Site5 scored an 83 on the YSlow test which is again an improvement over the last test, but it is curious that the EIG hosts didn’t all get the same YSlow grade (if, as we suspect, they are all hosted on the same EIG infrastructure).
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The availability of a website is measured by the percentage of a year in which the website is publicly accessible and reachable via the Internet. This is different from measuring the uptime of a system. Uptime refers to the system itself being online. Uptime does not take into account being able to reach it as in the event of a network outage. A hosting provider’s Service Level Agreement (SLA) may include a certain amount of scheduled downtime per year in order to perform maintenance on the systems. This scheduled downtime is often excluded from the SLA timeframe, and needs to be subtracted from the Total Time when availability is calculated. Depending on the wording of an SLA, if the availability of a system drops below that in the signed SLA, a hosting provider often will provide a partial refund for time lost. How downtime is determined changes from provider to provider, therefore reading the SLA is imperative. Not all providers release uptime statistics. Most hosting providers will guarantee at least 99.9% uptime which will allow for 43m of downtime per month, or 8h 45m of downtime per year.
We eliminated all remaining web hosts on our shortlist that had misleading pricing, or that didn’t allow you to get up and running at the price mentioned on their homepage or pricing page. We also believe that a good web host should have a no-hassle refund policy, so we eliminated any web hosts that didn’t offer a money-back guarantee. After doing this, only 16 web hosts remained on our shortlist.
The reviews and web hosting ratings on this site have been collected over many years from many different sources. Many have been obtained from web hosting forums and discussion boards, some from customers just like you and me that have been willing to share their experience, and quite a number have been reviewed by ourselves.
1&1 Hosting provides a wide range of hosting services, along with a full e-commerce stack, domain name registration, Office 365 solutions, and online marketing programs. What sets the company apart is their first-year hosting price of less than a buck a month. This is the least expensive hosting program we’ve seen, although the price does go up after that first year.
Their average home page load time also improved in Octover, but they scored a 99.86% uptime in the last 30 days which which is lower than promised and lower than we consider acceptable for a top ranking web host.
Many hosts, including A2, Siteground and InMotion offer migration services so in these cases you would signup and then tell them you need help migrating your site. They’ll tell you what they need to get your site moved over. Once the migration is complete only then do you update your domain to point to the new server. There is an additional challenge if you registered your domain name with the current host as you probably don’t want to use them as the registrar if you don’t host with them. This is the reason I always recommend using a separate domain registrar. In this scenario I would recommend you move your domain to an independant registrar first and then do the hosting migration. I use Hover for all my domains as they have a very simple and easy to use interface. Create an account with them and then let them know you want to move your domain into it and they’ll tell you what to do. When they move the domain into your account you’ll need to make sure it is pointing at the current server, but once the hosting migration is done you can easily update the DNS to point to the new hosting and it should switch without a problem…when the switch is complete you can cancel your old host. Does that all make sense?
Web hosting is a very competitive field. The features, options, pricing plans, etc., can be overwhelming. Most web hosting providers offer three pricing tiers, with features that vary between each plan.
So not only did Bluehost do well in our load testing, they also scored the best equal YSlow grade at 88 for an out of the box installation of WordPress. This is up from 86 last time we tested, indicating ongoing improvements.