While there are lots of inexpensive web hosts there are significant benefits to using a premium hosting service. They are generally more stable and able to handle higher levels of traffic. Also, virtual and dedicated servers aren't affected by traffic from other users. If you have big plans for your blog, you should consider a premium web host.
Check out: 8 Steps to Choose Your Web Host
Sorting out the huge number of web hosts can be complicated. Here are the top ten premium web hosts.
Top 10 Premium Web Hosts
1. Site 5
In addition to shared and reseller hosting, Site5 offers a premium service.
Both Virtual Servers and Cloud Virtual Servers (VPS) are a powerful way to run your online business. The beauty of cloud hosting is that it can grow as your traffic does. With Site5 you can grow your server capability easily. They offer a sliding scale with eleven different levels of server capabilities.
Pricing starts at: $55 per month
Like many of the other premium providers, WebHostingBuzz also offers the full range of hosting - from shared to dedicated.Their premium options include: VPS (virtual private server) and dedicated servers. If you don't know what you need for hosting, you might want to start with VPS hosting. Prices start at $14.95 per month and you can easily upgrade from there. If you choose a dedicated server, you will actually get a physical server dedicated to managing just your site(s). Costs start at $139/month.
Remember that when purchasing virtual or dedicated servers, the server needs to be managed. Some hosts include this in their monthly/annual fee. Others, like WebHostingBuzz, charge this as an extra fee. You can bulk purchase technical help at a rate of $50/month for up to 5 hours.
Pricing starts at: $14.95 per month for VPS and $139 for dedicated servers.
HostGator is best known for their entry level shared hosting - which is an amazing choice for sites just getting started.
But if you have a site with good traffic (25,000 monthly visitors or more) or big plans, you might consider going directly to a VPS or dedicated server solution.
Benefits of hosting with HostGator:
- Unlimited domains, email accounts, ftp accounts and MySQL databases.
- Free weekly offsite backups.
- Full root access
- Fully managed hosting space (via cPanel or Plesk)
- Native English speaking technical support
VPS pricing starts at: $19.95 per month. Dedicated servers start at $139 per month.
4. Host Rocket
Choose a dedicated server from HostRocket and stop worrying about bandwidth limits. All dedicated servers comes with 100 TB of bandwidth. Get 24/ 7 / 365 tech support anda guaranteed uptime of 99.5%.
Entry level server starts under $40/month and ranges up to $255.99/month for their premium server. They also offer custom server configuration, if required.
Pricing starts at: $39.95 per month
1&1 is one of the largest web hosts and offers some powerful and scale-able hosting solutions.
Servers data centers are located in the US and are monitored 24/7. "No forced throttling" means that your data will be always be available to your site visitors. Some hosts intentionally slow down or even stop your site if you receive "too many visitors" at once.
Another great feature of the 1and1.com hosting is that they offer both guaranteed ram and dynamic ram. Having a guaranteed minimum amount of ram assigned to your site is important to ensure that it will consistently serve your site to visitors - regardless of site traffic.
Pricing starts at: $29.99 per month
Choose from eight different VPS (virtual private server) options - 4 Linux and 4 Windows. The benefit of a virtual server is that you have the capabilities available to you when you receive large spikes in traffic. And upgrading to a more powerful solution is very easy - MyHosting just makes more resources available to your account and sites.
Features that make MyHosting stand out:
- 100% Uptime Guarantee
- Under 2 min Phone & 1 hr Email response
- 30-day Money Back Guarantee
Pricing starts at: $15.95 per month
Don't worry about sharing resources with these hosting packages. IX Web Hosting offers a set of both virtual and dedicated hosting solutions. Choose from either cPanel or Plesk control panels. cPanel is most commonly known in the shared hosting niche and is used by both HostGator and Bluehost. cPanel makes management of your site/server easy and trouble-free.
IX Web Hosting also offers a high-end cloud hosting. White what they call "white box" access, you full root-level access to completely manage your server. Cloud hosting starts at $99.99 per month.
VPS pricing starts at: $29.95 per month
8. Media Temple
Media Temple offers a number of premium hosting services. The two that are of interest to most online business are:
- (gs) Grid Service: a powerful entry level hosting service for growing sites. This hosting package requires no maintenance by the user. A solid option for a business blog.
- (dv) Dedicated Virtual: Once your traffic takes off, you might consider this premium hosting service. Some technical knowledge is required to run a dedicated server. Or you'll have to hire a technician (theirs or yours) to help you keep your server up and running.
Pricing starts at: $20 per month
Rackspace is a clear leader in premium web hosting. Their pricing is primarily usage based so it is a little harder to sort out than the others in the list.
Choose from the following hosting options:
- Rackspace Cloud
- Hybrid Cloud
- Private Cloud
- Managed Cloud: add a $100/month management fee plus usage charges
Their marketing is strong. They have branded their tech support as "Fanatical Support" and employ more than 1,400 hosting specialists.
The Rackspace infrastructure is so strong and stable that a number of smaller hosts use the Rackspace servers for their clients.
As is clear by their name, VPS.net focuses on virtual private servers - specifically cloud based hosting. The server is sold by nodes. As more nodes are added, CPU, RAM, diskspace and bandwidth all increase.
Benefits of using VPS.net premium cloud hosting:
- Launch your server in minutes
- 99.9% Uptime
- Isolated, Secure Environment
- Guaranteed Resources
- 30 Day Money Back Guarantee
Pricing starts at: $20 per month with discounts for prepaid annual fees.