Startup Operations · AWS

Web hosting company recommendations?

Pradeep Subbarayan Independent Marketing and Growth Executive, Advisor and Consultant

September 21st, 2015

What are the best web hosting options for the first 1 or 2 years of a start up? Specifically, if we expect to have an email server and OTP verification services then I think the free AWS micro-instances may not work as we would higher RAM. Companies like Digital Ocean seem to charge $10 per month for 1GB of RAM. Are there better companies out there from a performance to cost ratio standpoint?
Thanks everyone.

Ashok Chavan Cofounder and CEO at ISeenLab Technology Private Limted (DomainRacer - Web Solution)

Last updated on May 15th, 2017

Hello everyone,

There are many best web hosting providers are out. It's all matter of requirements. But reliability and up-time is what matters in case web hosting with respect to it's cost.

You should not only go through popularity, but on the actual services, Storage and plans that they provided.

The best shared web hosting companies also offers:

  1. Easy to use and Reliable
  2. Good customer service, very professional
  3. Unlimited space and bandwidth.
  4. Support for multiple domains.

There are many best reliable & cheap web hosting provider, having a lot of hosting plans, it depends on your requirements and budget to select the most suitable one.I would recommend the Most Reliable yet Affordable Web Hosting Provider:

  • DomainRacer: Free SSL,SSD hosting with LiteSpeed 20x faster
  • BlueHost :HDD hosting with limited server resources
  • HostGator : HDD hosting with High cost

Above are the best and reliable and cheap web hosting companies. Hope it can help you!Thank you…

Alex Morco Sr. Executive

November 29th, 2017

Hi, I have been using cloudways for 2 years and before it, I was using shared hosting but, I had bad experience will all shared hosting because of site loading issues and server response, I move my website to Cloudways managed cloud hosting and still all the websites are performing well. I will recommend you to host your website with them, If you need hassle free service and peace of mind.


Last updated on December 1st, 2017

Whatever you do, do NOT use Hostgator! I have no idea why people recommend them. They are not a top notch company. They NEVER refund your money regardless of the reason. Your ticket will sit in a perpetual state of in process until you get so frustrated you give up and move onto a better company. Their customer service people, not all of them but a few, can be real jerks when you attempt to leave the company. You must contact customer service to remove your credit card or else they will continue to charge it for services you are not using, and there is no apology. Plus they fail to inform you that you must contact them and request to have your credit card removed so that it can no longer be charged. Otherwise you will waste time and money disabling services in the belief that they cannot charge you again, but they always do. They know they are hosing people down and do not care. Read the reviews for Hostgator and you will see what I mean. They are a terrible company that takes advantage of your trust.

Steve Karmeinsky CoFounder City Meets Tech / Lean Capital Ltd / Placeholder Ltd

September 21st, 2015

You could try Softlayer. Rackspace, Media Temple etc

Federico Marani Technical Architect

September 28th, 2015

Unless you have very specific performance or setup requirements, I would use Heroku + some of their addons. 

It might get expensive as you go along, but it's very easy to set up (compared to aws etc) and quite reliable. 

Gopi Mattel General Partner. Lifeboat Ventures

September 21st, 2015

We have used 1&1 for many years. It has international data centers, offers a lot of different server configurations and is one of the cheapest services around.


September 21st, 2015

Good question that alot of people have had. Here's one that is similar:
Always good to do a search before posting something new. Hope that helps.

Stan Podolski CEO at Nimble Aircraft.

September 21st, 2015

DO - best we have tried

Pradeep Subbarayan Independent Marketing and Growth Executive, Advisor and Consultant

September 27th, 2015

Thanks everyone. Still hard decision to make as I am not fully clear.

Mikko Koppanen Senior Technologist

September 28th, 2015

Hello Pradeep,

You didn't mention what are the things you need to host but in most cases I tend to recommend against running things like email servers yourself (unless you have very specific needs). What you save in the monthly cost compared to hosted services you lose very quickly in staff cost, downtime, security issues etc. Naturally if your core business is running these services then it's a different story.

As mentioned: unless you have specific reason to run your own email server I would outsource that to Google (inbound) and something like SendGrid or SendWithUs (outbound). Running your own email server nowadays means a lot of work in setting up SPF records, keeping software up to date against security risks and ensuring that things keep running even when your server(s) are down.

As for OTP verification, unless you do that in mass-scale pretty much any lower end hosting (Linode, Digital Ocean etc) would do the trick with fairly low monthly price.

As for web-hosting: if you are looking to get static pages somewhere take a look Corey's suggestions regarding Github pages.