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Personal Website Hosting

So you're thinking of creating a website for yourself...

personal website

Creating a personal website for yourself has many benefits such as a personal space for you to blog about something, use it as your online CV to send it to potential employers during job hunting, managing your photos which you would like to to share to the world or even if you are selling something. Use it as a mini ecommerce website to sell your goods to make extra cash on the side. You don't need to be a web developer or hire web design agency to do it for you. There are loads of tools out there to help you do it yourself such as online website builders which you can find scattered around the web. So when it comes to choosing the right web hosting company, which hosts are the best and which ones are right for you to host your personal website?

Don't choose free web hosting companies

Why? Haven't you heard the phrase "Nothing's for free!", "That's too good to be true!" or "What's the catch?". Being in this industry for so many years, you learn a few things and free personal web hosting companies are one of them. So many clients come up to me and ask about these free hosting companies whether I would recommend them using them or not and not once, have I said yes, do it!. Why? because I honestly do not recommend anyone who's serious about creating their own website for the long term for whatever purpose to use free hosting for a number of reasons as listed below

  • Limited functionality and lots of restrictions. You won't be able to tailor your personal website to work the way you want it to
  • Any traffic you generate, belongs to the free hosting company so if you decide you want to leave them one day and go on to shared hosting i.e. paid hosting, you're going to firstly lose all your existing visitors up to that point in time
  • If the free hosting company decides to shut down their site, then you lose your personal website with them as well
  • The free hosting company puts annoying advertisements on your website
  • You don't own your personal website
  • All your code are available to the people behind the free hosting service which they could sell off if they decided to

There are loads of other reasons why you shouldn't choose free hosting for your personal website, so take it from me now, before you start, don't choose this option.

Who to choose to host your personal website?

Go for paid hosting. Even though it will cost you a little money, it's 100% worth it. Most web hosting companies shared hosting option is suffice for a personal website since your website in theory shouldn't generate huge volumes of traffic. The list of hosting companies in the table below are my recommendations to get you started.

Personal Website Hosting

Customer Rating

Price per month

1.

Bluehost »

5 star rating: Recommended
[Personally recommended]

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£4.40

($6.95)

visit Bluehost »

2.

HostPapa »

5star

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£2.50

($3.95)

visit HostPapa »

3.

Hostmonster »

5star

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£4.40

($6.95)

visit Hostmonster »

4.

Myhosting »

5star

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£3.10

($4.95)

visit Myhosting »

5.

Network Solutions »

5star

£3.80

($5.99)

visit Network Solutions»

6.

ANhosting »

5star

£2.49

($3.95)

visit ANhosting »

7.

Hostgator »

5star

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£2.50

($3.96)

visit Hostgator »

8.

EUKhost »

5star

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£4.99

visit EUKhost »

9.

1 & 1 Internet »

5star

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£2.50

visit 1 & 1 Internet »

10.

Godaddy »

5star

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£3.20

($5.09)

visit Godaddy »


Last Updated April 26 2014 by Alex Tse



Disclosure: Through my web development experience, I built this personal review site which is completely personal and unbiased. In order to provide this information free for my readers, I use links to other companies on this site to receive compensation for referring them. As a reader, you will not pay any more than you already would. I have tested each product thoroughly and recommend only the best. My site is independently owned and the opinions expressed here are mine.