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Web Hosting: A Review of The Top 3 Providers.

May 14, 2021
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Busy, busy, busy. It's like there's never enough time in the day. Your business definitely keeps you hopping! But that's a good thing. And it's exactly the reason why small businesses that are really starting to take off count on web hosting services to keep their websites up and running 24/7.  

 

What Is Web Hosting? 

 

 

If you want to get your website up on the internet, you need to have a server to store all the data that makes it possible. There's a bit of work involved in managing all that data, so most companies elect to have a web hosting company do the job. Most web hosts provide a number of features with their hosting services with packages priced for small, medium, and large-sized companies with varying needs.  

 

How Can Web Hosting Services Benefit My Company? 

 

 

It's easy to assume that a web hosting company is just one big rental storage unit for dumping your "website-stuff," but when you purchase web hosting services you're really making a time and money-saving investment.  

 

Which do you think costs more? Purchasing web hosting services for your company or buying a high-grade server, hardware, and ample replacement parts to run a website 24/7? Add to that the cost of software and regular software upgrades, security updates, plus an IT specialist to handle any technical issues, and, well...you know the answer.  

 

But that's not the only way your business can benefit from web hosting. There's other perks, too. Here's just a few: 

 

Dedicated Email Accounts 

 

 

Web hosting companies usually provide at least one, and often several, dedicated email accounts. So if, for example, your domain name is: www.whiterabbitchocolates.com, you'll get a dedicated email of your own: mhatter@whiterabbitchocolates. That's not just a nice touch. When you and the other members of your team each have email addresses tied to your domain name, it adds to the professional image you strive to develop.  

 

Subdomains and Parked Domains 

 

 

In addition to your singular website or domain, many web hosting companies provide a number of subdomains and parked domains. These sub and parked features allow you the added benefit of having additional domains at no additional cost.  

 

Subdomains are simply secondary websites with unique content that run parallel with your main website. They are particularly useful for ecommerce. Following the above example, a secondary website might be: shop.whiterabbitchocolates.com. 

 

Parked domains operate much like a website alias. They'll contain the exact same content as your primary domain. Often when a company chooses a domain, they might want to grab up common misspellings to keep another person or company from taking that domain. Parked domains are also useful for when a business is in the process of developing a new product and they need a place to put yet uncompleted work.  

 

SSL Certificates 

 

 

Nerdy acronyms! They're the bane of every digital marketing agency's existence. Despite that, SSL certificates are important to understand, especially if you take in any personal information from your client base. Web hosting companies often provide SSL certificates for free. But what are they?  

 

Short for Secure Sockets Layer, an SSL certificate is a type of digital certificate that enables an encrypted connection. It ensures that all of the data that passes between your site and the web hosting service remains both private and secure. This is particularly important if your website data includes credit card information, personal data, legal documents, or any other proprietary information. 

 

If you haven't figured it out already, web hosting services eliminate a lot of hassles! 


 

Are There Different Types of Hosting Options Available? 

 

 

Are you serious? Web hosting is ALL about options. And the type of web hosting you choose will greatly impact the type of website you create. There are several types of hosting plans, but we'll limit our review to four of the most common: 


 

Shared Hosting 

 

 

Websites that adopt a shared hosting plan share the space and resources of a single server with other websites. It's a bit like splitting the cost of a large pizza with three or four other people. You pay less, and it usually works out fine if no one in the group takes more than they should. If, however, another website has a sudden traffic spike or begins running a lot of video or streaming audio which requires substantially more bandwidth, your website may be slow to load and/or experience other performance issues. Basically, you end up with a skimpy piece of pizza with no pepperoni.  

 

Cost-effective and easy to use, shared websites are a preferred choice for new companies just starting out and smaller websites that don't require a lot of resources. 

 

VPS Hosting 

 

 

We thought we'd get away with having only one nerdy acronym in this post, but it's just so much easier to say VPS instead of "virtual private server." This type of hosting is one step up from shared hosting in that multiple websites still share a single server but in this case, each website receives a dedicated set of resources. The cost of your VPS hosting services will depend on the amount of dedicated resources you get.  

 

VPS hosting services are a good choice for websites that have a lot of large files such as videos.  

 

Dedicated Hosting 

 

 

If you want your website to load and run quick like a bunny, then a dedicated hosting service is the way to go. No one's going to slow you down! With dedicated hosting, you also gain technical control over all aspects of the server. However, it's also more costly than shared or VPS hosting.  

 

Dedicated hosting plans are generally used by large e-commerce websites. Hospitals, financial institutions, and other companies that require a very high level of security are also good candidates for such plans.  

 

Cloud Hosting 

 

 

Whereas the first three options we covered involve hosting websites on a single server, cloud-based technology allows hundreds of servers to work together as one. As the need for resources increases, web hosts can simply add additional servers to accommodate the demand.  

 

This ability to quickly scale up makes cloud-based web hosting a good option for large and mid-sized companies that are experiencing rapid growth.  

 

How Do I Know Which Type of Web Hosting Is Best for My Website? 

 

 

This is one of those "down the rabbit hole" types of questions that can cause business owners a fair amount of angst. They don't want to overbuy on services they may never need, but they don't want to constrain themselves if their growing business reaches the limits of their resources.  

 

Suffice to say, most beginner and small companies can operate just fine with a shared web hosting package. That being said, it's always safer to go with a package that gives you a fair amount of wiggle room for growth.  

 

How Many Hosting Providers Are Out There? 

 

 

A lot! We're talking about 330,000 web hosting providers globally. That's a tad too many for us to talk about individually here, but we'll try to give you an overview of a few of the more popular hosting companies and what they provide with their most basic, entry-level services.  

 

Bluehost 

 

 

Bluehost provides Basic, Plus, and Choice Plus plans. Here's what's provided with the Basic:


  • One website
  • 50 GB of website space
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Standard performance
  • Free SSL certificate
  • 1 included domain
  • 5 parked domains
  • 25 sub-domains
  • 5 email accounts
  • 100 MB of email storage per account 

 

According to hosting review site Hosting Tribunal, nearly 40 percent of websites are built on the WordPress platform with over 400 million visits monthly to WordPress sites. With that kind of clout, it's not surprising why Bluehost also provides services make installing WordPress automatic. And they're not the only web hosting company to offer it. 

 

GoDaddy 

 

 

The Economy GoDaddy plan includes a free domain and email to match with purchase of a 12-month plan. The Economy plan includes:


  • One website
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Standard performance
  • Free domain
  • Free Microsoft 365 Email
  • 10 databases
  • 100 GB of storage

With GoDaddy data centers located around the world, customers can count on faster load times. This company also guarantees a 99.9 percent uptime. As the largest web host provider on the market, all plans include an easy-to-use control panel for installing over 150 free apps and for managing backups and security. The company also provides an easy one-click purchase if you find you need to increase your resources--a convenient tool for any growing company. 

 

HostGator 

 

 

HostGator offers a variety of hosting plans. Shared hosting plans include an entry-level Hatchling Plan with its features outlined below. Other shared hosting options include their Baby and Business Plans. 


  • One website
  • Unmetered bandwidth
  • Free SSL certificate
  • Free WordPress/cPanel Website Transfer
  • One-click WordPress installs
  • Free domain included
Another great choice for beginner websites, HostGator has a reputation for reliability and an easy-to-use interface. This company provides a broad selection of hosting solutions, offers a 45-day money back guarantee, and simple one-click installation for sites built on WordPress. 

 

Questions? 

 

Well, hop to it and fill out the form below! We know your time is valuable, so we'll do our best to get right back to you. We want to help you grow your business and getting your website up online and working for you is one of the best ways to make that happen (Between you and I? we offer a year of free website hosting for all our clients interested in building a new website). Let’s have a conversation about your idea, request a free consultation below: 

 

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