Yahoo is primarily known for its search engines, but its websites are a force to be reckoned with, too. In 2013, for the first time since 2011, Yahoo surpassed Google for the number of visitors to its websites in the United States. In 2013, Yahoo reported 196 million American visitors to its websites. Monthly, worldwide, 700 million people visit a Yahoo website. Yahoo has been in business since 1994. For a while, Yahoo operated GeoCities, which offered free websites. Now, Yahoo has moved its users towards its small business web hosting. These sites are aimed to meet the needs of individuals and small businesses.
BlueHost was founded in 2003 by Matt Heaton and is headquartered in Orem, Utah. The company has over 700 employees and powers over two million websites. They offer shared, VPS, cloud, and dedicated hosting plans as well as optimized hosting for Wordpress, with various levels of features and pricing. They also offer unlimited bandwidth and storage on some plans.
HostGator, LLC is a privately held company in Houston that began life in Brent Oxley's dorm room at Florida Atlantic University in 2002. The whole range of web hosting from cloud to dedicated servers is offered. The company has grown exponentially since it's start and provides hosting services in Canada and in the United States. HostGator was acquired in 2012 by Endurance International Group. They offer 24/7/365 customer support with phone, email, and live chat options. HostGator also has a 99.9 percent uptime backed up by a generous 45 day money-back guarantee.
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.
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.
Register.com provides a wide range of resources to small businesses that are usually reserved for larger organizations. These resources include web hosting, website design, eCommerce, search engine marketing, SSL certificates, email, and domain name registration services. Before Register.com started offering web hosting, they made a name for themselves as a domain registration company by registering more than 2.5 million domains. All of their services are backed by a 99.99 percent uptime guarantee and technical expertise through their 24/7-customer support.
Web.com was founded in 1997 and is a provider of website and hosting services to small-sized and medium-sized businesses. As of 2011, Web.com has helped more than one million clients push their businesses online via a website or a hosting service. In recent years, Web.com has acquired many different smaller sites and registry services, including Solid Cactus and Register.com. We decided to review Web.com's web hosting service, which includes a free domain name.
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.