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Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites For New Bloggers

A web host can make or break your blog.

According to hosting expert Ryan Sullivan, there are three major components that make up a great host and those are

  1. Performance,
  2. Speed, reliability of support,
  3. Pricing and overall product offering.

That said, finding a satisfying host on both 3 areas to start your blog is not easy.

For that reason, I decided to create this list of the top 10 blog hosting sites. After hours of research and compilation, I have shortlisted the best blog hosts that you can use right now.

Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites in 2016

Host Name
Cost Per Month
BlueHost (Editor’s Choice)
InMotion Hosting
A2 Hosting
Fat Cow

Bluehost – The best blog host in 2016

BlueHost - Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites

Price: $3.45 per month
Official Website:

Bluehost is a multi-function web host started in 1996. They are known for their feature-rich, reliable and affordable service. Bluehost now manages over 3 millions domains, and is one of the largest host in the world.

They are not only recommended by popular CMS WordPress, but also a bunch top dogs like Pat Flynn, Darren Rowse and Michael Hyatt.

All that is because BlueHost has some undeniably good server performance that assures anyone can visit your site at all times.

All of my niche websites are hosted on Bluehost.


Because they make it incredibly easy to get a new site up and running with their one-click automatic WordPress Blog installation.

BlueHost doesn’t disappoint in terms of speed either, as Web Hosting Secret Revealed reported lightning response time at only 23 and 26 milliseconds from United States servers.

Bluehost Speed Test - Jerry Low

You need to pay up to 90% of the initial hosting price which can be a surprise to new bloggers.

This is actually a pretty common tactic in the hosting world where hosting companies like WebHostingHub, A2 Hosting, GreenGeeks, FatCow, Hostgator, iPage, InMotion Hosting and more, offer a cheap initial price to attract new users.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   The most recommended host by a bunch of influencers and even WordPress themselves.

   Solid server performance, great uptime score.

   Pretty punctual support.
x   The renewal rate is double their initial price ($8.49 per month compared to $3.45 per month).

SiteGround – Great overall host

SiteGround - Website

Price: $3.95 per month
Official Website:

SiteGround is known as one of the best host in the industry. They are a privately-owned company that mainly provides web hosting services for individuals and small businesses.

They not only has an outstanding user-satisfaction rating, but also a detailed list of features and plans to fit your need at the most affordable price.

I have multiple websites with them and will continue to grow with them as I develop enterprise-level websites. They are a fantastic company, with the best employees I can possibly imagine.

According to Web Hosting Secret Revealed, their server performance is top notch with a solid 99% uptime history. In terms of speed, SiteGround doesn’t disappoint either with Bitcatcha recording their response time of 20 and 52 milliseconds milliseconds from United States servers.

SiteGround Speed Test from Jerry Low - Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites

Considering SiteGround is currently hosting over 250k domains and manages over 1,000 servers across three different countries, they are a reliable solution for anyone looking to build a sustainable online presence.

Only yearly users can benefit from SiteGround’s promotional price. If you prefer to pay monthly instead, the price can go up to $9.95 per month, which can be quite a lot in the long run.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Outstanding user satisfaction rating, almost all reviews of SiteGround are positive.

   Solid uptime score as reported by the majority of users.

   Fast and dedicated support.
x   Is only cheap if you pay annually, or else the price is up to $9.95 per month.

iPage – Most affordable web host

iPage - Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites

Price: $1.99 per month
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Relaunched in 2009, iPage’s affordable hosting service is owned by big brand the Endurance International Group (also the company behind BlueHost). Now, iPage is serving over 1 million users and before long, they have beat the odds to rank top on most hosting review sites.

The best part about iPage is their amazing initial price of only $1.99 per month.

But of course, iPage is not popular only because their service is cheap.

Over several tests, iPage’s uptime scored a stable 99.9% on a regular basis. In short, you can trust iPage in terms of server reliability. Server uptime is not everything when it comes to a site’s performance though. There is another crucial factor that may cost over 30% of your valuable visitors if done incorrectly, site speed.

Since Web Hosting Secret Revealed reported their iPage site speed using Bitcatcha of only 72 and 27 milliseconds from United States servers, iPage users can rest assured that their website will be delivered in time.

iPage Speed Test - Jerry Low

In experience, I didn’t manage to reach a live chat assistant after over 10 minutes wait. That said, their message support is quite friendly, although it can take a day for them to get back to you.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Reliable host a great uptime score.

   Very good price for the service offered.
x   Slow support.

x   In my opinion, iPage’s user interface is rather old-school.

Arvixe – Good choice for side blogs

Arvixe - Website

Price: $4 per month
Official Website:

Founded in the USA in 2003, Arvixe has a wide range of services from shared to dedicated hosting.

Arvixe offers a 99.9% site uptime guarantee, and the best part is that they will refund you if the guarantee is broken on any given month. It also offers a 100% uptime guarantee for dedicated servers with a pro-rate refund for any downtime.

The Arvixe blog is also very active and provides readers with regular ‘how to’ articles as well as other bits and pieces of information.

Arvixe still makes this list for the top blog hosting site for their tiny price, great performance and unlimited space and traffic package.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Reliable and solid host with a 99.9% site uptime guarantee (with refund).

   Great price-to-value offer.
x   Their support is quite slow and not very helpful.

InMotion Hosting – Good support, nice price

InMotion Hosting - Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites

Price: $5.99 per month
Official Website:

InMotion Hosting was founded in 2001, in a short decade, they are now hosting over 500,000 worldwide.

InMotion Hosting offers a broad range of services, from shared hosting hosting plans to VPS through to dedicated hosting. They pride themselves providing a first-class service from a well-trained staff without cutting corners on support.

True to their words, InMotion Hosting offers quick and personalized help that never ceases to amaze their users. Especially when most hosts lack in the support area, InMotion Hosting really stood out with their service.

I have more than 10 questions and with their live chat I was able to get answers for them as fast as 10 minutes or less.

They even helped me process the payment and were with me the whole time. Even after a day, they sent an email to make sure everything was okay and it was a personalized email based on my last chat with them.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Solid and reliable host with a 99.9% site uptime guarantee.

   Fast and helpful support.
x   Nothing major.

DreamHost – The most un-hyped host

DreamHost - Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites

Price: $7.95 per month
Official Website:

DreamHost is known as a low-cost shared web hosting and domains, but also offer VPS and dedicated services.

They are extremely well praised for their quick support, with both 24/7 Live Chat and email. You can expect them to get back to your within hours via email, which is a rarity in the hosting world.

Unusually, DreamHost offer a 100% uptime guarantee across all shared, VPS and dedicated hosting. Should a fault at DreamHost cause your website, database, email, FTP, SSH or webmail to go down, you’ll be credited with one free day’s hosting for every hour of downtime. The amount of downtime is calculated from the moment you open a support ticket, so it pays to be proactive.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   A 100% uptime guarantee (with refund).

   Quick and helpful support.
x   cPanel is not available, DreamHost has designed their own control panel.

A2 Hosting – One of the fastest

A2 Hosting - Website

Price: $3.92 per month, no free domain
Official Website:

A2 Hosting was founded in 2001, providing hosting services “by developers, for developers”. The company proudly claims that its servers are privately owned, and only its own technical team are allowed to access them.

Although their monthly hosting fee goes up to $10.59 per month (as with all web hosts, the price drops if you choose yearly billing cycles), you get what you pay for.

A2 Hosting were known by many for their good uptime history and timely 24/7 technical support.

What a pleasant surprise to find a company with such a strong focus not only on their technical prowess but a sincere and genuine focus on their customers.

A unique feature to A2 Hosting is that all users get free access to Server Rewind for free. It’s a completely custom backup tool that is accessible through your cPanel and provides you with restore points for files and databases. This means you don’t have to outsource backup services which can save a significant amount.

This means you will have to separately purchase a domain name before setting up your host.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Great loading speed and solid server performance.

   Free access to Server Rewind.

   Punctual support.
x   No free domain name.

GreenGeeks – A one-of-a-kind green host

GreenGeeks - Website

Price: $3.96 per month, setup fee $15.00, no free domain
Official Website:

As an USA recognized Green Power partner, GreenGeeks’ goal is to become the best green energy web hosting company in the industry.

$9.95 is considered a pretty high price for a shared host (BlueHost can be as low as $3). But something you need to know when it comes to renting a web hosting service is that the longer you pay in advance, the better the offer.

GreenGeeks claims up to 99.9% uptime guarantee, which is as good as it’s gonna get.

They are also known for their in-depth customer support. Users even goes as far as commenting that GreenGeeks are “willing to help with problems which had nothing to do with their services.”

So if you like green energy and good service, you may want to give GreenGeek a try.

Although GreenGeeks provides 24/7/365 live chat and email support, it was known to take up to 2 days to get back by mail. This is something you should take note, if you are new to web hosting and needs that extra support to understand their system.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   It’s a USA recognized Green Power partner, a great choice for pro-green users.

   A solid host with up to 99% uptime guarantee.

   Offers monthly payment methods.
x   It’s quite pricey compared to other hosts at $10 per month.

x   It may take time for you to hear back from their support team.

FatCow – Cheap starting price

FatCow - Top 10 Blog Hosting Sites

Price: $4 per month
Official Website:

FatCow is an affordable hosting that focuses on shared hosting although they also provide a wide range of services and support to complement it.

Powering over 200,000 websites being hosted worldwide, FatCow appeals to bloggers who are looking for something that’s easy to use with their simple hosting services, eliminating the need for technical fiddling.

While FatCow doesn’t give any uptime guarantees, their data centre combines round the clock systems management and each server is clustered with another, this means if one goes down, another takes over.

If you want your site to be backed up automatically via FatCow’s hosting, you can purchase a backup package which gives you daily backups and a backup and restore tool. Otherwise, you’ll have to perform your own backups.

While FatCow starts at the most affordable price, there is a reason I didn’t name is the cheapest web hosting compared to iPage.

While you can start using FatCow for only $3.15 per month, their renewal price after the first payment is almost $9 per month, which can turn off long time users.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Cheap initial price of only $4 per month.

   Simple to use and ideal for beginners.
x   High renewal price.

HostGator – A popular solution

HostGator - Website

Price: $3.95 per month
Official Website:

HostGator is some of the bigger brands in the web hosting industry, with over 950k hosted websites worldwide. And that includes high-profile partners like: Cisco, AT&T and Dell, to name a few.

Unlike their peers, HostGator also offers a monthly billing cycle of $10.59 per month.

Boasting a large range of features and a good uptime to help you make the most out of your site, HostGator is a good choice when it comes to reliability.

Another great point is that all HostGator accounts are backed up on a weekly basis. If you need to restore a backup, HostGator charges $15. If unless you supply the backup file yourself, this service is free.

This means that if you are new to web hosting or have a tendency to call support, HostGator can be a pain to use since it will take some time to reach an attendant.

Final Verdict

Pros Cons
   Trustworthy and experienced host that powers a bunch of big brands like Dell.

   Solid uptime score.
x   It can take a while to reach support be it via phone or live chat.


Considering how the market of web hosting is pretty saturated, finding your perfect host is never an easy task.

That’s where top 10 lists like these come into play.

This list was carefully crafted, keeping in mind the needs of new bloggers as well as how much you are willing to spend on a web hosting service.

I hope the post has helped you pick the best web host according to your budget. Do keep in mind that there’s no such thing as a perfect product, each web hosts are designed to suit the need of different users. I have added hosts that are for budget oriented as well as hosts that are for advanced bloggers.

Different blogs have different needs. When you are choosing a web hosting provider, remember that what you want is to pick up the web host that suits your needs.

It’s not about finding the best web host in the world; rather, it’s about finding the RIGHT web host.

In case you think we missed on a good blog host, let me know in the comments below!

Where is Bloggingthing hosted?

Bloggingthing - Speed Test

This “what about you” question is something I always ask when reading any type of reviews, so I thought I’d mention it for the curious ones. 😉

Bloggingthing is hosted at Wealthy Affiliate an all-in-one educational community on online marketing at $49 per month.

At first, I simply host there out of convenience, but now that I’ve experienced with other web hosts, I think it’s a pretty great solution for those looking to build an online business. Wealthy Affiliate offers a pre-installed WordPress optimized host, supports are handled via tickets and only takes less than 1 minute for a reply.

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Anh Nguyen is a blogger and minimalist who's crazy about design and content quality. Learn more about him here, or connect with him on Twitter.

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  1. TBonki

    A great review, thank you for the detailed descriptions of each individual site. I run a blog page, so this was very helpful to me. I hadn’t heard of more than half of these platforms, and was pleasantly surprised by the affordable pricings. I liked the pros and cons, and honesty in your feedback.
    Thanks again,
    – TBonki

    • Anh Nguyen

      Thanks, TBonki! I spend hours on this post and I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 😉

  2. Margaret

    To be honest with you I have very little knowledge or understanding of web hosting but I am curious about why you would say BlueHost is your number one choice when the user rating is higher for 5 other web hosting sites. I am not a fan of HostGator as I have read some negative reviews about them. BlueHost response time is very good. Thanks for sharing your knowledge on your website.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Hey Margaret. 🙂 While BlueHost doesn’t have that high a user rating (taken from WhoIsHostingThis), it’s my top pick because of it’s offer for value, performance and support, a neat choice for new bloggers.

      As for HostGator, like any other products, we’ll have mixed opinions. Considering their uptime history and price, it’s still one of the better hosts out there.

      I hope this helps you learn some more about hosting companies!



  3. Josh

    Hey Anh,

    As usual an awesome and in-depth post. Some of the names like BlueHost, Site Ground, HostGator I am familiar with.

    The other names on your list, I had never heard them before. These 10 blogs hosting site review will help a lot of readers to make a decision. Especially since you’ve taken the pains to not only write a detailed review but took the time to put out the pros and cons.

    Really dig the use of boxes you’ve made on your site to put emphasis on certain points.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Aww, thanks Josh! I’ve put hours on researching and testing some of these hosts and your words really made those efforts worth it. 😀

  4. Glen

    I like the way you laid out the comparisons of the different hosting sites. The final verdict is a nice touch for those trying to decide with host to use. One thing that I did not understand was your rating system. Editor’s recommended choice is BlueHost yet the rating was only 3.5 out of 5. I also use BlueHost for one of my websites. So I understand why it is a top-rated and popular choice for hosting. I also recently closed my HostGator account because their customer support has really slowed down. I don’t contact customer support very often, but it needs to be responsive.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Thanks, Glen! As for the rating, they were taken from WhoIsHostingThis. While BlueHost doesn’t have that high a rating, it’s my top pick because of it’s offer for value, performance and support, a neat choice for new bloggers.

      I agree with you on the importance of support, while we may not need them all the time, it’s crucial to be able to reach support in at least a few minutes to quickly fix issues on your site, especially when it suddenly goes down.

  5. Derek Marshall

    Hi Anh,

    Great site love it! About hosting and the three contributing factors that make a good quality hosting service provider, I’d like to add an all important fourth factor website security!

    This is great review overall but I am rather surprised that WP Engine is not on that list as they are outstanding, and in my opinion industry leaders in terms of performance and security, I’d love to hear your thoughts on WP Engine as a specialist WordPress hosting provider.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Derek, thanks for the great input! I agree that site security is a must, in fact, I’ll add your insights in the post.

      As for WP Engine, it’s a pretty awesome host for sure. They have all the spices for a perfect service, great performance speed, support and of course, also well praised for their security. The best part is that they are optimised for WordPress. I just had this discussion with my mentor Kyle on WordPress optimised hosting, actually.

      The only reason I didn’t add it on the list is because as a WordPress optimised host they come at a much higher price of $29 per month. Not the best solution for new bloggers in terms of affordability, while they can also start with a shared hosting, one-click-install WordPress for almost 10 times less.



  6. Hi Anh,
    Awesome post bro, I was not having much info about the hosting providers. But this post is really useful.
    So, thanks for sharing.
    Have a good week ahead.

  7. Monica Bouteiller

    Wow… thank you for your hard work on the reviews. I heard Bluehost is excellent for performance, speed and for their reliability. It’s great to know the very popular CMS WordPress recommends them.

    I have never heard of SiteGround and I see you rated them quite high. There are so many web hostings to choose from.

    Your reviews make it a lot easier to make a decision in choosing a host… thanks again!


    • Anh Nguyen

      It’s always a pleasure, Monica. 🙂 I agree that BlueHost is some of the more popular choices. Great uptime history and support. On a side note, I love their user interface! I hope you found the perfect host for your projects.

      And feel free to ask if you need anything, it’s always my pleasure to help.

  8. Martina

    I use Wealthy Affiliate for my web hosting and have had a positive experience. They’ve always solved problems with my website quickly. Good customer service is very important to me, and they definitely have good customer service with how fast they solve problems. It’s more expensive than those on your list but it’s worth it for everything you get with a Wealthy Affiliate membership.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Martina, Wealthy Affiliate is my hosting of choice as well. I didn’t recommend it in the list since it’s more of an online marketing course bundle with a much higher price than the ones mentioned, but I’m lovign them so far with their timely support. Come to think about it, I’ll add them as a bonus at the end of the list. 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  9. Wil

    I like this article a lot. I’m currently using BlueHost to host a mobile app of mine that I am creating. I think they are pretty good and their prices are fair. I think where they excel at is their expertise and their customer service. Even at like super late hours they’d be around to answer my calls if I had any questions. BlueHost is a very good company. Siteground, and iPage are also good as well, I’ve used them too. Funny how the only 3 I’ve used are at the top of the list.

    • Anh Nguyen

      Thanks, Wil! Sounds like you know how to choose good hosting companies. 🙂 I agree that BlueHost have some pretty great prices compared to what they have to offer, my experience with them is pretty good as well.

  10. Hi Anh,
    Ha, Yet another great review!
    Well done my friend! 🙂
    I appreciate your research ability to pick up the things in a right way to fit into your readers’ need. Good, keep going,
    The comparison of each platforms and its reliability and the support are well explained in this post. As Jerry said, ” it’s not about finding the best web host in the world; rather it is finding the right web host.”

    Anyways, I am using Bluehost and I opted it for 3 years, but I am surprised to note that their renewal charges are double the rate of the initial rate, I think this is a business tactics of many play in this field.

    Thanks Anh for telling it out each of its pros and cons genuinely.
    Keep sharing
    May you have a great and profitable weekend.
    ~ Phil

    • Phil, good to see you on the blog. 😀 This is the first time I wrote such a long review so I’m glad it came out right!

      To be honest, I found it a little sad that so many web hosts opt for the much higher renewal price tactic, the comforting side of it is that BlueHost’s overall price is still pretty affordable at the end of the day.

      Take care,

      • Hey Anh,
        I am really surprised to see my comment at the bottom of the pit! Hey is there any specific reason to do this or use this option? This made me to obtain from commenting first! LOL
        I love the other option!
        Thanks for listening!

        • Hey Phil,

          I show the latest comments first after an advice from my friend, Lor, who said it makes the blog looks more up to date. As well as letting readers know that you are around, ready to reply to them. 🙂 It may be an option you want to consider for your blog as well.