If you're looking for a reliable provider with the option of a free domain name when you take out a hosting plan, Bluehost is an excellent choice. They host over 2 million websites, and are recommended by WordPress as one of the best hosting providers out there today. They feature 1 click WordPress installation, tutorials and a money guarantee.
I have personally been a customer for many years. They host over 8 million websites worldwide, and manage some of the best websites out there on the internet. They are not an official WordPress recommended site, but do not let that sway you, as they do offer WordPress specific hosting plans. They offer 99.9% up-time guarantee or your money back.
SiteGround are officially recommended by WordPress.org. Engineered for speed and offering 24/7 support including live chat, and the latest technology to ensure your site is running with maximum availability. Their current yearly up-time is 99.996%. I have never used them personally, but I only ever hear good things about this company so they are worth checking out.
Another WordPress.org recommendation, I have read lots of positive feedback in the forums from those who use this provider. I would seriously consider this provider even though they are a little more expensive than the other 3 covered on this page. They have also features in PC's Magazine as one of the top 5 providers for the last 5 years running.
These hosting companies are some of the best out there when it comes to product offerings, solid service, cost and customer support. I have personally been with Hostgator for many years and they certainly get a recommendation from me.
Why? because I can't think of a time when I have had any outages on any of my websites. I am able to host multiple websites on a single hosting plan, which means I am able to manage all of my websites from a single cPanel console.
What is cPanel then...
cPanel is the interface provided by all of these companies and is a very easy to navigate console. More recently I have opened a bluehost account, why? Well I don't want to put all of my eggs in one basket when it comes to my income.
If I split my websites between providers, I have added resilience should there ever be any issues with any of my providers servers.
Take a look at each provider in turn, and then head over to their website and review their hosting plans. To be honest, these are hands down the best out there, but there are many others.
Put trust in the best!
What you tend you find is that many who have successful websites, put trust in the big players, those who have been in business for many years and have millions of customers. It is for this reason I have narrowed this page down to just 4 of the best.
There is nothing like having a presence on the internet with your website, so you want a few key things to be taken care of. You want excellent features that will support you both now and in the future, you want fast load times, a good price, and the ability to host one or more websites.
Last but not least, you want to ensure there is someone to call upon if there are any issues, so excellent customer support is a must.