Web Hosting and Web Host Provider for Yii 2 web portal

We are looking for web hosting and web host provider for Yii 2 web application. Basically our web app is not a website but a web application which is going to be accessed by nearly 20-30 users. So which type of hosting is feasible for such case (Shared hosting, VPS hosting, or cloud hosting), we want cost effective hosting.

We are looking for the foll factors for web hosting:

  1. Cost effective
  2. Storage
  3. Security
  4. Uptime
  5. Bandwidth

Will it be feasible if we go for shared hosting?

Who is the good web hosting provider? (Hostinger, Namecheap, HostGator)

This is only our opinion and our example context:

→ Our Customers are mostly from Portugal

Our Preferred Service Provider:

PTISP.PT (PTisp | hosting, alojamento, VPS, Cloud, Servidores, Domínios, certificados SSL.)
Linux base BD mysql
CPANEL access
Mostly websites, e-commerce and web applications in Yii2, with CMS and PWA

We prefer linux based shared hosting, the ones with the Datacenters that are closest to us.


→ Shared because they are usually managed and give enough autonomy to the customer.
→ Datacenter Nearby and located in the customer’s country, it gives him more confidence and assure accordance with the local rules and laws.

How do we choose or help the client to choose?

  • The first factor of choice goes to that provider that gives the best support service with phone call support 24/7 and not only email. This is in our opinion and by extensive experience the most important.

  • After that, disk space is relevant and will depend on the application developed, usually 30 G is more than enough and if it is SSD so much the better.

  • The service and creation of emails and databases should be unlimited or sufficient for the purpose.

  • Bandwidth should be unlimited, the service being down for exceeding bandwith is just unacceptable.

  • Finally, Security and Uptime are almost the same in all, with slight variations, at least SSL is required. Machine power and RAM memory are not so relevant also, 1G of RAM is enough in most cases.

Free services and cheapest services are usually too limited and with many constraints:
In fact, they even become more expensive in the long run because they mostly result in a waste of time in solving problems and restrictions.
Hostinger, Namecheap, HostGator. are, in our experience and for the purpose we need, very weak at support services and we advise against them.

Therefore, our opinion is that you should first seek the services of a datacenter that you know their location and preferably one that is the nearest to your services or your client, so that you can be assured that their services are in accordance with the rules and laws of the country where your application is based, and above all that they provide a call-center service so that you can address any urgent issues. These are the most important things, location and support. At least, if location is not relevant, a good support will always be the Key Factor.

We hope that this is helpful.

Yes that is correct, support service should be provided. But the datacenter which we need is privded by the Hostinger. So is Hostinger feasible?. We need to to go with Shared hosting. Will Shared hosting be feasible for Yii 2 web portal?

Shared hosting most practical choice for website owners

Please let us know your requirement on email, will get back to you.

I’ve used Amazon Web Services pretty extensively for many years for my Yii2 apps. Available worldwide, huge range of services, and very inexpensive for a small web application like what you are describing … and obviously scaling is no issue. Also they have every security certificate imaginable from all over the world. I highly recommend them.

I have not worked with Azure or Google Cloud, but I expect they would be pretty comparable.

Thank you. But AWS has many services, so which one is efficient to use is little bit confusing. We havent used AWS till now.

Kindly can anyone tell which of the below host providers are good?

  1. Hostinger
  2. Hostgator
  3. BlueHost
  4. A2 Hosting

Any other host providers which are cost-effective, having good security, storage, bandwidth and uptime.

For hosting your Yii 2 web application with 20-30 users, shared hosting might not be the best fit due to potential performance and security limitations. VPS hosting offers better resource allocation and is more secure, but it requires more management. Cloud hosting, although slightly more expensive, offers scalability, reliability, and high uptime, making it a suitable choice for your needs. Regarding providers, while Namecheap is a good option, Cloudways managed hosting might be a better choice for your application due to its specialized cloud services, which align well with your requirements for storage, security, uptime, and bandwidth.