Drupal is an ambitious, open-source content management system (CMS) that strives to take websites beyond the static and into the limitless world of digital possibilities.
Not every web hosting provider is built to support Drupal’s framework, so if you’re using it to build your site, it is best to compare and contrast possibilities before settling on a specific one. The best Drupal hosting sites will vary depending on what your particular needs are in terms of speed, power, and price. Here is a look at some of the top sites:
NameHero offers four introductory offers for Drupal customers that cut the price by 50% per month. Its starter offer includes a bevy of free items including a domain, SSL, SSD, Litespeed Cache, and Cloudflare with Railgun. The starter offer is good for up to 10,000 visits per month and includes unlimited SSD storage and unmetered bandwidth.
If you’re a big supporter of the Drupal community at large, then A2Hosting is worth taking a look at. The site promises to donate $150 to Drupal with every purchase by a user. Its “Lite” package gets you one website, five databases, free SSL and SSD, and unlimited storage/transfer functionality. A2Hosting’s advertising and marketing departments hype up its Turbo speed function, that can supposedly make your Drupal site run up to 20 times faster. However, you have to make sure you read the fine print. Turbo is only available in A2Hosting’s most expensive Drupal package, which costs 138% more than the Lite package and 90% more than the popular Swift package per month.
Bluehost makes a hard sell for itself as the top dog in the Drupal environment. In addition to the fairly standard free domain, it offers 24/7 web hosting support for Drupal customers, 1-click Drupal Hosting installation, and more than $80/year in extra features if you sign up for its Choice Plus package. That plan is currently slashed from $14.99 down to $5.45 per month, oddly the same price as its Plus package, which has fewer extra perks. Its basic Drupal package is just $2.95 per month but is limited to 50GB of website space and 100MB of email storage per account. The Plus and Choice Plus packages are all unlimited in those categories.
HostGator is amongst the most recognized names in web hosting and offers three plans for Drupal customers that only have a $2 difference between them. The “Hatchling Plan” runs $3.95 per month and includes one domain, unmetered bandwidth, and an email marketing package included. But for just $2 more per month – a scant $24 over the course of a year – you can upgrade to the “Business Plan” which offers unlimited domains, free positive SSL and a free dedicated IP address. If you have even the slightest inkling that you might one day want a second domain, the Business Plan seems like a no-brainer.
If you don’t mind shared hosting and want a low monthly cost for your Drupal site, GreenGeeks might be the way to go. Shared hosting means multiple websites using the same single server. It is normally used by beginners who don’t have a bunch of processing demands on their websites. If you don’t expect a big boom in traffic anytime soon, shared hosting can be a way to really save some cash early on. GreenGeeks charges $2.95/month for its service which offers free Drupal migration, free SSD RAID-10 Storage, a 30-day money-back guarantee, and 24/7/365 US-based support for your account. It also promises 99.9% service uptime and unlimited web space and data transfers.