Whether you run an established small business or are just starting out, web hosting services will be needed at some stage, unless you plan on hosting your website on a (large and expensive) server yourself.
Web hosting platforms will normally offer a few different packages including shared hosting and dedicated servers. For startups and small businesses, shared hosting is the most fitting option as cost remains low while maintaining decent reliability and customer service.
Shared hosting means you will share a server with a variety of sites and while some argue that this can slow down site speed, for small businesses with relatively simple and clean websites, this shouldn’t be a major concern.
Dedicated hosting refers to renting your own physical server and should really be reserved for larger enterprises with high traffic levels. So while this may be suitable for your business one day, there’s no need to opt for an expensive dedicated server until you’re ready.
We take a look at some of the best shared web hosting services out there for startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses.
GoDaddy is a well-established and respected player in this space – counting tens of millions of domain names in its portfolio – meaning that your site will be in safe hands if you opt for this provider.
Like GoDaddy, German company 1&1 is a web hosting giant offering both Linux and Windows packages starting from just £0.99 per month. 1&1 offers a variety of services including free web design software, phone and email support, a graphics archive and a pretty impressive 300Gbps network connectivity.
What’s more, 1&1 provided a hybrid platform, this means that your web server and webspace are on the same platform – a good choice for those wanting an inclusive and stable package.
Based in the UK, Easyspace offers (unsurprisingly) a number of UK-based data centres and both online and telephone support. A standard hosting package comes in at £3.60 per month, providing 10GB of SSD storage, a free domain name, unlimited free bandwidth and 25 mailboxes. Premium hosting and WordPress hosting options are also on offer.
Easyspace goes all in on the extras and incentives. Easyspace requires no setup fee and offers yearly discounts of up to 35 percent off the cost if they buy hosting for multiple years.
Siteground offers affordable web hosting plans, and from £2.75 per month for their Startup package, users can take advantage of reliable security, customer service, and an array of useful tutorials, making it ideal for first timers.
SiteGround’s shared web hosting lets users choose from their US, European and Asian-Pacific data centres. SiteGround offers both Linux and Windows hosting with a range of price plans available.
Its StartUp tier offers one website, 10GB of web storage and 10,000 monthly visits, while its GrowBig service provides multiple websites, 20GB of web storage and 25,000 monthly visits. For larger companies SiteGround offers GoGeek with provides multiple websites, 30GB of web storage and 100,000 monthly visits.