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

    Table of Contents:
  • The Top 10 Web Hosting Companies in the U.S.
  • Nine through Six
  • Five through Three
  • Top Two

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    The Top 10 Web Hosting Companies in the U.S. - Five through Three


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    #5 – OneAndOne.com

    Despite a bold claim on their home page (The World’s #1 Web Host), OneAndOne.com comes in at number five, with a market share of 3.70%. Impressively, OneAndOne.com’s web hosting packages start at just $3.99/month. Even more impressively, you actually get a fair amount of functionality out of that starter package.

    The web hosting packages come with plenty of perks (ad credits, software packages, etc.) that will allow you to tinker with your website for hours on end. OneAndOne.com also seems to have proprietary ownership of some custom development tools. As with DreamHost.com at #10, OneAndOne.com just seems to be missing ASP support.

    #4 – Yahoo.com

    Yahoo.com takes a considerable share of the market with 3.80%. This does not come as much of a surprise, when you consider what a household brand name Yahoo is in the digital world. In fact, it is a little surprising that Yahoo! does not hold more than 4% of the market.

    Yahoo!’s web hosting popularity appears to have to do with nothing more than the company’s popularity in general. Hosting is $11.95/month, with an odd and questionable introductory rate of $8.96 for the first three months. It appears that Yahoo! is attempting to market themselves to those who have not had any prior exposure to the world of web hosting.

    To be fair, what Yahoo! offers with their package is quite fair, if not for the price that they are asking. Most website developers would be quite satisfied with the functionality. However, the set-up of Yahoo.com’s program is such that anyone with experience in the market would become frustrated quite quickly.

    If you are new to the world of web hosts, you might consider looking into Yahoo!’s services. They appear to be very user friendly and walk you through the whole process of getting a website. If you are looking for a little autonomy, consider other options.

    #3 – NetworkSolutions.com

    NetworkSolutions.com enters the top three web hosting firms with a 4.13% market share. Although we have seen just about all of the features that web hosts have to offer so far, NetworkSolutions finally offers some functionality that the others had been lacking: ASP and .NET support. As such, many larger companies that have come to rely upon Microsoft products for their business may find NetworkSolutions.com a much better bet than any of the previously mentioned companies.

    If you are not as concerned about that one feature or a few specific others (Access database integration, MS SQL), you might not think too hard about NetworkSolutions.com. The basic package comes in at $9.96/month and ranges up to $29.13/month for the “pro” package. Though the cost can be justified if you are looking for a professional feature set, if you are not, then it really cannot.

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