Small business web hosting needs, are a lot different than the needs of bigger businesses. For one, a small business doesn’t require the same amount of space, that a larger business may.
There are also features, that a small business may not require which a larger one would. We’ll talk about some things, that you need to keep in mind, as a small business owner.
The primary thing that a small business owner really has to be concerned about when it comes to web hosting services is tech support. When a small business’s website goes down or if something goes wrong, you will start to lose money – fast. This can absolutely devastate any small business, in a shorter period of time than you probably realize. You need to choose a host, that has a 24 hour support line and one that is reliable, helpful, and useful.
On that note, make sure that the host you select also has a guaranteed uptime of 99% or higher. Your site has to be up to make money, so make sure that the host you choose gives you that guarantee. The best way to ensure that, they stay true to the 99% or higher uptime guarantee, is to check out reviews online. People are brutally honest, when it comes to this type of thing, so you’ll find out soon enough, whether the uptime guarantee is true or not.
To help save yourself the money, of having a web designer or developer come in and check out your site, every time there is a problem, try to choose a host, that offers up an editing tool and script support. This means that you can easily fix any problems, that you encounter right then and there, without spending hundreds of dollars. This also means making sure, that the hosting company is compatible with many script languages, like ASP, PHP and Perl.
Some other things to look for are.
Any awards and/or seals of approval from other websites or magazines.
Look for the IBBB seal (Internet Better Business Bureau seal).
If any hosting company has more than a small handful of bad reviews online, look elsewhere.
So let’s get into some of the best small business web hosting services. that not only provide you with excellent service, but are also very affordable as well.
First Option Is HostGator.
For any small business owner, HostGator is the first site, that you need to look out for. Ever since HostGator started in 2002, it has been one of the fastest growing shared and reseller hosting companies, within the entire United States. Some of the features that HostGator offers are:
Unlimited space, Unlimited email, Unlimited transfer of account, The ability to host an unlimited domains, You receive 1 dedicated IP address.
Why we also really love HostGator, is because their customer support is excellent. You can reach them by live chat, phone, email, and they also have an extensive web database chockfull of information that can solve most of the queries, or concerns you may have about your hosting account. They have a 99.9% uptime that they stick to, and HostGator also has a neat feature, that any small business owner with little web design experience will appreciate: their SiteStudio web designer. It’s so incredibly easy to use, that even the least experienced person would be able to use it.
Second Option Is Inmotion Hosting.
Inmotion Hosting really makes a point to try, and strive towards 100% customer satisfaction, which they obviously have been doing a good job of, as they have been kicking around since 2001. Some of the features that you can expect with this web hosting service includes, Unlimited space, Unlimited email, Unlimited transfer, You can host upto 6 domains, You receive 1 free domain, Instant backup, A fast connection.
Inmotion hosting is slightly less expensive than HostGator, and provides a lot of the same type of services, so it may be a good option, for the more budget conscious small business owner. Another neat thing about this company, is that they are continually upgrading their hardware. You’ll regularly find, that Inmotion is purchasing more and more broadband, to support its customers and to prove, that it can outperform its competitors. This means that you are getting the most reliable, the fastest, and the most economical hosting possible.
Third Option Is Arxive.
Arxive web hosting service gets third spot, because it costs considerably more than the other two hosting services, but, it doesn’t offer a whole lot more in our opinion. Still, it is one of the better web hosting services for small businesses, guaranteeing 99.9% uptime, as well as the other standard features such as:
Unlimited space, Unlimited e-mail, Unlimited transfer, You can host upto 6 domains, You get 1 free domain, You get 1 dedicated IP address, Guaranteed hourly backup.