddy shut down their cloud business and, another six months afterwards, migrated most of their infrastructure to AWS. The race for cloud hosting was thus concluded.

Otherwise, from a hardware perspective, GoDaddy and AWS are quite similar. Whether you choose GoDaddy or AWS is entirely dependent on your expertise. Amazon’s services are intended for advanced users and people who can easily manage back-end development, while GoDaddy is a better option for those who are still trying to figure out their web hosting goals and needs.

The way I see it, GoDaddy is something of a local restaurant who purchased the rights to the operations of a successful international fast food company. If you’re looking for a nice place to grab lunch right now, there’s isn’t much of an AWS vs GoDaddy competition. However, if you want to grow a business of your own and believe that your organization will need more and more resources, it makes more sense to consider AWS.

GodaddyAmazon AWS
PlanSharedLightsail
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $100 consumable
Storage100GBNo
BandwidthUnlimitedper Instance
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesYes
IP Address15
Uptime offer0.9941
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SuppportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonAmazon Inc.
Year Founded19972006
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseWeb and Appliction Startups
HeadquartersUSAUSA

As you can see from the comparison between these two services, they are essentially competing for different markets. GoDaddy will give you some of the benefits of AWS’s scale and pricing, as well as their own support services. AWS’s customers are primarily businesses, but, unless you really know what you’re doing, you should probably put a pin in their offer until you get more information on what you need and how you can get it.

GoDaddy Reseller Review

You know how you sometimes have an idea that looks amazing on paper, but always falls short of your expectations when you try to implement it? The GoDaddy reseller option is one of those theoretically sound, yet practically unwise decisions. In this GoDaddy reseller review, I’ll take you through the ups and downs of the company’s service.

White label hosting or reseller hosting is a subscription that makes it possible for you to become a provider of web hosting services without the physical infrastructure of a hosting business. Essentially, you’ll be a broker between a large hosting organization and others who may require their services. If you’re good at merchandising and customer service, you can put your skills to great use through reseller programs.

While there are many good aspects to GoDaddy’s reseller program, their offer sometimes falls short in terms of benefits and, by extension, what you can offer your potential clients. When sales and basic support are your kernel operations, you want to make sure that your product is the best possible one you can afford.

GoDaddy Reseller Review Conclusion

As you can tell from this GoDaddy reseller review, it’s not just a subjective opinion that I hold with regards to their particular offer. Their ambiguous limits on server resources, odd e-mail plans, and lack of cloud hosting have deterred many customers from closing the deal with them. Their attractive prices make for a good starting option, but you should probably check out other companies as well.

Top 10 Datacenter Proxies Providers of 2019

If you’re familiar with web data extraction or website performance testing you already know how important it is to have a good proxy service while conducting these types of activities. However, you don’t actually have to work in the online space in order to use a proxy service. A lot of people use proxies to hide their identity while browsing the internet or to watch videos that are normally blocked in their country. Those are just a few obvious examples but there are plenty of other uses for proxies.

Proxies act as a gateway between the user and the internet. While browsing with a proxy service active, your location and IP address are hidden from prying eyes. In most cases, you can make it seem like you are accessing the internet from a different country located on the other side of the world if you wanted.

The Best Datacenter Proxy Services

It goes without saying that a tool like this can be very useful, however, not all proxy services were created equally and some are clearly better than others. With that in mind, we took the time to put together a list of reliable data center services that you can count on in 2019. This should make it easier to choose the ideal provider for your specific needs. A quick summary of our picks can be found below but make sure to keep reading for more detailed information on all these companies.

The following is our top of the best 10 datacenter proxies providers along with a review of each of them:

  • Luminati – Arguably the best and most popular provider of datacenter proxies currently on the market.
  • Smartproxy – Excellent shared datacenter proxies that support both IP rotation and sticky sessions.
  • Oxylabs – The largest network of dedicated datacenter proxies. Particularly good for web scraping.
  • Stormproxies – A very reliable US-based service that offers three methods of rotating IPs and a low entry point for dedicated proxies.
  • MyPrivateProxy – MPP Group is a veteran provider that offers great prices for bulk purchases.
  • SSLPrivateProxy – Versatile provider with 7+ years of experience and many specialized services.
  • Proxy-n-VPN – Small pool of IPs but otherwise solid and works exclusively with datacenter proxies.
  • High Proxies – Good for scraping, SEO, and social media. Low entry point.
  • Squid Proxies – Fast servers and great coverage but only sells shared proxies in bulk.
  • Blazing Proxies – Small network but offers good performance and very cheap prices.

1. Luminati

Luminati is an absolute juggernaut when it comes to pretty much any type of proxy service. The company has a very impressive network consisting of more than 40 million proxies at its disposal, about 500.000 of which are located in state-of-the-art data centers. Luminati has more than 1500 subnets at its disposal and offers proxy locations in 85 countries around the world. The provider has an excellent reputation thanks to its ethical business practices, which has allowed it to gain favor with a lot of Fortune 500 enterprises over the years. If you’re not sure which proxy provider to pick, Luminati is always a safe bet.

The company charges a pretty penny for its services but you won’t be disappointed by what it offers, especially since you can use our special coupon code to get a $5 bonus when purchasing your first package of datacenter proxies.

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Luminati offers both shared and dedicated IPs with unlimited bandwidth and an infinite amount of concurrent requests. The company also offers a ‘cooling period’, which is a guaranteed amount of time a certain IP address has not been used to access a specific site. Managing all your IPs is extremely easy here as Luminati offers not just a proxy manager interface but also a Google Chrome extension. In addition to great performance and ease of use, Luminati also takes pride in its very professional and knowledgeable customer support team, which is one of the best in the business.

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Very Appealing ‘Pay as You Go’ System

As far as the price is concerned, Luminati is not a cheap option. The company’s services are mainly targeted at big businesses so you can expect some pretty high prices here. However, that only applies to its standard packages, the cheapest of which includes 900 IPs and comes with a $500 per month commitment. Luckily, Luminati also has a ‘pay as you go’ system for datacenter proxies that will only set you back $0.10 per IP or $0.60 per GB of data and has no monthly commitment. Needless to say, that’s quite a bargain. If you’re still not sure about Luminati, though, you can always check out the company’s free trial and test out its services for yourself.

2. Smartproxy

Smartproxy is another reliable provider that offers both datacenter and residential proxies, as well as a number of other, more specialized services, such as Instagram proxies, sneaker proxies, and Craiglist proxies, among others. The company has been around for a long time and owns one of the largest networks around, which consists of well over 10 million proxies. Similar to Luminati, most of those IPs are reserved for residential proxy services, with only around 40.000 of those address being located in data centers. That number may not seem that impressive compared to its residential proxies, but 40K addresses definitely give you plenty to work with.

Smartproxy has some of the best prices out there for datacenter proxy packages, however, some people might still find the entry point to be a bit too high for their taste. If you’re one of those people, don’t worry because you can use our exclusive coupon code to shave 15% off your first purchase of datacenter proxies.

Smartproxy Datacenter Proxies
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Smartproxy has servers all over Europe and the United States and works exclusively with shared datacenter proxies. The company offers both rotating datacenter IPs and sticky sessions, which allow you to hold onto your address for up to 30 minutes. Smartproxy supports HTTP and HTTPS connections guarantee 99.99% uptime and include unlimited threads with all packages. The company also mentions that it has over 100 subnets and that its service is compatible with all the popular scripts and bots.

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Get Access to Smartproxy’s Entire Network for a Fixed Monthly Fee

Unlike many other companies that offer datacenter proxies, Smartproxy charges per traffic usage, as opposed to charging per IP. This means that you can access the company’s entire network for a fixed monthly fee. The entry package costs $50 per month and includes up to 100 GB of traffic, so that’s $0.5 per GB. The basic plan only supports 1 sub-user but you can support between 3 and 10 by going with one of the other packages. It’s also worth noting that you can buy additional traffic at a rate of $1 per GB with the basic plan or between $0.80 and $0.40 per GB with the other packages. Smartproxy offers a 3-day money-back guarantee to all customers.

3. Oxylabs

Oxylabs has one of the largest networks of dedicated proxies on the market right now, exceeding even that of Luminati. The company has over 2 million dedicated proxies in its pool, as well as another 32 million residential ones. Oxylabs has more than 80 data centers and offers proxies in 100+ locations around the globe in countries like the US, UK, India, Russia, Germany, and more. The location coverage here is really good and the company’s proxies are well known for their excellent speed and performance.

Oxylabs Datacenter Proxies
Oxylabs Datacenter Proxies Page

The company offers dedicated datacenter proxies with unlimited bandwidth and an unlimited number of concurrent sessions. You can also expect a 99% uptime guarantee, a quick and easy setup process, username/password authentication, and a very slick user interface. Oxylabs claims that its proxies are particularly good for web scraping, with the company going as far as to help users find clean proxies for the sites they want to scrape. A few other common use cases for the company’s proxies include brand protection, market research, ad verification, and travel fare aggregation.

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Very Generous Free Trial to Test Out the Service

Similar to most other companies in this space, Oxylabs charges per IP. The prices here are a bit above average but that is to be expected from a premium provider. The cheapest package will set you back $180 per month and includes 100 IP addresses, so that’s $1.8 per IP. You can get a better deal per IP with some of the other plans (as low as $1.20/IP), however, all the other packages are a lot more expensive. Companies that are looking to purchase significantly large amounts of IPs (25K+) can contact Oxylabs directly for a price estimate. A downside for some users is that Oxylabs’ non-US IPs are a lot more expensive than its US ones. On the bright side, the company offers a 7-day free trial, which is very generous compared to most of its competitors.

4. Stormproxies

Stormproxies is one of the youngest providers on our list and initially made a name for itself by offering solid backconnect rotating proxies. Nowadays, the company offers a pretty wide range of services, including dedicated proxies for Instagram, Facebook, ticketing sites, and more. Here you can find both residential and datacenter IPs. The IP pool for datacenter proxies consists of over 70.000 addresses located mainly in the US and Europe. Stormproxies offers both shared (rotating) and dedicated datacenter proxies.

Stormproxies Datacenter Proxies
Stormproxies Datacenter Proxies Page

The shared proxies are quite popular as they come with three methods of rotating IPs – rotate at every HTTP request, rotate every 3 minutes, and rotate every 15 minutes. This gives users a lot of options to work with and makes the proxies suitable for a wide variety of online activities. Meanwhile, the dedicated proxies are highly anonymous and optimized for maximum performance. These proxies are meant for general use and are not recommended for very specific activities. As mentioned, Stormproxies has other packages for things like accessing sneakers or ticketing sites.

Very Low Entry Point for Datacenter Proxies

A basic package of shared datacenter proxies will set you back $39 per month and will give you access to the entire network, so no pay per IP system here. However, this package along with the other shared plans comes with other limitations. For instance, the basic package only supports up to 40 simultaneous connections and the service can only be used on a single device. If you’re looking for dedicated proxies, the cheapest plan here goes for $10 per month and includes 5 private proxies, so that’s about $2 per proxy. The plans are limited at 100 threads and only cover US locations.

5. MyPrivateProxy

My Private Proxy or MPP Group is a well-known provider that has been around for many years. The company’s services are very reliable and include both shared and private proxies. In addition, the provider also offers dedicated proxies for sneaker sites, ticketing sites, and PokemonGo. MPP Group has a pretty impressive network of over 230.000 datacenter proxies, with dozens of subnets to choose from. A large portion of the data centers are located inside major cities across the US, however, the network also extends into various parts of Europe.

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MPP Group includes similar features with both its shared and private proxy packages. Some of the highlights include instant activation, IP and username/password authentication, up to 100 simultaneous connections, highly anonymous IPs, a fully automated control panel, and more. The company also offers a 99% uptime guarantee, unlimited bandwidth, non-sequential IPs, and free monthly replacements (for private proxies) of IPs that no longer work as intended. Customers also benefit from a 3-day money-back guarantee.

Massive Discounts for Bulk Purchases

As far as the pricing is concerned, MPP Group’s services are pretty affordable all things considered. Shared proxies plans start at $50 per month and include 50 proxies, so that’s $1 per proxy. You can get the price down to as little as $0.62 per proxy by going for one of the higher tier packages. The more expensive plans will also give you access to more locations and subnets. As far as the private proxies are concerned, prices here start at $2.49/mo per proxy. That’s a bit expensive, however, you can buy a single proxy here, which will be a major selling point for some people. If you’re looking for a bulk purchase, you’ll be able to get that price down to as little as $1.13 per IP with the high tier packages.

6. SSLPrivateProxy

SSL Private Proxy is another veteran provider that offers a wide variety of proxy and VPN related services. The company has been around for more than 7 years at this point and offers not just private and shared proxies but also specialized packages for things like sneaker sites, video games, social media platforms like Instagram or Snapchat, and more. SSL Private Proxy has a network consisting of over 120.000 dedicated IPs, with data centers located in 40 cities across North America and Europe.

SSLPrivateProxy Datacenter Proxies
SSLPrivateProxy Datacenter Proxies Page

SSL Private Proxy supports both HTTP and HTTPS connections, offers highly anonymous proxies, and a monthly randomization feature. Other highlights include IP whitelisting and username/password authentication, non-sequential IPs, unlimited bandwidth and an advanced control panel. You can access multiple cities and subnets regardless of whether you choose a shared or private datacenter proxies package. In addition to the regular advantages you get from private proxies, here they are also optimized for SEO, search engine scraping, YouTube, and social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Get a Great Deal by Paying for Multiple Months in Advance

The prices at SSL Private Proxy are pretty competitive, with basic shared hosting packages going for $11.10 per month. The entry plan includes 10 proxies, so that’s $1.1/mo per proxy. Meanwhile, private proxies are a bit more expensive and start at $15 per month for the basic package, which comes with 5 proxies. Similar to most of its competitors, SSL Private Proxy will give you a better price per proxy if you buy one of the more expensive packages. In addition, the company also offers pretty substantial discounts if you pay for several months in advance. In other words, you can look forward to some really good prices if you decide to stick with this provider for the long haul.

7. Proxy-n-VPN

Proxy-n-VPN is a very solid provider that works exclusively with datacenter proxies. The company puts a lot of emphasis on privacy and security so you can expect a high degree of anonymity with these proxies. The company’s network consists of around 10.000 dedicated IP addresses, so the pool is a bit smaller compared to other companies. However, the IPs are stored in state-of-the-art data centers and the company owns 100% of its inventory so you can look forward to good performance and reliability. Proxy-n-VPN offers both shared and private datacenter proxies.

Proxy-n-VPN Datacenter Proxies
Proxy-n-VPN Datacenter Proxies Page

Some of the features you can expect here include unlimited bandwidth, non-sequential IPs, 99.99% uptime guarantee, and speeds of up to 1GB/s. All the proxies are highly anonymous and you can easily manage everything by using the intuitive control panel. The company has good location coverage, with servers placed all across North America and parts of Europe. If you’re unsatisfied with the service for any reason, you can take advantage of the 3-day money-back guarantee refund policy offered by the company.

You Can Purchase Anywhere Between 1 and 1000 Proxies

Proxy-n-VPN’s prices are on par with many of the other companies on this list. Namely, a starter package of shared datacenter proxies costs $11 per month and includes 10 proxies. That’s a little over $1 per proxy but you can get a much better deal by opting for one of the larger packages that come with 500 or 1000 proxies. Meanwhile, a private datacenter proxy will set you back $2.35 per month if you go with the basic plan. Similar to MPP Group, Proxy-n-VPN gives users the option of buying a single proxy but you can expect significant discounts for bulk purchase, especially if you order one of the large packages.

8. High Proxies

High Proxies offers reliable services at competitive prices and operates across most of the United States and Europe, among other regions. The company has a network of around 25.000 IPs spread across a few dozen different locations. High Proxies has a number of useful services, including shared and private proxies, VPNs, and special dedicated proxy packages for social media and ticketing sites. High Proxies is considered a premium provider but its prices are actually similar to many of the other companies on this list.

High Proxies Datacenter Proxies
High Proxies Datacenter Proxies Page

The service isn’t really recommended for sneaker sites but you can use the proxies for pretty much everything else. SEO, scraping, and social media are some of the most common use cases here. All proxy packages come with unlimited bandwidth, monthly randomization, IP whitelisting, and a 99% uptime guarantee. Most plans also allow users to choose between multiple cities and subnets. The only exception to this is the basic private proxy plan.

The Cheapest Price for Single-Proxy Packages

Like many of the companies on this list, High Proxies allows users to purchase single private proxies, which explains the limitations I mentioned earlier. A private proxy costs $2.30 here but you can also buy them in bulk and take advantage of some pretty nice discounts in the process. As far as the shared proxies are concerned, the price starts at $10.90 per month for the cheapest package that comes with 10 proxies. Once again, you can get a better price per package by going with one of the more expensive tiers.

9. Squid Proxies

Squid Proxies is a great option for users who are looking for fast servers and good worldwide coverage. The company’s proxies are known for their good performance and you can find both shared and dedicated proxy packages here. Squid Proxies has been around for many years and was able to put together a very solid network during all this time. In addition to offering great coverage across Europe and North America, the company also has servers in Asia, Australia, India, and the Middle East.

Squid Proxies Datacenter Proxies
Squid Proxies Datacenter Proxies Page

The provider offers highly anonymous proxies and supports HTTP and HTTPS connections. Users can expect a very straightforward and fast setup process with very little configuration needed. The company only uses non-sequential IPs and has plenty of subnets to choose from across the US. Another nice thing about Squid Proxies is that you can get free new proxies once per month upon request. If you’re not satisfied with the proxies or with the service, in general, you can contact the company and get a refund within 3 days.

Fairly High Entry Point for Shared Packages

The prices at Squid Proxies at pretty standard and start at $1/mo per proxy for a shared package. The bad news is that the cheapest package comes with 100 proxies, which is good for bulk buyers but not so great for everyone else. If you’re looking to purchase a smaller quantity, you can go for a dedicated proxy package instead. Dedicated proxies cost $2.40 a piece but you can buy them in packages of 10, so that’s an investment of just $24.

10. Blazing Proxies

Founded by Blazing SEO back in 2015, Blazing Proxies is a company that offers a pretty wide variety of services. In addition to proxies, here you can also find VPNs, captcha solving services, and even dedicated servers. The company’s network is fairly small but this is offset by the fact that Blazing Proxies offers top-notch performance. Here you can find both shared and private proxies, along with virgin IPs that come in blocks of 256 for those in need of clean addresses for sensitive tasks like search engine scraping or bulk account registration.

Blazing Proxies Datacenter Proxies
Blazing Proxies Datacenter Proxies Page

Blazing Proxies has nine locations and hundreds of subnets to choose from. The service supports HTTP, HTTPs, and SOCKS connections include unlimited bandwidth and threads, runs at speeds of up to 1 GB/s, and includes automatic proxy replacements once per month. You can also expect other common features like instant deliver and IP and username/password authentication. Blazing Proxies offers a 2-day free trial so you can test out the service for yourself for a limited time without spending a penny.

Nearly Unbeatable Prices for Shared Proxies

If you do decide to sign up for the service, you’ll be happy to know that the prices are Blazing Proxies are quite reasonable. A basic package of shared proxies costs $2.50 per month and includes 5 proxies. That’s just $0.50 per proxy but you can get them even cheaper by subscribing for multiple months in advance. Meanwhile, the cheapest dedicated proxy package will set you back $6 per month and also includes 5 proxies. Blazing Proxies has a very flexible system that allows you to choose the specific amount of proxies you want to purchase, as opposed to offering traditional packages. The minimum amount is 5 proxies and there doesn’t seem to be an upper limit.

Datacenter vs Residential vs Mobile Proxies

Proxies can be split into three categories based on where the IP addresses are coming from. A data center proxy service uses IPs that are generated and stored in data centers belonging to big companies like Digital Ocean or AWS (Amazon Web Services). However, many of the major data center proxy providers actually own their own data centers and don’t rely on third-party companies. These types of IPs are often (but now always) static, sequential, and are also used for other types of services like VPNs, dedicated servers, cloud servers, and more.

Unlike datacenter proxies, residential and mobile proxies are usually not static (rotating) and are not stored in a single central location. Rather, these services use pools of addresses assigned to real users by their internet service providers or mobile carriers. Residential and mobile proxy services often use P2P networks that consist of IP addresses given voluntarily by users, generally in exchange for free access to certain services.

Pros and Cons of Datacenter Proxies

Pros:

Speed and Performance: These types of proxies are often part of huge data centers that power countless websites and businesses. This, combined with their static nature, gives datacenter proxies a clear edge over other types of proxy servers when it comes to speed and performance.

Availability: Datacenter proxies are plentiful and are always extremely easy to find. There are countless companies out there that sell them so all you need to do is find the one that works best for your particular needs.

Price: Datacenter proxies are also the cheapest of the bunch. Unlike residential and mobile proxies where you pay for GB of traffic usage, datacenter proxy providers generally allow users to pay per IP. This makes datacenter proxies both affordable and convenient as it’s not uncommon to find companies that only charge $1 (or less) per IP and a lot of the time there’s no lower limit on how many you can buy.

Cons:

Easier to Detect That Other Proxies: The static nature of datacenter proxies allows them to shine when it comes to performance but it also makes them easier to detect. Some websites will be able to figure out very quickly if you’re using a datacenter IP, which makes these services unsuitable for certain activities. It’s worth mentioning that most websites won’t really take any action against those who use datacenter IPs, but in some cases, they will.

Easier to Blacklist: Datacenter proxies raise red flags for certain types of websites, especially ticketing and sneaker sites. Many of these websites go out of their way to blacklist proxies and datacenter IPs are usually their first target because they are the easiest to track. You can circumvent this to some degree by signing up with a provider that works with multiple data centers. However, a lot of these companies admit that their proxies will likely not work on ticketing and sneaker sites regardless. So if you’re into shopping, our suggestion is to look into sneaker proxies instead of datacenter ones.

Types of Datacenter Proxies

While other types of proxies sometimes come in three variants, datacenter proxies are only available in two – dedicated and shared. Purchasing a dedicated proxy will guarantee that you will be the only person able to use it for the duration of your subscription. This isn’t the case with shared proxies. True to their name, these proxies are shared between multiple users.

Shared proxies are usually assigned to 3-5 people but there are companies that allow many more users to share the same proxy. This makes shared proxies less reliable than dedicated ones, however, the advantage is that they tend to be a lot cheaper as a result.

Datacenter Proxies Use Cases:

Web Scraping: Datacenter proxies aren’t ideal for web scraping but they can be used with some degree of success for this purpose if you know what you’re doing. The secret is to avoid biting off more than you can chew. If you’re trying to scrape large amounts of data from big websites like Amazon or LinkedIn you probably won’t get very far because major companies have systems in place to prevent that and, once again, datacenter proxies are the easiest to detect. If you stick to smaller websites, however, you should have no problems scraping data.

Creating Multiple Accounts: There are a lot of platforms out there that won’t allow you to create more than one account from the same IP address. Some people use VPNs to circumvent this but doing so is often not worth it because virtual private networks can be fairly expensive. Residential proxies are another viable option, however, they can be unreliable for this particular purpose because of their rotating nature. I recommend instead using datacenter proxies on these sites because they’re cheap and it will seem like you’re logging in from the same location every time, which won’t raise suspicions.

Website Performance Testing: Datacenter proxies can provide you with an excellent way of testing the performance of your website from different locations around the world. Just because your site works smoothly for you, it doesn’t necessarily mean that a person halfway around the globe will have the same experience, so it’s always important to test things out. While you’re at it, you can also test any ads you may have on your website using a datacenter proxy.

Accessing Geo-Restricted Content: Platforms like YouTube and Netflix generally don’t care about what type of IP you are using, so you shouldn’t have any problems accessing the geo-restricted content on these types of websites. In fact, datacenter proxies are ideal in this case because you can stream the content without having to worry about any performance issues.

Where to Find the Best Datacenter Proxies?

It can be quite difficult for new users to find good datacenter proxies because of the sheer number of companies that offer these types of services. As its often the case with these things, some companies are a lot better than others, so it always pays to do a bit of research before you decide to sign up with a provider of datacenter proxies.

But where do you find the best? A quick Google search will put you on the right track but you have to be careful because you’re likely to find a lot of companies in the search results that don’t actually offer datacenter proxies. Don’t worry, though, because we already did all the heavy lifting for you. We checked out and tested some of the most popular datacenter proxy services around and have ranked them all neatly in the list above. All you have to do is pick the one that works best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where Can I Use Datacenter Proxies?

Generally speaking, you can use proxies on most types of applications that support HTTP/HTTPS connections. Some companies also offer support for the SOCKS protocol, which gives you a few additional options to work with.

Can I Use Datacenter Proxies on Sneaker Websites?

It is recommended not to use general-purpose datacenter proxies for this activity. Datacenter proxies are meant for other purposes like viewing geo-blocked content or website performance testing, among other things. However, some providers do offer dedicated datacenter proxy packages that are suitable for sneaker sites, so keep an eye out for those.

What’s the Difference Between Datacenter Proxies and Residential Proxies?

In short, datacenter proxies use IP addresses that are stored in data centers while residential proxies use addresses that belong to regular consumers. Residential IPs are assigned by internet service providers while datacenter IPs are created in data centers by the companies that own the servers.

What’s the Difference Between Shared and Private Proxies?

Buying a private proxy will ensure that you are the only person with access to it for the duration of your subscription. In the case of shared proxies, the provider gives multiple users access to the same proxy. This makes private proxies a safer, albeit more expensive, option for users who value their privacy.

Can I Test Proxy Service Before I Commit to a Purchase?

These days it’s becoming rarer and rarer to find companies that allow users to test their proxies for free because they can be easily abused. However, some of the big providers like Luminati and Oxylabs still offer free trials, though these only tend to last for a few days.

Final Thoughts

Datacenter proxies are great for those who value performance and affordability over all else. These types of proxies are a bit more limited in some ways compared to residential and mobile proxies, however, they can still be used for a lot of online activities. If you use datacenter proxies for their intended purpose, you’ll find that these services have plenty to offer. But even if you’re not interested in things like web scraping or performance testing, datacenter proxies can provide you with a simple and cheap way of protecting your identity while browsing the internet.

Although there’s no shortage of datacenter proxy services nowadays, we urge you to be cautious about which company you sign up with. Only a relatively small percentage of providers can actually be considered trustworthy. The 10 companies we covered in this article were handpicked precisely so you won’t have to worry about their legitimacy as they are all well-known names in the industry. Although we decided to go with a ranked list, all the providers we listed offer fantastic services.

 

GoDaddy eCommerce Review

Selling things online is the way to do business in the 21st century. This is how giants like Amazon, eBay, Alibaba, and countless smaller companies built their fortune. With GoDaddy, eCommerce can also be within your reach.

GoDaddy’s eCommerce features render their offer particularly attractive for newcomers to online retail. Their standard online store is a great way to test the waters, although I’d go with the premium GoDaddy eCommerce plan. Aside from being hosted on WordPress, the subscription would allow my customers to select and compare products, create wish lists, and much more. These are several of the crucial tools that generate invaluable marketing data regarding my customers’ preferences.

For people who really have no specialized knowledge, GoDaddy’s eCommerce website design service ensures that everything is setup neatly without much effort. For more details on how GoDaddy can enable your eCommerce business, just scroll down to find out what features you can benefit from.

GoDaddy eCommerce Review Conclusion

It’s difficult to raise the stakes on GoDaddy’s eCommerce options. They have great support, an all-round service that delivers everything you might need, both frontend and backend, as well as reasonably priced plans. I don’t need to tell you how important ease of use can be for a business that is either transitioning online or just starting out. You’ll have 1,000 problems that will scream for your attention and you don’t want your website’s uptime, responsiveness, or functionality to be one of them.

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review

 

WordPress is, without a doubt, the easiest way for you to set-up a secure website without any specialized help. It’s likely the reason why over 1/3 of the entire Internet is actually powered by the WordPress platform. Although GoDaddy WordPress hosting plans are a relatively new option in their portfolio, the U.S. domain registrar quickly became one of the major players for WordPress hosting.

Aside from excellent support, when you chose GoDaddy WordPress hosting you get free website migration, easy installation of the WordPress suite, automatic security updates for your WordPress software, and other useful features. Feel free to read more about them below.

Just to give you an example of what you can achieve with a GoDaddy WordPress plan, their basic subscription starts at around $4 and can go as low as $1 if you land on a promotion. This goes up to $7 when you renew. For a highly affordable fee, you can get a free domain when you purchase an annual plan, 10GB of storage, and more. I call that a great deal any day of the week.

GoDaddy WordPress Hosting Review Conclusion

Many people have come to know the GoDaddy through its controversial Super Bowl ads. However, if you decide to opt for GoDaddy WordPress hosting, you’re in for a powerful, easy to use platform that is reasonably priced. In addition, you benefit from amazing features, not to mention live (actually talking to a person, not a robot) 24/7 support when you need it.

GoDaddy VPS Reviews

If your company and/or website(s) is growing at an unprecedented rate, it might be high time for you to make the leap from shared hosting to a virtual private server (VPS). A VPS is exactly what you’d expect from something bearing this name. You get your own (virtual) share of a physical server – which means you have a pool of resources, including CPU, RAM, and storage – specifically dedicated to your business.

The value you get out of GoDaddy’s VPS packages makes up for one of the most competitive offers on the market. To give you an example, the self-managed GoDaddy VPS starts at about $9.99. However, if you don’t think you have the specialized knowledge to oversee your own slice of server with the help of root access, GoDaddy can do everything for you for a monthly price of $24.49. Not bad.

Either of the GoDaddy VPS subscriptions are certainly affordable, but are they also good? I think that 200 GB of storage, 8 GB of RAM, 4 CPU cores, and a free SSL cert for one year speak for themselves. You don’t have to take my word for it, though. Scroll down below to find out other GoDaddy VPS possibilities and judge for yourself.

GoDaddy VPS Review Conclusion

GoDaddy’s VPS offers cover much more than the basic needs of setting up a VPS. Good uptime, great page-loading speed, and a strong list of resources on all of their plans makes it hard to turn them down. More importantly, you can scale your GoDaddy VPS configuration to a better one, or even jump to a dedicated server, if need be.

GoDaddy vs UniRegistry

Putting GoDaddy and Uniregistry against one another is not fair, at least not from my perspective. Uniregistry is a newcomer to the market of domain registrars, as well as to that of SSL certificates. In fact, it’s been roughly a year and a half since they started offering SSLs, which is why you won’t find them in any of the key market share statistics.

Unfortunately, Uniregistry got off on the wrong foot with SSL certs. No more than a month after announcing their partnership with Comodo to provide these certificates, a scare-tactic scam incident took place, where a number of Uni customers received fake renewal messages.

From this perspective, the debate between GoDaddy vs Uniregistry weighs heavily in favor of the former. GoDaddy has provided high-quality web security services for more than a decade and they currently are the third-largest provider of security across the Internet, right after Sectigo and DigiCert.

Faced with the Uniregistry or GoDaddy decision, some claim they chose the former simply due to novelty and sleek design, but I’m not really buying it. Especially when it comes to security.

GodaddyUniRegistry
PlanDomain RegistryDomain Registry
Pricingfrom $11.99 per yr per .com domainfrom $10.88 per yr per .com domain
Free WhoisNoYes
Free ICANNYesYes
Free TransferYesYes
in-house HostingYesNo
Free SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonFrank Schilling
Year Founded19972002
Ideal forSmall to Medium Enterprisehosting business / personal
HeadquartersUSACanada

The Uniregistry vs GoDaddy showdown might have different results later on – far, far into the future, perhaps. However, as I see it right now, Hover’s offer doesn’t pack that punch of confidentiality or value that I would need to switch over from an acknowledged company that has proven its worth time and again.

DigiCert vs GoDaddy

SSL certificates are an important matter for e-commerce businesses. If you’re selling something online, odds are nobody will buy from you if their connection to your website is not a secure one. Encrypting data and securing connections is what SSL certificates were made for, which is why both GoDaddy and DigiCert sell them.

To eliminate any moment of hesitation when you consider GoDaddy vs DigiCert, I’d like to focus on the fact that the former leverages its sizeable market capitalization to render Internet security incredibly affordable. With DigiCert, I have to pay around $100 every year just for the SSL, while GoDaddy’s first ask is just $55 (there’s a 20% off promotion at the moment), and $70 when renewed. If I’m also looking for hosting, their Ultimate plan throws a one-year free SSL my way for just $15 a month.

The decision to buy a GoDaddy or DigiCert SSL is not that clear-cut for multinationals, though. These clients might also want a warranty to go with the security service, which is not GoDaddy’s forte.

GodaddyDigiCert
PlanDeluxe SSLStandard
Pricingfrom $116.99 per yearfrom $218 per year
30-day Money-backNoYes
Issuance Time2-3 Business DaysHours
Warranty2500001000000
Certificate Utility with one-click installationNoYes
Easy CSR Generator ToolNoYes
Market Share0.15350.175
Current Websites542678618446
Free unlimited reissues for the lifetime of the certificateYesYes
Validates proof of domain ownership and organization identityYesYes
Supports 128-bit and 256-bit encryptionYesYes
Compatible with all major browsers and mobile devicesYesYes
24/7 SupportYesYes

It’s obvious that an individual, say, a blogger, would not need DigiCert’s $1,000,000 warranty in case of an incorrect certificate issue. For such customers, it’s hardly worth to even compare between DigiCert vs GoDaddy. In addition, you benefit from the same level of encryption with both services, although, as a major corporation, you might incline more towards DigiCert and their SSL warranty.

NameSilo vs GoDaddy

If you’re just looking for a place where you can buy a reasonably priced domain, then GoDaddy and NameSilo will definitely be among your most affordable solutions. While they are roughly on par in terms of prices – for example, .org is only $2 more expensive on NameSilo – there is a major difference between the total number of domains claimed by each. They often run promotions where you can land better prices on many top-level domains, so your best bet is to keep an eye out for these sales.

NameSilo says it currently monitors around 6 million worldwide domains, while GoDaddy claims over 77 million. This discrepancy is evident both in their market capitalization, as well as in the services they provide. For those looking to get online in the fastest, most affordable way possible, I cannot advise them to think in terms of GoDaddy vs NameSilo, since the latter does not have a hosting service of their own.

Having said this, customers who consider GoDaddy or NameSilo purely as domain registrars should look beyond the comparable prices. Below is a comprehensive list of additional features each service provides to its clients.

GodaddyNameSilo
PlanDomain RegistryDomain Registry
Pricingfrom $11.99 per yr per .com domainfrom $8.99 per yr per .com domain
Free WhoisNoYes
Free ICANNYesYes
Elite web site encryptionNoYes
Offers 2-factor authenticationNoYes
SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Accepts unverified PayPal accountsNoYes
Accepts BitcoinNoYes
Accepts SkrillYesYes
Accepts AlipayYesYes
Free Email ForwardingYesYes
POP AccountsYesNo
Registration RefundsYesYes

With features such as Domain Auctions, Domain Broker, Bulk Search, and the newly added Domain Value Appraisal, the NameSilo vs GoDaddy match-up leans heavily in favor of the latter.

domain.com vs GoDaddy

For some time now, GoDaddy and Domain.com have been head-to-head in terms of landing new customers. It’s a well-balanced match that’s likely to go on for a while. Both hosting services offer great prices for those who also want to register a free domain, although GoDaddy’s basic subscription is slightly cheaper. Nevertheless, users who have tried these services have reported similar levels of satisfaction.

It’s enough to look at their most popular plans to get a feel of how the match between GoDaddy vs Domain.com might go. Where Domain.com offers unlimited storage space, GoDaddy gives me 100 GB – which is still way, way more than I need for a starter website. On the flip side, GoDaddy guarantees unlimited bandwidth, which I care much more about than space, at least at this point. Domain.com has “scaling” options, which is to say that they’re going to make me pay if I want to maintain my website’s responsiveness.

I wouldn’t necessarily jump to conclusions and vouchsafe for either GoDaddy or Domain.com right now, but you can take a look at the figures and judge for yourself.

GodaddyDomain.com
PlanEconomyLinux Basic
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $3.75/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesNo
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNoNo
CpanelYesother
RAM1GB1GB
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseBest for blogs and social websites
HeadquartersUSAUSA

It’s sensible to have a Domain.com vs GoDaddy showdown. The two are, after all, aiming for the same market segment. However, the only thing Domain.com has to show for its higher price is the SSL Certificate, which appears only in GoDaddy’s Ultimate plan. But, to be fair, I can easily setup a free and secure SSL plugin on my WordPress without having to pay anything to anyone, so I don’t know if that should be a deciding factor in any equation.

Hover vs GoDaddy

Somewhere in the early 2010s, GoDaddy and Hover were deadlocked in something of a trial by combat. Everyone, including Forbes, mind you, demonized GoDaddy, while Hover was portrayed as nothing short of an “oasis” for new domain names.

Although IT is my life, my main hobby is reading, so I’m quite adept at telling when I’m being finessed. Even more so when I’m being sold one of the oldest archetypes in literature: the story of the underdog. But the narrative of Hover being an awesome underdog and a great alternative to GoDaddy was nothing more than marketing spiel. Today, if you look at GoDaddy vs Hover purely on the basis of what they offer, fiction crumbles under the weight of fact.

For those of you trying to decide whether GoDaddy or Hover is a better solution, I’d like to draw your attention to the fact that Hover will ask you for 4x the Economy pack of GoDaddy just to register a domain name. And the list goes on. Just scroll down to find out more about how they stack up against one another.

GodaddyHover
PlanDomain RegistryDomain Registry
Pricingfrom $11.99 per yr per .com domainfrom $12.99 per yr per .com domain
Free WhoisNoYes
Free ICANNYesYes
Free TransferYesYes
in-house HostingYesNo
Free SSL CertificateNoNo
24/7 SupportYesYes
Email ForwardingYesPaid
Year Founded19972008
Ideal forSmall to Medium Enterprisenon-profit websites
HeadquartersUSACanada

To me, it seems very clear that an entrenched and successful hosting service like GoDaddy will sometimes be targeted by negative marketing campaigns. Hover vs. GoDaddy was never even a competition. It was rather a marketing ploy to attract new customers who do not have the time to look at the facts and don’t mind replacing them with fiction.

Network Solutions vs GoDaddy

You may think it harsh of me to claim that GoDaddy and Network Solutions aren’t even in the same race, but that’s the cold, hard truth. However, if you’re anything me when it comes to recommendations, you’re not going to take me at face value. Instead, you’ll take the GoDaddy vs Network Solutions match-up even further. You’ll want to see data and in-depth comparisons and, luckily, plenty of that is about to follow.

As a general rule, I dislike taking the easy stance by claiming that either GoDaddy or Network Solutions is the better of the two, but, in this particular case one service simply out-classes the other across the board.

You’ll see this throughout my value analysis of the two services. For example, GoDaddy’s Economy pack lets me register a free domain, gives me 100 GB of storage space, and free e-mail, while NS’s Starter is only 15GB of space and no free domain registration. You may disagree with me, but take a look at the features below and tell me if I’m not right.

GodaddyNetwork Solutions
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $3.99/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Money-back Guarantee30 Daysn/a
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
One-click installsYesYes
24/7 Security MonitoringYesNo
CpanelYesYes
HeadquartersUSAUSA

So far, this is the data I can offer to help you resolve the dispute between Network Solutions vs GoDaddy. From very basic plans, where the latter raises the stakes considerably, to high-traffic offers, GoDaddy has more features, top tier support, and a better uptime. I may see a different, better race in the future, say, if GoDaddy decides to stop competing for a season or two, but it’s unlikely that such a thing would ever happen.

GoDaddy vs. Enom

GoDaddy vs. Enom is not a very spectacular contest. In a fight, neither of the two domain registrars would achieve a resounding victory. Instead, one would slowly grind down the other in what would probably become the most tiresome match-up in the industry. But, hey, if you’re trying to choose the best service out there, you have to give them all a fair chance, right?

GoDaddy and Enom started out as domain registrars at roughly the same time. Since then, GoDaddy Inc. has become one of the largest web service companies in the world and currently holds an enormous share of the market in terms of domain purchases. Meanwhile, Enom has also developed nicely, but, at present, the number of domains they sell is minimal when compared to GoDaddy.

Because they generally sell the same stuff, it’s kinda difficult to come up with a winner. But, as we always do, we managed to find a way.

GoDaddy vs. Enom Registrar Overview

Both companies started off at around the same time, with Enom getting started in 1997 and GoDaddy later in the same year (for the full story on how GoDaddy started, feel free to check our GoDaddy review). They also started with the same products as well, with both Enom and GoDaddy starting off as domain registrars and web hosting companies.

Twenty years later, both GoDaddy and Enom have managed to go really far. But one has managed to go farther than the other, and with over 17 million reported customers, GoDaddy is by far the more popular company. Why? Consistent advertising, for the most part.

It wasn’t always that way though. In 2006, Enom brought out Bulkregister, a major competitor and became the second-largest domain registrar in the world. In 2014, the host’s parent company, Rightside, split off from their parent company, Demand Media and began to work as an independent entity.

GoDaddy vs. Enom Hosting Overview

As a web host, GoDaddy is also incredibly popular. However, this is partly due to the fact that there are almost no hosts that offer to host as cheap as GoDaddy’s. They keep the price low, and the demand high. Adam Smith would probably host his website, if he had one, with GoDaddy (click here for the reference of this joke).

GodaddyEnom
PlanSharedStarter
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $5.96/month
Storage100GB20GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Uptime offer99.4%99.9%
RAM1GBn/a
CpanelYesother

Enom’s business model is a somewhat curious one. In exchange for advertising Dreamhost’s VPS and cloud computing services, Enom acts as the permanent domain registrar for all of Dreamhost’s customers.

GoDaddy vs. Enom: What to Look Forward To

The first thing you should take note of before choosing a domain registrar is whether they are ICANN- accredited registrars. This organization acts as the regulator of the industry and makes sure that domain registrars such as GoDaddy and Enom, but also others, are playing by the rules.

Generally, this is much better than buying a domain name from a third-party reseller as they are usually not ICANN- accredited. Secondly, if you’d want to get a country-specific domain name, you need to first check local domain registrar prices. Registering with well known global registrars such as GoDaddy or Google Domains and taking advantage of their on-going promos can save you a few bucks in the end.

The third thing to do is what you’re presumably doing right now – do your research. Since most companies offer the same goods, the important thing you need to take note of is the price. Many registrars have special discounts that take quite a great percentage off the first-time price, so you need to look for that as well.

If you’re going to be launching your site after acquiring your domain name, you should probably think of purchasing your hosting plan and your domain plan from the same company. Hosting your site with the same provider as you registered your domain name with makes things a lot easier (Not all registrars also offer hosting services, GoDaddy and NetworkSolutions are some of the registrars who do that and make your life overall better because of it). You also need to think of additional services you may need like SSL certificates, and if your provider offers these services with special discounts.

Things to remember when deciding between Enom and GoDaddy:

  • Both GoDaddy and Enom are ICANN registered, so you’re covered on that.
  • GoDaddy provides a free domain name if you purchase an annual plan. Importantly,Enom doesn’t.
  • While Enom can match GoDaddy when it comes to TLD extensions and generic extensions, Enom only has a handful of country-specific TLDs. Compared to GoDaddy, Enom easily takes the second position.

Domain Pricing

As we said, pricing is an important metric to consider when choosing between Enom and GoDaddy. You don’t want to be buying something of the same value at a higher price, do you?

We’ll be looking at the price lists of both companies for .com, .xyz, .co, .org, .net and .club domains.

GoDaddy PricingEnom Pricing
.com$0.99 (with this discount)$13.95
.org$7.99$14.75
.co$11.99$32.50
.xyz$0.99$12.99
.net$11.99$16.57
.club$9.99$19.99

Clearly, GoDaddy’s domain prices are way cheaper than Enom’s. The choice here is astonishingly easy.

Both companies don’t only sell domains. There are also additional services like WHOIS privacy (a feature that keeps your details off public WHOIS listing), SSL certificates, Shared Hosting, and website builder tools.

Shared Hosting Pricing

Enom’s hosting is not exactly what we would call cheap. In fact, compared to GoDaddy’s, it is downright luxurious. GoDaddy has four tiers of Shared Hosting plans, compared to Enom with only has three. GoDaddy’s plans are the Economy, Deluxe, Ultimate, and Maximum plans. Enom’s three plans are the Starter, Advanced and Power plans.

Low-Tier Hosting Plan Compared

Enom’s starter plan comes with 1 domain, 20GB of space, 200 GB of bandwidth and costs $5.96. GoDaddy’s basic plan, the Economy plan, comes with one website, 100GB of storage, unlimited bandwidth, unlimited emails, and one free domain. The plan just costs about $2.99 and around seven dollars to renew. Not only does Enom cost more, but generally provides less value as well.

Medium-Tier Hosting Plan Compared

The Advanced plan comes with 40 GB of storage, 400 GB of bandwidth, one domain and costs $9.76. GoDaddy’s Deluxe plan comes with all the features of the Economy plan and has the added advantage of unlimited websites, storage, and subdomains. It costs $4.99 (and $10.99 to renew). Again, GoDaddy’s plan completely floors Enom’s plan. Is it starting to look like a farce? Yes.

High-End Hosting Plan Compared

The Power plan which is Enom’s highest Shared Hosting plan comes with not very much power, ironically. It only has one domain, a hundred gigabytes of disk space, a terabyte of bandwidth and costs $19.68. To compare, GoDaddy’s Ultimate plan costs just about $5.99 (The renewal fee is $16.99). The plan comes with all the features of the Deluxe plan plus a free SSL certificate, double the processing power of the Deluxe plan and unlimited databases.

Ultimate Hosting Plan Compared

GoDaddy’s most expensive plan is the Ultimate plan and it comes with all the features of the High-End plan but doubles the processing power and memory. It also doubles the maximum website traffic limit and includes a free SSL certificate for the full term. It costs 12.99 for an initial purchase and $24.99 upon renewal. Again, this plan packs more power than Enom’s most expensive plan, even though it has comparable pricing.

GoDaddy vs. Enom: Customer Support

Whether managing your domains or hosting, you’ll almost certainly need customer support, especially if you’re a rookie. We did some testing, and we can tell you the host that we’d rather speak to if we’re in a fix.

Customer Support Channels

The first thing that we consider when testing live chat for both GoDaddy and Enom is how long we have to wait in line before getting in touch with a support representative on their end. For GoDaddy, we consistently had to wait for over ten minutes to get connected to a live rep. Ten minutes is a pretty long time if your website is down and you need urgent help. What’s more, the live reps that we spoke to were not of much help. While a few were able to answer our questions, an overwhelming majority were not able to give us satisfactory answers.

As bad as we thought GoDaddy’s customer support was, Enom’s managed to be worse.

First off, on an average, we found connecting to Enom’s live reps to be more of a headache than connecting to GoDaddy’s. Plainly put, it took longer. The quality of live support was even worse as all the reps that we spoke to sounded impatient and were not even able to answer anything asides basic questions.

For phone support, it was more of the same. GoDaddy had long wait times, Enom had longer wait times, and both did not have great support. However, the ticketing system for both was great.

Enom vs. GoDaddy: Our Winner

All in all, when you look closely at the match-up between Enom vs. GoDaddy, GoDaddy is just slightly more advantageous than Enom across the board. Granted, they have received all manners of complaints from customers lately, but, provided that they will address their problems, they will most certainly continue to be a better choice. Why? It’s simple. They give you more features and they do so for less money. Win-win… not for Enom, unfortunately, but for you.

Namecheap vs GoDaddy

The match-up between GoDaddy vs NameCheap is a clash of titans in terms of domain purchases. Both of these started out selling domains and are well-known for their additional services across the industry. Whether you’re just looking to buy a domain or you’re also interested in hosting, e-mail, and other features, GoDaddy and NameCheap will both jump to your aid.

How, then, are you supposed to decide between them? My recommendation is to start with pricing, but it can be difficult to make out which of the two services is cheaper when your screen is invaded with offers and special first-sales. To get to the bottom of whether GoDaddy or NameCheap is more affordable, you have to look at their renewal prices for .com domain names. I get to that in a moment.

In addition, to make your life easier later down the line, you should consider which of these companies offer a better interface, both for transactions and when it comes to their domain manager. Before you pull the trigger, you might also want to give some thought to the ethical stance of the company you’re about to support, because what you discover might actually change your mind.

GodaddyNameCheap
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $9.88/month
Storage100GB50GB
BandwidthUnlimitedUnlimited
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesYes
SSL CertificateNoNo
Uptime offer0.9941
RAM1GBn/a
Email Accounts1100
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonRichard Kirkendall
Year Founded19972000
Ideal forSmall to Medium EnterpriseInternet beginners / bloggers
HeadquartersUSAUSA

So here’s the deal: GoDaddy is the largest domain registrar out there. They have attractive prices for most domain names and a host of additional features you can purchase once you’ve landed a domain.

At the same time, however, NameCheap is actually more affordable in the long run because they are more upfront about renewal costs and maintain the same fees for longer than 2 years. Their interface is also much cleaner and, although they are not perfect in this respect, they do attempt way fewer upsell strategies than GoDaddy.

Last, but not least, GoDaddy has some serious ethical issues to deal with in terms of advertising and company values. Based on this alone, I’d ask myself whether I actually want to support such a company, especially when so many similar alternatives are competing for my money.

iPage vs GoDaddy

GoDaddy vs iPage is a tough match-up to settle, but it’s not exactly a tie, either. If you’re looking for a straightforward X is better than Y, I’m afraid I’ll have to disappoint you. The two services are far too similar in terms of features and performance to warrant that kind of clear-cut distinction. What I can say, however, is that X is better for certain customers, while Y is more attractive to others. At the end of the day, it’s all about what you’re looking for.

GoDaddy and iPage are owned by two of the most powerful companies on the web services market, GoDaddy Group and Endurance International, respectively. This comes with advantages and drawbacks, but it doesn’t essentially differentiate between the two. They both offer affordable hosting options and are geared towards businesses looking to get on the web quickly. In terms of free domains, storage space, and e-mails, they are almost indistinguishable.

What can help you separate between them is in the details. That’s why I’ve put their features side by side and drew a scrupulous comparison.

GodaddyiPage
PlanSharedShared
Pricingfrom $3.99/monthfrom $2.75/month
Storage100GBUnlimited
BandwidthUnlimitedscalable
Free DomainYesYes
SSD StorageYesn/a
SSL CertificateNon/a
Uptime offer0.9940.999
RAM1GB1GB
Email Accounts1Unlimited
24/7 SupportYesYes
FounderBob ParsonEndurance International Group
Year Founded19971998
Ideal forSmall to Medium Enterprisehosting business/personal
HeadquartersUSAUSA

In spite of the fact that the iPage vs GoDaddy debate is as close as it can get, you can settle it by asking yourself the following questions. Do you want super affordable, vanilla hosting? If so, then iPage is the answer. Would you rather pay a slightly higher fee for more features and a potentially complete solution for your business? GoDaddy is the right call for you.

Top 10 Dedicated Proxies Providers of 2019

It’s no secret that many people behave differently on the internet than they would in real life because they think nobody can learn their identity. You can say and do whatever you want as long as no one knows who you are, right? Well, at first glance it may seem like we’re all anonymous on the internet but that’s not really the case. Unless you’re using some type of application that can hide your IP, there are a lot of people out there who could easily track your location if they really wanted to.

Most casual internet users will probably not go through the trouble of tracking your IP but there are certain individuals and organizations who might. Your data is more important than you think even if you’re just an average Joe and there are a lot of people who would love to get their hands on it. Luckily, there are ways to prevent that. You can efficiently hide your IP, and consequently your identity, by using a proxy service.

The Best Dedicated Proxy Services

In addition to strengthening your online security, proxies can also be used for a wide variety of other purposes. A few examples include web scraping, accessing geo-locked content, SEO research, web marketing, bulk account creation, and many more. Although some of these services are available for free, I strongly suggest looking into the premium options because they’re a lot more reliable.

These are our top 10 choices when it comes to dedicated proxy providers:

  • Luminati – There’s a very good reason why Luminati is hands down the most popular provider of dedicated proxies around.
  • MyPrivateProxy – MPP Group has been providing reliable proxy services for nearly a decade.
  • Storm Proxies – Lots of features to work with, including three different methods of IP rotation.
  • High Proxies – A versatile provider that offers great prices for bulk purchases.
  • Squid Proxies – A bit more expensive than some of its direct competitors but you can still expect great value for your money.
  • Proxy-n-VPN – This is a very good option if you’re looking for reliable datacenter dedicated proxies.
  • InstantProxies – A cheap and straightforward service that will give you access to your proxies instantly after signing up.
  • SSLPrivateProxy – The company offers great discounts to customers who subscribe to the service for several months in advance.
  • Microleaves – Very popular provider that offers quality services but charges a bit too much for them.
  • YourPrivateProxy – Another decent option if you’re looking to purchase dedicated proxies in bulk.

1. Luminati

Luminati is the biggest provider of proxy services around. The company has a pool of well over 40 million IPs if you include all the different types of proxies it has at its disposal. Luminati offers both rotating and static residential proxies, along with a couple of other services like mobile proxies and datacenter proxies. You can expect a lot of great features such as load balancing and an advanced proxy manager by signing up with Luminati. However, you can also expect to pay quite a bit for the company’s premium services.

The good news is that you can get a $20 bonus on your first purchase by using our special coupon code. The code can only be redeemed once per account but you can use it on any of Luminati’s dedicated hosting packages.

Luminati Dedicated Proxies Service
Luminati Dedicated Proxies Page

Regardless of whether you want to go with residential, datacenter or mobile proxies, Luminati gives you the option of choose between shared and private (or exclusive) IPs. The former gives you access to the company’s entire network and allows you to rotate between different countries, cities, and internet service providers. Meanwhile, private IPs can be used to exclusively target a specific domain or group of websites. The static residential package, in particular, is a great choice for dedicated proxies enthusiasts because it offers IPs that come directly from internet service providers, which makes them nearly impossible to get blocked or blacklisted.

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