Who Do Real Users Recommend? [+ Which To Avoid?] Cloud or shared Hosting

Web Hosting Reviews: Who Do Real Users Recommend?

Frank Moraes

Since 2008 we’ve published 1+ million words of real-life reviews of the world’s most popular web hosting services.

We know the good, the bad and the ugly about the world’s most popular hosting providers – and we’re not afraid to publish it.

(Want to review your current hosting provider? You can learn more here.)

We recommend taking time to look at customer ratings and reviews when you are searching for web host.

You’ll get answers to questions like: Are there hidden charges or fees? Is the uptime as good as promised? Is customer support helpful?

Not sure where to start? We suggest looking at the following lists of highest rated, most reviewed and longest-running companies.

Most Reviewed Web Hosting Companies

Host User Reviews Specialties Starting Price *
Siteground Hosting

Siteground User Rating

2106 Reviews

  • Shared WordPress hosting
  • Premium hosting (cloud, VPS, dedicated)
  • Beginner-friendly



InMotion Hosting

InMotion User Rating

554 Reviews

  • Wide range of plans and easy scalability
  • Premium SSDs
  • Eco-friendly green servers



Bluehost Hosting

Bluehost User Rating

480 Reviews

  • Beginner-friendly hosting bundles
  • Premium security features
  • Digital marketing services



Hostgator Hosting

HostGator User Rating

573 Reviews

  • WordPress optimized cloud hosting
  • Custom website builder
  • Free email marketing services



GoDaddy Hosting

GoDaddy User Rating

592 Reviews

  • A range of hosting plans (shared, VPS, dedicated)
  • Domain registrar
  • Graphic design services



* Prices are based on yearly contracts

How to Find the Right Hosting Package

Looking for reviews about specific kinds of web hosting?

Small business owners have different needs than those looking to host a Minecraft server. So, we’ve created buyer’s guides and comparisons for many specialized uses such as:

  • Small Businesses
  • WordPress Hosting
  • VPS (virtual private servers)
  • Dedicated Servers
  • Windows Hosting
  • Cloud Services

New and just need a solid recommendation of trustworthy hosts? see our guide to the Best Hosts of 2019 here.

You can also talk to us on our live chat, or contact us by email if you’re stuck and need help.

In addition to reading reviews, check out our Expert Opinions for a summary of what you can expect from a given host, uptime stats, hosting plan, pricing, etc.

- Who Do Real Users Recommend? [+ Which To Avoid?]  Cloud or shared Hosting

“People’s Choice” Top Budget Hosting Reviews

These web hosting providers under $5/month are most popular & highest-rated among our users. We think these are the best bet for the majority of our visitors:-

#1. SiteGround – 2,106 Reviews| Visit
<– voted best 3 years in a row!

#2 InMotion Hosting – 554 Reviews | Visit

#3. A2 Hosting – 232 Reviews | Visit

#4. GreenGeeks – 350 Reviews | Visit

#5. Interserver – 208 Reviews | Visit

Also see our guide to the Best Hosts of 2019 here.

- Who Do Real Users Recommend? [+ Which To Avoid?]  Cloud or shared Hosting

Most Reviewed Web Hosting Companies

These web hosting providers are the most frequently reviewed by our users. Get the inside scoop on these popular hosts.

#1. SiteGround – 2,106 Reviews | Visit

#2. Go Daddy – 592 Reviews
| Visit

#3. HostGator – 573 Reviews | Visit

#4 InMotion Hosting – 554 Reviews | Visit

#5 Bluehost – 480 Reviews | Visit

Want to review your current hosting provider? You can learn more here.

- Who Do Real Users Recommend? [+ Which To Avoid?]  Cloud or shared Hosting

Top VPS & Dedicated Hosting Reviews

Hosting companies reviewed & rated highly for their VPS (virtual private server) and dedicated server hosting services.

#1. Liquid Web – 62 Reviews | Visit

#2. A2 Hosting – 232 Reviews | Visit

#3. InMotion Hosting – 554 Reviews | Visit

#4. SiteGround – 2,106 Reviews| Visit

#5. Interserver – 208 Reviews | Visit

Our Reviews Are Different. Here’s How…

The web hosting reviews racket is broken – and we want to fix it.

You’re here because you’re smart. That’s why we want you on our side. You’re not duped by other pay-for-placement ‘hosting comparison’ sites or the astro-turfed hosting reviews you read elsewhere.

We see our integrity as a win-win. You get straightforward, honest and reliable hosting reviews; we earn your respect and, hopefully, your loyalty.

Our aim is that, one day, you’ll buy hosting via our referral links to help fund our good work.

#1 Real, High-Quality Customer Reviews

It’s cheap for hosting companies to buy ‘sock-puppets’ – paid to write positive reviews (‘astroturfing’).

And, we’ve all seen Amazon reviews that amount to one-word: “Awesome!”

…or, “Terrible!”

Pretty useless in helping you decide what to buy, right?

Our Approach: We use incentives (eg, a free domain name) to encourage visitors to review their web hosts, and publish those that meet our quality standard.

That’s why we only accept high quality reviews. In addition, we vet every customer review and do our best with both technology & detective work to sniff out the fakes.

The most common reasons we reject reviews:

  1. Plagiarized or duplicate reviews. We only publish reviews that are unique to this website.
  2. Pseudonyms. We don’t allow anonymous reviews. Reviewers must stand by their statements with real names.
  3. Fake reviews. Astroturfing, sock-puppet accounts, or paid reviews aren’t allowed on our site.
  4. Swearing, slander, or other very distasteful speech will get a review canned.

It takes a lot of time to weed out bad reviews, but we’re laser-focused on getting the best information on our site so we think it’s worth the effort.

#2. Our Opinions Are Honest & Real

Many hosting review websites suck. They’re not just poor quality, they often deliberately attempt to misinform users. They sell “best” spots to the highest bidder.

Our Approach:
We’re all about the long-term relationships, so it’s important that you don’t get duped when you’re on our site. Here’s how we achieve that:

Star ratings are calculated from user reviews, not from our editorial opinions (except where noted).

We publish all qualifying reviews, positive or negative. Praises and complaints are welcome.

Our editorial reviews use first-hand experience, independent research, and uptime testing to inform our readers.

#3 We Try Before You Buy

We have first hand experience and test accounts for dozens of the largest web hosting companies. Allowing us to log in, create websites, break things, contact customer support, etc — and compare this experience against other hosts.

We also track uptime, page speed and other metrics over time and update these stats regularly.

How You Can Help…

If you learn something while you’re here, please consider giving us a boost by clicking our referral links when you make your decision on hosting.

Why are referral links good – fantastic, even? Lots of reasons:

  1. We don’t subject you to more annoying forms of advertising.
  2. We don’t spam you with umpteen newsletters selling products.
  3. We don’t require a subscription to use our site.
  4. This revenue helps fund our other awesome features, like our infographics and resources.

It won’t cost you anything (in fact, it could get you a nice discount) and it will keep our nerds team fed so they can keep fighting the good fight.

Our Dream Scenario

You want to create a website. You use our tools, read reviews and you find the perfect host or website builder.

All goes well and your business starts to take off.

You’ll remember how useful we were and will visit us again. You’ll leave a review and let our visitors read about your experiences, and help them make better purchasing decisions.

Then you’ll go and recommend us on your 50,000 subscriber blog (hey, this is our dream, remember?)

Still have questions? Not sure what you need?

You can check the FAQ below for answers to the most common questions see our guide to finding the best web hosting plan for you.


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