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The Top 10 Web Hosting Companies in the U.S.
By: Joe Eitel
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    2008-12-31

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  • The Top 10 Web Hosting Companies in the U.S.
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    There are many, many web hosting companies, but they're fighting over small parts of the market. If you've been wondering who the big boys are in the United States, look no further. This article gives you the list. You may be surprised to see who made it -- and who didn't.

    Introduction

    More and more people are finding themselves faced with a difficult decision: where do they host their websites? As we enter this modern age, everyone—be it a rock band looking for some exposure or a small business trying to take advantage of a bigger market—is expanding to the Internet. As they do so, they find that beyond knowing how to type in “www.google.com” and search for a good chicken casserole recipe, they really have no clue what to do with the Internet.

    This article will make one step in the process of migrating online easier. These are the ten largest web hosting companies based in the United States. The ratings are based on the number of domain names (websites) that are registered to each company’s domain name servers. Although these ratings do not speak directly of the quality of each host, it is a good bet that the largest companies are the better ones.

    Top Picks...

    #10 – DreamHost.com

    At number ten, with 1.15% of the total market share, DreamHost.com sets the bar pretty high. Although the current offer is unlimited “everything” (space, bandwidth, e-mail accounts, etc.) for their normal pricing, this does not seem to be that much of a deal considering the standard account comes with 500 GB of storage and 5TB of bandwidth every month anyway. Unless you intend to be the next Google or Amazon, you really do not need to worry about reaching your cap with this account.

    DreamHost.com seems to be packed with all of the features, with one exception. If you are an ASP programmer, you will miss support for your language in the package’s feature list. Other than that, you seem to be good to go. There is support for just about everything you could want, as well as a wide variety of included free software packages for shopping carts, discussion boards, etc.

    Hosting starts at $5.95/month, which is very reasonable. However, to get that rate, you have to pay up-front for the next ten years. If you are paying by the month, your premium is up to $10.95/month with a $49.95 setup fee. A standard one-year rate comes in at $9.95/month with no setup fee.

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