The 9 Best Cloud Hosting Providers 2022

What is Cloud Hosting?

Cloud hosting is where your site is stored on multiple servers, allowing you to pull resources from different locations. This makes cloud hosting a very scalable, reliable, and flexible type of hosting, perfect for sites that experience a rise and fall in things like traffic.

There are dozens – if not hundreds – of hosting providers to choose from, and finding the right one can be a daunting prospect. That’s why we’ve spent hours researching to find the best cloud host in the business.

We have a list of our 9 best cloud hosting providers, carefully selected based on their impressive features and no time money back guarantee! Let’s join.

Best Cloud Hosting Providers and Services

  1. A2 Hosting: Best Overall for Cloud Hosting.
  2. Cloudways: A Close Runner-Up.
  3. Kamatera: Best for Customization.
  4. SiteGround: Best features.
  5. Hostwinds: Best for Those on a Budget.
  6. InMotion: Best Help & Support.
  7. HostGator: Unmetered Storage.
  8. DreamHost: Cheapest Cloud Hosting.
  9. Hostinger: Best Control Panel.

A2 Hosting

Pricing$4.99-$69.99
Bandwidth2TB – 9TB
Storage20GB – 250GB
Free backups?Yes
Free domain name?No
Root access?Yes
Money-back guarantee?Yes – anytime

What we like about A2 Hosting

When it comes to cloud hosting, A2 Hosting can’t be beaten. It came top of our research for features, and it also has an anytime money-back guarantee – something not offered by any other provider.

It’s not too expensive either, with cloud plans starting at $4.99 per month; while the uptime isn’t the best at 99.95%, you do get a wealth of excellent features.

These features include up to 250GB of storage, 12 CPU cores, and 32GB of RAM. Oh, and you can host an unlimited number of websites – something you which other cloud hosting providers don’t offer.

What could be improved

Having to pay for an SSL certificate as an add-on is a little annoying – as is not getting a free domain – but for a starting price of $4.99, you can’t go wrong.

Cloudways:

Pricing$10 – $1290.04
Bandwidth1TB – 10TB
Storage25GB – 3840GB
Free backups?No
Free domain name?No
Root access?No
Money-back guarantee?No

What we like about Cloudways

Cloudways is a strong second-place option, and it could be number one depending on what you’re looking for. This platform lets you deploy your cloud servers from one of over 25 global locations, and you can choose the region and city yourself.

This means that you’ll never be too far from your servers, which is great for site speed. It also means that Cloudways’ plans are more flexible than those of its competitors. Prices depend on your chosen data center, but you also get to choose between monthly or hourly pricing packages, depending on what best suits your website.

For example, you can pay $10/month for the basic plan with a Digital Ocean data center in New York, San Francisco, London, and a few other cities. Or, if you value a lot of flexibility, you can get the same plan and data center for a pay-as-you-go rate of $0.0139/hour.

What could be improved

Cloudways offers very impressive customer support on all of its plans, including 24/7 live chat and an easy ticketing system. However, you’ll have to sign up to one of two paid support plans if you’d like more than those basic features. For $100/month, the Advanced support plan includes proactive site monitoring and investigations, plus help with customization. If you want 24/7 phone support, though, you’ll have to scale up to the Premium support plan, which is $500/month.

Kamatera

Pricing$4 – $3700
Bandwidth1GB – 40GB
Storage20GB – 1000GB
Free backups?No
Free domain name?No
Root access?Yes
Money-back guarantee?No

What we like about Kamatera

Kamatera is the only hosting solution that gives you complete control over your cloud hosting, whether the task be deciding who gets root access to your servers, or choosing your IP allocation.

Kamatera also offers a lot of flexibility when it comes to scaling resources up or down. Server capacity can be increased or decreased in minutes, and elements like CPU, RAM, storage space, and even firewalls can be added or taken away with one click on your end.

In short, Kamatera is great if you want a fully personalized hosting plan.

What could be improved

If you value uptime over customization, be aware that Kamatera can only guarantee 99.95% uptime. In general, this is still a strong percentage, and only amounts to about 4.5 hours of downtime a year. But compared to the 99.99% guarantees of HostGator and Cloudways, Kamatera’s uptime does fall a little short.

SiteGround

Pricing$80 – $240
Bandwidth5TB
Storage40GB – 120GB
Free backups?Yes
Free domain name?No
Root access?No
Money-back guarantee?Yes – offered for 15 days

What we like about SiteGround

With excellent help and support on offer (via phone, live chat and email), as well as a very strong uptime guarantee of 99.98%, and great features, you can’t go too far wrong with SiteGround. Our hosting research found this to be a hugely reliable provider, with an overall score of 3.7/5.

What could be improved

There are a couple of places where SiteGround lost points. First, it doesn’t offer a free domain name with its plans. If you don’t yet have a domain name, getting one for free is a handy bonus, and is something many other providers offer. Second, the $80 starting price is a lot higher than with other providers – if you’re coming from a shared plan, this will feel like quite a step up.

That said, SiteGround generally scores well across the board, and its combination of great uptime, great support, and 5TB bandwidth make it a standout for features.

Hostwinds

Pricing$4.99 – $328.99
Bandwidth1TB – 9TB
Storage30GB – 750GB
Free backups?No
Free domain name?No
Root access?Yes
Money-back guarantee?Yes – 60 days

What we like about Hostwinds

Hostwinds offers a decent amount of storage, bandwidth, and RAM on its cloud plans, plus one-click install options for most applications.

The best part of a Hostwinds plan is the hourly pricing breakdown. For example, its most basic cloud hosting plan comes out to $0.006931/hour, while its most advanced cloud plan costs $0.456931/hour. That amounts to $4.99 and $328.99/month, respectively, and every Hostwind plan in between is cheap in comparison to competitors (although you’ll save more money with DreamHost). Best of all, this provider’s 60 day money-back guarantee lasts longer than most.

What could be improved

Hostwinds is cheap, and you’ll get decent value for your money. That said, you won’t have access to the same depth and breadth of features that you’d get with a more expensive provider. Free backups, free domains, and server customization aren’t included with this provider.

InMotion

Pricing$17.99 – $114.99
Bandwidth4TB – 86TB
Storage75GB – 260GB
Free backups?Yes
Free domain name?Yes – for all 6 and 12 month plans
Root access?Yes
Money-back guarantee?Yes – 30 days (but only for 6+ month plans)

What we like about InMotion

InMotion is better known for its shared and VPS hosting, but that doesn’t mean it’s got nothing to offer here. Its main selling point is its customer service – offering 24/7 live chat and phone support, help tickets, and a comprehensive knowledge center should you have any issues.

It scores well for features, too. Free domains and backups, unlimited email accounts and websites, unmetered CPU cores, and root access are just some of the features you can expect. The help on offer is also pretty strong in our experience, which always helps.

What could be improved

Compared to other providers on this list, InMotion’s RAM is fairly low, capped at 8GB. Bandwidth is also a bit limited, which could leave you short if your site experiences sudden surges of traffic.

HostGator

Pricing$4.95 – $9.95
BandwidthUnmetered
StorageUnmetered
Free backups?Yes
Free domain name?No
Root access?No
Money-back guarantee?Yes – 45 days

What we like about HostGator

HostGator topped our research rankings as the best web hosting provider. Although better known for its dedicated hosting packages, HostGator’s 99.99% uptime carries across every type of hosting it offers. If you have a large website – either in terms of amount of web pages, or high-quality content like imagery – HostGator’s unmetered storage will stand you in good stead. Unmetered bandwidth will also help you serve fluctuating traffic.

HostGator has three cloud hosting plans, all of which sit between a very reasonable price bracket of $4.95 and $9.95/month. You’ll also get unlimited email accounts and a generous 45 day money-back guarantee.

What could be improved

Because of the low costs, your resources are somewhat limited. There’s no free domain, no free backups, and no root access, so have a think about whether these features will be a deal-breaker for you.

DreamHost

Pricing$4.50 – $96
BandwidthUnmetered
Storage100GB
Free backups?Yes (for WordPress sites)
Free domain name?No
Root access?Yes
Money-back guarantee?No

What we like about DreamHost

A provider can have the best hosting features in the world, but if its pricing is outside your budget, it won’t be able to help you. Thankfully, DreamHost makes cloud hosting accessible to anyone. Plans start from as little as $4.50, and even its most expensive one comes in at under $100. You’ll also be on an hourly rate, rather than a fixed one. There’s also unmetered bandwidth, up to 16GB of RAM, 4 CPU cores, and a free SSL security certificate.

What could be improved

But there are some fairly significant downsides: no free domain, no live chat and phone support, and no money-back guarantee (fine if you’re on the cheapest plan, but worrying if you sign up to its $96/month plan!). You’re also capped at 100GB of storage, limiting your potential to really grow your website on a DreamHost cloud hosting plan.

Hostinger

Pricing$9.99 – $56.99
BandwidthUnmetered
Storage100 – 200GB
Free backups?Yes
Free domain name?Yes
Root access?No
Money-back guarantee?Yes – 30 days

What we like about Hostinger

Hostinger offers three reasonably priced cloud plans with excellent features, including unmetered bandwidth, speed boosts from its custom-built infrastructure, and one free domain name. Hostinger’s security features are also impressive – in addition to a free SSL certificate with each plan, you also have the option to integrate with CloudFlare for heightened protection against hackers and attacks.

Hostinger also stands out for its unique control panel, which was created in-house (as opposed to the popular cPanel software that most of the providers on this list use). Hostinger’s control panel is simple to use, and easy for beginners to get comfortable with.

What could be improved

Hostinger’s uptime guarantee of 99.97% is good, but it’s not the highest you’ll find on this list – if uptime is your top priority, you’ll want to consider providers like HostGator or Cloudways, both of which offer 99.99% uptime guarantees. Hostinger also doesn’t offer over-the-phone support – its 24/7 live chat is great, but if you’d rather speak to the support team via phone, then you may want to look elsewhere.

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