Is it even possible to share a good suggestion that would be applicable to everyone? Different websites have different amounts of traffic and different goals, thus different hosting packages can suit each and every one of them. I use a small cloud VPS for 10 small websites that costs about 150 eur per year, but that wouldn't be enough even for 1 large website. Some need more memory and CPU resources, others need more bandwidth, so there's no good answer to it, imho.
Even with those details, there will be no "one size fits all" solution. The best SEO host will be the one that best suits your own personal requirements. Note them down and compare offerings from different companies.
Google keeps making page speed more important. It doesn't matter if your hosting company is reliable if it isn't fast. Slow hosts have killed website rankings.
Hosting company rules can also have a huge impact on SEO. Some ignorant hosting companies actually have throttled googlebot access to websites not realizing that if googlebot can't crawl then it won't rank new pages in Google. That mistake is less commonplace, a more commonplace hosting company mistake is blocking certain wordpress functions. If you are running a wordpress site you are going to have a very hard time boosting your SEO value if the hosting company is blocking certain wordpress features you are relying upon. Many hosting companies institute rules that reduce their workload and make life easier for hosting admins but handicap SEO efforts.
How hosting companies handle https can also make a SEO difference. Some hosting companies have worked very hard to help any of their client sites become https. I've come across some hosting companies that almost refused to allow it and made the https process extremely hard.
Hosting company scalability is another huge influence on SEO. If you are trying to do link building/brand awareness via social media, the ultimate success is going viral. Some hosting companies take sites offline if they start to go "viral" and surge in traffic. That is a huge loss of potential backlinks & brand awareness. You want a hosting company that can handle social traffic surges to help your SEO efforts.
You also want secure web hosting. If the hosting company isn't secure then your site could more easily get infected with malware and that tends to really screw up SEO rankings. You want smart security. If they lock everything down, then your website can be severely limited in functionality and you can't do everything you need in your SEO efforts.
IMHO there is most definitely SEO hosting. It is a hosting company that provides the fundamentals that I need to develop strong SEO signals. A fast, reliable, secure hosting company that is willing to work with me because they understand my needs.
If you want to suggest a specific hosting company ...
MAKE SURE TO SHARE THE GOOD & BAD DETAILS
No hosting company is a perfect fit for every website and every hosting company has room to improve. If you just link drop about your "favorite hosting company" and don't provide constructive criticism about their weaknesses - its going to be deleted. Depending how cranky your unpaid volunteer mods are feeling, you might also be banned.
Price must also come into the equation. I use a bog standard hosting company.
I won't mention their name because I have found no negatives with them and the mods have made it quite plain that they might ban me if I did mention them in those circumstances. I do wonder why people use some of the higher priced ones.
They are large and seem to be able to handle spikes in traffic without any problem. Downtime seems to non-existent.
Page views are into five figures and can vary by a factor of 2.5 to 5 depending on circumstances.
I am not a WordPress site. I have access to my logs but don't use them. My site speed is well, well above the average but then again I have no fancy code on the website. I do have lots of images.
- has servers physically located in your target market country, (if you target the USA, get a host in the USA or eventually Canada),
- has 99.99% uptime, downtimes can hurt your site, in many ways,
Be also careful, some hosts still have limitation on the bandwidth usage (CPU usage too). Be sure that your needs is less than 50% of these thresholds (it leaves a margin for growth, or exceptional peek of traffic)
Try to avoid shared hosting, even in 2018, bad neighbors can hurt the performance of your sites. Prefer VPS, or dedicated servers, if you have the skill.
Bog standard hosting? I'll tell you what's wrong with them ... good luck trying to get tech support from a British host during tea time though you will probably be too busy yourself putting your own kettle on to call during tea time :)
How does using a CDN affect one's choice of a host, if at all?
We use CloudFlare, which has something like 150 points of presence around the world, and all of our content be cached. Given the fact that our pages are being dished up to users and search crawlers from edge servers, does it really matter if the origin server is in Pittsburgh, Paris, or Perth?
Thanks guys! I think all of you are right. From my experience i'm looking for a good relaiable company for small projects, with guaranteed uptime and performance is a must. I really agree with "Goodroi" on "Slow hosts have killed website rankings". So in the end I'm looking for a good service, good uptime and excelent time responses and performance. What do you think?
CDN can help but can't replace a good SEO hosting company. If your hosting company is very slow or unsecure, a CDN is unlikely to save your site especially if you don't have your CDN handling every single request. CDN is like a girdle for a fat person. Yes, a girdle can slim things down a little but it can't replace the fundamental benefits of a good diet and losing weight.
Using good SEO hosting & a CDN is often a very good combination.
As for location hosting, you want to optimize all signals to make it stupid simple for Google. For example if you want good US rankings, then pick US hosting & .com domain. Don't complicate things. Make it stupid simple for Google to understand. Yes, Google can often handle more complicated situations but why risk it?