Aran Davies – Review Tech http://reviewtech.info Best Product Reviews Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:55:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 The 5 Best URL Shorteners to Earn You Money http://reviewtech.info/best-url-shorteners-earn-money/ http://reviewtech.info/best-url-shorteners-earn-money/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 09:58:34 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3483 Whoever said that money does not grow on trees might have been right, but there is a way that you can earn money without having to even lift a finger. URL shortening is an effortless way to make money online that doesn’t require much in the way IT skills to get up and running. URL ...

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Whoever said that money does not grow on trees might have been right, but there is a way that you can earn money without having to even lift a finger. URL shortening is an effortless way to make money online that doesn’t require much in the way IT skills to get up and running.

URL shortening services offer you the chance to shorten URLs which you can integrate into your website or post to your social media in order to make money. The whole process is quick and easy, and only requires you to cut and paste the shortened URL to make it work. Every time a person clicks on the URL link you have posted, you will receive cash payment directly into your URL shortening account. The money accrued will be automatically deposited into your bank account (or PayPal) at the end of the month. It really is as simple as that.

Before we reveal the highest-paying URL shortener companies, here is a quick step-by-step guide on how to start URL shortening.
  1. Choose the URL shortener company that you prefer the most.
  2. When you have your link, make a shortened URL of it in your URL shortener account.
  3. Start sharing your shortened link on social media or add it somewhere in your website.
  4. Job done! Now you only need to sit back and wait for people to click the link and just watch the money come rolling in.
  5. When a person clicks the link, they will see a 5 to 15 second advertisement, after which there is no obligation to buy or do anything else.

What are the best paid URL shorteners?

Shorte.st

Features
  • High pay shortener service
  • Pays between $5 and $15 per 1000 clicks
  • 25% commission on all referral earnings for life
  • Minimum $5 balance required before payout

1. Shorte.st

Our Top Choice

Shorte.st is a new URL shortener service that is taking the market by storm. Their service offers a high quality and creative ad service that pays between US$5 and $15 per 1000 clicks. You might struggle to make this pay if you are just posting it to your social media, but if you have a website that gets plenty of traffic, you could really make some serious money.

Another way that Shorte.st helps you make money is by offering a 20% commission for life on the earnings of any referral clients. So even if you don’t earn much yourself, if you refer someone who gets plenty of clicks, you can still make a good amount of money. Earnings will be transferred every 10th of the month to your PayPal or Payoneer account. A $5 minimum transfer amount is required before you can get paid.

LinkShrink.Net

Features
  • Well-regarded and trusted URL shortener service
  • Pays between $3 and $5 per 1000 clicks
  • $25 flat rate referral fee
  • Minimum $5 balance required before payout

2. LinkShrink.Net

It might not pay as much as Shorte.st service, but LinkShrink is one of the most used and trusted shortener services on the net today. They pay a respectable $3 to $5 per 1000 clicks, which still works out at a considerable income if you can get plenty of clicks. As far as referrals go, they offer a flat rate fee of $25 per referral that will be added to your next payment after the person has signed up. As with Shorte.st, there is a minimum $5 earnings before you can get paid.

adf.ly

Features
  • Industry-leading URL shortener service
  • Pays between $5 and $10 per 1000 clicks
  • 20% referral commission for life
  • Pays via Paypal
  • Minimum $5 balance required before payout

3. AdF.ly

AdF.ly is the most well-known URL shortener service in the world. It has been around for a number of years and was really in the right place at the right time. It became a popular way to generate additional income because it offered high rates and reliable payouts.

Currently, AdF.ly offers $5 to $10 per 1000 clicks which is one of the best rates in the industry. This is quite strange considering higher rates are usually reserved for new URL shortener services that are trying to get a foothold in the industry. Whatever the reason, if you are looking for an established company that is not going to disappear overnight, pays on time, and gives industry leading rates, then this is the URL shortener service you want.

CPMlink.net

Features
  • Pays $5 per 1000 clicks
  • 10% referral commission for life
  • Pays via Paypal and Bitcoin
  • Pays daily

4. CPMlink.net

For those who are looking for a URL shortener service that doesn’t require PayPal or similar accounts, CPMlink.net is an excellent choice as they also pay in Bitcoin. You may also make daily withdrawals, which, considering the fluctuations in value of Bitcoin over the last 4 months, will be a welcome feature for many people.

Their rates are quite reasonable, paying $5 for every 1000 clicks, while they also offer a 10% commission on all earnings made by any referrals. Believe it or not, some people actually make so much money off referrals that this is their main source of income.

LinkBucks.com

Features
  • Reliable URL shortener service
  • Pays $0.5 to $7 per 1000 clicks
  • 20% referral commission for life
  • Pays via PayPal
  • Minimum $10 balance required for payouts

5. LinkBucks.com

Last but not least is LinkBucks.com. They pay $0.5 to $7 per 1000 clicks, depending on the country you are registered in. Like AdF.ly, they are one of the most established names in the industry and one of the most trusted. They offer lower rates than others, simply because they can afford to. People prefer to take a rate cut just to do business with them, confident in the knowledge that they know they will get paid on time and are not likely to wake up to discover the company has gone out of business, taking everyone’s click earnings with them. LinkBucks offers a handsome 20% for life commission on all earnings from referrals but require a minimum $10 balance for payouts.

 

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McAfee vs Norton Anti-Virus, which is the best? http://reviewtech.info/mcafee-vs-norton-anti-virus/ http://reviewtech.info/mcafee-vs-norton-anti-virus/#respond Thu, 24 Aug 2017 19:10:46 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3429 The battle is on, now let’s find out whether McAfee or Norton is the best antivirus checker. We all know the names, but which of these two anti-virus programs is really best? Both McAfee and Norton are legends within the antivirus industry, holding equally solid reputations as very effective virus checkers that can be used ...

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The battle is on, now let’s find out whether McAfee or Norton is the best antivirus checker.

We all know the names, but which of these two anti-virus programs is really best?

Both McAfee and Norton are legends within the antivirus industry, holding equally solid reputations as very effective virus checkers that can be used on a range of different operating systems, including Windows, iMac, and Google’s Android.

Without expert insider knowledge or the huge resources required to test these two antivirus programs yourself, it really is hard to choose between them or any other program on the market for that matter. So to help you out, this article is going to closely examine the differences between these two programs so that we can tell you which really is the top antivirus checker, McAfee or Norton?

Why do I need a virus checker anyway?

Antivirus ScanningWe are living in an increasingly complex security environment, where we now require full time active protection from all manner of threats. Whether it is internet browsing protection, secure interfacing between our different devices, or safe interconnection with our cloud platforms, antivirus programs have more doors than ever to watch.

Today, we not only face more threats, but more types of threats than ever before. So complicated have these threats become in their breadth and form that the industry no longer uses the term virus to define them all but rather a variety of terms that include malware, trojans, worms, spyware, rootkit, and ransomware. To learn more about the history of antivirus software click here.

To give you an idea of the enormity of the problem as well as some insight into why having the best possible security is so important; here are some figures from 2016 concerning the number of attacks that US households alone have faced.

  • Number homes that have experienced a serious virus problem in the past 2 years -16 million
  • Have had spyware problems in the past 6 months – 8 million
  • Have lost money by phishing scams – 1 million
  • Total number all US households that have been affected by viruses – 40 %

The problem with so called virus software is that it cannot protect against viruses until after they have been first discovered and solved. Since these viruses spread very quickly, it is really important to find a virus program with a high detection rate as well as one that minimizes the disruption it causes to computer performance.

What do you need to consider when buying a new antivirus program?

Virus AlertFinding the right virus checker can be quite time-consuming, how time consuming exactly depends on the complexity of the system and environment that you wish it to work in. A large server system that is interfacing with a number of hardware options will require a greater level of protection than a standalone home computer, for example, and will therefore require much more time to research.

For the purpose of this article, we are going to assume that you are someone who is looking to protect a standalone private computer from the normal types of attack that such a system might expect to face.

In this case, here are a few features to look out for:

  • Free or Paid Plan – Usually this influences the level of protection.

If you are using Windows 10 and are worried about compatibility issues, read this.

Included features:

In order to ensure even the most basic level of protection your virus checker should have the following:

  • Real-time Scanner
  • Scheduled Scans
  • Real Time Browser Protection
  • Instant Messaging Protection
  • Automatic Virus Updates
  • Automatic Program Updates

Let the battle commence: MacAfee vs. Norton

McAfee

MacAfee

Named after its eccentric founder John MacAfee, who was one of the first people to popularize the use and importance of antivirus software, MacAfee AntiVirus offers a free basic security scan program for PC’s, but if you want a good level of active protection, you are going to have to pay for it.

All of their 3 types of protection options are available with a free 30 day trial.

  • McAfee® AntiVirus Plus – Yearly Plan – $29.99
  • McAfee® Total Protection – Yearly Plan – $79.99
  • McAfee® LiveSafe™ – Yearly Plan – $99.95

For the sake of this comparison, we are going to look at McAfee® AntiVirus Plus plan as this is the most popular choice amongst home owners.

Norton

Norton

Norton was also an early player in the antivirus game, later being bought out by Symantec who continued the company under the same name. The company has placed a special emphasis on keeping its virus detection rates as high as possible to give it the edge on its competitors. To date, Norton is a seven-time winner of PC Magazine’s Editor’s Choice Award, proving that it really gets the job done consistently.

Like MacAfee, Norton offers 3 main levels of protection for home users that are also available with free 30 day trials.

  • Norton Security Standard – Yearly Plan – $69.99
  • Norton Security Deluxe – Yearly Plan – $89.99
  • Norton Security Premium – Yearly Plan – $109.99

To make things even, we will compare Norton Security Standard with McAfee® AntiVirus Plus. The latter of the two scores the opening victory, being $40 cheaper.

INTERFACE
Winner: Norton

Though an antivirus’ user interface might not be thought to be that important when it comes down to it, appearance and ease of use can make all the difference to whether people like a particular anti-virus program and how well they are able to use it. Surveys have shown that people like convenient, easy to navigate interfaces that don’t interfere with other things that they are doing. So with this in mind, how do our two antivirus programs compare?

MacAfee has largely continued to use the same interface style for the last decade with very few changes. The interface feels a little old fashioned now and honestly, could do with an overhaul. That said, it is still fairly easy to navigate around all the main functions, though some aspects of the interface may still confuse people.

Norton has really come from behind in this area, and now has arguably the best interface of all. It feels really modern and responsive as well as being really easy to navigate. Even a total beginner can find their way around in a matter of minutes, something which makes this a much better interface than MacAfee’s.

VIRUS DETECTION RATES
Winner: Norton

According to various tests, Norton outperforms MacAfee in the key area of virus detection, discovering an average 7% more potential threats for a total of 98%.

VIRUS REMOVAL RATES
Winner: Norton

MacAfee’s virus checker is underperforms in virus removal compared to Norton. While Norton is able to remove most of the detected viruses, or at least effectively quarantine them, MacAfee is not always able to effectively isolate select deep routed viruses. Part of this success lies with Norton’s ability to fix deeply embedded infections by creating and running an alternate recovery system reboot, after which, it is then able to successfully remove even the most deep rooted viruses with ease.

This fact has huge potential ramifications for infected computers as should a virus slip past MacAfee’s security detection and plant itself in the computer, once it detects the virus, it still won’t be able to properly remove it, leaving you in deep trouble.

WEB SECURITY FEATURES
Winner: MacAfee

Because McAfee® AntiVirus Plus and Norton Security Standard are the most basic antivirus programs offered by the two companies, they don’t feature a lot in the way of additional security features. Here are a few of the ones that they do:

Phishing Protection

One important feature that they both offer is Anti-Phishing protection. Phishing is big business and has affected millions of people. Antivirus programs now help to spot phishing scams and warn the user. According to our tests, MacAfee fared better in this area, being able to detect more phishing threats than Norton.

Identification Protection

Another area where MacAfee performs exceedingly well is protecting your online identity and keeping passwords safe. Well-developed parental controls reinforce this security net helping to keep your children protected too. Norton has its own system that it calls Identity Safe, which on the whole, is evenly matched with the MacAfee system, making them both viable solutions in this area.

Firewall

Though the MacAfee software has an effective firewall, Norton seems to have a much bigger list of unsafe or undesirable sites which it will step into block. This might be excellent in helping to prevent unwanted cookies and spyware, but it can be a real nuisance at times when you just want to be free to view different sites. Fortunately, this feature can be adjusted to allow a lower level of protection and therefore prevent fewer sites from being blocked.

SYSTEM PERFORMANCE
Winner: MacAfee

Virus checkers differ quite significantly when it comes to how fast and efficiently they run alongside your computers normal operations. This is an area that can really affect whether people want to use the software or not. Even if a particular antivirus program has the best virus detection and removal rate in the world, if it slows up the user’s computer or takes hours to complete a scan then they are just not going to want to use it. Though performance drag won’t be so noticeable on faster computers, if you are using an older computer that lacks ram, in particular, then you might suffer from your computer slowing down with more resource heavy antivirus software.

MacAfee’s virus checker is really good at using the minimal possible resources and therefore not slowing up your computer a great deal. Norton on the other hand is known for causing computer performance to drop, though this is becoming less of an issue on current versions of their software.

AUTOMATIC UPDATES

Norton has a great update feature called Norton Pulse, which updates virus databases every 5 to 15 minutes. Though if you are on a very slow internet this could be a minor frustration, it otherwise doesn’t do much in the way of slowing up overall system performance and really makes sure you are protected even against the most recent threats.

MacAfee’s update doesn’t update so regularity, which technically makes the software a little less safe. When it does update, however, it is completely unnoticeable, not causing any system slow down whatsoever.

Other notable features

LICENSE
Winner: MacAfee

One of the things that is also really nice with the MacAfee protection plan is that with just one license it is possible to use their security protection with all your PC’s, laptops, tabs, and phones. This is a really nice feature as it means that you only need to pay once and with that all your devices will be secured. According to their site, you can connect an unlimited number of devices under one membership, which massively surpasses Norton’s one device per membership policy.

CHILD PROTECTION
Winner: Norton

Norton’s offers some of the best IM and chat protection, as well as the best social network protection in the business. Really good parental controls allow you to limit your children’s exposure and protect them from getting to undesirable sites and chat rooms. Many parents will be happy with the addition of their Safe Web for Facebook feature that is able to detect threatening links on Facebook walls that could allow for security breaches such as web cams being hijacked, for example.

MONEY BACK GUARANTEE
Winner: Norton

Both companies offer a money back guarantee where they will refund you 100% of your money should their program fail to remove a virus from your computer after you install it. For reasons unknown, most antivirus companies only offer 30 days while Norton offers a 60 day period in which to get your money back. Though the difference is rather irrelevant, if you are someone who takes a long time to get around to things then Norton is the one to choose.

Conclusion

Both MacAfee and Norton have their strengths and weaknesses. For us, Norton is a clear winner when it comes to protecting your computer from unwanted viruses, malware, spyware and more. It has a better overall detection rate and is far better at removing deep viruses than MacAfee AntiVirus.

That said, the MacAfee virus checker still does a pretty respectable job detecting viruses, and does have a number of advantages such as running better on slower machines. And don’t forget, if budget is your main concern, it is cheaper as well.

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Best Cheap WordPress Hosting Providers on the Web http://reviewtech.info/best-cheap-wordpress-hosting-providers/ http://reviewtech.info/best-cheap-wordpress-hosting-providers/#respond Sun, 13 Aug 2017 20:46:02 +0000 http://reviewtech.info/?p=3358 There are millions of websites available online today that offer everything from online stores, blogs, social media to banking and cloud services. Less than 15 years ago, unless you knew how to write code such as HTML then you would have to employ someone who did if you wanted to start your own website. This ...

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There are millions of websites available online today that offer everything from online stores, blogs, social media to banking and cloud services. Less than 15 years ago, unless you knew how to write code such as HTML then you would have to employ someone who did if you wanted to start your own website. This was quite expensive and often ended up preventing people from even trying.

In recent years, times have changed, and it is now possible to design and publish your own site completely by yourself without the need for any programing code knowledge whatsoever. Sites such as WordPress and Wix that offere the chance to create your own websites based on their templates, began to spring up everywhere. Though they were limited in the type of website that they could create at first, they quickly grew in sophistication to become really powerful tools in the field of website publishing.

An estimated 26% of all the websites in the world were created using WordPress. That’s how popular these types of web development tools have become. They are now a permanent fixture in web development and one that with the huge processing and infrastructure resources the emerging cloud platforms are giving sites such as WordPress, are going to become infinitely more powerful in the future.

What is WordPress?

For those who don’t know, WordPress is a content management system (CMS) that allows users to generate and maintain web pages. Released in May 2003, its ability to allow any individual the chance to build their own website from scratch, with no outside assistance, quickly lead to it becoming the most popular web design tool in the market today. As of February 2017, WordPress is supporting some 60 million sites globally, meaning that it is responsible for one-quarter of all the independently developed sites on the web. This figure gives it roughly a 60% market share of all the web development platforms, making it 10 times that of its nearest competitor Joomla. Some of the most famous sites that are powered by WordPress include The New York Times, Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy, People Magazine, National Geographic, and Forbes.

What does WordPress do exactly?

WordPress allows its users to create websites and web pages by building them over a range of templates that the platform offers. These templates are organized into categories such as travel sites, blogs, and corporate portfolios to name a few. After users have selected the template they wish to build their site on, they are then given a range of powerful tools that allow them to change, add to or delete any part of the site they choose. These tools also include adding images, additional pages, charts, text and numerous other aids that really make sites look like they have been professionally done. For some more advanced design features, users will be required to hire web designers, as naturally there are limits on what WordPress can offer. WordPress is really easy to use, doesn’t require you to know any computer code and importantly, is a secure and reliable platform.

How Much Does WordPress cost?

As an open source project, WordPress is completely free. The costs associated with WordPress come when you wish to publish your website to take it live onto the net. For this, you will need both a domain name and a WordPress host.

What is a WordPress host and why do I need one?

A WordPress host is a company that allows a site to be hosted on its servers, thus making it accessible to people on the internet. Without internet hosting companies, the web would be empty as no sites would be accessible.

Website developers have a choice between two types of servers, dedicated servers that are specifically setup to handle one site and shared servers that handle a number of different sites at one time. Dedicated servers are usually reserved for large websites such as Facebook that can afford the extra costs that come with them.

There are literally thousands of web host companies, ranging from small obscure ones to huge hosts like Amazon and iPage. All web pages require a host and WordPress generated sites are no different.

How to choose the best WordPress host

Choosing the right host can make a huge difference when it comes to how successful your site becomes. Given the enormous amount of time that has been invested in developing websites, it is certain that the authors want it to be seen by as many people as possible.
The art of finding the best web host is balancing the cost verses the range of features, performance, SEO, security, and support that a particular host provides. Undoubtedly, all website developers would love to get the best performance and support on offer, but regrettably, the costs for such a premium service are way out of bounds of what most can afford.

Performance

Performance is fundamental to whether a website works or not. The upload/download speeds that a host offers, particularly at times of heavy use, can result in websites being slow and unresponsive. In extreme cases, heavy demand on a web host’s servers could result in sites crashing and going offline. In all these cases, the net effect will be extremely frustrated users who quite possibly might abandon the site. For websites that generate their income from paid memberships, this could be particularly disastrous as they might leave, while for other sites it can mean lost advertising revenue etc.

It is understandably very difficult to know what a particular host’s service speeds are prior to signing up with them, but by doing plenty of background research and reading customer feedback, you should be able to establish if they offer a good level of performance.

Customer Satisfaction and Company Reputation

The last point leads us into another important factor that should be considered when selecting a web host. A quick search of a company’s name will usually yield thousands of pages that offer reviews and direct customer feedback relating to customer experiences with that host. Obviously, all companies at some point or another have dissatisfied customers, but if you find that a large percentage of the reviews and comments are negative regarding aspects of the company’s service, then you can assume there is a problem with that host.

Reliability and Uptime

Reliability and uptime are two really vital components of a successful web host that are important to pay attention to. Generally, these two issues tend to be a concern with smaller hosts than with larger ones, for obvious reasons. Both reliability and uptime are at the mercy of the host’s server system, meaning that if a hosts system is under heavy enough load, it might well slow significantly or even fail. Should this happen, it will cause websites to go offline which is inexcusable to users.

Though even the largest host systems are susceptible to this kind of overload, it is much less likely as it will have the server power to deal with any spikes in workload. Larger hosts also tend to have multi-server systems that are located in more than one location. This means that should one server system be struck by lightning, for example, the other systems are able to take up the slack to keep sites online.

Security

For sites such as public blogs and product review sites, both of which don’t hold any sensitive information, security is not as much as a concern. However, if your site contains sensitive customer data or bank card details, security is of huge importance. The type of security systems being used by your host could make your site more vulnerable to being hacked. Though there is no way for you to assess the effectiveness of a web host’s security, their reputation, size, and customer feedback will all give a good indication of how good their security is.

Features

In such a competitive market, there is an obvious incentive for hosts to cram in as many security features with their deals as possible. Unfortunately, for most people, these are neither desired nor ever used. When searching for your web host, there are a couple of really advanced features to keep an eye out for. Secure Shell (SSH) is a cryptographic network protocol used for securely running networks over the internet. SSH offers the best level of protection from any kind of attack as all the protocols are encrypted.

Other non-security related features include: access to control panels and email services as well as your own unique domain name.

Support

Since support is only important when you need it, it is often overlooked by web host review sites. If you have any problem with your site, you will certainly need a good level of customer service as this could be a problem that you cannot fix yourself. A site crashing or going offline, slow loading speeds and certain security issues are all the responsibility of your host provider and will need their customer support to help fix.

Again, no company is ever perfect, so you certainly can’t expect not to read negative reviews as far as customer support goes, but to get the best idea of their how good a company’s support is, hit the review sites and forums. It won’t take long before you get a fairly good picture of how well their customers view their support.

Popularity

Popularity is a good indication of how good a particular host’s service really is. User numbers are the main indication of popularity, though customer feedback scores also feature as part of the equation. One of the huge positives of being a popular service is that the larger incomes generated can be invested back into infrastructure to improve services even more. This is a healthy feedback loop that allows popular web hosts to offer a service that is better than their rivals.

Cost

One of the most commonly asked questions is: To save money, can’t I just use a cheap WordPress host?

Though it is an understandable question, trying to save money by using a cheap or indeed free WordPress host should definitely be discouraged. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for”, which for the most part is true of web hosting too. If you know what you are doing, there are a few good low cost and even free web hosting services around, they include a number of conditions that definitely reduce the professional look to your site. These include domain names that are part of the website’s domain name, advertisements, and other things such as limited access to site features.

Another important thing to remember is that most of the paid host services include vital search engine optimization (SEO) tools and features that greatly enhance the ability to get your site noticed. SEO is a multi-million dollar a year industry that is fed by all websites owners’ desire to be ranked first on search engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Baidu. Without these SEO features, your site is almost certainly going to suffer from not being ranked anywhere that it is likely to be seen.

We can’t emphasize more the fundamental importance of investing a little extra money into your website by choosing an effective paid package to make sure your site gets all the performance, support, security and SEO that it needs. Since you have put so much effort into your site, you certainly want to see it succeed.

To help you find the best web host service at the cheapest possible price, we have put together a list of the best providers of cheap web WordPress hosting on the market today.

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Hostgator$2.99/month468ms100.00%
Bluehost$6.95/month422ms99.97%
Siteground$3.95/month539ms99.99%
A2 Hosting$3.92/month364ms99.93%
A Small Orange$5.00 /month532ms99.95%
Inmotion Hosting$3.49 /month615ms99.98%
eHost$2.75 /month556ms99.97%
Host Metro$2.95 /month545ms99.99%
Green Geeks Web Hosting$3.99 /month942ms99.99%
iPage$1.99 /month846ms99.99%

Hostgator

Editor’s Choice
Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Hostgator$2.99/month468ms100.00%

Our top choice web hosting service is Hostgator. With hosting prices for dedicated managed WordPress sites from just $3.95 per month and basic packages from just $2.99 a month, if this list were based on price alone, Hostgator would be hard to beat.

Hostgator is a really good, effective hosting service. Boasting a perfect 100% uptime and page load times of 468ms, they offer a fast and reliable service that at this price is impossible to beat. It is great that they offer so many different packages to choose from because it means that you can pick the one that is most suitable. This helps to avoid getting stuck paying for services and features you don’t need, just so you can get the ones you do.

As far as WordPress hosting goes, HostGator offers 3 different packages that are called starter, standard, and business. The basic package allows you to host one WordPress site with a limit of 25,000 visits per month, with 50GB of storage and free email. The standard allows up to 2 WordPress sites, with 200,000 monthly visits, with 150GB of disk space. The business package allows you to host 3 sites, with 300,000 monthly visits each, and has unlimited storage.

It is really simple to setup WordPress on HostGator, so for those who are new to web publishing, you need not worry. Find the shortcut called ‘Get Started with WordPress Today’ and follow the quick links that help you get it setup. The whole process from setup to getting your site up and running will take you less than 30 minutes, making this one of the fastest web hosting services we tried, and a great pick for beginners.

Pros

  • Dedicated or Shared Server options
  • Really great selection of packages to choose from
  • Extremely well priced
  • Packages come with site building software
  • Great Customer Service record
  • Unbeatable 100% uptime

Cons

  • Don’t currently offer a Windows VPS service

Bluehost

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Bluehost$6.95/month422ms99.97%

For many people, Bluehost is the best of the bunch and their go to choice for reliable and fast website hosting. Bluehost has a great reputation within the industry, particularly as it is one of the oldest web hosting companies, having been founded back in 1996. They have remained competitive by offering a really low price along with excellent speed and reliability. Their customer service has also been highly praised especially given it is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via phone, live chat, and email.

They don’t offer quite as many different packages as HostGator but there are still plenty of options to choose from. The $6.95 package allows for you to host as many websites as you like, with unlimited space and no site visit limits. Another great feature is that you can add all the domain names you want to this package at no extra cost. The $200 of free vouchers is a welcome addition to the package and can be used to improve the SEO of your site with companies like Google and Yahoo.

Pros

  • Offer Shared, Dedicated, Cloud and VPS server options
  • Quick and easy to install WordPress
  • Reliable service
  • Fast page load speed
  • Publish as many sites as you like
  • Free domain names/vouchers and unlimited space

Cons

  • Not Windows based servers
  • Harder to setup thanks to upselling

Siteground

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
SiteGround$3.95/month539ms99.99%

SiteGround is another web host provider that is endorsed by the WordPress platform. They are held in equally high regard within most parts of the WordPress community for their unique tools and features that help to make sites more stable and secure. This security is enhanced thanks to their multiple data centers, which are located in the United States, Asia, and Europe.

Their WordPress hosting package comes with a good range of features and extras, including free domain names, free daily site backup, and excellent customer service. This is another excellent low-cost solution for individuals and small to mediums sized businesses who are looking to keep costs down while still seeking maximum hosting performance.

Pros

  • Shared, Dedicated, Cloud and VPS server options
  • Low Cost
  • Reliable service
  • Good security and backup solutions
  • Secure free daily backup
  • Option for free domain names

Cons

  • No free vouchers to use to improve SEO

A2 Hosting

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
A2 Hosting$3.92/month364ms99.93%

A2 hosting offers some of the fastest page loading speeds of any web host priced under $25 a month. In a recent test, they averaged an incredible 364 ms over a 12 month period. Though this is not the 6x speed that many other review sites have claimed, it is nonetheless extremely impressive. They are another host to offer 24/7 customer support, which can be contacted via phone, email and live chat. The live chat feature is particularly useful as you get instantaneous replies that are extremely clear and concise, meaning that no matter what jam you are in, they will have it fixed in no time.

The only drawback with A2 is that their uptime is not as good as some might need. At 99.93%, this could be a deal breaker for some sites that can’t stomach lower performance in this area. That said, A2 offer extremely fast performance, low costs and an easy one click WordPress installation, making them the go to choice for some.

Pros

  • Extremely fast page loads
  • Great customer support
  • Low monthly fees
  • Fast and easy WordPress installation
  • Free and easy website migration

Cons

  • Poorer Uptime

A Small Orange

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Small Orange$5.00 /month532ms99.95%

A Small Orange hosting offers several Linux-based plans including tiny, small, medium, and large. While a good selection of available plans is always a welcome thing, it is still not enough to let A Small Orange complete with the first 3 web hosts on this list, where lower prices and better performance give them the edge.

That’s not to take too much away from A Small Orange, however. It still offers a reliable web hosting service with some pretty decent page load speeds. The interface is nice and simple, making it really easy to use. There is plenty of control also when it comes to site management, making it a pretty respectable platform. Sadly, it doesn’t offer the same level of customer support and lacks a phone service completely. The small number of tools when coupled with hosting limitations, definitely restrict this hosting platform to individuals and small businesses, for whom it offers a pretty solid low-cost option to manage their sites.

Pros

  • Relatively low cost
  • Good performance levels
  • Plenty of different package options

Cons

  • No managed WordPress hosting
  • Lacks phone based tech support
  • Not as cheap as HostGator

Inmotion Hosting

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Inmotion Hosting$3.49 /month615ms99.98%

InMotion is the preferred hosting provider for over 300,000 domains to date. This is due to their low hosting costs, which start at just $2.95 per month for the most basic package. This makes them cheaper than most other low-cost hosting providers, something that thankfully doesn’t affect their service and performance. They have a reasonably respectable average loading time of 615ms and a decent 99.98% uptime. Customer service representatives are friendly and are on hand round the clock to helpfully deal with any issues you might have.

All things considered, InMotion is a really good deal for the price, and thanks to its easy to use interface, is a great starting point for those beginning their journey into web development. We found it a little difficult to setup, mostly due to the difficult account verification process and were a little concerned at the lack of any website migration option, but other than this, it is an excellent platform for new and small business customers.

Pros

  • Very reasonably priced
  • Really easy to use
  • Good customer support
  • Good performance level

Cons

  • More difficult to setup

eHost

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
eHost$2.75 /month556ms99.97%
eHost currently provides hosting for more than 1 million websites, many of which have been developed using WordPress. The main thing about eHost is that its services seem to divide their users, who stay for the cheap prices but complain about the slower page load speeds. Generally speaking, their service is still above most of the competition, especially when you factor in price. For less than $100, you can host your website for 3 years, and get $200 of Google advertising credits thrown in too.

Its WordPress integration is seamless, offering thousands of drag and drop website building tools that will make developing your site easier than ever. Many of these tools really help you to create a professional touch to the sites you are trying to build. We found some really great chart tools in there that allowed us to create some very professional looking charts.

Once again, for the price, it is really hard to complain about eHost’s service. If a few of the web hosting companies that appear a little further up this list went out of business, then when it comes to value for money, eHost would be impossible to beat.

Pros

  • Competitively priced
  • Seamless WordPress integration
  • 1000’s of drag and drop website building tools
  • $200 of Google advertising credits

Cons

  • Slower page load

Host Metro

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
Host Metro$2.95 /month545ms99.99%
Host Metro is an undeserved underdog in the world of web hosting. It has an industry beating uptime of 99.99% and a fairly respectable average page load speed. Priced at just $2.95 per month with unlimited bandwidth, storage and number of web domains, it is a really competitively priced web hosting service.

They pack a range of extra features including a free script installer, unlimited email accounts, and a free site lock security seal that helps prevent unauthorized access to the site. The daily security scan is a nice little bonus that is not included in the basic packages of many other host providers either.

Pros

  • Inexpensive
  • Lots of extras including free domain names, unlimited storage, and bandwidth usage
  • Daily security scan
  • Unlimited email accounts
  • Free script installer included

Cons

  • Page load speed is known to increase during busy hours

Green Geeks Web Hosting

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
GreenGeeks$3.99 /month942ms99.99%
GreenGeeks is quite a big player in the low-cost web hosting business. It now hosts over 300,000 websites since starting up 10 years ago. The company proudly boasts of its near perfect uptimes and the fact that they offer their customers such reliable performance. They offer free site migration, data transfers, and domain names, bringing them in line with many of their competitors.

The main drawback to GreenGeeks hosting is their 942ms average loading times, which when considering that the industry standard is 700ms, makes their performance well below average. This is really unfortunate because it is bound to cause many WordPress users to avoid signing up with them in favor of a competitor. Otherwise, this is a really good hosting service that offers near perfect levels of uptime, it seems a little unfair for GreenGeeks to lose out in this way, especially when they buy 3 wind credits for every credit of electricity they use.

Pros

  • Reasonable pricing
  • Green energy solution – 3x wind energy credits purchased for each one they consume
  • Experienced company
  • Great customer service
  • Loads of free features including free site migration

Cons

  • Slow page load speeds

iPage

Hosting ProviderPRICESpeed/Load TimeUptime
iPage$1.99 /month846ms99.99%
It seems like iPage has successfully married lowest cost hosting with really good advertising. Founded in 1998, they were one of the first companies in the industry and now host more than 1 million websites.

They offer some great package deals that have so many extra features and giveaways thrown in that it will make your head spin. This includes a free security suite, free site transfer, sidelock security seal, unlimited email accounts and handfuls of free vouchers that you can use to improve site SEO.

Their platform integrates with WordPress in a single one click installation and includes a drag and drop site building tool which makes them a great option for WordPress developers. Though it has to be said that iPage is not the best performing host platform, plagued as it is by below average page load speeds, it is, nonetheless, the cheapest hosting service that offers reasonable performance and exceptional value for money.

Pros

  • Cheapest Price
  • Great uptime percentage
  • Plenty of free features
  • Free SiteLock security seal
  • Daily security scan

Cons

  • Slow page load speeds

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