If you’re the kind of person who prefers credit unions over big banks, organic over normal (I guess that’s what you’d call it?), and subscribe to the whole “do no evil” mentality, then it makes sense perfect that your web hosting company should fall in line with your core values as well.
A Small Orange is exactly that kind of community-oriented web hosting company, the one who prefers integrity over profits, gives non-profits discounts, and has a company culture that puts their employees’ well-being in high importance.
But how do they stack up as a hosting company? A Small Orange isn’t the cheapest, nor the fastest, nor do they have all the bells and whistles of some of their competitors (…a bit like using a Credit Union vs a major bank), but they are a perfectly respectable web host with fairly decent load times, uptime, and the kind of customer service that makes you feel like they’ll remember your kid’s birthday and offer you a slice of pie come summer time.