What would you consider to be the best web hosting company 2014?
We have been in search for the top web hosting company and wanted to know what others experience has been with certain companies even non familiar companies.
We rely on Linode to serve millions of pageviews for our clients. Their rock-solid infrastructure and immediate support means I don't have to worry about hosting.
It depends on you intend to build with the hosting. If its an mobile app or a website that uses Ruby on Rails, Python Django, NodeJS your best bet would be Amazon, Azure, Rackspace or DigitalOcean. If its just a simple website or online store then hostmonster or hostgator is enough. If you want to host static website then all you need is Amazon S3.
Take a look at HostGator. I have been using them for a number of years and they get my vote. The pricing and support are very good too.
Hosting is an interesting topic. For basic websites most hosting companies can handle (Hosting.com, BlueHost, GoDaddy, Etc....). If you need scalability for both data and users you will want to look to Rack Space, Amazon and the like. Depending on your location there are most likely local solutions that provide great services as well. In North Carolina, Windstream (Hosted Solutions), Peak 10, and Data Chambers provide good services.
The "Best" is somewhat subjective in this case as there are different criteria in which one consider something to be the best. For instance, if you need 24/7 phone support or you need a VPS at a certain price point, then that could make a difference in what is best. Personally, we use Site5 for our needs. They've been very good with support and proactive when a client's WP site got hacked without the client even noticing. They ended up resolving the issue at no charge.
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This is one of those "what's the best car" questions; varies widely based on what you need. Also, in my experience, the webhosting company that best fits your needs today may not be the best in a year.
That said, I would not recommend Hostgator, BlueHost or 1and1 for anything except a static (non-database driven) website.
I have been very happy with Storm on Demand SSD hosting, which I use to host client sites.
It would depend on your needs e.g. how much traffic you expect, how heavy your website is, your budget etc...
Hostgator is good, however I would say their customer service has deteriorated over time...it used to be really good - not so much any more. However their hosting is once of the best for a SMB level.
Another option, though a bit more costly is MediaTemple.
Very good support, super capable, excellent platform, good pricing.