Domain Registration and Web Hosting

Domain registration and website hosting management is a critical part of managing websites. Many people find this aspect of website-ownership frustrating and stressful. We don't host websites ourselves, but we're happy to help you navigate the process.

Also see: Domain names: What Small Business Owners Need to Know

We've used A LOT of web hosts in the past 20+ years, and there are definitely good ones and terrible ones, with most falling somewhere in between. If you have a mission-critical website, investing in a quality hosting plan is essential.

Our Recommendations for Web Hosting Companies

Kinsta (NEW!)

Our favorite web hosting company for nonprofits and small businesses is Kinsta. They specialize in WordPress websites, which means all their servers, technology, and brainpower is focused on making WordPress websites perform well. As your site grows, Kinsta has numerous options for upgrading your plan incrementally or to a higher level. The Starter Plan is fine for most small to medium websites.

NONPROFIT DISCOUNT: Kinsta offers a 15% nonprofit discount on all plans If you pay annually, you also get 2 months free. The combination of the two discounts makes their premium web hosting cost $255/year, which is not that much more than lesser quality web hosts.

If you're having website problems and you have a cheap web host, upgrading to a premium service will help a multitude of problems. We've spent so many hours dealing with bad web hosts, that we're happy to save others from the same frustration. If you want to move over to Kinsta, in most cases, we can help you switch over at no cost other than the hosting itself. You can get direct help from their support team as well.

WP Engine

WP Engine is an highly-respected website hosting company who offers premium managed hosting plans for WordPress websites. We have only good things to say about WP Engine, and are very happy to recommend them to our clients. WP Engine has a great support team who are available 24/7.

NONPROFIT DISCOUNT: I believe WP Engine has a nonprofit discount, but I was not able to confirm that on their website. Their normal price is $360/year.

More Good and Bad Hosting Companies

We also like these web hosting providers:

  • Siteground
  • Flywheel
  • LiquidWeb
  • A2 Hosting

We DO NOT recommend these web hosts:

  • GoDaddy, Network Solutions, BlueHost, JustHost, HostGator, HostMonster, iPage, Dreamhost, IONOS 1&1, and any EIG subsidiary

Our Recommendation for Domain Registration

Namecheap Domain Registration

We like Namecheap for domain registrations. They are inexpensive, have an straightforward dashboard, and include privacy settings for free (most registrars charge extra for privacy).

NONPROFIT DISCOUNT: Namecheap doesn't have a discount for nonprofits, but they are pretty inexpensive already.

We also like these domain registrars:

  • Google Domains
  • Cloudflare
  • Hover.com

And then there is GoDaddy...

We no longer use or recommend GoDaddy for domains or web hosting. Some of our clients still use them for domains, and we don't object (much).

If you have a website hosted at GoDaddy, or another budget host, we would be happy to help you switch to Kinsta at no charge other than the hosting itself.