Sun. May 22nd, 2022

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Web hosting comparison  The choice of web hosts is huge. It’s difficult to find the right one. And believe me. I know what I’m talking about: In my 11 years as a blogger, WordPress service provider and SEO coach. I have had experience with over 60 web hosting providers. And experienced many disappointments… I want to spare you that. That’s why I created this web hosting comparison: I ordered a hosting package from 15 German web hosts for around €10 and put it through its paces.

This is what awaits you in comparison:

6 different performance tests (e.g. loading times with GTMetrix and Pingdom Tools. TTFB, server performance and uptime)
Comprehensive comparisons ( equipment , data protection , support, customer ratings , etc.)
Advantages, disadvantages and detailed information about all hosting providers.
Transparent tests and test criteria
Does that sound good?

1. This is how we determined the test winners


In short:

In my comparison, I refrain from a strict ranking and a percentage weighting of the individual tests and comparisons. Because there are test criteria that are relevant for every website operator, such as B. fast loading times, competent support with short response times or a high uptime. Which hoster is the right one for you also depends on your individual needs.

An example: OXES and HostPressOr if you need a lot of storage space, netcup is the best place for you. With a whopping 500 GB, the tested tariff offers 100 times as much storage space as that of RAIDBOXES. Nevertheless, we were able to identify two test winners, one specifically for WordPress hosting and the other for other CMS and types of websites as well. Both are web hosts that have stood out in comparison with exceptionally good test results and with which you can do nothing (or only a little) wrong.

2. The best WordPress host

Web hosting comparison RAIDBOXES web hosting RAIDBOXES was the best WordPress hoster in our comparison. Not only in 2022, but also in 2021 and 2020, so for the third year in a row. I have been a customer of RAIDBOXES as well as webgo, the best general hoster, for a long time. My two biggest blogs, Blogmojo and Faminino , are hosted there. That’s why I was extremely excited about the test results from RAIDBOXES (I’m always open to a change of hoster). I tested the MINI tariff for €9 a month. This is so-called managed WordPress hosting : The WordPress installation is already pre-installed and configured on each box. The focus of the boxes is on high performance: Each box runs with nginx. Also http/2, OPCache and gzip compression are enabled by default.

The faster MariaDB is used as the database software instead of MySQL. And that is also reflected in the speed tests, in which RAIDBOXES achieves excellent results: RAIDBOXES also does very well in terms of support and performance. In the test, the RAIDBOXES support convinced with an ultra-fast response time and achieved. The second best average customer rating behind HostPress with 4.88 out of 5 stars. The customer area is the best I have ever seen at a hoster. It impresses with its simplicity, modern design and maximum ease of administration. With just a few clicks, boxes can be created, deleted, switched to SSL or assigned to a contract.

However:

RAIDBOXES is not for everyone. If you want to accommodate several WordPress websites, need a lot of storage space. Or want to use another CMS like Joomla or Magento, then you’d better use webgo.

 

advantages

Easy to order, use and install
Top loading times thanks to super-fast server-side caching ( nginx FastCGI Caching )
Staging (allows you to test design changes without being seen on your live site)
No caching plugin required
Automatic daily backups
PHP 7.4, http/2 and OPCache
Free SSL certificate via Let’s Encrypt
Switch from http to https at the touch of a button (URLs are automatically changed in the database)

 

Disadvantages

only 2GB of disk space
to limit post revisions)
no domain included
E-mail inbox costs extra

3. The best general hoster

webgo came out on top as the best general hosting provider in the test. The hosting packages are not well suited for WordPress, but also for Joomla, Drupal, TYPO3, Magento and other CMS, online shop systems and forums. I’ve been a webgo customer myself since the beginning of 2017 and currently have five websites there. So far I have had very good experiences with webgo (fast loading times, few server failures, good support, etc.) That’s why, just like RAIDBOXES,

I was interested in the question of how good webgo really is and how it compares to other German hosters. And my previous experiences have been confirmed by the test (for the most part). The CMS Power SSD special tariff I tested offers excellent value for money. For €10 a month you get full SSD hosting with 200 GB storage and unlimited databases, 2048 MB RAM, unlimited email accounts and Let’s Encrypt. The activation of external domains is also possible easily and free of charge, which is not a matter of course with German hosters.

Tip:

Web hosting comparison For small to medium-sized WordPress websites, the cheaper webgo CMS Pro tariff is easily sufficient. In terms of performance, it almost comes close to CMS Power. SSD, but costs only half as much at €4.95 per month.
The only criticism of the equipment: In contrast to some other providers, only one .de domain is included free of charge (ALL-INKL offers 10 inclusive domains for the same price).

webgo also achieved excellent results in the speed tests:Pingdom and GTMetrix: 2nd place In addition. The webgo test website was one of seven with an uptime of 100%. The customer portal is also very simple and clear. Terminations, the addition of domains, the conclusion of the AV contract or tariff upgrades can be done conveniently online. However, the webgo webspace admin is a bit old-fashioned and not mobile-optimized, webgo should improve this. Live chat support responded to my request within a few minutes. All in all, webgo convinces with a very good overall result.

 

advantages

100% uptime in the comparison period
guaranteed RAM
fast support via e-mail, telephone or chat
very good loading times and availability
the first 6 months free of charge
External domains can be switched off easily and without additional costs
Own e-mail inboxes without additional costs
large selection of scripts and server settings
1-Click Installer for WordPress, Joomla and Co.
Full SSD hosting
Termination and conclusion of AV contract can be conveniently done online
Clear contract overview and simple ordering process
PHP settings easily adjustable via webgo webspace admin
http/2 and OPCache
PHP 8.0
IP logging can be switched off

Disadvantages

Only one .de domain included in the hosting package
1Click-Installer does not always contain the latest CMS versions
Tariff selection is somewhat confusing and confusing
Average customer ratings of 4.47 out of 5 stars could be a bit better

4. Other web hosts

Here you will find all other tested web hosts (not sorted by test result). Please note that these can also be very suitable for your web project. And can also be superior to the two top hosters in individual disciplines. If you ask about the best hoster in relevant forums or Facebook groups, then ALL-INKL is often recommended. And rightly so. The Premium hosting package I tested offers good value for money: For €9.95 a month you get 10 inclusive domains (not just .de, but also .com and .net domains!), 250 GB storage space, many mailboxes, MySQL databases and subdomains.

Web hosting comparison  Free SSL certificates via Let’s Encrypt and you can activate external domains without additional. Costs (which unfortunately cannot be taken for granted). In addition, ALL-INKL was able to convince in the server performance, uptime. And all (!) loading time tests with very good performance. And offers important relevant features such as http/2, OPCache and the latest PHP version 7.4. Good support, a good average customer rating. And fair contract conditions round off the picture and ensure one of the best overall results in the test. You can get over the fact that you only get HDD hard drives and that the customer area is a bit complicated and old-fashioned.

 

advantages

  • very good CPU and MySQL performance
  • the first 3 months free of charge
  • External domains can be activated easily and without additional costs
  • any number of free SSL certificates via Let’s Encrypt
  • Not only .de domain, but also .com, .org, .info domains included
  • IP logging can be switched off
  • Always current PHP versions available
  • Discount for longer terms (up to 20% for 3 years)
  • No minimum contract period
  • Email mailboxes included in all packages
  • Quick and easy creation of new mailboxes, domains, subdomains, SSL certificates, etc.
  • Experience has shown that technical management and contract management are very reliable
  • Long support times

Disadvantages

  • Technical administration (KAS) and contract administration. (MembersArea) are old-fashioned and not optimized for mobile use
  • no nginx, not even as a proxy
  • this SSD hard drives
  •  support via live chat

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