In the course of technical support for Market Theme, we were getting asked on a regular basis:
"Where should I get web hosting for Market Theme?"
"Do you have a company you can recommend?"
After getting asked a few times, we realized we should have a credible answer. So we spent some time researching web hosting companies in order to find good ones we could honestly recommend.
We based our recommendations on the following required criteria:
- Must be reliable and offer at least a 99.9% uptime guarantee
- Must have 24/7 toll free phone support
- Must have "cPanel" as the control panel interface -- (it's very easy to use)
- Must offer Linux hosting -- (WordPress requires this)
- Must offer the "fantastico" script -- (for easy one-click WordPress installs)
- Must offer a Money-back Guarantee
- Must be intuitive, and easy for the user to figure out
The following companies are our top picks. These not only met our requirements, but provide that little "extra something".
This company was our top pick. JustHost.com has an easy ordering process, and a very well done setup email for new accounts. They offer unlimited bandwidth, unlimited space, unlimited domains, unlimited databases, and more. They are very generous in their features.
On top of that, they have lots of video tutorials for things you may need to eventually tackle, such as FTP account creating, domain setup, creating parked domains, and other items. It's VERY nice for those who need some technical instruction. Just follow the steps in the video.
Web Hosting Pad also ranked very good in our review, and has won numerous web hosting awards. Beyond the items we required for our purposes, there were a few additional things we liked about them. The website is very intuitive and well done, and the account setup instructions that we were sent by email were excellent and the clearest we'd seen.
They also included video demo links in the setup email, which were nice. In fact, they have video demos on all sorts of topics such as cPanel, FTP, DNS, Domain transfer, email setup, and more. These were a nice addition. A good demo can go a long way to lower frustration and setup time.
In the spirit of full transparency, we do receive a commission from these companies if a purchase is made through our referral. We have tested many companies thoroughly however, and are only recommending our top choices in terms of performance, reliability, ease of use, and support.