KnownHost is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, just outside Washington D.C. KnownHost does business with a large customer base over 150 countries. With data centers in three locations across the country, the company maintains a large presence. They maintain an uptime of 99.99 percent backed up by a 30 money-back guarantee. They provide full customer service options, and 16 plans with varying web hosting options including VPS, dedicated, and managed.
Inmotion Hosting was established in 2001. Since then, they've opened more than 300,000 domains for clients, and that number is rising. Inmotion wants their customers to be satisfied, offering a full money back guarantee if a client is not happy. Their web host experts are top-notch in the field, undergoing 160 hours of training on Inmotion Hosting's products and services. The average tech for Inmotion hosting has over four years of experience in the field, garnering some of the best customer support services found in the industry.
Rackspace was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in San Antonio, Texas. They have over 5,000 employees worldwide with hundreds of thousands of customers around the world, including 40 percent of the Fortune 100. Rackspace specializes in hybrid cloud and is the founder of OpenStack®, the open-source operating system for the cloud. They are able to deliver customized infrastructures to fit their customers' IT needs. Their products can run on the public cloud, private cloud, dedicated servers, or a combination of platforms. Rackspace's award-winning Fanatical Support® helps customers successfully architect, deploy, and run their most critical applications. They are also featured on Fortune's list of 100 Best Companies to Work For.
1&1 is one of the older companies in the web hosting and server industry. It started when a small German company took over a troubled online marketing service called T-Com in 1988. Today, over 6,500 employees help clients set up web hosting services, hosting products, and other products that help businesses establish their online presence. 1&1's web hosting service, called MyWebsite, is a low-cost product that allows individuals and small businesses to build their presence online.
Boasting a wide array of web locations across the world, 1&1 has 13.64 million customers using paid services with over 19 million registered domain names.
GoDaddy is a hosting company that specializes in shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting, name registration, web site design software, and e-business services. The company was founded in 1997 as Jomax Technologies, and changed its name to the memorable GoDaddy in 1999. In 2011, it was ranked the world's largest domain name registrar by Tier 1 Research, and it is consistently ranked as one of the best places to work in its headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The company offers domain registration, hosting, SEO consultation, and other services to its customers. GoDaddy has become one of the leaders in the industry via its quality products and sometimes edgy advertising. The company is an international presence and has been widely recognized with numerous awards for its innovation.
Network Solutions is a brand of Web.com that focuses on providing affordable websites for small businesses. They also offer domain registration, which will be discussed later in this review. In 2007, Network Solutions was one of the largest (top five) providers of domain names for clients, competing with GoDaddy, and held 6,659,150 domains for clients. Network Solutions is also one of the largest innovators in the Pay Per Click, Search Engine Optimization, and online marketing. Network Solutions opened in 1979, originally providing consulting services for IBM business machines. Since the late 90s, Network Solutions has focused on domains and website hosting.
DreamHost's humble beginnings has its origins in a Facebook and Napster type story; a couple of friends who loved technology got together in a college dorm room in 1997 and started a business. Today, DreamHost has more than 1.3 million hosted domains and 370,000 customers. DreamHost has some issues with customer service, which is discussed later in this review. They offer domain registration, various types of web hosting services, and very fast servers that include VPS servers for enterprise businesses. We reviewed their shared hosting product, which they claim is the fastest and cheapest way to start a business on the web.
Media Temple, founded in 1998, has a strong track record in the web industry. They have helped 125,000 business decision makers operate over 1.5 million websites. Media Temple offers many products, ranging from personal web pages to the largest business sites. They also have great customer service to back these products up, claiming that 90 percent of staff time is spent helping customers. The straightforward approach to their online paradigm maximizes transparency, offering an easy-to-understand approach to entering a terms of service agreement with the hosting company.