Not so easy to choose the best hosting offer for its website. Especially if it’s the first time. The offers are very numerous and it is not always easy to navigate. These are services that are sold on a fixed price basis, the quality and reliability of which are variable and it is difficult today for novices to differentiate between all suppliers.

Also, I propose you to discover below a small comparison presenting you three solutions. They are relatively close in terms of rates and features and will surely bring you satisfaction.

All the offers presented above are for shared hosting services and not dedicated server rentals . However, they are perfect for hosting one or more websites. And this, as well to host the website of a company, an association or an individual. The duration of the contracts and the minimum commitment will vary from one month to one year and all offer many additional services such as installation of CMS (WordPress, Joomla, Drupal) , anti-DDOS protection etc. However, these benefits ” offered “must not be taken into account in your choice.

Infrastructure, reliability and performance must be the criteria to watch for first.


If you are looking for hosting for your very first website, the easiest way is to book the domain name and hosting space (storage) in one place. It is even simpler that most hosts today systematically offers a domain name when you subscribe to a hosting offer.


This has several advantages if you are not an expert in site management:


Storage space and domain name will be linked without any special configuration (ie the domain name will display the contents of your hosting space without sometimes complex DNS configuration …)

Management of FTP accounts, email addresses and MySQL databases will be centralized.

This choice is not irreversible. Domain name management and hosting can be done easily at two different providers.



There is no really free web site hosting today * to get serious about the Internet. But the rates have become very reasonable and the price will not be the first criterion of choice . Faced with more and more similar offers, it is especially with a little experience that we will identify the best hosts. Obviously, the software offer will also be important even if most hosting companies now allow:

Automatically install a CMS

To choose your version of PHP

The devil is nestled in the details, only the experience will indeed discover the minor disadvantages or limitations of a provider: unable to change a configuration variable, too low limit of the number of mailboxes, no compression module etc … In short small details that may one day make you regret your choice!


So I chose to retain “only” 3 solutions “general public” that year after year I have rarely disappointed despite sometimes intensive use and in a context often professional:


1and1 and its “Unlimited Pro” offer

OVH and its offer “Web hosting pro”

o2switch and his “Unique Offer”.

All offer indeed the minimum vital to host a website in good conditions namely:

  • Reliability, response time, overall performance
  • Reactive and reachable phone support
  • SSH and GIT access
  • PHP7 +
  • Multi-Site / Multi-Domain / Multi-FTP / Multi-MySQL
  • Unlimited traffic
  • Immediate or near-immediate delivery

Free SSL certificates.



I know that 1and1 does not necessarily have friends at webmasters but I personally have never had any problem with them. I host at home websites that are more than 10 years old and some of which have never been inaccessible! Admittedly, there was a time when their administrative console (the back-office client) and their support was not at the top but things have evolved in the right direction. The “Unlimited Pro” offer is perfect for both getting started and even coming in : storage space, traffic and number of sites are unlimited. Three things to know however:

except error on my part, the servers (and IP) are in Germany. This could have an influence – limited – on SEO.

GZIP compression is not available

MySQL databases are limited in size to 1Gb per database. No problem for a classic site. Problematic for special needs.

  • The customer area at 1and1 is very easy to use
  • The customer area at 1and1 is very easy to use


OVH (On You Host) is the French leader in web hosting. A booming behemoth that offers extremely complete and competitive offers for almost 20 years. If it is rather to avoid on first price offers, the “pro” offer is unbeatable in terms of quality and price. You will have 250GB of storage space for an unlimited number of sites. And 4 databases including one that can hold 2GB of data . With a back office rather pleasant to use including “for dummies” OVH has only one flaw: its success. Indeed, the company suffers overall more service cuts than the other two. The small plus appreciable:


the ability to administer its databases directly in phpMyAdmin without having to go through its client area.

the fastest delivery of the market!

back-office interface

The interface a bit “austere” from OVH


Latest of the selection, o2switch is a recent host installed in Clermont-Ferrand. Very active in the wordpress hosting community , o2switch offers only a relatively innovative offer. Rather “geek-oriented”, the offer is extremely efficient given the price, thanks to SSD disk hosting and a truly unlimited offer. Only downside, the offer is unique it is not “scalable” unlike the other two (migration to other higher, dedicated servers etc …). Be careful, this will not prevent you from setting up sites with very high traffic. The most appreciated little things:


The most responsive support of our selection

The only host of our selection offering really unlimited.

Available http / 2 protocol

O2switch Customer Center

Very pro, the back office o2switch uses Cpanel

* In reality, there are free hosting offers to store a few static pages or a waiting page for example. This is particularly the case with OVH (10mo start), Infomaniak (10mo domain plan) and Alwaysdata (100mo free offer). To benefit, however, you will have to order or transfer a domain name directly to them.

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