WHSR Best Web Hosting Picks in 2016

Compare WHSR editor's Top 5 Hosting Picks; select the one that suits you the best.

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 HostInMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
InMotion HostingBlueHost HostingiPage HostingA2 Hosting HostingInterserver - Visit online
Plan In ReviewLaunchStarterEssentialSwiftShared
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BasicsInMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
Addon Domain11UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Data TransferUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Storage CapacityUnlimited100 GBUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Control PanelcPanelcPanelvDeckcPanelcPanel
FTP Account1,000UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
SFTP SupportYesNoYesYesYes
Free First DomainYes, For First Year*YesYesNoNo
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/yearN/A
Auto Script InstallerSoftaculousMojo Market PlaceMojo Market PlaceSoftaculousSoftaculous
Custom Cron JobsYesYesNoYesYes
Server Side IncludesYesYesYesYesYes
.htaccess OverridesYesYesYesYesYes
EmailInMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
Email HostingYesYesYesYesYes
No. Of Email AccountsUnlimited100UnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Webmail SupportYesYesYesYesYes
Email ForwarderUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Auto RespondersUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Spam ProtectionYesYesYesYesYes
eComm.InMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
Invoice NinjaYesNoNoYesYes
Zen CartYesYesYesYesYes
SSL SupportShared SSLNo, SSL certificates available at $49/year.Shared SSLShared SSLAlphaSSL & Domain SSL – Price $19.95 – $99.50/year
Dedicated IPUndisclosed$39.96/year$59.95/year$36/year
Customer CarePolicyInMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
Hosting UpgradesYes, 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 LimitationImmediate 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 BackupDailyBlueHost Pro Backup, add $19.99/year.Daily, using NetApp SnapshotOn “best effort” basis.Weekly
Malware ScanningNoNoNoYesNo
Content Delivery Network (CDN)NoCloudFlareNoCloudFlareNo
Managed Software UpgradesNoNoNoNoNo
Instant Account ActivationNoYesYesYesYes
Live Chat SupportYesYesYesYesYes
Telephone Support1-888-321-46781-888-401-46781-877-472-43991-888-546-89461-877-65-2656-1
PriceInMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
Special DiscountDiscount Price: $5.56/mo
Link Activation
Discount Price: $3.49/mo
Link Activation
Discount Price: $2.25/mo
Link Activation
17% off, Promo code:
$3.85/mo, Promo code:
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 Trial90 Days30 Days30 Days30 Days30 Days
Anytime Money Back Guarantee (Pro-rated)NoYesYesYesNo
Renewal Price
(2 Year Basis)
$6.95/mo$6.99/mo7.99/moFix Rate $10.99/mo$3.85/mo
InterServer price is locked upon signup; InterServer does not increase price during renewal.
Our ExperienceInMotion HostingBlueHostiPageA2 HostingInterServer
Recent Uptime Score99.99%100%99.97%99.84%100%
Server Response Speed #A+BB+B+B+
US (e)66 ms64 ms27 ms30 ms10 ms
London229 ms302 ms196 ms243 ms246 ms
Singapore212 ms448 ms551 ms474 ms700 ms
Best Of *Best Business HostingBest Budget Hosting #1Preferred VPS Host.
In-Depth ViewInMotion ReviewBlueHost ReviewiPage ReviewA2Hosting ReviewInterServer Review

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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