So, you want to start a website for your business. You have chosen the domain name, sorted out some content and set up your social media channels. There’s just one thing left to sort out: how are you going to choose a hosting provider out of the hundreds out there?
When it comes to figuring out website cost in the early stages of your online presence, it can be a bit of a headache.
There are so many different packages out there that you could quite easily end up spending more than you need to on something with all the bells and whistles, or you could scrimp too much and end up with it going down when your viewership begins to rise, impacting your sales opportunities in the process.
It’s also worth bearing in mind the quality of the support you will be receiving from the hosting provider, especially if you aren’t that technically savvy.
Separating your DNS from your FTP can be a lot to take in for newcomers to doing business on the web, so finding a hosting provider that will be able to help with some of your burning questions will be a great bonus.
With that being said, here are five web hosting companies that are good choices for small businesses.
You might have seen adverts for the Texan web hosting giant on your television; that’s how wide their reach is.
They are immensely popular for a good reason: HostGator offer decent hosting quality for an even better price.
Setting up with Hostgator is relatively straightforward, even if you have no experience with the intricacies of launching your first website.
Hostgator have plenty of support options if you get stuck, but you might have to bear with them due to the sheer amount of requests they receive.
If you’re opting for a plan on the lower end of the price spectrum, you might not have a very speedy website as you will be sharing a server with other websites, but they’re a good starting point nonetheless.
Just as popular as Hostgator, GoDaddy have also entered the public consciousness with far-reaching advertising campaigns.
Their packages are actually cheaper than Hostgator, but tests conducted on both show that GoDaddy lags behind in terms of speed, but not by much.
GoDaddy have a knowledgeable support team at their disposal, meaning you won’t be stuck for help if needs be.
For websites looking to grow quickly, GoDaddy have many different packages, but the one that sticks out the most is their Ultimate plan: you can handle unlimited traffic a month for just $7.99!
One of the fastest-growing web hosting providers out there, Siteground’s reputation as a support-orientated business is a deserved one.
Their broad range of supporting documentation, stylish interface that’s easy to navigate and hands-on live chat system makes them one to check out.
However, they do land on the slightly pricer side of the spectrum.
It’s best to search for deal and coupons when picking Siteground for hosting, but they do also offer superior speed to some of their closest competitors. If you’re anticipating quick growth and think you need the support and service to help you along the way, you cannot go wrong with Siteground.
***Update 19/04/2016 – On the 16/04/2016 an engineer working at 123 reg ran a rogue script and managed to delete all files associated with approximately 3.5 million websites. As if this wasn’t terrible enough the company initially fobbed worried customers off, blaming it on something else. As of today 19/04/2016 the data has still not been retrieved with many small business owners reporting huge losses of revenue as a result of their websites being down.***
They originally started out as just somewhere to sort your domains out, but 123-reg’s growth has helped them to expand into all kinds of different areas, including web hosting.
They have an excellent selection of supporting documentation and straightforward plans to set you off on the right track.
For as little as £2.99 a month, you can have dependable hosting for your small business.
The more your website grows, the more pricier the package you will be looking, but for any enquiries about how to best accommodate that, this UK-based business are ready and willing to assist.
Another UK-based company that have cultivated a good reputation over the past decade or so, Fasthosts are a smart option for those wanting to watch their hosting budget without sacrificing much in the way of speed and user experience.
Like most competitors, Fasthosts offer a moneyback guarantee if you aren’t satisfied with their service within 30 days.
Better yet, when you sign up for the first time, you will receive vouchers for Google Adwords and a free domain, helping you to kickstart your business online in the process.
As you can see, there are many options out there when it comes to web hosting – there are far, far more out there than just the five we have covered.
Researching reviews for providers and asking important questions of their sales contacts can go a long way towards helping you find the perfect host for your needs.
It’s important to note that the majority of reputable web design companies will offer hosting as part or in addition to the web design work they complete for you.
To give you an indication of cost, we offer 6 months free hosting with all web design packages and then £95.00 per year thereafter.
Just make sure you don’t make any snap decisions!