WHSR Best Web Hosting Picks in 2016

Last updated on 11 December 2016

Having more options does not equal to making a better choice in hosting. Instead, having too many options make you over-informed. Information becomes noise – noise delays your purchase decision and makes you less productive.

You want a web host, you need to make a choice that solves your hosting needs, full stop. There is no point to stretch yourself thin in this. Pick someone credible to trust (that’s us!), read their recommendation, check if the price fits into your budget, make the purchase, and that’s it, job done. This is why our Best-5 Comparison page is born. The idea of this page is to give clear, absolute direction to those who are searching for a web host; and help you choose the right web host in 15 minutes.

Top 5 Hosting Comparison Table

List updated September 9th, 2016.

Top 5 Host InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
InMotion Hosting BlueHost Hosting iPage Hosting A2 Hosting Hosting Interserver - Visit online
Website https://inmotionhosting.com https://bluehost.com https://ipage.com https://a2hosting.com https://interserver.com
Plan In Review Launch Starter Essential Swift Shared
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Basics InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
Addon Domain 1 1 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Data Transfer Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Storage Capacity Unlimited 100 GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Control Panel cPanel cPanel vDeck cPanel cPanel
FTP Account 1,000 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
SFTP Support Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Free First Domain Yes, For First Year* Yes Yes No No
Extra Domain Reg. $11.95/year $14.99/year $14.99/year $12.95/yr for .com domain; prices vary for different TLDs. $1.99/year for those who purchase web hosting package
Private Domain Reg. $9/year $10.99/year $9.99/year $9.95/year N/A
Eco-Hosting Yes No Yes Yes Yes
Auto Script Installer Softaculous Mojo Market Place Mojo Market Place Softaculous Softaculous
Custom Cron Jobs Yes Yes No Yes Yes
Server Side Includes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
.htaccess Overrides Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
Email Hosting Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
No. Of Email Accounts Unlimited 100 Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Webmail Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Email Forwarder Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Auto Responders Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Spam Protection Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
eComm. InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
AbanteCart Yes No No Yes Yes
AgoraCart No Yes Yes No No
Avactis Yes No No Yes Yes
CubeCart Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Invoice Ninja Yes No No Yes Yes
Magnento Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
OSCommerce Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
PrestaShop Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
ShopSite No Yes Yes No No
ShopWare Yes No No Yes Yes
TomatoCart Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Zen Cart Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
SSL Support Shared SSL No, SSL certificates available at $49/year. Shared SSL Shared SSL AlphaSSL & Domain SSL – Price $19.95 – $99.50/year
Dedicated IP Undisclosed $39.96/year $59.95/year $36/year
Customer CarePolicy InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
Hosting Upgrades Yes, upgrade to VPS and dedicated hosting. Yes, upgrade to VPS and dedicated hosting. Yes, upgrade to VPS hosting. Yes, upgrade to VPS and dedicated hosting. Yes, upgrade to VPS, reseller, and dedicated hosting.
Server Resources Limitation Immediate termination if user’s site is the initiator or target of DDoS attack. Server usage not more than 200,000 inodes or 2 GB in single MySQL/PostgreSQL database. Account suspension possible but no clear guidelines given. Server usage not more than 300,000 inodes and 35 concurrent HTTP connections. Server usage not more than 250,000 inodes and 20% server resources.
Auto Host Backup Daily BlueHost Pro Backup, add $19.99/year. Daily, using NetApp Snapshot On “best effort” basis. Weekly
Malware Scanning No No No Yes No
Content Delivery Network (CDN) No CloudFlare No CloudFlare No
Managed Software Upgrades No No No No No
Instant Account Activation No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Live Chat Support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Telephone Support 1-888-321-4678 1-888-401-4678 1-877-472-4399 1-888-546-8946 1-877-65-2656-1
Price InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
Special Discount Discount Price: $5.56/mo
Link Activation
Discount Price: $3.49/mo
Link Activation
Discount Price: $2.25/mo
Link Activation
17% off, Promo code:
FLEET51
$3.85/mo, Promo code:
WHSRPENNY
Monthly Price
(2 Year Basis)
$6.95 $5.56 * $7.95 $3.49 * $7.99 $1.99 * $9.99 $6.99 * $3.85 *
Full Refund Trial 90 Days 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days
Anytime Money Back Guarantee (Pro-rated) No Yes Yes Yes No
Renewal Price
(2 Year Basis)
$6.95/mo $6.99/mo 7.99/mo Fix Rate $10.99/mo $3.85/mo
InterServer price is locked upon signup; InterServer does not increase price during renewal.
Our Experience InMotion Hosting BlueHost iPage A2 Hosting InterServer
Recent Uptime Score 99.99% 100% 99.97% 99.84% 100%
Server Response Speed # A+ B B+ B+ B+
US (e) 66 ms 64 ms 27 ms 30 ms 10 ms
London 229 ms 302 ms 196 ms 243 ms 246 ms
Singapore 212 ms 448 ms 551 ms 474 ms 700 ms
Best Of * Best Business Hosting Best Budget Hosting #1 Preferred VPS Host.
In-Depth View InMotion Review BlueHost Review iPage Review A2Hosting Review InterServer Review
Website https://inmotionhosting.com https://bluehost.com https://ipage.com https://a2hosting.com http://interserver.com

Remarks, Credits & Further Reading

* Prices And Freebies Shown Are Based On Special Discounts Available Only At WHSR, N/A = Non Applicable

# We ping our test sites from 8 different location and compare the response time with 10,000,000 sites using BitCatcha.

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