Your website has to be impervious to downtime, because every time it goes offline you lose money. The best way to ensure that this problem won’t concern you is to nip in the bud: host your website with a reliable company. This is a selection of the best hosting companies that today’s market has to offer.


1. KnownHost

KnownHost is the perfect web hosting dealer. And when I say “perfect”, I mean that it’s very reliable, and that the company’s 250 servers perform with a Network Uptime Guarantee of 99.9%. Users have 5 days’ time since the recorded downtime to submit a ticket to KnownHost’s helpdesk. In a matter of speaking, KnownHost is very confident in that uptime value because it grants users a Service Level Agreement credit if that value of 99.9% drops for just a little. In fact, a discontinuity in uptime which makes that almost perfect value drop to less that 99.0% is simply unimaginable.

KnownHost makes you forget about shared hosting. The company provides excellently Managed cPanel VPS and SSD VPS for creative professionals, at an accessible price ($25/month). Needless to say, VPS hosting at a smaller price than that for a whole server is a far more resourceful and flexible service. Moreover, a pleasant surprise awaits you at checkout, where you can use code KH15LIFE to secure a lifetime discount of 15% for VPS-2 or larger versions.

Managed hosting with KnownHost means that migrations and backups are performed at no cost. Some other of their team’s routine administrative activities include management of the cPanel, Plesk or DA, management of the operating system, hardware and network maintenance, initial account migration and its security, and free installation then optimization of the control panel. Developers are left with full root access, to do as they please. In addition, I need to mention the fact that KnownHost’s around the clock support is more than helpful. And once you’ve taken up one of the company’s hosting plans, 30 days is enough time to ask for your money back if things don’t work out as expected (the money-back guarantee is not available for Dedicated servers).


2. WebFaction

WebFaction is a remarkable hosting company. Its purpose to present viable shared hosting tailored for web developers is most accurately met. Hosting medium and small-sized websites here would be equally satisfying. In truth, WebFaction’s shared hosting has characteristics which seem to be similar to VPS and Dedicated services. The company’s homepage beckons you to engage in a 48-hour trial and explore WebFaction’s hosting potential. Once you’ve started, it’s comforting to know just how much time is left for changes of heart: at any time during the first 60 days, you can ask and you’ll receive your money back in full.

While WebFaction does a great job configuring, monitoring, and backing up servers, applying security patches, and updating existing tools, developer clients are free to meddle: they have full SSH availability, and pre-installed developer tools like PHP, Python, or Django. In addition, around 50 applications are ready for 1-Click installation, and not only do they get installed in a jiffy, but they work really fast thenceforward. And whenever users reach an impasse, WebFaction is happy to come to their rescue with a responsive 24/7 support team.

Hosting your websites with WebFaction costs $8.50 or $9.50 per month, and it depends on the kind of subscription you sign for. Sealing the deal for an entire year is the least expensive option, but going from month to month doesn’t cost that much extra. All in all, the choice goes down to how long of a commitment you’re willing to begin,

(mt) Media Temple

3. (mt) Media Temple

(mt) MediaTemple is an acknowledged leader among web hosting providers, and my regard for it is entirely justified by the company’s long-standing proficiency. (mt) MediaTemple’s experience speaks for itself, as this year the company celebrates 15 years of hosting. Since 1998, when it started on an odyssey to host great ideas, (mt) MediaTemple has managed to secure 150.000 clients, host up to 1.5 million websites, and reach up to more than 100 countries.

(mt) MediaTemple is first of all an ideal web hosting option for web developers and designers, and it excels at accommodating any kind of medium and small-sized business. What is more, gigantic brands such as Volkswagen, Adidas, Samsung, or Red Bull also host their websites here. Taking this variety into consideration, I can only infer that (mt) MediaTemple provides an unrelenting uptime for each if its customers. Moreover, I believe that MediaTemple’s customer support also has a major role in securing this all-encompassing clientele, because it has been granted an award for being exceptionally professional and sensitive to users’ plight.

(mt) Media Temple’s resourceful employees initiate upgrades for the company’s hosting services on a continuous basis, the latest of which updated the GRID shared hosting platform to determine websites to load and perform 6 times faster than on any other shared platform in the industry. Apart from the GRID, (mt) MediaTemple’s Managed VPS and Developer VPS hosting services hold great promise for freelance creative experts.


5. DreamHost

This is one of my favorite hosting providers. From hearsay, DreamHost has been providing top-class web hosting for nearly 16 years. The company’s Shared hosting plan is ideal for bloggers and designers, and it’s merely $8.95/month, but you have the chance to test it for a whole month with the free trial. Alternatively, the VPS service attaches only $15/month for 300 MB of RAM. DreamHost has a 100% uptime guarantee, which means that every hour of downtime is automatically compensated with a day of free hosting, applied the next prepaid period. In any case, if a new customer feels discontent with the elected hosting plan, there’s a huge time limit for demanding refunds: the firs 97 days.


7. WebHostingBuzz

WebHostingBuzz is a notable addition to my top 10 web hosting companies. Its current discounts really stand out: the price of a Dedicated service is now reduced by 50%, and the first month of hosting for Resellers is just $1 (given that the users insert code “resellerdeal” when placing the order). The perks of signing with WebHostingBuzz for web hosting include an awesome customer support when you’re in need of expert technical assistance, and very accessible prices. For instance, Shared hosting comes with a monthly price of just $4.95, Reseller hosting is $9.95, and finally powerful VPS hosting is $14.95.


9. Bluehost

Bluehost is a great provider of web hosting. With them, the first 30 days of service are subject to full refunds if the customers are dissatisfied; and even after the first month is passed, anyone can still make a 180° turn because Bluehost pays back what is left of the prepaid sum. This company has the necessary experience to be reliable hosting providers and helpful assistants to users in distress. In terms of prices, almost all of their services are discounted right now. Bluehost’s VPS Standard, Enhanced, Premium, and Ultimate vplans enable sizable one-time discounts, while the Professional Web Hosting (Shared) is only $4.95 for the first invoice. It’s always a good idea to try their live demo for good measure.


4. Pixeno


You can try out Pixeno with its month-long free trail, and feel for yourself that its services where crafted to meet the needs of every web designer and developer out there. Freelance resellers and creative agencies alike will feel right at home if they choose to host with Pixeno. The Personal, Reseller, Cloud Sites and Servers plans altogether ensure an unlimited amount MySQL Databases, subdomains, and email accounts. Moreover, 4 backups are scheduled to take place everyday, and the information is kept for 2 weeks thenceforth, so there are 56 possible recovery points at all times. Finally, the main argument in Pixeno’s favor is the fact that its headquarters boast an advanced infrastructure which makes episodes of downtime totally beside the question.



10. Flywheel

Flywheel is a precious web hosting company, and an ideal solution for all designers (both freelancers and creative agencies), as the free demo site can tell. They take full responsibility of launching and managing websites, so that designers may focus on doing the job they love, without taking the trouble to solve every administrative aspect of their websites. Flywheel is particularly optimized for WordPress, but it will keep any website up to speed, backed up, and protected. And when you could use some help, trust their support team to make your problems history. What is more, Flywheel makes it very easy for resellers to manage their own clients’ sites, and team members won’t need a list of usernames and passwords in order to interact.



8. HostNine

HostNine brings my selection of 10 most reliable present-day hosting providers to an end. Its Shared, Reseller, Cloud VPS and Dedicated services promise a 99.9% network uptime. Should this percentage fail for any reason, the compensation strategy is very strict in maintaining that for each offline hour, a whole day of hosting is provided free of charge (and as such, taken out of the next invoice). Aside from this, during the first 45 days of hosting with HostNine, unhappy clients can demand that their money be returned, and they’ll be paid back in full. All in all, I feel certain that HostNine would host any website with good care.


6. HostGator

HostGator will always have a secured place in my preferences because its 12.000 servers are 130% powered by wind energy, and hence the chances for downtime to occur are close to nil. A 45-day money-back guarantee stands valid for any of the company’s hosting services (Shared, Reseller, VPS, and Dedicated), just in case the new users decide that they don’t want to host their websites here during the allotted time. And another important fact concerns the three Shared hosting plans, which are presently accompanied by an offer which cuts 20% off the price of the first ever invoice.