Top Ten Largest Web Hosting Providers
This is the first of our Top Ten 10 Web Hosting lists. The publicly available data on the top 10 largest hosts is not very reliable, with conflicting claims aired. We have researched data on sites hosted, traffic and other subjective factors and arrived at the following Top Ten largest Web Hosting providers. Of course, size does not necessarily equal best when it comes to web hosting, and we encourage you to read our web hosting reviews and articles on web host selection criteria in selecting or changing a web hosting service. For another good list see the Top Web Hosting list of Web Hosting Reviews, which also has news on web hosting services and Internet issues. In addition, we recommend you try looking at at least three of the web hosting services listed, to get a feel of their pricing, service and features, before making a selection.
This Top Ten list has brief reviews and banners where you can access the sites, including specials if they are running them on the landing page. First, a summary list of the Top Ten Web Hosts, ranked by our estimation of largest size:
1. GoDaddy Hosting
2. 1&1 Hosting
3. Yahoo! Web Hosting
6. Network Solutions
Near list: Netfirms Web Hosting
Here is the full list, with brief reviews. Explore the different hosts to find the best fit.
Go Daddy Hosting: Largest web host by number of domains hosted. Shared and dedicated hosting. Windows and Linux hosting. No CPanel. No Fantastico.
1&1 Hosting: 1and1 Hosting is a giant in the European market and top 10 in the U.S. market. Inexpensive domain name registration. Shared and dedicated hosting. Windows and Linux hosting. No CPanel. No Fantastico.
Yahoo! Web Hosting: Growing web host from the largest player on the Internet. Emphasizes reliability. Runs periodic special pricing plans.
HostGator: HostGator has grown to become the largest independent web host. Read HostGator Review. Shared and dedicated hosting. Windows and linux hosting plans. Unlimited plan. CPanel control panel and Fantastico scripts available.
BlueHost: BlueHost is one of the fastest growing web hosting providers. Although we have ranked them number 7, on our Top 10 Largest Web Host list, they may already be higher ranked than that. Read BlueHost Review. ASP, PHP, Perl, FrontPage, SSH hosting in shared and dedicated hosting plans. Windows and linux hosting plans. Fantastico scripts available and CPanel control panel.
Network Solutions: NSI formerly had a virtual registrar monopoly on .com domain names, and with that became the largest or one of the largest web hosts. With the opening up of the domain registration market to competition, Network Solutions' market share has shrunk. Presently considered a good quality hosting service, but at a high price.
iPowerWeb: iPowerWeb is one of the original innovators in multiple domain hosting on a single plan. A few years ago typically there was one domain per plan, now the standard is 6-10 domains per plan. iPowerWeb hosts over 700,000 websites and provides low-mid priced options. Windows and linux hosting, shared and dedicated hosting plans. Vdeck control panel.
Aplus.Net: Aplus.Net is another of the established players in the web hosting business, a recipient of several CNET hosting awards. Unix and Windows plans available,, as are shared and dedicated plans. 80+ function control panel.
HostMonster was probably the fastest growing web host last year. We expect that they will rise into the Top 10 list soon - based on their popular unlimited website hosting plans.
StartLogic: StartLogic is another of the rapid risers. Expect them to move up on this Top Ten Largest Web Hosts list in the future. Shared and dedicated hosting on either Linux or Windows platforms. Control panel is Vdeck and preconfigured scripts are available.
Up and coming:
Netfirms Web Hosting: Netfirms hosts over 1.2 million websites and caters to small businesses. Boasts an inexpensive starter plan and full-featured Advantage and Business plans. Windows and linux hosting plans. Control Panel XL6.
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