Sometimes it pays to go with the wisdom of the crowds – so when it comes to web hosting, which are the largest web hosting companies in existence?
We thought this was an interesting question, so we decided to dig into the data to come up with a list of the largest web hosting companies in the world.
Beyond sharing the data on how each host ranks, we’ll also give you a brief introduction and list some of the features that might help explain why each host is so popular.
🔍 Quick look: 10 most popular web hosting services
If you just want a quick look, here are the ten most popular web hosting services as of 2020.
|Rank||Host||Prices From||User Rating||More|
|1||GoDaddy||$4.99 / month||3.7 /5||View Details | Visit|
|2||Ionos (1 & 1)||$1 / month||4.0 /5||View Details | Visit|
|3||Bluehost||$2.75 / month||4.0 /5||View Details | Visit|
|4||OVH||$2.99 / month||2.5 /5||View Details | Visit|
|5||Hetzner||€1.60 / month||3.6 /5||View Details | Visit|
|6||Namecheap||$1.44 / month||2.5 /5||View Details | Visit|
|7||Liquid Web||$15 / month||3.5 /5||View Details | Visit|
|8||SiteGround||$3.95 / month||4.3 /5||View Details | Visit|
|9||DreamHost||$2.59 / month||4.1 /5||View Details | Visit|
|10||InMotion Hosting||$4.19 / month||3.9 /5||View Details | Visit|
⚠️ A quick note – we’re going to focus on consumer-facing companies, rather than cloud hosting providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. If you looked at the actual hardware, these would be the largest web hosting companies, but most regular webmasters don’t have the technical skills to just start using cloud hosting directly.
Additionally, many distinct hosting services use cloud infrastructure, which muddies the waters. For example, SiteGround, Kinsta, and Flywheel all use Google Cloud infrastructure, so it’s not really fair to attribute those customers to Google Cloud when, for all intents and purposes, they’re hosting at SiteGround, Kinsta, etc.
📊 Where we got the web hosting market share data
To come up with a list of these most popular and largest web hosting companies, we looked at four distinct data sources:
These sites work by crawling a representative sample of the web and using that to determine market share. It’s…not perfect. But by aggregating separate sources together, we can get a pretty good idea of the relative popularity of each host.
🖥️ The largest web hosting companies: IN DETAIL
Next up, let’s take a deeper look at the hosts. For each host, I’ll share:
- Its rankings against other hosts
- Its market share
- Key details about the hosting plans and features
One more quick note; the rankings that we’ve included in the tables take into account infrastructure-focused cloud hosting companies, which we’ve excluded for the reasons that we already mentioned.
Basically, a host that ranks “fifth” in Datanyze still might be the second most popular consumer-facing hosting company, as is the case with 1 & 1 (Ionos) below.
Here are the aggregate numbers of all the hosts charted (this is an estimate):
(Chart by Visualizer.)
No matter which data source you look at, one thing remains clear:
GoDaddy is the most popular and largest web hosting company out there.
Though it’s perhaps best-known as a domain registrar (despite its first-place position on this list), GoDaddy offers a wide selection of web hosting plans for all budgets, ranging from cheap shared hosting to affordable managed WordPress hosting. For those who need more oomph, GoDaddy also has VPS and dedicated server plans.
1 & 1, now doing business as Ionos, is especially popular in Europe, though it’s certainly used in North America as well. It was founded in Germany all the way back in 1988, so it’s been around for quite some time, which helps explain its dominant market share.
Ionos offers affordable shared plans, as well as managed WordPress plans, VPS, and dedicated hosting.
Bluehost is definitely one of the biggest names in hosting worldwide. Bluehost offers some of the most affordable budget shared hosting plans out there, along with managed WordPress hosting plans, VPS, and even dedicated servers.
Bluehost uses cPanel as the base for its hosting plans but adds on its own custom hosting dashboard to make it easier for you to manage your websites.
|* Some sites aggregate all of the EIG hosting brands together. EIG is Bluehost’s parent company, but it’s also the company behind other popular hosts like HostGator.|
Based in France, OVH is one of Europe’s largest web hosts and domain registrars, though OVH doesn’t have a big North American presence.
OVH offers both shared hosting and a range of cloud-based plans, though they haven’t moved into the managed WordPress space yet. In general, you’ll find prices and plans for all budgets and needs.
Hetzner is another German web hosting company that’s especially popular in Europe, though, like OVH, it doesn’t have much of a North American presence.
Hetzner offers cheap shared plans starting at just a few Euro per month, as well as equally affordable VPS and dedicated server offerings.
Like GoDaddy, Namecheap is most well-known as a domain registrar, but it’s also quite popular when it comes to its hosting plans.
Namecheap offers some of the cheapest shared hosting out there, along with month-to-month payment options (which most cheap shared hosts don’t offer). Namecheap also offers EasyWP, one of the most affordable managed WordPress hosting offerings out there.
For those who need more power, Namecheap offers VPS and dedicated servers as well.
7. Liquid Web
Liquid Web is unique in that, unlike most of the other largest web hosting companies, it doesn’t really have any budget offerings. The cheapest cloud VPS plan starts at $15 per month, with dedicated options going up from there.
Liquid Web also offers managed WordPress and WooCommerce plans. The managed WooCommerce plan is especially notable as it comes bundled with a number of premium WooCommerce plugins and tools at no extra cost.
SiteGround is quite popular in the WordPress space, with some of the most affordable managed WordPress plans out there. They also offer generic shared hosting, as well as cloud hosting plans for users who need more power.
SiteGround offers its own custom hosting dashboard and recently moved to using Google Cloud infrastructure on all of its plans, even on its entry-level plans.
Founded back in 1996, DreamHost is one of the most established companies on this list.
They offer a wide array of plans, including shared, VPS, and dedicated hosting. They also offer an affordable managed WordPress hosting plan called DreamPress, as well as VPS WordPress hosting plans.
The managed WordPress plans come with useful extras, like a Jetpack Professional license at no extra cost.
10. InMotion Hosting
Like many of the other largest web hosting companies, InMotion Hosting offers affordable shared hosting plans, as well as VPS and dedicated servers.
InMotion Hosting also offers its own managed WordPress hosting plan that starts at under $10 per month, which makes it one of the more affordable entry points to managed WordPress hosting.
🏢 Those are your largest web hosting companies!
That wraps up our collection of the largest web hosting companies…based on real data!
Because of the way data aggregators collect data (by crawling sites), it’s impossible to get one single number for the largest web hosting companies. But by aggregating different sources, you can get a good idea for who the most popular companies are.
Does being popular mean a company is the best? Well, not necessarily.
If you’re looking for what we think are the best web hosts, then you might be more interested in our comparison of the best WordPress hosting offerings available in the market.
Or, if you’re more on the budget end of things, you can take a peek at our collection of the best cheap WordPress hosting options.
Any questions about the topic or how we put together our list of the largest web hosting companies? Let us know in the comments!
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