⚠️ A quick note – we’re going to focus on consumer-facing companies, rather than cloud hosting providers like Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Google Cloud. If you looked at the actual hardware, these would be the largest web hosting companies, but most regular webmasters don’t have the technical skills to just start using cloud hosting directly.
Additionally, many distinct hosting services use cloud infrastructure, which muddies the waters. For example, SiteGround, Kinsta, and Flywheel all use Google Cloud infrastructure, so it’s not really fair to attribute those customers to Google Cloud when, for all intents and purposes, they’re hosting at SiteGround, Kinsta, etc.
📊 Where we got the web hosting market share data
To come up with a list of these most popular and largest web hosting companies, we looked at four distinct data sources:
These sites work by crawling a representative sample of the web and using that to determine market share. It’s…not perfect. But by aggregating separate sources together, we can get a pretty good idea of the relative popularity of each host.
🖥️ The largest web hosting companies: IN DETAIL
Next up, let’s take a deeper look at the hosts. For each host, I’ll share:
- Its rankings against other hosts
- Its market share
- Key details about the hosting plans and features
One more quick note; the rankings that we’ve included in the tables take into account infrastructure-focused cloud hosting companies, which we’ve excluded for the reasons that we already mentioned.
Basically, a host that ranks “fifth” in Datanyze still might be the second most popular consumer-facing hosting company, as is the case with 1 & 1 (Ionos) below.
Here are the aggregate numbers of all the hosts charted (this is an estimate):