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The Top Web Hosting and Domain Name Providers 2013

The Top Web Hosting and Domain Name Providers 2013

Setting up a website can be quite a difficult process as it is, but it’s often made alot more difficult by baffling hosting packages, that are often over price and extremely unreliable. Luckily, we’ve narrowed down the best ten Web Hosting and Domain Providers on the net, judged upon value for money, reliability and ease of use…

Yes, you can get web hosting for £1 or less per month but there really is no point. You may as well pay a bit extra and get quality.  This is where our article leads in…

(Don’t worry about a lot of the prices being in dollars, they will all convert when you get to the payment stage into your currency.  We have included the rough price in pounds as well below.) – Also check out our vouchers section on our forum where you will find regularly updated vouchers for these webhosts and many other online products/services.

 

Web Hosting

 

HostGator

Prices – $3.96/£2.56 – $10.36/£6.70 PM, Depending on the level of features you require

Good to know 

  • Single or Unlimited Domains
  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Bandwidth

Extras

  • $100 Google Adwords Offer
  • Free Web Templates and Designs
  • Free Website Transfer, Domain Transfer, MySQL Transfer, Script Transfer
  • Automatic Weekly Off-Site Data Backups
  • Online Support Portal with over 500+ Video Tutorials and 680+ Help Articles

YWB Says:

Host Gator are extremely commendable for their great support, which is available both online and via telephone. Their cheap and affordable pricing allows anyone to buy a web hosting package.

Voucher code – “YWBHOSTING2013” – Enter this code at the checkout to get 25% off your package.

 

Link: http://www.hostgator.com
 

Blue Host 

“Trusted by Millions as the Best Web Hosting Solution”

Price – From $4.95/£3.19 per month (36 months). $6.95/£4.48 for 12 months.

Good to know

  • Unlimited bandwith
  • Unlimited diskspace
  • Free domain
  • 24/7 Phone, Chat & Email Support

Extras

  • $100 Google Advertising Offer

YWB Says

Blue Host don’t particularly offer the cheapest package out there however the service is robust and you know you are going to get a good service.   In fact  most functionality is unlimited, which is becoming an increasing trend in today’s market. The package includes unlimited space and bandwidth, plus a free domain is included. There’s adequate email hosting provided along with Softalicious one-click install functionality. Support is also extremely reliable with Blue Host, available 27/7 both Online and via Telephone.

Link:  http://www.bluehost.com

GreenGeeks


Price – From $4.95/£3.19 per month (36 months)

12 Months: $7.95/£5.12 monthly

24 Months: $6.95 /£4.48 monthly for 24 months

36 Months: $4.95/£3.19 per month (36 months)

Good to know

  • Unlimited bandwith
  • Unlimited diskspace
  • Free domain for life!
  • 24/7 Phone, Chat & Email Support
  • Energy Efficient Infrastructure
  • 300% Wind Powered Green Hosting
  • Carbon Neutral Friendly
  • Unlimited Web Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer

Extras

  • $100 Google Advertising Offer

YWB Says

The most striking feature of Green Geeks is given in the title. They use renewable energy sources to power their servers and that’s something we belive is extremely important in today’s world. It also gives the opportunity to tell your customers that your website is 100% green and is powered by renewable energy sources. Everybody wins!

Link: www.greengeeks.com

iPage

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Price – $1.99 for first 3 months then $2.95 thereafter

Good to Know

  • Unlimited Hosting Space
  • Unlimited Data Transfer
  • Host Unlimited Domains

Extras

  • Free Point and Click Site Builder
  • Free Blog and Shop
  • Full Script Library

YWB Says

iPage have quite an exclusive offer for first time site owners. They offer a reduced price for your first three month, which is a great form of guarantee. Three months is a great time period for discovering if hosting a website is right for you. On top of that, they offer all the unlimited features offered by Blue Host, like unlimited Bandwidth and Disk Space. iPage are also great for security and for website promotion.

Link:  http://www.ipage.com

 

1and1

www.1and1.co.uk

Price – From £2.49 per month

Good to Know

  • All packages have unlimited bandwidth
  • Mobile site editing starts from the £4.99 per month package upwards
  • Feature rich

Extras 

Online workspace with team storage and other features

 

YWB Says

1and1 features web hosting for every type of user from those just getting started, those who are looking for a little more power, those looking for maximum power and for businesses.  1and1 even has a free trial if you are unsure.

Link: http://www.1and1.co.uk
Promotion:6 months free on all packages

 

 

Hostpapa

Price – £1.95 – £5.99 PM

Good to Know

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Free Domain Name
  • Unlimited Domains on one Account

Extras

  • Facebook Ad Credits
  • Amazon Ad Credits ($75 USD)
  • Free WordPress and Joomla Blogging Tools

YWB Says

What’s striking about Hostpapa is that their hosting is completely green. Their servers are powered from 100% renewable energy sources. That’s great to know, especially to webmasters concerned by the environment. They also offer unlimited Disk Space and of course Bandwidth. There’s a nice bundle of advertising coupons that come with the package, which is great to market your brand new website from the offset.

Use code “FREEDOMAIN” to get a free domain with your web-hosting purchase.

Link: http://www.hostpapa.co.uk

 

Just Host 


Professional Hosting fro Just Host

Price – From £2.95 PM/$4.45

Good to Know

  • Unlimited Disk Space
  • Unlimited Domain Hosting
  • IMAP and Pop3 email support

Extras

  • Search Engine Submission
  • $100 Google Adsense Vouchers
  • One Click Software Installs

YWB Says

Just Host are another one commended for their great support. It’s 24/7 technical support, which offers great peace of mind if your site happens to go offline. Another nice feature is their anytime moneyback guarantee. If you should ever decide that their service isn’t for you, then it’s a nice little feature to fall back on. On top of all this, Just Host offer all the great specifications that we have aforementioned with the other hosting providers.

Link: http://www.justhost.com

 

Heart Internet


Prices – £2.49 – £10.75 PM

Good to Know

  • 5,000 MB to Unlimited Web Space
  • 30,000 MB to Unlimited Bandwidth
  • 1 -3 Websites
  • Extra fees apply for Mail
  • 24/7 UK support

Extras

YWB Says

Whilst Hear Internet is considerably more expensive than the other Hosting Providers that we have looked at, their service and support is considerably stronger. It’s worth paying the little more that they charge for the better service that they are able to offer. Their uptime is almost 100% and their support is extremely reliable.  For Heart’s more premium packages, they are able to offer specs to the same level offered by the other hosts.

In partnership with Heart Internet, Young Web Builder are able to offer a 20% discount for first time purchases on Heart’s packages. This can be annual or monthly, just use the code YWB2013.

Link: http://www.heartinternet.co.uk/web-hosting

 

123 Reg student hosting

Price – £1 per month

Good to know

  • You must have an .ac.uk email account, (or a friend that has one).
  • Unlimited bandwith
  • 25GB diskspace
  • 500 emails
  • 1 FTP account
  • Windows server

Extras

  • Free .biz domain
  • Free Microsoft professional suite of tools

YWB Says

Great if you are on a budget and want professional hosting without paying out too much.

Link: http://www.123-reg.co.uk/studenthosting

 

Domain Names

On top of a good hosting package, you’re going to need a good domain. Most domain registrars offer relatively the same service, but we’ve put together our favourites and what we like about each…

 

123 Reg 

Price – £3.49 – £10.99 (http://www.123-reg.co.uk/)

YWB Says

123 Reg are always my favourite when it comes to registering a domain. Unlike many other domain providers, the whole process with 123 Reg is incredibly simple. From the initial moment when you choose your domain, right through to setting up your DNS records. I registered my first domain with 123 and I have been using them regularly since.  Their prices aren’t particularly cheaper than most places, but they are incredibly fair. 123 Reg’s support are quite reliable, and their Twitter support account is especially useful.

 

Namecheap 

Price – Around £6.90 (http://www.namecheap.com)

YWB Says

One of the most striking features that Name Cheap offers, that others surprisingly don’t is the ability to pay for your domain via Paypal. This is a huge benefit for first time buyers of domains and adds quite an extra level of confidence to your purchase. Prices offered are pretty much standard and I found that a free e-mail account was included with a .uk domain that I recently purchased from Name Cheap.

 

Go Daddy

Price – £2.59 + (http://www.godaddy.com)

YWB Says

Despite not offering UK domains, Go Daddy are one of the most recognized domain registrars across the world. If you’re looking for peace of mind and reliability  then you really can’t go wrong with Go Daddy. If you live outside the USA, then I would really recommend looking elsewhere, simply because of conversion rates etc. Although, Go Daddy still provide an extremely stable and strong service, that has been a model for a good number of years now. Prices are incredibly fair and time frames are relatively quite flexible.

 

Heart Internet

Price – £2.99 – £5.99 (http://www.heartinternet.co.uk/domain-names/)

YWB Says

Although I have previously mentioned Heart as one of the top Web Hosting providers, I really do believe they are worth considering for Domain Names aswell. This is because of their extremely commendable support and as aforementioned, their great uptime. This isn’t something that you should really need to worry about with Domain Name hosting, but it’s still great peace of mind to have. Much like 123 Reg, Heart also keep the whole process very simple and understandable and never baffle users with tech terms.

 

Name.com 

Price – $3.99 + (http://www.name.com/)

YWB Says

Name.com made my list because of it’s simple and clean interface. Everything is managed through a nice interface that is great for first time domain owners. I love the way they advise users about choosing the perfect domain, they clearly show steps to help users when choosing their domain. These include keeping it as simple as possible and to use key words in their domain. While prices are only stated in dollars, Name.com is still worth considering.

 

There you have it! That’s my top ten domain and web hosting providers. There’s a package for everyone there, so you really have no excuse not to get that website set up! head over to the Young Web Builder forums to discuss with other Web Builders the best Domain Providers and Web Hosts out there…

Written by Josh M-J

I started building websites at the age of 12, I am now an extremely respected Video Games and Technology Journalist. I currently work with some extremely big names, such as Nintendo and others.

  • http://www.SEOAccountant.com Xyphien

    I am completely shocked that you do not have HawkHost, and NameCheap on this as tops. These are the only services I use for hosting and domains as they both are absolutely amazing at what they do. HawkHost has the best customer support I’ve ever seen, and namecheaps deals make them far better, and cheaper than any of their competition.

    All in all though, very good post.

  • http://expertwebsitereview.co.uk Jamesosix

    I’m a massive fan of Tsohost. Great service, great support and decent prices too! I recommend any and all my clients to them, when they are looking for a host and all have only good things to say about them :) I have a few discount codes too for 10% on any hosting packages – afasthost, robot10, iheartdiscounts all work, but can only be used, so you get a better deal paying annually, rather than monthly. Also, on Pro Hosting you get a free domain name (which is nice!)