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5 Best Green Web Hosting Services 2020 – Pt. 4: Shortlist

Latest update: September 21, 2020

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More and more of my clients ask me: "Which is the best green web hosting provider for me?" If you google 'GREEN WEB HOSTING PROVIDERS' or 'GREEN HOSTING' you get advertisements and a couple of posts that again advertise some providers, but don't tell you how they chose them.

While I appreciate the attempt, if I were looking to make a decision, I would want to know what the recommendation is based on.

With more and more of our lives and businesses taking place online I believe that it is important to be able to make informed choices. I believe we should be able to implement the same values that we have in our lives, and in our work, on the internet as well.

This is why I set out to find the very best green web hosting providers for you, sharing the qualities and services which I think are crucial.

There are thousands of web hosting providers out there and surely a couple of hundred green ones, so which one is really the best one for you?

◼︎Part I - What is Web Hosting?
◼︎Part II - Why choose a Green Web Hosting Provider?
◼︎Part III - What makes a good Web Hosting Provider?
◼︎Part IV - Best Green Web Hosting Providers - Shortlist
◼︎Part V - The 5 best Green Web Hosting Providers

Part IV: Shortlist – 18 Green Web Hosting Providers

In the first post of this series, we found out what a web host does and which plan you will most likely be looking for. In the second post, we took a look at why it’s a good idea to choose a green web hosting provider and, in the third post, we looked at the things that matter when choosing the best web hosting provider for your website.

As I mentioned before, there are so many web hosting providers out there, and more and more green ones, which is fantastic. I can’t compare all of them, but I looked at a great number of them and picked 18 green web hosting companies that stood out, to take a closer look at them.

(Disclaimer: I’ve collected this information on September 28th/29th 2020. All the data published here might be subject to change by the provider)

A2 Hosting – our speed, your success

🌿 What they say: “Since our launch back in 2003, A2 Hosting has been headquartered in Ann Arbor (AKA “Tree Town“). Take a walk around town and you’re bound to come across one of Ann Arbor’s 50,000 trees or 150 parks. This is just one of the reasons we feel it’s our duty to contribute to the fight against global warming. The goal of our FutureServe Green Hosting company initiative is to protect our environment for our future generations.”

⭐️ Cheap prices, great packages and good customer reviews. Convincing when it comes to their ecological approach, too. The only bigger provider that seems to hold up, when it comes to actually living up their promises.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 2.57/mo. from € 10.30/mo. from € 2.57/mo.

Suggested package:
Shared WordPress – Turbo Boost from € 8.59
A2 Hosting

DreamHost – Web Hosting with Purpose

🌿 What they say: “We’re making a conscious effort to reduce our impact on the environment with optimized facilities and policies that put respect for natural resources at the core of what we do.”

⭐️ Cheap start options for web hosting and fairly priced upgrade options. Ethical, green and reliable and overall very convincing.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from $ 2.59/mo. from $ 2.59/mo.

Suggested Package:
WordPress Unlimited
→ 🦜 Dreamhost

Eco Web Hosting – Clean, fast, eco-friendly web hosting made by humans

🌿 What they say: “Eco Web Hosting believes that it is vital that web hosting companies have a minimal impact on the environment. As part of this, we regularly review our policies and procedures to ensure we’re reducing our environmental impact and working in the greenest way possible.”

⭐️ They believe in what they do, seem to have a nice team and working conditions and offer very fair prices.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from £ 3.49/mo. from £ 5.99/mo.

Suggested Package:
Business from £ 9.99
Eco Web Hosting

freethought – Friendly, dependable, ethical.

🌿 What they say: “There is no planet B (Unless Elon Musk gets his way) and so we need to look after planet Earth, one of the most important things we need to do is not just reduce but reverse carbon emissions in our atmosphere to pre-industrial levels.”

⭐️ Through and through ethical and ecological business. Great prices too.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from £ 3.00/mo. from £ 3.00/mo.

Suggested Package:
Silver from £ 6.00
freethought

GreenGeeks – One Platform. Multiple Hosting Options.

🌿 What they say: “Our hosting platform has been designed with a maximum use, no waste of resources mindset. Every aspect of our hosting platform is built to be as energy efficient as possible. In addition to this, for every amperage we pull from the grid, we match 3 times that in the form of renewable energy via Bonneville Environmental Foundation.”

⭐️ Great Service, great packages, great reviews and servers in North America and Europe.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from $ 9.95/mo. from $ 9.95/mo.

Suggested Package:
WordPress Pro from $ 14.95
→ 🦜 GreenGeeks

Greenhost – Sustainable infrastructure, professional support, fast & redundant platform

🌿 What they say: “Green and sustainable web hosting, from small, simple websites to complex setups with multiple VPSes, is the foundation of Greenhost. We have been front runners in this field for over fifteen years, and we still strive towards maximal sustainability in every step of our production process. This goes just as much for the small choices, like which coffee or furniture to use as for the big contributions, like which hardware or energy supplier to select.”

⭐️/🦉 Located in the Netherlands they run their servers with 100% renewable Energy. Dedicated to what they do, though information seems hard to find and I have the suspicion you might have to move somewhere else if you outgrow their biggest shared package.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 4.25/mo.

 

Green WebHost – environmentally guided hosting

🌿 What they say: “Since 2003 we have been taking responsiblity for our effects on the environment and society. We travel to our solar powered offices on public transport and we plant trees to assist the offset of our CO2 emissions by “sequestration” or “Carbon Fix”.
We offer Carbon offset, Solar Powered and Hydro Geothermal Powered Shared Web Hosting, Dedicated / Hybrid and VPS server options.”

⭐️ The only non-profit in this list. They work for what they believe in and offer well priced packages.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from £ 5.79/mo. from £ 7.45/mo.

Suggested package:
Pre Installed WordPress from £ 7.45
Green WebHost

greneIT – We specialise in IT & we love our environment!

🌿 What they say: “I was working to live, supporting my wife in raising our children but with no time to ‘smell the roses’ and so we decided to reassess how we could combine our priorities of family, work-life balance and caring for the environment. This led to me found Grene IT (grene is is Old English version of green) a business that capitalises on my expertise and experience, but does so in a green and environmentally sound way.”

🦉 Wonderful approach, but prices not competitive.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from £ 25.55/mo.

 

Hetzner professional web hosting provider and experienced data center operator.

🌿 What they say: “Taking responsibility for the environment means there is an increasing need to obtain energy from renewable sources. Hetzner Online uses energy from renewable sources to power the servers in its data centers.”

⭐️ Reliable service and offers for all scale businesses. Special focus on data protection and privacy. Believable environmental and employee care.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 1.85/mo. from € 7.99/mo.

Suggested Package:
Level 4 from € 4.78
Hetzner

HostGator – Web hosting made easy & affordable!

🌿 What they say: “HostGator switched to wind power in 2008 with the purchase of Renewable Energy Credits equal to 130% of the power needed to run and cool our shared and reseller servers. The move allowed us to reduce our carbon emissions and provide green hosting services to more than 1.3 million customers without raising rates.”

🦉 Offer seems good, but hidden costs and bad customer reviews.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from $ 10.95 from $ 14.95

HostPapa – smart web solutions for your small business

🌿 What they say: “We take pride in being able to say that HostPapa was one of the first web hosting companies to make a public commitment to going green. We promote the development and use of wind and solar energy resources by purchasing green energy certificates to offset all the power we use in our data centres and offices. By putting equivalent clean energy back into the grid, we effectively reduce our carbon footprint and support renewable energy initiatives.”

🦉 Pretty bad customer reviews. And even their own page loads quite slowly.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 7.99/mo. from € 7.99/mo.

 

inmotion hosting – We make sure your website is fast, secure, and always online with Live 24/7 Support.

🌿 What they say: “As one of the nation’s fastest growing web hosting providers, we believe in the importance of letting our clients understand our commitment to eco-friendly policies. Since 2010, we have made a concentrated effort to improve our carbon footprint in our data centers. Similarly, we have made efforts in our offices to reduce waste, increase recycling and stop the use of paper products whenever possible.”

🦉 Fairly-priced package offers, but trustpilot suggest that the customer support is not up to standard.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 9.99/mo. from € 29.99/mo. from € 8.99/mo.

 

iPage – Get a hosting plan that works.

🌿 What they say: “There are several ways that website hosting providers go green. One of the most common and effective methods is by buying Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). This is the method that iPage uses to make its services green. It allows hosting providers to offset the electricity that they use with electricity created from a renewable source. In the case of iPage, that source is wind. iPage purchases enough RECs to cover double the energy that it uses. As a result, customers who host their website with iPage can display a badge certifying their site as eco-friendly.”

🦉 No offer really stands out.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 8.35/mo. from € 7.49/mo.

Kualo – Passionate about website for over 15 years

🌿 What they say: “As ephemeral as it all seems, it’s easy to forget the real-world mechanics that go into keeping the Internet running. The equipment and servers behind the scenes make the internet a filthy, carbon emitting monster. With Kualo, you can rest assured that your slice of the net will be 100% powered by renewable energy.”

⭐️ They offer free web hosting for Charities in the UK and US. You can see that they believe in what they do and they offer many different services at a great price.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from $ 8.99/mo. from £ 39.99/mo. from $ 8.99/mo.

Suggested Package:
Wordpress Performance from from $ 14.99/mo.
→ 🦜 Kualo

tiger technologies – Affordable, reliable 100% green Web hosting with no setup fees and a free domain name.

🌿 What they say: “We’re committed to running our company in an environmentally friendly manner. We support renewable energy projects to make our company carbon neutral.”

⭐️ Even their basic plan offers free mailing lists, that’s something I’ve not seen anywhere else. Their website is down to the basics and their sustainability plan seems to be something they believe in and not just a sales point.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from $ 9.95

Suggested Package:
Basic Hosting from $9.95
tiger technologies

SiteGround – Crafted for Easy Website Management

🌿 What they say: “Our partner matches 100% the energy consumed by their global operations with renewable energy and maintains a commitment to carbon neutrality. Google has been a leader in energy efficiency with their achievements in reducing the compute emissions by improving higher efficiency of data serving and storage and diverting waste.”

⭐️ Nice team mostly from Bulgaria and Spain, personal yet super professional. These people believe in what they do and offer great service and technology for an affordable price. An added-plus is their care and offers for their employees.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 5.99/mo. from € 64.00/mo. from € 5.99/mo.

Suggested Package:
Managed WordPress Hosting – GrowBig from € 9.99
→ 🦜Siteground

S4 Hosting S4 is Sustainable, Speedy, Secure and Stable.

🌿 What they say: “The internet is a carbon monster, with a higher energy footprint than the air travel industry, but it doesn’t have to be that way… From 100% Renewable energy, optimised servers, and smart partnerships to planting a forest.”

⭐️ Overall feel. You can see that this is run by people who believe in what they do. Small team that is working to provide the best wordpress hosting in a sustainable way, using open source software and carefully choosing their partners and components. Good and affordable options for upgrades as well.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from € 10.00/mo. from € 10.00/mo.

Suggested package:
Starter from € 10,00 (Europe)
S4 Hosting

123reg – Everything you need to start your online journey

🌿 What they say: “Our eco-friendly green data centres are powered by the latest low-energy systems to minimise our carbon footprint. Our secure data centre helps to protect the environment while simultaneously saving our customers money.”

🦉 No offer really stands out.

Shared Hosting Cloud Hosting WordPress Hosting
from £ 5.99/mo. from £ 14.99/mo.

So here we go. Still too much information? I’ve selected 5 of these providers to introduce to you in even more detail in the next post. I’m sure one of them will be the right green web hosting provider for you.

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