Update January 22, 2013: This article was originally posted February 7, 2008. Since then, it has been one of our most popular articles here at WHdb.com. In light of this, we have decided to give this article an update for 2013: we cleaned out some obsolete links and added a New for 2013 section. Enjoy!
Just in time for the new year, we have relaunched WHdb.com. After implementing our new design and look & feel a few months ago, we got to work revamping the code the powers our web hosting provider database. We also spent (many) hours researching providers and updating their plan and support data. The result is a more up-to-date and comprehensive database of hosting plans, that is (hopefully) more user-friendly and value-added.
Updated June 30, 2013
WordPress is by far the most common blogging platform online. It powers 22% of sites on the Internet; no other content management system comes close to its widespread usage. It’s free. It’s robust. It’s highly extensible, making it a developer’s playground for plugins, so site owners can customize and tweak blogs in a thousand different ways to create a useful and unique site experiences for visitors. And WordPress is so widely used, that web hosting providers bend over backwards to offer cheap, reliable WordPress web hosting with features like “one-click WordPress install” (click the link to see WHDb’s entire list of WordPress hosts).
Update November 13, 2012: This article was originally posted May 1, 2008. Since then, it has been our most popular article here at WHdb.com. In light of this, we have decided to give this article an update for 2012: we cleaned out some obsolete links and added a New for 2012 section. Enjoy!
Updated January 17, 2014
Drupal is a free, open-source content management system and content management framework used by just over 2% of websites worldwide. The creation of Dries Buytaert, Drupal is used as the back-end system for sites of all kinds, ranging from blogs to whitehouse.gov. Drupal allows web developers to build content management systems that include user account registration and maintenance, menu management, RSS feeds, page layout customization, and system administration.
Good news everyone! The Web Hosting Database is currently undergoing a face lift and will re-launch in November. In the meantime, you may be interested in our list of hosting options for hardcore developers or our complete list of current web hosting providers.
If you’re a hardcore developer, you might look for a hosting service provider who can supply the widest assortment of frameworks, languages and scripting options possible, right? But, then again, if you specialize in a software development process, you may look for a hosting provider who can offer that specialty on a server designed to uphold that development. For instance, Ruby on Rails folks will gravitate to hosts that provide that option, ASP.NET developers will want Windows servers.
To help you, as a developer, find the right hosting service for your passion(s), we searched for some of the most diverse and specialized providers among the bunch here at WHDb. What we came up with may surprise you, as some of the names are obscure, the companies may be small, and the prices are beyond belief as they’re so low. Of course, if you want to pull the dedicated server option, the prices listed below won’t hold water.
VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) is a fairly complex telephony technology that requires quality of service, traffic management and security from any Web host provider. But these same needs are what makes many providers hesitant to offer the service. Additionally, the provider must have the expertise and resources to not only implement VoIP, but to make sure it’s a good fit for a particular client. The ideal hosting provider will help clients operate, manage, and keep the VoIP protocol up-to-date as well.
But, it seems that more Web hosting services are beginning to offer VoIP services and products as well. While some host providers might be able to explain their products and why they work, others may not. Still others may offer everything you need — all, of course, except the VoIP.
What do you need for a great VoIP service provider? Basically, the client who wants a dynamic VoIP support system will look for IP multimedia communications services with high-fidelity voice quality and near-zero latency. These objectives can be accomplished with a service that provides an all-optical network and multiple redundancies. And, you’ll need a VoIP system, if your Web host doesn’t provide the setup. You can hook up an inexpensive microphone to your computer or connect a phone directly to a VoIP telephone adapter (ATA). Or you can use a SIP Phone. Each SIP phone is a network endpoint, and voice is routed through its IP address. SIP phones also allow full use of advanced features like voice mail to e-mail and auto attendant.
Updated: February 1, 2013
Ruby on Rails (often called “RoR” or simply “Rails”) is an open source web application framework for the Ruby programming language. It is intended to be used with an Agile development methodology, which is often utilized by web developers for its suitability for short, client-driven projects. A good Rails host will provide Shell/SSH access, Fast CGI, SCGI and/or Mongrel support, the latest RoR releases, knowledgeable support staff with Rails documentation on board, and scalability options to meet future growth.
WordPress is the most commonly used blogging platform on the Internet, powering 22% of all Web sites. While you can opt for the ready-to-use hosted solution at WordPress.com, if you’re a power user who likes the ability to control and customize your site, you’ll want the self-hosted WordPress solutions, available at WordPress.org. But you still need to find a Web host that supports WordPress.