Best Web Hosting Providers of June 2022 – Forbes Advisor INDIA – Forbes

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Published: Jun 20, 2022, 8:33pm
When launching a website, it is prudent to select the most suitable web hosting provider via thorough research. Web hosting providers offer space on their servers for hosting websites and help businesses to become accessible on the internet. Forbes Advisor India analyzed multiple providers to help you choose the most valuable and affordable web hosting providers for Indian websites.
99.9%

INR 69/month

30 day

99.9%

INR 69/month

30 day

Hostinger is known among the users for its friendly interface and advanced custom-built hosting panel known as hpanel, which is developed by Hostinger’s developers only. Apart from its recent launch in India, Hostinger has almost ten data centers around the world including, Singapore, which ensures better reach and connectivity. Their servers run on CloudLinux, which is among the most popular operating systems for hosting providers. Hostinger has a lot to offer such as 100 GB bandwidth with 30GB storage, boasts a website builder, one email account and free SSL certificate..
Plans and Pricing
Hostinger offers affordable plans starting from INR 69/month if bought for a longer tenure. Shared hosting plans have three plans, single, premium and business, ranging from INR 69 to INR 279 per month. Similarly, cloud hosting plans start from INR 799 and go up to INR 5,099 per month. VPS hosting has eight plans starting from INR 199 to INR 5,999 per month. Email hosting plans are available in the range of INR 69 and INR 179 per month. The user will get all the unlimited features in their business and premium plans.
Domain Registration Pricing
99.9%

INR 169/month

30 day

99.9%

INR 169/month

30 day

Bluehost is a viable option if one is looking to avail website hosting services on a limited budget. The company’s very basic plan starts from INR 169 with great features such a 50GB SSD storage, unmetered bandwidth, more than 100 WordPress themes, SSL certification, among others. However, the user always has a choice to scale up their website by purchasing add-on features.
Upon buying any plan, the company also offers a free Secure Socket Layer (SSL) certificate, that authenticates that this website belongs to a particular user and provides security to your website. As per the company, it powers more than 20 lakh websites all over the world. Bluehost has its data centers in India and the U.S.
Plans and Pricing
There are three plans under WordPress hosting: basic, plus and choice plus. Whereas the basic plan starts from INR 169, the other two plans: plus and choice plus have the same price of INR 279 per month, if taken for a period of three years. However renewal of choice plan will cost a little bit more as it is packed up with additional features such as domain privacy and daily website backup. Interestingly, all the plans of Bluehost come up with free domain for one year on creating WordPress hosting accounts, automatic updates, witty-design editor, quirky templates, secured configuration.
Bluehost also offers shared hosting, dedicated hosting and VPS hosting. Shared hosting plan costs INR 169 per month and goes up to INR 479 per month. And, the plan for VPS hosting starts from INR 1,649 per month and goes up to INR 3,499, if taken for three years. The plans for dedicated hosting starts from INR 8,499 per month to INR 11,999 per month, if taken for three years.
Bluehost also offers shared hosting, dedicated hosting and VPS hosting. Shared hosting plan costs INR 169 per month and goes up to INR 479 per month. And, the plan for VPS hosting starts from INR 1,649 per month and goes up to INR 3,499, if taken for three years. The plans for dedicated hosting starts from INR 8,499 per month to INR 11,999 per month, if taken for three years.
Domain Registration Pricing
99.9%

INR 59/month

30 day

99.9%

INR 59/month

30 day

India-based Big Rock is popular in the web hosting market for creating scalable solutions backed with strong technical support. It supports more than 60 lakh websites all over the world. Big Rock offers key hosting services including web solutions, digital certificates, domain registration, cloud and back-up solutions, enterprise email, transfer domain names. It also supports WordPress and windows hosting. It also offers Secure Socket Shell (SSH) access, unlimited domains and emails with unlimited bandwidth. Big Rock has its data centers in India and the U.S.
Plans and Pricing
Big Rock’s website hosting plans start from INR 69 per month and domain registration plans start from INR 399 per month for the duration of one to five years. Linux hosting plans start from INR 69 per month and go up to INR159 per month, if taken for five years. However, the Windows hosting plan starts from INR 59 per month till INR 599 per month, if taken for a longer duration.
Domain Registration Pricing
99.9%

INR 79/month

45 day

99.9%

INR 79/month

45 day

We selected Hostgator as one of the best web hosting providers because of its speed, reliability and flexible hosting and domain plans for small and big enterprises as well as website owners. It runs on premium servers backed by Intel Xeon quad core processors and hyper threading infrastructure which enables good uptime rates. The higher the uptime rate is, it is a good indication for the performance of servers. And, Hostgator guarantees an uptime rate of 99.99%. The servers of Hostgator are located in India and the U.S.. It offers hosting solutions such as web hosting, cloud hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS and dedicated hosting, windows hosting and website builder.
Plans and Pricing
Shared Linux Hosting Plans (For 5-Years)
Shared Windows Hosting Plans (For 5-Years)
Cloud Hosting Plans (For 5- Years)
Web Application Plans (For 5- Years)
WordPress Hosting Plans (For 5- Years)
Apart from this, Hostgator also offers multiple plans for linux reseller hosting, windows  reseller hosting and also for the dedicated servers.
99.9%

INR 119/ month

30 day

99.9%

INR 119/ month

30 day

GoDaddy is quite a popular name in the web hosting market. The hosting services of GoDaddy vary from website hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers, among others. Presently, the company has more than 2 crore customers all over the world. They have data centers in three continents: Europe, U.S.and India. The hosting hub, GoDaddy also has quite a responsive and approachable support team, which is able to serve their customers in multiple languages. It runs on a web hosting control panel, cPanel.
Plans and Pricing
Shared Hosting Plans:
Web Hosting has four plans, from a low-cost plan which is best-suited for basic websites to deluxe and ultimate plan. The plan starts from INR 119 per month, if taken for three years and goes up to INR 399 per month for three years. And windows hosting plans start from INR 199 to INR 499 for three years. Whereas, the WordPress Hosting plan starts from INR 239 per month and goes up to INR 1,499 per month. The VPS hosting plan starts from INR 439 per month and the Dedicated Servers plan starts from INR 8,839 per month.
Domain Registration Pricing
99.9%

INR 99/month

30 day

99.9%

INR 99/month

30 day

Indian-based web hosting provider, HostingRaja provides a wide variety of cost-effective hosting and domain registration plans and services. This platform provides services such as VPS hosting, web hosting, windows hosting, WordPress hosting, reseller hosting and also provides e-commerce hosting solutions. The users of HostingRaja can customize their plans according to their needs, and also get one free Indian domain name with unlimited hosting and premium plans.
However, you would be only able to host, if you’re based in India. It also provides support in six languages including some regional languages of India such as Tamil and others. It has its data center in India, thus it provides better reach in India and Asia.
Plans and Pricing
99.9%

INR 59

30 day

99.9%

INR 59

30 day

FastWebHost is a good choice if one is looking to scale up their website, as the company offers a variety of plans with varied traffic volumes. FastWebHost provides domain names, windows and linux web hosting, VPS and dedicated hosting and many more other solutions. It ensures fast speed and connectivity, as their servers are located in four countries such as the USA, India, Germany and Netherlands.
Plans and Pricing
The shared hosting plan starts from INR 59 and goes till INR 299 per month. All these plans provide features such as free website builder and free domain name, unlimited email accounts with unlimited bandwidth. The reseller hosting plans start from INR 400 up to INR 1,000 per month. And, VPS hosting plans range from INR 175 to INR 1,250 per month.
Domain Registration Pricing
99.97%

INR 170/month

30 days

99.97%

INR 170/month

30 days

As the name suggests, Namecheap provides its clients an affordable hosting and domain plans along with several benefits such as auto back-up, free SSL certificate, free website migration uptime guarantee, among others. The company is mainly known for its domain registration solutions. Other than domain registrations, the company gives other services related to shared hosting, WordPress hosting, VPS hosting, dedicated servers and reseller hosting. Namecheap is a U.S based company, which is serving over 15 lakh websites all over the world.  If we talk about servers, Namecheap uses the fastest web servers from Dell and Supermicro. Each one of the servers has at least 16 highly performing Intel Xeon CPU cores, 64GB of RAM, backed with SSD drives.
Plans and Pricing
Domain Registration Pricing
Other Plans:
Shared hosting plans have three schemes under it: Stellar, Stellar Plus and Stellar Business ranging from INR 170, INR 248 and INR 388 per month if taken for a year, respectively. WordPress hosting also has three plans starting from INR 1,941 to INR 4,300 per month, if taken for a year. Reseller hosting plans start from INR 1,395 and go up to INR 4,360 per month for a year. VPS hosting has two plans of INR 770 and INR 1,395 per month for a year.
While evaluating and choosing the top web hosting providers in India, Forbes Advisor India analyzed 30 companies on the basis of the following parameters:
Uptime (30% of score): We have seen very carefully and analyzed the uptime for each of the web hosting providers. We have tried to examine whether these companies offer any kind of uptime guarantee, how often the websites go downtime. If a provider has an average uptime of 99%, which means that their service will go down 1%, or 3.65 days in a year. The higher the uptime and closer to 100%, the better it is.
Price of the plans (20% of score): Price is one of the most crucial factors that everyone looks for. Before choosing the web hosting solutions or selecting a domain, always search for a great deal in comparison with the features that are being offered.
Customer Support (10% of score): Responsive and dedicated customer service is very important, otherwise you will spend a lot of time chasing the providers for their response. We have clearly mentioned; which company is quick in responding to their customers and which has poor service.
Location of Data Centers (20% of score): Data centers are a kind of infrastructure set-up, where you web hosting servers are physically located. The location of the data center is crucial as it determines the reach, speed and connectivity of web hosting service.
Data Security (10% of score): We have analyzed carefully about the data security features of the chosen website providers. For your website to be always online and hassle free, the automated backups and security features should be always up-to-date.
Extra benefits (10% of score): Who doesn’t like freebies, especially the ones which are given at no cost with your selected plan. Certain hosting plans offer benefits and freebies such as SSL certificate, domain name and registration for a specific period, no cost for website migration, free trials, among others.
Choosing a web hosting provider amongst several web hosts,their plans and packages is not that easy a decision. However, these above-mentioned points would definitely help you in selecting the best one for you as per your requirement and budget.
Web hosting is a process where an individual or any sort of organization purchases a space online so as to make their website accessible on the internet. A host provider gives website owners the space on their servers and provides them with the internet connectivity so as to make the website go live on the internet and appear in the search results.
Shared Hosting: Shared hosting happens when one purchases a server space which is shared amongst other websites. It is an affordable and viable option when one is just starting their website or blog.
WordPress Hosting: This is a more specific kind of hosting when someone is using a WordPress blog or website. Since, WordPress is quite a beginner-friendly platform, which can be fully customized by using hosting services. Hosting also optimizes the WordPress website’s performance and generates more traction.
Virtual Private Servers (VPS) Hosting: It is one level ahead and the upgraded form of Shared Hosting. Here, the user does share the website space but the other resources are not shared at all.
Dedicated Hosting: Dedicated hosting is just opposite of shared and VPS hosting. In dedicated hosting, the user has full control over their website. Unlike other two hosting, there’s no need to neither share the website space nor the resources with any other website.
Reseller Hosting: This kind of hosting allows you to resell or rent out your website space such as hard drive space or bandwidth to other customers, for an exchange of money.
Cloud Hosting: In cloud hosting, the website is hosted on the cloud infrastructure and not on any physical servers. This is a much better choice for professionals or for enterprise users, who are looking for scalable options. Cloud hosting plans are generally more expensive than others.
Any kind of web hosting comes with the control panel software and cPanel is one of the leading and traditional panels which is extensively used by the web hosting providers. cPanel eases the overall task of managing the site through its features like graphical interface and automated tools. In short, it simplifies the complexities of website management and makes the system more approachable to users and developers.
Name servers decode the website’s URL name into a numeric Internet Protocol (IP) address. They are the crucial part of the domain name system (DNS) which helps in directing traffic on the internet. It helps to manage the complexities of IP addresses and thus make it easier for the end users to navigate the website by just typing the domain name instead of its actual IP address.
No, not at all. Only one IP address can manage or host different websites.
Yes, the minimum limit of a domain name is 1 and the maximum of 63 characters of a domain label, Label is a part of a domain name separated by a dot. The maximum limit of a full domain name can not exceed 253 characters.
Rashi Maheshwari is a Deputy Editor for Forbes Advisor India. She has more than a decade of experience working in news, public relations and communications. In the past, she has worked with CNBC Awaaz, CryptoWire, among others and has covered beats including insurance, personal investments and cryptocurrency. She is a travel enthusiast and would like to visit every country and try as many different culinary specialities as possible.

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