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Top Five Web Hosting Companies for Web Developers

By Scott Clark

At some point most web developers will be in the position of having to either provide hosting for their clients' websites, or they will need to know which web hosts to to recommend to their clients. This article will tell you about five of the most reliable, economical and dependable web hosts out there who cater to web developers.

On the top of the surface, this seems to be an easy order--just write down the most popular web hosting services out there and be done with it. Looking more closely, it's more of a task than you might think. Which services do they support, how much bandwidth do they provide by default, how much space do they provide, how many FTP accounts do they provide? So many questions, and we'll give you the breakdown.

What Are the Best Hosts According to Developers?

The hardest part of answering this question is finding a reliable, unbiased source. Look on Google and you'll only find hosting companies trying to sell their own wares. By looking at traditional resources, we found according to About.com, ICDSoft comes in at the top for their reliability, support and continuing efforts to improve their service. 1and1.com comes in second, with low downtime, excellent support and one of the best price structures around.

That said, perhaps one of the best resources for developers is their own domain registrar's website. Most registrars provide hosting services, and some are very well known, such as GoDaddy, Dotster and Network Solutions. Others provide the service, but are not as well known, and their reputation is also unknown. Just be aware that you do not have to host your website with the same company that you registered your domain with. There are literally tens of thousands of web hosts available. The hard part is filtering the list down to those which are worth your hard-earned money.

Here is a list of our top five hosts, with information about the packages that each provides. It is not a definitive list, it is not endorsed by our parent company QuinStreet or internet.com, and I am not an affiliate of any of them--they are simply, in my own humble opinion, some of the best, most popular web hosting companies out there.

Each of these web hosting companies are respected in the industry, and can provide small and medium businesses with the appropriate means to host successful websites for a very small investment. They also offer competitive pricing for packages for larger businesses, and often have even cheaper pricing plans for individuals than those listed below.

  ICDSoft 1and1.com Dotster GoDaddy Network Solutions
Price $10/Month $9.99/Month $8.75/Month $7.99/Month $9.29/Month
Disk Storage 50 GB 300 GB 100 GB 150 GB 300 GB
Data Transfer 500 GB/Month unlimited unlimited unlimited 3000 GB/Month
MySQL Databases 100 100 25 25 25
FTP Accounts 150 50 25 50 25
Email Accounts unlimited 4,000 500 500 1000
Subdomains 50 600 unlimited unlimited not included
Platforms Linux Linux, Windows Linux Linux, Windows Linux, Windows

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