Hosting the Leading Websites:

Hosts of High-Tech Customers


These Web hosting service providers have the largest numbers of the high-tech customers who were studied.

I studied customers who are steeped in high levels of computer technology and who can likely sense bad hosting a mile away. I collected the hosts they were choosing to use. I counted how many top users each of these hosts was hosting at the time. For more details, you should read my introduction and some frequently asked questions (FAQs), to understand the methodology and refine your expectations for Web hosting. Or, you can just select now from the hosts below. All of them already serve demanding customers.

In priority order, the most popular first: Cloudflare (below) (separate page) — GoDaddy (page) — Web.com (p.) — Akamai (p.) — Gandi (p.) — Dyn (p.) — Amazon Web Services (p.) — Tiggee (p.) — DreamHost (p.) — Rackspace (p.) — Neustar (p.) — Namecheap (p.) — Linode (p.) — Media Temple (p.) — EasyDNS (p.) — Afilias (p.) — Verisign (p.) — NS1 (p.) — Hurricane Electric (p.) — Hetzner (p.) — Google Cloud Platform (p.) — DigitalOcean (p.) — Verizon (p.) — QuinStreet (p.) — Paragon Internet Group (p.) — pair Networks (p.) — OVH (p.) — No-IP (p.) — NASK (p.) — Internet Systems Consortium (p.) — Endurance International Group (p.) — Birch (p.) — AT&T (p.) — Association Management Solutions (p.) — Aruba Group (p.) — Artifex Software (p.) — afraid.org (p.) — Aabaco Small Business (Yahoo Small Business) (p.)

9–10%: Cloudflare

The highest percentage of these knowledgeably high-tech customers use Cloudflare as their host, far more than use the next most popular host.

The same information about Cloudflare is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The Cloudflare link URL was as accessed .

3–4%: GoDaddy

Media Temple is part of GoDaddy, but is considered separately here, because it appears to operate very differently. However, if it were included, the proportion of relevant customers would be 5–6%, thus the rank of GoDaddy, given the neighbors’ positions, would be unaffected.

The same information about GoDaddy is also on a separate page.

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Note

The GoDaddy link URL was as accessed .

3–4%: Web.com

This includes Network Solutions.

The same information about Web.com is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Web.com link URL was as accessed .

3–4%: Akamai

The same information about Akamai is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Akamai link URL was as accessed .

3–4%: Gandi

The same information about Gandi is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Gandi link URL was as accessed .

3–4%: Dyn

Dyn became part of Oracle (see, e.g., Oracle Acquires Dyn, the Domain Name Service Hackers Attacked Last Month, by Maria Deutscher (SiliconAngle, ), as accessed . Oracle may be best known for its database software. These reviews are not reviews of Oracle.

The same information about Dyn is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Dyn and Oracle link URLs were as accessed .

2–3%: Amazon Web Services (AWS)

Amazon Web Services is part of Amazon.com, an online retailer.

The same information about Amazon Web Services is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The Amazon Web Services and AWS link URLs were as accessed .

2–3%: Tiggee

There was not much available online for evaluating this host from sources other than the host, and, in my judgment, nothing worth citing.

The same information about Tiggee is also on a separate page.

Note

The Tiggee link URL was as accessed .

2–3%: DreamHost

The same information about DreamHost is also on a separate page.

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Note

The DreamHost link URL was as accessed .

1–2%: Rackspace

The same information about Rackspace is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Rackspace link URL was as accessed .

1–2%: Neustar

This includes ultradns.com.

Neustar announced its acquisition by a group including Golden Gate Capital, an investment firm for which its six major areas of investment include IT and business services and thus is not itself primarily an IT firm. Neustar is considered here as a separate entity.

The same information about Neustar is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Neustar link URL and those on Neustar’s being acquired and regarding Golden Gate Capital were as accessed .

1–2%: Namecheap

The same information about Namecheap is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Namecheap link URL was as accessed .

1–2%: Linode

The same information about Linode is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Linode link URL was as accessed .

1–2%: Media Temple (MT)

Media Temple is part of GoDaddy, but both are considered separately here, because Media Temple apparently operates very differently from GoDaddy. See the information on GoDaddy regarding how GoDaddy would rank if Media Temple’s and GoDaddy’s relevant customers were counted together.

The same information about Media Temple is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The Media Temple and MT link URLs were as accessed .

1–2%: EasyDNS

The same information about EasyDNS is also on a separate page.

Review

  • BBB (Better Business Bureau), Reviews & Complaints (click “View Customer Complaints [1]” (including brackets)), as accessed

Note

The EasyDNS link URL was as accessed .

1–2%: Afilias

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews (despite my efforts to screen them out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about Afilias is also on a separate page.

Note

The Afilias link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Verisign

Three of these high-tech customers use this host, Verisign, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews (despite my efforts to screen them out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about Verisign is also on a separate page.

Note

The Verisign link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: NS1

Three of these high-tech customers use this host, NS1, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about NS1 is also on a separate page.

Review

Note

The NS1 link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Hurricane Electric

Three of these high-tech customers use this host, Hurricane Electric, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Hurricane Electric is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The Hurricane Electric link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Hetzner

Three of these high-tech customers use this host, Hetzner, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews (despite my efforts to screen them out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about Hetzner is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Hetzner link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Google Cloud Platform

Three of these high-tech customers use this host, Google Cloud Platform, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

Google Cloud Platform is part of Google and related to Google Sites. Google Sites needs a Google login even to look.

The same information about Google Cloud Platform is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Google Cloud Platform link URL was as accessed . The URL for Google Sites was as accessed .

0–1%: DigitalOcean

Three of these high-tech customers use this host, DigitalOcean, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about DigitalOcean is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The DigitalOcean link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Verizon

However, since Verizon Web Hosting no longer accepts new customers, consider Edgecast Content Delivery Network Service, part of Verizon Digital Media Services, part of Oath, part of Verizon.

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Verizon, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Verizon is also on a separate page.

Reviews

  • BestCompany, EdgeCast, as accessed

  • SolveDNS, EdgeCast, as accessed

Other Online Information

  • Verizon Web Hosting, Support: Applications, as accessed

  • (“This product is no longer available for new customers.”)
  • Verizon, Web Hosting FAQ, as accessed

Note

The Verizon link URL was as accessed . The Edgecast link URL was as accessed , and .

0–1%: QuinStreet

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, QuinStreet, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews (despite my efforts to screen them out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about QuinStreet is also on a separate page.

Note

The QuinStreet link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Paragon Internet Group

This includes Tsohost.

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Paragon Internet Group, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Paragon Internet Group is also on a separate page.

Review

Note

The Paragon Internet Group link URL was as accessed . The Tsohost link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: pair Networks

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, pair Networks, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about pair Networks is also on a separate page.

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Note

The pair Networks link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: OVH

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, OVH, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about OVH is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The OVH link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: No-IP

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, No-IP, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about No-IP is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The No-IP link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: NASK

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, NASK, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews (despite my efforts to screen them out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about NASK is also on a separate page.

Note

The NASK link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Internet Systems Consortium (ISC)

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Internet Systems Consortium, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews (despite my efforts to screen them out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about Internet Systems Consortium is also on a separate page.

Note

The Internet Systems Consortium and ISC link URLs were as accessed .

0–1%: Endurance International Group

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Endurance International Group, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Endurance International Group is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Endurance International Group link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Birch

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Birch, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Birch is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The Birch link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: AT&T

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, AT&T, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about AT&T is also on a separate page.

Reviews

Note

The AT&T link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Association Management Solutions (AMS)

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Association Management Solutions, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Association Management Solutions is also on a separate page.

Review

Note

The Association Management Solutions and AMS link URLs were as accessed .

0–1%: Aruba Group

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Aruba Group, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Aruba Group is also on a separate page.

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Note

The Aruba Group link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Artifex Software

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Artifex Software, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

There were, in my judgment, no evaluations on the Web worth citing that were from sources other than the host. Don’t hold that against the host, however, as many reviews of other hosts (despite my efforts to screen those reviews out) seem tainted by offers of payment by hosts to reviewers. Use criteria other than whether reviews were published online. That these high-tech customers use this and selected other hosts suggests to me that these may be especially good hosts.

The same information about Artifex Software is also on a separate page.

Note

The Artifex Software link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: afraid.org

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, <afraid.org>, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about afraid.org is also on a separate page.

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Note

The afraid.org link URL was as accessed .

0–1%: Aabaco Small Business

Aabaco Small Business was a temporary name. It was formerly Yahoo Small Business and became Yahoo! Small Business again.

Two of these high-tech customers use this host, Yahoo (formerly Aabaco) Small Business, not counting the host possibly hosting itself.

The same information about Yahoo (Aabaco) Small Business is also on a separate page.

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The Yahoo (Aabaco) Small Business link URL was as accessed .