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They have hosting plans for the usual shared hosting (which is what most people need), WordPress hosting for a more managed solution, VPS, and dedicated servers. Their founders have been in the industry since 1998, so they know the hosting game pretty well, and it shows! Their servers use SSD drives, MariaDB for MySQL performance, and LiteSpeed with LSCache which really maximises performance for WordPress installations.
HostGator gained points for uptime monitoring and regular backups, along with free cPanel or Plesk. We liked that SSH is available for the more technically inclined site operators and that dedicated IP addresses could be purchased. We did take points off because it's sometimes difficult to tell what the price is once promotional plans run their course. That said, with a generous 45-day money back guarantee, there's a hosting solution for almost everyone at HostGator.
SSL stands for Secure Socket Layer, it’s the “s” in https, also visible through the padlock in most modern browsers, showing that the site you’re visiting is secure. SSL certificates are used to encrypt the transfer of data between your site and the visitors. At the time of typing this, having an SSL certificate is an absolute must for every website (not just e-commerce shops). It makes browsers trust your site, making it more likely to purchase something if that’s the goal of your site. A good Canadian web host should offer free SSL certificates. In fact, the moment we see a hosting provider that charges money for a basic SSL certificate, their overall score takes a massive dive. There are different types of SSL certificates too, like Extended Validation (EV SSL), Organization Validated (OV SSL) and Domain Validated (DV SSL). DV SSL is the basic version.
If you register a domain with Bluehost when signing up for a hosting account, there is a domain fee that is non-refundable. This not only covers our costs, but ensures that you won't lose your domain name. Regardless of the status of your hosting service, you'll be free to manage it, transfer it after any required lock periods, or simply point it elsewhere at your convenience. You retain ownership of your domain until the end of its registration period unless you elect to extend it.
Beyond that, DreamHost is a top website hosting company for many reasons. It operate its own control panel, which is convenient and easy to understand. While phone customer support isn't available 24/7, it is responsive to live chat and tickets. The company uses super-fast SSDs for all its storage, has a free SSL certificate (for more secured web browsing) and provides SSH access for those plans that are intended for more technical users.