So Many Web Hosts, which one to choose?

So you want a website but don’t know where to get it hosted? Here are a few recommendations to help you decide.

Best value hosting

If you are on a budget and you want to get very good value UK based reliable hosting, then I used to say go for Tsohost.  However, as at the start of 2020, it appears most of their packages are no longer as good value and it looks like they no longer include free Let’s Encrypt certificates as they did in the past (you’ll probably need to buy one instead from around £40/year). They are still good value from £4.99/month (£3.99 if paid annually) for one website or at especially good value from £6.99 (£5.99) for unlimited websites.

A better option though may be well established UK based Krystal with hosting from £3.99/month or £39.99/year for up to 2 sites, and £7.99 or £79.99 for up to 10. A free Let’s Encrypt SSL certificate is included.

Stablepoint is a relative newcomer with excellent reviews at TrustPilot. Set up in 2018 by the original founders of TsoHost, it’s £3.99/month for one website or £7.49 for up to 3, and it’s a little cheaper if purchased annually. Free SSL certificates included.

Another well reviewed newcomer is Manchester based Unlimited Web Hosting, with prices at a bargain £3.49/month for unlimited websites.  Let’s Encrypt SSL certificates are included. Anyone have experience with these?

Siteground – best all round hosting

If you have a bit more to spend, then go for Siteground with good all round performance and support. Website performance is generally a notch better/faster than most hosts, and Siteground are recommended by the makers of WordPress themselves. Prices from £8.95 per month for one site plus VAT, inc free domain and SSL certificate; or £14.95 for unlimited sites.

Fastnet  – Local Hosting in Brighton

If you want local (to Brighton) web hosting, then try Fastnet from £3.99 per month for one website. SSL certificate extra.

Reviews

Trustpilot is a good place to check for general reviews of web hosting companies.

Siteground usually top the list at The Best UK WordPress Hosting Reviewed and UK’s Best Web Hosting Companies.

Anyone to avoid?

From limited experience, I’d definitely avoid Easyspace, Site 5 and  Fasthosts, and probably 123-reg.

I would probably avoid anyone owned by the Endurance International Group (EIG), which is now around 70 companies. This is an aggressive company that has bought many smaller firms, usually though not always, to their detriment. This includes Bluehost who up until recently seemed to be maintaining their original high standards.

A list if EIG brands is maintained here: https://makeawebsitehub.com/eig-brands/