The Best Web Hosting
The best web hosting company provides the tools to launch your website and the support to help it grow. We rounded up 49 web hosts known for their reliability and evaluated them based on user resources and customer service. Then we signed up for the top eleven to figure out which company offered the most useful features for new website owners, regardless of whether you're a tech pro or an absolute beginner.
FastComet consistently ranked or tied for first place in almost every test we threw at it. Its website is easy to navigate, it has extensive user resources that cater to all skill levels, and it boasts 99.99 percent uptime, which means you’ll rarely have to worry about your website going down.
GlowHost is almost identical to FastComet, but its user resources are less comprehensive and better suited to experienced web developers. Still, it stood out thanks to its extremely knowledgable and friendly customer service reps.
- December 22, 2017 - To keep our review current, we’ve re-evaluated our top picks, assessing 49 highly regarded web hosts to find the companies that offer the most robust resources and customer support. We’re confident that our two new top picks — FastComet and GlowHost — are the best options on the market.
The Best Web Hosting Service
Having the best website in the world means little if it's always down and your readers can’t access it. Enter the best web hosting service, which will manage the mechanical aspects of connecting your site to the rest of the world. If your website is a house, your web host owns the land the house sits on, making sure that you have utilities and road access. Our two top picks are both excellent web hosts, whether this is the first website you’re building, or the fiftieth.
FastComet immediately impressed with its beautifully designed website, giving us all the information we needed about packages and service tiers within a few mouse clicks. Beyond its excellent presentation, FastComet offers a host of tools that let you optimize its services. Its knowledge base is comprehensive yet approachable, with both written and video guides aimed at every skill level. FastComet also clocks in at 99.99 percent uptime — the highest rating attainable through a third party verification system. It’s highly unlikely that your readers will ever see an error page when they visit your website.
FastComet impressed us with showmanship, but GlowHost took our hearts with its customer service. Whether via email or over the phone, we were consistently shown patience, respect, and friendliness. GlowHost has a slightly lower uptime score than FastComet, clocking in at 99.98 percent, and the tools that it offers also aren’t quite as beginner-friendly. Most notably, GlowHost’s included website builder is less robust than FastComet’s: If you’re a beginner looking for lots of customizable templates, you’ll be happier with FastComet.
How We Found the Best Web Hosting
If you search for “best web hosting,” you’ll find thousands of companies, each offering a slightly different range of services. For this review, we focused on how to find a web host if you’re signing up for one the first time.
And for beginners, a shared web hosting environment is most likely to suit your needs. We look at exactly what "shared hosting" means below, but the upshot is that this service tier gets your website online for cheap — you won’t have to pay for hardware you don’t need yet. (If your company becomes an overnight success, our top picks all allow you to scale up to more expensive, feature-rich tiers).
We started our search for the best web hosting company by laying out ground rules for our contenders:
- They need to offer at least three types of hosting. We required all of our web hosts to offer shared, dedicated, and VPS or Cloud hosting. These upper service tiers are unlikely to be immediately necessary, but they offer upgraded services that can help your website flourish as it grows. You won’t need to migrate to another company and sign a new contract.
- They should have 24/7 support service, either via phone or live chat. If the website for your company in Syracuse, New York is running slowly — or down completely — you don’t want to have to wait for business hours in California before being able to resolve the issue.
- They need servers in the United States. How quickly your website serves up to your customers depends, in part, on how close to the web host server your customers are. We focused on US-based servers in this review, requiring companies to have at least one datacenter in North America. We preferred web hosts with additional datacenters — if you live in Texas but your readers are all in the UK, it's useful to have a web host with servers in London — but we didn’t require it.
- And finally, we required 99.95 percent (or higher) uptime. Uptime measures a company’s track record for keeping websites online all of the time. In a perfect world, your website would be available to readers 100 percent of the time. But companies typically only guarantee 99.9 percent uptime, since occasional technical difficulty is inevitable. We used a 3rd party monitoring service to verify this claim, and to spot top performers: companies that kept their websites up at least 99.95 percent of the time.
We found 49 companies that met our list of starting requirements.
WebHostingStuff.com uses a computer program to automatically check each web hosting company’s main page on a regular basis. If they get a response, they know the webpage is up. If not, they continue pinging it until they get a response. It’s a massive undertaking for the — no joke — thousands of web hosts out there.
101sitehosting.com, 1and1, 247-host, 3Essentials Hosting, A Small Orange, Acenet, AN Hosting, Arvixe , Avahost, BigScoots, Blue Host, Canaca, CoreCommerce, Downtown Host, eleven2, Fast Comet, FatCow, GigaPros, Glow Host, GoDaddy, GreenGeeks, HosterPK, HostGator, HostNine.Com, Hostony, HostPapa, InMotion Hosting, Integrity Host, iPower, IX Web Hosting, JaguarPC, Just Host, KVChosting, MDD Hosting, Media Temple, midPhase, MochaHost, PacificHost, Scala Hosting, SiteGround, Superb Hosting, Surpass Hosting, TMDHosting, Ubiquity Servers/LeaseWeb?, WebHostingBuzz, Webhostinghub, WebIntellects, Webline Services, WestHost
First, we looked for websites with easy-to-find resources.
Before we committed to signing up for a trial month or three, we evaluated the websites of all 49 web hosts. We wanted to find environments that would be easy for a brand-new customer to navigate while providing a range of technical resources to educate more experienced users.
Their contact information should be front and center.
24/7 support doesn’t mean much if locating the support ticket takes an hour. We tracked whether each company’s telephone number, live chat, email addresses and support forms were easy to find.
We liked the dedicated clementine theme of A Small Orange, but their phone number (if it exists) is hidden behind a customer portal — you need to be a current client before you can get someone on the phone. Not ideal if you’re trying to ask questions about their services before signing up. BlueHost, by contrast, provides not one, but seven different contact numbers: New customer questions? There’s an extension for that. Questions about a plan? There’s an extension for that, too. And that’s in addition to their live chat and ticketed support system.
Their user resources should be extensive.
We searched each website to see if they offered any of the following: a knowledge base with tutorials, a forum for user-to-user discussions, and a company blog or news section. It’s fairly easy to have a blog; most companies offer one, even if they only update it once a year. We liked seeing user forums for the peer discussion, though we gave the most points to companies with knowledge bases — a section devoted to providing guides, tutorials, and diagnostics to help clients learn about building and running a website. All but four of our 49 web hosts offered knowledge bases — though Midphase hides theirs as a “Help Center” — so we prioritized those that were easy to search, with comprehensive topics and in-depth responses
We particularly liked FastComet, which included video tutorials as well as written guides, to answer basic questions like “How to Install Wordpress” in addition to guiding you through more complicated problems, so you can try to DIY before calling in the experts. Opening up a knowledge base like Hostony’s, however, feels like a direct connection to an episode of Hoarders: You're met with a warren of files within folders within folders that leave you questioning why you're there.
And they should make it easy to compare services.
We looked for hosts which clearly listed service tiers, the differences between those tiers, and how much we could expect to pay for each.
Companies were dinged for being misleading. The incredibly low prices advertised on the front page were sometimes only an option if you signed up for a company’s longest-term contract, for example. Some companies also tack on a “setup fee” if you sign up for a month-long contract. We gave a hard side-eye to WestHost, which states that they provide access to cPanel when you sign up with them — but waits until you’ve already signed up to mention that this access costs extra: $27 every three months (most companies provide it for free).
We selected the twenty-three companies that had the most helpful, useful, and transparent websites, and moved them on to our next round of testing.
What we cut: 26
101sitehosting.com, 247-host, Acenet, Arvixe , Avahost, Blue Host, Canaca, CoreCommerce, Downtown Host, eleven2, FatCow, GigaPros, GreenGeeks, HosterPK, HostNine.Com, Hostony, Integrity Host, JaguarPC, Just Host, KVChosting, MochaHost, Superb Hosting, Surpass Hosting, WebHostingBuzz, WebIntellects, Webline Services
What we passed: 23
1and1, 3Essentials Hosting, A Small Orange, AN Hosting, BigScoots, Fast Comet, Glow Host, GoDaddy, HostGator, HostPapa, InMotion Hosting, iPower, IX Web Hosting, MDD Hosting, Media Temple, midPhase, PacificHost, Scala Hosting, SiteGround, TMDHosting, Ubiquity Servers/LeaseWeb?, Webhostinghub, WestHost
Then we evaluated their customer service for friendly, knowledgeable support.
Hopefully, your website will run perfectly and you’ll never have to contact customer support to figure out why Chrome users can’t see the bottom half of your website, or why your customers are suddenly getting error messages upon checkout. But in the good chance that you’ll need to make a call, send an email, or open the live chat, we wanted to make sure that the person on the other end would be friendly, patient, and helpful.
Most web hosts didn’t respond well to email.
First, the disappointing news. Of the 22 companies we emailed, only six responded. (Five others sent us automatic emails that promised to address our questions “soon.” We’re still waiting.) We give kudos to 3Essentials Hosting, FastComet, GlowHost, HostPapa, MDD Hosting, and TMD Hosting for bucking the trend. All six responded within 16 hours, although usually with bare-bones, one-line answers. GlowHost and HostPapa took it to the next level, writing thorough responses to each of our questions. Our GlowHost rep took the time to explain, for example, why we might not need a dedicated IP address, or how private registration works.
But they did fairly well with online live chat.
We also checked each company’s live chat to see whether it connected us with a human — and whether that human was helpful. (Of our remaining finalists, only 1and1 didn’t offer live chat.)
For the most part, our web hosts did well. We took a few points away from the ones that we quickly identified as robots — they might be helpful for common, preset questions, like the differences between packages, but they won’t be able to answer questions that are overly specific, or help you diagnose why your website might be running slowly. A few companies had the option to choose which department (technical support, sales, or billing) you wanted to speak to, but this wasn't always as impressive as it sounded. Scala Hosting offered this feature, but we only ever saw Technical Support online; the other two departments were constantly dark — not a problem until you need to ask a question about your billing cycle, or upgrading your plan.
Phone calls hold the most insight for a web host’s customer service record.
Our third step was to call up each company to test how quickly we escaped the phone tree and the hold music to talk to a representative, and how helpful that representative was.
We weren’t impressed with PacificHost, 3Essentials, Scala Hosting, and BigScoots. PacificHost let us select the department we wanted to talk to, and promptly hung up on us. BigScoots and Scala Hosting sent us to voicemail without the chance of speaking to a representative, while we waited 5 minutes with 3Essentials on hold before being shunted to voicemail.
Calling is the simplest way to upgrade your service tier. Upgrading usually only requires a simple phone call (or email), and your web host will bill you for the pricing difference between your old and new plans. For downgrading, some might charge you a small fee.
But GoDaddy took the prize for least helpful. Their representative technically answered our questions — with as few words as possible — but it felt like pulling teeth. It wasn’t enough to ask “Do you offer free dedicated IP addresses for some service tiers?” — answer, “Yes” — we had to ask which tiers it applied to. And when we asked, “How many servers do you have, and where are they located?” the rep’s reponse didn’t inspire a lot of confidence: “We have lots, everywhere.”
On the other hand, we loved talking to Media Temple, GlowHost, WestHost, and WebHostingHub. In particular, both GlowHost and Media Temple answered all of our questions thoroughly, taking time to ask follow-up questions, and patiently walk us through details when we inquired about upgrades. Instead of upselling us on private domain registration and dedicated IPs, James and Tristan explained who might want each service — a level of guidance perfect for people new to web hosting. Even though we spent close to 12 minutes talking to each rep, the time went quickly simply because of how friendly they were.
Combining the results from our emails, live chat, phone calls, we signed up for shared hosting from the 11 web hosting companies most likely to qualify as “best.” These finalists were helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable, making us feel welcomed as prospective customers.
- Glow Host
- Fast Comet
- InMotion Hosting
- Media Temple
Then we set up our websites.
The sign-up process is similar across all of our finalists.
Signing up for a web hosting service is like signing up for cable or Internet: We selected the package we wanted (we opted for the most basic, shared service from each company), then gave them our credit card information and waited. A few companies let us into the backend of our nascent websites so that we could play around while they worked on building the infrastructure, but most set up the infrastructure first before handing us the keys to our tiny kingdom. Expect a wait time between four and twelve hours.
If you’re using a business credit card to place your order, the wait can be longer. We found that some companies needed additional information to verify our identity: discrepancies between your name and the card name can raise red flags for fraud. Usually, you’ll need to make a 10 minute phone call to the company’s billing department and provide a scan of a government-issued ID to straighten things out.
But sister companies Midphase and WestHost were unexpectedly difficult to deal with: After we'd waited a full day, we got follow-up emails that our accounts had been canceled and refunded, with no chance for us to verify our information. When we called and chatted MidPhase to figure out what had happened, we were hung up on repeatedly and finally received an email curtly informing us to “take our business elsewhere.” Ouch.
Navigation is also similar.
Web hosts not only host your website, they give you tools to access, create, update, and maintain it. Seven of our nine finalists used versions of a software called cPanel to do this — it’s one of the most common and universal interfaces for web hosting. If you ever want to change between web hosts, it’s good have a common interface between your old host and your new one, since this can make the transition easier.
There are small differences in the appearance of each web host’s cPanel — where specific buttons are located, or what their icons look like — but navigation is pretty much the same and includes a search bar at the top if you get lost.
Two companies stood out for a poor navigational experience. HostGator technically uses cPanel, but they’ve customized it so heavily, and split so many functions onto separate pages, that we had trouble finding basic tools. HostGator also doesn’t include a search bar, so you can’t just type in the name of function or program you’re looking for; you have to navigate through their warren of pages.
And Media Temple and iPower were the only two non-cPanel companies in our list of finalists — instead, they use proprietary control panels. In Media Temple’s case, we still found it easy to locate the tools we wanted, whether databases or Cron Jobs. But iPower’s proprietary control panel was limited: It didn’t offer us as many functions as the interfaces of all our other finalists, and, like HostGator, lacks a search bar.
Finally, we made sure our top picks had the specs to help both newcomers and experts.
- We preferred companies that didn’t charge us for WordPress.
Wordpress is one of the easiest ways to get a blog up and running, without requiring you to design one from scratch. All of our finalists offered a Wordpress installation button, but we preferred hosts who didn’t upcharge for it: WestHost and iPower both tack on a $3-5 monthly fee.
- We preferred companies that didn’t charge us for daily backups.
Website backups ensure that, if your site does go down, you’ll still be able to recover the data on it. Backups are a duty that professional web developers often take on, but if you’re running your website solo, the easiest way to ensure you’re backed up is to go through your web host. We preferred web hosts that didn’t charge exorbitant fees for this service. Our top picks all offer it for free. Media Temple and HostGator, by contrast, both charge about $20 per month.
Web hosts do precisely that — they host your site. You’re still the one responsible for creating it. This means either writing the code yourself, hiring a web developer to do it for you, or using a website builder.
Most of our top picks do include a website builder of some kind — whether a dinky “fill out this form” tool that publishes a single page (GlowHost, TMD), or a more in-depth program with dozens of templates and customizations (FastComet). But it’s not the focus of their business. An actual website builder like SquareSpace or Weebly will have the most robust set of tools to help you customize your website precisely as you want it.
- We required current software: MySQL version 5.6+ and PHP version 5.6+.
When working on a shared server, you’ll rely on your web host to keep base technology updated, so software version can be a good litmus test as to how on-top-of-things each web host is. We didn’t require hosts to have the latest technology, just versions that are still being supported by the original manufacturers. Outdated software can be a security risk. Only Media Temple missed this mark, offering MySQL version 5.5.3.
- We required FTP and SSH access
All of our web hosts offer FTP access, but we went one step further and required SSH access. It’s a more secure file transfer protocol that is particularly useful for advanced technicians (if you’re a beginner and see this option, we advise leaving it alone, or asking for advice from your web host on how to use it). Of our top picks, only HostPapa doesn't give SSH access to its customers.
GlowHost, FastComet, InMotion, and TMDHosting checked every single one of our boxes. All four have great technical support, a range of hosting plans, impressive tech specs, high uptime — plus additional perks like free domain registration, free web migration, and free SSL certificates. (If none of this sound familiar, we take a look at these additional features below.) Regardless of whether you’re brand-new to web hosting or experienced enough to code your own website, any of these four will perform impressively.
If you’re more technically minded, here are a few more things we liked about GlowHost, FastComet, InMotion, and TMDHosting: Even at the most basic shared plan they all offer unlimited subdomains, unlimited email accounts, unlimited bandwidth, and, excepting FastComet, unlimited Disk space. (FastComet’s lowest shared plan caps at 15 GB.) FastComet and GlowHost do have soft limits on their bandwidth, where they’ll notify you if you’re coming close to this soft cap, but they won’t cut or reduce your service.
How Our Four Finalists Stack Up
Our Picks for the Best Web Hosting Service
Our Top Pick
FastComet excelled at presentation. When we browsed their site as prospective customers, they consistently impressed us with timely, useful information, and when we signed up and logged into our account, we found our dashboard and toolkits similarly well-laid-out. The company boasts a clean interface, and it's easy to find the information you want with just one or two button clicks.
We loved FastComet’s in-depth knowledge base, which includes both written guides and video tutorials. They cater equally well to people first setting up their website and to those with more advanced technical skill sets who are trying to troubleshoot specific issues.
For beginners, FastComet offers two website builder tools to help you get up and running. The first is a simple “Site Publisher” which offers nine templates. You choose the template you like, fill out the information it requests, and you instantly have a one-page website displaying basic information. They also offer a more involved website-building tool that includes 300 templates to choose from, plus drag-and-drop design. If you don’t know anything about HTML or CSS, this tool makes it easy to build a professional website without hiring a web developer.
FastComet’s customer service was good, but uneven. They were one of only six companies who responded to our email inquiry, responding to all of our questions within an hour, and we had a pleasant time with their live chat. But when we called, although their phone rep representative was friendly and eager to be helpful, she constantly misheard our questions and took forever to work her way through a response. At one point, seemingly unprompted, she began listing off different types of domain names (there are many). We ended up cutting the call short and turning to the site’s email support, live chat, and knowledge base instead, which are all superb. If phone-based customer service is your top priority, we’d suggest GlowHost, below.
In terms of specifications, FastComet has a slight edge over GlowHost: WebHostingStuff calculates FastComet’s uptime at 99.99% (GlowHost still pulls in a still-admirable 99.98%). As a final, slight caveat, we'd suggest signing a standard year-long contract with FastComet, as their 1-month plan includes a $19.95 setup fee.
GlowHost had the best customer service of any web hosting company we tested, endearing itself by responding to our emailed list of questions with detailed and thoughtful answers less than an hour after we sent it. As we sent more questions their way, by email and phone call, GlowHost continued to impress with friendly and courteous conversation (although we’re pretty sure their live chat relies on a bot).
GlowHost’s website design is clunky, with a strict “late 90s” vibe. But we found the site as easy to navigate as FastComet — we had no trouble navigating their knowledge base or interacting on their forum — though FastComet is undoubtedly easier on the eyes.
If you want a website builder, you’ll be better off with FastComet (or a dedicated website builder). GlowHost only includes a “Site Publisher” tool. It’s enough to get a single information page, or a temporary status page up and running, but it won’t be much help if you want a fancier layout (read: multiple pages, buttons, or pictures).
Spec-wise, GlowHost and FastComet are pretty neck-and-neck. But in exchange for almost twice as much downtime as FastComet (about 105 minutes over a year as opposed to 52 minutes), GlowHost does provide a few additional server locations in Australia and the US. Theoretically, this means GlowHost is more flexible in how quickly it can serve websites up to customers across the globe, but this benefit is primarily for its higher service tiers: If you’re signing up for shared hosting, our rep told us that you’ll most likely be assigned a server based in Salt Lake City or Phoenix.
We did like that GlowHost has no setup fee, even for month-long contracts. For year-long subscriptions, GlowHost also offers a generous money-back guarantee period — almost three months, versus FastComet’s 30 days. This gives you more time to figure out if they’re the right partner for you.
Others to Consider
GlowHost still offers the best one month contract rate.Both GlowHost and TMDHosting charge $8.95 for a one month contract, but TMDHosting charges an additional $9.95 setup fee if you only sign up for one month.
TMDHosting is the cheapest of our four finalists. Compared to FastComet, GlowHost, and InMotion, its service plans are less expensive at almost every tier. The cost savings aren’t huge — at most, $36 per year — but if you don’t feel you need the specific features offered by our top picks, there’s no reason to avoid TMD. The company was one of only six web hosts to actually answer our email. Their response was short and professional, and while we had to rephrase our questions a few times on the phone and in live chat to get the answer we were looking for, we eventually got what we needed. Of note for beginners: while the company provides a basic Site Publisher tool, if you’re looking for a more robust website builder, you’ll want to look elsewhere.
Prior to our 2017 update, InMotion was one of our top picks, and it passed all of our criteria for an excellent web host this time around, too, beating out scores of other contenders. But of our four finalists, it ranks a solid fourth place. It’s the only one of our top picks to not send us an email response. And while we received all of the answers we needed from friendly phone and live chat reps, they didn’t go out of their way to help: If we had a question, they answered. If there was a natural follow-up question, they left it up to us to ask. They’re also the most expensive, and the only one that doesn’t offer any type of website building tool.
Did You Know?
You should probably start with shared hosting.
Shared hosting is the most basic form of web hosting. Your website will be located on the same server as other sites, and will share the common resources of that one server. Your site will be allocated a certain amount of the collective bandwidth, and it may be impacted by other sites on that same server since the server’s abilities will be affected if any one of its websites — yours or someone else’s — experiences unusually high traffic. If someone else’s site has excessive usage, your site may slow. If your site has a spike, it may be shut off by your host and you might be charged for exceeding your allotted bandwidth. Sharing a server usually means sharing an IP address, too.
Shared hosting is best for websites with low to moderate traffic — small businesses and new websites will benefit from the low cost and relative simplicity of using a common server. While shared hosting doesn’t have all the capabilities an experienced webmaster may require, it’s perfect if you’re just getting started.
VPS hosting is one step up. It uses a single server, but makes virtual copies of it — even though lots websites live on the same server (just like with shared hosting) each one gets its own personal copy. You get your own IP address, root access to your individual space, increased security, and stabilized site performance. VPS hosts are still designed to handle low-to-moderate traffic levels, but if you don’t want your site’s performance to be impacted by anyone else, it’s worth it.
With dedicated hosting, you’re renting a server that’s completely yours. You’ll get the highest speeds, at the highest costs, and you’ll be on the hook for server management. If you’re not sure whether you need a dedicated server, you probably don’t. You only need it if you have routinely high traffic, or want more control over your server.
Cloud hosting is relatively new, and it has the potential to be the best option for everyone because, in theory, your website will never go offline. It’s not tied to anyone particular server, so if one fails, your site will bop over to one a different cloud. And you pay for only the server space you use: you’ll pay less when you have slower traffic and more when you have a traffic spike. The downside is that it’s new enough technology that security is a concern. No one is quite sure how safe information in a cloud can be.
We recommend getting upsold.
All of our top picks include most add-ons and upsells for free, like daily backups and basic levels of SSL encryption. But we recommend everyone also pay the $10 a year for private domain registration. It’ll keep your personal information out of the internet’s required registration database, WHOIS. Instead of listing your phone and address, your server will list a proxy, so you won’t have to contend with spam calls to your real phone number. (One tester from our original review on web hosting, published in 2016, has just recently stopped receiving daily telemarketing calls — well over year later.)
A dedicated IP address isn’t necessary for domain owners who are just starting out, but it’s worth considering. There’s nothing inherently wrong with sharing an IP address (the number that locates your website within a network) but it can lead to consequences beyond your control. For example, if one of the websites on your shared server sends spam emails or engages in other illicit behavior, that website’s IP address may be blocked from other sites or services. The firewall used to block the IP won’t be able to distinguish between the offending site and yours: someone else starts sending spam emails and you’re temporarily blacklisted from sending emails, too. If you aren’t the offending party this will likely be temporary, but still no fun.
The free basic-level SSL is likely enough.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption is the “s” in “https://” that gives your website its nice green browser padlock. It’s an absolute necessity for websites that deal with any sort of sensitive information, whether it’s credit card numbers or usernames and passwords. But it’s important beyond that, too: Google considers security as a factor for ranking, which means opting for SSL encryption doesn’t just ensure your visitors’ browsing actions can’t be seen by a nefarious third-party, it might also increase your site’s position in search results.
"We’d like to encourage all website owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS to keep everyone safe on the web."
Domain validation (DV) is the most affordable and most common option, and it’s free with all of our top picks. This level certificate indicates that the domain is valid and the applicant controls that domain. It’s easy to obtain and doesn’t require any paperwork. On a site with DV, you’ll see a green padlock in the browser bar. For most sites, this is plenty. (We use DV on Reviews.com.)
You’ll only need to step up your SSL level if you need to connect your website to a physical company or business, or if there could be confusion about your web address. Your options are organization validation (OV), which costs $80+ and validates the site owner’s legal existence and physical address, or extended validation (EV), which verifies this same information but through third-party, not self-reported, sources. You’ll spend $100+ a year for an EV certificate and the browser padlock will also display your company name. Many banks have this level of validation on their websites, but both Google and Amazon use OV. We can tell by clicking for more information on the certificate and seeing it lists the organization’s name; with a DV certificate there’d be no organization information listed, only the SSL-certificate issuer.
The Best Web Hosting Service: Summed Up
More Web Host Reviews
We've been researching the top web hosts for quite some time and we've compiled a list of previous reviews covering several different categories and use cases below. In the coming weeks, we'll also be updating these reviews with our latest findings, so stay tuned.