To date, we’ve reviewed over 40+ web hosting companies. We update each review at least once a year.

Here’s a deeper look to our review process:

1. We Buy a Domain Name for Each Web Host

Whenever we test a certain web hosting provider, we first buy a domain name that is associated with a certain host.

For example, for testing out SiteGround web hosting service, we first bought the domain name;

SiteGround test site's URL
SiteGround test site’s URL

Some brands don’t allow us to use their full name in the URL, so in other cases, we’ve usually used domain names such as (iPage), ( and so on…

2. Next, We Sign Up With the Web Hosting Provider

Once we have a domain name, we sign up with the web hosting company. We usually choose their cheapest (shared plan) for the maximum length, so we can have enough data and time to compare it against each other.

We never use free accounts provided by the web hosting providers. We feel it’s unethical and can be manipulated by the host provider.

Below are examples of invoices that we’ve paid to different web hosting companies:

LiquidWeb invoice
LiquidWeb invoice
HostWinds invoice
HostWinds invoice
Bluehost invoice
Bluehost invoice

3. We Connect Web Host Name Servers to Our Domain

Once we have signed up with the web hosting, we add a web host name serves to our domain.

Each can be verified by simply checking the WHOIS of each domain:

siteground whois
Each domain is connected to a different web hosting provider through name servers

4. We Setup a Simple WordPress “Test” Site

Once we have our domain name connected with web host through name servers, we can install a basic WordPress site.

The size, structure, and theme of each website will be identical, making monitoring page load speed more accurate.

iPage test site
We use identical WordPress sites on all hosts we compare

5. We Gather Uptime And Load Time Data for 1+ Year

Once the test site is set up, we start monitoring them through Pingdom which allows us to check each host uptime and speed with 1-minute check intervals.

After enough months (12+), we are able to see how the web host actually performed throughout the year.

Each can be verified through our Pingdom live statistics page which updates each month:

JustHost performance
Uptime and page speed averages

6. We Test Out Each Web Host Customer Support

Some web hosts offer live chat support 24/7, some have a ticketing system, some work through phone only.

The only thing that matters is how quickly you can get help when your website is down. Or how accurate the customer support answers are. That’s why we test out each customer support to see how they perform. More in-depth reviews of customer support are inside each web hosting review.

GreenGeeks support
GreenGeeks support example

7. We Check Each Web Host Features and Total Cost

Each web host has its owns cons and pros.

Some of these include its pricing, renewal cost, free domain option, SSL and CDN availability, refund options, customer support quality, load time, and so on.

We add this information to all of our hosting reviews.

Earnings disclosure: 

We are affiliated with some of the web hosting companies listed on our website. This means we sometimes earn a commission if you decide to buy through our referral link. This is how we keep alive and constantly tracking popular web hosts. This doesn’t influence the way we rank each web host. Thanks for your support.

Information On All the Hosts We Track and Rank On

Web Host Name Test Site URL Name Servers Uptime & Speed Data Monitoring Since
Bluehost / July 2017
HostGator Cloud / January 2016
SiteGround / July 2017
Hostinger / September 2017
iPage / June 2015
A Small Orange / June 2015
Dreamhost / July 2017
A2 Hosting / June 2015
WestHost / August 2015
MidPhase / June 2015
LunarPages / June 2015
JustHost / June 2015
Web Hosting Buzz / June 2015
Site5 / June 2015
MDD Hosting / June 2015
HostPapa / June 2015
Hosting24 / June 2015
GreenGeeks / July 2017
NameCheap / November 2017 / December 2017
GoDaddy / November 2017
FastComet / November 2017
WebHostingHub / June 2015
HostGator Shared / June 2015
inMotion Hosting / June 2015
HostRocket / June 2015
HostMonster / June 2015
HostNine / June 2015
FatCow / June 2015
WebHostingPad / June 2015
HostMetro / June 2015
Arvixe / June 2015