Web Hosting Comparison as of February 2012.

There are many good web hosts. Different hosts are better for different people. This is merely a starting point — hosts i have used or know about.
They may not be the best host for you! As always, there is no substitute for your own good brain.

features
Bluehost go to site go to reviews Dreamhost go to site go to reviews HostGator site shared plans all plans go to reviews WestHost go to site go to reviews Tibet Hosting (Lateng Online) go to site Tibet Web Guru go to site Blog sites WordPress.com Blogger.com
Best for: (Strong points of this hosting)

Experienced developer

  • Multiple websites
  • Main developer would be responsible for all the sites in the account.
  • Need more advanced tech skills.
  • Lots of disk space — if you really need that much!
  • Can do your own programming, install web applications.
  • Secure email connection.

Experienced developer

  • Multiple websites
  • Main developer would be responsible for all the sites in the account.
  • Need more advanced tech skills.
  • Can do your own programming, install web applications and shell scripts, cron jobs, customise web root folders, and more.

Not developer, up to beginning developer, as well as experienced.
Reselling.

  • One site / multiple sites
  • Many plans, can easily upgrade.
  • Can have less advanced tech skills.
  • cPanel for each site (on reseller account).

Less experienced developer up to experienced.
Reselling.
Specialises in WordPress sites.

  • One site / multiple sites
  • Many plans, can easily upgrade.
  • Can have less advanced tech skills.
  • cPanel for each site (on reseller account).

Not developer, to Less-experienced developer

  • One site
  • Can have less advanced tech skills.
  • Will do web design and programming for you.
  • Run by a Tibetan in Delhi.

Not developer, to Less-experienced developer

  • One site
  • Can have less advanced tech skills.
  • Will do web design and programming for you.
  • Run by a Tibetan in Dharamshala

Don't want to be a web developer – just want to write!

  • One site; can have more than one.
  • You don't have to know html or programming. At blog sites, the blog software is already installed. You can customise the page design and the features you want.
  • You can get a site going in minutes.
Price what's this? (Free setup on all)
  • One plan:
    $9.95/mo(?)
    (shared hosting)
  • One plan:
    $9.95/mo
    (shared hosting)
  • Three plans:
    Hatchling, Baby, and Business plans for most normal uses - $4.95 to $12.95 per month
  • Also has VPS hosting and dedicated servers.

Comparisons below are based on "Baby" shared hosting

  • Three plans:
    Personal, Preferred, and Business hosting plans for most normal uses - $4 to $12 per month.
  • Also Cloud Hosting, Reseller, and Dedicated Server

Comparisons below are based on "Preferred" shared hosting

  • Two plans:
    I - Rs 2,000/yr
    II - Rs 7,000/yr
    (one-domain hosting)
  • Four plans:
    INR 1,500 to 7,500 per year
  • Free
Cheaper rates for paying by one, two, or three years.
Support what's this? Don't know Really great support, docs, forums Really great support, docs, forums Really great support, docs, forums Personal support, in Tibetan language, Personal support, in Tibetan language, Limited, (but also, not much needed).
How contact: Don't know Email and chat. Ticketing system, email, chat Ticketing system, email, chat Email and personal Email and personal n/a
Online docs:
(knowledge base, forums, etc where you can find answers)
Don't know Great wiki documentation on complicated things and DreamHost-specific things ; For basics you are on your own; Forum not very active. Great online documentation and very active, useful forum. Online documentation and useful forums. No No WordPress.com has excellent documentation.
Don't know about BlogSpot.
Site support page:

Notes: what's this?

BlueHost.com

  • Owner is an active, thinking person, not just a businessman.
  • Only one kind of account: shared hosting.
  • Domains are "add-on domains"
    don't have cpanel
    only have ftp.

DreamHost "About" page

  • Seem like live people
  • Two plans: shared hosting, dedicated server.

HostGator Blog

  • HostGator has many kinds of accounts. from one-domain accounts, to levels of shared hosting, reseller account where each domain has their own cpanel, to dedicated servers. An advantage here is if your site grows, it is easy to upgrade your hosting without having to move to another server!

WestHost Blog

  • WestHost has many kinds of accounts. from one-domain accounts, to levels of shared hosting, reseller account where each domain has their own cpanel, to dedicated servers. An advantage here is if your site grows, it is easy to upgrade your hosting without having to move to another server!

LatengOnline.com home

  • Can design and maintain your website for you.
  • Can do programming for your site.

TibetWebGuru.com

  • Can design and maintain your website.
  • Can do programming for your site; completely develop a site; install/develop CMS site.

WordPress.com or Blogger.com

  • Sometimes you don't really need a full website — then this is exactly what you need.
Misc infos
Is itself hosted at: what's this? Bluehost Inc New Dream Network LLC ThePlanet.com Internet Services Inc WestHost Inc. HostGator.comThePlanet.com Internet Services, Inc HostGator.comThePlanet.com Internet Services, Inc Automattic Inc.Layered Technologies Inc.
Servers are in: what's this? United States United States United States, India [more ...] United States United States United States United States
Some sites there: what's this?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Core features
Backups, etc. All plans provide site backups Maybe, depends on the site.
Disk space what's this? 1,500 gb unlimited unlimited 200 gb 2,500 mb 500 mb to 3000 mb As needed
Bandwidth what's this? 15,000 gb/mo 5 tb/mo, increases weekly 40 gb 6,000 gb/mo 2500 gb/mo 100 gb/mo 10 gb/mo to unlimited As needed
Domains what's this? "Unlimited" "Unlimited" "Unlimited" "Unlimited" 1 1 to 4 Your site is a subdomain of the main site.
On WordPress.com you can point a domain name to your subdomain for a small cost. Also you can have "unlimited" subdomains.
Subdomains what's this? "Unlimited" "Unlimited" "Unlimited" "Unlimited" 10 1 to 10 no
Domain name registration One free? One free on signup yes One free on signup yes yes no
OS what's this? linux Debian linux linux linux Windows 2003 Server linux n/a
Control panel what's this? cPanel 11
for main site only
(no control panel for other sites.)
main site admin only can set up databases, email accounts, etc.
Custom in-house
for main site only
(can create users and give customised access to panel)
main site admin only can set up databases, email accounts, etc.
cPanel 11 Their own panel, integrated with cPanel 11 Plesk? cPanel 11 n/a
Website statistics and logs what's this? AWStats, Webalizer Have to set up your own AWStats. AWStats, Webalizer AWStats, Analog AWStats AWStats, Webalizer yes?
Protect your private info what's this? don't know don't know yes Policies and practices are Safe Harbor certified don't know don't know don't know don't know

features
Bluehost go to site go to reviews Dreamhost go to site go to reviews HostGator go to site go to reviews WestHost go to site go to reviews Tibet Hosting (Lateng Online) go to site Tibet Web Guru go to site Blog sites WordPress.com Blogger.com
Email (can't do those here)
POP what's this? yes yes yes yes yes yes n/a
IMAP what's this? yes yes yes yes no yes n/a
Secure email connection what's this? yes ?? yes ?? ?? ?? n/a
Mail lists what's this? yes yes yes yes no yes n/a
what's this? Programming and technical
(If you don't know what these are, then don't worry — you don't need them!)
(can't do those in blogs)
PHP 5 yes yes yes yes yes yes n/a
ASP, ASP.NET no no yes no yes no n/a
Ruby on Rails yes yes yes no no no n/a
MySQL 5 how many dbs yes 50 yes unlimited yes unlimited yes unlimited yes 10 yes 1 to 10 yes n/a
Plug-in Scripts yes Fantastico yes cgi only? yes Fantastico yes Fantastico ? no yes Fantastico n/a
E-Commerce features yes yes yes yes yes Can set up and make for you. yes Can set up and make for you. n/a
Shell access

yes Main account only.

yes Also can give shell access to your users.

yes One free for main account, $10 each for extra reseller domains

yes no yes $10 charge n/a
Manage/customize your own DNS no yes yes yes no no n/a
Extras
(If you don't know what these are, then don't worry — you don't need them!)
(can't do those here)
Individual ip number yes yes $3.95/mo yes (Can get in upgraded account.) yes (Can get in upgraded account.) no no n/a
Shared SSL certificate yes no yes yes no no n/a
Private SSL certificate no yes (with individual ip number) yes ? (can buy?) yes ? (can buy?) no no n/a

features
Bluehost go to site go to reviews Dreamhost go to site go to reviews HostGator go to site go to reviews WestHost go to site go to reviews Lateng Online go to site Tibet Web Guru go to site Blog sites WordPress.com Blogger.com

Hosting Company Reviews

BlueHost
WebHostAnalysis.com/bluehost/bluehost-review.html
WebHostingDeals.org/hostgator-review
WebHostingJury.com/reviews/BlueHost
DreamHost
WebHostAnalysis.com/dreamhost/dreamhost-review.html
WebHostingJury.com/reviews/DreamHost
HostGator
AlreadyHosting.com/reviews/hostgatorreview.php
WebHostingDeals.org/hostgator-review
WebHostingJury.com/reviews/HostGator
Why is HostGator recommended?
WebHostingDeals.org/hostgator/why-is-hostgator-recommended
WestHost
WestHost is recommended by Joost de Valk, who is a very cool and very knowledgable WordPress developer.
WebHostingJury.com/reviews/WestHost
Hmmmmm most of these reviews aren't looking so good!
WebHostingStuff.com/review/WestHost.html
But here, most people think WestHost is great!
News.NetCraft.com/archives/2010/01/01/most_reliable_hosting_company_sites_in_december_2009.html
In the top ten most reliable hosting company sites, December 2009

Know more

How to identify quality web hosting → Features, Performance, Support, Pricing.
WebHostingDeals.org/webhostingguide/web-hosting-guide-how-to-identify-a-quality-web-hosting
Explanation of web hosting and options.
en.Wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_Hosting
How to choose a hosting company
JennMearsWebDesign.com/2008/05/22/how-to-choose-a-hosting-company/