Best web host for a small classified website

A couple of days ago one of my friends asked me to suggest a web host for his new project. It is a classified advertisements website and the majority of users from Sri Lanka. He is expecting some traffic at the beginning and increase of the traffic along the time. So performance is not a big issue.

So far I have worked with these hosts:

  • Amazon AWS
  • Bluehost
  • Digital Ocean
  • Hostgator
  • Inmotion Hosting

All these hosts are great and they have their own upsides and downsides but generally speaking, these provide pretty solid service.

My friend has no big budget for the server from his client therefor Amazon AWS is way beyond his league. He preferred Managed Server with a Cpanel. Digital Ocean provides Unmanaged Servers and (Same as AWS) so DO is a no go.

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SSL certificate is necessary for his website for SEO and IPG integration. So as it seems a VPS is a solution. But when I disclosed the prices, the money factor kicked in again. VPS is too much cost for now. Shared hosting is again no go because of lack of performance.

Now that concluded to two hosts. Bluehost and Hostgator. Both owned by the same parent company Endurance Group along with several dozens of other hosting providers :D. Both offer cloud servers but comparing performance again the cost Hostgator won. Finally, my friend chose Business cloud hosting from Hostgator. The package includes free SSL certificate as well.

Last month I developed an eCommerce website for my client and I deployed it on a Hostgator Business cloud server. In the beginning, there are some performance issues. But once I performed cache and some optimizations no problem occurred. So I think it was a wise decision.


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